UK food and drink exports grow by 15 in third quarter of

first_imgUK food and drink exports grow by 15% in third quarter of 2017Posted By: News Deskon: November 23, 2017In: Beverage, Business, Distribution, Financial, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailThe value of UK food and drinks exports grew to £5.9 billion in the third-quarter of 2017, an increase of 14.7% on 2016.Released by The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the positive results build on the record-breaking first-half of the year for the industry. For the first nine months of the year, UK food and drink exports were worth £16.1 billion, up 11%.Despite the growth, the UK’s food and drink trade deficit increased by 0.7% to -£5.6 billion in third quarter as the country’s trade deficit with EU countries widened.The balance between exports to non-EU and EU markets shifted slightly in the third quarter, with growth to non-EU markets (+18.2%) out-performing EU markets (+12.5%). There has been notably rapid growth in the sector’s exports to the Philippines (+289.1%), Latvia (+116.1%), and Iceland (+73.2%).The surge in growth to the Philippines was led by higher demand for pork (85%), whisky (277%), cheese (1608%) and salmon (226%), while exports to Latvia more than doubled from £60 million to £129 million, driven by sales of whisky (131%), wine (239%), gin (86%) and fish fillets (125%).From January to September, Ireland, France and the US remained the top three destinations for UK food and drink in terms of overall value.The US remains the UK’s top non-EU market for exports of food and drink, reaching £1.6 billion, up 7.7%. Growth was reported in all top 20 markets during that time period, apart from Spain, which saw a 7.1% decrease due to reduced sales of barley and wheat (-78%).FDF director general Ian Wright said: “The continued growth of food and drink exports demonstrates the strength of UK production in international markets. UK food and drink is recognised throughout the world for its quality and we must be ready to take advantage of the opportunities created from leaving the EU.“Exports to non-EU markets did outperform those to EU markets in the last quarter but the EU remains our number one trading partner. With fewer than one in five food and drink manufacturers exporting, it is vital that we continue to work closely with government in order to take advantage of the opportunities to sell Great British and Northern Irish food and drink abroad.”Director of the Food & Drink Exports Association Elsa Fairbanks added: “FDEA members continue to be very positive about their sales to international markets. It is particularly encouraging at this time of change that exports continue to grow in our top EU markets and that markets like South Korea and China are gaining traction.“Our challenge is to ensure that new exporters have the confidence to develop markets closer to home and the skills and knowledge to explore the important but often complex markets further afield. The FDEA team is committed to helping food and drink exporters identify the most appropriate markets for their products and to exploit the commercial opportunities for British food and drink across the globe.”Share with your network: Tags: exportsUKlast_img read more

Harvey was secondmost expensive US hurricane on record official report says

first_img Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Hurricanes This article is more than 1 year old Harvey caused $125bn in damage in year and killed 68 people in year that saw three enormous hurricane-strength storms Thu 25 Jan 2018 17.53 EST Natural disasters and extreme weather Hurricane Maria Hurricane Harvey Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Joanna Walters and agencies Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It was officially a monster year for deadly US storms in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey the second most expensive hurricane on record and the final costs of Irma and Maria, both human and financial, yet to be added, according to government figures released on Thursday.Hurricane Harvey was Texas’s most deadly in a century, killing 68, and two locations endured 5ft of rain when the tempest made landfall last August, flooding downtown Houston. All but three of the deaths were from freshwater flooding.The storm overall caused an estimated $125bn in damage. That makes it second only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in financial cost. Katrina devastated New Orleans and vast areas of Louisiana and Mississippi and ended up costing $161m, when adjusted for inflation. Share via Email Harvey was second-most expensive US hurricane on record, official report says Global warming made Hurricane Harvey deadly rains three times more likely, research reveals Rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Harvey in Houston, in August.Photograph: David J Phillip/APcenter_img Topics Share on WhatsApp Harvey was the first of three gigantic hurricane-strength storms to hit the United States in 2017. Official tallies on Irma, which hit Florida hard, and Maria, which decimated Puerto Rico, both in September, are still being compiled by the National Hurricane Center, which issued its latest report on Thursday.Hurricane Harvey spawned 57 tornadoes inland and 18 different parts of Texas were deluged with more than 4ft of rain. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for so many people,” said the center’s hurricane specialist Eric Blake, lead author of the report. “I think the flooding in the Houston metropolitan area is really unparalleled.” The government issued a range of estimates for the damage, from $90bn to $160bn, with a midpoint of $125bn.Harvey’s maximum winds on landfall were 133mph, making it a category 5 storm. But the really big numbers in the report were related to the torrential, relentless rain that battered the region. Government meteorologists calculated that much of the Houston metro area experienced a flood with “less than a 1-in-1000 (0.1%) chance of occurring in any given year”. “It is unlikely that the United States has ever seen such a sizeable area of excessive tropical cyclone rainfall totals as it did from Harvey,” the report said. The year was the hottest on record that did not include the El Niño weather pattern, and matched the record year for the most billion-dollar weather events, with climate experts saying global warming is intensifying disasters such as the triple series hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey Read more Share on Twitter Support The Guardian @Joannawalters13 news Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Last modified on Tue 11 Sep 2018 09.31 EDT Shares3737 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Hurricane Irma Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Turkeys president blames US for returning world to dark days

first_imgRecep Tayyip Erdoğan Middle East and North Africa Show Shares760760 Was this helpful? This article is more than 1 year old Share on Messenger Syria Kurds Share on Twitter Mon 14 May 2018 09.37 EDT Reuse this content Read more Since you’re here… Hide Donald Trump’s victory in US election in November 2016 put the fate of the deal in doubt. He had promised prior to his election to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran”, although many believed he might instead adopt a more rigorous implementation of the agreement and tighten sanctions already in place. This could force Tehran to violate first or make the deal redundant. In January, he reluctantly waived a raft of sanctions against Iran as required by Congress every 120 days, but said “this is a last chance” and asked “European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal”. The congressional deadline Trump faces this time is on 12 May, but he tweeted on Monday that he will announce his decision by Tuesday. Trump believes the agreement is a bad deal, which falls short of addressing Iran’s regional behaviouror its missile programme. He is emboldened by a group of Iran hawks in his inner circle, such as the national security adviser, John Bolton, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.Read a full explainer here Offering himself as the spokesman of the Muslim Middle East, he also criticised Europe for not doing as much as Turkey to help 3.5 million Syrian refugees, adding the EU had never fulfilled its part of a refugee deal with Turkey by providing promised cash. Erdoğan was speaking at the thinktank Chatham House in London on the second day of a UK state visit. It has turned into part of his election campaign as a result of his decision to bring forward the date of the Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections by a year to 24 June.Theresa May, eyeing a post-Brexit free trade deal with Turkey, as well as security cooperation over returning foreign fighters, has taken a strategic bet on Turkey that has led to criticism of the Conservatives’ willingness to overlook Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian rule in pursuit of commercial agreements.Nick Clegg, the former Liberal Democrat leader, picked out the environment secretary, Michael Gove, accusing him of “a fawning silence” over Erdoğan’s visit despite promising Brexit would give the UK a chance to promote human rights under the banner of “global Britain”. In his talks with May, Erdoğan indicated he was likely to press the UK to do more to hand over any exiles that he regarded as linked to the coup that nearly toppled his government in 2015. Iran nuclear deal Turkey Thank you for your feedback. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Share on Facebook Q&A Why does Donald Trump want to scrap the Iran nuclear deal? Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Campaigners call for UK to act on rights as Turkish president arrives US has chosen to be part of problem not solution, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London speech Share on WhatsApp The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said the world is living in dark times reminiscent of the years leading up to the second world war as he lambasted decisions by Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Donald Trump Turkey’s president blames US for returning world to ‘dark days’ Topics Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Support The Guardian news Share via Email He said the US had forfeited its role as mediator in the Middle East and claimed the decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “did not abide by international law or UN decisions”.He said: “America has chosen to be part of the problem and not the solution so they have lost their role as international mediator. We cannot stop feeling like being in dark days of pre-world war two.”He said he was compelled to point out that Iran had stuck to the terms of the deal reached in 2015 with Barack Obama, and it was vital that there was a continuum on such deals.The Iranian decision, he said, was part of a pattern of selfish unilateral decisions being taken by the US administration. Erdoğan vowed he would continue to clear Syrian Kurds from his border after the Turkish capture of the Kurdish-held town of Afrin. He denounced US cooperation with Kurdish groups, saying the Kurdish Syrian YPD was trying to camouflage its Kurdish identity by joining with other forces in the fight against Islamic State. The British government is less willing to link the YPD with the Kurdish PKK forces fighting inside Turkey, but acknowledges there is a link. The UK ambassador to Turkey says action will be taken against any British person known to be fighting for the YPD.Although Erdoğan appears to have lessened his determination to see Bashar al-Assad removed, as part of his growing cooperation with Russia over Syria’s future, many of his remarks off the record suggest he still regards him as a mass murderer who cannot remain leader for long.He also called for the five permanent members of the UN security council to relinquish their role and to hand their seats over on a rotating basis to the broader membership from the general assembly. He claimed that Turkey was more democratic than many EU states. 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Imperial Twilight by Stephen R Platt review – lessons for today from

first_img 1 2 Report PortlandRace Julia Lovell HCollider1 Facebook Twitter Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reply Share 4 Aug 2018 12:48 Reuse this content,View all comments > Facebook Share on Twitter 6 7 Imperial twilight? Pish, the Empire never stopped and now as we throw of the shackles of the EU… Twitter Reply ah, commissioner lin … prior to studying at university, i thought the opium war was fought due to the chinese smuggling it into britain: opium dens in limehouse … sherlock homes … tintin and the blue lotus … i still remember the look of contempt on my hk-born wife’s face when i returned home after my first lecture on 19th century anglo-sino relations. Have you read it? Share on Twitter Reply Books Chris Fynn Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump Facebook 77media Share on Twitter Nice review of a magnificent book. Apart from the 8 nations alliance and the Opium war I think Japanese aggression against China is equally important. In the West it’s mostly overlooked that none took any substantial step against Japan until Japan acted against the Western possessions. A strange historical revisionism has erased this from the minds of Western readers just as it has erased the Soviet efforts against Nazis(and please don’t bring the Moltov-Ribbentrop pact unless you talk about Munich pact). China and her people nowadays have a very string nationalistic feeling and the way Trump behaves it will not be unjustified for them to think that the West is going to resuscitate that unscrupulous ‘alliance’ again. | Pick AKA_Steve 31 Jul 2018 5:40 2 3 Share on WhatsApp Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Order by oldest recommendations Report 27 Jun 2018 21:08 Twitter Hippaferalkus 2 3 Facebook | Pick Reply jan oskar Hansen Report Share on Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Support The Guardian Email (optional) Facebook Share Report Report Facebook When Xi Jinping did his tour of Europe huge deals were announced with France and Germany to the tune of hundreds of billions. When he came to Britain we managed to get a measly £16bn deal for a power station that we will have to buy power from at an unrealistically above market price level and guarantee this for decades. So the Opium wars and Hong Kong are now returning as our century of humiliation. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 6 7 27 Jun 2018 19:39 | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 7 8 Share AenimaUK Facebook oldest Share on Facebook 27 Jun 2018 18:47 Reply Reply Fred Bloggs Sorry4Soul 5 6 27 Jun 2018 16:34 While campaigning for the US presidency, Donald Trump talked tough on China. He accused the country of “raping” the US economically: its trade policies and currency manipulation were allegedly perpetrating “one of the greatest thefts in the history of the world”. In March, Trump put his money where his mouth was, announcing up to $60bn of tariffs on Chinese imports. The US, the White House proclaimed, was “strategically defending itself” from “economic aggression”. Within hours, the People’s Republic responded by announcing its own tariffs on key US exports: pork, apples, soybeans. The rhetoric of public opinion in China was revealing of the deeper history of this trade row. Chinese editorialists promptly linked Trump’s action back to 19th-century western aggressions, and specifically to the collisions that dragged China violently into a western-dominated international world. In punishing China economically, they declared, the US was plotting to “repeat the plundering of the opium war” – a conflict Britain fought between 1839 and 1842 to protect its revenues from the opium trade and open China to British goods and influence. Parts of the Chinese cybersphere quickly resorted to militant language: “The superpower game is joined … we will block soldiers with generals and floods with dams …bring it on!” Reply Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Twitter | Pick 77media | Pick Sorry4Soul 1 Jul 2018 2:25 2 3 Reply Reply Share Sounds like an interesting book. I know next to nothing about Chinese history – this could be a decent place to start. Facebook 2 3 Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Report 28 Jun 2018 2:38 8 9 Share on Facebook brucebaby Reply 13 14 Share 25 Facebook Back then you could pilot gunboats up the river and burn down a palace. Trump is relying on causing an economic crisis that will hurt everyone including America, for his war. I hope karma hurries up for him, it’s very slow at the moment. Share on Facebook Share Twitter Facebook “… wise men build bridges, but fools build walls.” 0 1 There was nothing China wanted from the West at that time ,mikedow As an interest group of merchants and politicians became scornfully dismissive of the Qing empire, they claimed – partly to justify military action to achieve short-term economic and political objectives – that conflict with China was inevitable. Platt’s book passionately contends the opposite. He describes how, despite the tumult preceding the opium war, the majority of participants in Sino-western relations were determined to maintain a mutually beneficial status quo. Only a minority of reckless traders and opinion-makers “caused all the trouble” by pushing too fast and too hard for an extension in commerce and profits.Platt writes beautifully, with a novelist’s eye for detail. He skilfully weaves through the book a cast of eccentric characters who mediated between China, Britain and the US. There are the missionaries who toiled to create tools of communication between China and the English-speaking world, such as the first Chinese-English dictionary, while pleading for a war to open the country to conversion. Thomas Manning, a Norfolk-born globetrotter, set his sights on mastering Chinese, grew a beard and smuggled himself into Tibet disguised as a Buddhist lama. He ended his days in a cottage in Dartford, plucking his beard out hair by hair.At a moment when the demagogic Trump is making confrontational noises about Chinese “protectionism”, his administration would do well to read Imperial Twilight. It vividly evokes both the tragic consequences of British impatience over trade with China, and the stories of the many westerners and Chinese people who pragmatically coexisted and cooperated for decades before the declaration of war.• Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age is published by Atlantic. To order a copy for £21.25 (RRP £25) go to or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. Reply 1 2 Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter mikedow Report Reply 27 Jun 2018 18:49 Report comments (59)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook Reply Reply You’re referring to various dynasties of China constructing the Great Wall, and the Chinese Communist Party following their lead in building the Great Firewall, I presume? Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 27 Jun 2018 19:21 Mujokan Share on Twitter Twitter Reply | Pick Report Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 28 Jun 2018 10:14 PacificGC 5 6 PortlandRace LauraJones83 Reply Facebook | Pick 27 Jun 2018 20:08 | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Threads collapsed Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 27 Jun 2018 20:28 Share on Twitter newest Report Japanese Imperialism had as much to do with the destruction of old China as it did Czarist Russia. Its always the case when Britain seems horribly corrupt that histories gloss the bookshops about corrupt empires, as though it all happened there. Not here. | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook 1 2 Report Share on Facebook mikedow 27 Jun 2018 17:35 expanded Waitingforamission Share Report Is your preference for the European empire any more grown up? “We are a very special construction unique in the history of mankind,” said Mr Barroso yesterday. “Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.” That’s Barroso who had has reward from Goldman Sachs in the form of a plum job, for services rendered. Twitter Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Facebook | Pick Twitter Hippaferalkus Chris Fynn Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Please spare us the special pleading. I know that you don’t want your country to appear bad, but history is history and British imperialism was not only a vile thing in its own right when it comes to China, but it also opened the way for the Russian and Japanese imperialism that you so deplore. Just as an aside, my paternal grandfather was a Russian army reservist at the time that Russia and Japan fought each other for control of Manchuria and rather than waiting to be called up, he hightailed it off to Canada. SwansGunners88 ”our century of humiliation” Starting March 29, 2017. Share on Facebook | Pick Share via Email Report Reply Share 3 4 Comments 59 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter 2 3 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report awakeawake 0 1 100 Share on Facebook just as it has erased the Soviet efforts against Nazis Which is rubbish. Everyone if informed of the Eastern Front, of Leningrad, Stalingrad, Battle of Moscow, in what way has it been erased? He’s surfing American conservative media very successfully, he has a 90% approval rating among Republicans I think. The people that survive around him are those that help him on that (excluding Bannon who blew himself up). Everything is driven by either the right-wing media epistemic bubble or corruption (see: the Middle East). Now thanks to that we have these crazy ideologues driving trade policy and the only thing that’s holding them back is the US stock market. They are going into this trade war with all the conditions for a global recession already lined up, even without a war of choice on trade. There are strong pro-Trump forces in the US markets as we can see from recent volatility. Headlines push things down then others buy on the dip. Many people still have faith it’s all going to work out. I think we’ll be off down the slope of a recession before the stock market can provide enough of a disincentive to the White House, there is too much blind faith in Trump out there. When the markets really start hurting and the Administration wants to pull back from confrontation, it will be much too late. Share on Twitter Report Facebook Facebook Report Facebook | Pick Starting in 1956, in Suez. Share 27 Jun 2018 18:18 27 Jun 2018 17:35 Fred Bloggs The British government were the first to be large scale opioids international traders. And now we have a war on drugs ?….. Politics books Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook HellsKitchenGuy | Pick Share on Twitter BaddHamster Waunarlwydd Reply Report 1 2 Share on Twitter 0 1 Paul Silbert PortlandRace Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Share Reply View more comments Stillgrizzly YoungCodger 50 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook my understanding agrees with yours.Britain was very concerned by the loss of currency caused by the large amount of tea being purchased from China. The British had nothing that the Chinese wanted to buy so they started the opium trade. The other part of the iniquitous triangle was the British selling cloth to India made from Indian cotton that the Indian population were forbade from weaving into cloth. Growers in modern day Pakistan were encouraged to grow opium. We all know how this ended. 27 Jun 2018 18:03 Facebook Facebook there was existing narcotics gang that had, by the time the first war started, been in business for 30-40 years. the trade imbalance had existed for decades, and the british east india co. remedied that by smuggling opium. Reason (optional) | Pick collapsed Facebook Yes, and it’s another attempt at Trump bashing and lays no blame on China at all for the current predicament, which is entirely disingenuous. I work in an industry that suffers from the impacts of Chinese industrial strategy and what is good for China can be very bad for much of the rest of the world. Mujokan 28 Jun 2018 14:14 Report | Pick 9 10 0 1 Mujokan Report Twitter 1 2 Since you’re here… Share Report I thought there was a massive trade imbalance caused by China’s obstruction of imports and the opium trade was seen as a way of selling anything to China? It was not an outlet for an existing narcotics gang. Facebook Share on Twitter 27 Jun 2018 20:30 Reply Report Mujokan 27 Jun 2018 18:34 Another smart and readable book is Julia Lovell’s own The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China (London: 2011 ). Platt’s Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War (2012) is the next chapter in China’s history. Stillgrizzly Imperial twilight? Pish, the Empire never stopped and now as we throw of the shackles of the EU (as well as all the jobs and investment that keeps Britain running) it will free up legions of red-blooded Britons to go out and reclaim all the lands we had to give up (temporarily).First, we shall invade North America and re-establish our North American colonies by planting tobacco ond selling beads to the locals in return for vast tracts of land. Then we will reclaim Africa (won’t they be happy to see our boys marching down the streets again in the knowledge that they are once again British posessions), and then on to Asia to put down the Third Indian Mutiny and yet another glorious Opium War where we blow up the Emperor’s Palace and force them into servitude.- Extract from the diary of little Liam (aged 56 3/4) nutgone I think what has been made patently clear over the past 18 months is that Trump has absolutely no idea what he is doing and furthermore has banished anyone who might have been in a position to advise on policy.The autocracies in Russia and China must be shaking their heads in wonder at this unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of the current mis-steps being made by this administration. awakeawake All A beautifully written and expert account of western aggression in 19th-century China casts light on the Chinese reaction to Trump 28 Jun 2018 22:50 Report Reply Share on Twitter Share 11 12 Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Report mikedow Facebook Reply | Pick Share Share Share on Twitter Report 5 6 Facebook Facebook PeterBederell Share on Facebook PacificGC Share Twitter Share on Messenger Report 1 2 Reply Share Pinterest Show 7 more replies Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 4 5 Share History books 1 2 Share 27 Jun 2018 16:41 Share on Twitter goodly written and yes this is the way it was Report I can’t find any comment denigrating the self righteous Brits for producing and selling massive amounts of the socially evil and dangerous drug. 11 12 Facebook Reply More please. Report Report Report 27 Jun 2018 19:37 Twitter Share on Pinterest Waunarlwydd Share reviews Twitter Share on Twitter Asia Pacific Report 27 Jun 2018 20:17 Share on Facebook Stillgrizzly Fred Bloggs Facebook 1 2 Reply Share on Twitter Hippaferalkus nutgone 3 4 Share on Twitter There had been, but was no longer. The opium trade got going in the late 18th century, and by the mid-1820s it had exploded to such an extent that it wiped out China’s trade surplus and turned it into a rapidly growing deficit. The inflow of silver turned into a major outflow, causing a shortage of silver in China which disrupted the economy and public finances. Hence the major escalation of efforts to suppress opium smuggling and distribution which was launched in 1837 and precipitated the war. Share mikedow Share on Facebook 28 Jun 2018 16:04 Report I don’t know how you managed to miss one half of the opium trade equation – tea! China wouldn’t accept trade goods in exchange for tea, and the British treasury ran dangerously low in bullion to pay for the tea craze that swept Great Britain. Opium was introduced and promoted and the Chinese importers had to pay for it in cash. | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Report So China is nationalistic and the USA is nationalistic (plus newly isolationist). It’s going to end in tears. Report The storming of the forts of Amoy, 1841, during the first opium war.Photograph: Fine Art/Corbis via Getty Images Share 28 Jun 2018 21:31 Topics Loading comments… Trouble loading? Taiwan number 1. James Parsons Imperial Twilight by Stephen R Platt review – lessons for today from the opium war 3 4 | Pick PortlandRace 27 Jun 2018 21:04 Share Share on Twitter Getting a tea crop established in India may have helped end that vicious trade. Twitter Show 25 Share on Twitter Mujokan Share 27 Jun 2018 19:01 Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter 1 2 Report 27 Jun 2018 23:11 Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter That’s what I’d heard also. The Chinese didn’t want anything the British were producing, only silver; and Britain had loads of opium from the subcontinent that they wanted to use to pay for their tea instead. I have one of those dictionaries the missionaries produced, they are still in print. Useful in certain circumstances. Amazing energy to create it for such odd reasons. 27 Jun 2018 20:45 Share Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter 0 1 Facebook More opium? It is quite moreish, I suppose. Share LauraJones83 | Pick Share Facebook 27 Jun 2018 21:02 Shame the book review was spoiled by somewhat onesided political opinion. Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 28 Jun 2018 3:11 Wed 27 Jun 2018 04.00 EDT Share on Twitter Report Twitter Share on Facebook AKA_Steve Share on Facebook | Pick a conflict Britain fought between 1839 and 1842 to protect its revenues from the opium trade and open China to British goods and influence. 4 5 | Pick Twitter Share | Pick Facebook Share via Email Twitter Twitter Facebook Twitter Reply 7 8 | Pick Twitter Share Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Sorry4Soul Small amounts , PortlandRace Books | Pick Show 4 more replies Share 27 Jun 2018 19:11 Twitter Duxk 0 1 27 Jun 2018 20:12 Twitter Reply Share Show 7 more replies Pseudaletia Share Reply Share on Twitter 8 9 Share Share Report Reply Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Shares6161 Share Share on Facebook We need to understand how and why ​China remembers the opium war; we forget sensitivities about the events at our peril Twitter Share on Facebook Were you giving the lecture? Can’t say I’m surprised by the look of contempt then. HCollider1 DecemberElle | Pick Twitter 0 1 unthreaded Facebook Paprin 27 Jun 2018 17:45 8 9 Share Reply 27 Jun 2018 18:11 Twitter 27 Jun 2018 23:21 27 Jun 2018 18:29 Reply Share on Facebook 2 Jul 2018 4:32 Reply Reply Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook CWHayford | Pick Twitter 0 1 Share on Facebook SolutionFinder PacificGC Facebook Twitter Share Amusing, but the empire in twilight here is China not Britain Share on Twitter Facebook nutgone Waitingforamission | Pick Memories of traumatic clashes with the west and Japan during what is known as China’s “century of humiliation” (1839-1945) remain highly relevant to an ambitious, resurgent state. On the one hand it confidently sees itself as a superpower, but on the other it is suspicious that the west is trying to contain it. In this context, the opium war is far more than history: it has a powerful message for the present day. We need to understand how and why China remembers the conflict; we forget sensitivities about these events at our peril.Stephen R Platt’s excellent new history of China and its relations with Britain and the US in the 50 years up to 1839 could hardly be more timely. One of the best anglophone historians of late imperial China writing today, Platt immerses the reader in the friendships and frustrations, pleasures and hazards of a formative period in Sino-western relations.In the closing decades of the 18th century, Qing China was among the richest and most powerful empires in the world. Over the ensuing decades, economic, ecological and imperial overextension mired the dynasty in political dysfunction and domestic disorder. In the lively pages of Platt’s book, we encounter the desperate millenarian rebels and pirates who plunged into a hopeless civil war because the depredations of corrupt officials left them no choice. Against the backdrop of mounting chaos the Qing government unsurprisingly – but with dwindling success – sought to exert control over its borders by restricting European and American trade to the southern port of Canton.The biographies of Anglo-Americans in China alternate with the narrative of the Qing empire’s implosion. European philosophers had acclaimed the country a repository of political virtue and wisdom. Through the early decades of the 19th century, a rowdy crew of British traders, missionaries, diplomats and politicians reinvented China as a rogue state: an alien, xenophobic nation that refused to play by the rules of the international game so recently invented by Europe. This rise in intolerance coincided with a massive escalation of Anglo-Indian opium smuggling to China between 1800 and 1839, eventually pushing the British and Chinese empires to war. Share SolutionFinder I’d say that has a lot more to do with the differences in what those countries have to offer economically, the strategic and negotiating capacities of their governments, and their concern or lack of it for the public interest. I mean, just look at how the same bunch are handling Brexit. The most fascinating country I ever visited. Even though it was in 1993 I could see China was on the march. I found the people very proud. On a few occasions I tried to tip a waitress or taxi driver and they politely declined. Though they find it hard to form a Que or stay in line for anything. In passing, as part of the Opium War, wasn’t the idea to bring opium from India into China and swap it for tea? The tea was to satisfy the growing demand from the emerging middle classes of England. Maybe they should have tried opium instead? Share Reply Close report comment form Share on Facebook Facebook China | Pick Report Report 28 Jun 2018 6:23 Twitter I think what he could mean, with less strong terms, is that there is possibly a misconception of how much of a role the USSR took in the war. Specifically, that over a million German soldiers perished on the Eastern front, with Soviet casualties also far in excess of anything suffered by the US and UK. So, the Russian perspective would be that they won the war (with assistance from the West) while I think in the UK/US very much an opposite viewpoint is held. Facebook Share on Facebook British ships destroying an enemy fleet in Canton, 1841. Photograph: Dea Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images 27 Jun 2018 16:21 Facebooklast_img read more

Facebook faces 16bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach

first_img Twitter The investigation will focus on ‘Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under (GDPR)’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Email This article is more than 9 months old Hacking Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email “The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” the commission said in a statement on Wednesday.The commission regulates Facebook’s adherence to GDPR, a European law that strengthens the privacy protections of individuals and introduces harsh penalties for companies that fail to protect user data.The commission noted that Facebook had informed the commission that its internal investigation was continuing and that the company continued “to take remedial actions to mitigate the potential risk to users”.“We have been in close contact with the Irish Data Protection Commission since we have become aware of the security attack and will continue to cooperate with their investigation,” said a Facebook spokeswoman.Shortly after the Irish Data Protection Commission announced its investigation, the Spanish Data Protection Agency announced it would collaborate on the investigation to protect the rights of Spanish citizens.The security breach is believed to be the largest in Facebook’s history and is particularly egregious because the hackers stole “access tokens”, a digital security key that allows users to stay logged into Facebook over multiple browsing sessions without having to enter their password each time. When an attacker has this token they can take full control of a victim’s account, including logging into third-party applications that use Facebook Login. Since you’re here… Social networking Irish data regulator could penalize the social network after hack of nearly 50m accounts Shares277277 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Facebook Share on Messenger Facebook faces $1.6bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach Facebook Share on Twitter Ireland Olivia Solon in San Francisco The breach comes at time when Facebook is under heavy scrutiny over issues including foreign interference in elections, its role in spreading misinformation and hate speech, and privacy.Facebook announced the breach in a blogpost on Friday, saying it was taking the issue “incredibly seriously”. Over the weekend the commission said it was “concerned that this breach was discovered on Tuesday and affects millions of users”.Facebook was “unable to clarify the nature of breach and risk” to users at that point, the commission said, adding that it was pushing the company to “urgently clarify these matters”.Rowenna Fielding, a senior data protection lead at Protecture Limited, said: “Facebook should have tested the ‘view as’ function with a ‘what could an attacker do with this’ mindset and they either didn’t, or didn’t care about the gaping hole.”center_img Facebook Dr Lukasz Olejnik, an independent cybersecurity and privacy adviser, noted that this was the first major GDPR investigation that would test whether Facebook followed its rules around security of data processing.“This high-stakes matter may become the defining moment of GDPR,” he said.Other data security experts believe that Facebook will get off lightly.“The Irish regulator doesn’t really have a track record of robust enforcement, so I don’t think Facebook is likely to be concerned about penalties they might levy,” said Fielding.She said that the $1.63bn potential fine was “unlikely”, describing it as a “ceiling, not a stipulation”.“However, the precedent set by any regulatory finding of unlawful processing could be very significant, especially in follow-on litigation by individual data subjects affected,” she added. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Irish Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into a data breach that affected nearly 50m Facebook accounts, which could result in a fine of up to $1.63bn.The breach, which was discovered by Facebook engineers on Tuesday 24 September, gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts. It was patched on Thursday, the company said. GDPR Topics Share on Facebook @oliviasolon This article is more than 9 months old Share on Twitter Share via Email Data protection Europe This high-stakes matter may become the defining moment of GDPRDr Lukasz Olejnik, security expert Share on Facebook Last modified on Tue 14 May 2019 03.40 EDT The Irish Data Protection Commission regulates Facebook’s adherence to European data standards.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo news Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable Support The Guardian Wed 3 Oct 2018 17.12 EDT Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Tears as Andrew Gillum fails in bid to become Floridas first black

first_imgFlorida Tears as Andrew Gillum fails in bid to become Florida’s first black governor Share via Email This article is more than 8 months old Share via Email This article is more than 8 months old US midterms 2018 Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest US politics Last modified on Wed 7 Nov 2018 11.17 EST Gracious in defeat, Gillum was also defiant before the crowd of supporters at his alma mater Florida A&M.Photograph: Colin Hackley/Reuters … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Jamiles Lartey in Tallahasseecenter_img Support The Guardian Topics US midterms 2018 @JamilesLartey Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Shares6060 news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Democrats Gillum gracious in defeat after conceding to Ron DeSantis but vows to ‘keep fighting, keep working and keep believing’Midterm elections – live updates Share on WhatsApp Win or lose, the race was set to end where it all began.On the same Florida college campus where Andrew Gillum’s political career began as a student body president 17 years ago, the popular Tallahassee mayor and improbable candidate for governor conceded defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis late on Tuesday night.“We may not have all shown up in the way that we thought and hoped that we would,” Gillum told a dejected crowd of supporters, “but I still believe in and trust the voters”.Few expected Gillum to win the primary to become the Democratic candidate in August. As the nominee, he faced a tough climb in a state that Donald Trump carried comfortably in 2016, but he consistently polled ahead of DeSantis for much of the lead-up to the election.That math failed to play out, however, and Gillum fell into an an early deficit once counting began. As the night carried on it became increasingly unlikely that late returns in Broward county, often a source of election-night drama in Florida, could make up the difference.Gracious in defeat, Gillum was also defiant at his alma mater, the historically black Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.“Let’s make sure that people know we plan to have a seat at this thing and that we will not be ignored, will not be pushed aside and we will not be pushed into the shadows any more. That we’re here, and we’re here to stay,” Gillum said of his failed bid to become just the third black American governor since Reconstruction, and the first in the south.It was an emotional night for those assembled. Many hugged, cried and gently booed when Gillum told them he had called DeSantis to offer his congratulations.“I just wonder if we’re really a country of inclusion,” said Cecka Rose Green, as she wiped away tears. “If we’re really a country that says that no matter from where you come, what your circumstance is, if you work hard that you can achieve the American dream.”She continued: “It was a hard-fought campaign. We fought a lot of negative ads. There were a lot of racial attacks. And growing up black in America is hard enough as it is. It’s kind of disheartening.”The mood at the campaign headquarters slowly plunged when the early results, which looked good for Gillum, gave way to a stubborn deficit of about a single percentage point that carried on as the number of precincts left to report crawled towards zero.The mostly college student crowd tried to stay positive, cheering for Democratic victories on the jumbo TV screens and dancing to the DJ.Eventually the would-be celebration, waterlogged by soaking evening thunderstorms, started to flag. “We can still pull this off, let’s get some energy going,” begged the last speaker from the podium, before Gillum took the stage about an hour later.Somewhat muddled in the historic nature of Gillum’s run, its Cinderella-story unlikelihood, and the nastiness of his opponent’s attacks, is that he ran and nearly won a US governorship on an aggressively progressive platform that included Medicare for all, strong environmental protections, and bold criminal justice reforms.One of the few bright spots in Gillum’s speech was appreciation for Florida voters who approved amendment 4, a ballot measure which restores the vote to ex-felons who had previously been barred under state law.Gillum also used his concession to reflect on his campaign slogan, “Bring it Home” which, far from the usual retail politics electioneering, was a deep part of his family history, borrowed from his maternal grandmother.Last week he told Rolling Stone it was always said as “a directive to achieve whatever he set his mind to, then bring that success home to his family and community”.Choking back tears, and with his wife R Jai grabbing his shoulder in support as the crowd rose in cheers, Gillum apologized that he wasn’t able to “bring it home”, but composed himself and said: “I’m not going anywhere. We’re going to fight. And we’re gonna keep fighting. We’re going to keep working. We’re going to keep believing, and ultimately I believe we will be victorious.” Wed 7 Nov 2018 02.28 ESTlast_img read more

AM305 – Feed the Woozle Board Game

first_imgFor 2-5 playersGame play is approximately 15 minutesCheck it out on to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFeed the Woozle Board GameNovember 20, 2018In “Toys”5 Board Games that Encourage Developmental SkillsJune 7, 2017In “Products and Devices”4 Fun Fairlady Media Apps for Pre-KSeptember 7, 2016In “Apps” The game comes with three levels so it grows with your child.No reading required which makes it ideal for young playersChildren will learn and practice dexterity, fine motor skills, body awareness, and counting.Includes:1 stand up WoozleSpoonSpinnerDieGame cards Podcast: Play in new window | Download305-11-23-18 Feed the Woozle Board Game:Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!Looking for a fun, interactive game to engage your child with autism or developmental delays?  Check out Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom!  Feed the Woozle is a board game that “cultivates emotional development, shared decision-making, positive self-esteem, creative problem-solving and more.”Children will have fun feeding the Woozle silly snacks like fuzzy donuts and hairy pickles…yum!  The objective of the game is to feed the Woozle 12 crazy treats before all the snacks are gone.Features of the game include:last_img read more

New Solar Panels Use Waste Heat to Purify Water

first_img Tagged In scienceengineeringsolar powerwaterwater purification Post a Comment 14 Comments 14 Comments Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder The Most Brutally Bad Endings in Gaming Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Apex Legends’ Changed Gaming and We Barely Noticed Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 8:40 am This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress is Gorgeous in Real Life The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Solar panels can bring electricity to remote areas, and photovoltaic technology has improved in recent years. However, many of these regions also have limited access to clean water. A new type of solar power setup developed at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia could address both of those issues. These panels leverage waste heat from solar panels to distill and purify water. The researchers used salt water to test the technology, but it should work equally well on fresh water that simply isn’t fit for human consumption. The solar panels sit on top of a multi-layer box where they can absorb sunlight and generate power. Below that is a three-stage distillation unit. There’s nothing particularly special about the solar panels used in the system. About 10 percent of the sunlight hitting the photovoltaic cells goes toward generating power. While much higher efficiencies have been demonstrated in the lab, most commercial cells are only a little more efficient. However, those panels aren’t also generating water. As the panels pull in solar radiation to make power, some of the energy radiates out as waste heat. The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology design directs that heat down into the first layer of water purification. It heats seawater, causing it to evaporate and re-condense as clean, fresh water. The heat generated by the first layer passes through a membrane into the second distillation layer where it purifies more water, and it’s the same for the third (bottom) layer. It’s essentially a very fancy stacked solar still — the researchers note the solar panel design purified three times as much water as a solar still, and you get electricity, too. According to the team, water passed through the device comes out safe for drinking by all measurable standards. The levels of lead, copper, sodium, calcium, and magnesium after filtration are all below the thresholds set by the World Health Organization. You might be able to deploy a more efficient solar power farm and water purification rig as separate systems, but the system developed by these researchers could be a major breakthrough because it can do both at the same time. The team sees this as an ideal solution for remote areas where people have limited power and ample access to undrinkable water. With more efficient solar panels, they say, this system could eventually generate 10 percent of the world’s fresh water.Now read:RoboFly Is the First Wireless Insectoid Robot to Take FlightMIT’s ‘Sun in a Box’ Could Solve Our Energy Storage WoesSaudi Arabia, SoftBank Plan the World’s Largest Solar Project New Solar Panels Use Waste Heat to Purify Waterlast_img read more

Hours After EC Ban Ends Pragya Thakur Gets Fresh Notice for Campaigning

first_imgBhopal: Days after the Election Commission imposed a 72-hour campaign ban on BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur, the district returning officer (DRO) Bhopal slapped another notice on the saffron leader, accusing her of campaigning during the ban period.Responding to the fresh notice by the EC, Thakur said, “Main ek sanyasi hoon. Mandir, puja paath, aadhyatm, rashtra kalyan aur gau mata mere jivan ke aadhar hai … mujhe inse rokne wale apne jivan ke bare me sochen. (I am a seer and temples, prayers and spirituality are an integral part of my life. Those preventing me from these should care for their own lives). She also resumed her poll campaign on Sunday morning after the ban ended.The EC had on Wednesday barred Pragya Thakur from campaigning for three days for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition.Issuing the directive, the panel said it “strongly condemned” her remarks” and “warned her “not to repeat the misconduct in future”.The ban came into force from 6 am on May 2. Thakur has courted several controversies with her statements and have been issued notices by the Election Commission for violating the Model Code of Conduct. Soon after being announced as the Bhopal candidate against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh, she had said that Mumbai Anti-terror Squad chief Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks as she had “cursed” him for torturing her. Thakur had also said that she was among those who had razed the Babri mosque. bhopal-s12p19BJPelection commissionLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 5, 2019, 10:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

Vivan Bhatena Announces the Birth of His Daughter in the Most Game

first_imgVivan was a successful model. Apart from ads, he featured in the video of the popular Maine payal hai song by Falguni Pathak. He has also acted in TV shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Maayka, as well as movies like Dangal and Judwa 2. He will be next seen on-screen in Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi. DangalGame of ThronesgotKhaleesi First Published: June 11, 2019, 3:23 PM IST Actor Vivan Bhatena on Tuesday announced the birth of his daughter, who has been named Nivaya, in a Game Of Thrones way. She was born on June 9 to Vivan and his wife Nikhila.Vivan took to Instagram to share the news of the baby’s birth, in an innovative way. He introduced her to his social media followers just as popular character Daenerys Targaryen was introduced in Game Of Thrones. “Princess Nivaya Bhathena of the house Palat born during the storm, last of her name, the untanned, pooper of Dragons, breaker of toys and Khaleesi of Jhapas and future Queen of the Puppies and sister of the White Walker Muffin, keeper of papa/mama on the nights watch, was born on June 9. Please send us your blessings.”He also shared a photograph in which the newborn is sleeping.last_img read more

When They See Us is the Most Watched Web Series in the

first_imgStranger Things, Black Mirror, 13 Reasons Why and Orange is the New Black are among the most popular shows of Netflix. However, it is When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the unjust arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after a rape in Central Park 20 years ago, which raced ahead to become the most-viewed series on streaming giant every day since its premiere.On Wednesday, Netflix took to Twitter to share the information and wrote, “‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the US every day since it premiered on May 31.” However, it did not give away any figures or any additional information beyond that. The director retweeted the same with her one-word response. “Faints,” she wrote. She also posted a GIF video of the cast applauding from the series and wrote, “On behalf of all the artists who made this series, thank you for watching.” On behalf of all the artists who made this series, thank you for watching.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 12, 2019 Black MirrorCentral Park caseCentral Park jogger caseJharrel Jerome First Published: June 14, 2019, 6:30 PM IST When They See Us is created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay, which premiered on May 31 on Netflix. The series chronicles the events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives of the five male teenage suspects who were prosecuted on charges linked to rape and assault of a white woman and their families. Beginning in the year of 1989, when these teenagers were first interrogated, the series covers a span of 25 years, highlighting their acquittal in 2002 and the settlement in 2014.The series features an ensemble cast, which includes names like Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, and Kylie Bunbury among others.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Did You Notice Suniel Shettys Unusual Drink in This Funny Fathers Day

first_imgThe 57-year-old actor responded with “Love you my braaaat” in the comments section, which was filled with praises for Athiya’s cute face and innocent eyes. But there were other users who noticed Suniel’s unusual drink and posted cheeky comments, calling him a ‘milk stealer’.Suniel, who has shown off his funny side in multiple Hindi films, had probably never thought that this old photo will become a source for some humour on one Father’s Day.Athiya, who made her Bollywood debut with Hero, is the eldest of the two kids of Suniel and Mana Shetty. She will next be seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor. Her brother Ahan will be making his Bollywood debut with the remake of Telugu film RX 100, which is being directed by Milan Luthria. He has also signed a Sajid Nadiadwala production. Follow @News18Movies for more athiya shetty instagramAthiya Shetty wishes Suniel ShettyFather’s DayFather’s Day Bollywood First Published: June 16, 2019, 4:47 PM IST A lot of Bollywood stars went into throwback mode on Sunday to wish their dads Happy Father’s Day. Just like Sonam Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, actress Athiya Shetty too posted a sepia-toned photo from her childhood, featuring father Suniel Shetty. Though the post is supposed to be an emotional wish for her father, the Hero actress has inadvertently given it a humorous twist.The photo, posted on Instagram, shows a kid Athiya looking on as Suniel sips on what looks like a feeding bottle. While fans of the actress couldn’t help but comment on how cute Athiya looked as a kid, but some also poked fun at the unusual picture. The photo was accompanied by a caption, in which Athiya wrote, “Twenty six years later and you still haven’t failed to amuse me, spoil me & make me laugh most. Thank you, for encouraging me to reach the stars while reminding me to keep my feet firmly on the ground. I love you papa, I’m so proud to be your baby girl for the rest of eternity.” Take a look:last_img read more

Congress Accuses BJP of Violating Poll Code Urges EC for Action

first_img Abhishek Singhvi First Published: May 10, 2019, 9:51 PM IST New Delhi: The Congress accused the BJP on Friday of indulging in “corrupt practices” by “brazenly violating” the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and electoral laws, while urging the Election Commission (EC) to take immediate action.A delegation of Congress leaders, led by party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, met EC officials and handed over a memorandum demanding action against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for alleged poll code violations. Singhvi accused BJP workers of indulging in “outrageous and egregious corrupt practices” through the central government’s ministries and departments.He charged a woman officer of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under the Ministry of Commerce with writing an e-mail to the officials in the ministry and seeking details of various schemes and initiatives as the same were to be included in the BJP’s vision document and manifesto ahead of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.Singhvi alleged that the officer had written the e-mail on March 28, when the model code was in force, adding that this amounted to a flagrant violation of the Representation of the People Act and the MCC.”Please elaborate on your respective points for the Startup India vision document…. This has to go in the election manifesto,” the officer had written in the e-mail, the Congress leader claimed, alleging that it amounted to “corrupt practices”.He said the same was reported in the media too.”We are compelled to bring to the urgent attention of this Commission yet another blatant violation of electoral laws by the Prime Minister,” the Congress memorandum to the EC said.”The, BJP, on the other hand, has brazenly proposed the exact same schemes in their manifesto for the 2019 general election,” Singhvi said, while alleging that the inputs received from the ministry were replicated in the BJP manifesto word by word.He also accused the saffron party of violating the electoral laws under the Representation of the People Act, 1951.Addressing a press conference, the Congress leader said the government and the prime minister had turned the MCC into a “Modi Code of Conduct” and a “Modi Advertising Code”.”The EC’s Nelsonian blind eye, its hesitation and fear not to decide complaints for 20-25 days and then to decide them with a four-line unreasoned order…it is as much a test for the EC about its credibility as it is necessary to uphold the majesty of law and the level-playing field of the electoral prospectus,” he added.Singhvi said the MCC strictly prohibited the party in power or its ministers from using the official machinery for electioneering.”This entire election has been fraught with unprecedented and brazen violations by the BJP and its members, despite the orders passed by this commission and the law laid down by Parliament.”In light of the above, we take it upon ourselves to remind this commission of its constitutional mandate to ensure a level-playing field and to take necessary steps to bring such violations at complete halt. The Election Commission must take immediate action and call for urgent investigation against such a blatant abuse of power by BJP. We hope the commission treats this matter with the attention it deserves,” the opposition party said in its complaint to the poll watchdog. last_img read more

Regional Parties Govt Will be Unstable Not Last Long Congress Leader Veerappa

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Thursday said he does not rule out the possibility of regional parties forming government with the support of a Rahul Gandhi-led alliance, but said such a dispensation would not be stable and not last long.He said the third front experiments in the past with smaller parties heading the government — whether it was led by V P Singh or Charan Singh or Chandrashekhar — have been failures. “Any future government will be stable with one national party leading regional parties and the government,” Moily said in a telephonic interview, ahead of the declaration of Lok Sabha election results next week.Asked if he does not foresee the possibility of regional parties forming government with the Congress supporting it, the former Union Minister said: “I am not ruling out the possibility but it will not be a strong government. Stability will not be there for the government”.He argued that a government would be stable only when it is led by a national party, amid some reports that speculated that the election could throw up a fracturedverdict. “Otherwise, (a third front) government cannot be stable, it has never remained stable; even with strongest leaders like V P Singh or Chandrashekhar. It is a matter of couple of months or one or two years (before collapse of government)”, the former Karnataka Chief Minister said.Amid talk in some quarters that regional parties not aligned with the UPA and NDA may get more seats than the Congress, Moily said the question is who would unite allthe regional parties.”There should be a common factor to join them together; otherwise it will be a disintegrated group”, he said.According to him, regional outfits need a national party to bind them together. “One national party will have to be there to cement the bonding (among regional parties)”.”It will become a compulsion for regional parties to unite together against the BJP”, claimed Moily, who had earlier served as the AICC in-charge of Tamil Nadu anderstwhile Andhra Pradesh. “So, possibility of a good (UPA) government with regional parties is a certainty. If the Congress-led UPA does not get majority, he saidthe party would have to form government (along with other willing parties not part of UPA) for the sake of the nation, to provide a stable government”.”It will be a compulsion (to form government), ultimately…Rahul Gandhi…our ideology sometimes may not agree with such a combination or formation (of government with regional parties) but even then for the sake of the unity of the country, I think Rahul Gandhi will have to agree on this,” he said.”Having known his (Gandhi’s) position and ideology, he is a person…sometimes he may not be willing to compromise on this. But in ultimate analysis, he (Gandhi) has to be projected as a leader to unite all these regional parties”, Moily said.Moily also talked about the possibility of YSRCP joining hands with the UPA led by the Congress, which has repeatedly expressed commitment to give special category status to Andhra Pradesh in the event of being voted to power, a key demand of the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy-led party.”They (YSRCP) will join the UPA, or they will support the UPA from outside or they will join the government. It is a possibility. Sometimes, necessity ultimately will be the driving force to unite together”, he said.On efforts of TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, Moily said he has got his own ambition.”One thing is certain is that he (Rao) has already fallen out from NDA. When he has fallen out from NDA, what is the option left to him? Of course, he is a person who will make very strong bargain for some important positions, that is what he has been telling,” he said.”But his forming a third front is not a possibility. He thinks that a third front can be formed just to have a bargaining power with ensuing government,” Moily said. BJPChandrashekharcongressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 16, 2019, 6:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

PM Modi to Host Dinner for Members of Parliament Next Week in

first_img 17th lok sabhalok sabhamembers of parliamentMP First Published: June 16, 2019, 6:10 PM IST New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting dinner for the Members of Parliament on June 20 in national capital Delhi. The invitation for the dinner was extended by minister for Parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi to all the members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Sunday. “The Hon’ble prime Minister will host a dinner in honour of all the Memebers of Parliament on Thursday, the 20th June, 2019 at 7:00pm at Ahsoka Hotel in New Delhi,” the invitation read. This will be the first time since the new government was formed on May 31 that the PM will be meeting all the Members of the Parliament. Earlier in the day, an all-party meeting was convened by PM Modi day ahead of the Budget session of the Parliament. last_img read more

Adept at Power by Proxy NehruGandhis Nowhere Near Giving Up Cash and

first_imgWill the Gandhi family give up its hold on the 134-year-old Congress party? It seems not as the stakes are high for the family, which has been at the helm of affairs for many decades. According to insiders, Sonia Gandhi is not very happy that son Rahul Gandhi is adamant on quitting. Did she not keep the seat warm for her son from 1998 and was jubilant when she handed over the baton to him in December 2017? Rahul’s resignation has plunged the party in to an unprecedented crisis. While much has been made of Rahul’s high-profile resignation move, look at the way things are at present. Sonia Gandhi was elected a fortnight ago as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party consisting of members of both Houses. This happened after the 2019 electoral rout. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been appointed as the General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh in January, continues though she has failed to deliver even in Amethi where Rahul Gandhi lost the family pocket-borough to Union minister Smriti Irani. Rahul, has made it clear that he will continue to be active, which the new Congress president should take note of. Above all, it will not suit the family to have someone other than a family loyalist replace Rahul Gandhi. Sonia, by her experiment in making Manmohan Singh the prime minister in 2004 and 2009, has realised that the best way to enjoy power is to remain outside and rule through dummies. In any case, of the three Gandhis, two members of the family — Sonia and Priyanka — continue to hold positions. So by and large, the party is still in the hands of the family. Why will the Gandhis hold on to the party? First of all, they have enjoyed unbridled power for decades and know that it is the family which keeps the party united. Many Congress leaders would rather accept a Gandhi than one among them due to peer rivalry. Even during the seven years from 1991-98 when Sonia was not in politics, many Congress leaders kept in touch with her. Both Rao and Kesari found how difficult it was to run the Grand Old Party as a non-Gandhi. Whether in power or out of power, the Gandhi family had its hold over the party. When Rao became the party president and prime minister from 1991-1996, he found to his dismay that Sonia loyalists always ran to 10 Janpath, which was seen as a rival power centre. Insiders say that Arjun Singh and ND Tiwari launched the Congress T with the blessings of Sonia Gandhi. Rao’s successor Sitaram Kesari, who was unceremoniously thrown out by Sonia loyalists when she was brought in to lead the party in 1998, also faced problems. Mamata Banerjee launched her Trinamool Congress in 1998 keeping 10 Janpath fully informed. When Sonia resigned after Sharad Pawar questioned her foreign origin in 1999, only after Pawar and his supporters were thrown out did she take back her resignation. The party solidly stood by Sonia. Secondly, the purse strings may continue to remain with the family. The new party president may have to depend on the Gandhis for even day-to-day running of the party. With the Congress ruling only in half-a-dozen states, the party is not flush with funds right now. With elections in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra round the corner, the job of the new president is unenviable. Thirdly, senior leaders in the party realise that with the three Gandhis looming large, the family would not give up their hold over the party. While every other leader, including Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi faced challengers, there is not a single leader, junior or senior, who has revolted against Rahul Gandhi despite the continuous slide of the party. The old guard might be disenchanted with Rahul’s style of functioning and his rootless coterie, but none of them have challenged him openly. So they are reconciled to playing the courtiers and to help choose a Gandhi loyalist as the next party president. Rahul Gandhi last year had nominated members of the Congress Working Committee and it is this body which will choose his successor. That is why names like Gandhi loyalists Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mallikarjun Kharge are doing the rounds for the next Congress president. Insiders claim that the new president is expected to keep the seat warm until one of the Gandhis is ready to take back control. The minute they show independence, they would be thrown out like Kesari was removed in 1998. Kesari was dumbfounded when he found that within minutes of his removal, his nameplate in the AICC was also hastily replaced with a shining brass nameplate of Sonia Gandhi. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is critical of the dynasty, it is clear that the dynasty cannot be wished away as far as the Congress is concerned. The moral of the story is that the Congress cannot do without the family and the family cannot give up the party. (The author is a political analyst. Views are personal) amethicongressindira gandhiPriyanka Gandhi First Published: July 7, 2019, 7:51 AM IST | Edited by: Nitya Thirumalailast_img read more

Uber chat lets riders message drivers inapp

first_imgUber has built in-app messaging into its ride-hailing app, allowing users to chat with their drivers without SMS, and promising more safety on the road as a result. The update, which is being pushed out to the Uber app from today, shifts conversations that would until now have been held over phone calls or text messages to a new, in-app chat client. For Uber drivers, meanwhile, it should make for an easier way to respond to the next ride while still keeping attention on the road. Story TimelineUber integrates Transit app to give users public transportation detailsAn easier way to order someone else an Uber ride has arrivedPSA: It now costs $15 to get your lost items back from Uber Uber has always supported contacting a driver once a car has been assigned, though it’s relied on methods outside of the app to actually do so. For instance, you can trigger a call your Uber driver or send them a text message from within the app, but the actual communications are done by your phone’s standard dialer or SMS service. That can lead to problems for those who have signed up to Uber with one number but are using a device registered to a different one, or indeed are relying on Google Voice or similar services, since Uber may not recognize the account and thus not allow the text or call through.There are also privacy issues, of course, involving giving your phone number to someone to call for a one-off purpose like making sure you’re meeting a driver in the right place. The new system cuts all that hassle out. Rather than placing a call or sending a message with your phone’s default service, there’s now an instant messenger client built right into the Uber app. Like Twitter DMs, it’ll allow users to send questions straight to Uber’s driver app. Those messages will be read out to the driver, reducing distraction, and they’ll be able to either type out a response or send a one-tap “thumbs up” to acknowledge it. Read-receipts, showing that the recipient has seen the message, are supported on both ends of the conversation. There are downsides to the new system, of course. For one, it’ll rely on you having a data connection in order to make use of the chat service, which may or may not present a problem depending on where you are after you summon a ride. Uber says the new chat feature will be rolling out from today, to both drivers and riders. It’ll be supported globally, though again you’ll need a data connection in whatever country you’re visiting if you want to actually have a conversation. MORE Uberlast_img read more

Insta360 ONE camera how this one shoots different

first_imgStory TimelineInsta360 Nano cam gives iPhone 360-degree video captureInsta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphoneHonor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 AirInsta360 Air now on sale to turn Android, PCs into 360 camerasNext Insta360 camera could orbit around youInsta360 ONE hands-on: a new, exciting way to make memories The newest in 4K-capable 360 camera hardware comes in the Insta360 ONE, a device that’s unique in more ways than one. While the 360 (spherical) camera market expands in leaps and bounds, each device aims to bring both high quality output and a set of features that no competing camera has. For the Insta360 One, that means offering a new way to shoot. There’s also a feature within FreeCapture that allows a single element within the sphere to be tracked. This is called SmartTrack – it’s super simple, and if it works the way they’ve demonstrated, it’s a game-changer. This piece of hardware isn’t mind-blowingly different from devices previously released with other brands. It’s the way they let the user execute the resulting video that counts. That’s where this device shines brightest. See our Insta360 ONE hands-on for more information on this next-gen spherical camera. I don’t care a whole lot about capturing 360-degree spherical video. It’s interesting when I’m in a situation where things are happening all around me, but that’s not something that happens all that often. What the Insta360 ONE presents is a unique use of the spherical camera tech – one that lets you shoot first, ask questions later.They call it “Shoot First, Point Later” and “FreeCapture”. This technology allows the user to capture a video first, then edit. That in itself isn’t all that unique – it’s the method with which the editing is done that counts here. And the output – which is a rectangular, regular, flat-format video.Here’s what happens with the Insta360 ONE:1. Shoot video (360 spherical)2. Open resulting spherical video on phone3. Phone works like virtual window into video4. Capture whatever part of the sphere I wantlast_img read more

Apple faces 440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

first_imgThings haven’t gone well for Apple in the courts today, with the Cupertino firm slapped with a $440m penalty in its long-standing battle against VirnetX. The two companies first ended up in the courtroom after VirnetX sued Apple in 2010 over claims it had infringed on secure communications protocols patents. According to VirnetX, which describes itself as “an internet security software and technology company with patented technology for secure communications including 4G LTE security”, Apple was using its technology illegally in FaceTime, among other things. Apple, unsurprisingly, disagreed, and thus began a roughly seven year saga. That culminated in Apple losing its retrial last year. In a statement today, VirnetX announced what the jury had awarded it in the case. That amounts to $439.7m, made up of a $302.4m jury verdict from 2016 along with a “willful infringement” penalty of $41.3m. The royalty rate the company was deemed to be owed per device was increased from last year, too, rising from $1.20 to $1.80 per device. Factor in interest, attorney fees, and other costs, and you get a hefty lump sum; at least, one VirnetX is very pleased with. “We are elated with the Court’s Final Judgement of $439 million in that not only did it affirm the jury’s verdict of $1.20 per infringing iPhone, iPad and Mac Product, but also added for willful infringement, interest and attorney fees,” Kendall Larsen, CEO and president of the company, said today.Apple, meanwhile, has said it plans to appeal the final judgement. Potentially in its favor is the fact that VirnetX’s patents in question have actually been invalidated, something which the company itself is appealing to the USPTO. While the penalty awarded is minor, viewed in the grand scheme of Apple’s bank account, it does set a potentially concerning precedent. VirnetX has already struck similar deals with Microsoft and others, but others are likely to be watching the legal situation play out closely, in the hope of also scoring a slice of Apple’s revenues. After all, as VirnetX itself points out, the sheer scale of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac businesses mean even a small slice quickly adds up. “This Final Judgement amount is large because sales of Apple’s infringing products are large. The cost of our security technology in infringing devices has been apportioned and is less than a quarter of one percent of the device’s cost,” VirnetX’s Larsen pointed out. “We believe this established per device rate for security is very reasonable and will greatly assist us with our domestic and global licensing efforts.”Interestingly, there’s been speculation that the VirnetX lawsuit was instrumental in preventing Apple’s initial plans to open-source FaceTime. That was Steve Jobs’ initial intention, but the project slipped quietly from public view. Story TimelineApple to challenge the VirnetX Facetime patent infringment rulingVirnetX revives 2012 patent case against Apple, wants more moniesApple now owes VirnetX more than what Samsung owes itApple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for nowApple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retriallast_img read more