Want to climb the pop music charts? Don’t put science in your lyrics

first_imgIn the hands of a skilled lyricist, science can be the heart and soul of a catchy tune. “Balloons are full of helium, and so is every star/Stars are mostly hydrogen, which may someday fill your car,” the rock band They Might Be Giants croons in their modest hit “Meet the Elements.” Now, a team in Taiwan has put pop songs and lyricists under the lens. They culled 858 science-related phrases from 377 songs sung in Mandarin and three other Asian languages that were nominated for Golden Melody Awards (pictured)—Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys—between 1990 and 2012. Astronomy and biology reigned supreme in the lyrics, the researchers report in an upcoming issue of Public Understanding of Science, though in most instances the use of scientific terms was intended not to edify listeners but rather to serve as a metaphor or convey emotion. (“Chemical action is so hard to understand that I cannot guess your formula,” sings Feng-chi Chang in the 2004 song “Chemical Formula.”) The team points out that many songs with meatier science may never have been chartbusters, but they have nonetheless found a home for dedicated listeners in cyberspace.last_img read more

Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-League

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Serving as a consultant for CEU and concurrently the head coach for San Sebastian, Macaraya knows that this stint in the developmental league could only bring positives for the two teams’ respective campaigns in their collegiate mother leagues.“Yes, it’s a win-win situation for both teams,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For CEU, it’s a good learning experience for them. For San Sebastian, they learned that it’s all about teamwork. Even if (Rod) Ebondo is dominating every aspect of the game, all the CEU players were still working hard to defend them. Bottomline is the team that plays defense wins the game.”Building a dynasty with the Scorpions, Macaraya has been vocal in his desire to replicate that success with the Golden Stags. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEgay Macaraya wore a pink polo shirt on Tuesday, but the veteran mentor clarified that he was rooting for both teams when Centro Escolar faced Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“I’m rooting for no one,” he said with a grin after the Scorpions’ 105-88 rout of the Revellers.ADVERTISEMENT And little-by-little, through exposures in tournaments like the PBA D-League, he believes that his players are being subjected to high-level competition which could only be beneficial for all the players and the team moving forward.“I’ve already brought that in my second year in San Sebastian. But of course, coach Steve (Tiu) has his own system with Che’Lu,” he said. “Again, playing in the D-League is a different competition because this is the next level before you get to the PBA. I guess it will help the players with their confidence.” LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 1 MOST READ Read Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: Netherlands face Mexico in 2nd round

first_imgCoach Louis van Gaal shares a light moment with Robin van Persie during their official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 28 ahead of Netherlands’ match against Mexico in the second round. (AP Photo)The Netherlands will put its perfect record on the line in today’s second round match of the World Cup, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more than any other team at the tournament. But Mexico has conceded only one, and that was a late consolation goal in the 3-1 win over Croatia. In the other game, surprising Costa Rica will face Greece in a match between two teams that have never before advanced out of the group stage at a World Cup. NETHERLANDS vs MEXICO The Netherlands has plenty of star power on its team, and several of those stars have plenty of World Cup experience after reaching the final in South Africa four years ago. With Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben leading the Dutch attack, goals can come quick and easy. But Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has a new worry in Brazil as the team heads north to face the Mexicans in Fortaleza, a coastal city with a tropical climate. FIFA can call for official cooling breaks to be implemented if the temperature is excessive, but they were only used twice in four matches in the hot and humid Amazonian city of Manaus in the group stage.advertisement Van Gaal is hoping there will be more cooling breaks on Sunday to help his team against a Mexican squad that has been impressive so far, winning two games and holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw. “Drinks will be along the sidelines if FIFA doesn’t take care of it,” Van Gaal said. Mexico is led by coach Miguel Herrera, one of the most entertaining figures of the World Cup. The emotive Herrera wears a suit and a tie on the bench, but he rumbles up and down the sidelines and shakes his arms in the air when his players score. And score Mexico did against Croatia, with three goals in a 10-minute span from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. COSTA RICA vs GREECE Costa Rica has been one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup, getting through a group that included four-time champion Italy and always hopeful England to reach the knockout stages for the first time. The Central Americans will face another team which has never been this far at the World Cup, but Greece does have some experience being an underdog at a major tournament, winning the 2004 European Championship as rank outsiders. Greece advanced from Group C with a late penalty winner against Ivory Coast. But Costa Rica made its way through Group D as the best among a group of teams loaded with world-class quality, including Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli and England captain Steven Gerrard. The Costa Ricans opened with a 3-1 win over Uruguay, then beat Italy 1-0 and drew 0-0 with England. Another win on Sunday will see another European team eliminated at the hands of the Central Americans.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi slammed for not attending FIFA awards ceremony

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were far from the auditorium by the River Thames when Luka Modric broke their decade-long grip on FIFA’s award for the world’s best player.Football’s biggest individual accolade was handed to the 33-year-old playmaker on Monday night in recognition of a year when he led Croatia to its first World Cup final and won a fourth Champions League title in five seasons with Real Madrid.”It is very important, because for such a small country to win the best player award, it’s something amazing and that shows other small countries that everything is possible,” Modric said. “You just need to believe and to work for it. And that all dreams could come true.”It required voters to be more imaginative and not just make the predictable picks of Ronaldo and Messi, who split the previous 10 awards. Messi voted for Modric, while Ronaldo and Modric each voted for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.READ – Luka Modric wins FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year awardMessi and Ronaldo skipped the ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall and sent no messages of congratulations to Modric on their social media accounts, which have hundreds of millions of followers.”Two guys we don’t know,” actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo.#Modric, #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player, standing on top of the world #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/vNWZZegcps#TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018The duo’s absence from the glittering award show drew criticism, with many calling it ‘unsportsmanlike’.advertisement”It is a lack of respect, for the players, for FIFA and for the world of football,” Fabio Capello told TVE.”It is possible that they won too much and do not like to lose. In life you have to be good when you win and when you lose.”Diego Forlan too echoed Capello’s thoughts, saying that Ronaldo and Messi should set a better example.”It’s a pity. Messi attended the gala last year and he didn’t win,” Forlan said.”It’s an event of every player and it’s important to be here. No matter who wins. A player has to show with his attitude and actions, because they are a model for the world.”Dedicated to everyone who loves football pic.twitter.com/pCAs2Llc7iLuka Modri (@lukamodric10) September 24, 2018READ – Modric dedicates FIFA Best Player Award to ‘everyone who loves football’The real question is: Where were Ronaldo and Messi?According to reports, Messi orginally planned to attend the ceremony, but did not travel to London citing “personal reasons”.According to AS, Messi informed his club Barcelona of his unavailability on Monday morning, and the club then informed FIFA.And, as reported by Marca, Ronaldo did not travel to London due to Juventus’s hectic schedule.Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the offseason to join Italian champion Juventus, was second with 19 percent. He captained European Portugal to a round-of-16 exit at the World Cup.Mohamed Salah was third with 11 percent after scoring a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League season for Liverpool, which reached its first Champions League final in 11 years.France forward Kylian Mbappe was fourth and Messi fifth with just under 10 percent of the vote. Messi scored 45 goals for Barcelona, which won the Spanish title, but only netted once at the World Cup as Argentina was eliminated in the round of 16.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Find Z is next Oppo flagship smartphone, likely to come with Snapdragon 855

first_imgLast year, Oppo stunned the world with its flagship Find X smartphone – Oppo’s first smartphone with the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio. The Find X featured a motorised slider that housed both the front and rear cameras. The Find X was at the forefront of the completely fullscreen display revolution in 2018. For 2019 though, Oppo will be offering a successor to the Find X and the first details of the flagship Oppo smartphone has surfaced online.Leaked documents reveal that Oppo has filed for certification to the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The certification reveals that Oppo will call its next flagship smartphone Find Z. The certification reveals no other details so far, apart from the name. The Find Z moniker hints that Oppo will be packing another set of exclusive features that will differentiate it heavily from the Find X. The device isn’t expected to be unveiled at the MWC 2019 though, but Oppo could unveil it in the coming months.Previously, the Oppo Find Z appeared on Geekbench where some vital information regarding the key specifications were uncovered. The Find Z, as expected, will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which will be a staple for all flagship smartphones in 2019. Rumours also suggest the Oppo Find Z could end up debuting Oppo’s 10X hybrid optical zoom technology. The 10x hybrid optical zoom technology is expected to enhance photography performance by bringing in better zooming capabilities than the existing optical zoom in present-day smartphones.The Find Z is also expected to feature Oppo’s new on-screen fingerprint sensor. The new system is expected to bring two-finger authentication. Additionally, rumours also suggest that display will feature a bigger fingerprint sensor compared to the previous version. It is also expected that the find Z will come with Android 9 Pie underneath Oppo’s ColorOS 6.advertisementSimilar to the previous model, the Find Z could also end up featuring Oppo’s SuperVOOC charging technology. It will also be interesting to see whether Oppo retains the motorised slider for housing the cameras or opts for the more popular manual slider option seen on other fullscreen smartphones.While it’s least expected that Oppo could unveil the Find Z at the MWC 2019, it is expected that they would launch it later in the year after all the flagship models from various manufacturers are available in the market.ALSO READ | Oppo Find X quick review: Truly bezel-less display with popping camerasALSO READ | Oppo K1 India launch on February 6, expected to be cheapest phone with in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Oppo F9 Pro review: Waterdrop notch, superfast charging makes it worth buyinglast_img read more

PUBG LITE Beta registration begins in India: Early access, exclusive weapons, parachutes and more on offer

first_imgPUBG LITE is a lighter version of PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) that doesn’t demand high-end computing resources and makes the battle royale genre more accessible to the world. The game was introduced last year under the beta form to a few Southeast Asian countries where selected players were given access to the game. For a long time, PUBG lovers in India were demanding this lighter version of the game and the PUBG LITE team has finally listened.Starting today, PUBG LITE has opened up its registration in all SAARC countries, which also includes India. Yes, if you were eagerly waiting to try out the game in India, you can now do so. Registration for PUBG LITE beta has been opened up for all the SAARC countries, which include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.The PUBG LITE registration event will last for 13 days starting from today. During this period, interested players can log into PUBG LITE’s website (https://lite.pubg.com/) and create an account for free. If you already have an account registered with PUBG, all you need to do is log in. Once logged in, users will need to click on the Participate in Event’button, following which the website asks the players to link the account with existing accounts on Steam, Xbox and PS4. The last date for registering for the beta is July 3.Those who register during this event will get several in-game prizes. All players will get as standard the Tiger M46 and the Çheetah parachute. If the registration cross 100k, PUBG will award Black Scarf, Punk Glasses and Bloody Combat Pants. Upon crossing the 200k registration mark, players will be given Gold PUBG scarf, Striped Long-Sleeved Shirt and Red Sports Top. All these rewards will be given in-game via codes that will be mailed to the players.advertisementDo note that the game is not yet available to download and play. The PUBG team has only begun registrations for the beta version of the game and it will be only made available to those who register now. The PUBG team will notify selected players through email and offer the download link.To recap, PUBG LITE is a watered-down version of PUBG on PC. The game is meant to run on computers with low-end specifications and players won’t need a dedicated graphics card to play the game. Unlike PUBG, PUBG LITE will be available for free to download and play similar to PUBG MOBILE. The game will most probably be available via a separate launcher on Windows. However, there are chances that PUBG LITE could be distributed via Steam.ALSO READ | PUBG LITE is coming soon and you can play it on your old laptop for free: Here’s what you need to know about itALSO READ | PUBG LITE is coming to India soon: Full PUBG experience for low-end PC with all weapons, vehicles and moreALSO READ | PUBG on low-end PCs for free: PUBG LITE goes into beta test, check minimum system requirementslast_img read more

Dating in Los Angeles: The First Date

first_imgSo, you’ve got a first date! Well done! Now for the hard part: planning said date. We’ve got an embarrassment of riches in terms of activities in LA so it can be tough picking the right thing to fit the vibe. Maybe you want something casual to feel the situation out, or perhaps it’s time to pull out all the stops, but you lent your private jet to your friend Steve. You’re covered. Below are four ideas, in ascending price and effort, of things to do while figuring out if this is, in fact, love.The Broad – Free221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012This impressive, almost alien-like honeycombed building was just completed and houses the personal collection of Eli and Edythe Broad’s extensive post-war and contemporary art. The building is 120,000 square feet of work from luminaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons, which means lots of time for you two to wander around and get to know one another. Plus, the futuristic building itself is bound to spark conversation: uniquely, the vault holding currently-undisplayed pieces forms the lobby and the floor of the exhibition space above. It contains windows to peer in so you can get the sense of just how vast the collection is. Outside is a green space with centuries-old olive trees, providing a perfect spot for some post-museum food– maybe even from Grand Central Market.Echo Park Reservoir + Downtown Tours – $751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026Angelenos have been cooling their heels by this lake for over 100 years now, and thanks to a recent renovation, it’s never been better. Wildlife abounds, a cafe offers food and coffee, and you can even fish in the lake! This park is the perfect place for casual, romantic strolls, city views, and pedal boating! For a mere $10 per person you and your main squeeze can paddle around the lake, admiring LA’s skyline at one end and a tranquil lotus garden at the other. Plus, you can’t beat the people watching. If things are going well after showing off your killer calf muscles in the pedal boat, head into nearby downtown for some fantastic walking tours offered by the LA Conservancy. There are a variety of tours that showcase the area’s history, architectural landmarks, and even movie locations depending on which option you choose. You can go the free, self-guided route or opt into a guided tour for $10 per person.Cinespia – Movies Screened in Hollywood Forever Cemetery – $$6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038Watching movies outside is great, but watching movies in a cemetery where the film’s very actor may be buried beneath you? Even better. Cinespia screens movies in historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, offering cinematic treasures anywhere from the 1930s up through the ‘90s. While it’s definitely pricier than your average movie ticket ($20 per person for general, $45 for premium with some worthy perks) it comes with incredible atmosphere, a DJ plays music until sundown when the movie begins, a store sells nifty gifties, and sometimes the movie is introduced by its actors and/or director. Parking can be a bit of a pain, but it’s easy to Uber there and skip the hassle completely. Pack a picnic (wine and beer allowed), and enjoy a movie beneath the stars and headstones.Two small caveats with this one: it’s 21 and up and the cemetery screenings are seasonal. Movies screen in the glorious and equally awesome Palace Theatre when not in the cemetery.The Cicada Club – $$$617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014Maybe you’re looking for a bit more adventure on your date– time travel, perhaps? Easy: go to The Cicada Club, a Roaring ‘20s dinner-dancing club. The second you walk through the golden doors of this 1928 building on the National Register of Historic Places (that also may be haunted), it’s impossible to remember you’re living in the age of Taylor Swift instead of Duke Ellington. Every Deco detail of the two-story club is picture perfect, sumptuous and glittering; a large dance floor on the lower level is surrounded by tables draped in white table cloths and fronted by a stage that hosts big bands and sultry singers. Upstairs offers a bar and lounge for those who want to skip the prix-fixe dinner for drinking and dancing the night away. There is a dress code (evening or business attire), but almost everyone dresses in period clothes, anywhere from Victorian to the 1950s. They offer a coupon for a costume shop that will rent you fantastic beaded flapper gowns or tux complete with top hat and cane if you really want to jazz it up. Depending upon whether or not you get dinner, you’ll need to get admission tickets, which are recommended you buy beforehand. This spot ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable night that oozes vintage charm and romance. No private jet required. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations 7 Summer Date Ideas that Are More Creative than Just Grabbing Drinks Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

Government Surplus Auction Saturday

first_imgKeen shoppers can seek bargains at the government of Nova Scotia surplus auction Saturday, Jan. 27. There will be a selection of automotive testing equipment such as an engine analyzer, a wheel balancer and wheel alignment equipment. The less automotively inclined can bid on an air-hockey table, seven electric pallet movers, a 10-horsepower outboard motor and two single-axle utility trailers among the items which will also include a number of auctioneer-owned household lots. A link to a partial list, with photos, is posted on the front page of the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/ . The auction will be held at the Transportation and Public Works’ warehouse at 10 Acadia St., Dartmouth at 10 a.m. Items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by A&A Auctioneering. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards or debit cards will not be accepted. Money earned in the auction is used to pay down the provincial debt.last_img read more

Bill mandating death penalty for honour killing passed in Rajasthan Assembly

first_imgJaipur: A bill was passed in the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday to curb incidents of ‘honour killing’ in the state with the provision of punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment for murdering couples in the name of family honour. The Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019 was passed by a voice vote. The bill was introduced in the House last week by parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Replying to the debate on the bill, Dhariwal said that sections of IPC and CrPc were not adequate in dealing with such cases so the bill was moved. “It has been introduced so that people overcome the narrow mindset.” He said that in the last five years in the state, 71 cases of illegal diktat given by ‘Khap Panchayats’ (caste councils which function like kangaroo courts) were registered and 10 cases of honour killing occurred in which four men and eight women were killed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Such cases have increased in the past few years and have become hurdle in societal development,” Dhariwal said. Opposition members termed the bill a blow to the culture and societal norms and demanded it be sent to select committee and for public opinion, which was rejected by the speaker. “The bill is directionless,” said deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore. Rathore and BJP legislator Madan Dilawar raised objection to the term ‘sangotra’ (same blood) used in the Bill and said that the government was pushing the society into darkness.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (up 39.59 points to 16,131.79, a record high)AuRico Metals Inc. (TSX:AMI). Miner. Up 47 cents, or 36.15 per cent, to $1.77 on 28.9 million shares. Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) (down 28 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $7.77 on 1.1 million shares) has signed a $310-million all-cash friendly deal to buy AuRico Metals, which is developing the Kemess property in B.C. The deal requires approval by two-thirds of the votes cast at a special meeting of AuRico Metals shareholders as well as court and regulatory approvals.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 28 cents, or 8.07 per cent, to $3.75 on 27.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 39 cents, or 2.01 per cent, to $19.76 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $3.10 on 8.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up three cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $8.47 on 7.7 million shares.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up $2.66, or 17.24 per cent, to $18.09 on 7.3 million shares. The drug company reported a third-quarter profit of $1.3 billion ($3.69 per diluted share), boosted by a one-time gain related to an internal tax reorganization. That compared with a loss of $1.22 billion ($3.49 per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $2.22 billion, down from $2.48 billion. Valeant says that it has reduced its total debt by $6 billion since the end of the first quarter of 2016, topping its commitment to pay down $5 billion.Companies reporting major news:Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU). Agriculture. Up $1.47, or 1.07 per cent, to $138.63 on 209,192 shares. The Calgary-based fertilizer and farm services company says it has sold two American assets to help win U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval of its merger with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) (down one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $24.49 on 911,794 shares). Agrium says it has agreed to sell its Conda, Idaho, phosphate production facility and nearby mineral rights for $100 million, including working capital, to Toronto-based Itafos (TSXV:IFOS).BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media. Up 31 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $60.99 on 828,311 shares. The telecom and media giant says it will buy Canadian home security service AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF) (up $6.68, or 71.52 per cent, to $16.02 on 432,054 shares) in a deal worth about $166 million.Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Entertainment. Down $1.46, or 3.80 per cent, to $37.00 on 906,994 shares. The movie theatre company says it earned $17.2 million (27 cents per diluted share) in the third quarter compared with a profit of $26.0 million (41 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $370.4 million, down from $376.0 million. Attendance fell to 16.8 million compared with 19.2 million in the same quarter last year.last_img read more

Auto sales dip 19 per cent in October as passenger car sales

first_imgTORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales were down by 1.9 per cent in October compared with the same month last year.Sales were down by about 3,000 units to 161,125 as a 0.2 per cent climb in light truck sales was offset by a 6.9 per cent decline in passenger cars.Year-to-date sales are down 1.6 per cent compared with last year’s record high, but still up 3.9 per cent from the 2016 figures.Several major auto companies saw pronounced dips in October, including a 14.8 per cent decline from last year for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an 8.7 per cent drop for Honda, and a 12.9 per cent drop for General Motors, though GM kept its top spot despite the drop.Ford Motor Co. recorded a 1.6 per cent gain, while a combined 10.2 per cent increase from Toyota and its Lexus brand pushed it into the second-place slot behind GM.Land Rover and Porsche both boosted sales by about 20 per cent, while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, recorded a 175 per cent gain from last year to 132 vehicles sold.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously reported the number of cars sold, month of sales and percentage increase from 2016.last_img read more

Jamal Khashoggis Family Holds Funeral for Slain Journalist

By Josh BabbRabat – Salah Khashoggi, the son of Jamal, said the prayer would be held in Medina following the morning prayer, and a second will be held in Mecca following the conclusion of Friday’s prayer. The ceremony will be held without the remains of Khashoggi who was killed October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.   Last Sunday, Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, called for worldwide funeral prayers for Khashoggi on Friday. She specifically requested the “janazah” prayer to be performed in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Khashoggi’s home city. Jamal Khashoggi was a contributor to the Washington Post at the time of his death and a permanent resident of the US. Turkish investigators have put forward the theory that Khashoggi’s remains were dissolved in acid and poured down the drain of the Saudi consulate shortly after he was killed by a 15 man hit-squad flown in from Riyadh. Cengiz had a visceral reaction to the Turkish theory. Taking to Twitter she wrote, “I’m unable to express my sorrow to learn about dissolving your body Jamal!” She added, “They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished.”According to Islamic law, burying the dead is a collective obligation. If the community of Muslims does not carry out this duty, they are burdened with collective sin.In practical terms, funeral rites for the deceased usually fall to their next of kin. The rites consist of three main acts: Washing the body, holding a prayer for their loved one, and finally internment in the earth.By denying Jamal Khashoggi’s next of kin the rite to his remains, those responsible have added to their crimes by not allowing a proper Muslim burial. On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors announced the findings of their internal investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, handing down 11 indictments and seeking the death penalty for five suspects. Officials had originally arrested 18 suspects in connection with Khashoggi’s murder. read more

Top UN human rights official arrives in Kazakhstan for talks with officials

On her three-day visit to the country, she will meet with Prime Minister Karim Massimov and other high-level Government officials, as well as with representatives of regional and international organizations, civil society groups and diplomats.“The visit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on human rights related issues with the Government of Kazakhstan and to engage in discussions about future cooperation and continued dialogue on issues of mutual concern in the region and the country in the area of human rights,” according to a press release by her Office.The High Commissioner kicked off her trip – her first to the region – in Kyrgyzstan and then traveled to Tajikistan. She will conclude her tour in Turkmenistan.On her first stop in Kyrgyzstan, she observed the positive direction in which civil society in the country is developing, but voiced concern over issues pertaining to women and reports of ill-treatment of detainees and torture.At the end of her visit in Tajikistan, she noted that while reforms of the justice system – in particular, the areas of law enforcement, criminal procedures and the independence of the judiciary – are ongoing, access to justice remains a major challenge. 30 April 2007Continuing an official tour of Central Asia, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour arrived today in Kazakhstan for talks with top officials. read more

Tackling heightened risk of forest fires examined in UNbacked meeting

14 July 2008Dozens of meteorologists, fire scientists and others from 25 countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed meeting in Canada to examine how to address the intensified threat of forest fires posed by climate change. Participants at the three-day meeting, which began today in Edmonton, will focus on boosting current weather systems, including indices of fire danger and smoke forecasting and monitoring.“Our target is to produce operational guidelines for fire weather agrometeorolgy by 2009,” said Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which helped to organize the event.The development of forest fires depends largely on meteorological and climate factors. Lengthy periods of little rainfall, low humidity and high temperatures can lead to increased flammability of plants.In the first seven months of 2008 alone, 118 per cent of the 10-year average area has been burned in the United States, while 83 per cent of the 10-year average has been burned in neighbouring Canada. read more

Cabinet approval granted to compensate Kilinochchi traders

Cabinet approval has been granted to provide compensation for the business owners affected by the recent Kilinochchi fire as per a Cabinet Memorandum submitted by Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan.The Cabinet paper was submitted on 21st October 2016, by Minister Swaminathan, in concurrence with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. As per the recommendations of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe it has been approved to pay 74 million rupees for the 122 affected owners of the business establishments. In addition, approval has been granted to establish a sophisticated fire brigade system in Kilinochchi with fire fighting bowsers, rescue vehicles etc at a cost of 97 million rupees. It has also been approved to construct a market complex in Kilinochchi to support the business established destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of 150 million rupees.The fire broke out in Kilinochchi destroying nearly 122 shops on 16th September 2016. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Violence increasing in TimorLeste UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is voicing alarm about rising violence in Timor-Leste, where the agency today gave the Government 1,500 family-size tents, plastic sheeting and other relief items to help people affected by unrest earlier this year.“UNHCR is very concerned at the recent escalation of violence in Dili – in and around some displacement sites themselves – as well as within communities,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “Burning and stoning of houses in the capital has increased in recent days, as the city has returned to a higher level of violence,” he said. “There appear to be attempts by some elements to polarize communities according to their place of origin.”An estimated 1,500 homes in Dili were destroyed or significantly damaged by arson during the unrest that began in April, according to UNHCR. Dozens were killed and some 155,000 forced to flee their homes after clashes broke out following the Government’s dismissal of about 600 soldiers who had gone on strike.While many people have returned to their homes in recent weeks, the displaced population remains large. According to current official estimates, there are 67,900 internally displaced persons in Dili while 78,000 people are staying primarily with host families outside the capital.According to UNHCR protection staff, in some camps, internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in fear of attacks and intimidation, and some of those who have returned to their homes are also fearful of night-time attacks. Mr. Redmond pointed to a “clear need for an ongoing strong and robust international security presence until national institutions can be rebuilt” in Timor-Leste, which the UN helped guide to independence from Indonesia in 2002.Last week the Security Council approved a resolution creating a new and expanded UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Its mandate includes improving security, providing economic assistance, and supporting next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The mission’s civilian component will include more than 1,600 police personnel and up to 34 military liaison and staff officers initially. read more

Central African Republic Amid fresh violence UN rallies support for displaced

Since fighting flared in May between rebels, more than 68,000 people have fled their homes within CAR, while more than 20,000 have sought refuge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), or the UN refugee agency.“More funds are urgently needed to aid more than 88,000 people who have been forced to flee an upsurge in violence,” said UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch at today’s press briefing in Geneva.Significant rebel activity on towns along the DRC border as well as rumours of possible attacks are pushing people to flee in the Haute Kotto and Mbomou prefectures inside CAR, he noted.UNHCR is calling for urgent support to its funding appeal of $209.2 million for the CAR situation, which is only 6 per cent funded.For its part, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), or the UN migration agency, has tracked more than 19,000 displaced people in the nation’s sub-prefecture of Bangassou in Mbomou Prefecture, which is situated at the border with the DRC. More than 13,000 of those displaced are children. “More than 80 per cent of the displaced persons are living with host communities and not in camps,” said Yoko Fujimura, IOM’s expert on displacement tracking. “Host families are sharing the little that they have with displaced people and therefore should also be supported to avoid tensions over limited resources,” she added.As of May 2017, there were more than 500,000 internally displaced persons nationwide, a figure that had not been reached since August 2014.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released a report that maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the CAR.Mass killings and other serious human rights violations have been documented in the report covering the multiple conflicts in the Central African Republic between 2003 and 2015.Many of the violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the mapping report states, as it sets out a strategy to fight pervasive impunity in the country. “The history of the country has been marked by deep-rooted poverty, ethnic tensions, pervasive political instability, corruption and nepotism that led to a succession of armed conflicts,” the mapping report states. “After gaining independence, the Central African Republic was subjected to a succession of authoritarian regimes that committed, condoned and were unable to prevent serious violations and abuses.” Regional instability and internal conflicts in neighbouring countries have fuelled the volatile conditions in the country, particularly through the flow of arms and rebel groups across its porous borders, the report adds.“The mapping report on the Central African Republic lays bare the staggering suffering of the people of this mineral-rich country which is among the poorest in the world,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. “In documenting the violations and abuses of the past, we hope to galvanize national and international efforts to protect and bring justice to the victims of these crimes,” said Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the UN Special Representative for the CAR and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).The report sets out recommendations, such as having a sequenced and comprehensive approach to transitional justice, creating a prosecution strategy for the Special Criminal Court, and establishing a truth and reconciliation commission. read more

Brock students brave cold nights for homelessness awareness campaign

Heather Bernie has never been homeless, but she knows how tough it is to sleep outside in the cold.For five days last year, the business student slept outside Taro Hall to help raise awareness about youth homelessness in Niagara.She’s doing it again March 7-11 along with a group of other Brock University students participating in the national 5 Days for the Homeless campaign.Giving up these daily conveniences is just the tip of the iceberg that is homelessness.“5 Days has shown me how we take our lifestyle for granted and that there are people in our local community who need our help,” Bernie says. “Giving up these daily conveniences is just the tip of the iceberg that is homelessness. There are many other struggles that the homeless may have to deal with on a daily basis, including abuse and negative perceptions from the public.”Students participating in the campaign give up necessities and comforts such as shelter, proper sleeping arrangements, access to food (except what is donated to them), heat, lighting and showers. With the exception of using technology for homework and sharing their experience on social media to promote the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, students will give up their smartphones and laptops while continuing to attend class throughout the week.Organized by the Goodman Business Students’ Association (BSA), the campaign supports Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.BSA President Rudy Ambrosio says the purpose of the campaign is about starting the conversation about youth homelessness on campus.“Students are not necessarily trying to replicate homelessness, but are trying to connect with their peers on a more personal level about the hardships and issues that homeless people face every day,” he says. “Every dollar raised can have a huge impact on homelessness in our local community. By working together, homelessness can be better understood.”Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, says this event has a lot of impact in Niagara.“This campaign tells the story of homelessness through the eyes of university students to a completely different audience that we do not normally reach,” she says.“It’s more impactful to hear the messaging from young people than from those of us who deliver the services.”Students will be set up in front of Taro Hall and will be accepting non-perishable food and cash donations for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold from March 7-11. Online donations are also being accepted at 5days.ca/brock throughout the month of March. read more

Home Secretary wants to redeploy Mediterranean Border Force boat to rescue Channel

He disclosed he had called a cross-government meeting to see if there was more other departments could do, dispatched Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, for talks with her French counterpart and was working closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA).“There’s a particular concern about why we are seeing a number of Iranians on those boats. Our evidence from the NCA is that there’s organised gang criminal activity going on there,” said Mr Javid.On Tuesday night it emerged people smugglers are telling migrants that they must reach Britain before “the borders shut properly” after Brexit. Mr Javid, the Home Secretary, said co-operation with France was critical to solving the crisisCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Mr Javid said co-operation with France was critical to solving the crisis, noting they did not always accept the migrants had come from them and asked for proof. “Those boats are without a doubt coming from France so they have a very important role to play in this,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Border Force cutter could be pulled back from the Mediterranean to rescue increasing numbers of migrants trying to cross the Channel in tiny boats, Sajid Javid revealed on Tuesday.The Home Secretary told MPs he was considering deploying the cutter from its humanitarian mission helping with the wider migrant crisis in the Mediterranean to cope with the surge in migrants, often with children, now crossing the Channel.He disclosed some 100 migrants had risked their lives attempting to reach the UK in 10 boats in the past three months. There are fears people could die in the Channel as the weather gets worse.Mr Javid warned the deployment would “become a humanitarian and rescue mission and there’s a risk that kind of activity can encourage more people to cross the Channel.”Only two of Britain’s five high-speed cutters are currently patrolling the Channel to stop and rescue migrants  trying to reach the UK from mainland Europe. A third is on standby and two are in the Mediterranean and Aegean. A smuggler, secretly filmed by an undercover BBC reporter, told migrants at a makeshift camp in France: “When [the] UK is out of Europe, the borders will be shut properly. This jungle will be cleared. They will put everyone in jail.”The migrants, who are being charged up to £4,000 by illegal smugglers to make the dangerous journey to the UK, are understood to be using their mobile phones to navigate their way to the Kent coast.On Tuesday nine were spotted in a 3m long vessel by a fishing crew off Dover. However, not all boats that depart succeed in reaching the UK, and at least 30 migrants have been intercepted in French waters since November 23. sajid javid A Home Office spokesman said: “Nobody should put their life at risk attempting to smuggle themselves into the UK across the Channel.“We take these crossings very seriously and this week two men were jailed for eight years each for smuggling people into the UK in small boats.“We have stepped up deployments of our coastal patrol vessels along the South East coast in light of recent events and are continuing to monitor the situation closely.”MPs have urged the government to borrow vessels from the Navy, saying Britain has two cutters patrolling 7,723 miles of coastline to Italy’s 600 responsible for its 4,722 miles. read more