Superstars For Sandy Relief Raises 524742

first_imgWWE today announced that Superstars for Sandy Relief, the largest ever global online auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, has raised $524,742.Superstars for Sandy Relief party, April 4, 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street.Credit/Copyright: Business WireAs part of WrestleMania Week activities around the New York and New Jersey region, the auction was a combined effort between WWE, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes with proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.Superstars for Sandy Relief online auction ran from March 25-April 9, and featured unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars and other international sports and entertainment celebrities. The auction generated more than 2,000 bids from 152 countries, making this the largest auction of the year on global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com.In addition to the online auction, entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs co-hosted a Superstars for Sandy Relief party with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and special guests Dwayne Johnson, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to kick-off WrestleMania Week at Cipriani Wall Street. The live auction, led by sportscaster Joe Buck, raised more than $75,000 to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.“The state of New Jersey is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Chris Christie. “The overwhelming support from WWE and a host of celebrities to help the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is something that the people of New Jersey will never forget.”“Hurricane Sandy relief is an on-going effort,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “We are grateful to WWE and all the celebrities involved for putting its global resources behind a cause that is so important to the City of New York and our more than 8 million residents.”“Superstars for Sandy Relief helped raise significant funds and awareness to support the people of New York and New Jersey who are still affected long after the devastating storm,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “I’m proud that WWE and its global fan base supported such an important initiative.”Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Akhilesh alleges EVM malfunctioning across India

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday alleged that EVMs were “malfunctioning or voting for the BJP” across the country and termed it a “criminal negligence”.”EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs Rs 50,000 crs. “Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot?” Yadav said in a tweet tagging the Election Commission. Talking to reporters after casting his vote in Saifai (Etawah), Yadav said the EC should take cognisance of reports of malfunctioning of EVMs in Rampur and Badaun also. “I have come to know that a state minister is trying to influence polling in Badaun, where his daughter is contesting. Officers are saying that EVMs are not running for lack of proper training of officials. Is this the digital India being promised by the government?” he posed. On Mainpuri seat, he said, “netaji (Mulayam Singh) will win with a record margin.” About Firozabad, where his uncle Shivpal Yadav is in the fray against SP candidate Akshay Yadav, he said Akshay is winning comfortably. In the third phase, the BJP and its allies will taste defeat, Akhilesh Yadav said, adding that people have made up their mind against the BJP. Meanwhile, a delegation of Samajwadi Party led by party leader and MLC Rajendra Chowdhury and others met UP Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateshwar in Lucknow and alleged discrepancies in EVMs in Rampur and complained about alleged role of the UP minister in Badaun. Asked for his comments, Additional Chief Electoral Officer B R Tiwari said an SP delegation has lodged complaints that UP cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya was trying to influence voters in favour of his daughter Sanghmitra Maurya, the BJP candidate in Badaun. He said the SP delegation also alleged that EVMs were not functioning in Rampur and the police was not cooperating with voters. “We have taken cognisance of all these points and sought a detailed report from the returning officer in this regard and directives have been issued to them to take immediate action,” Tiwari said.last_img read more

UN officials see progress in eliminating landmines but urge further action

In a joint statement issued by the heads of UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes that are members of the UN Mine Action Team, 14 officials said the steady decline in casualty rates, the return of formerly mined areas to productive civilian use and the destruction of tens of millions of these indiscriminate weapons are “encouraging” developments.“The Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty is a testament to what can be achieved when the international community works collectively to tackle a grave humanitarian and development challenge,” the officials said.The UN Mine Action Team of organizations collectively pledged to exert all possible efforts to assist mine-affected countries in meeting their obligations to clear mined areas, assist victims, destroy stockpiled mines, and educate all people about the dangers of mines and explosive remnants of war.“Mine-affected countries themselves should also do everything in their power to meet their obligations. We call on those in a position to do so to support all aspects of mine action for as long as it takes to finish the job,” the officials said.Tomorrow’s anniversary coincides with the opening of the General Assembly’s sixty-second session, and the statement urges participants to “rise to the challenge of protecting the rights of the estimated 400,000 people who have survived mine and explosive remnant of war accidents.”They also called on all States to ratify the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to develop a legally binding instrument prohibiting cluster munitions “that cause unacceptable harm to civilians.”The statement was endorsed by Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO); Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); High Representative Sergio de Queiroz Duarte of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs; Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations; António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator; Jan Mattsson, Executive Director of the Office for Project Services; Rachel N. Mayanja, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP); Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank.“As the world reflects on the progress made by mine-affected countries in the past 10 years, we also look forward to the next decade, envisioning a world free from the suffering caused by anti-personnel mines,” they said.At a press conference earlier this year, Mr. Guéhenno estimated that up to 20,000 people each year are killed by landmines, some dating from conflicts that have long ended.Officially known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, the pact is also known as the Ottawa treaty for the city where it was signed on 18 September 1997. 17 September 2007On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty, over a dozen United Nations officials have joined their voices to hail progress in reducing these weapons while urging greater action to eliminate them. read more

Canadas youth at risk for chronic unemployment

TORONTO — A new report says Canadian youth face the risk of chronic unemployment despite being more educated than ever.The report by CIBC says a lack of summer jobs and part-time work makes it difficult for youth to gain the experience necessary for permanent positions.About 420,000 youth aged 15 to 24, or nearly one in 10 young Canadians, are neither employed nor enrolled in school.CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal — the study’s author — says these youth likely do not have the skills necessary to compete in the labour market and will likely remain chronically unemployed. The report suggests combining education and work-related training to help youth find jobs while in school.It also says that the government and corporate Canada should be more focused and effective in preventing further worsening of the situation.“For Canada’s economy to grow and our standard of living to remain high, this is an imperative,” Tal said.The Canadian Press read more

Sask Cancer Foundation launches fundraising drive for imaging equipment

Karen Allen, an accountant and recently retired associate deputy minister with the Government of Saskatchewan, had everything going for her in 2007.“I was somebody who was in control. That’s who I was. I made decisions, I did everything at work the way I would. I was the same at home, typical ‘A-type’ personality,” she says.But that year, Allen would find herself relying on others after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.“I was absolutely devastated, because I had no control at that point, I had to trust my medical team. And thank goodness, I had a great one,” she said.Allen survived thanks to an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. As with any of the thousands of Saskatchewan people who get radiation treatments each year, her journey began with a computer tomography (CT) simulator — a machine that creates an image showing where tumours are located in a patient’s body, allowing radiation to be delivered as precisely as possible to avoid damaging surrounding organs and tissue.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Saskatchewan has two CT simulators, one each in Regina and Saskatoon. At the time Allen needed them, they were still considered state-of-the-art. But, as technology has improved, the machines have started to show their age.Dr. Jon Tanita, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, said the now decade-old machines suffer breakdowns that can cause cancelled appointments and delays for patients. He said both machines need to be replaced, as they are becoming more difficult and expensive to operate.“It’s like anything — some of these machines, pretty soon you get to the point where you can’t even get the parts any more,” he said.Allen shared the story of her diagnosis and treatment publicly for the first time Wednesday at an event hosted by the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan Cancer to kick off a $3 million fundraising campaign to purchase new CT simulators.“I have a debt of gratitude that I will never be able to repay to all the great medical teams we have at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency,” Allen said, adding that she was also speaking out for her sister, sister-in-law and father-in-law, all of whom were diagnosed with cancer while she was still going through treatment.“By 2012 all three of them had died. In September of 2012, we lost three members of our family to cancer and I’m the only one still surviving,” she said.The foundation, launched in 2019, is an independent fundraising organization that benefits the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.The CT Simulator Community Campaign is the first of what Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan CEO Norah Yeates said she hoped would be many more initiatives to help improve cancer care in the province. She admitted $3 million is an ambitious goal for the foundation’s first campaign.“That is a lot of money for a brand-new foundation that nobody knows about. But we’re going to do it,” she said.blevy@postmedia.comRelated New foundation launched to support cancer care in Saskatchewan Cancer survivors don’t have to suffer in silence read more

World at critical moment in fight against HIVAIDS UN health agency

With more money, more political will and more attention being paid to HIV/AIDS than ever before, the world has reached a crucial moment in the history of the pandemic and now has an unprecedented opportunity to alter its course, according to a new report released today by the United Nations lead health agency.By using HIV treatment programmes to bolster existing ones on prevention and improve health systems, the international community has a unique opportunity to change the course of history, says The World Health Report 2004 – Changing History, launched today in Geneva by the World Health Organization (WHO).”Future generations will judge our era in large part by our response to the AIDS pandemic,” said WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook. “By tackling it decisively we will also be building health systems that can meet the health needs of today and tomorrow. This is an historic opportunity we cannot afford to miss.”AIDS has killed more than 20 million people and is now the leading cause of death and lost years of productive life for adults aged 15 to 59 years worldwide. Today, an estimated 34 million to 46 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.Even as the AIDS death toll and HIV prevalence rates continue to rise, to meet this “critical moment” in the history of the killer disease, WHO, along with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners are implementing a comprehensive strategy which links prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with the virus care, long-term support, and initiatives to provide antiretroviral therapy.Until now, treatment has been the most neglected element in most developing countries. Yet among all possible HIV-related interventions, the report says it is treatment that can most effectively boost prevention efforts and in turn drive the strengthening of health systems and enable poor countries to protect people from a wide range of health threats.Vital resources have now been pledged, including more than $20 billion from donor countries and through multilateral funding agencies, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief and the World Bank. These funds must now be used swiftly and in a coordinated way to prolong the lives of millions of children, women and men who will otherwise soon die, the report says. read more

Despite progress towards peace Afghanistan facing daunting challenges ahead of presidential vote

“But even these figures do not capture the full human cost of the war,” Mr. Yamamoto told the Council, noting that over half the population in the country lives under the poverty line and that 13.5 million people “survive on less than one meal a day,” a situation compounded by last year’s severe drought.Although last year, the world mobilized for the international humanitarian response in Afghanistan – 78 per cent of the funding requirements were met – this year’s humanitarian response is only 4 per cent funded to date.Finally, Special Representative Yamamoto mentioned the illicit trafficking of opiates as “another major socio-economic challenge” threatening stability in the country. It is estimated that 10 per cent of the adult population is addicted to narcotics.“In order to tackle this complex issue, the whole demand and supply chain needs to be addressed,” he stressed, adding that “the United Nations family remains committed to supporting the country s humanitarian and development goals”. ”This year is likely to bring both numerous challenges and unprecedented opportunities,” said Mr. Yamamoto, briefing Council members on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security. “Addressing the challenges, and taking advantage of the opportunities, will require the concerted efforts of the international community, with Afghanistan in the lead”, he added. Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and the head of UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), briefs the Security Council. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“Tangible progress” on the peace processVarious talks aimed at ending years of conflict have taken place in past weeks, notably between the United States Government and senior Taliban officials, as well as some Afghan representatives and the militant group.“Despite such engagements, the Taliban have not yet accepted to engage in direct talks with the Government,” lamented Special Representative Yamamoto, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA. “I stress the imperative need for the Taliban to directly talk with the Government,” as “inclusiveness, coherence, and representativeness in negotiations are critical for success.”Commending the efforts made by the Government to establish a “negotiating structure, including a negotiating team,” and a consultative assembly of traditional leaders, Mr. Yamamoto insisted on the importance of ensuring all efforts towards peace are “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.”He stressed that the “peace process must be inclusive of the meaningful participation of groups representing all segments of Afghanistan’s diverse society including women, youths, ulemas (Islamic legal scholars), and community and political leaders,” adding that the rights of the victims also need to be taken into consideration.‘Daunting challenges’ ahead of presidential electionsAfghanistan is set to hold a presidential election later this year, a critical step in further consolidating the country’s representative political system.“The holding of the presidential election on schedule, however, will be very challenging,” noted Mr. Yamamoto, citing “widespread reports of irregularities during last October’s parliamentary elections”, and “increasing scepticism” towards the country’s two election commissions mandated with delivering “credible and timely” elections.The Special Representative explained that new members are being selected for these two commissions and called on all candidates and political actors “to commit to respecting the independence of the two commissions to enable them to work without any interference”.With less than five months until election day, he warned that the remaining “technical and political challenges are daunting,” including the implementation of the new Election Law, along with the holding of three other elections (provincial council elections, district-council elections, and parliamentary elections for the province of Ghazni).“The United Nations will continue to work with Afghan stakeholders to help them ensure that the electoral process is conducted in a credible, transparent and inclusive manner. It is important, however, that Afghan institutions and stakeholders fully realize that the ultimate responsibility and ownership for elections rests with the people of Afghanistan,” said Mr. Yamamoto.The impact of conflict on civiliansIn February, the UNAMA released devastating figures showing the direct impact of the conflict on the civilians. Fighting and brutal violence claimed 3,804 civilian lives in 2018, the highest number recorded since the UN started keeping records ten years ago. In addition, 7,189 people were injured in 2018, 5 per cent more than in 2017.UNAMA reportNumber of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, 2009-2018. read more

Undefeated still Ohio State mens tennis secures 10year home win streak

The longest home win streak in all of NCAA sports turned 10 years old Friday. The Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Wisconsin, 7-0, and extended its home win streak to 10 years, exactly a decade after its last loss. The 164-match win streak is the longest active win streak in all NCAA Division 1 athletics, with the most recent loss in Columbus dating back to April 5, 2003 against Illinois. “To do something you can hold onto for the rest of my life…it’s something that might never be broken at Ohio State, a place rich in athletics and tradition,” coach Ty Tucker said. The No. 5 Buckeyes (22-2, 6-0) continued to prove their dominance in the Big Ten over the past decade, where the team has captured seven-consecutive regular season crowns (2006-12) and tacked on six more Big Ten tournament titles (2006-11). The Badgers (10-8, 1-5) never amassed a point on Friday night against the record-breaking Buckeyes. OSU athletic director Gene Smith was in attendance for the feat and heaped praise on Tucker, who has coached the team since 1999. “Ty (Tucker) is an outstanding recruiter, he’s a good teacher, he recruits great kids…one day he’ll win a national championship – I believe that. It’s just a matter of the bounce of the ball here and there…to say that in Ohio, you could possibly win the national championship in tennis is significant,” Smith said. “I love these kids, they’re great kids, and Ty is one of our best coaches. Having the opportunity to come and support him in this moment…it’s a special thing, it really is.” The Scarlet and Grey dominated in the doubles game against Wisconsin, sealing victories on all three courts. The OSU tandems of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka, redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen, and redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith defeated their Wisconsin opponents 8-3, 8-1 and 8-6, respectively. It was the 24th time during the 2013 campaign that OSU had won the doubles point. In the singles game, the Buckeyes continued its dominance, as OSU shutout the Badgers. The three singles wins needed to clinch the team victory came from freshman Constantin Christ (6-1, 6-0), Rola (6-2, 6-3), and redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan (6-4, 6-2). Callahan’s win was the third time he has clinched a victory for OSU this season. The remaining three singles matches ended in similar fashion for OSU, with Kobelt winning 6-3, 6-4, Van Engelen winning 6-4, 6-2, and McCarthy winning 6-3, 6-4. Following the match, several upperclassmen players reflected on contributing to such a historic program milestone. “10 years is a great accomplishment. As players, I feel like we can all take a deep breath of relief and continue on with the rest of our season. It was one of our goals to get to this streak, but we have other goals that we would say are more important – winning the Big Ten and maybe making a run in the NCAA (tournament),” Kobelt said. Some players, like Rola, said how grateful they were to continue the legacy that many famous OSU tennis players have left behind. “I’m probably just a little, little part of this elite group…it’s just really a team effort through all those (10) years…everyone who comes (to OSU) should be honored and proud to play here,” Rola said. Tucker said a key to building – and sustaining such success – was in part thanks to attracting all types of talent to play at OSU. “To look back on everything-we had a nice mix. We had the best players from Ohio, guys that became All-Americans, guys that overachieved,” he said. “We splashed some good international talent in with them, and they seemed to like each other and have a good time.” Immediately following Friday’s win against the Badgers, Tucker joined his team on the courts of the Varsity Tennis Center and enjoyed a lighthearted celebration before narrowly escaping an attempted Gatorade bath from a group of his players. But it was not long before Tucker allowed himself to return to business as usual. “There’s still a lot of work left to do in the season, and we’ve got to get refocused…but the guys should enjoy (the win) right now.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue Big Ten play against Minnesota Sunday at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

Modular Mining Systems releases PTXC mobile hardware platform

first_imgModular Mining Systems Inc, the global supplier of real-time computer-based mine management solutions for surface and underground mining operations, has announced the release of its latest-evolution mobile hardware platform, PTX-C. The PTX-C will be showcased at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas later this month.With more than 35 years of experience delivering mine-tough mobile hardware, Modular says it has developed “a reputation for systems that function reliably in the harshest of environmental conditions. The new PTX-C platform offers marked increases in performance, a significantly faster start-up time, and the ability to accommodate the increasingly complex and growing number of industry-specific applications. Available in 7” and 10” configurations, the PTX-C platform maintains the same form factor as its PTX-B predecessor, enabling straightforward upgrades for current users.”MINExpo visitors to the Modular booth can see demos of the DISPATCH® Fleet Management system (FMS), DISPATCH Underground 2015 FMS, and ProVision® High-Precision Guidance solutions’ mobile applications on the new PTX-C hardware. Other product highlights at MINExpo will include Modular’s MineCare® Maintenance Management solution and the fourth-generation MineAlert™ Collision Awareness System. The company will also showcase its communications solutions (including the MasterLink® Wireless Network) which focus on the design, integration, deployment, and ongoing support of mining operations’ wireless networks.last_img read more

Apples new AppleCare lets you drop and replace your iPhone twice

first_imgApple, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all being taking preorders for the iPhone 4S starting tomorrow, Friday, October 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST. If you buy your phone directly through Apple, you’ll be given the choice before checkout to add an extra $99 onto your bill for something called “AppleCare+.”Apple has updated its AppleCare warranty to AppleCare+, a new insurance that will extend your phone’s warranty from one year to two years. Whether or not you purchase AppleCare+, the iPhone will ship with a normal warranty: One year of hardware repair and 90 days of telephone support. But, if you want full coverage, in addition to covering the usual hardware-failures covered in the basic warranty, AppleCare+ will also cover two instances of dropping and breaking your iPhone.Basically, the company has added “accidental damage due to handling” to its insurance. This means that if you drop it and your screen breaks, it’s covered up to two times.So, you basically have two chances to break your iPhone and get a new one within the two-year time period. However, it will cost you an additional $49 to replace it. So, you’re technically paying up to $200 if you do end up needing to replace your phone twice because you just love taking it with you on your rock-climbing excursions and refuse to put it in something like the Magellan ToughCase or the EscapeCapsule.Before Apple introduced AppleCare+, customers could purchase AppleCare for $69 a year after purchasing the iPhone, which meant they had full advantage of the free 1-year warranty since they could buy AppleCare after the warranty had expired. The major downside of AppleCare+, besides the $30 price increase, is that you have to buy it when you buy your iPhone, which means the two-year period starts the day you get your phone.Judging by the comments floating around the Internet, many people are unhappy about the new AppleCare+ program for that reason. Some people say it would be more worth the $99 if they could purchase the insurance after the 1-year free warranty period is over. However, if you do actually total your phone and you need a new one, paying $150 is less than you’d pay for an unsubsidized phone.The iPhone 4S is being sold starting at $199, but that’s with a 2-year contract. So, if you buy your iPhone 4S and drop it a month later, you can’t just buy another one for the same price. A replacement phone can upwards of $549.Will you be getting AppleCare+ when you purchase your new iPhone, or do you think the whole warranty thing is a racket?via Applelast_img read more

11 Excellent Kpop Tracks You Need in Your Life

first_img So we recently dipped into what makes K-pop interesting, but today we’re going to run through some of the best the genre has to offer. There’s going to be something here for just about everyone. So buckle up, sit back, and try some of the best South Korea has to offer your eager little ears.The one thing to note here is that K-pop is often a more holistic experience than most other pop music. It’s meant to be seen as well as heard, and often the music videos are as important, if not more so than the song itself.BIGBANG — “Fantastic Baby”BIGBANG is largely responsible for the current K-pop boom. The ground is packed with talent. Each member has a vital role in the creation of their music, they all have careers on their own, and they drip style and layer in just enough substance to keep thirsty brains happy. “Fantastic Baby” is one of their most well-known tracks, but it’s still an excellent introduction to one of the most exceptional groups around.T.O.P. — “Doom Dada”T.O.P. is one BIGBANG’S most prominent members. This is kind of cheating (and the next one will be too), but T.O.P.’s “Doom Dada” is a brilliant, vivacious diss track. T.O.P. primarily raps, but usually only within his parent group’s songs. Even so, in “Doom Dada”, he lays out and proves why he’s so far above everyone else in the Korean rap business. The track is hefty, packed with symbolism, and the music video is a blast to watch. The only caveat here is that T.O.P. doesn’t make much music on his own, and it’s a shame because “Doom Dada” always leaves me wanting more.G Dragon — “Coup d’etat”G Dragon’s the artsiest of the BIGBANG group. He’s dedicated to aesthetics, and grand assertions of purpose, and nowhere is that more clear than this music video. In it, G Dragon claims that he’s the only one making art. A bit melodramatic, yeah, but it’s fun to get swept up in this kind of faux drama from time to time.CL — “Hello Bitches”CL, originally of the group 2ne1, has been pushing to get her western-focused solo career going. And her first major single, “Hello Bitches” is certainly one hell of an entrance. It’s a bombastic, aggressive statement of self-ownership. While most of her lyrics are in English, CL holds onto her national identity, weaving Korean lyrics throughout the track. She also owns her sexuality, countering common and offensive stereotypes for Asian women. It’s a bit appropriative of black culture, but beyond that Hello Bitches is an exceptional debut and a great sign of a growing, shifting industry.Lim Kim — “Awoo”“Awoo” is about as saccharine as it comes. It’s cute, sweet, and the premise is simple. Lim Kim is flirtatious but dodgy. Like a cat. Watch it and squee.Girl’s Generation — “Gee”“Gee” is another track in the vein of bubblegum pop. It’s about a young crush. But that’s not really a problem when it’s this well done. “Gee” is catchy, infectious and delightful. Plus the choreography is fantastic.Secret — “Poison”“Poison” is a catchy, driving track and it accompanying video is a modern twist on classic noir aesthetics.2PM — “ADTOY”2PM channels classic boy bands. They have slick moves, great rhythm and a lot of passion. “ADTOY” is 2PM at their best.PSY (ft. Hyuna) — “Gangnam Style”I’m assuming everyone on the planet’s seen “Gangnam Style”, but some missed out on this cool rework. It features Hyuna, an awesome artist in her own right, and kinda deflates Psy just a bit. Not a whole lot else to say here, but it’s a fun romp if you missed it back when this song was huge.Bobby – “Holup”“Holup” is a raucous, chaotic party track. And that’s about the whole of it. There’s not a ton of depth, but it is a lot of fun. Bobby’s a relative newcomer to the K-pop scene (he’s 20), but he’s already got a style and energy that’s tough to match.Mino — “Body”Mino is a lot like Bobby… most of the time. The two even do some collabs under the moniker “MOBB.” Mino’s older, though, and a lot more developed. “Body” shows that. The song tilts towards early 2000s RnB with a modern EDM edge. It’s forward with sexuality, but it’s also earnest about the topic. It’s beautiful and painful and absolutely worthy of your time and attention. If You’re Not Paying Attention to Korean Pop Music, You Should Be Stay on targetlast_img read more

Doctors Identify Rare Pair of SemiIdentical Twins in Australia

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Two four-year-old children have been identified as semi-identical twins, and they’re the only second set ever reported worldwide, according to Australian doctors.The boy and girl are identical on their mother’s side and share 100 percent of their mother’s DNA, but they’re like siblings on their father’s side and only share a small proportion of their father’s DNA, said a Queensland University of Technology Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation press release. The case, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, is the first worldwide to identify semi-identical twins during pregnancy.According to the study, identical twins occur when cells from a single egg fertilized by a single sperm are divided into two, so they’ll share the same gender and identical DNA. Fraternal twins are a bit different: They occur when each twin develops from a separate egg, and then, the egg is fertilized by its own sperm.“It is likely the mother’s egg was fertilized simultaneously by two of the father’s sperm before dividing. The mother’s ultrasound at six weeks showed a single placenta and positioning of amniotic sacs that indicated she was expecting identical twins,” Nicholas Fisk, deputy vice-chancellor of research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said in the press release. “However, an ultrasound at 14 weeks showed the twins were male and female, which is not possible for identical twins.”Three types of twins are shown in this illustrated graph. (Photo Credit: University of New South Wales Sydney)Dr. Michael Gabbett, a QUT clinical geneticist who also worked on the case, said if a single egg is fertilized by two sperm, this action results in three sets of chromosomes: one from the mom and two from the dad.“Three sets of chromosomes are typically incompatible with life and embryos do not usually survive,” Dr. Gabbett said in the press release. “In the case of the Brisbane sesquizygotic twins, the fertilized egg appears to have equally divided up the three sets of chromosomes into groups of cells which then split into two, creating the twins.”When this happened, some of the cells had chromosomes from the first sperm, while other remaining cells contained chromosomes from the second sperm, so the twins only shared a small amount, and not 100 percent, of the same paternal DNA.Brisbane twins are only the second set of semi-identical #twins identified in the world. Report by #QUT Dr Michael Gabbett & @UNSW Prof Nicholas Fisk in @NEJM #genetics https://t.co/h0npBHuwKz pic.twitter.com/EnluV1qLU1— QUT Media (@QUTmedia) February 28, 2019In 2007, the first sesquizygotic twins were reported in the U.S. During an investigation, doctors found that the boy and girl were identical on their mom’s side, but they shared roughly half of the DNA on their dad’s side. Fisk and his team studied genetic data from 968 fraternal twins and their parents, however, they didn’t find any other reported or wrongly classified cases of sesquizygotic twins, which are extremely rare worldwide.“We know this is an exceptional case of semi-identical twins,” Fisk added. “While doctors may keep this in mind in apparently identical twins, its rarity means there is no case for routine genetic testing.”More on Geek.com:This Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Help Heal WoundsFDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentDecoded Great White Shark Genome Could Help Cure Cancerlast_img read more

Watching TV is making kids obese stunting growth

first_imgExperts say children who watch TV for more than 3 hours a day will be gain 5% more weight than those who do not Growth rates of children have been falling in Telangana for the past few years Hyderabad: A child who watches television for more than three hours a day will be five 5 per cent more obese than who does not watch television during early growth period. The growth rate among children in the urban areas of Telangana is 22 per cent and it is 32 per cent in the rural areas of the state. The growth rate has been decreasing in Telangana for the few years. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Dr Pavan Kumar, associate professor of paediatrics, MNR Medical College, Hyderabad said, “Nowadays, children are more addicted to playing on mobile phones rather than playing outdoors. There are various hormones within our bodies. For these children who play games on mobile phones, the satisfaction of winning the game comes when the hormone dopamine rises. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Now-a-days they don’t need to go outside to get this dopamine as they get it by simply playing these video games or action games that bring happiness to them. This affect the childhood of these children. The child is becoming overweight because of this which is also stunting their growth.” Dr Irfan Shaikh, head of scientific and medical affairs, Abbott Pediatric Nutrition, said, “Growth and development are the most important aspects of childhood. There is a time-bound window of opportunity right from conception to 5 years and growth continues beyond that.” Advertise With Us According to him, there are two types of nutrition; macro nutrition and micro nutrition. Macro nutrition includes carbohydrates and proteins. It is very important for the child to take it regularly without skipping it even for a day. When it comes to micro nutrition as the name ‘micro’ suggests, it should be taken in a smaller amounts. Micro nutrition is very critical for the development of the child. A variety of foods need to be taken to get all the nutrition. Some might be high in nutrition and some low. There should be a combination of both the foods with high and low nutrition, he adds. Dr Marion M Aw, associate professor, department of paediatrics, National University of Singapore, says, “In 2018, 55 per cent of all the stunting cases in children under five years of age occurred in Asia. Two out of five stunted children live in Southern Asia.”last_img read more

Shelter to Rohingyas not forever PM

first_imgSheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh is giving shelter to Myanmar refugees on humanitarian ground, but not forever.“We’ve given shelter to them [Myanmar refugees] on humanitarian ground, but we cannot keep them forever,” she said when French ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert met her at her parliament office.Sheikh Hasina urged the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to take its nationals back.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Quoting the prime minister, the press secretary said the ongoing problem in Rakhine, Myanmar cannot be solved through military actions. “This can be solved through a political process,” she said.In Bangladesh, Hasina said, there was problem in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and Bangladesh solved it through talks. “We’ve negotiated with them, settled the matter internally and then took back our nationals,” she said.The prime minister said she is looking forward to visiting France at the end of the next month when she will hold a meeting with the French President.Sophie Aubert said her country is ready to help Bangladesh in this refugee issue.She said the overall security situation in Bangladesh has improved a lot and appreciated the prime minister for her pragmatic leadership.The Ambassador hoped that the next general election in Bangladesh will be peaceful.Aubert said the cooperation between Bangladesh and France in energy and water sectors has increased a lot. “We’re also working together on climate change issue.”She reassured the prime minister that the Bangabandhu Satellite, scheduled to be launched on 16 December next, will be launched in time.PM’s adviser Gowher Rizvi was present.last_img read more

Ruling party men in guise of police abducts rapes teenager

first_imgRapeA 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a local Jubo League leader after she was picked up from her home in Chatkhil upazila of Noakhali.The allegation was against Noakhola union Jubo League president Mujibur Rahman alias Sharif.Jubo League is the youth front of the ruling party Awami League.According to the family members of the victim, a group of 5-6 men identifying themselves as police, picked up the girl from her home on 7 February.The girl was then raped and dumped near her home.The victim’s mother filed a written complaint with the police on 8 February naming three people including Sharif.She also claimed that the police recorded the case three days later excluding Sharif’s name. The police is yet to arrest anyone in this connection, two weeks since of the incident, she added.Speaking over phone, Mujibur Rahman said the allegation against him is politically motivated and he denied his involvement with the incident.Chatkhil police station officer in charge (OC) Jahirul Islam said the victim and her mother came with their complaint to the police station on 8 February and on 10 February.The case was filed on 10 February and the victim was sent for medical examination the next day, the OC added.The OC also said the police was still investigating the incident.last_img read more

Trump made me cry says soldiers widow

first_imgMyeshia Johnson as she kisses the casket of her husband Army Sgt La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery in Hollywood, Florida. AFP file photoThe pregnant widow of an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger said Monday that Donald Trump had struggled to remember his name during a condolence call, in an account the president immediately disputed.Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson, whose husband Sergeant La David Johnson was one of four US soldiers killed in the October 4 jihadist attack, has generated a storm of controversy that is now heading into its second week.“Yes, the president said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways,” Johnson said on ABC’s Good Morning America TV program, in her first public comments on the death of her 25-year-old husband.“And I was—it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.”Myeshia Johnson, who is carrying the couple’s third child, said she “heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that hurt me the most.”“The only way he remembered my husband’s name because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David.”The US president fired right back on Twitter, insisting: “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”Details of Trump’s call were made public last week by a Democratic congresswoman who claimed the president had offended Johnson’s widow, drawing accusations from the White House of politicizing the issue.The escalating row prompted Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, a former general whose son died in Afghanistan, to deliver an emotive defense of the president—while lashing out at the Florida congresswoman, Frederica Wilson.Myeshia Johnson told ABC Wilson’s account of the call was “100 percent correct,” saying she was a lifelong family friend and had listened in over a speakerphone.“Whatever Miss Wilson said was not fabricated,” Johnson said. “Why would we fabricate something like that?”Asked if she had any words for the president, she replied: “No. I don’t have nothing to say to him.”Trump himself kicked off the furor early last week by falsely claiming that Barack Obama and other former US leaders did not call the families of fallen soldiers.As the controversy escalated, the president went on to claim that he had called “virtually” all fallen servicemembers’ families since taking office.That has reportedly left his administration scrambling, with four families of servicemembers receiving rush-delivered letters from the White House in recent days, according to the Atlantic.last_img read more

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razaks statement on MH17 Agreeme

first_imgIn recent days, we have been working behind the scenes to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site.That contact has now been made. Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives.Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that.Earlier this evening I spoke to Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred. We have agreed the following:Firstly, the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez, will be moved by train to Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands. The train will depart this evening Ukraine time, and will be accompanied by six Malaysian members of the recovery team. The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team. Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.Secondly, at approximately 9pm tonight Ukraine time, the two black boxes will be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk, who will take custody of them.Thirdly, independent international investigators will be guaranteed safe access to the crash site to begin a full investigation of the incident.I must stress that although agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed.There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr Borodai and his people have so far given their co-operation.I ask that all parties continue to work together to ensure that this agreement is honoured; that the remains of our people are returned, that the black box is handed over, and that the international team is granted full access to the site.Only then can the investigation into MH17 truly begin; only then can the victims be afforded the respect they deserve. We need to know what caused the plane to crash, and who was responsible for it, so that justice may be done.In recent days, there were times I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and grief that the Malaysian people feel. And that I feel. But sometimes, we must work quietly in the service of a better outcome.I understand that for the families, nothing can undo this damage. The lives taken cannot be given back; the dignity lost cannot be regained.My heart reaches out to those whose loved ones were lost on MH17. We hope and pray that the agreement reached tonight helps bring them a clear step towards closure.Source = Malaysia Airlineslast_img read more

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