Amaravati(AP): Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was Thursday sworn in as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and on his first day in office, he ordered enhancement of old age pension for the poor — one of his party’s nine pre-poll promises, “Navaratnalu”. Governor E S L Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 46-year-old leader, whose party won 151 seats in the 175-member strong state assembly. Reddy took the oath in Telugu at 12.23 pm amid thunderous cheers by scores of party leaders and workers in a brief ceremony at the IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist His council of ministers is expected to be sworn in on June 7. “For all the hardship I faced for nine years… the 3,648 km ‘padayatra’ (foot march) I undertook… you all blessed me so much that you gave me a victory as big as the sky. I have seen your troubles, listened to your grievances. I assure you that I am here to address all of them,” an emotional Reddy said after taking oath. After the swearing-in ceremony, Reddy signed a file for enhancing the monthly old age pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 for the poor. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The chief minister also announced appointment of four lakh village volunteers (educated unemployed youth) by August 15 this year to work in the proposed ‘Grama Sachivalayams’ (village secretariats). Each volunteer would be paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 5,000 till they find a better job, Reddy said. “Navaratnalu” also includes promises of supporting farmers with a grant of Rs 12,500 per annum; phased implementation of liquor ban and implementation of ‘Aaroygyasri’ scheme, under which financial assistance of Rs 10,000 will be given to patients suffering from serious diseases. Reddy also assured of a total clean up of the state administration to root out corruption through “revolutionary and transparent” governance. Any existing contract for development projects would be scrapped if corruption is detected, the YSRCP chief said. He was alluding to the Polavaram project, capital city Amaravati and other major works that stoked controversies during the previous Chandrababu Naidu-led government’s regime. A dedicated call centre would be opened in the Chief Minister’s Office on Independence Day to receive complaints, if any, on corruption at any level, Reddy announced. “All government benefits under different welfare schemes will henceforth be delivered at the doorsteps of beneficiaries by the village volunteers,” he said. “Any new application seeking welfare benefits will be disposed of within 72 hours,” he added. The chief minister also promised that there would be “no discrimination of any kind” in disbursal of welfare benefits. Just before Reddy’s address, Christian pastors, Muslim maulvis and Hindu priests recited prayers and blessed him. He is the second chief minister of the state post its bifurcation in 2014. Vedic scholars from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams blessed the YSRC president at his residence here ahead of the oath-taking ceremony. Reddy reached the stadium and went round the galleries in an open-top jeep to greet thousands of people who had come to witness the event. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, DMK chief M K Stalin and Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao were the special guests at the swearing-in ceremony. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy, minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav also attended the ceremony. Reddy’s mother and YSRC honorary president Y S Vijayamma, his wife Bharati and sister Sharmila and family members were seated on the dais. Maverick film director Ram Gopal Varma, who normally stays away from politics, specially attended Reddy’s swearing-in ceremony. Naidu, who was invited by Reddy over phone, decided to stay away from the function. The YSR Congress also decimated Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party in the recent general election, winning 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. read more
New Delhi: The ED on Thursday raided the premises linked to erstwhile Ranbaxy promoters, Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh, in connection with a money-laundering case, agency officials said. They said the raids were conducted after the filing of a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The action is being seen in the backdrop of charges of alleged financial irregularities against the two brothers and the subsequent downfall of their businesses.
During the weekend, George Clooney hosted MPTF’s (Motion Picture & Television Fund) “Hollywood’s Night Under The Stars,” an evening of musical performances and special presentations celebrating their 95th year of helping those who entertain us.George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Hugh JackmanMatt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bryan Cranston, Loretta Devine, Michael Douglas, Kate Flannery, Derek Hough, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Jane Lynch, Johnny Mathis, Chris Pine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jeremy Renner, and Kevin Spacey also appeared at the event, which took place at the MPTF Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, CA. It was presented by AARP Foundation, American Express, Delta Air Lines, and Target, with in-kind support from Casamigos, Heineken, Monsieur Marcel, Red Truck, and Sprinkles.Host George Clooney opened the show with a warm and charming welcome to the audience, teasing, “the good thing is, I’m not singing tonight. I’m hosting.” Michael Douglas then came on stage to deliver a heartfelt dedication to his father, Kirk, who was watching in the audience. After sharing stories from throughout Kirk’s lifelong career, Michael was joined by the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to his dad, who turns 100 this December. Kirk gave a few remarks, even admitting that he’d always hoped his son would be a “doctor or a lawyer. But seeing him tonight, he’s a pretty good actor.”The show was filled with musical highlights including a medley of Les Miserables classics headlined by Hugh Jackman, Helen Reddy (an MPTF resident herself) singing “You And Me Against The World,” Johnny Mathis singing his hit “Misty,” and a show stopping performance of “Listen” from Loretta Devine that brought the audience to its feet. Television and Broadway star Norm Lewis gave a powerful performance of “Music of the Night,” and Kevin Spacey delighted the crowd with performances of both “Can I Steal A Little Love?” and “Mr. Bojangles,” complete with a top hat and some smooth dance moves.The evening also featured some more sentimental moments, including personal stories from the MPTF residents delivered by film and television stars Jeremy Renner and Matt Bomer. Bryan Cranston and Chris Pine shared the stage to recount their familial connections to the MPTF campus – Cranston’s mother and Pine’s grandmother were both residents who benefitted from the services of the facility and support and compassion of its caretakers.The night concluded with a triumphant performance of “Somewhere” by Johnny Mathis and Norm Lewis supported by a full choir.The event also marked the launch of MPTF’s “ALL IN” Program, which was introduced by long-time MPTF supporter and volunteer Yvette Nicole Brown. The ALL IN campaign will help to share MPTF’s message across all members of the film and television industry, and connect with the next generation who will carry on the organization’s mission.Event chair Jim Gianopulos reminded the audience of the ongoing work being done and the constant need for support. “Those of us who have worked and thrived in our industry owe a special duty to give back to our comrades in need,” he stated. “As you’ve heard, this residential and health care facility is only a small part of what the fund does, providing in home care, financial assistance, and many other needs for over 100,000 members of our community. The future is exciting but the needs are great.”The event was chaired by Ann & Jim Gianopulos and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Jay Landers produced, and Emmy-winner William Ross served as musical director, conducting a 17-piece orchestra. read more
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has over the past 15 years consistently raised objections to Taskeo Mine Inc’s controversial Prosperity gold and copper project in British Columbia’s interior, documents provided to APTN National News show.Letters from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to provincial and company officials, along with a February 2000 draft briefing to the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, show that the department has consistently balked at the company’s plan to drain Fish Lake, a body of water that is sacred to area First Nations communities.The documents show that DFO originally rejected Taskeo’s project 15 years ago, but was open to approving it if the company found a way to build the mine without draining the lake. The company began exploring alternatives in the late 1990s, but eventually decided that all other options were too expensive, the documents show.In its latest proposal, Taseko has plans to build a replacement lake, called Prosperity Lake, in an attempt to meet DFO’s “no net loss” policy.The policy states that when it is unavoidable, proponents need to provide replacement for destroyed fish habitat.DFO raised concerns about the replacement lake proposal in its submissions to the Canadian Environment Assessment panel reviewing the project saying that it may not meet its “no net loss” policy.As Taseko was gearing up for its latest run to get the project approved, DFO again sounded warning bells about Prosperity mine’s impact on fish habitat.“In the case of your proposed development, DFO does not consider artificial production to be appropriate as compensation for potential loss of productive capacity,” said the April 1, 2008, letter from Adam Silverstien, DFO’s environmental assessment and major projects manager, to Roderick Bell-Irving, Taskeo’s environmental assessment manager.“Taseko’s proposed development would cause permanent and irreversible loss of a large area of productive fish habitat.”The letter was part of a package of documents obtained under the Access to Information Act by the Tsilhqot’in nation and provided to APTN National News.The Tsilhqot’in have vowed to stop the project at all costs.The ministerial briefing document reveals that DFO has consistently opposed the project over its devastating impact on the Taseko River system, which is one of Canada’s six main producers of sockeye salmon.The system also supports Chinook salmon and endangered stocks of steelhead trout, the briefing said.The briefing stated that allowing the draining of a lake would only be allowed as a last resort, but the department considered existing options to preserve the body of water viable despite their price tag.The briefing stated that the department’s “no net loss” policy may not even apply to the project because destruction of the lake was not unavoidable.“Only after it is shown that habitat losses are unavoidable can one apply the principle. Habitat losses at Fish Lake are avoidable, albeit expensive,” states the briefing.The briefing also outlined the uniqueness of the lake, calling it a “self-contained ecosystem supporting an indigenous stock.”The briefing said that the lake, which is one of the “top ten catch rates in the province,” holds an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 rainbow trout.“No wonder it is called ‘Fish Lake,’” said the briefing. “Of the 5,000 lakes in the Cariboo Region, only 10 per cent support a sport fishery. Only about 17 per cent of these lakes support a self-sustaining, monoculture rainbow trout fishery.”The briefing concluded that the department was awaiting the company’s latest report on the project before making a final decision.The B.C. government, which approved the project earlier this year, was warned by federal officials in the mid-1990s that the project, as it stood, would not receive federal backing as a result of its heavy environmental toll.“The analysis carried out by DFO officials has concluded that there would be permanent destruction of high-quality fish habitats if the project proceeds as presently planned, and that compensation, as defined by the DFO policy for the management of fish habitat, does not appear to be technically feasible in this case,” said an Oct. 30, 1995 letter to a provincial assistant deputy minister with Ministry of Environment from DFO’s executive director of habitat enhancement. “Accordingly, since it appears that the project cannot be mitigated and that compensation is not technically feasible, I will not recommend to my superiors that…authorization be issued for this project.”The provincial government approved the mine arguing the billions of dollars in economic benefit outweighed the environmental and cultural toll the project would inflict on the area.The project now needs only approval from the federal cabinet to become reality.The Canadian Environmental Assessment panel concluded this summer that the project would have a devastating impact on the local ecosystem and on First Nations communities that have used the area since time immemorial.DFO is the lead federal department on the project as a result of the company’s plan to alter an existing watershed to construct the mine.The federal cabinet is expected to have several reports in hand when considering the future of the mine, including the position of DFO.A decision is expected this month or in early October.The Prosperity mine site lies about 230 kilometres north of Vancouver.firstname.lastname@example.org read more
APTN National NewsThe missing women’s inquiry has taken a dramatic turn.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story about a frontline Vancouver police officer who was on the trail of serial killer Robert Pickton, but couldn’t get support from superiors to continue the investigation.
Béni Mellal – About 58 people were injured in a coach accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon on the regional road N710 linking the central cities of Khénifra and Bejaâd, local authorities said.The coach, heading from Khénifra to Bejaâd, overturned around 1pm near the rural municipality of Beni Zrantel, district of Bejaâd, the same source pointed out.The wounded were carried to the Mohammed VI hospital in Bejaad and the Hassan II provincial hospital in Khouribga, while serious cases were transferred to the Ibn Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca. read more
Fourteen Chinese nationals detained in Galle without valid visas, the Police said.The Chinese nationals had been employed in Galle without valid work visas. They had been employed while in the country on tourist visas.The Chinese nationals were produced in court and remanded till March 15. (Colombo Gazette)
The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is considering feeding recipients directly instead of giving them rations that could be stolen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.The inhabitants of one Darfur village are so fearful of militia attacks that they have asked UN staff not to distribute aid to them in case they become a target.The internally displaced people – OCHA estimates there are 700,000 across the region – say the militias continue to attack their villages, burning homes, raping and kidnapping people and carrying out extortions.Darfur has been torn by violence since last March, when fighting erupted between the Sudanese Government, militias and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). An estimated 110,000 refugees have crossed the border into Chad to escape the conflict.UN agencies are stepping up their efforts to provide relief to the residents of Darfur, who had been largely cut off from humanitarian support for several months. But OCHA said humanitarian workers could still only reach about a quarter of the region’s population.A 13-member rapid response team has been sent to Darfur’s three provincial capitals, Nyala, El Fasher and Geneina, to assess humanitarian needs and organize operations. UN agencies are preparing food and other supplies for 250,000 people, as well as a meningitis immunization campaign for 60,000 children. read more
“This generous funding from the European Union at such a critical time will enable UNICEF to continue providing emergency assistance to Iraq’s families, providing hope for a better future for every child,” said Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Iraq, in a press release, which warns that families continue to flee fighting in Mosul, humanitarian needs for those inside the city increase and winter conditions exacerbate children’s vulnerabilities.Iraqi forces began a military campaign to oust Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists from Mosul on October 17.The new contribution from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) brings the total amount of ECHO assistance committed to UNICEF Iraq in 2016 to 20 million euros.“With the military operations in Mosul at their tipping point and fighting ongoing in Hawija and Telafar, it is crucial to increase protection and principled, lifesaving humanitarian assistance to all people in need,” said Jean Louis De Brouwer, Director of Operations at ECHO for European, Eastern Neighbourhood and Middle East. The additional funding will support UNICEF’s ongoing emergency response.“It is important for the European Union to provide assistance to children affected by conflict in Iraq, many of whom have gone without education, vaccinations, and other aid for more than two years,” added Mr. De Brouwer. EU-funded programmes provide emergency food, water and hygiene supplies to newly displaced families. EU support will also boost first-line health, water and sanitation, education in emergencies, child protection and winterization assistance. More than three million people are displaced in Iraq, and an estimated 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of them children. In 2017, as many as 1.2 million additional people may be forced from their homes as military operations continue. read more
COP24 is a two-week conference that has brought together the 197 parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), as well as activists, non-profits organisations, and the private sector, to define the guidelines to implement the historic 2015 Paris climate action agreement, aimed at limiting global warming to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.The 17 the represent the starting line-up of the Sports Climate Action Framework, include major players like the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Other signatories include the French tennis federation, Roland Garros, Formula E, the International Sailing Federation, organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, the Rugby League World Cup 2021, and the World Surf League.“With its global reach, universal appeal and the power to inspire and influence millions of people around the globe, sport is uniquely placed to drive global climate action and encourage crowds to join in,” said Prince Albert II of Monaco, who chairs the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, during the launch event in Katowice. “As countries here in Katowice prepare to turn their climate commitments into reality, we stand ready to leverage the power of sport to support their efforts,” he stressed.The sports industry bears responsibility for extensive carbon emissions on several fronts; including through travel, overall energy use, venue construction, and catering. With this initiative, it recognizes the need to unite behind a set of principles to get on track for a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. “We recognize the critical need for everyone to help implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the change needed to reach greenhouse gas emission neutrality in the second half of the 21st century,” said FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura.The sentiment is echoed by UEFA’s President Aleksander Čeferin: “Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet. UEFA firmly believes that football, with its strong and ever-growing environmental conscience, in particular in areas such as sustainable event management, has a duty to play a role in addressing this issue.”The result of a collaboration between the representatives of various sports organisations and the UN, the Framework not only aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emission stemming from sports operations, it also calls for leveraging the popularity of sporting role-models, and the passion of many fans, to help change public opinion about the dangers of irreversible climate change.“You know playing in five different World Cups for my country, it’s one of those things. But at some point, as an athlete, you start to see the platform that you have, and you see your voice is for a reason, and the power of using it,” former football goalkeeper and UNICEF Ambassador, Karina LeBlanc, told UN News. “Whether you have a reach of Cristiano Ronaldo with 360 million followers or you’re a teacher who has a classroom of kids, it’s about starting the conversation, on how we can all impact change… And the idea of being in a race, with everybody being in the same team, I think that’s what inspires me,” she explained.Some concrete initiatives have already seen the light of day. The IOC, in collaboration with the UNFCCC secretariat, has produced two guides: “Sustainability Essentials: Sports for Climate Action” and “Carbon Footprint Methodology for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” meant to provide essential climate action guidance to sports federations and others.In early 2019, the adopters of the Sports for Climate Action Framework will be invited to form working groups to plan, pursue and enhance work under 16 principles laid out in the Framework. read more
FORMER SOLICITOR MICHAEL Lynn has appeared in court in Brazil in relation to an extradition request lodged by the Irish Government.The 46-year-old fled Ireland five years ago, having racked up debts of €80 million. He moved through a number of European countries before settling in Brazil, where he was granted permanent residency in 2011. He was arrested back in August.While no formal extradition treaty exists between Ireland and Brazil, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said after Lynn’s arrest that the arrangement between the two countries was one of “reciprocity”.He appeared in court last night in Recife, in the state of Pernambuco. While no media were allowed in, Sunday Times journalist Sarah O’Sullivan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the hearing involved a judge, Lynn’s legal team and a public defender, who questioned him for around an hour and 40 minutes on “the process of extradition”.She said video and audio of the interview would now be sent to the Supreme Court, and that it could be “up to a year” before a decision was made.O’Sullivan said that at the end of the hearing, Lynn’s legal team made a request that nothing be said to media, and that no photographs be allowed.Lynn was struck off the solicitors’ register in 2007, after the Law Society found that he had used money belonging to clients to fund his lifestyle and raised €80 million by securing multiple mortgages on the same properties.A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in the High Court.Read: Runaway solicitor Michael Lynn arrested in Brazil >Related: Runaway solicitor Michael Lynn could be extradited over alleged fraud > read more
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ If you were to hear that, deep in the woods, there are tiny, lurking poisonous creatures that live with bones that glow bright blue right below the surface of their orange skin, it might sound like something right out of an eerie, scary monster movie.But these creatures are in fact, real — they’re just not out to get you. Instead, they’re toadlets that get the fun, colloquial name of “pumpkin toadlets.”To be specific, they’re actually two species — Brachycephalus ephippium and B. pitanga — that live in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. And these tiny toadlets — only about the size of a fingernail — have been a bit of a curiosity to scientists for a while.According to a 2017 study, they’re the only animals that we know of that are not able to hear their own, buzzing mating calls because they lack an inner ear. Instead their ears are underdeveloped and are quite similar to those of salamanders and eels, two animals that, unlike the toadlets, cannot produce vocal sounds at all.This prompted researchers, lead by NYU Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associate Sandra Goutte, to wonder if why these mysterious pumpkin toadlets even had a call at all. Maybe, they wondered, the pumpkin toadlets only sing to create visual cues — like inflating and deflating their vocal sacks — to interest a potential mate or maybe they have some other special visual signals. And that is how, while studying the mating behavior of pumpkin toadlets, the researchers made the accidental discovery that these toadlets can glow — or fluoresce — when UV light is shone on them.Under natural light, the toadlets appear bright orange, red or yellow — a clear indication, like with many frogs, that they are poisonous to any predators that might be contemplating eating them. But, according to a recently published study in Scientific Reports, these toadlets have a glowing, bluish-white pattern on their heads and backs thanks to a fluorescent skeleton that is visible wherever the toadlets’ skin is very thin (about 7 micrometers thick) and it can only be seen by humans under UV light.Under UV light, the Brazilian pumpkin toadlet glows bright blue. (Photo Credit: NYU Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associate Sandra Goutte)Fluorescence is not the same thing as bioluminescence, where chemical reactions in living organisms generate light, even if they live in complete darkness (like deep-sea fishes do). Instead, fluorescence requires special molecules in the body to absorb light and then emit that same light at longer wavelengths to create a glow of red, green — or in the case of these pumpkin toadlets, blue. These toadlets fluoresce because they are diurnal — or active during the day — and are exposed to sunlight.The toadlets’ entire skeletons are fluorescent but their glow only appears in certain places on their bodies. Because they don’t have any dark skin pigment cells in their skin, which would block the passage of light to their skeletons, and they have places on their bodies where their skin is thin and almost translucent, only the bone plates of their skulls and the bones in their backs are able to absorb enough light through their skin to excite fluorescent molecules in their bones and make them glow.Fluorescence has been documented in corals, jellyfish, scorpions and even a rare type of sea turtle, but it’s pretty rare in land animals that have backbones. There are some South American tree frogs that have fluorescent skin and chameleons, like these toadlets, fluoresce under ultraviolet light thanks to their bones as well.Why the toadlets have a fluorescent skeleton is still a bit of a mystery — though the researchers have two theories. One theory is that since they lack a middle ear and can’t hear themselves, their glowing bodies can help other toadlets recognize their own species and attract a potential mate. A second theory is that the fluorescent glow — similar to their brightly colored skin —might be used as an extra warning to predators that they are poisonous. While humans can’t see the glow, other creatures, such as birds and spiders, can see fluorescence in natural daylight.“However,” said Goutte, in a prepared statement, “more research on the behavior of these frogs and their predators is needed to pinpoint the potential function of this unique luminescence.”More on Geek.com:Incredible New See-Through Glass Frog Threatened by MiningAmphibians Are Dying En Masse, Humans Are to BlameRomeo the Loneliest Frog Meets His Juliet, Scientists Film Their ‘First Date’ read more
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Due to concern over the impact of the congressionally authorized reduction in basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments on the viability of privatized housing projects, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is asking DOD for a briefing on the guidance it is providing its housing partners to mitigate the revenue shortfall, according to directed report language included in its portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.Last year’s defense authorization bill allowed DOD to slow the rate of increase in the BAH so that out-of-pocket housing costs for service members would rise by one percentage point a year until they reach 5 percent in 2019. This year, personnel living off-base are paying 2 percent of their rental and utility costs out-of-pocket.The belt-tightening move, however, is hurting the finances of the owners of privatized family housing as their rents are tied to the BAH payments received by service members. The recent changes to the BAH as well as reductions in force structure “may impact the viability of MHPI [Military Housing Privatization Initiative] projects and the ability to adequately sustain and recapitalize housing units,” according to the report language.The Army, for example, is encouraging its partners to cut back on amenities and other optional services to offset the drop in their revenue stream.“The committee notes that the Department of Defense has yet to issue policy or guidance to the military departments or the MHPI partners on how it plans to mitigate these impacts on MHPI projects,” the panel states.The DOD briefing should take place by Sept. 30, 2016, according to the panel, and include “a discussion of the department’s plan and the alternatives considered for ensuring the continued viability of MHPI projects.”The subcommittee’s mark is available on the Armed Services Committee website. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Two burgers with ties to Wilmington are vying for supremacy in the 8th Annual Boston Magazine’s Battle of the Burger.The Woodsman from Red Heat Tavern, located at 300 Lowell Street in Wilmington, is a beef patty topped with Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese curds, whiskey glazed onions, an maple BBQ on a toasted roll.. The burger was created by Chef Alan Frati.The Fat Tuesday from the Boston Burger Company is a certified Angus Beef patty topped with applewood smoked bacon and bourbon BBQ mac and cheese, andouille sausage, BBC Hotmess Sauce, crispy onion strings, and a Bourbon BBQ sauce all on a bun. The burger was created by Chef and Owner Paul Malvone of Wilmington.Vote daily (every 24 hours) HERE until July 5, 2019 to ensure these two burgers make it to the live burger competition on August 14, 2019 at Flynn Cruiseport Boston. Voters will be eligible to win tickets to the event.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”PHOTO OF THE DAY: These Wilmington Burgers Could Use Your Vote!In “Photo of the Day”2 Restaurants With Wilmington Ties To Compete In ‘Battle of the Burger’In “Business” read more
Share your voice Google Alphabet Inc. 9 Tags Google faced blowback over its AI ethics council. James Martin/CNET Google said Thursday that it’s pulling the plug on its newly announced artificial intelligence ethics council, after more than a week of outcry over some of the members the search giant had chosen for the group. The group, called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), was comprised of AI experts outside of Google. The goal was to help guide the company in its work on AI projects and address thorny issues like facial recognition and bias in machine learning. But the council was slammed with controversy from the very beginning. Some accused one member, Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James, of being “anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-immigrant.” On Monday, a group of employees called Googlers Against Transphobia and Hate published a petition demanding James be removed from the group. More than 2,000 Googlers have signed it. Another member, Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist and privacy researcher, had already dropped out of the group.”It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.” The website Vox earlier reported the news. When Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president for global affairs, announced the formation of the council last week, he said he wanted the effort to “inform both our own work and the broader technology sector.” The plan was for the members of the group to serve until 2019 and hold four meetings beginning next month. Then Google said it would publish reports based on those meetings. This isn’t the first time Google’s work in AI has drawn scrutiny. Last summer, employees protested against the company’s work on Project Maven, a contract signed with the Pentagon to help develop AI for the analysis of drone footage. In response to the protest, Google said it wouldn’t renew the contract. Shortly after the outcry, Google CEO Sundar Pichai released ethical guidelines for the company to follow as it creates AI technology. Those guidelines include vows to never develop AI for weaponry and to only create technologies that are “socially beneficial.” Tech Industry Comments read more
Homeopathy medicine.PixabayThe Central government will soon bar Homeopathy doctors from selling medicines from the premises they practise. The new rules are already framed and the government will come up with an official notification soon.”No registered homeopathic medical practitioner who is practicing homeopathy in the premises where homeopathy medicines are sold, shall deal in homeopathic medicines,” according to the new draft rules as reported by Mint.Following complaints that commercial interests were influencing the behaviour against homeopathic practitioners forced the government to draft new rules, two officials aware of the development told Mint.”It was seen that various pharmacists had started to station a homeopath in their shop for consultations. Likewise, homeopathy practitioners other than dispensing their medicines to their patients had started selling them over the counter too. For better regulation of homeopathic medicines, this practice needed to end,” the officials said.The officials have explained that once the government comes out with the notification, homeopathic doctors will be asked not to sell medicine during consultations.”The objective of this rule is to ensure that doctors only prescribe and not sell medicines,” the officials added.With the new rule, chemists selling allopathic medicines will also be allowed to sell homeopathic medicines without the need to have a separate licence. “These medicines shall be sold in the original sealed small quantity packing and they will have to be stored separately from allopathic drugs,” the business daily quoted the health ministry officials as saying.R.K. Manchanda, co-chair of a sub-committee of the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) and Director General of Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH), told Mint the new rules will help promote quality homeopathic medicines.According to the new rules, the manufacturers will also have to adhere to requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for obtaining a licence for manufacturing. The licence is valid for a period of five years. read more
Cancun, Q.R. — AMResorts says they will open four news hotels in Cancun and Riviera Maya during the remainder of 2019. Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa Company CEO Alex Zozaya says, “We are continuing to open new hotels in Mexico, but also the possibility of converting existing hotels that are already open to convert them into our brands and our business model,” he explained. Later in June, Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa, which will be the first property of the Sunscape brand in Akumal, will open its doors with 360 rooms under the Unlimited-Fun holiday concept. In November, Sunscape Star Cancun, next to the Puerto Cancun Golf Club, is set to begin offering services, while in December, the 556-room Now Natura Riviera Cancun, which among its facilities will include a grotto-bar, lazy river, waterfalls and water park amenities, will begin operating. The four new hotels will be Now Emerald Cancun, Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa, Sunscape Star Cancun and Now Natura Riviera Cancun. The company says the first of the four to open its doors will be the Now Emerald Cancun, a complex of 427 rooms and suites located between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupté Lagoon. The move comes after AMResorts integrated with American giant Apple Leisure Group.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) read more
Ireland is preparing to remember its rare 100 year-old link to the Titanic tomorrow, organizing Museum tributes to mark the centenary anniversary since the ship was launched in the Belfast shipyards of Harland & Wolff.Reshaping work to the National Museums Northern Ireland’s the Ulster Fold & Transport Museum by 31 May will be unveiled tomorrow as the city commemorates it unique and one-of-a-kind link to the ill-fated ship. The TITANICa exhibition will feature more than 500 original artifacts from the ship and will reveal why the Titanic and its sister ships the Olympic and Brittanic were built in Belfast.While TITANICa: The People’s Story will explore people’s daily routines and activities during the periods before, during and after the ship’s maiden voyage. “The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum holds a unique and extensive collection of artefacts relating to the Titanic itself and, importantly, its wider context within the White Star Line fleet. Visitors will be able to enjoy TITANICa: The Exhibition in the context of superb galleries featuring road, rail and air transport,” National Museums Northern Ireland director Tim Cooke said.“The exhibition will provide an important and complementary visitor attraction supporting all the efforts being made to boost tourism and public engagement over the next couple of years.” Ireland is also constructing a new Titanic signature building called the ‘Titanic Belfast’, which will represent the region’s 100 year-old connection to the sunken ship.As part of the country’s aim to increase the Titanic visitor’s experience in Ireland the new building will open in time for the centenary anniversary of the ship’s tragic ending in April next year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J read more
Source = Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens oceanfront property in Hua HinMövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens oceanfront property in Hua HinMövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin features 96 expansive suites and pool villas overlooking Thailand’s stunning gulf coast.Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the debut of Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin, a stylish oceanfront property overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The five-star property – previously the Asara Villa & Suite Hua Hin – has undergone a complete rebranding and refurbishment. The upscale resort blends contemporary design with traditional Thai charm in a prime beachside beauty spot surrounded by lush tropical gardens and soothing pools.Featuring a collection of 96 private suites and pool villas, the property is a haven of tranquillity, while being conveniently located just 10 minutes from the centre of Hua Hin and a two-hour drive from Bangkok.“Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most desirable beach destinations, and we are delighted to unveil such a stunning property on this golden stretch of coastline,” commented Mark Willis, President – Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Our commitment to making moments for our guests, combined with Thailand’s famous hospitality and the resort’s spectacular beachfront setting, will create unforgettable experiences for everyone who stays at the hotel.”The resort’s 120 sqm suites offer large balconies or terraces featuring day beds, as well as bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers and bathtubs, while the one- and two-bedroom villas span 150 and 200 sqm, respectively, and include luxurious indoor living areas, outdoor decks and private plunge pools.For the ultimate tropical lifestyle experience, the 400 sqm two-bedroom beachfront villa offers three separate pavilions, its own private beach area, large outdoor decks and a plunge pool overlooking the sea.Guests have a choice of two exquisite restaurants at the resort with a wide selection of authentic Thai cuisine, fresh seafood and international gourmet dishes on the menus. The restaurants offer indoor, terrace, poolside and beachfront seating options with cocktails and cool drinks served at the tropical beach bar.For fitness and relaxation, the property offers the Asara Spa, as well as a modern, well-equipped fitness room, private outdoor infinity swimming pool and resort gardens that are ideal for taking a peaceful stroll.“Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is an intimate tropical retreat and the perfect place to get away from it all,” said Simon Dell, the resort’s General Manager. “Its idyllic location, spacious accommodation and extensive amenities appeal to a wide range of guests, from couples seeking a romantic break in paradise to families looking to spend quality time together. It is also an incredible destination for events and weddings.”Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is the latest addition to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ extensive collection in Thailand. It joins six existing hotels in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.Special opening rates start from THB 5,930 for a Junior Suite with breakfast valid until 30 September 2018.More information is available at www.movenpick.com/hua-hin read more
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