BMW launches new 330i Gran Turismo M Sport at Rs 49.4 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) German luxury carmaker BMW today launched an updated version of 330i Gran Turismo M Sport in India priced at Rs 49.4 lakh (ex-showroom).”The new BMW 330i Gran Turismo M Sport with a perfect blend of sporting character, impressive performance and appealing design makes every journey an unforgettable experience,” BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said in a statement.The car, which comes with eight-speed automatic transmission, can accelerate 0-100 km/hr in just 6.1 seconds.The model features various kinds of safety equipment including six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC), among others.It also comes with dynamic traction control (DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), side-impact protection, ISOFIX child seat mounting, runflat tyres and crash sensor.The BMW 3 Series Gran Tursimo is now available in one diesel variant ? BMW 320d Gran Turismo Luxury Line, and two petrol variants ? BMW 330i Gran Turismo Luxury Line and BMW 330i Gran Turismo M Sport Edition. PTI MSS ANUlast_img read more

Olympiakos Pounds Galatasaray, 93-66

first_imgPIRAEUS – The surging Olympiakos basketball team finished the Euroleague’s first group stage with a 5-0 record, taking apart Turkey’s Galatasaray 93-66 on Nov. 13.The Reds led from start to finish against the Istanbul-based team that showed little interest in competing while the Greek team rolled its opponent easily.The win was the home debut of coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos in the Euroleague before 8,000 fans in a game that showed Olympiakos putting up some sensational plays.The winners opened fast, taking a 26-13 first period lead before the Turkish team rallied to close it to 49-39 at the half but the game was already out of reach.Olympiakos then turned on the gas and ran away to a 93-65 lead. Othello Hunter scored 17 points and took down 10 rebounds for the victors.On Nov. 12, PAOK thrashed Montenegro’s Buducnost 80-60 for its fourth win in five Eurocup group games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgA spokesman for a central Iowa nonprofit says the reward fund for a missing University of Iowa student has grown to more than $300,000 and is likely to continue climbing.Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.The 20-year-old woman went missing July 18th from her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.last_img

Go green with these tips from green gardener Joe Lamp’l

first_img The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Life is undoubtedly hectic, and sometimes just dealing with work and life is a feat in and of itself. And with the whirlwind that is life, convenience occasionally (and understandably) trumps being mindful of our carbon footprints.To boot, sometimes it feels like, as one person, there’s not much you can do to really go green and lower your carbon footprint, save for completely going off-grid and becoming a die-hard vegan. But it’s not as hard as you might think to make changes to your day-to-day life and help take some pressure off the planet. We talked to Joe Lamp’l, the host of the PBS show Growing A Greener World, about how to go green–both at work and at home–without totally going off the grid.Start SmallWe’re not here to tell you to change your entire life overnight. In fact, though radical change can work for some people, studies show that incremental change has a higher likelihood of sticking. And hey, making small changes is better than doing nothing. This idea that you’re just one person, and you can’t do much to change the way things are going? Well, Lamp’l says “just one person” adds up pretty quickly. “Sure you’re one person, but you’re in a household, in a neighborhood, in a community. It all adds up.”In fact, your behavior can affect neighbors’ behavioral patterns when it comes to things like recycling, so being just one person really does matter.Related: 5 Great Green Brands To Buy In Celebration Of Earth DayLove Coffee? Start ThereWhile products of convenience certainly make our lives easier both at work and at home—K-cups, anyone?—they definitely don’t do any favors to the environment. “I’m a passionate coffee drinker, and I love the convenience of those cups,” Lamp’l says, “but they’re just terrible.”Lamp’l says in 2014, 9.8 billion plastic single-serve coffee cups all went into landfills. Those little plastic cups aren’t biodegradable, either. In other words: they’ll be around for millions of years. To boot, they produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Yikes.The good news? Lamp’l says you don’t have to give up your beloved single-serving coffee machine anymore. A Canadian coffee roaster, Club Coffee, recently developed a completely compostable single-serving coffee pod, Purpod100, that means you can have your coffee and drink it too.“This isn’t just greenwashing,” Lamp’l says. These pods are certified 100 percent compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute, and they can be composted in your backyard or you can throw them into your municipal food waste or composting bin, because they’re suited to both individual and industrial composting. To boot, there’s no need to buy any special equipment—they can go into any single-serve coffeemaker. For now, the pods are rolling out in stores in Chicago, but you can also buy them online. Easy as pie.Be Smart When You Eat MeatAccording to Lamp’l, “A lot of the issues around the world are related to the food we eat—livestock in particular.”Livestock—specifically, cows and pigs—account for about 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. They produce more methane gas (measured in carbon dioxide equivalents) than global transportation. That’s right: our beloved steak is a major contributor to greenhouse gas build-up. And as global meat consumption grows, so do the problems associated with livestock: namely, the land and water resources used to raise livestock and the methane gas produced by livestock.We know, we know. This is The Manual: land of whiskey and steak. Are we suggesting that you go, gulp, vegetarian? We have some good news. You don’t have to stop eating meat all-together. Keep your steak knives and your iron stomach. When it comes to enjoying a hunk of cooked-to-perfection filet, you can consume smartly.Know where your food comes from. A lot of the methane gas livestock produces comes from poor diets. Cows, for instance, basically evolved to convert grass to milk and meat. That’s what they were put on this earth for: to graze the green stuff. And yet, many mass-producers of meat feed their livestock corn- and soybean-based diets. Those diets also usually go hand-in-hand with cramped quarters and increased likelihood of getting sick. Always go for grass-fed, and whenever possible, buy local. Taking miles off your food decreases fossil fuel consumption related to food transportation.Cut back on consumption. The average American eats more meat in a year than every other country in the world, save for Luxembourg. Cutting your meat consumption will undoubtedly help lower your carbon footprint. The European Food Information Council suggests eating lean meat once or twice a week. Wait, what? Only once or twice a week? No worries. Start slow: cut out one meat-based meal every two weeks until you’ve hit your 1-2 meals per week mark. The decrease will be so slow that you’ll hardly notice. And as a bonus? Only eating meat a handful of times a week will make it that much more special when you get around to grilling that New York strip.Pack your own lunch. This one speaks for itself. If you pack your lunch, you’ll be less likely to go out with coworkers and indulge in that lunchtime reuben.Extra, Extra, Read All About ItUltimately, Lamp’l says, education is the most important aspect of going green.“Education is the key,” Lamp’l says. “There’s a much better chance you’ll get to the second step—you know, read about it, then you’re more likely to do something.” The amount of information out there can overwhelm, however. So Lamp’l suggests starting with your passion: what bothers you about the environment? Start from there. “You want to ask: what role can I play in fixing that?”Instead of trying to tackle the entirety of climate change, starting small–by focusing on one aspect of a large problem–makes it more likely that you’ll be able to come up with a game plan. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Editors’ Recommendations How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go last_img read more

PM Says Government Has Implemented Well-Tried and Well-Studied Policies to Achieve Growth

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is satisfied that the Government has taken steps to revise its approach to achieving economic growth, by implementing “well tried and well-studied” polices that will facilitate this.While acknowledging that Jamaica is growing “very slowly” and that the figures “are not what we want,” Mr. Holness said he is confident that “we are on the right track.”The Prime Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony for the two-year pilot phase of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) project, and the launch of phase two at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Friday (April 27).“We are doing the things that are necessary… and we are not hoping for growth to happen organically. We are right there in the field with you doing the granular things such as actually identifying the creativity and the innovativeness and we are giving those support to develop (them) into entrepreneurism, which we are supplying with the resources to create an enterprise that will grow, employ people and create the prosperity that we need,” Mr. Holness said.Lauding the DBJ for implementing IGNITE, which provides grant funding support for micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs), Mr. Holness emphasised the importance of the Government’s “instrumental” approach to business development.This, he argued, as the private sector, of which MSMEs are a part, “is the engine of growth,” noting that the latter stakeholders are pivotal to driving higher levels of economic growth.As such, the Prime Minister said it is incumbent on the Government to support entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses, as also innovators and start-ups, to create employment, an essential underlay to achieving growth.Equally important, Mr. Holness added, is creating the linkages between sectors, citing agriculture and tourism as an example.While highlighting the work of the Linkages Council, which has been established in the Ministry of Tourism, he underscored the need to ensure that businesses being developed with support from Government “are not just growing in silos, but they are linking together with each other”.“Linkages are absolutely important to growth. So (we must ensure) that the raw material, which is the product of one enterprise, becomes the raw material for the other… and that is how we start to secure growth in the economy,” he added.“Economic growth is not a mystery. It is a well-studied area and there is a suite of policies that are very well understood that have been implemented and tried across the world,” the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

Linda Hunt Narrates Video For Leukemia Lymphoma Society

first_imgAs the leading global health organization dedicated to finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is launching a new public service announcement (PSA) celebrating the thousands of blood cancer patients who are now able to come home.Video: Thanks to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thousands are coming home.Building on LLS’s Someday is Today brand platform, the segment features inspiring vignettes that capture the joy patients experience as they return home to their loved ones. The emotion is underscored by the distinctive voice of Academy award-winning, “NCIS: Los Angeles” actress Linda Hunt, whose narration lends dimension and credibility to the PSA.“Today, the impossible is happening. Someone is coming home,” begins the narration over the image of a young child chalk-drawing on a sidewalk, then looking up to see her father coming home. Linda Hunt’s familiar voice draws the viewer in with, “Thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thousands with blood cancer are coming home to a normal life.” Just as cancer can strike anyone, the vignettes portray scenes of a mother, child, partner, grandfather and daughter being welcomed home by family and friends, even pets.“Coming home is emblematic of a moment patients think they might never see, and seeing it happen highlights the progress we are making in the fight against cancer,” explains Nancy Hallberg, LLS Chief Marketing Officer. “The call to action delivers the powerful message that supporting LLS has a direct impact on cures.”“When you support LLS you not only advance the most pioneering research of our time, you accelerate promising treatments that save lives. You make a difference,” continues Hunt’s moving narration.The campaign consists of :30 and :60 TV PSAs (in English); a :30 TV PSA (in Spanish); :30 and :60 Radio PSAs (English only), as well as two :15 segments for internet use. Distribution to 1000 TV stations and 1,400 radio stations across the US and Puerto Rico will be timed for the holiday giving season. In addition, compelling social media messaging will be used to build awareness and drive donations. The segments were produced by Interplanetary in New York City, the agency that helped conceive the Someday is Today brand which launched in 2012. BoomTV is handling the PSA distribution.last_img read more

Students using drone to map dinosaur tracks in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico college students are using drones to help map the location dinosaur tracks at a state park.The Albuquerque Journal reports New Mexico State Parks is teaming up with Central New Mexico Community College students and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to map out the footprints at Clayton Lake State Park.The park located in the northeastern part of the state contained track sites that around 100 million years old.Central New Mexico Community College instructor Rick Watson says students will fly the drones from different heights in order to record a variety of details.Once the project is complete, students will place the photographs, 3-D models, maps and other findings on a website.___Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.comThe Associated Press read more

Video Business report with Richard Southern

blackberry|Richard Southern Video: Business report with Richard Southern AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 5, 2013 8:02 am MDT BlackBerry stock is back in the spotlight, business editor Richard Southern says.

Ban voices sadness at loss of life caused by earthquake in southwest

“The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan, particularly the families of those who have been killed or otherwise affected in this disaster,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The United Nations stands ready to lend assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from the earthquake and to mobilize any international support needed.”According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of people killed in the quake that struck parts of Balochistan province on 24 September continues to rise. The Government estimates that some 350 people have died and over 300,000 people have been affected. Awaran and Kech districts have been hit the hardest, with 21,000 houses reportedly damaged and the communication system disrupted in the remote and sparsely populated area. Other affected districts are Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar. The immediate needs of the affected people are food, non-food items, shelter and health care.The UN and its humanitarian partners are in close contact with the National Disaster Management Authority. So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided kits for the delivery of emergency primary health care services to more than 100,000 people, while the World Food Programme (WFP) has arranged for the delivery of high-energy biscuits to the affected people. read more

Air pollution in Europe costs 16 trillion a year in deaths and

The economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe is the first assessment of the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in the 53 countries of the region, according to the study, which was carried out by the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).The study was published as more than 200 representatives from European countries and international and non-governmental organizations gathered in Haifa, Israel, from 28 to 30 April to look at achievements, gaps and challenges and set future priorities. The cost of the health impacts of air pollution is one of many studies that will provide evidence on the environmental impacts on health to be released at the Haifa meeting. “Reducing air pollution has become a top political priority,” Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) said.According to the WHO announcement, “a staggering $1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600,000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010, according to the first-ever study of these costs conducted for the Region.”“The economic cost of deaths alone accounts for over $1.4 trillion,” according to the study. “Adding another 10% to this, as the cost of diseases from air pollution, results in a total of almost $1.6 trillion.”In addition, the study showed that “in no less than 10 of the 53 countries of the Region, this cost is at or above 20 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP), and amounted to nearly one tenth of the GDP of the entire European Union in 2013. “The economic value of deaths and diseases due to air pollution – $1,600,000, 000, 000 – corresponds to the amount societies are willing to pay to avoid these deaths and diseases with necessary interventions,” it explained. “In these calculations, a value is attached to each death and disease, independent of the age of the person and which varies according to the national economic context.”WHO said another new report, From Parma to Haifa: how far have we gotten?, jointly published by WHO and UN-ECE, informs that one in four Europeans still falls sick or dies prematurely from environmental pollution. read more

PS3 surpasses Xbox 360 in console sales

first_imgResearch company IDC has released a 67-page report and forecast regarding the state of the worldwide video game industry. Few will be reading it due to the $4,500 price tag, but summaries of its content have turned up some surprising predictions and figures.Top of the list has to be news that the PS3 has now outsold the Xbox 360. Current estimates put PS3 sales at 77 million and Xbox 360 at 76 million. If you consider the 360 launched on November 16, 2005 while we were kept waiting until November 11, 2006 for the PS3, that’s some impressive gains for Sony. And if this trend continues the PS3 will continue to pull ahead.The forecast report covers the period 2012-2016 and states that even though 2011/12 was difficult for console game sales on disc, that is expected to change over the next two years. IDC also believes alternative platforms have had little impact on consoles, but at the same time consoles have been responding to competition with non-gaming content and services to compensate. Overall, we can expect game disc shipments to only fall by 3% each year until 2016.With publishers like Konami and EA deciding not to support the Wii U with big game releases such as Crysis 3 and Castlevania, you’d think the forecast for Nintendo’s machine would be at the very least conservative. But IDC thinks otherwise, and expects 50 million Wii Us to be in homes by 2016 because Nintendo will “find an audience.”So what happens after 2016? IDC believes spending will shift away from physical games and into digital distribution of content. By then, we’ll have a new Xbox and a new PlayStation on the market, and the Wii U, 3DS, and PS Vita will be the ageing systems.via Gamesindustry.bizlast_img read more

Foreign Minister reassures Greek lobby

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Foreign Affair minister Mr. Stephen Smith has reassured the Greek Australian community that the government’s position concerning the naming of FYROM remains unchanged. The reassurance came in a recent letter Mr Smith sent to the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC).The letter states that, “the Government provided advice to the Australian Hellenic Council in June this year that Australia’s position on the name issue remained unchanged. This advice stands.” He further pointed out that Australia continues to use the UN provisional name as an interim measure pending the resolution of the name dispute between Athens and Skopje. “Our approach to the social security agreement between Australia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is consistent with this longstanding policy. We will conclude the agreement by exchange of letters, and Australia’s letter will use the UN provisional name. This approach was also used to conclude the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” Mr Smith replied to the AHC.Patricia Drivas, the AHC National Coordinator, acknowledged the fact that this undertaking was given to the AHC during the June meetings in Canberra. However given the overwhelming concerns of the Australian Hellenic Community a further clarification was necessary.last_img read more

Buy This Comic Eternal OGN

first_imgStay on target “A group of isolated shieldmaidens protect their village against a tide of men who think they can seize their land from them. Vif takes her band of women off Viking to quell the advances of a loitering mystical scumbag, Bjarte. But some battles rage in inside us long after the field is empty, and some opponents won’t ever stay down. Eternal is a haunting story of how vulnerable you make yourself when trying to protect everything around you.”ETERNAL OGN(W): Ryan K. Lindsay (I): Eric Zawadzki (C): Dee CunniffeThere’s just something about Viking stories that merely fascinate you. They captivate you with tales of perseverance, determination, glory, and gore. However, they’re built with raw emotion and unstoppable energy that I’ve seen captured in only a handful of comics (Heathen) and television shows (Vikings, of course). We can now add another to the list in the glory of Eternal.Eternal is build from the passion of its creators, and it definitely shows. Within the pages, you’re slowly building up to what feels like every single page is a labor of love and devotion. Written by Ryan K. Lindsay with illustrations by Eric Zawadzki and colors by Dee Cunniffe, this comic published by Black Mask was years in the making. The result is a heartbreaking and heroically passionate story about the vulnerabilities we carry in and out of battle.via Black MaskRyan K. Lindsay writes an emotionally driven narrative that will tug on your heart but also makes you think. Eternal, first and foremost, reads like a storybook that’s designed to tuck you in at night. Lindsay pens a story that feels so natural in an unnatural setting. It adds to the layer of personal reflection that happens after the take is over. Eternal also could be told around a campfire to the newest recruits of shieldmaidens before war. A cautionary, powerful yet unforgettable tale of Vif and her shieldmaidens passed on to the next generations before they start their duties.Lindsay has a way of writing that totally mesmerizes you from start to finish. It’s not a story of love and triumph, but instead of strength and uncertainty. Vif is a character that’s both strong in her fight, but also still human by the end of the day. It hits you throughout the story of how much she’s doing, how eager she is to win and protect. It makes you want to shout, “please stop!” But once you do, you’re so deep into the grips of Lindsay’s story to escape.via Black MaskEric Zawadzki’s art is unlike anything I’ve seen before. In any battle, there’s constant movement. Movements that you’re almost sure to miss in comic form, but Zawadzki nails this without coming up for air. His pencils and inks bring us even more of the raw emotions that Lindsay lays in his script only strengthens Eternal in visual realities of what Vif and her shieldmaidens are up again. From panel to panel, he nails every action that feels straight from a storyboard of a Hollywood film. I talked a little about this in my Ice Cream Man #1 review, but it certainly shines here as well. Zawadzki makes every single panel memorable, and every panel means something.Dee Cunniffe can do no wrong. He has an incredible eye for just the right colors that illuminates any artists within their panels. Cunniffe gives us the mood of Eternal, but that feeling centers around our main character Vif. Cunniffe connects each of her emotions with various colors along the panels. He gives beautiful turquoise light greens to this stunning setting, displaying the cold winter climate, but also Vif’s determined and emotional. He colors each battle scene where Vif should genuinely be seeing red in blood red orange. Through Cunniffe’s colors, you’re immediately and emotionally connected to Vif a little more as you process her range of emotion through the script, illustrations, and colors.via Black MaskEternal is a compelling tale that’s full of heart, yet remarkable and absolutely one of a kind. This fantasy was made with passion that drips from the pages, and you can just feel it. Eternal will leave an imprint on you, and you’ll be coming back for it again and again. Eternal is now available on Comixology and your local comic book shop.01/31/18 Releases – In addition to ETERNAL OGN, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Gravetrancers #2 by M.L. Miller (W), James Michael Whynot (A), Dee Cunniffe (C), Jim Campbell (L) Black MaskMotherlands #1 by Simon Spurrier (W), Rachael Scott (A), Felipe Sobreiro (C), Simon Bowland (L), Eric Canete (CA) VertigoTales of Suspense #101 by Matthew Rosenberg (W), Travel Foreman (A), Andrea Sorrentino (CA) MarvelHungry Ghosts #1 by Anthony Bourdain & Joel Rose (W), Vanesa R. Del Ray & Alberto Ponticelli (A), Jose Villarrubia (C) Dark HorseLazaretto #5 by Clay McLeod Chapman (W), Jey Levang (A), Aditya Bidikar (L), Ignacio Valicenti (CA) BOOM! StudiosMystik U #2 by Alisa Kwitney (W), Mike Norton (A), Jordie Bellaire (C), Julian Totino Tedesco (CA) BOOM! Studios Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Reality Check Time to Get the Facts Right on TPA

first_imgTo help clear up rumors circulating about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the Trade Benefits America Coalition has produced a new report that explains what TPA is, how it works, and why it is an important tool to support U.S. growth and jobs. Here are the highlights according to a news release:Top 10 TPA Facts1. TPA is constitutional. Congress and the President share constitutional authority over trade and international agreements, and TPA is an exercise of Congress’s constitutional authority.2. TPA does not exclude Congress from playing a meaningful role in the negotiation and approval of trade agreements. TPA is designed to empower Congress.3. TPA does not cede to the President the ability to set U.S. trade negotiating objectives and decide whether trade agreements meet Congressional priorities for international trade. TPA enhances the power of Congress to make those decisions.4. TPA does not let the President enter into a trade agreement without Congress’s consent. The United States becomes a party to a trade agreement and is legally bound under the agreement only after Congress votes to approve the agreement.5. TPA does not result in the Executive Branch unilaterally writing legislation to implement a trade agreement. Under TPA, Congress and the Executive Branch work together to draft legislation implementing trade agreements, reflecting their shared constitutional authorities.6. TPA does not force Congress to vote on trade agreements without first having input into them and being able to fully consider them. TPA provides Congress with extensive opportunity to help shape a trade agreement during its negotiation and to consider legislation implementing the trade agreement before it is submitted to Congress for a vote.7. TPA does not undermine U.S. sovereignty. TPA and legislation implementing U.S. trade agreements protect U.S. sovereignty in trade agreements negotiated under TPA and no foreign country or dispute settlement tribunal can force the United States to change its laws.8. TPA does not allow the negotiation of trade agreements that override U.S. consumer protection, health, environmental safety, security and financial standards. Under TPA, Congress retains its authority to decide the appropriate standards for the United States.9. TPA does not undermine transparency in trade negotiations. TPA helps ensure transparency in trade negotiations.10. TPA strengthens Congress’s role in trade negotiations and the ability of U.S. trade negotiators to accomplish the objectives set by Congress.To see the full report and learn more about TPA myths and realities, click here. For more information on how trade and U.S. trade agreements benefit America, and on the importance of passing TPA, click here.last_img read more

Work on Metro Rail begins

first_imgWork on Metro Rail beginsWork on the much-hyped 12-km Metro Rail from Uttara to Agargaon and its nine stations began on Wednesday.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the work of packages-3 and 4 at Agargaon point in the afternoon.The first-phase work from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed within 2019 while the second-phase one from Agargaon to Motijheel within 2020.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Tk 16,600 crore as soft loan of the total estimated approximate cost of Tk 22,000 crore, while the Bangladesh government will bear the rest, the minister said.The project will be completed in eight packages. Of them, the 12-km elevated expressway and nine stations would be under two packages, he said.In the first phase, elevated expressway and stations at North Uttara, Uttara Centre, South Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Sewrapara and Agargaon will be constructed.The metro rail will stop in every four minutes at 16 stations from Uttara to Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate and it will have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers every hour.Earlier on 4 May last, three agreements were signed with Italian-Thai Development Company and Sinohydro Corporation in this regard.The ambitious project is expected to provide an improved, safe, faster, and affordable but modern means of urban public transport service significantly reducing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital.last_img read more

Internet Gutter Tumblr Shoplifting

first_img Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Tumblr ShopliftingTumblr is, full stop, one of the weirdest sites on the Internet. Sure, you probably only think of it as a place for confused goth teens to post Sherlock kissing art and argue over the pronouns of cartoon characters, but it’s actually remarkably diverse in its creepiness. There are backwaters of the site dedicated to all sorts of unsavory behavior, as shown in our recent installment about the online meth scene.One of the weirdest and pettiest parts of the Tumblr criminal division is the world of “lifters,” people who obsessively shoplift and document their hauls on the site. This is a subculture with cryptic lingo, bizarre rules and lots of pure Internet Gutter to discover. Put on a pair of gloves and let’s go shopping.Crime TimeThere’s not much to explain about shoplifting itself: you go into a store and leave without paying for something. There are plenty of methods of doing so, from putting clothes on in a changing room underneath your own (some Tumblr lifters cheat Victoria’s Secret out of tons of panties at a time doing this) to concealing merchandise in other boxes.How it’s expressed on Tumblr is through “haul” photos, where thieves artfully lay out their ill-gotten goods on attractive backgrounds and post them for likes and reblogs. They also tabulate the retail value of everything they stole, and some even keep a running tally of their total crime winnings.Some of the hauls are patently unbelievable, like this one where a girl claims to have made off with a pair of lobsters:If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our time on the Internet, it’s that people can come up with a moral justification for just about anything. Tumblr shoplifters argue that their thefts are justified because they’re not hurting anybody but massive corporations, and besides they need this stuff to survive.The only issue with this is that, for the most part, Tumblr lifters aren’t posting bragging pictures of fruits and vegetables that they’ve swiped. No, the preferred hauls are makeup, underwear, and luxury goods. Even if they sell them afterward – known as “boosting” – the optics aren’t great here.Been Caught StealingOne of the most notable hubs in shoplifting Tumblr is Shoplifting Guide, which offers dedicated store-specific tips on getting away with petty theft. Asks come in from users – many of which have “lift” in their username – and the community teaches them how to get away with it.Most of the advice given is pretty basic – H&M has a “no chase” policy, go with a partner for best results, don’t wear bright clothing to draw attention to yourself – but others seem pretty bizarre.Not really sure how Grandma is going to feel about that. The sheer amount of mental effort put into developing new and better ways to swipe stuff is flabbergasting and could probably go to a better cause. But lifters are dedicated to their craft and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.The Muscle WarTumblr is organized around tags, and the most active one for shoplifting is #liftblr (a contraction of “Lifting Tumblr”). There’s only one problem: “lifting,” the slang term these petty thieves use, is also a bodybuilding term, and the gym rats want it back. The tag’s feed – and other lifting-related terms – are filled with a bizarre alternating narrative of stolen clothes and getting swole.Needless to say, the bodybuilders aren’t happy about it. There’s no way to “own” a hashtag, as countless brands have found out on Twitter, so the feeds are a constant back and forth of petty sniping.Because this is Tumblr, there also has to be a mental illness angle. People with kleptomania – the impulse control disorder that spurs people to steal without needing to – look down on the lifter community for faking their disease, while lifters argue back that they’re just doing what they have to to survive. Here’s a classic example in Tumblr debate thread format.Getting Away With ItOne of the absolute weirdest outgrowths of the shoplifting subculture on Tumblr is an accompanying one of “shoplifting roleplay.” That’s exactly what it sounds like: people posting pictures of things they claim to have stolen but actually paid for.In some cases, this is actually a double-blind from real lifters. They believe that they’re throwing law enforcement off their trail, in a strategy that only teenage girls would think effective. This is also an attempt to get around Tumblr’s community guidelines, which clearly state that “illegal behavior” is banned on the site. That said, they’re not doing anything about shoplifters because what they’re posting isn’t illegal – it’s just piles of merchandise.The thieves of Tumblr have weathered several storms – in 2014, the “Bling Ring” of high-profile lifters was brought into the public eye through a viral post, and many of those accounts deactivated. But for every lifter who gives up the lifestyle (or just stops bragging about their misdemeanors on the Internet), two more pop up to take their place, ready to share their ill-gotten makeup with the world. Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsInternet Gutter: Mukbang Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek deals 50 off Zeemote smartphone joysticks

first_imgComplex games are kind of obnoxious on a touchscreen. There’s not really a good way to play games that require a D-Pad or a joystick with just your thumbs and the screen. In a world where people have been known to hurl controllers through televisions when “the controller messes up”, it’s probably a good idea to remove video game related frustration from your sub $600 phone.Recently, we took a look at some of the best new phone accessories for under $30, and the Zeemote joystick was one of my favorites. Now, for Memorial Day weekend, Zeemote is offering their Bluetooth smartphone joystick for 50% off on Amazon.Zeemote’s SDK emables developers to add Zeemote support to their games, and more game developers are doing so every week. Zeemote’s currently supported game catalog on Android is diverse and entertaining, but it doesn’t quite work on everything you would want to play just yet. Most recently, the Android favorite SpeedX3D added Zeemote support, which made the game significantly more enjoyable for me than the accelerometer style navigation.The Zeemote is incredibly simple to use, light enough that you can slide it into your pocket or backpack, and the replaceable battery inside lasts for well over 50 hours of gameplay. If you are a fan of classic arcade games, shooters, or aerial combat games on your phone, the Zeemote will make the game so much more fun.You can grab one or more of these little controllers until Monday using the promo code “JS1MDE12”. A quick peek over at also just pointed out to me that there appear to be less than 20 remaining for purchase, so be quick if you want one.last_img read more

Need at least another 3 months to conclude Narada probe CBI to

first_imgKolkata: The CBI told the Calcutta High Court on Friday that it needed at least another three months to conclude its probe in the Narada sting operation case. The agency filed a progress report in the investigation in the case before the court on Friday. After hearing the CBI counsel’s submissions, Justice Joymalyo Bagchi directed the central probe agency to file another report after six weeks, stating the progress made in the probe. CBI counsel Amajit De submitted that efforts were on to access the contents of an iPhone, which was allegedly used to carry out the sting operation and the agency would require at least another three months to conclude the probe. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeJustice Bagchi was hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Aparupa Poddar, seeking quashing of an FIR against her, claiming that she was not an elected representative when the alleged video was shot and as such the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act were not applicable against her. In the sting operation, which was claimed to have been carried out in 2014, some persons resembling senior TMC leaders are seen accepting money from the representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe CBI had booked 12 top TMC leaders, including MPs and West Bengal ministers, and an IPS officer in connection with the case. An FIR was lodged for alleged criminal conspiracy under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct. The maximum sentence for these crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment. Those against whom the CBI has registered the FIR include Mukul Roy, who is now in the BJP, and TMC Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Poddar, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. West Bengal ministers, including Firhad Hakim, Suvendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee, have also been named in the FIR. Former state minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been named as accused in the case. The sting operation was carried out by the editor of web portal, Mathew Samuel, who claimed to have used an iPhone for the purpose. The contents of the phone were subsequently transferred to a laptop and stored in a pen drive.last_img read more

Colin And EA Madden Ratings Adjuster Dustin Smith Talk Player Disagreements

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Today, Colin is joined by EA sports Madden Ratings Adjuster Dustin Smith on contentious player disagreement with their ratings, the process, top rated players and teams, and what it takes to reach the coveted 99.Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img