Video American Actor Morgan Freeman Talks about Islam

Rabat – National Geographic’s “The Story of God,” a TV series looking into three major world religions, Morgan Freeman has recently begun its focus into Islam. Freeman, 79, says that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam share three main tenets: good thoughts, good deeds, and good words. In the second season’s first three episodes, Freeman will focus on the themes “The Chosen One,” “Heaven and Hell,” and the “Proof of God,” in which he investigates religious leaders and varying major beliefs.In a segment that aired earlier this June, Morgan Freeman visited the Islamic Center in Washington D.C. to speak with a scholar of the Islamic tradition and a calligraphist. Freeman enters the Mosque courtyard to examine the meaning of Qur’anic verses, and discusses the significance and beauty behind Qur’anic calligraphy. Freeman says, “For Muslims, the Qur’an is the holy revelation of God’s word. The very existence of the words of the Qur’an is proof of god. Drawing these words has become a high form of art – a way to invoke the presence of God and all who gaze at them. No matter which language they speak.”This National Geographic special may aid in the ongoing discussion between Muslim countries and the Western World, most notably regarding Islam-targeting stereotypes and Western fear that stems from them. read more

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Markets Right Now Stocks fall as market waits on Fed

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are opening with modest losses on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest decision on interest rates.Investors are expecting a small cut to rates and will be watching for any clues about what the Fed does next.Bank stocks are falling after the yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 1.77% from 1.81%. Bank of America fell 0.7%.FedEx dropped 12.7% after the shipping company lowered its profit forecast for the rest of its fiscal year.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 57 points, or 0.2%, to 27,053.The S&P 500 is down 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,997. The Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.3%, to 8,163.Oil is falling for a second straight day. U.S. oil is down 1.7% to $58.31 a barrel.The Associated Press read more

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UN electoral experts heading to Lebanon Security Council told in briefing on

The United Nations has been holding talks on assisting the Lebanese Government prepare for next month’s parliamentary elections and a team of electoral experts is due to arrive soon in Beirut, a top UN envoy told the Security Council today as he briefed on the situation following the pullout of Syrian troops from its smaller neighbour.“The 26th of April 2005 was undoubtedly a historic day for the Lebanese and the Syrian people, and for the Middle East,” Terje Roed-Larsen said, referring to the day the Government of Syria notified Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Council that it had repatriated its troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus after 30 years in Lebanon. “These are unquestionably momentous events.”His remarks came as he presented the first semi-annual report to the Council on the implementation of resolution 1559, which called for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias, extending Government control over the whole country and holding free elections.Mr. Roed-Larsen, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy for implementing resolution 1559, said the UN was awaiting the report of its withdrawal verification mission, which was sent with the agreement of the two governments and which arrived Tuesday in Lebanon.In addition to resolution 1559’s provision for withdrawal, Mr. Roed-Larsen said, the Secretary-General also has given a high priority to the text’s call for the full restoration of Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence.As a visible sign of the sovereignty and political independence of a democracy, Lebanon now was going to hold “free and credible parliamentary elections” on 29 May and, to that end, the UN has been discussing providing Lebanon technical assistance, he noted.“UN electoral experts will arrive in Beirut early next week, with the full understanding of the Government of Lebanon,” Mr. Roed-Larsen said. “These advisers will seek to assist the Government in its preparations for such free and credible elections.”The United Nations was also having a constructive dialogue with the Government on Mr. Annan’s suggestion that invitations be extended to international observers to monitor the balloting.Discussions on disbanding and disarming Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias have started and the UN expects that the dialogue will intensify over the coming months, the envoy said. “We also expect the Government of Lebanon to extend its control over Lebanese territory vacated by Syrian forces,” he added.“It is our strong belief that full implementation of all requirements of the resolution would help enable the people of Lebanon and of the entire region to begin setting aside the enchaining and constraining vestiges of a captive past,” he said. read more

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UNAfrican Union official stresses need to protect displaced persons in North Darfur

The military commander of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, today stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Sudanese state of North Darfur, after recent violence in the area resulted in the deaths of four people and injured six others. During a meeting on Sunday with leaders from the Kassab camp for IDPs in the area of Kutum, UNAMID’s Force Commander, Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba, discussed various security concerns and reiterated the mission’s commitment to ensure the full protection of civilians in the camp. “As commander of the forces, I have requested that permanent forces are stationed in Kassab camp; they have instructions to protect and defend the civilians on the ground,” Lieutenant General Nyamvumba said. The recent violence and attacks on civilians in Kutum began in early August, with the shooting of the Alwaha district commissioner and his driver during a car-jacking by three unidentified armed men. The vehicle was recovered later that same day, in the vicinity of the Kassab camp. Since then, there have been a series of incidents involving looting and fighting between armed elements and Government forces, which has led to the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Kutum, as well as the Kassab IDP camp. UNAMID has responded by deploying a 24/7 protection force presence in affected IDP camps to protect civilians. Lieutenant General Nyamvumba urged community leaders to share information with the Mission to deter further violence, and pointed out that the Government of Sudan must ensure that there is no impunity for those responsible for the violence. “The Mission is not in a position to apprehend or arrest; we can only put pressure on the Government and ensure that is done,” he said. Deployed at the beginning of 2008, UNAMID is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank. Also on Monday, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, strongly condemned an attack on Sunday in which a Bangladeshi peacekeeper was killed and another injured while protecting civilians in Nyala, South Darfur.“The President extends his deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this heinous attack,” the statement read, adding that Mr. Al-Nasser reaffirmed his full support to the mission and its role in bringing stability to Darfur.Since the initial deployment of the mission on 31 December 2007, 38 peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile actions.In another statement, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed the UN chief’s deep regret over the attack.“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the families of the fallen and injured peacekeepers and to the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in the statement. “The Secretary-General has urged the Government of Sudan and UNAMID to conduct a full investigation into this incident.” read more

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InjuryDepleted Lakers Beat Cavs With 8 Healthy Players Obscure

The Los Angeles Lakers were seemingly down to four players, but beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-108, with help from an obscure rule that kept Robert Sacre in Wednesday’s game after he picked up his sixth personal foul.The Lakers started with only eight players in uniform, lost Nick Young and Jordan Farmar and then Chris Kaman and Sacre. Were it not for the hardly used rule, the Lakers would have had just four eligible, healthy players. Strange but true.But referee Jason Phillips informed them that Sacre could stay on the court despite picking up his sixth foul on a drive by CJ Miles with 3:32 to play. The only remaining Lakers were already on the court—Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall —and a team cannot drop to four players if there are no other options.Sacre was allowed to keep playing, a technical foul was assessed for the infraction and Cleveland made the free throw. The Lakers were ahead at the time of the foul, 111-101.“That was the craziest game I’ve ever seen,”  Kaman, an 11-year veteran, said.Something like this hadn’t happened since Devean George picked up a sixth foul but was allowed to keep playing for Golden State in 2010 against Portland, according to STATS.Farmar’s return was out of the question after he left because of leg cramps with 9:39 to play.“The longer I played, the worse I felt,” he said after compiling 21 points and eight assists in his first game since Dec. 31.Said Sacre: “We had no idea what was going to happen.”Steve Nash was technically active for the game, but did not suit up because it was the second night of back-to-back contests. Someone fished him out of the locker room, though, and he appeared near the bench in his game jersey.Kaman laughed. He had untied his shoes and was reclining on the end of the bench after fouling out with 8:29 to play.“What are you going to do, Steve?” Kaman later recalled saying.Coach Mike D’Antoni said he did not want to play Nash, who will be 40 on Friday and played his first game Tuesday in almost three months.“That would be unfair to him,” D’Antoni said. “And Farmar could have just stood out there somewhere, but it wouldn’t have been the best thing.”All that and the Lakers ended a seven-game winning streak, handling the Cavs in Cleveland. They made 18 three-pointers, a team record for a regulation game, on 37 attempts. Blake finished with his second career triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists) in only his second game back from a two-month layoff because of a torn elbow ligament.Kelly had a career-high 26 points but now the Lakers’ injury watch turns to Young, who hurt his knee in the second quarter after being fouled by Miles on a fastbreak attempt. read more

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Sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by air crashes last

Show more LOC refers to an unrecoverable deviation from an intended flight path, and can be caused by mechanical failure, human actions or environmental disturbances. Twelve of 2018’s fatal accidents involved passenger planes, while three related to cargo flights.However, the general trend is towards increasing passenger safety over the last two decades, with 2017 being the safest in history for commercial airlines as no passenger jet crashes were recorded.Harro Ranter, ASN Chief Executive , said: “If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year.“At the accident rate of the year 2000, there would have been even 64 fatal accidents. This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades.” It went on to warn that ‘loss-of-control’ (LOC) accidents presented a major safety concern for the aviation industry, as these were responsible for at least 10 of the worst 25 accidents in the past five years. There has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by air crashes last year, new figures have revealed.Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Netherlands based Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports.It means that 2018 was worse than the five-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities.Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.An initial report suggested that technical problems had caused the Boeing 737 Max plane to crash into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Katsalidis twin towers approved

first_imgThe Victorian government has given the nod to a vast $750 million two-tower project at 350 Queen Street, designed by Melbourne architectural practice Fender Katsalidis.A collaboration with Cox Architecture, the Queens Place development near the Queen Victoria Markets will comprise 1,600 apartments and 8,000 square metres of office and retail space.State planning minister Richard Wynne, who approved the plan on 12 March, said the project was “well-designed” and necessary to help meet Melbourne’s growing population.“This is quite unique for the central city of Melbourne and it speaks to the change in demographics,” he said. “No longer do we have couples or downsizers wanting to live in apartments in the CBD, we actually have families who want to live in apartments in the CBD and Docklands as well.”Queens Place will be about 30 metres shorter than the city’s current tallest building, the 297-metre Eureka Tower – Katsalidis’ most famous Melbourne landmark to date – and 50 metres less than the architect’s controversial Australia 108 tower (319 metres) which is already rising in Southbank and set for completion in 2020.Fender Katsalidis has also recently completed one of the skinniest skyscrapers in Australia, Phoenix on Flinders Street, which has the remarkable aspect ratio of 1:13 at 88 metres tall.While Katsalidis’ continuing impact on the Melbourne skyline is getting the most attention since the Queens Place approval, the architects say the public domain strategy which underpins the project is their primary concern.“Rather than treat the public space as the space left over from the development, the design team approached the task from the opposite direction, designing the public realm first, responding to existing conditions, through site connections and solar access and then placed the buildings around this space,” their architectural report reads.“The design process has given rise to a concept that enriches the ground plane with new connections and an enhanced public realm within the Queen Victoria Market Precinct.”Along with apartments, the towers will contain four swimming pools, saunas, spas and gyms, a home theatre, communal kitchens, karaoke rooms and a yoga studio. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google Chrome intègre la traduction automatique

first_imgGoogle Chrome intègre la traduction automatiqueGoogle vient de publier la version bêta de son navigateur Chrome 4.1. Si de nombreuses fonctionnalités ont été ajoutées, la grande nouveauté de cette mouture est l’intégration de la traduction automatique des pages en langue étrangère.Un mois seulement après avoir livré la version finale de Chrome 4, le numéro 1 de la recherche sur Internet vient de lancer la version bêta de Chrome 4.1.Uniquement disponible pour le système d’exploitation Windows, cette nouvelle mouture propose un certain nombre de nouveautés liées notamment aux paramètres de confidentialité désormais gérables via une nouvelle section baptisée “paramètres du contenu” dans la boîte de dialogues “options avancées/confidentialité”. La nouvelle mouture de Chrome 4 permet également de  contrôler la conservation des cookies, le chargement des images, l’exécution du JavaScript, ou encore le blocage des pop-ups.Mais la véritable grande nouveauté délivrée par Chrome 4.1 est l’intégration de Google Translate qui offre aux internautes la possibilité de traduire une page écrite dans une langue étrangère en un simple clic. Ces traductions automatiques sont proposées dans cinquante-deux langues et devraient séduire toujours plus d’internautes alors que Google Chrome est déjà le troisième navigateur le plus utilisé, derrière Internet Explorer et Firefox.Le 3 mars 2010 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LiPed une version chinoise de liPad à seulement 105 dollars

first_imgL’iPed : une version chinoise de l’iPad à seulement 105 dollarsChine – A peine exporté des États-Unis, l’iPad est déjà copié. Vendu en Chine, l’iPed ressemble trait pour trait à la tablette internet d’Apple mais coûte cinq fois moins cher. Cherchez l’erreur.Coïncidence troublante. C’est dans la ville de Shenzhen, berceau de l’iPad, qu’est fabriqué l’iPed, son concurrent chinois. Une tablette qui ressemble à s’y méprendre au produit star d’Apple, et qui ne peut que faire penser au mot “contrefaçon”. Des différences existent pourtant : en y regardant de plus près, on s’aperçoit que l’iPed est animée par Android, qu’elle possède une capacité de RAM plutôt faible avec 128 Mo et un processeur Intel. Des caractéristiques générales plus faibles que l’iPad donc, pour un appareil uniquement en vente dans cette région, en l’occurrence l’une des plus technologiques de Chine. Le prix de l’appareil est estimé à 105 dollars, quand la tablette d’Apple est disponible à partir de 499 dollars. Un détail qui pourrait faire la différence, si cette copie (presque) conforme quitte le territoire chinois.  Le 31 mai 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des orangsoutans jouent avec liPad aux EtatsUnis

first_imgDes orangs-outans jouent avec l’iPad aux Etats-UnisLes orangs-outans du zoo de Milwaukee, dans le Wisconsin, sont à la pointe de la technologie. Ils apprennent à utiliser l’iPad, et bientôt, la tablette leur permettra de rencontrer des congénères vivant dans d’autres zoos, via Internet !Une étonnante expérience est menée dans plusieurs zoos américains. Des iPad ont été mis à disposition d’orangs-outans, qui savent déjà jouer avec la tablette. Au zoo de Milwaukee, dans le Wisconsin, l’un crée des taches de couleur avec son doigt, tandis que l’autre utilise sa langue pour appuyer sur l’écran et lancer de la musique, raconte un journaliste de l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais bientôt les orangs-outans vivront un moment encore plus surprenant. Fascinés par les vidéos d’autres singes qui leur ont été montrées sur la tablette, ils s’apprêtent à rencontrer des congénères via une webcam. “Il nous tarde de voir où cela va mener”, confie à l’AFP Trish Kahn, le responsable des primates au zoo de Milwaukee. “Peut-être resteront-ils totalement indifférents, mais tels que je les connais, je pense qu’ils vont comprendre que l’image vient en direct et qu’ils regardent un autre orang-outan”, explique-t-elle.Cette rencontre sera organisée avec d’autres zoos ayant aussi fourni des iPad à leurs orangs-outans. Un achat financé par l’association Orangutan Outreach. Emue par le plaisir que prennent les animaux à jouer avec leur tablette, cette organisation a lancé une campagne baptisée Apps for Apes (Des applications pour les singes), afin que des jeux dédiés aux orangs-outans soient développés.Le but de cette expérience est de développer l’intelligence des singes tout en attirant l’attention des visiteurs sur ces animaux “remarquablementintelligents”, etmenacésdedisparition, souligne Trish Kahn.Le 6 avril 2012 à 19:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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107 Magazine Predictions for 2008

first_imgNAME: Emily GordonTITLE: Managing editor, Print; editor, emdashes.com2008 PREDICTION: Magazines and movie studios will lease celebrity wombs for launch tie-ins, following the success of Jamie Lynn Spears’ efforts for Juno. Magazines will both thrive and multiply, they’ll just be tinier—five of them will fit in an iPhone case–and printed in OED-sized type, thanks to a new Lasik procedure that permits super-microscopic reading. A surprise change in campaign-financing rules will limit candidates’ ads to text messages sent on the hour to every American through November 2008 (on the half hour for registered Independents); staffers will spend their time developing elephant and donkey emoticons and abbreviations for “reduced carbon emissions” and ” Iraqi interim government,” and there is no option to unsubscribe.NAME: Rex HammockTITLE: President, Hammock publishing and Rexblog blogger2008 PREDICTION: I’ll admit, I haven’t yet figured out what exactly happened in the magazine-world in 2007. I think it was a fairly decent year for magazines, except I’m fairly certain that Samir Husni and I are the only two people alive who think that. Last year, I predicted that David Carey would be the magazine dude-of-the-year. I think I was right. So, for 2008, while I don’t have actual predictions, I do have wishful thoughts in the guise of predictions:1. There won’t be a recession in 2008.2. Despite the lack of a recession, paper prices will fall.3. Magazine websites will no longer be measured by page-views, allowing Forbes.com (and others) to stop using pageview-inflating “slide shows.”4. Steve Jobs will make an announcement on January 15 that will change everything we think about the portable digital devices we formerly called laptops—and, therefore, the concept of eBooks and digital magazines.5. No one in Britney Spears’ family will appear on the cover of a magazine in 2008.6. The Titans will go 14-2 during the 2008 season. Oh, wait. That’s for another wishful thinking list I’m keeping.NAME: Andy BorowitzTITLE: Creator, BorowitzReport.com2008 PREDICTION: Rupert Murdoch will reduce the size of the Wall Street Journal by removing the facts.NAME: Mark NewmanTITLE: Editor, Southern Breeze2008 PREDICTION: With as many times as I’ve been laid off from huge, multinational publishing companies, I would not hazard to guess about the future because I’ve been knocked around too much by the past!NAME: Maer RoshanTITLE: Editor-in-chief, Radar magazine2008 PREDICTION: Dave Zinczenko will get his own show on NBC.NAME: Paul ConleyTITLE: Owner, Paul Conley Consulting2008 PREDICTION: 1. I’m more than a little worried about b-to-b publishing revenue in 2008. Print advertising will continue to shrink, and I think it’s going to be a tough year for online advertising too. Even worse, as we’ve seen in the past, tough times in b-to-b often lead to ethical disasters. I predict that as money grows tight, more publishers will cross the ad/edit line and engage in the sorts of behaviors that embarrass us all. 2. It’s hard to launch new products when b-to-b editorial staffs are as lean as can be. But with little evidence that revenue will rise, I don’t expect an increase in hiring. Rather, I predict smart publishers will turn to more creative and low-risk methods. I expect an increase in outsourced deals in which publishers offer a revenue split to freelancers to create and manage new online products.NAME: Samir HusniTITLE: Mr. Magazine2008 PREDICTION: Only two people can tell you the future: God and a fool … Since I know I am not God, I am not going to make a fool of myself … however, the magazine business will still be alive and kicking…more will be born than die … Happy New Year.NAME: Bob SacksTITLE: Magazine consultant2008 PREDICTION: The writers’ strike will end and the public will in droves not return to TV as it was. Prime time will get shorter and shorter as it nears its death knell. The public at large moves onto the more stylized, personal, leisure time pursuits of MeMedia. Newspapers continue the trend to be magazines, and magazines become more focused and highly niche-ified. Time Warner will continue to go to the gym and shed off its excess weight, becoming a leaner and more focused fighting media machine. The Social networking hubbub will mature, peak, drift and then meld into what it should have been all along—a niche group of (fill in the blank) music listeners, readers, dentists, or manically connected wannabes. Next year will be like this year, except more highly concentrated, with more old time magazine standards fluttering before our eyes and evaporating in a cloud of shareholder smoke. Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine, will admit that BoSacks has been right all along. Oh yes, and that in 2008 BoSacks will send out the 13,500th edition of the oldest known e-newsletter on the planet. NAME: Jason ChupickTITLE: Co-Editor, PRNewser2008 PREDICTION: Magazines will continue to push writers to blog when many don’t want to, yet they won’t put the push behind them to generate much traffic. Portfolio is a good example, as were the Business2.0 blogs. The quote I’ve been honing is something like “take your rightful place in the media—eat your lunch or someone else will.” PR for media properties who put content online in realtime works, and you can see it work. It’s a matter of having the eye to know what parts of the content will get the blogosphere, link aggregators and even competing MSM interested (as is the case when brokering a scoop to get credit) excited.NAME: Joe CiaralloTITLE: Co-Editor, PRNewser2008 PREDICTION: Just like Brandon Holley went from Jane to Yahoo and Erick Schonfeld from Business 2.0 to TechCrunch, we will see more print people move to online media. Whether it is because of publications shutting down, as it was with Brandon and Erick, or because people want to get “ahead of the curve,” the digital shift will continue in a big way, and we will see several more high profile journalists start their own blog network, ala Om Malik and GigaOM. From a PR perspective, journalists will continue getting flooded with pitches, both good and bad, and the lines between media, advertising and PR will continue to blur.NAME: Melissa WalkerTITLE: Former editor, Elle Girl, and author2008 PREDICTION: Brandon Holley leads Yahoo to new levels of editorial success with her crack team of smart-girl editors who miss Elle Girl and Jane.NAME: Lance UlanoffTITLE: Editor-in-chief, PC Magazine2008 PREDICTION: Magazines are cool again. With advertisers and marketers stinging over diminishing digital returns, many will return to their tried and true friend: the print book. This will have positive and negative repercussions. Readers will heartily embrace thicker books and glossy ads, but marketers still won’t have learned how to measure impact. By the end of the year many will be trying to come up with a grand plan from print-ad response measurement and others will go crawling back to the Web. End result: The Web continues to grow at a healthy pace, but magazines recoup just enough advertising to find new life and live to fight another day.NAME: Keith KellyTITLE: Columnist, New York Post2008 PREDICTION: Chaos and confusion and uncertainty around every bend. CEOs on the hook and under fire. Mergers, shutdowns, selloffs. In other words, pretty much like this year, only worser. Meanwhile, in a big surprise, ad pages rise by 4 percent for magazines, a beneficiary of the lingering writers strike and saturation of TV and radio markets with political ads.NAME: Jonathan Simpson-BintTITLE: President, Future US2008 PREDICTION: In terms of magazines, I think the web will bite harder on specialist press in ’08. I don’t have a crystal ball, but it seems like as fast as we’re all running to build content and community, the aggregators are running faster and getting smarter. They’re our biggest enemy, no question. Oh, and the economy. Mustn’t forget that. R********s often help specialist press as they tend to focus people back on the things they really care about, but a major r******** will be bad news for everyone.NAME: Jamie LendinoTITLE: Editor, SmartDeviceCentral.com2008 PREDICTION: 2008 *should* be a banner year for mobile TV in the U.S., but it probably won’t be. Right now, U.S. carriers still treat mobile TV like a rare and amazing invention, despite the fact that Asia and Europe have broadcast it for years. As a result, U.S. carriers price it accordingly. Unless they lower service costs, add more live TV channels and full-length programming, and stop relying on recycled, three-minute, “bite-size” clips that few people want, mobile TV here in 2008 will look a lot like it does in 2007. On the other hand, the iPhone flung open the gates for the mobile Web, letting folks access real desktop Web sites on the go. Plus, regular cell phones are already getting more capable Web browsers and higher-resolution screens. That’s great for reading the New York Times. But the industry needs to go a step further and add Flash and Javascript support, so that more of these sites look right on 2-inch and 3-inch LCDs. Combine that with a slew of publications going mobile, including Esquire, Slate, and Time magazine, and 2008 could finally be the year of the mobile Web.NAME: Henry DonahueTITLE: CEO, Discover magazine2008 PREDICTION: 2008 is going to be a surprisingly good advertising year for magazines. Ignoring the useless hype that pits print and online against each other, publishers will continue to get better at selling integrated packages that highlight the strengths of both forms of media. At the same time, the election year will drive a surge in corporate image advertising, particularly on the topics of energy conservation and the environment.NAME: Reed PhillipsTITLE: Managing partner, desilva + phillips2008 PREDICTION: Last year, I said I’d be watching with great interest the possible sale or break-up of the Tribune Company. Now, I think it is safe to predict that the company will be sold any day now. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Less than an hour after Reed sent this over, prediction #1 came true.] My prediction for 2008 is that by year-end valuations for newspapers, specifically, and print media, in general, will start to rebound.NAME: John BradyTITLE: Editorial consultant, visiting professional at Scripps School of Journalism2008 PREDICTION: In the year ahead, I envision Newsweek pulling ahead of Time magazine as the leading newsweekly. The redesign of Newsweek strikes me as being more successful than the overhaul of Time in the past year. Time’s choice of columnists (especially William Kristol, not to mention the ongoing silliness of Joel Stein) has diminished the magazine’s core credibility; and the featurizing of the news is too random and at times too frivolous for the hardcore news reader. Look for a shakeup in the upper upper ranks of the magazine before year’s end.NAME: Rachel PineTITLE: SVP, branding and partnerships, Doubledown Media2008 PREDICTION: In 2008, we will see the first stirrings of privacy as “the new black.” While social networking will still be huge, it will start to favor smaller communities made up of people who are invited to join because they are part of a particular affinity group. These people will be of tremendous value to marketers and will not be interested in activities such as “friending” a ham sandwich. A decline in the number of people who are willing to blog/comment/post video, etc for free on sites that are profiting others. In short, 2008 will be the year that a lot of online trends (and the people who use them) will begin to normalize. Having 236,258 Facebook friends does not make you popular. Creating content that generates ad impressions that pay someone else is, for the most part, ridiculous.NAME: Jim SpanfellerTITLE: President and CEO, Forbes.com2008 PREDICTION: If history looks back at 2007 as the tipping point for interactive media and the ad dollars that have migrated to the Web, pushing it to a position of prominence as a central media platform for advertisers, 2008 will be the year of the Interactive Marketer. CMOs now get the Web and have personal experience around its ability to power their brands, activate their customers and fuel their data analysis and marketing allocation optimization. The Web is still only at the beginning of its evolution and will remain a source of media innovation for some time, but the focus going forward will be less about the media and more about the marketer. The digitization of media will continue to disrupt the traditional media model and we will see more “late to the party” web acquisition and initiatives from major media players. From this perspective, 2008 will be a make or break year for companies like Time Warner and many of the major newspaper companies in the country.NAME: Simon KellyTITLE: Chief Operating Officer, Story Worldwide2008 PREDICTION(S): 1. Brands will stop dipping their toes in the water and jump in with both feet, realizing they can turn themselves into fully-fledged media channels, supported by an ‘Authority to Publish’ that is rock-solid.2. Several large brands will appoint digital agencies will provide the lead AOR direction. Sadly only a few will be brave enough.3. Clients will realize that the usual branding agencies’ approach to organizing hierarchies of brands and sub-brands is like re-arranging the deckchairs on the titanic. Pretty, organized, but liable to sink at any moment.4. Someone will make sense of Facebook.5. Web 2/3.0 will become 4.0 by March and then we can all move on as it’ll become Web whatever. It just is.6. The penny will drop that that technology-based digital solutions are not the answer. We’ve been to this dance before—CRM was supposed to be the new nirvana but only resulted in enabling marketers to slice and dice to the Nth degree but delivering nothing of value to the customer. Web whatever is in danger of repeating the same mistake. Brands need to step up and own this transition otherwise Microsoft/Yahoo/Google et al will convince everyone there’s no alternative to the latest technology solutions, forgetting the customer’s information needs in the process. Publishers can help. Brands need to publish.7. OTT (Over The Top) delivery on the back of cable/broadband into the home will change the relationship between consumers and the networks.8. None of the above will happen and something new will emerge unexpectedly, making a mockery once again of the current state of things and any attempt to predict the outcome.NAME: Ron MwangaguhungaTITLE: Co-Editor, FishbowlNY2008 PREDICTION: 2008 will be the year of luxury magazines just as the United States heads into a recession. The big topic will be whether or not all the excess is necessary, and does it stir class resentments. Lou Dobbs will probably chime in with some interesting analogies to Nero’s Rome. Vogue’s September 2008 issue will probably weigh as much as a Jaguar—the car not the animal. The Wall Street Journal will ramp up its luxury and fashion reporting with a big presence behind the tents—and at the parties—at Bryant Park Fashion Week. And NBC Universal will purchase TheStreet.com, making Jim Cramer a rich(er) man.NAME: Neal UngerleiderTITLE: Co-Editor, FishbowlNY2008 PREDICTION: As much as it surprises me to say this, 2008 will prove to be a good year for the Wall Street Journal. Despite News Corporation’s many faults, the WSJ has been treading water during the past five years of Bancroft ownership and was in dire need of vision. The combination of Rupert Murdoch’s advanced age (76 years old!) and the massive sums of money spent on acquiring Dow Jones point to the fact that it’s a legacy purchase more than anything else. The WSJ is blessed with an intelligent, strong-willed and competitive newsroom (and, yes, op-ed staff) who will ultimately be able to rein in the hijinx of News Corp.’s bean counters and Harvard MBA yahoos. The combination of the Wall Street Journal’s talented staff with News Corporation’s endlessly deep wallet will be beneficial for the newspaper, the parent corporation and the general public—something none of us thought just three months ago.NAME: Jeffrey S. KleinTITLE: Chairman, 1105 Media2008 PREDICTION: There will be a modest economic downturn, but it will wreak havoc with ad budgets which are the easiest line item to be cut by short-sighted CEOs. As a result, the reallocation of ad budgets from print to online will continue at a dramatically faster clip than it has these past few years. Publishers who develop innovative new web products and services will be rewarded with increased online revenue growth, but it won’t be enough to sustain overall profit margins. NAME: Julia AllisonTITLE: Editor-at-large, Star magazine; columnist, Time Out New York2008 PREDICTION: Spurred on by Jennifer Love Hewitt standing up for herself on her blog (and reaping the rewards—a TMZ apology doesn’t come easy!), celebrities and public figures will realize that they actually have efficacy to counter the gossip disseminated by the MSM, tabloids, and the blogosphere. Previously, their choices were A) hire a publicist or B) remain silent. This year, with the advent of unbelievably simple blogging/video posting tools, we’ll see celebrities—for the first time ever—directly communicating with the public. This will in no way stem our desire to discuss these celeb’s lives—it will just add a new perspective. Think about it—a three minute YouTube video that Britney/Lindsay or Paris made herself? The entire country would watch, no matter how terrible the lighting.NAME: Ed SussmanTITLE: President, Mansueto Digital2008 PREDICTION: Mainstream media will step into social networking in a big way, leveraging the unique advantages of established communities of readers drawn together by powerful brands and content. (Fair disclosure: FastCompany.com, a pioneer in this approach since 1997, will vastly expand its website early next year to blend in content and community.) While some big brands might leverage pure plays such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn to build their communities, many others, eager to reap the commercial benefits of social networking, will build their own networks. In order to achieve scale and create a good experience for their readers, some powerful brands might band together to link their networks, creating effective competitors to the pure plays. If successful in banding together, the dynamic that allowed Yahoo and Google to become more powerful than most of the brands they aggregate, will not be repeated. If unsuccessful, established brands will once again cede a big chunk of online ad revenue to the pure plays.NAME: Paul CalentoTITLE: SVP, strategic development, InfoWorld2008 PREDICTION: “Measured” growth in b-to-b media will be modest, with expansion coming from under-the-radar opportunities, like new events, new category expansion, or integrated packages around new media types (mobile, video, etc.). Traditional, print-centric b-to-b media will continue to homogenize and struggle, as the opportunities for margin (both for media and their advertisers) fragment, creating growth for the most nimble. From an investment and/or private equity perspective, one existing Tier Two non-tech-focused media company, will be merged or repositioned with underperforming social media assets (second or third tier players, i.e. a company less known than a Facebook or LinkedIn) to increase valuation and audience acquisition (which will translate into monetized revenue in 2009). Many of their competitors will dismiss this move and open themselves up to challenges in the coming years. While a challenging year, those that embrace the diversification of media will see new revenue and expanded margins.NAME: Chaunce HaydenTITLE: Editor, Steppin’ Out magazine2008 PREDICTION: Howard Stern will go back to terestrial radio by June 2008 … and Sirius will be no more. I also predict Howard Stern will break up with Beth Ostrosky by November 2008 over his not wanting to have children … a real sticking point.NAME: Frank LocantoreTITLE: Director, the Paper Project, Co-op America2008 PREDICTION: The Green Predictions for 2008 can be summed up thusly: growing momentum. We’ll see that the increased attention towards the environment over the past year will continue and gain build in 2008. This momentum will become increasingly evident. One Warning: Beware the paper supplier that tells you that burning trees and tree parts (biomass, or biofuels) is carbon neutral. They are selling you a bill of goods that will eventually harm your brand. (See Locantore’s expanded predictions here.)NAME: Chris ShannonTITLE: Managing director, Berkery Noyes2008 PREDICTION: On the consumer side, M&A will be as busy as it was last year, as far as what’s in the funnel. Strategic buyers will make a comeback and play larger role in 2008. Everyone out there that’s either buying or selling it has to have a digital component. Next on the priority list for buyers is a mobile component. If you have a magazine to sell, the ones that have a Web site and even just the beginnings of a mobile product definitely have an advantage.NAME: Laurel ToubyTITLE: mediabistro.com founder and senior VP2008 PREDICTION: A few predictions and some advice …1. We’re hearing that while print budgets are freezing, online budgets are growing considerably.2. The smart companies will leverage their print brands and invest not just by hiring more digital people, but by TRAINING their current teams;3. The smartest magazine companies will simultaneously hedge their bets by purchasing dot.coms that add digital heft and the revenue streams that their print brands aren’t (yet) providing; Publishers/Owners, look to acquire sites that have created strong brands, community-style traffic, buzz and multiple revenue streams. Don’t be stuck in your magazine-y minds. Buy companies that are going beyond same-old, same-old business models (i.e. be sure the sites don’t merely rely on ad sales). Some that are doing it right: Babble.com, TheKnot.com, Etsy.com, JPGmag.com!4. Mag editors need to wake up. It was really cool in 2001 to hate the web. Now, it’s really cool to be webby, but you’re mostly faking it. You pretend you’ve embraced digital, but c’mon and admit it, you barely look at your own web site. Coming soon: Every editor will be called upon to be a producer of online content in some fashion. Don’t just talk the talk anymore. Surf, read, go to conferences, learn what HTML is and does, learn how to play with images, how to use video, how to build your audience on MySpace. The days when editors are working in print alone are over. Get thee to 8020publishing.com right away!NAME: David HaislaibTITLE: Publisher, Jossip.com2008 PREDICTION: Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko will make out on either the Today show or Live With Dan Abrams.NAME: Martha LostromTITLE: Publisher, editor, the Postmasters Advocate2008 PREDICTION: Professional and management association publications will become more important and stronger due to the amount of information increasingly being poured into the virtual marketplace. In order to sort out and focus on the key issues, association publications will need to present more analysis and news reporting to help the members grow in their positions with the least amount of stress. And stress levels seemed to rise greatly in 2007, which should start forcing changes in policies affecting workplaces in this coming year. While less stress will be a goal for most, how it evolves is yet to be revealed.NAME: Steve RosenfieldTITLE: Vice president, Media Resource Group2008 PREDICTIONS: Creativity will be recognized and rewarded.Although TALENT will continue to migrate from corporate owned media to entrepreneurial owned media—new ideas and processes will be embraced and even more highly valued. Also, there will be a better appreciation of the benefits of integrated media. Advertising works and disciplined, forward-acting marketers will dominate their competitors.NAME: Larry GrimesTITLE: President, W.B. Grimes & Company2008 PREDICTION: More private equity firms will look to exit magazine publishing in 2008 but may find buyers slim to come by. Many will find their assets have depreciated substantially over the past 18 months, in large part due to mismanagement. The groups will recognize that the tuck-in acquisitions they have been avoiding for a couple years really do make sense and will start pursuing those smaller strategic deals as a way to boost both top and bottom line growth. Many of the publishers who have an eye on digital acquisitions will find the pickings are very slim and will realize growing digitally from within is their best approach. Video will become an increasingly important element of publishers’ online strategy and especially for their advertisers. Online directories will continue their metamorphosis from simple listings to interactive and will include product offerings. Deal flow will be slow until the banks start lending again. NAME: Scott PetersTITLE: Managing Director, The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.2008 PREDICTION: Media M&A in the middle market will remain active and will equal the transaction volume of 2007. However, overall transaction value will decline as the debt-heavy, mega deals get sidelined as the credit markets continue to work through challenging issues. NAME: Thomas KempTITLE: Managing director, Veronis Suhler Stevenson2008 PREDICTION(S): 1. The conversion from print advertising in magazines to online will accelerate in a softening economy in most, but not all markets.2. We will see some highly leveraged transactions of the past couple of years experience extremely challenging times, what the bankers called distressed credits. Think Ziff Davis type experiences.3. Financially backed media businesses that become distressed will replace their CEO’s. Some big name CEO’s will get fired in 2008.4. Several b-to-b media companies that have adopted successful on-line strategies and cultures will thrive as eMedia achieves scale of revenue and profit.5. Focused, high quality, leading magazines will continue to grow and buck the trend of the digital revolution.6. M&A market will continue to be strong for quality assets, particularly for the middle market properties, $50 – 100 million, although transaction multiples will come back to earth as a result of tighter credit markets.7. The media world will not come to an end as we know it. That is, Google will is not the evil empire of the media industry.NAME: Hamilton NolanTITLE: Media editor, PR Week2008 PREDICTION: Trade magazines will be good investments. Rolling Stone continues to blow, except Matt Taibbi. Time will put Jesus on the cover at some point; Newsweek strikes back with Moses cover. You will have to physically kill your fellow applicants with your bare hands to get a decent job in the magazine industry. NAME: Patrick W. GavinTITLE: Columnist, Washington Examiner; editor, FishbowlDC2008 PREDICTION: I think that, in 2008, you’re going to see the revolving door move even faster. Many journos from traditional print outlets will continue to jump ship to online publications which exhibit a keen sense for tackling news coverage online. What you will start to see at the end of 2008 is these publications—most notably the political ones—grasping with how to make money and continue buzz after the 2008 election. And for those publications that hemorrhaged money to cover the 2008 campaign, the question is: How to make it back?NAME: Matt KinsmanTITLE: Managing editor, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION:I think publishing companies in 2008 and 2009 will face a real talentpool crisis. Those companies that ignore new media training will bebehind the curve, while those employees that have developed a new mediaskillset (and more importantly, a strategic understanding of new media)will say “enough” to product closures, lay-offs and pay cuts, and startjumping ship not only from their companies but the magazine industry ingeneral. NAME: Bill MickeyTITLE: Senior editor, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: Six of ’em …1.Site engagement metrics—time spent and session lengths—will play alarger role with more publishers in the online sales process asadvertisers begin to understand that page view and unique visitormetrics are not the only window into an online user’s soul.2. Atleast one overly leveraged publisher will get squeezed this year,resulting in a rapid crumbling of a rapidly-constructed platformcompany.3. Publishers will begin to worry less about “extending the brand” and instead launch new brands to capture new audiences.4.Value-add will, once and for all, be shed from a publisher’svocabulary, if only out of necessity. Nothing is free, everything has aprice.5. There will be some dramatic and broad e-media strategyshifts as publishers become more comfortable with their audience’sonline content habits. 6. There will be a noticeable rise insmaller, strategic, bolt-on deals—especially in the e-media sector—fromlarge and small companies alike.NAME: Dan TrombettoTITLE: Art director, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION:2008 will be the year that the few remaining Quark users finally seethe light and come over to the world of InDesign. We will see one ofthe most controversial covers of all times hit the newsstands—one thatmakes each and every one of us question reality as we (think we) knowit. Also, FOLIO: magazine will feature NO purple on it’s covers (but apink/black color combo will be used liberally).NAME: Dylan StablefordTITLE: Senior editor, digital, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: Here goes, bros:1.Radiohead launches a magazine, and subsequently struggles to buildsubscription and advertising revenue with its failed pay-what-you-wantmodel. Thom Yorke quits as editor.2. Revenues for Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn surpass those of Vanity Fair.3.A magazine launches a really cool, expensive online product that makesabsolutely no money or business sense, but is written about,breathlessly and incessantly. It then folds.4. Samir Husni shaves off the moustache, quietly. He then grows it back, and counts it as a launch. 5. I finally snag a dream lunch date with Martha Stewart. I pick up the check.6.The American Magazine Conference is held in October in San Francisco.Pool-gazing editors complain. The MPA apologizes, and schedules 2009for Cancun.7. FOLIO:’s rotating cast of bloggers becomes the Huffington Post of the magazine industry. As editor, I develop misplaced accent. It’s that time of year again, when magazine editors and publishers reflect on the perennially “crazy” year past (“What the hell just happened?”) and bravely look to the future. Questions are pondered (“Which magazines will fold? Which will survive? And just how will Jann Wenner commemorate the Rolling Stone’s 41st anniversary?”). Answers are elusive. Nonetheless, FOLIO: asked some of the media industry’s best and brightest to send us their predictions for 2008. Their responses follow, largely unedited, in the order they were received.[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll be updating this page for the rest of 2007, so if we missed you, send yours to dstableford AT red7media.com. Or, better yet, drop them in the comments section below.]NAME: Andy CohnTITLE: VP, publisher, the Fader2008 PREDICTION: Even more magazines will fold in 2008 than in 2007. They will mostly be magazines that are established titles part of larger publishing companies who are steeped in the traditional (i.e. antiquated) model of publishing. Niche, targeted titles (yeah, like mine) will continue to thrive based on our ability to adapt to the challenges posed by the drastic changes taking place within the industry.last_img read more

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The best keto barbecue sauces to save you from boring food

first_imgTarget Yes, you can enjoy keto barbecue! But barbecue sauce often hides a lot of sugar, so make sure you pick a keto-friendly barbecue sauce to slather on your meat. These are some of the best keto barbecue sauces you can buy (with a homemade option for inveterate DIYers).Summer is here (but not for much longer…) and that means there is the constant smell of something grilling. For those living by a ketogenic diet, it may seem as if only boring grilled bites are in the future. Not so. As keto has caught on as a healthy lifestyle, as have paleo and Whole30, a slew of keto products have flooded the marketplace to ensure the big flavors you crave without the carbs you’re trying to avoid. And one of these flavors is the big, bold taste of barbecue sauce.Read more on Chowhound: Low-carb barbecue recipes and tips for summer | Best new grilling tools and gadgetsWe scoped out all of the barbecue sauces on the market that are keto-approved — from classic flavors to specific styles — and put together a list of the best keto-friendly barbecue sauces for you to enhance your grilling game.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sweetened with stevia, this sauce only has two carbs per serving. If it’s not spicy or complex enough for you, you can always doctor it with cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic and more. Or, just make your whole batch of barbecue sauce yourself (see below for a recipe). See at Target Amazon Different than the classic sauce, Primal Kitchen’s golden barbecue sauce mimics mustard-based South Carolina barbecue sauce and omits the smoke for a sweet and tangy flavor instead (with the former coming from the natural sweetness in tomatoes and balsamic vinegar). Recommended for pulled pork and veggies, it also makes the perfect dipping sauce for grilled chicken strips. Sweetened with pineapple juice concentrate (which also adds a little extra tang), this keto- and Whole30-compliant barbecue sauce contains a delicious mix of spicy, smoky, tangy and naturally sweet ingredients, like apple cider vinegar, tamarind, ginger, allspice and arbol chile powder. Be aware: It does contain grass-fed beef bone broth powder too, so is not suitable for anointing your grilled vegetarian and vegan dishes — but it is extra savory. Also, it’s cheaper on Thrive Market if you have a membership there Amazon Love North Carolina-style barbecue? Lillie’s Q creates as close a match as possible to the real thing, except this one has no sugar added. Dubbed Western Carolina Tomato, the sauce has a slight tang to it, just like vinegary Carolina barbecue sauce should. The brand recommends using this on pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken. Primal Kitchen classic barbecue sauce Target Target Homemade keto barbecue saucebbq-sauce Chowhound Have a few minutes? You can make your own low-carb, sugar-free barbecue sauce with just a few keto-friendly ingredients, including mustard, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste and a few spices. In fact, making your own gives you a chance to develop the sauce to your liking, which can make being keto an easier pill to swallow. See at Target This sugar-free barbecue sauce contains sucralose, which is keto-friendly, but if you prefer to avoid artificial sweeteners, you’ll want to skip it. Some reviewers suggest that it’s a bit mild and like to add things like Dijon mustard and chipotle powder. Your mileage may vary, but it’s affordable enough that it’s worth a try. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Lillie’s Q zero sugar Carolina barbecue sauce (2-pack) Amazon See at Amazon See at Amazon 0 G Hughes smokehouse sugar free original barbecue sauce See at Amazon This condiment is everything you would expect from a barbecue sauce. It’s sweet, spicy and tangy all at once. Containing no refined sugar (the sweetness comes mostly from dates), this product complements any cut of meat that’s ready for grilling season and can add even more flavor to grilled vegetables as well. Stevia Sweet barbecue sauce (2-pack) Amazon Tags Primal Kitchen Golden barbecue sauce See at Amazon Share your voice Tessemae’s Matty’s Organic barbecue sauce, 2-pack The New Primal Classic barbecue cooking & dipping sauce A cult favorite, Primal Kitchen has been on the cutting edge of healthy living for years. Its classic barbecue sauce has the bold flavor that those on keto may be missing from their lives, thanks in part to cumin and chipotle powder. It can be used as a marinade and dipping sauce for all sorts of meat, as well as brushing it on ribs and chicken wings in the last few minutes of grilling for a flavor boost. The product is organic, too. See at Walmart Wellness Wellnesslast_img read more

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Elected government in Jammu and Kashmir in nations

first_imgNew Delhi: Opposing the statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress MP Manish Tewari Friday said an elected government in the state is in the interest of the nation and will help the Centre in its fight against terrorism. Alleging that the sense of alienation among the people of Jammu and Kashmir has increased under the BJP government, Tewari blamed the BJP’s alliance with the PDP for imposition of governor’s rule in the state. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Participating in the debate, Tewari said the “root cause” of imposition of governors’s rule in the state was the PDP-BJP coalition, which was “an alliance of ideologically incompatible people.” It is “not in the interest of people in the state and the country” that governor’s rule should continue in the state, the Congress leader said, adding, “An elected government in Jammu and Kashmir will help the Centre in its fight against terrorism there.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Maintaining that he and his party were not opposed to the Centre’s fight against terrorism, he said, “Fight against terrorism cannot be won when people are not with you.” Cautioning the government, Tewari said it should not take such steps which alienate the people of the state. The biggest mistake of the Modi government was that sense of alienation has increased among people in the state, he said adding, “government needs to walk two extra miles to integrate them into the national stream.” Advertise With Us Taking on the BJP, Tewari said if the party continues to look at Jammu and Kashmir with “its ideological blinkers,” the problem of the state cannot be resolved. On the question of Jammu and Kashmir reservation bill, Tewari said his party is not against the spirit of the bill, but actually it is the right of the state assembly as this proposed legislation comes under its jurisdiction.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 21368 up on June 5

first_imgBSE closes points 213.68 up on June 55.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 213.68 up on June 55.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 213.68 points up to stand at 25,019.51. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.85 points up to stand at 7,474.10. Havells India and BPCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.11% and 6.95% along with SAIL and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with an increase of 6.78% and 6.72% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Max India and UCO Bank with a decrease of 6.30% and 2.16 % along with Motherson Sumi and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. with a decrease of 2.15% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 114.69 points at 14,956.43 while the banking sector is down 69.04 points at 17,500.64 and the realty sector is up 13.83 points at 2,026.36. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 59.29 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 213.68 points up to stand at 25,019.51. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.85 points up to stand at 7,474.10. Havells India and BPCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.11% and 6.95% along with SAIL and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with an increase of 6.78% and 6.72% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Max India and UCO Bank with a decrease of 6.30% and 2.16 % along with Motherson Sumi and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. with a decrease of 2.15% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 114.69 points at 14,956.43 while the banking sector is down 69.04 points at 17,500.64 and the realty sector is up 13.83 points at 2,026.36. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 59.29 per dollar.last_img read more

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Gold prices fall for third straight day on muted demand

first_imgReuters fileGold prices drifted further lower by Rs 50 to Rs 31,950 per 10 gram at the bullion market Wednesday, falling for the third consecutive day, tracking a weak global trend amid weak demand from local jewellers.The precious metal has lost Rs 150 in the past two days.Silver too followed suit and dropped by Rs 100 to Rs 37,800 per kg at the bullion market Wednesday.Traders said, sentiment remained bearish on the back of subdued global trend as strength in dollar eroded demand for the precious metals as a safe-haven.Globally, gold shed 0.05 per cent to $1,221.50 an ounce, while silver held steady at $14.40 an ounce in Singapore.Besides, fall in demand from jewellers as well as retailers at domestic spot market too kept pressure on the gold prices.In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity declined by Rs 50 each to Rs 31,950 and Rs 31,800 per 10 gram respectively.Sovereign gold held flat at Rs 24,800 for piece of 8 gram on scattered support.Silver ready ended Rs 100 down at Rs 37,800 per kg, while weekly-based delivery lost Rs 183 at Rs 36,586 per kg.Silver coins, however, were unalatered at Rs 73,000 for buying and Rs 74,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

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US missile defence equipment reaches S Korea

first_imgrotesters and police stand by as trailers carrying US THAAD missile defence equipment enter a deployment site in Seongju, early on April 26, 2017. Arrival of the six trailers at the golf course location sparked clashes between locals and police, the agency said. AFPUS troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions.Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North.But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. It has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South, including a ban on tour groups.TV footage showed large trailers in camouflage paint carrying what appeared to be missile-related equipment entering a golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.Hundreds of residents — who are concerned over the potential environmental impact — protested angrily, some clashing with police.Seoul’s defence ministry said Wednesday’s move was aimed at “securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible”, with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.The South is holding a presidential election next month to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-Hye, and Seoul and Washington are pressing ahead with the deployment with some candidates expressing ambivalence over the system.The South’s tourist industry has been hammered by Beijing’s boycott over THAAD, with Chinese visitor numbers — normally more than half the total — plummeting 40 percent last month even though the ban only came into force on March 15.Retail conglomerate Lotte — which provided the Seongju golf course site to the Seoul government — has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down.’Rain of fire’THAAD is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.The latest move comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action was an “option on the table”.Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the peninsula in a show of force, amid signs the North could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.The impoverished, isolated state says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and has issued blood-curdling promises of retaliation in the event of an atomic strike against it.In Pyongyang’s latest display, leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the country’s largest-ever firing drill to mark the founding anniversary of its military, state-run media said Wednesday.The joint drill involved artillery firing as well as torpedo attacks by submarines, state-run KCNA said, and demonstrated the country’s determination to a “pour merciless rain of fire on the reckless imperialist US and its dirty followers”, it said.The US has long pushed for China to make more efforts to curb Pyongyang’s behaviour.But Beijing says it has less sway over its wayward neighbour than Washington believes.It is also concerned that a regime collapse could trigger a flood of refugees across the border, and leave the US military on its doorstep in a unified Korea.Chinese President Xi Jinping called Monday for “restraint” regarding North Korea in a telephone conversation with Trump.US defence leaders and other top officials are to give a classified briefing on North Korea to all senators in an unusual meeting at the White House later Wednesday.last_img read more

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Biden Bears Slings And Arrows But Battles Through Another Democratic Debate

first_img Share Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Joe Biden was directly challenged by several other candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker.The second night of the Democratic debates in Detroit did not stray from its predicted script: It was open season on front-runner Joe Biden right from the start.But it was also something of a free-for-all, with every candidate for himself or herself. And the intensity and outcome of the exchanges may have come as a surprise to some of the people onstage.Unlike the first night, when two featured performers (Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) collaborated against the rest of the field, Wednesday night was an extended crossfire focused on the debaters at center stage.Biden, the clear leader in national polls, stood at the epicenter flashing his toothsome, squinting smile as often as he could — while also looking befuddled or lost at times. His shorter answers tended to be crisp, while longer ones wandered or lost focus at times.To his left stood Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who at last month’s debate in Miami had assailed Biden’s onetime stance on school busing and propelled herself into the top tier of candidates. Harris was back with fresh ammunition about Biden’s performance on criminal justice and other issues, but the former vice president was prepared this time.He began his new approach with a rather cryptic aside to Harris during the introductions, saying with a grin: “Go easy on me, kid.” While some saw this as pure Biden badinage, many in the Democratic Twittersphere sensed disrespect in calling a female senator “kid.”Harris was in no mood to take it easy, highlighting among other issues the number of deportations carried out while Biden was vice president. Biden came back with a defense of former President Barack Obama’s overall approach to immigration, including his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative for DREAMers. But Biden did not directly answer her accusation regarding deportations.Instead, he compared his own position on busing in an earlier decade to a position Harris herself had advocated at one time. When she criticized him for supporting legislation that swelled the ranks of federal prisoners, Biden came back at Harris’ reputation as a tough criminal prosecutor in California.Biden got some backup when one of the lesser-known candidates — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is also a veteran — turned on Harris with an accusation that she withheld evidence as a prosecutor that would have helped a defendant in a capital case.Harris, seemingly taken aback by this and other charges from Gabbard, denied the statements and stood by her record — but also seemed knocked off balance.Standing to Biden’s right throughout the evening was Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who scoffed at Biden for saying that he would rejoin the Paris agreement on climate change. “Nobody should get applause for [that],” Booker said. “That is kindergarten.”As expected, Booker was also eager to critique Biden’s history as a Judiciary Committee chairman in the Senate. “Every crime bill had your name on it,” he said, adding that Biden and others “used that phony tough-on-crime rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine.”Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesSen. Cory Booker directly challenged former Vice President Joe Biden on criminal justice records during the debateHowever, Biden came back with questions about decisions Booker made as mayor of Newark during a period of increased crime, including the use of stop-and-frisk police tactics. Booker was able to absorb that counterpunch and keep going, showing far more energy and engagement than he had in the June debate. His strong but sunny moments going toe-to-toe with Biden may well have made Booker the biggest beneficiary of the night.Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro did not have as many chances to shine as he had in June, but he generally made them count. At one point he joined in upbraiding Biden about positions he took on immigration as vice president. “It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of history and one of us hasn’t,” he said, to one of the audience’s larger bursts of laughter and applause.Not to be outdone, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York weighed in with a quotation from an op-ed Biden had written decades ago citing family deterioration as an issue when women work outside the home.Biden seemed to shrug, speaking of his own years as a single parent and the careers of his first and second wives. He then recalled how Gillibrand had praised his record in a joint appearance at Syracuse University.“I don’t know what’s happened except that you’re now running for president,” he added, to audible approval from the audience. (The crowd had been relatively subdued on Tuesday night but was more boisterous on Wednesday. Several loud protesters were removed after interrupting the proceedings early on.)In format and style, the second CNN debate was almost a clone of the first. Perhaps with an eye toward fair treatment of both panels, the moderators reused some of Tuesday’s questions nearly verbatim. And they were just as quick to abbreviate the candidates’ responses with a curt “thank you” and “please abide by the rules.”Once again, the emphasis was on finding points of contention and stoking the tension between individual contestants. Several of the questions quoted one candidate onstage and then asked a second why the first was wrong. And once again, those candidates most willing to continue punching in the clinches were awarded with extra time to do so.Again, by far the most time was devoted to discussing health care and the candidates’ competing proposals and plans for dealing with coverage and costs. At times the blizzard of numbers in the millions, billions and trillions seemed to confuse even the candidates themselves. Only about 15 minutes were allotted for foreign policy and even less time for discussing the possible impeachment of President Trump.In one sense, the only program needed to understand Wednesday night’s proceedings in the historic Fox Theatre was a summary of the Quinnipiac University poll released earlier in the week showing Biden moving up in the midsummer weeks, receiving a full one-third of all the votes in a field of two dozen.Harris, by contrast, had lost 8 percentage points and slipped from second place to third. Her 12% trailed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 15 percentage points and basically tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 11%. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 6% was fifth, as he had been in the earlier July 2 Quinnipiac poll.Those who remain mired at 1% or less in national polling risk “falling off the stage” when the debating resumes mid-September. The Democratic National Committee has raised the qualifying criteria to 2% in four polls and 130,000 unique donors. By those standards, it is possible the field will winnow to a dozen or fewer candidates by next month.But this week may have scrambled the hierarchy and breathed new life into some of the more marginal candidacies. For example, some believe self-help author Marianne Williamson helped herself enough on Tuesday night to clear the threshold. On Wednesday night, half the stage seemed locked in a survival contest. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used his height and voice to his advantage as he hurled challenge after challenge at Biden from the far end of the row of candidates.In marked contrast, at the other far end, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado persevered in being soft-spoken and philosophical — even more than in the June debate. Generous with his rivals (“you said it better”) he repeatedly returned the focus of the discussion to Trump. A common theme of the night was the need to move beyond intra-party struggles to defeat the incumbent president.Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur who supports a universal basic income of $1,000 month for every adult citizen, managed to deliver a steady stream of trenchant observations that led him back to his signature talking point. He also warned that climate change had gone so far that it was time to start moving people “to higher ground.”On this issue Yang had the full support of former Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who spoke of climate change in apocalyptic terms and returned to the subject at every opportunity. Inslee said the time had passed to speak only of realistic responses to the challenge, adding “survival is realistic.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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