Sri Lanka defends trade deals with Singapore China and India

Opposition legislator Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament that the deal with Singapore did not have cabinet approval.He said that the agreement posed a threat to Sri Lanka and must be reconsidered. Samarawickrama said that Sri Lanka needs foreign investments in the country to go forward and the proposed Free Trade Agreement with China and a proposed Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement (ETCA) with India will help the economy.“We need new markets and new products,” Samarawickrama said.He said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had also noted the importance of having economic relations with China and India. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan opposition raised concerns over the agreement with Singapore saying it will deprive employment for Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka today defended the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore and the proposed deals with China and India, Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news reported.Speaking in Parliament, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament that the FTA with Singapore will not harm employment opportunities in Sri Lanka. He also said that the FTA with Singapore is open for amendments despite being signed in January. read more

Le jailbreak de liOS 511 libéré demain

first_imgLe jailbreak de l’iOS 5.1.1 libéré demainl’iOS 5.1.1 de votre iPod, iPhone ou iPad pourra être débridé dès demain. C’est en tout cas ce que promet le hacker Pod2G sur son compte twitter. Ce n’est plus qu’une question de jours. Le Jailbreak de l’iOS 5.1.1 sortirait certainement ce mardi, selon le Tweet de Pod2G, hackeur à l’origine du déverrouillage. Cette application fonctionnera donc pour les dernières versions de l’iPod, l’iPhone et l’iPad, à l’exception des modèles iPod 3G, iPhone 3G et ATV3.Mais le jailbreak ne sera pas encore totalement opérationnel. Il faudra en effet attendre a finalisation de la version 2.0 d’Absinthe. Cet outil permet de débloquer l’iOS en “untethered”, c’est-à-dire qu’il ne sera pas nécessaire de brancher les appareils d’Apple à Mac pour démarrer l’application. Le programme est donc parfaitement intégré et invisible sur les appareils de la marque à la pomme. En attendant, c’est la version “tethered” qui sera d’abord proposé mardi 22 mai.Améliorer l’autonomie Comme pour tous les autres outils de déverrouillages, Absinthe 2.0 permet de supprimer toutes les restrictions posées par Apple. Une fois débridé, les utilisateurs seront en mesure de télécharger des contenus, applications et extensions qui ne sont pas proposés sur la boutique App Store, via des autres installateurs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, Pod2G a annoncé qu’il compte aussi améliorer l’autonomie de la batterie de l’iPhone 4S sous iOS 5.1.1, grâce à son application. Une autonomie qui se révèle un vrai handicap pour les usagers, contraint de le recharger tous les jours. Rappelons que le prédécesseur de l’iPone 4S avait pourtant une durée d’activité supérieure.Reste à attendre que le hackeur corrige les derniers bugs et qu’il finisse bien dans le temps imparti.Le 21 mai 2012 à 11:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fire destroys RV parked at home north of Felida

first_imgA fire destroyed a fifth-wheel motor home parked in a carport attached to a residence north of Felida on Sunday morning.Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters were dispatched to 4817 N.W. 151st St. about 9:45 a.m.The crew of the first fire engine to arrive at the one-story home found the RV parked on the right side underneath a carport, engulfed in flames, said Fire District 6 spokesman Dave Schmitke.Firefighters removed an attached truck from the camper and began dousing the blaze with foam, Schmitke said.Smoke filled the home’s garage, but firefighters used fans to clear it and a junk room of the haze. The home survived the fire undamaged, Schmitke said, but he was unsure if the carport was destroyed. He estimated damage was around $57,000.No one was injured by the fire.The homeowner told responders he plugged batteries located in the carport into an outside electrical outlet. About a half-hour later, he heard a loud pop come from the batteries, and a fire quickly grew out of control, Schmitke said.The Clark County Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the exact cause.Firefighters remained on the scene for about 2½ hours, removing several panels from the side of the home to ensure there weren’t lingering hot spots.last_img read more

Courtois speaks about his move to Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid last month at a £35m price. He recently talked about moving from Chelsea to join the Spanish side.Before the incidents that spoiled up to the point at which the Belgian had to leave Stamford Bridge, Courtois was on the list of the fans’ favorite at Chelsea.When Belgium finished at third place at the World Cup tournament in Russia, Courtois was given more leave time but expected to return to training the day after they lost the Community Shield to Manchester City. However, he never showed up as expected.He had gone on to pursue his move and fortunately got what he was seeking, leaving Chelsea to sign up Kepa Arrizabalaga.However, according to a report by Sky Sports, Football.london, Courtois still loves the Blues: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth. I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.“Hopefully it will turn around.”last_img read more

Twenty countries convene for Law Enforcement Conference in Nassau

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 21, 2017 – Law enforcers of 20 countries are convened in The Bahamas for a four day Pre-International Drug Enforcement Conference being held at the Police Headquarters in Nassau.  A strong focus is on controlling the trend of the resurgence in the popularity of cocaine and the smuggling of it.National Security Minister, Dr Bernard Nottage opened the event at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center and among the officials attending are US Charge D’Affairs, Lisa Johnson and Special Agent in Charge of the US Drug Enforcement Administration Caribbean Division, Matthew Donahue and Bahamas Police Commissioner, Ellison Greenslade.Peru and Colombia also have representative law enforcers at the Pre-IDEC which started on Monday.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Armed bandit locks keys in car after robbing Fox Canyon convenience store

first_img February 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A bandit armed with a shotgun held up a Fox Canyon neighborhood convenience store early Friday morning, then smashed out the window of his own getaway car after apparently locking his keys inside, authorities said.Based on the suspect’s description, the weapon used and the getaway car, robbery detectives believe the gunman may be the same man who robbed an adult book store about 24 hours prior to Friday’s robbery.The latest heist occurred around 4:40 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 4919 University Ave., just east of Euclid Avenue and about a mile east of Interstate 15, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said. The suspect entered the convenience store, threatened the clerk with a shotgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.Once in the parking lot, the bandit apparently smashed the driver’s side window of his dark Nissan Sentra and fled westbound on University Avenue, Martinez said.  The suspected thief smashed the window after apparently locking his keys in the car.The suspect was described as a clean-shaven, long-haired Hispanic man in his 20s with a heavy build. He wore a black baseball hat and a red and black sweater.The suspect’s physical appearance, clothing, weapon and car all matched the descriptions given Thursday of a man who robbed the Adult Depot on Pacific Highway in Mission Hills a little after 5:30 a.m., Martinez said. Robbery detectives were investigating whether the heists on back-to-back days were connected. Armed bandit locks keys in car after robbing Fox Canyon convenience store Updated: 8:53 AM , last_img read more

BG seeks path to a public pool

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground is testing the waters to see if there’s community interest in spending millions of dollars to build a public swimming pool.A task force of community leaders steered by City Councilman Mike Ciraulo is joining forces to map a path for a pool’s development. Even though the project would likely require the city to issue between $10 million and $15 million in bonds, Ciraulo is confident it won’t be unpopular.Overall, the project would likely cost $20 million to $30 million, with about half the money coming from donations.“Overwhelmingly, everyone says, yes, they’d be willing to pay off a bond,” Ciraulo said. “That being said, there’s a compelling argument that if we could raise enough money from donors, it could offset how much the city needs to bond.”The project calls for developing two pools. One would be an Olympic-sized lap pool. The other would be kept warmer and used for recreation.There are no plans for the city to try to pass a bond package in the near future, Ciraulo said, and the city hasn’t done a formal market survey to see whether such a proposal would have support. Nonetheless, creation of a community pool task force is a sign that a handful of Battle Ground organizers are willing to reconsider developing a pool complex.last_img read more

Travelodge launches recruitment programme to help parents back into work

first_imgUK hotel chain Travelodge has launched a new recruitment programme specifically designed to help parents re-enter the workplace.The programme launched on 14 January 2019 and will enable successful candidates to take advantage of flexible working hours, training, coaching from a work buddy and online careers advice, tailored to parents going back to work.New starters will also have access to the organisation’s benefits package, which includes discounted hotel stays, and will be able to join Travelodge’s management programme, Aspire.Peter Gowers, chief executive officer at Travelodge, said: “Travelodge is growing quickly and we want to unlock the potential of Britain’s mums and dads as they return to work. Hospitality can offer a great career for parents, with jobs close to home, hours that can match the school run, benefits that suit families and a path into management.”Travelodge, which has approximately 12,000 UK employees, will be offering returning parents roles across its 558 UK hotels, as well as within its head office and at new hotels being built. Candidates will be able to apply for a range of jobs, such as hotel manager, assistant hotel manager, receptionist, bar cafe team member and housekeeping team member.The recruitment programme has, in part, been designed to help Travelodge manage its business growth; the organisation plans to open an additional 100 hotels over the next five years, creating around 3,000 new jobs.A survey Travelodge conducted with YouGov of 451 unemployed parents in August 2018 helped inform the structure of new programme. It found that, although 86% of respondents wanted to return to work, 59% stated that the scarcity of jobs with flexibility around the school run was their biggest challenge.Gowers added: “We are preparing in earnest for post-Brexit Britain. With thousands of new jobs to fill, we need more new [employees] than ever. We see vast untapped potential in parents who want to return to work. YouGov research shows that many parents want to get back into a job, especially one that can lead to a career, and the first step is often the hardest.“We’ve based our new programme on making it easier than ever for mums and dads to work around the school run and climb the career ladder [while] raising their family.”last_img read more

Police SW MiamiDade woman says she shot husband dead during dispute

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a domestic dispute at a Southwest Miami-Dade apartment complex led to a man’s fatal shooting.Miami-Dade Police responded to the complex in the area of Southwest 47th Street and 67th Avenue, just after 7:30 a.m., Sunday.Officials said, the victim’s wife called 911 and said she had shot her husband.The man was pronounced dead at the scene.Investigators said the couple were in their 30s.As of Sunday evening, homicide detectives were questioning the woman. Charges against her, if any, remain pending.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

KeySteal exploit attacks MacOS keychain to take all your passwords

first_img Security An exploit called KeySteal can access your passwords in your Mac’s keychains. Sarah Tew/CNET A malicious app running on your Mac could steal your cache of passwords, a teenage security researcher has found.Calling his exploit KeySteal, Linus Henze demonstrated on YouTube how the attack would work. It takes advantage of a flaw in the code that runs a Mac’s internal stores of passwords, called keychains. As the malicious application works, it pulls up a list of passwords for apps that commonly interface with computers, like Facebook and Twitter.Henze, who tweeted out the YouTube demonstration on Sunday, is 18 years old and lives in Germany, he told CNET from his twitter account. “Normal Mac users should care about this flaw because most Apps store passwords inside the keychain (Online Banking Apps for example) and with my Exploit attackers are able to have access to all these passwords,” Henze told CNET in a direct message on Twitter.Apple security researcher Patrick Wardle said he’s seen the exploit up close and can confirm it works. But to target you, hackers first have to get you to run malicious software on your Mac, which is a “high prerequisite,” Wardle said. Still, the results would be very useful for any hacker who succeeded. Instead of maintaining an unauthorized presence on your computer with malware, they could simply get all of your login credentials and then delete the malicious program. Then they could log back in to your accounts legitimately.”All you need is the password,” Wardle said.Apple didn’t provide a comment for this story.The exploit can access passwords in the “login” and “System” keychain, and it affects Macs running Apple’s Mohave operating system (or any MacOS released prior to that), Henze said.Henze said he’s declining to give Apple details of his malicious code because the company doesn’t pay researchers when they find flaws that hackers can exploit. Wardle echoed that position, saying the best way for Apple to ensure that the highly sensitive keychain is secure would be to encourage security researchers to find flaws by paying them.That doesn’t leave you totally vulnerable to this flaw, though. Hackers would still need to implant malicious software on your computer. And even though Henze has discussed the flaw publicly, he hasn’t told potential hackers all the steps they’d need to take to re-create his malicious app.If you’re still concerned, you can manually lock your Mac’s keychains. To do that, you find the spotlight search bar by hitting command + space. Type in “keychain access” and select the program that comes up. Then in your top right screen, right click on the menu item that says “login.” Select “lock keychain login” from the drop down menu that appears. The only problem? You’ll have to go back and manually unlock your keychain if you want to allow apps to access it. So for now, you should only consider this if you think of yourself as a high value target for hackers.First published Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. PTUpdate, Feb. 7 at 11:55 p.m.: Adds comment from Linus Henze.Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad services that will change your life. Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 Hacking Privacylast_img read more

Nowhere to turn Wrangell ewaste event dumps electronics properly

first_imgThe Wrangell Cooperative Association partnered with Seattle-based recycling company Total Reclaim to collect old computers and other e-waste. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/ KSTK)In Wrangell, recycling isn’t as simple as wheeling a plastic container out to the curb each week. That service doesn’t exist in most communities in Southeast Alaska. Not to mention trying to get rid of large items like old TVs, computers and printers. In order to prevent these items from ending up in a landfill, they need to be sorted by hand and shipped off the island.Listen nowEarly on a Saturday morning, Kim Wickman is sorting through a bin full of old cell phones, chargers and cords. Wickman works for the Wrangell Cooperative Association and has been building the tribe’s existing recycling efforts since coming on board last year. She even brings household batteries dropped off at her office on personal trips to recycle, but getting rid of large electronics is a whole other problem.“I spent a lot of time out the road on the logging roads, and you find broken computer towers because people don’t know what to do with them. They don’t want their data going out there to where somebody could steal information,” Wickman said. “So they take them out and shoot them or maybe run over them and that’s not the best option for them.”As the morning rolls on, three pallets are quickly stacking up. Someone drops off a huge sack, easily weighing more than 150 pounds, full of industrial cords.But, most people are just cleaning out their closet. Kay Larson unloaded several items out of her truck, including a dead external hard drive, some old computers and a printer. She said she’d been holding on to that stuff for about 17 years.“I’m just thrilled to have this event here,” Larson said. “I started housecleaning in order to get my things ready for this.”Adam Tlachac brought in a couple of old laptops. If this event didn’t come along, Tlachac explained he wouldn’t have known what to do with them.“Eventually I would have gotten sick of seeing it on the shelf and probably just thrown it in with the rest of the trash,” Tlachac said. “I’m just glad it’s not ending up in a waste landfill.”All of the items that are collected are being taken by Total Reclaim, a Seattle-based electronic recycler. Ryley Konsinski has worked with the company’s Alaska branch for about 10 years. He’s already starting to break things down, snapping a paper tray off a printer stacked on several others. Items are separated into categories based on the components inside them and their value.“Anything we accept electronic wise, it’s a balancing act between what we can get on the back side after it’s broken down and sorted versus how much it costs us to process it – to basically have our guys either break it down by hand or have it go through our processing equipment and separate out the plastics, the metals, the circuitry and in the case of the monitors, the clean glass versus the leaded glass,” Konsinski said.Konsinski travels around Alaska providing education and outreach to rural communities who may not know how to get an event like this going. He started working in Southeast six years ago. Total Reclaim collects about 400,000 pounds of e-waste in the region every year. Total Reclaim charges to take most items, but gladly collects computers for free, which contain the most precious metals.“Again, like one computer, you can’t take it to McDonald’s and get a Big Mac with it, but if you have hundreds and thousands of computers you’re processing, you can start building big lots of circuitry where we do get some good value out of it,” Konsinski said.Most items will either be broken down by hand or literally smashed and sorted. Pieces will be sent to downstream recyclers as far as Japan and Europe, where metals and plastics will be broken down and reintroduced into the manufacturing market.The Wrangell Cooperative Association plans to hold a collection event annually, and is picking up the tab this year. Wickman hopes it entices people to not just pay to bring items into the community, but also pay to get them out.last_img read more

World leaders mark 100 years of WWI armistice

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May and Belgian counterpart Charles Michel attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of John Parr and George Ellison, the first and the last British soldiers killed in the First World War, during celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, at the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium on 9 November 2018. Photo: ReutersWorld leaders gathered in Paris will lead global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital.British prime minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth will attend a separate event in London, while New Zealand and Australia are holding their own ceremonies.The Paris commemorations, centred on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, are set to feature warnings about the modern-day danger of nationalism.”This day is not just about remembering, but should be about a call to action,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday after visiting the forest clearing in eastern France where the Armistice was signed.Merkel will give the opening address alongside UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a conference called the Paris Peace Forum which will take place after a memorial service on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday morning.Conceived by French president Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is intended to highlight the importance of international institutions in helping resolve conflicts, avert wars and spread prosperity.- Tensions lurk -But despite the show of unity at the Arc de Triomphe, where school children will read out messages written by soldiers in eight languages, tensions are expected to lurk beneath the surface.US president Donald Trump, whose hard-line nationalism has badly shaken the Western alliance, arrived in Paris on Friday criticising host Macron for being “insulting.”Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which Macron talked about the need for a European army and listed the US along with Russia and China as a threat to national security.The “America First” leader, who faced criticism on Saturday for cancelling a trip to an American cemetery because of the rainy weather, will snub the Paris Peace Forum.Other attendees of the memorial service and Forum include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Benyamin Netanyahu, as well as Putin.With far-right nationalist politicians coming to power from Brazil to Italy to Austria, 40-year-old centrist Macron is set to invoke the war to make the case for international cooperation.”We want to make these commemorations a time to reflect on the present, not just the past, so that they have a meaning for us today,” an aide to Macron said earlier this week.He will deliver a short speech during Sunday’s ceremony, which organisers have made deliberately international and cross-cultural.The French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-yo Ma will perform, as will West African singer Angelique Kidjo, and a European youth orchestra with a Russian conductor.Some 10,000 police have been drafted in to ensure maximum security in a city repeatedly targeted by jihadists since 2015.Macron is also set to speak later at UN cultural body UNESCO and at the Peace Forum.The Forum is part of the “fightback” against nationalism worldwide, chief organiser Justin Vaisse told AFP as he played down the significance of Trump’s decision not to attend.”The aim of the forum is to show that there are lots of forces in the international system — states, NGOs, foundations, intellectuals, companies — who believe we need a world of rules, an open world and a multilateral world,” he said.– Other ceremonies -About 70 current-day nations were involved in the conflict that had six empires and colonial powers at its heart: Austria-Hungary, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the Ottoman Empire.Around 10 million soldiers are generally estimated to have been killed during the fighting and more than double that number wounded overall.Between five and 10 million civilians are estimated to have been killed.In Britain, church bells are set to ring out across the country at 11:00am, at the same time as a national remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London.In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will address crowds at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Sunday morning.last_img read more

Cardinals Close the Regular Season at the Stitch Intercollegiate

first_img The University of Louisville men’s golf team concludes the 2018-19 regular season, as they travel to Cary, North Carolina to compete in the Stitch Intercollegiate. The two-day tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at the MacGregor Downs Country Club.  The No. 21 Cardinals will be the third-highest ranked team in the tournament, No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 20 Liberty, No. 26 NC State, No. 34 South Florida, No. 41 Campbell, Davidson, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland, VCU, Richmond, Toledo and Old DominionTOURNAMENT INFORMATIONStitch IntercollegiateApril 12-13Local Weather – LinkLive Scoring – LinkThe Cardinals return to North Carolina to compete in the Stitch Intercollegiate, which features five ACC teams, including No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 9 Duke and No. 21 Louisville.  The Cardinals are coming off another solid finish by tying for second place at the John Hayt Invitational.Sophomore Matthias Schmid posted his fifth top-five finish this season by finishing in a tie for third, despite shooting a 1-over-par 216. He placed in a tie for fourth at the Linger Longer Invitational with his score of 6-under-par.Schmid shot an opening round score of 65 and entered the final round at 6-under-par. However, due to the adverse conditions, Schmid shot a final round 77 to the the tournament at 1-under-par.Junior John Murphy was the second Cardinal to finish in the top 15 by firing a 5-over-par 221 to finish in a tie for 14th place. Entering the final round at 1-over-par, Murphy battled with a 4-over-76 to post his best finish since a sixth-place ending at the Seminole Intercollegiate Freshman Jiri Zuska and Devin Morley each tied for 40th after shooting a 13-over-par 229, while Simon Zach tied for 49th after carding a total of 230. Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sexist video games hamper empathy in men for women

first_imgYoung male gamers who strongly identify with male characters in sexist and violent video games show less empathy towards female violence victims in real life, say researchers.They found that males who played ‘Half Life 1’ or ‘Half Life 2’ games — violent games sans sexist component — did not show the same lack of empathy as those who played the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ (GTA) games that combined sexism and violence.“Males who really identified with their characters in the sexist, violent games didn’t feel as much empathy for the victim,” said Brad Bushman from The Ohio State University in Columbus. In a video game, you are physically linked to the character. “You control what he does. That can have a real effect on your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, at least in the short term,” Bushman added in the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE.The team analysed 154 high school students, aged 15-20 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some of the participants played GTA games that contained both violence and sexism. Bushman noted that in these games, women are secondary characters who are used as sexual objects by players.The second group played ‘Half Life 1’ or ‘Half Life 2’ which are violent but do not portray women in a sexual or sexist manner. In fact, the female character in the ‘Half Life’ games plays an active role. The third group played games which have neither violence nor sexism. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Most people would look at these images and say the girl pictured has to be terrified,” Bushman noted. The findings showed that after playing a violent, sexist game, male players reported lower levels of sympathy and compassion compared to those who played games without a sexist component.These males were likely to agree with what are called “masculine beliefs.” The study also identified which players are most likely to be affected by sexist and violent games and how exactly the games have their impact.“This finding gives us a better idea of what exactly a combination of violence and sexism in video games does to harm male players,” noted lead study author Alessandro Gabbiadini from the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy.last_img read more

Honesty in Tragedy Steinbecks A Russian Journal

first_imgWhen Winston Churchill gave his now-famous “Iron Curtain” speech on March 5, 1946, during his tenure as leader of the official House of Commons Opposition, he tapped into a growing sentiment among the Western powers that their victory over Axis forces was being quickly and cruelly undermined by growing Soviet influence in eastern Europe and Asia. Moscow’s influence, he proclaimed, “descended across the Continent,” bringing hardship and injustice with it wherever it landed and obscuring the influence of the victorious West.Winston Churchill.According to Robert Rhodes James of the International Churchill society, Churchill’s speech resonated with the Western powers to such a degree that some Russian historians consider it the beginning of the Cold War; to say that it stoked tensions between the former allies is an understatement.It was into these shifting sands that the American war journalist and Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck trekked with his colleague, photographer Robert Capa, in 1947; the two were on a mission to document the devastation and reconstruction of Europe in what would later be published as A Russian Journal, and few writers of the day were as qualified for the colossal and emotionally-charged undertaking as Steinbeck.Steinbeck in 1939.In his research for the 1937 novel The Grapes of Wrath, a book in which he claims to have “done [his] damnedest to rip the readers’ nerves to rags,” Steinbeck conducted extensive interviews, driving Route 66, visiting government-operated and impromptu roadside squatter camps occupied by economic migrants who traveled the iconic highway seeking employment at the height of the Great Depression.His unapologetic focus on the raw, on-the-ground horror of extreme poverty saw him branded a socialist by depression-era capitalist apologists, but he was undeterred.Farmer in despair over the Depression in 1932.When he and Capa arrived in Stalingrad, he was on familiar ground; according to Russia Beyond’s Nora Fitzgerald, Steinbeck spent a significant amount of time in the collectively-organized farms near Stalingrad observing and documenting the strenuous work and spending time with the farmers’ families.In Stalingrad, the pair were fascinated by the speed with which the citizens of the ruined city rushed to return to normalcy amid the devastation.Hungarian-born photographer and journalist Robert Capa (1914 – 1954) reads George Simenon’s ‘A Face for a Clue’ (also known as ‘Le chien jaune’) while he lies in a bathtub at the home of fellow photographer, Myron Davis, New York, New York, October 1942. Photo by Myron Davis/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty ImagesSteinbeck was “intensely fascinated,” writes Fitzgerald, with the way the Russian women, in particular, made do in holes and caverns where once stood flats and houses.“How they [the women] could live underground and still keep clean and proud and feminine we had no idea. …It was a strange and heroic travesty on modern living,” he wrote, musing on the poise and grace of a people who acclimatized with astonishing quickness to a city Capa’s photos showed to still be “horrifically gutted two years after the war.”Moscow in 1948.Both Capa and Steinbeck spent WWII as journalists and, perhaps as a result of these experiences, the tone of A Russian Journal is markedly different from the gut-wrenching staccato of tragedies that make up The Grapes of Wrath.Hotel Savoi Moscow, 1930.Though the war was over, the horror it wrought upon Europe and Asia remained, and Fitzgerald writes that even these experienced scribes of 20th century horrors were unable to maintain their detachment from the surroundings during their stay in Russia.The work that emerged from their travels spans a wide range of emotional registers; it is at times humorous, others tragic, and at some points, Fitzgerald writes, even naïve. In the description of its recent reissue, Penguin Random House notes that Steinbeck and Capa, “two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle,” nearly falter at times in the face of the reality they endeavor to transcribe for posterity.Read another story from us:  Pleistocene Park: A Russian scientist is creating an Ice Age environment in SiberiaStill, their traversal of Churchill’s opaque barrier, an effort to capture the quotidian experience of what Steinbeck called “the great other side there,” is handled with the utmost grace and sensitivity – the title of the work itself validates their sincerity. A Russian Journal, Steinbeck wrote, “is just what happened to [us] … It is not the Russian story, but a Russian story.”last_img read more

Update Cow rescued from river in Protea Drive

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The cow that was trapped earlier today (October 10) in the river in Protea Drive has been rescued.The hapless animal was spotted by residents and farmers from the area.Public Safety officers and a large group of community members responded to the scene to try and get the cow out of the water.A tow rope was used by the community members as they inched the bovine beast out of the muddy river.It took around 40 minutes for the animal to be rescued from the river.Once the cow was out of the river, it appeared to be drained of all energy and could barely stand on its own legs.It was a great community effort, with the help of Public Safety officers.The Ladysmith Fire Department also responded to the scene.Initial story: Watch: Cow trapped in mud and water near Protea Bridge, Ladysmith Also read: Massive flooding in Durban as storm hitsA large group of residents from the area surrounding Protea Drive gathered around to see what was going on.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Israelis have answers for KZNs droughtstricken farmers

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The event will take place on the 24th of August 2016 in the Durban area, commencing at 09h00. Participation is free of charge but requires pre-registration. To register, please email your ID and cell number to Charmaine Hirshowitz: Charmaine.Hirshowitz@israeltrade.gov.ilRead full story in the NKZN AgriecoDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Israeli Embassy is presenting an agri-seminar in Durban next week Wednesday (August 24).Following the success of the previous agri-seminars in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape, the Embassy of Israel is excited to invite KZN farmers to the first Israeli Agri-Seminar to be held in KwaZulu-Natal.Israel is a world leader and innovator in agriculture, irrigation and arid area vegetation.This event will offer local business leaders and farmers the opportunity to learn about Israeli innovations in a wide variety of agriculture techniques and water management.Topics to be covered include irrigation, climate control, aquaculture, greenhouse technology, dairy farming and technology, undercover farming, poultry, advanced fertilizers, bio-pesticides and control, chemicals and much more.This special event was designed to be relevant to the agricultural environment of KwaZulu-Natal and there will be ample opportunity for business-to-business meetings.Keynote speakers will cover a variety of topics and following that, representatives of Israeli agricultural companies will be present and open to one-on-one interactions.last_img read more

Supratim Raj Basu

first_imgFairfest Media, the organising team behind TTF, were the first to take the initiative to organise a travel mart in India, at a time when nobody thought about having a travel mart in India. They were pioneers, just like we were pioneers of rural tourism in India. Without TTF many remote places would never have been exposed to travel industry. TTF has been a major platform for niche tourism in India, for rural tourism, which has brought Northeast and adjoining countries together to this same platform.last_img