Accra talks bode well for future climate change negotiations – UN official

The Accra meeting was the latest in a series of UN-sponsored talks in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The aim of the negotiations is to create a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, with first-round commitments ending in 2012, on greenhouse gas emissions reduction.“We’re still on track, the process has speeded up and governments are becoming very serious about negotiating a result in Copenhagen,” Yvo de Boer told reporters on the final day of the week-long session.Mr. de Boer, who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said the “absolute highlight” of the session had been the mandate given by governments to the Chair of the working group on long-term cooperative action to compile proposals made so far and to be made in the coming weeks. The achievement of the Accra meeting had therefore been in “providing the basis for real negotiations to begin in Poznan,” he said, referring to the Polish city that will host this year’s UN Climate Change Conference from 1 to 12 December. Highlighting the progress made during the past week, Mr. de Boer said there was an “encouraging and important” debate on the important topic of deforestation and forest conservation, which was crucial since deforestation accounts for about 20 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions for which humans are responsible.“We cannot come to a meaningful solution on climate change without coming to grips with the question of deforestation,” he stated, adding that countries had made it clear in Accra that they want that issue to be part of a Copenhagen agreement. Discussions also focused on ways of improving the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which allows industrialized countries to offset some of their own emissions by investing in cleaner energy projects in developing countries.Insufficient investment in Africa was cited as one of the CDM’s shortcomings. “There is a real risk of Africa becoming the forgotten continent in the context of the fight against climate change unless we manage to design a regime going into the future that takes into account in a much more comprehensive way what Africa’s specific needs are not only on adaptation, but also on fuelling clean economic growth,” said Mr. de Boer.The meeting also discussed “sectoral approaches” – through which countries can address emissions from a whole sector of their economy. Mr. de Boer said the debate made it clear that such approaches were not about imposing targets on developing countries, but rather about what governments may or may not choose to do on a voluntary basis at the national level.Some 1,600 participants, including government delegates from 160 countries and representatives from environmental organizations, business and industry and research institutions, attended the Accra meeting – the third major UN-led negotiating session this year and the last before the Poznan conference in December. 27 August 2008Important progress has been made during the latest round of United Nations-led climate change talks in Accra, Ghana, on key issues relating to a new international agreement to tackle global warming, the world body’s top official dealing with the issue said today. read more

Investing in education and jobs the key to promoting development in Laos

29 July 2010A new joint report by the United Nations and Laos recommends that authorities in the South-East Asian country invest more in education as well as promote good health and decent jobs to achieve their economic and social development targets. The latest National Human Development Report, produced with the help of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), provides a set of recommendations on how to improve human development in Laos through employment.Sonam Yangchen Rana, UNDP Resident Representative in Laos, said at the report’s launch yesterday that its theme could not be “more relevant or timely,” given that the Government is formulating the next national socio-economic development plan for 2011-2015.“Central to the achievement of the economic and social targets set out in the plan for the next five years will be the issue of labour,” she stated.She added that human development is about putting people at the centre of development. “It is about people realizing their potential, increasing their choices and abilities to make informed decisions to live full and creative lives with freedom and dignity.“At its most basic level this means making it easier for people to lead long and healthy lives, by acquiring the knowledge and skills to engage in economic activities, having equal access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living and by participating in their community.”Laos has recently improved its ranking in the Human Development Index (HDI), standing at 130th out of 177 countries, according to the 2007-2008 Global Human Development Report. The new report suggests that human development is the highest in the capital, Vientiane, and lowest in the provinces of Sekong, Oudomxay, Attapeu, and Phongsaly.Ms. Rana noted that in a rapidly changing Laos it is important to think not only about economic growth but also about how it can be enjoyed by everyone. For example, she said, it is important to think how women can participate as productive members of society at their workplace on a par with men; how young people can gain skills for employment across all sectors; how the benefits of 8 per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) can also be shared by the vulnerable groups. In Laos, as in any society, this relies on the human capacities available to carry out quality work under decent conditions, she stated. “To achieve this we must invest in people from the very beginning, through an improved formal and informal education system, and by promoting good health.” The other recommendations in the report include improving people’s livelihoods through more and better jobs in the non-farm sector, promoting decent work and ensuring that social safety nets are available to migrant workers. read more

UN reports improved access to safe drinking water but poorest still lagging

20 December 2011The internationally stated goal of improving access to safe drinking water across the globe is likely to be achieved well ahead of the 2015 deadline, but large numbers of people in the world’s least developed regions will still not benefit, according to a United Nations report released today. The internationally stated goal of improving access to safe drinking water across the globe is likely to be achieved well ahead of the 2015 deadline, but large numbers of people in the world’s least developed regions will still not benefit, according to a United Nations report released today.Reducing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015 is one of the global targets under the internationally-agreed poverty and social development vision known as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have a 2015 achievement deadline.The new study by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Health Organization (WHO), entitled Drinking Water Equity, Safety and Sustainability, shows that between 1990 and 2008, the proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 77 per cent to 87 per cent.“The good news is that almost 1.8 billion more people now have access to drinking water compared to the start of the 1990s,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF’s associate director and water and sanitation chief. “The bad news is that the poorest and most marginalized are being left behind.”However, the report stresses, even though significant progress has been made, at the current rate, 672 million people will still not be using improved drinking water sources in 2015. There are still many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia and South-East Asia that are not on track to meet the target, according to the report.In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, total access has significantly increased since 1990, jumping from 49 per cent to 60 per cent, and reaching an additional 126 million people in urban and 111 million in rural areas. However, population growth has outstripped the progress to the extent that the actual number of people without access was greater in 2008 than it was in 1990, according to the report.The study also found that the richest 20 per cent in sub-Saharan African countries are more than twice as likely to use an improved drinking water source as the poorest 20 per cent. In addition, poor people in rural areas have the lowest access to safe drinking water, with the greatest burden in collecting water falling to women and girls.Globally, more than eight in 10 people without improved drinking water sources live in rural areas. However, the proportion of the rural population in developing regions using piped drinking water on premises was still only 31 per cent in 2008, up from 21 per cent in 1990. In urban areas it went from 71 per cent to 73 per cent during the same period.Investment in water and sanitation is not being optimized, with almost two thirds of total official development assistance for drinking water and sanitation going to the development of large urban systems, the report points out.Water quality surveys showed that many improved drinking water sources such as piped supplies, boreholes and protected wells, do not conform to WHO guidelines. On average, half of all protected dug wells may be contaminated, along with a third of protected springs and boreholes. read more

Sri Lanka has agreed to foreign judges says Sumanthiran

Sumanthiran said that the statement was made despite Sri Lanka signing three Resolutions which note that Sri Lanka will agree to have foreign judges in the judicial process related to human rights. Sri Lanka has agreed to foreign judges by cosponsoring the last three Resolutions on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said today.He told Parliament it was disappointing to note a statement made by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana that Sri Lanka will not allow foreign judges to be part of the judicial process in Sri Lanka. The TNA MP asserted that the Constitution of Sri Lanka does not prevent foreign judges from being part of the local judicial mechanism. The MP warned that if Sri Lanka fails to include foreign judges then the Tamils will push to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghan opium cultivation dropping according to preliminary UN survey

Introducing the study at a UN news conference yesterday in Kabul, the capital, Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics Habibullah Qaderi noted that the Rapid Assessment Survey carried out jointly last month by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and his ministry gives trends of cultivation rather than figures.”But the main finding of this survey is a falling trend in opium poppy cultivation in the majority of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces,” he said. “This is notably in the main poppy growing provinces of recent years, such as Nangarhar, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces. However, in five provinces, there has been an increase in poppy cultivation, such as Kandahar and Farah provinces.”The Survey was carried out by local field surveyors in more than 200 villages in over half of the country’s districts. Work will start in April for the detailed annual UNODC Opium Survey of 2005, which will be conducted countrywide through August and published in the autumn. read more

Security Council calls for cooperation with probe of Lebanese exPremier murder

In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, of Japan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for August, Council members expressed satisfaction that the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) had “significantly advanced” the course of its probe. The statement added that greater cooperation would help expedite the work of the Commission, which was set up to find out who was behind the bomb attack in Beirut which killed Mr. Hariri and 20 others, and ultimately led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops from its smaller neighbour. Earlier, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari briefed the Council on the Commission’s work. He later told reporters that more than 200 witnesses had been interviewed so far. The Commission, headed by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis and established by the Council on 7 April, became operational on 16 June. An initial UN fact-finding mission found Lebanon’s own probe seriously flawed and declared Syria, with its troop presence, primarily responsible for the political tension preceding the assassination. read more

The Latest Eli Manning outshone many ads on social media

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest developments in Super Bowl commercials before, during and after the Big Game:___10:30 p.m.Eli Manning didn’t quite outshine brother Peyton Sunday, but he did get more attention than many of the night’s ads on social media.The younger Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, was shown on TV with a glum face after a play on the field. That was even though other family members in the box were cheering. The image was widely shared on Twitter.Nobody knows what Eli was thinking, and it may just have been his natural expression. But after the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, both Eli and Peyton now have two Super Bowl wins under their belts.___10:15 p.m.For its fourth and final ad of the night, Anheuser-Busch bet that Americans still love being scolded by the British.The ad showed actress Helen Mirren admonishing people who might think about drinking and driving. She called anyone who’d drive drunk “short sighted” ”utterly useless” and “oxygen wasting” — just in time for the trip home for anyone watching the game from a sports bar.She then raised a bottle of Budweiser to drink.Anheuser-Busch pulled out all the stops with celebrities this year. An earlier ad featured Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.___9:50 p.m.Maybe it really does take guts to win the Super Bowl — at least if you’re an advertiser hoping to stand out in the scrum.First there was an ad about “opioid-induced constipation.” Then another followed for a drug that treats abdominal pain and diarrhea.The first ad featured a man eyeing prunes in a store window and envying another man who went in a public bathroom with ease. The latter ad was more cerebral; in it, a cartoon pile of pink intestines travels to a big football game, only to face a sudden urge to, well, go. With a drug called Xiafaxan, the idea is that pile of guts can cheer from the stands without unwanted interruptions.While it may not have had the cachet of the lower bowel, fans of medical-condition ads will be happy to know that the Jublia toenail-fungus mascot also made an appearance in the fourth quarter.___9:20 p.m.For the second year in a row, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl ad has focused on ending domestic violence. The NFL donated airtime for the spot from No More, an advocacy group that works to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.The ad’s timing may raise eyebrows. On Friday, Dallas police said they’re launching a criminal investigation into a domestic-violence assault complaint filed against Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The NFL said it has reached out to Manziel’s family offering help.Last year’s ad followed the NFL’s suspension (later overturned) of running back Ray Rice for punching his then-fiance in a casino elevator. That ad featured a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling the police with her attacker still in the house.___8:30 p.m.Remember that Puppymonkeybaby creature from the Mountain Dew Kickstart commercial back in the first quarter? It combined the head of a puppy, the torso of a monkey and the diaper-wearing bottom of a baby.The nightmare creature already has its own parody Twitter account, which notes it is not “associated with whatever the hell that Puppy Monkey Baby was supposed to be advertising.” It lists its location as “Hell,” so it likely is not run by PepsiCo’s social media team.“I am a crime against nature. Why would someone create me just to sell soda? Please let me die,” it tweeted.The account had nearly 3,000 followers as of 8:20 p.m.___8:20 p.m.How many Cokes does the Hulk need to quench his thirst? Apparently a dainty mini-can will do the trick.The surprise ad featured the green superhero leaping off buildings and chasing Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) through city streets for a mini-Coke.The ad reflects Coke’s rejiggered strategy of focusing on smaller cans and bottles. The idea is that they’re marketed as more premium products than 20-ounce bottles — and fetch more money per ounce.Coke says the focus on smaller sizes also dovetails with the trend of Americans cutting back on soda, as sugary drinks coming under fire from health advocates.___8:15 p.m.Super Bowl viewers now know more than many might want to know about “opioid-induced constipation.”The ad showed a man suffering from the condition, envying another man who emerges from a public restroom after just having gone, then eyeing prunes in a store window. A snail is shown to illustrate how slowed down and wound up his insides feel.A voiceover notes that “OIC” is a “different type of constipation” related to use of pain medication. The ad flashes the URL for a website by pharmaceutical makers AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo.___7:50 p.m.Yet more political campaign spending. Anheuser-Busch spent millions of dollars for an ad touting its “Bud Light Party.” It’s one of four ads the brewer is running this year — one in each quarter.The “Bud Light Party” ad in the second quarter played on the election season, featuring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen as candidates. The two comedians try to bring people together by promoting things everyone can agree on, like actor Paul Rudd and beer.Anheuser-Busch’s ad during the first quarter was for Michelob Ultra — that was the one that featured athletes breathing deeply. Two more to come.___7:25 p.m.Complaints are popping up on Twitter from people saying they’re having trouble streaming the game on Apple TV.When asked about the problem, an Apple TV representative pointed to a tweet by CBS Sports’ Help Team responding to a customer complaint.The tweet said: “We are aware of stream issues for Apple TV. Our team is diligently working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.”The account had replied to many customer complaints with a similar line by 7:25 p.m.___7: 15 p.m.The world just met a frightening creature out of a nightmare called the Puppymonkeybaby.PepsiCo introduced the hybrid animal with an ad for its Mountain Dew Kickstart.The ad plays off the idea that Kickstart is “three awesome things combined” — “Dew,” juice and caffeine. Likewise, the ad features a dancing creature that is a mashup of a puppy, a monkey and a baby.Once you remember that Kickstart is marketed toward younger men, the ad might make a little more sense. According to its website, the drinks are 5 per cent juice, with a 12-ounce can containing 60 calories.___7 p.m.Taco Bell has been trying to build buzz for its newest menu item, which it says will be unveiled in a Super Bowl ad. But close watchers of the chain have already guessed it will be a “Quesalupa.”Several websites have noted that the creation — which features a cheese-stuffed shell — was tested in Toledo last year.Maybe stuffing cheese into new places is a corporate directive by parent company Yum Brands. Yum also owns Pizza Hut, which is famous for its “Stuffed Crust” pizza.Without confirming anything, Taco Bell has only said that its new mystery item will be its “biggest launch to date.” But Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski notes it would take “quite a bit” for the Quesalupa to outperform the chain’s Doritos Locos.___6:30 p.m.Does Quicken Loans remember the financial crisis? The game hasn’t started, but its ad has already ruffled feathers on Twitter.The ad touts the simplicity of getting Quicken’s “Rocket Mortgage” on a mobile phone — a jarring reminder to some of the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The ad was released early online, and is set to air during the first quarter.A narrator paints a scenario where a “tidal wave of ownership floods the country with new homeowners, who now must own other things.” Then she asks, “Isn’t that the power of America itself?”It’s one of those ads where convenience blends seamlessly into unabashed consumerism that struck some viewers as tone-deaf after the housing bubble.The spot ends with the words “Push Button Get Mortgage” flashing on the screen.___5:00 p.m.Watch out for celebrities, cute animals and humour. Super Bowl advertisers are turning to a mix of tried-and-true crowd pleasers for the game’s 50th anniversary.With a 30-second spot costing an estimate $5 million, many advertisers are skipping the crass humour to play it relatively safe.Uplifting messages and “cause advertising” also give this year’s ads a more grown-up feel. Budweiser features British actress Helen Mirren telling people why drunken driving is a bad idea. SunTrust urges people to let go of financial stress. Colgate Palmolive tells people to “Save Water.”Many companies also released ads online early in hopes of generating extra buzz. But there are still a few surprises left, with Taco Bell, Chrysler and Coke yet to release their ads.___ by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2016 4:34 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Eli Manning outshone many ads on social media This image provided by Mountain Dew shows a “Puppymonkeybaby,” background, in a scene from the company’s Kickstart spot for Super Bowl 50. (Mountain Dew via AP) read more

Ban to travel to Haiti Dominican Republic with focus on health poverty

In Haiti, he will visit a village in the Central Department to launch, with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, the country’s “Total Sanitation Campaign,” which aims to scale up sanitation and hygiene interventions in rural areas.He will also meet with the local community and with families which were affected by cholera, according to information provided by his spokesperson.Since the beginning of the epidemic in October 2010, the UN has initiated a system-wide effort to support the Haitian Government to fight the disease. In December 2012, Mr. Ban launched an initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic that focuses on prevention, treatment and education, as well as infrastructure planning for the long-term.In the capital, Port-au-Prince, the Secretary-General will meet with President Michel Martelly as well as with parliamentarians, and interact with the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).Also during his visit, Mr. Ban will inaugurate the “Sports for Hope” Centre with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.While in the Dominican Republic, the Secretary-General will meet with President Danilo Medina and other officials, as well as address a joint session of Congress. He will also visit “Quisqueya sin Miseria,” an anti-poverty initiative focusing on the most vulnerable groups. read more

Ohio State cross country teams finish in back of pack at Wisconsin

Heading into the Big Ten Championships, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams might be on opposite paths. Experience could have been a telling factor in Wisconsin Friday as the squads experienced different results in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The two teams traveled to Madison, Wis., to compete against some of the best teams in the country, and while the women’s squad met the majority of their goals, the men’s group fell short of what they wanted to accomplish. While the women’s team finished 33rd overall, coach Khadevis Robinson had set a number of goals going into the competition and the team achieved most of them. He wanted more personal best times and, “almost everyone ran a personal best,” said junior runner Meredith Wagner. Wagner set a new personal record and led the team with a time of 20:35. Robinson also wanted to beat some Big Ten schools, and his squad finished ahead of Iowa, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska. “We set some tough but realistic goals, and I believe I personally accomplished my goal (of a new personal best time) and the team did well as a whole too,” said freshman runner Lexi Aughenbaugh. While the OSU women only finished sixth out of the 10 conference schools at the meet, the outlook for the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 28 is positive. “We should have two more girls run in the 20’s, under 21 minutes, and that should change the landscape a little bit,” Robinson said. If that were to happen, it would give the OSU women’s team four runners under the 21 minute mark. That would bring them very close to the two top-finishing Big Ten teams at the Wisconsin Invitational. Penn State and Michigan State both had team averages of about 20:41 and were the only Big Ten schools to record four or more sub-21 minute times. If Robinson’s prediction is correct, it could potentially put the Buckeyes in excellent position to compete for a top spot come tournament time. The men’s team did not fare as well in Wisconsin, finishing 39th out of 45 teams and falling short of their goal of a top 20 finish. Prior to the event, men’s associate head coach Brice Allen said he knew inexperience could potentially play a role in his team’s performance. “We’ve got a very young squad that we’re taking into this meet,” Allen said. Their inexperience showed in an important statistic, the difference in time between the first runner and the fifth. “You want to be as close together as possible. That’s the key,” Robinson said. The OSU men’s team had the fourth longest time between their scoring runners among the 45 teams in Madison. Two of the three teams with longer spreads finished behind the Buckeyes. The only team that finished ahead of OSU with a worse differential was Arizona. The Wildcats, though, had the two fastest overall runners in the tournament in sophomore Lawi Lalang and senior Stephen Sambu. While the men’s team did not meet their goal of finishing in the top 20, they were the only team in the tournament that had freshmen finish in four of their five scoring positions. read more

Good and bad news on tin projects

first_imgA joint report, New Tin Supply, by ITRI and Greenfields Research analyses 70 tin mine projects, assessing their geological and technical merits and making calculations of potential operating and capital costs, as well as considering the investment suitability of the countries and regions where the projects are based. The report shows that a few projects have progressed quite rapidly to feasibility study stage over recent years. However, for future supply requirements to be met, much more investment will be required as the rest of the project pipeline is still early stage, and faces combinations of technical, financial and political challenges.Potentially more than 5 Mt of tin, mainly in relatively low-risk countries, is available for extraction. JORC or NI-43-101 compliant resources of 1.99 Mt of contained tin are identified, while less reliable historical estimates or exploration targets for projects with no current compliant resource add up to another 3.2 Mt.If all the projects were developed as mines, they would have a combined annual production capacity of some 218,000 t/y of tin. Of this production, 51% could come from countries with a high level of investment suitability (based on rankings by Fraser Institute, Transparency International, World Bank and World Economic Forum), compared to only 6% of actual mine production in 2013.However most of the projects are too low quality to take off in current market conditions and very little effort is being made to find better ones.The estimated capital cost of developing all the projects surveyed is $8.4 billion, or $38,000 for every annual tonne of mine capacity. Although this investment would also generate substantial revenues from co-product production of metals such as zinc, copper, tungsten, tantalum and precious metals – equivalent to another 99,000 t/y of tin – the tin grades are in many cases still too low to generate an adequate return.The median feed grade for all the projects is 0.4% Sn, well below the average for current hard-rock mines, with the result that median cash operating costs (net of byproduct credits) are likely to be more than 50% higher than the median for current mines.Another stark statistic from the survey is that less than 40% of potential production would come from “greenfield” deposits which have not been mined on a significant industrial scale in the past. The rest is accounted for by “brownfields” (re-treatment of tailings from old mines – something which is technically challenging and has not yet been achieved on a significant scale) or “greyfields” (potential re-openings of old mines). Only four of the 70 projects were discovered after 1985, the year of the tin crisis price collapse.A small sub-set of the projects is moving ahead, but the majority will probably remained stalled unless market conditions improve significantly. In all, the tin mine project pipeline is not big enough or sufficiently advanced to meet future supply requirements. In addition, the stressed nature of the tin project pipeline suggests that there is considerable scope for exploration for new high quality tin deposits.last_img read more

The Rugby Show Controversial callups and reaction to Lions victory

first_img https://the42.ie/3449762 20,436 Views JUST HOURS AFTER Warren Gatland’s controversial Lions’ squad call-ups, Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey take a look at his decision, as well as the reaction to the latest Lions’ win over the Maori All-Blacks. Source: The42.ie/YouTube Jun 17th 2017, 1:22 PM The Rugby Show: Controversial call-ups and reaction to Lions’ victory Murray Kinsella joined Ryan Bailey from Rotorua, to discuss all the latest news from the Lions’ camp. By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh 8 Comments Subscribe for more videos Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 1:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Maori misfire and more talking points as the Lions roar before All Black Tests ‘I can only take that as a sign of respect in that Hansen is a little bit worried’ Short URL Share3 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Pornhub Visitors Are Going Nuts Over Fortnite

first_imgStay on target With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img From time to time Pornhub likes to release reports when they notice a weird search trend in their service. It noticed that from September to March that searches for Fortnite have spiked 834 percent, coinciding with the release of the hugely popular Fortnite: Battle Royale.When Fortnite: Save the World first released in July 2017, a lot of players and publications wrote it off as being another also-ran horde shooter. Pornhub’s statistics reflect that, with its blog saying the game was slow to gain steam. However, it’s since risen to become the number one most-searched for video game on Pornhub, with traffic especially surging on March 15 when Drake streamed himself playing the game live on Twitch.As for what people want to see on Pornhub related to Fortnite, it’s pretty obvious. “Hentai,” “strip,” and “porn,” are all popular combinations when users search for Fortnite-related material. Pornhub also says that Fortnite porn lovers are also Overwatch, Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft porn aficionados, and tend to like hentai, anime, and strip games. They also seem not to know how to spell the word “siege.”Between men and women, males are 136% more likely to search for Fortnite porn and most of them are between 18 and 24. Additionally, iOS users are more likely to search for Fortnite porn, which may be due to the fact that Fortnite Mobile recently released on that platform. When it comes to the United States, Kansans, South Dakotans, and Rhode Islanders are at the top of the nation with Fortnite porn searches, but it’s the Finnish that search for it the most with the United States placing 6th worldwide.I suppose when anything is popular, then people want to see more of it. In this case, Pornhub has confirmed that people definitely want to see more naked Fortnite. It’s strange, though. I can understand Overwatch since the characters from that game actually have personalities, but as far as I’ve seen the people you play as in Fortnite: Battle Royale are just generic, randomly generated characters or skins (costumes). Maybe these people know something I don’t.last_img read more

Interviews following Super Show-Down on Saturday, Promo for WWE Evolution on October 28

first_img WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Twitter WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Pinterest Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE has posted a series of interviews following Super Show-Down earlier today.As reported earlier, Daniel Bryan will now challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at the upcoming Crown Jewel event on November 2 from Saudi Arabia. Promo for WWE Evolution on October 28WWE has released the official promo for the upcoming Evolution PPV on October 28. WhatsApplast_img read more

Liver transplant facility at SRM Hospital a boon to local

first_imgChennai: The first deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) has been successfully performed at the state-of-the-art SRM Medical College Hospital, Kattankulathur near Chennai by doctors from Gleneagles Global health city. The patient, a 46-year-old male from Andhra Pradesh was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease and was under medical management initially but later this failed. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Due to the decompensated liver disease status and failure of medical therapy, doctors at SRM medical college hospital advised the patient and family members the urgent need for liver transplantation. As the patient did not have matching liver donor from his family he was listed for deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) and was kept on optimal medical management. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The 6-hour-long procedure was performed as part of the collaboration between SRM medical college hospital, Kattankulathur and Gleneagles Global Health City following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by them. Gleneagles Global Health City, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai has inked the MoU to support the liver transplantation program. Advertise With Us Dr. Vivek Vij, Director – Liver Transplant & HPB surgery, Gleneagles Global Health City and his team performed deceased donor liver transplantation. Post-transplant the patient made remarkable recovery and was discharged from the hospital. Speaking about the partnership with SRM, Dr. Joy Varghese – Director Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology said, “The association will see Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai bring its top-notch emergency services in liver disease and liver transplant expertise to SRM medical college hospital which will benefit the local residents. We are extremely delighted, as we successfully performed first DDLT at SRM hospital post our association.”last_img read more

Nissan to launch its first global digital hub in Thiruvananthapuram Kerala

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Nissan Motor Co’s new Leaf, the latest version of the world’s top-selling electric vehicle (EV)REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonJapanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kerala government to establish a new global centre for digital operations in India.The digital hub proposed in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, will be the first of many such hubs for software and information technology development that Nissan has planned in Asia, Europe and North America.The digital hubs are expected to play a pivotal role in transforming Nissan’s business by placing digital technology as the key theme. The developments at the digital hub are expected aide Nissan to provide best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister for Kerala and Tony Thomas, CIO, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., lighting the ceremony at ThiruvananthapuramThe Thiruvananthapuram digital hub will be initially located in Technopark – a technology park owned by the government of Kerala in Trivandrum – before moving to a permanent location in the city. Once fully operational, it will provide a range of in-house services to strengthen Nissan’s digital capabilities in India and other global markets.”The new digital hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation,” said Tony Thomas, corporate vice president and chief information officer at Nissan. “This hub will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way we serve our customers around the world.” Logo of Nissan digital hubThis will be the third major venture by Nissan in India. The Japanese carmaker in association with alliance partner Renault already has a manufacturing plant outside Chennai with a potential annual capacity of 480,000 vehicles for the domestic market and exports. A Renault Nissan Alliance R&D centre, also in Chennai, employs 7,000 engineers working on projects including vehicle and technology development. Nissan’s sales company for India is based in Gurgaon.”Today, this landmark announcement marks the arrival of the first global brand to Kerala,” said Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, who also holds the information technology portfolio and attended the MoU signing. “The centre brings a great opportunity for both Nissan and the region. It will not only provide Nissan access to a skilled and dedicated workforce but also allow Kerala to showcase its significant potential as a base for global business.” Closecenter_img Nissan GT-R Reviewlast_img read more

Is It Fair To Blame Millennials For Everything Some Houston Gen Yers

first_imgMillennials are getting credited – and blamed – for a lot these days. They’ve come of age amid technological, social, and economic transformations that will have ripple effects for generations to come.The Millennial generation is finally growing up, with many of them now reaching their 20s and early 30s. Generation Y, as they’re also known, is ready to take on the world and obliterate some of your favorite long-standing institutions like antiques, chain restaurants, and movie theaters! Wait, is that true?Well, if you look around the Internet long enough you’re likely to find any number of articles referencing how Millennials are turning away from these traditions and causing their demise. Why is that? Let’s have some Millennials hash it out.Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn brought Houston Millennials Chidi Odu, Nicole Catoire, and Jacob Branum into our studio to talk about their generation. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img 00:00 /16:08 Joshua ZinnHouston Matters producer Joshua Zinn embraces a tradition of the Millennial generation — the selfie — along with fellow Millennials Chidi Odu, Nicole Catoire, and Jacob Branum. last_img read more

45yearold mans head severed accused arrested

first_imgKolkata: A 45-year-old man from Metiabruz was killed after his head was severed from his body when another youth with whom he had engaged in a quarrel attacked the victim with a meat cutting knife.The incident which occurred at Metiabruz in broad daylight on Saturday triggered sudden panic among locals in the area which led to an agitation when they refused to hand over the body to the police. A huge contingent was rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim, identified as Chunnu Mia (45), indulged in a verbal duel with a local resident at around 3 pm over some issue after which a scuffle broke out between the two. The accused youth went straight to a meat shop situated nearby and took out a meat cutting knife and slit the victim’s neck. As a result of this, Chunnu’s head was severed from his body. When police reached the spot, the residents staged demonstration and did not allow the police to take the body. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. It was sent for postmortem. Senior police officers pacified the irate mob and normalcy was restored in the area few hours after the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have arrested the accused in this connection. The Investigating Officer is yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. They are investigating if the accused committed the crime following the altercation or it was a pre-planned murder. The police are also investigating if they had any past rivalry. According to the cops, the accused and the victim were residents of Metiabruz area. The accused is being interrogated in this connection.last_img read more

Spare a thought for our furry friends

first_imgAmidst all the problems people in India are going through because of crackers and increasing pollution in the environment, there is a bigger problem which we often tend to ignore in our happiness and joy. Every year, while we are happy that festivals have arrived and we celebrate it with scant regard for the decibel levels, we tend to forget that others might get disturbed or maybe terrified by that sound. By others, here I mean animals.To know more about how dogs suffer, here are some people who shared their inputs: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the problems faced by dogs during this time, Bhupendra Khanal, Founder and CEO at Dogsee Chew said, “Diwali might be a happy time for us but it is a very difficult time for the animals, especially dogs. Many pet parents have observed that their pet and stray dogs on the streets get scared and tense when they hear loud crackers. Around 90% of dogs are scared of crackers. As you must be aware, dogs are extremely sensitive and because they have a stronger hearing power, they are easily susceptible to high decibel sounds during such festivals.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile being busy in your celebrations, you must have noticed that the sudden changes in the surroundings with such loud noise and fireworks leave dogs in a stressed and confused state. The ones who have a pet or take care of a dog in their surroundings must know the possible signs of stress in dogs include whining, fear, loss of appetite, salivation and defecation inside the house and in case of stray dogs they run away and find solace in a silent space and that is the reason you will notice many dogs go missing during this festival season. Not only this, sometimes just for fun people hurl firecrackers at dogs too, this is extremely dangerous for dogs. We call dogs our best friend and those who have pets, treat them like family – various veterinarians suggest to keep the pet indoors and in a familiar space. If there is a loud thud at least you will be around to comfort them. This way, they will not feel uneasy and flee in search of silent or a safe place. Also, keep your doors, windows shut and draw curtains, this will at least help minimise the noise. If you are a dog lover and you like to take care of your friends outside, maybe there is not much you can do but keep a first aid kit ready to help a maimed animal. Have a bucketful of water filled for emergency and for putting off used crackers and sparklers. Talking about the problems faced by them, some dog lovers revealed that stray dogs also come running into their home to find a safe corner. Amrita Pandey, an Engineering student who lives in a double-storey area in West Delhi feels sad that people are so insensitive to plight of our canine friends. “It is very sad that we put dogs in this state. I have seen incidents of small kids intentionally bursting crackers in front of dogs because they think it is fun.” Kaushal Kohli, a Banker who lives in Mumbai tells that he is unable to sleep these days because of the anguished howling of canines.last_img read more

China ends onechild policy

first_imgRelated posts:5 ways the world will look dramatically different in 2100 China’s Xi in Cuba on last stop of Latin America swing Chinese leader’s visit has big implications for Latin America President Solís calls for more trade, not just handouts from China BEIJING — China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on Thursday after decades of strict, sometimes brutal enforcement left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce that has heightened the challenges of slowing economic growth. Facebook Commentscenter_img All couples will be allowed two children, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party following a four-day meeting in Beijing.The historic change was “intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population,” Xinhua said.Campaigners welcomed the move, but stressed that a “two-child policy” still meant that China would retain population control mechanisms — while demographic changes will take decades to have an effect, and previous loosenings led to fewer extra births than expected.The policy, instituted in the late 1970s, restricted most couples to only a single offspring and for years authorities argued that it was a key contributor to China‘s economic boom and had prevented 400 million births.It was enforced by a dedicated national commission with a system of fines for violators and often forced abortions, leading to heartrending tales of loss for would-be parents.But China‘s population — the world’s largest at 1.37 billion — is now ageing rapidly, gender imbalances are severe, and its workforce is shrinking.The concerns led to limited reforms in 2013, including allowing a second child for some couples in urban areas, but relatively few have taken up the opportunity.Human rights organizations welcomed the change to the deeply unpopular policy, but expressed reservations about remaining controls.It was “good news for the couples who wish to have a second child,” Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch told AFP, but “the restrictions on reproduction rights remain in China.”“As long as the quotas and system of surveillance remains, women still do not enjoy reproductive rights,” she said, adding that change in policy was for “primarily economic reasons.”Amnesty International’s William Nee said on Twitter: “‘Two Child Policy’ won’t end forced sterilisations, forced abortions, gov control over birth permits.”Vested interestsThe Communist leadership met in Beijing to discuss ways to put the country’s stuttering economy back on a smooth growth path as it struggles with structural inefficiencies and outdated social policies.Known as the fifth plenum, the conclave discussed the next Five-Year Plan for China — the 13th since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949.Over four days of meetings the 205 members of the Central Committee, plus around 170 alternates, examined the specifics of the plan, which will be approved by the country’s rubber-stamp legislature next year.China has enjoyed a decades-long boom since the ruling party embraced market economics and opened up to the rest of the world from the late 1970s.The process has transformed the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people and propelled the country to global prominence.The meeting reiterated the Communist Party’s goal to double 2010 GDP by 2020, as part of its aim to achieve a “moderately prosperous society” by the 100th anniversary of its founding.Growth has been slowing for several years, and analysts have long urged Beijing to embrace further liberalisation to avoid falling into the stagnation of the “middle income trap,” when developing countries fail to fulfil their full potential.The conclave said the economy would “maintain medium-high growth,” and that China would reduce controls on “pricing products and services in competitive sectors,” according to Xinhua.“A more exacting environmental protection system,” would tackle the country’s chronic pollution problem, it said, although such promises have been voiced many times before.Bureaucratic resistance and vested interests are strong in China, and the government has found it difficult to change the nation’s course, even on issues where there is general agreement, such as family planning.Yong Cai, a sociology professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and expert on the one-child policy, said the change announced Thursday was “at least 10 years later than it should be.”“But better than never,” he added.Intense pressuresAs the country has grown wealthier, couples have increasingly delayed having even one child as they devote more time to other goals, such as building their careers.“There’s a lot of opportunity cost to having children. The norm has changed to one or none,” said Joan Kaufman, Director of the Columbia Global Centers East Asia and a long-time expert on China‘s population planning.“I don’t think you’re going to see a massive unleashing of this pent-up desire for children.”The Chinese public met the announcement cautiously, with many saying the change would only add to the already intense social and financial pressures attached to reproduction.“I will have four parents to take care of, along with two children,” noted one online commenter. “This is too great a responsibility.”Wu Bohao, a 23-year-old single child, told AFP: “Raising a child is quite expensive. For me, having one kid would be enough.”last_img read more

Virgin Australias profit in freefall

first_imgSource = ETB News: T.N. “We continue to see growth across all key metrics and we are confident of achieving our target of 5 million members by the end of the 2015 financial year,” Virgin Australia chief executive officer, John Borghetti said. Virgin Australia has posted a loss of AUD $83.7 million after tax, just as Virgin is grappling with Qantas for market share. Virgin Group has declined to pay dividends to shareholders. In the six months to December 2013, Virgin Australia has declined 463.9 per cent off the AUD $23 million high it posted in the first six months of 2013, the Australian reported. Virgin is also on track to improving its Frequent Flyer program. Virgin’s total cash position was AUD $896.4 million, while its unrestricted cash position was AUD $665.4 million.last_img read more