Mizoram govt. taken to court over liquor losses

first_imgLiquor dealers in Mizoram have taken the Zoramthanga government to court for losses caused by extension of dry days initially meant for the Christmas season.In keeping with its election promise, the Mizo National Front government had banned the sale of liquor from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019. The ban was later extended till March 10.On Thursday, the Mizoram Liquor Vendors’ Association and each owner of the State’s three bonded warehouses filed separate lawsuits in the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court seeking to know how their losses would be recovered and whether the government has any prohibition policy in place.The court has set January 22 as the date of hearing and has asked the State government to produce the proceedings of the Cabinet meetings leading to the imposition of dry days.After the first Cabinet meeting on December 18, 2018, the government closed down nine State-run liquor outlets and declared dry days from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019, in view of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Republic Day and the local Chapchar Kut festival were the reasons cited for extending the dry day to March 10 after the second Cabinet meeting on January 10.Mounting expenses“The government has kept us in a limbo by not saying clearly whether we have to wind up. Extension of dry days has hit our business hard. We are maintaining our outlets, paying employees and taking care of other mounting expenses,” said Francis Sailo, an Aizawl-based liquor vendor. The liquor dealers said the State government should have come out with an exit policy with a time-frame to phase out the business. They said the uncertainty has led to piling up of liquor stock since the dealers have to honour their permits for purchase till March this year.Under pressure from the influential church, total prohibition was first imposed via the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act in 1997 when Lal Thanhawla was the Chief Minister. The move, however, did not help his Congress party win the Assembly election the following year.The Congress replaced total prohibition by controlled prohibition 18 years later through the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act of 2014. A few wine shops were accordingly opened in 2015 and the State government recorded around ₹70 crore in annual revenue through the sale of alcohol.Push from church An unhappy church commissioned a study on the effects of alcohol on individuals and the Mizo society. A team of academics concluded in 2018 that the social cost of liquor was higher than the revenue earned.Liquor dealers said the liquor stock unsold since the imposition of the Zoramthanga government’s dry day order was worth more than ₹40 crore. “The government should either buy this stock or compensate us,” a dealer said.last_img read more

Why do humans grow up so slowly? Blame the brain

first_imgHumans are late bloomers when compared with other primates—they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. But why? One widely accepted but hard-to-test theory is that children’s brains consume so much energy that they divert glucose from the rest of the body, slowing growth. Now, a clever study of glucose uptake and body growth in children confirms this “expensive tissue” hypothesis.Previous studies have shown that our brains guzzle between 44% and 87% of the total energy consumed by our resting bodies during infancy and childhood. Could that be why we take so long to grow up? One way to find out is with more precise studies of brain metabolism throughout childhood, but those studies don’t exist yet. However, a new study published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) spliced together three older data sets to provide a test of this hypothesis.First, the researchers used a 1987 study of PET scans of 36 people between infancy and 30 years of age to estimate age trends in glucose uptake by three major sections of the brain. Then, to calculate how uptake varied for the entire brain, they combined that data with the brain volumes and ages of more than 400 individuals between 4.5 years of age and adulthood, gathered from a National Institutes of Health study and others. 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For example, the period of highest brain glucose uptake—between 4.5 and 5 years of age—coincides with the period of lowest weight gain. This strongly suggested that the brain’s high energy needs during childhood are compensated for by slower growth.“This is a very, very cool paper,” says Karin Isler, a biological anthropologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “It very convincingly shows that the conflicting demands of the brain’s and the body’s energy requirements for growth are met, in humans, by a temporal sequence of delayed growth.”The expensive tissue hypothesis was first proposed in 1995 by anthropologists Leslie Aiello of New York’s Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and Peter Wheeler of the United Kingdom’s Liverpool John Moores University. Although it was initially thought that bigger brains were supported by smaller digestive systems, later studies revealed that other mechanisms could also be at work. Isler and primatologist Carel Van Schaik from the University of Zurich suggested that energy-rich diets, delayed growth and reproduction, and energy-efficient locomotion could also help feed the energy-hungry brain. Humans show signs of all three: We cook our food and eat meat, boosting caloric intake; we grow up more slowly and reproduce later; and we walk on two feet, saving energy compared with quadrupedal chimpanzees. The PNAS study supports the trade-off between delayed growth and larger brains, Isler says.The ideal next step would be to see if a similar trade-off with growth happens in other primates, too. But that will hard, Kuzawa says. “Obtaining PET data on brain glucose use across the full growing years in other closely related primates would be fascinating but difficult, and likely impossible for the more relevant comparative species like chimpanzees,” he says.*Correction, 26 August, 11:56 a.m.: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the study sample sizes were 400 and 1000, although they were higher. The article has been amended to reflect this.last_img read more

Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injury

first_img“I will still do what coach wants me to do. I just hope this game of mine will continue,” he said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESFor Jerie Pingoy, it almost felt like a throwback of sorts.With his team’s fate on his hands once again, the former UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player did what he does best: deliver the goods.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games PSL: F2 scores second win at expense of woeful Smart Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Admittedly still groping for form after undergoing surgery back in December, Pingoy’s aim in the PBA D-League may be a little different from the team’s collective goal.“I wanted to prove that I still can contribute even if I came off of an injury. I wanted to show that I still deserve to play,” he said.But Pingoy tries his earnest to not veer away too much from the team’s mission as Akari-Adamson prepares for the upcoming UAAP season later this year.“I just play my role. We don’t have a star player here, so we just try to help each other out,” he said as he seeks to follow the lead of top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi and recently-graduated guard Robbie Manalang.Pingoy, though, remains committed to the system of coach Franz Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I really wanted the game today,” he said.Finally putting his left ankle injury behind, the Cebuano guard drilled three consecutive treys in the final 2:03 which broke the back of Batangas-EAC to deliver the 89-79 victory for Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: D-League: Pingoy’s late 3s tow Akari-Adamson past Batangas-EACThat late flurry capped off his 6-of-9 shooting from downtown en route to 23 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals in the win — his best showing in the developmental league to date. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

London Olympics: Celebrations can wait, medals are the focus for Gagan right now

first_imgIf you thought Gagan Narang was partying the whole night after winning a bronze medal, that’s not been the case. People did come to meet the new Olympic bronze medallist on Tuesday, but the champion says he is not yet in party mode.”Obviously, a lot of pressure is off me but there was no big party last night,” Gagan said on Tuesday.Like a true champion, Gagan said that with two more events to go in the London Olympics, he cannot get distracted.”Yes, it’s nice I have an Olympic medal now but I have to focus on my next two events. My coach Stanislas Lapidus is not going to let me relax,” added Narang as he made his way back at the ranges.In Beijing, after failing to make it to the 10m air rifle final, Narang said he had lost focus for the three-position event. But this time around, the determination seems a lot more and he is not discounting his chances of competing hard once again.For someone like Gagan, who has stayed focussed through multiple events at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, this is perhaps a chance to prove to the world that there is no limit to the success a strong will can achieve.Historically, among Indians at the Olympics, no athlete has won multiple medals in the same edition. Gagan has a chance to add a new chapter if he can motivate himself all over again.With coach Lapidus not allowing Gagan too many media interactions, we will wait for India’s newest Olympic medallist to speak his heart out at length.advertisementlast_img read more

Adamson Lady Falcons capture 9th straight UAAP softball crown

first_imgADAMSON extended its dynastic UAAP softball reign to nine years.MANILA, Philippines–Adamson University defeated University of Santo Tomas, 11-2, Tuesday  to extend its championship reign in the UAAP softball tournament to nine years.Arianne Vallestero, a transferee from National University, had a tremendous performance in her final game in college, delivering two hits and three runs for the Lady Falcons’ 18th championship overall.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Nicole Padasas also shone with four hits and three RBIs, while MJ Maguad and Jeanette Rusia scored two runs for Adamson.The Lady Falcons, who only dropped only a single game this season, swept the best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I needed her this year. She carried us in this game,” said coach Ana Santiago of her star. “She told me, thank you Ate Anna because I finally experienced winning a UAAP championship.”Vallestero emerged as the season MVP, the Best Hitter (.556), Best Slugger (.972) and Most RBIs (16). She also shared the Most Homerun award with UST’s Charlotte Sales with three and Most Stolen Bases with her teammate Angelu Gabriel with six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I didn’t feel any pressure. I wasn’t nervous. I just enjoyed myself and went all out,” said Vallestero in Filipino.Lyca Basa captured the Finals MVP honors and made it two in a row as the league’s Best Pitcher with 1.167 earned run average. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets new endorsement deal in latest visit to Philippines Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ozil isn’t the one not working – Rosicky

first_imgMesut Ozil remains a divisive figure at Arsenal, but former team-mate Tomas Rosicky has hit out at those quick to criticise a proven match-winner and claimed he is “not the one who is not working”.The World Cup winner, as a languid playmaker who can drift through games at times, has seen his attitude questioned throughout a five-year spell in England.His creative qualities have allowed him to shine in the Premier League, but a supposed lack of aggression and work rate has earned him as many detractors as plaudits . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rosicky believes a sense of perspective is required when judging the contribution of a man who can “decide the game by himself”, with Ozil certainly not responsible for any of the struggles endured by Arsenal.The former Gunners star, who spent three seasons alongside the German before leaving north London in 2016, said in the Daily Mail : “I know Mesut very well. I played a lot of games with him. If you always see his stats, he is not the one who is not working.“Obviously what the people maybe lack with him, mainly in England, is that he is not the one who is going into the tackles or something like that.“But if you see it in general – he is working hard. You can see his stats, what he has every game.“Obviously I don’t know about this season [as I am not playing or training with him], but that’s what he used to be like and he was a hard worker – even in training. I know him.“You have to see things in perspective, he is someone who can decide the game by himself.”Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Mesut Ozil Hector Bellerin Arsenal EPL 09152018Rosicky also believes that Arsenal could be about to benefit from a fresher Ozil now that he has retired from international duty on the back of a World Cup showing over the summer which saw him once again generate unfair criticism.“It can be tricky at the start for him, but again we will see his development in the new team,” Rosicky added on a player who has shown flashes of his undoubted ability under Unai Emery this season.“Because I think in the long term it can be positive for him that he will suddenly have a break now and he can rest and train properly, and prepare himself for the Premier League.“I think he will still be a key player for Arsenal and, if he is playing well, Arsenal will be playing well.“I am looking forward to seeing Arsenal more and I hope they will grow.“Arsenal has a new manager and a completely different style, so the next games will show us more how the team is developing.”Ozil, who has netted in his last two appearances, against Newcastle and Vorksla Poltava, will be back in Premier League action on Sunday when Arsenal play host to Everton .last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jason Roy intimidates opposition, says Eoin Morgan after Bangladesh win

first_imgCaptain Eoin Morgan called compatriot Jason Roy an intimidating batsman to play against after the England opener hammered a characteristic 121-ball 153 to guide his side to a 106-run victory over Bangladesh, who knocked them out of the 2015 World Cup.Put in, England posted 386 for 6–their highest ever World Cup score-as Jason Roy purred into life, smashing 14 boundaries and 5 sixes to get his 9th ODI hundred and also the Player of the Match award at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Saturday.With the mammoth total, England also broke Australia’s 12-year-old record for the most number of successive 300-plus totals as they posted their 7th straight 300-plus ODI total.As the England batsman did a perfect job with the bat, the bowlers outshone in their department to all out Bangladesh for 280 in 48.5 overs with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer finishing with the figures of 3/23 and 3/29 respectively.”The two boys at the top (openers) laid a solid platform as Jason (Roy) managed to get a significant score. It’s great to see. He’s very intimidating to play against and the impact he has against oppositions is significant,” Eoin Morgan said in a post match interview.”There’s something always that sides will throw at us. Whether it’s spin, swing, whatever – we are prepared. With Archer, Wood, Woakes, Stokes in the bowling, it’s outstanding. They’re wonderful to captain and today was no different.”England were toppled by Pakistan in their previous game but the they bounced back strong to register second win of the tournament.advertisement”I think more positives to take out from the game today. We took a lot of positives from the last game against Pakistan too. We knew we needed to improve in order to win against Bangladesh and we were outstanding with the bat,” Morgan said.Batting first, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar departed cheaply but Shakib played a classy knock of 121, which included 12 boundaries and a six, from 119 balls. However, once Shakib left the crease, Bangladesh failed to keep their wickets together and handed a massive victory to England.Also Seelast_img read more

4 days agoReal Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forward

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forwardby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis coach Rubi has urged calm after defeat to Real Sociedad.While admitting he was worried, Rubi dismissed talk of relegation.“Everything worries me, I don’t want to see Betis where it is now, I don’t want to see Betis suffering but I am convinced that we will finish in a good position and we will pass 50 points,” he said. “You can remind me when the season is over.”Rubi added: “My personal situation does not worry me, I am convinced that we will move forward.” last_img read more

Arsenal equal 2018-19 away clean sheet record

first_imgArsenal’s battling 1-0 win in their season opener at Newcastle means they have now kept as many away clean sheets as they did in the entirety of the last campaign.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who shared the Golden Boot last season with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, picked up where he left off with a well-taken second half goal to earn the Gunners a scrappy victory at St James’ Park, their 13th win in 14 meetings against the Magpies.It means Arsenal equalled their 2018-19 clean sheet record after just one game of the new campaign. Unai Emery’s side had to wait until mid-April to record a shutout on the road last year, with Aubameyang also on target in a 1-0 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It also means the Gunners have won and kept a clean sheet in their opening game of a Premier League season for the first time since a 1-0 victory over West Brom at the start of the 2008-09 campaign. And After ending last season with a 3-1 win at Burnley, they have now recorded consecutive away wins in the Premier League for the first time since October 2018; a run that also included a victory against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.Only Manchester United and West Ham conceded more goals than Arsenal’s 51 in the Premier League’s top ten last season, so Emery must be encouraged by the performance of his defenders, who comfortably kept the Magpies attack at bay in the north east.The departure of captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux put even greater focus on the Arsenal backline going into the new campaign, though deadline-day signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will significantly bolster Emery’s defensive options in the coming weeks.Luiz was short of match fitness following his move from Chelsea so was only named among the substitutes against Newcastle. Tierney meanwhile is hoping to return by the end of the month as he continues his recovery from a double hernia operation.Next up for Arsenal is a home game against Burnley next Saturday. Newcastle travel to Carrow Road to take on newly promoted Norwich the same day.last_img read more

Nova Scotia rapper Classified wins ECMA Song of Year for Snoop Dogg

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “No Pressure” rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award Thursday night at the annual East Coast Music Awards.The rapper, from Enfield, N.S., produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson.Classified also produced Ria Mae’s self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Mae’s album featuring “Clothes Off” became a smash hit on the Canadian radio charts and grabbed a Juno nomination for single of the year — a category based on sales.The awards show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, was held in Saint John, N.B.The show featured live performances by David Myles, Classified, Ria Mae, Tomato/Tomato, and others.Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Produced by Tim O’Brien, the album was recorded in a small cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods.Les Hotesses d’Hilaire walked away with two awards on the night — Francophone Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year.Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with “Turnin’ Up a Sundown.”Ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year.The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry to foster, develop and celebrate East Coast music and its artists.“Once again, the awards show proved to be an excellent way to kick off the ECMAs,” said Andy McLean, the group’s executive director.Industry sessions and local performances continue though the weekend.Other winners Thursday night included War Horses for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and The Motorleague with Rock Recording of the Year for “Holding Patterns.”Like a Motorcycle took home the coveted Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their hard-driving rock tune “High Hopes.”The remaining 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out over the course of the weekend as the festival continues in Saint John.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

InFocus talks drag Two Spirit and all things fabulous

first_imgAPTN InFocusOn this addition of InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen chatted with drag queens – the Queen of the Oil Patch and the Master of the Jig – all of whom shared what it’s like for them to be two spirited.Ryan Richard, also known as Sandi Bay, is a champion jigger who says that although there are still many obstacles to overcome, the world is becoming a friendlier place for queer people.“I think that now the younger people… it’s more accepting than it was,” Richard said. “We still have the odd (older person) that will say that this is against our whatever.“But now… with all the social media and exposure to two-spiritness or to the gayness or whatever. There is a lot more exposure to it now.”Two spirit people have been a part of Indigenous culture long before settlers arrived in North America.Colonization brought many things with it, including a different foreign perspective on gender and sexuality.In some ways, those ideas still affect the way Indigenous people today approach 2SLGBTQ said Prairie Sky, one of Winnipeg’s most-known queens.“When we’re healing as communities, and as people from the disruption of colonization especially how violent colonization was for many of our communities, when we hear these negative things, I don’t often equate that as being the same way I equate all ways with homophobia or all ways transphobia.“There are a lot of extra layers there that need to be interrogated,” she said.Sky added, “people will look at us, non-Indigenous and Indigenous people, will just generally look at queer people as generally being sexual beings and they think what we do is so different, so gross.“When we’re interrogating queerness we’re also interrogating things like sex and interrogating things like gender. And because of our relationship with all of those things, because of colonization, that makes it extra difficult for our communities.”@APTNInFocuslast_img read more

South Korea to mark summit anniv with or without North

first_imgSeoul: South Korea will this week celebrate the first anniversary of a landmark summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — but Pyongyang may not take part, Seoul said Monday. The pair held their first meeting on April 27 last year in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula amid a rapid diplomatic thaw, paving the way for a historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June. But one year later, little progress has been made on North Korea’s denuclearisation, with Pyongyang and Washington deadlocked since a second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February broke down without a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMoon, who brokered the first meeting between the two mercurial leaders, has tried to salvage the diplomacy although the North has remained largely unresponsive. Since Hanoi, the North has not attended any of the eight regular weekly meetings of the heads of their joint liaison office in Kaesong, and has not taken part in other joint projects, such as excavations in the DMZ. Seoul will hold a ceremony on Saturday at Panmunjom — where Moon and Kim exchanged warm smiles and brotherly hugs — the unification ministry said, but Pyongyang’s attendance remained unclear. “When we notify the North (about the event), we will provide additional details,” ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min told reporters. Moon and Kim met three times last year — including a second impromptu encounter after Trump threatened to cancel the Singapore summit just weeks before it was due. But exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang have significantly decreased since the failure to reach agreement in Hanoi.last_img read more

AP Explains US sanctions on Huawei bite but who gets hurt

Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even before their dimensions are fully understood. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google’s popular software and services.The U.S. move escalates trade-war tensions with Beijing, but will it only make China more self-sufficient?Here’s a look at what’s behind the dispute and what it means:___WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department said it would place Huawei on the so-called Entity List, effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology without government approval.Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but future devices will not have its flagship apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search. Only basic services would be available, making Huawei phones less desirable. Separately, Huawei is the world’s leading provider of networking equipment, but it relies on U.S. components including computer chips. About a third of Huawei’s suppliers are American.___WHY PUNISH HUAWEI?The U.S. defence and intelligence communities have long accused Huawei of being an untrustworthy agent of Beijing’s repressive rulers — though without providing evidence. The U.S. government’s sanctions are widely seen as a means of pressuring reluctant allies in Europe to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation wireless networks. Washington says it’s a question of national security and punishment of Huawei for skirting sanctions against Iran, but the backdrop is a struggle for economic and technological dominance.The politics of President Donald Trump’s escalating tit-for-tat trade war have co-opted a longstanding policy goal of stemming state-backed Chinese cyber theft of trade and military secrets. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week that the sanctions on Huawei have nothing to do with the trade war and could be revoked if Huawei’s behaviour were to change.___THE SANCTIONS’ BITEAnalysts predict consumers will abandon Huawei for other smartphone makers if Huawei can only use a stripped-down version of Android. Huawei, now the No. 2 smartphone supplier, could fall behind Apple to third place.Google could seek exemptions, but would not comment on whether it planned to do so.___WHO USES HUAWEI ANYWAY?While most consumers in the U.S. don’t even know how to pronounce Huawei (it’s “HWA-way), its brand is well known in most of the rest of the world, where people have been buying its smartphones in droves.Huawei stealthily became an industry star by plowing into new markets, developing a lineup of phones that offer affordable options for low-income households and luxury models that are siphoning upper-crust sales from Apple and Samsung in China and Europe. About 13 per cent of its phones are now sold in Europe, estimates Gartner analyst Annette Zimmermann.That formula helped Huawei establish itself as the world’s second-largest seller of smartphones during the first three months of this year, according to the research firm IDC. Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones in the January-March period, nearly 23 million more than Apple.___RIPPLE EFFECTSThe U.S. ban could have unwelcome ripple effects in the U.S., given how much technology Huawei buys from U.S. companies, especially from the makers of the microprocessors that go into smartphones, computers, internet networking gear and other gadgetry.The list of chip companies expected to be hit hardest includes Micron Technologies, Qualcomm, Qorvo and Skyworks Solutions, which all have listed Huawei as a major customer in their annual reports. Others likely to suffer are Xilinx, Broadcom and Texas Instruments, according to industry analysts.Being cut off from Huawei will also compound the pain the chip sector is already experiencing from the Trump administration’s rising China tariffs.Commerce could go easy on those suppliers and provide them with a grace period of 90 days or more and even be generous with exemptions for especially hard-hit companies. Or it could invoke what the global risk assessment firm Eurasia Group calls “the nuclear option.” Commerce Department officials did not return phone calls and emails seeking clarification.Much could depend on whether countries including France, Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands continue to refuse to completely exclude Huawei equipment from their wireless networks.___COULD THIS BACKFIRE?Huawei is already the biggest global supplier of networking equipment, and is now likely to move toward making all components domestically. China already has a policy seeking technological independence by 2025.U.S. tech companies, facing a drop in sales, could respond with layoffs. More than 52,000 technology jobs in the U.S. are directly tied to China exports, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade group also known as CompTIA.___WHAT ABOUT HARM TO GOOGLE?Google may lose some licensing fees and opportunities to show ads on Huawei phones, but it still will probably be a financial hiccup for Google and its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., which is expected to generate $160 billion in revenue this year.___THE APPLE EFFECTIn theory, Huawei’s losses could translate into gains for both Samsung and Apple at a time both of those companies are trying to reverse a sharp decline in smartphone sales.But Apple also stands to be hurt if China decides to target it in retaliation. Apple is particularly vulnerable because most iPhones are assembled in China. The Chinese government, for example could block crucial shipments to the factories assembling iPhones or take other measures that disrupt the supply chain.Any retaliatory move from China could come on top of a looming increase on tariffs by the U.S. that would hit the iPhone, forcing Apple to raise prices or reduce profits.What’s more, the escalating trade war may trigger a backlash among Chinese consumers against U.S. products, including the iPhone.“Beijing could stoke nationalist sentiment over the treatment of Huawei, which could result in protests against major U.S.technology brands,” the CompTIA warned.Frank Bajak And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly and Security Council chiefs hold wideranging talks

15 March 2011Recent political events in Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Sudan topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Joseph Deiss and Security Council President Li Baodong at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Mr. Deiss and Mr. Li, the Permanent Representative of China, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, also discussed the Assembly’s upcoming debate on the green economy, according to information released by Mr. Deiss’ spokesperson.“The two Presidents noted the importance of further strengthening the coordination and interaction between the General Assembly and the Security Council,” the spokesperson added.Mr. Deiss also briefed Mr. Li on his recent official visit to Finland and Russia. read more

Police searching for missing Binbrook swimmer

(Updated) Special marine units from Peel and Hamilton police are continuing a search for a missing Hamilton man. He was last seen swimming in Lake Niapenco, in the Binbrook Conservation area.Sgt Frank Miscone told CHCH News officers have been searching for the 45 year old man since 7 pm last night. “It was a triathalon swimmer that was training for an exercise with some friends of his, and he unfortunately didn’t return to shore with the other group.”“We are hoping to find the man in decent condition and we are doing our best efforts to find him. We are using the Hamilton Police marine unit as well as the ATV unit to search the perimeter of the shoreline and hopefully find this man.”The search is primarily focused on the area of the route the swimmers were taking. Sgt Miscone says they swam to one point, they went to another point then came back to the starting point. “It helps us narrow down the search when we know where they were and where they are supposed to be.”The missing swimmer is wearing a wetsuit, giving him some thermal insulation against the cold water. read more

Titanic shipyard in Northern Ireland faces administration

LONDON — The Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic is facing administration.Harland and Wolff risks going into bankruptcy after its Norwegian parent company, Dolphin Drilling, failed to find a buyer.The shipyard was famed for constructing the doomed Titanic, which sank on its maiden transatlantic voyage in 1912 after striking an iceberg. The firm was one of U.K.’s key industrial producers during World War II and its massive yellow cranes, Samson and Goliath, are considered landmarks of Belfast.It once boasted a workforce of 30,000, but now employs only 125.In recent years, the shipyard diversified to work on cruise liner retrofits and wind energy projects.Workers demonstrated in hopes of persuading the government to step in to rescue the company, but the government has so far declined to intervene.The Associated Press read more

Minimum wage going up Thursday in Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Minimum wage earners in all three Prairie provinces are getting a pay hike.Starting Thursday, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are raising the minimum wage employers must pay their workers.The new minimum wage in Alberta will be $11.20 per hour, up from $10.20, while the liquor server wage goes to $10.70 per hour from $9.20.The NDP government says it’s a first step toward a $15 minimum wage by 2018.In Saskatchewan, minimum wage is going up by 30 cents to $10.50 an hour.Manitoba is also increasing its minimum wage by 30 cents to $11 an hour.Alberta Wildrose jobs critic Grant Hunter criticized the wage hike, saying it will hurt business owners at a time when the economy is not doing well.“Wildrose has repeatedly asked the government to consider who they are really going to affect with this hike. We are concerned about those it is intended to help the most: Alberta’s youth, non-profits and our province’s most vulnerable,” Hunter said in a news release.The Alberta Federation of Labour praised the hike, saying it’s long overdue.“This increase to the minimum wage won’t make the sky fall. It won’t cause businesses to grind to a halt. What it will do is just one thing: it will make life better for Alberta’s lowest-paid workers,” said Siobhan Vipond, the federation’s acting treasurer. Minimum wage going up Thursday in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 6:01 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country’s president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics powerhouse long run like a monarchy.The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong, 49, was guilty of offering bribes to Park Geun-hye when she was South Korea’s president, and to Park’s close friend, to get government support for efforts to cement his control over the Samsung empire. The revelations that led to Lee’s arrest in February fed public outrage which contributed to Park’s removal.A panel of three judges also found Lee guilty of embezzling Samsung funds, hiding assets overseas, concealing profit from criminal acts and perjury. Prosecutors had sought a 12-year prison term.The court said Lee and Samsung executives who advised him caused “a big negative effect” to South Korean society and its economy.“The essence of the case is unethical collusion between political power and capital,” the court said in a statement. It led the public to fundamentally question the public nature of the president’s work and to have “mistrust in the morality of the Samsung group,” it said.The families who control South Korea’s big conglomerates, known as chaebol, were lionized a generation ago for helping to turn South Korea into a manufacturing powerhouse put public tolerance for double standards that put them above the law has been rapidly diminishing.Analysts said the verdict will not immediately have an impact on Samsung’s business operations, which are overseen by three chief executives. The company has successfully weathered past crises that include two recalls of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones prone to catch fire and Lee’s arrest. It is set to report its highest-ever earnings this year.But long-term business decisions, such as finding future growth areas and identifying companies for acquisitions, may have to be put on hold.“South Korea’s chaebol system is similar to monarchy,” said Park Sang-in, a professor at Seoul National University. “In the monarchy system, you need a king.”There is also potential for a destabilizing family feud over inheritance when the elder Lee dies.“Samsung was in the middle of change and that has stopped,” said Park Ju-gun, chief executive at CEO Score, a private corporate watchdog. “That is a big risk.”Business lobby groups, while refraining from openly criticizing the verdict, expressed concerns that Lee’s absence from the helm of Samsung would take a toll on the South Korean economy. Samsung accounts for about one fifth of the nation’s exports.“Samsung Electronics represents South Korea as a global company so we are deeply worried about the fallout from his long absence,” said a Korea Employers Federation spokesman. “It will be a disaster not just to an individual company but to the nation’s economy.”The verdict, however, could be good news for shareholders at South Korean companies who have complained about weak corporate governance that let founding families wield outsized influence and enjoy emperor-like authority even with minority ownership.South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office, in a rare commentary on a court ruling, welcomed the ruling as a step toward rooting out corruption.“We hope that it would pave the way to end persistent government-business collusion, which has hampered society from moving forward,” its spokesman Yoon Young Chan said.Lee was accused of offering $38 million in bribes to four entities controlled by Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of Park, in exchange for government help with a merger that strengthened Lee’s control over Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014.Samsung has not denied transferring corporate funds. But Lee, vice chairman at Samsung Electronics and the Samsung founder’s grandson, claimed innocence during the court hearing. He said he was unaware of the foundations or the donations, which were overseen by other executives.The closely-watched verdict is the latest convulsion in a political scandal that prompted millions of South Koreans to protest last fall, culminating in the ouster and arrest of Park as well as the arrests of Choi and Lee. Park, who was embroiled in a tumultuous series of scandals, was removed from office in March. She and Choi are both currently on trial.Judges pointed to an unusual arrangement in which Samsung bankrolled equestrian training for Choi’s daughter as proof of Lee’s knowledge of what was transpiring.They said Lee was aware that Park wanted Samsung to sponsor the equestrian training.Samsung secretively provided a huge amount of money to Choi’s Germany-based company that paid for the training and the exorbitantly priced foreign horses worth 3.6 billion won ($3.2 million) were part of the bribes, the verdict said. The attempts to hide Samsung’s involvement also constituted crimes, it said.In total, Samsung paid $7.9 million in bribes to the German company and a winter sports centre, the judges said.The verdict also dealt a blow to Samsung’s publicly stated position that recent business dealings or restructuring efforts have nothing to do with the succession of corporate leadership to Lee from his father. Instead, Samsung has insisted that a merger of two Samsung companies at the centre of the scandal was about creating business benefits. Judges rejected Samsung’s argument.“He was set to benefit most from the succession work, which was part of the favours sought from the president,” Kim Jin-dong, the head judge, said.Other former Samsung executives charged with Lee were also found guilty.Choi Gee-sung, a mentor of Lee, and Chang Choong-ki were sentenced to four years in prison. Two other former executives received suspended prison terms.The ruling in Lee’s case can be appealed twice. Samsung will appeal the ruling immediately, Song Woo-cheol, a Samsung attorney, told reporters. A protester holds banners reading “Out, Lee Jae-yong,” right, near the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 5:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

YouTube stars get creative at UN to promote tolerance

He and four other YouTube content providers from India, Germany, Canada and Sudan – who have millions of followers between them – are part of the YouTube Creators for Change initiative, which spotlights inspirational creators who use the platform to foster productive conversations around tough global issues. The five screened samples of their videos, and performed at an educational event in observance of the International Day, marked each 16 November, at UN Headquarters in New York.The UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Day in 1993 at the initiative of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Day celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1995 Declaration of Principles of Tolerance, outlining principles of respect, acceptance and appreciation of the world’s diversity. In 2016 the UN launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world. TOGETHER aims to reduce negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities.Every two years, on the International Day, the UN honors individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.  Winners are recognized with The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence and receive an award of 100,000 dollars.Read about the 2018 winners here. read more

Britains first ever degree in rap as university offers qualification to find

Kaine Clements, chief executive of ACM, said: “I could not be more proud of the team at ACM who have put together this incredible programme for lyricists, rappers, MCs and those of you who want to make beats.”You know that you can really only get to where you want to be by collaborating. “So that is what this is all about and I cannot wait to see what happens next.” The course runs for two years, or three with a foundation course for those without A Levels, and costs up to £11,000 per year. However, the government will fund parts of the degree in certain circumstances.The university said that the degree has proven popular, with only “limited spaces” left.It said in a statement: “Here at ACM, we have been building sustainable, long-lasting careers for its students in all corners of the music industry since 1995. With its innovative learning-by-doing approach, we ensure it brings students fresh knowledge direct from the industry via our world-class tutors, as they teach their students in an industry environment. Partnered with Europe’s largest recording facility, Metropolis Studios, our exclusive industry connections mean that our students receive an unparalleled learning experience, making our graduates highly regarded by music business professionals.” 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. Britain’s first rap degree has been launched as universities try to find the next Stormzy, who made history as the first British black solo artist to headline at Glastonbury Festival on Friday night.The Academy of Contemporary Music has decided to host the new course at its campuses at the University of Birmingham, the University of Guildford and Middlesex University.The course will be run by professional, award-winning rapper ShaoDow who has appeared on Radio 1Xtra and opened for Stormzy.He also was recently invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country. The rapper said a variety of industry experts will be enlisted by the course to help students.“When I was young, just asking a question about what to do next is worth more than a degree,” he said.He added the course would generate young people who were business minded and talented enough to make a career out of music while paying their fair share of tax.The Technical Studies for Rappers and MC’s course investigates each strand of rapper’s profession, including the study of the “4 weapons of rap” (lyricism, flow, delivery, and originality).According to the prospectus, students will “analyse music theory, study the ideologies behind skillful artistry, develop analytical skills for long and lyric writing, and receive integral guidance on how to hold audiences through effective performance and how to captivate listeners with the art of freestyle.” read more