There is a difference between wanting things and having goals that you are pursuing. For example, everyone wants more money. A small percentage are motivated enough by the idea to take action to produce more income. Everyone wants to be in excellent physical condition, but few are willing to invest their time and energy to do the work that produces that outcome.When you look at the results that you are producing right now, your current level of effort is what is producing those results. If you put even less effort into the results you want, you will produce even less of them, true? And, naturally, if you put more effort into what you want, you will progress towards those things.Your effort matches up precisely to your real goals.The effort you put forth to have something is indication as to how badly you want it. Even if you say that you really, really, really want something, your effort exposes the truth. You are motivated enough to have exactly the result you have now, and you are comfortable.More effort might make you uncomfortable, and you may have to give up what you know and believe to gain something different. You might have to double the time and energy, something that might also make you uncomfortable. Becoming the person that comes after the person you are not might be a scary thought, making you wonder if you will lose membership in your tribe.When you want your goal badly enough to put forth the effort to achieve it, you will almost certainly attain that goal. Given enough time and a consistent application of effort, obstacles eventually give way. Those obstacles are what prevent all who merely “want” things from having them, and they are the proving grounds for those who achieve their goals.Your effort tells the truth about your real goals. It’s okay if comfort is one of them, but where is the fun in that? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Unidentified armed assailants opened fire and lobbed a hand grenade at the home of BJP lawmaker and Muzaffarnagar riots accused Sangeet Som in Meerut early on Thursday morning. The grenade did not explode and is in the possession of security agencies, said police. Nobody was injured in the attack. “We have recovered empty cartridges and an unpinned hand grenade from the spot. Investigation is underway to identify the assailants,” said Meerut senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar.Police said the assailants had allegedly followed Mr. Som home around 1 AM and opened fire a few minutes after the MLA entered the house. The driver of the attacker’s vehicle tried to barge in but was foiled by the guard at the gate. One of the attackers then hurled a grenade inside the house and fled the scene.“The grenade did not explode. We have it in our possession for examination. A dog squad and forensic teams is gathering more evidence from the spot,” the official added. A senior police officer said that matter was being investigated from all angles.Mr. Som had received similar threats two years ago, while unidentified assailants fired at Mr. Som’s house residence a several years ago. Police sources said Mr. Som had allegedly received a threatening telephone call from the Islamic State in December 2015 and 2017. The Centre had earlier provided Mr. Som with ‘Z’ category security.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against two of its officials for allegedly helping a Mumbai-based businessman get relief in a corruption case. One of the accused was the investigating officer.The two have been identified as CBI Additional Superintendent of Police Rohit Srivastava and the then inspector Rabindra Pradhan, who has been repatriated to his parent cadre Border Security Force. The agency has invoked various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.The private persons named in the charge sheet are Neeraj Raja Kochar, owner of Mumbai-based Viraj Profiles, and Rakesh Tiwari, a caterer at the Palika Service Officers’ Institute (PSOI) in Chanakyapuri, who earlier ran the CBI headquarters’ canteen.Criminal conspiracy“Investigation has established that Mr. Tiwari, Mr. Kochar and the two officials were allegedly part of a criminal conspiracy. The two CBI officials allegedly provided case-related information and relief to the accused person in the case,” said an agency spokesperson.It is alleged that Mr. Kochar had paid ₹85 lakh in three instalments to the caterer to get the job done. “The accused CBI officials received illegal gratification in return,” said the official.Mr. Kochar is a co-accused in a disproportionate assets case registered in July last year against Indian Revenue Service officer Vivek Batra, who was earlier posted in the Mumbai’s Income Tax Department.
Three suspected murders over the past 24 hours in the city have sent residents into a tizzy. The police have been unable to identify the victims or ascertain the motives behind the killings.The first body was recovered from Ranihat Bridge on Tuesday. Two bodies, one from near SCB Medical College and another from OMP Market, were recovered on Wednesday. All the victims have deep cuts in their necks. Lack of information regarding the killings has sparked rumours of a serial killer on the loose. “In order to divert our attention from deteriorating law and order situation and inefficient police, some people are adding colour to the cases and alleging that a psycho-killer is behind the murders… they appear to be cold-blooded murders,” said a shop owner in Malgodown.The police have stepped up night patrolling and the homeless are being told to sleep at shelter homes. “People are being asked not to sleep alone in isolated places,” said city DCP Akhileshwar Sing.
With the series already under their belt, a confident India will look to continue their dominating run and complete a 4-1 drubbing over an inconsistent Sri Lanka in the final one-dayer in Pallekele on Saturday.India have been consistent and have dominated the five-match series right from the start, barring the second ODI, which they lost by nine wickets.The visitors took an unassailable 3-1 lead after winning the fourth one-dayer by six wickets in their last outing and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will now aim to end the series on a high.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, never bargained to be 1-3 down with just one to play in the one-day series and Mahela Jayawardene’s men will hope to salvage some pride by making it 2-3 rather than facing the 1-4 ignominy.Jayawardene was honest in his assessment that the hosts were simply not good enough against the world champions and blamed their inconsistency for the sorry state.The hosts came to Colombo with series level at 1-1. Given the consistent home favour in the history of games at the Premadasa, the expectations were high from the home team to press ahead the home advantage.But it was not to be. Rather, it was Dhoni’s men who created history at Premadasa by comfortably winning the third and fourth ODI by five and six wickets respectively.For Sri Lanka, it was not just inconsistency but more of an under-performance which has never been seen in a home series of such high stake.Apart from Kumar Sangakkara’s brilliant 133 in the first game at Hambantota, Sri Lankans have been below par. Take the case of Tillakaratne Dilshan.The opener has failed to fire at the top with only one 50 in the four outings. His partner Tharanga was slightly better getting two 50s.Jayawardene himself has been patchy. His decision to drop down the order to allow the young Dinesh Chandimal to take charge has not proved to be a wise option and the Sri Lankan captain would do well to return to his familiar position to see if he could inspire the team on Saturday.The middle-order of Angelo Mathews and Chandimal have produced only flashes of brilliance while Thisara Perera’s allround efforts were not at par with his performance against Pakistan.Sri Lanka also have been suffering from a series of injury worries.Losing in-form Sangakkara after the third ODI following his fracture in the little finger of his right hand has affected their cause.The fast bowling unit also looks bare with as many as six pacers being out through injuries. Lasith Malinga has been leading the attack but has accounted for only five wickets in four games, while giving away runs at a premium.Jayawardene now wants a decent performance from his team in the last ODI at Kandy and then his focus will be on the availability of resources ahead of a busy schedule.”I need to speak to the management and see how best we can do that. I know a couple of guys are really struggling with fatigue. We will see what the options are and try and motivate them to go out and take up the challenge, he said.advertisement
The lovely Bhumi Pednekar successfully paved her way into our hearts with her debut project, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, and has stayed there ever since. With an immensely charming persona, and an inspirational weight-loss journey, she has managed to make her presence in the industry felt.While we admire her warm personality to bits, her style-sense hasn’t risen up our fashion-radar enough to catch any attention. The actress, who generally plays safe with fashion without making any experimental appearances, was recently spotted in a not-so-great outfit that got our eyebrows instantly raised.Picture courtesy: Instagram/psbhumi Also Read: Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora & others are making workout attire sexy againBhumi made a public appearance with actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who looked totally dapper, like always, while Bhumi’s attire was the opposite of happening. Sporting a white, floral dress that was beautifully offset by blue and pink flowers, the actress went completely off with the styling of the attire.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: 7 outfits Gurmeet Ram Rahim wore that no average human being canThe dress was gorgeous, and would’ve made for a vibrant, day wear, had she not thrown over a sheer, shirt-jacket that looked out of place. While sheer jackets are a rage this season, Bhumi’s ensemble had a raincoat-look to it, thanks to the weird blue pocket on it. The maroon knot-belt on it was an insult to injury that completely sunk her ship.Photo: Yogen Shah While the look was extremely dud, we really liked the utter simplicity with which she carried it, and looked just so pretty.advertisement
Varun Singh New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 13:50 IST Tata Altroz will be based on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture.HIGHLIGHTSTata Altroz launch has been scheduled for mid-2019.The new premium hatchback will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine.Altroz will showcase the Impact 2.0 Design Language.Tata Motors is all set to enter the premium hatchback segment with Altroz. The upcoming Tata Altroz was unveiled at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, along with several other products like Tata Altroz EV, the seven-seater SUV Tata Buzzard, Tata Buzzard Sport and Tata H2X Concept.We have already seen the production-spec Tata Altroz. Now, some more pictures of the upcoming premium hatchback have surfaced online, revealing the rear portion of Altroz. Tata Altroz will get LED tail-lamps. (Image Courtesy: Team-BHP)The pictures, posted by Team-BHP, make it very clear that the rear-end of the production-ready Altroz will be similar to what we saw at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. There are LED tail-lamps and a rear wiper. The upcoming hatchback also gets electrically adjustable piano black ORVM. Tata Altroz will come with electrically adjustable piano black ORVM. (Image Courtesy: Team-BHP)Tata Altroz will rival against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Toyota Glanza, which will be launched in India on June 6, 2019. Tata Altroz launch has been scheduled for mid-2019.The premium hatchback will be the second vehicle from Tata Motors after the recently-launched Tata Harrier to showcase the Impact 2.0 Design Language. It will be based on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture.Expectations are that Tata Altroz will be priced in India between Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The hatchback will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 102 hp and 140 Nm of torque. For other engine-related details, we will have to wait until the official announcement. However, there might be a 1.5-litre diesel motor.advertisementTata Altroz gets features like a bold grille, dual slim headlamps and sporty alloy wheels. The cabin gets a cockpit-like theme. Also present will be a 7-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system.In February 2019, Tata Motors had officially named the 45X Concept as Altroz after a seabird known as Albatross. The 45X Concept was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue receives over 17,000 bookingsALSO READ | Top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and moreALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi holds Varanasi roadshow in stylish Land Rover Range Rover Vogue: Know all about this SUVGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Tata AltrozFollow Tata Altroz launchFollow Tata Altroz priceFollow Tata Altroz featuresFollow Altroz Next Tata Altroz spotted without any disguise ahead of launch later this yearUpcoming Tata Altroz will rival against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Toyota Glanza, which will be launched in India on June 6, 2019.advertisement
Film and television production jumped 16 per cent in Nova Scotia last year, generating nearly $121 million for the province — the largest increase in two years. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation said today, July 4, that Nova Scotia companies accounted for half the productions, including four feature films, 12 television series and 22 television specials. One of the productions, a big screen adaptation of the ever-popular Trailer Park Boys television series, is scheduled to hit theatres this fall. “Nova Scotia’s film and television industry is showing a vitality that will ensure a continuing contribution to our provincial economy,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation works hard to promote the province’s reputation as an exceptional film location and it’s paying off with more productions and more jobs for Nova Scotians.” Visiting productions returned to Nova Scotia in force with many projects filming in the province. Eight movies for television and three series brought film stars Kathy Bates, Rob Lowe, Tom Selleck, and Jessica Lange to the province. The feature film Snow Angels starring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell also filmed in early 2006. “The film industry continues to thrive in Nova Scotia and contribute to the economy of this province,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the corporation. “With the strong talent and crew base, supporting infrastructure and appealing locations, the province remains an attractive business environment for companies here as well as those that visit the province to film on a regular basis.” Nova Scotia’s film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually and employing close to 2,500 Nova Scotians in many occupations. Industry spending in the province has an immediate effect on numerous small- to medium-sized businesses that provide goods and services. “The provincial government’s continued commitment to the film and television industry, as evidenced by increases to the film industry tax credit and the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation’s equity funds in January 2005, undoubtedly contributed to this banner film year,” said Bonnie Kirby, chair of the corporation board. “The province’s support ensured that the industry maintained its competitive position and the board commends the government’s vision in this regard.” The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of Economic Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries.
Legendary musicians and some of the world’s top artists and filmmakers – including Annie Lennox, Harry Belafonte, Oscar winner Laura Poitras, Jesse Williams, Piper Kerman, and MTV World General Manager Nusrat Durrani – will join Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, for a press event scheduled during the organization’s 50th Annual General Meeting.A plenary discussion, “The Gatekeepers of Truth,” featuring the musicians and artists will immediately follow the press event at 4 p.m.The gathering coincides with the relaunch of Amnesty International USA’s Art for Amnesty program in partnership with the global Art for Amnesty, which works with artists, musicians, filmmakers, museums, art galleries, and entertainment industry non-profits around the world committed to human rights. By adding their voices to the organization’s campaigns, artists help reach out to their audiences. Using their exceptional skills and talents, they spread the human rights message across countries and continents and inspire people to act.The Annual General Meeting will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y. from March 20-22 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. AIUSA will be celebrating 50 years of gathering human rights activists from around the country who come together to engage in networking opportunities, actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding key notes, and hands-on workshops as well as to shape the policies of the organization.The theme of this year’s AGM is “From Moment to Movement” because AIUSA believes every action taken to defend and advance human rights makes the global human rights movement stronger and ever more unstoppable. The event will elevate all the ways Amnesty International sustains activism and drive impact while celebrating their collective power to create solutions that respect everyone’s human rights.The Annual General Meeting gives AIUSA members, staff and allies the opportunity to come together to take action, participate in workshops and hear from experts, policymakers, celebrities and activists on pressing human rights issues.In the past year, AIUSA has been at the forefront of human rights developments both in the U.S. – including observing the protests in Ferguson, Mo. and calling for reparations for those tortured decades ago while in the custody of the Chicago Police Department – and abroad, including calling for the protection of civilians terrorized by the armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria and urging for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.Updates to the conference schedule, including event descriptions, notable guests and media opportunities, will be posted regularly to www.amnestyusa.org/events/human-rights-conference. WHAT: Press Conference with Artists for Amnesty leadership during Amnesty International USA’s 50th Annual General Meeting.WHEN: March 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EST followed by 4:00 PM plenary with the artists, actors, musicians, and filmmakers.WHERE: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn BridgeSource:AmnestyUSA.org
OTTAWA – The federal government has so far exempted 50 Canadian companies from surtaxes imposed last summer when Ottawa slapped retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday as he faced pointed questions about his relief plan from political opponents.Morneau provided the figure before a parliamentary committee, where opposition MPs accused the government of being too slow in helping Canadian firms affected by the cross-border tariff fight.Members of the international trade committee also said Ottawa’s remission request process has been too onerous for many companies, particularly smaller ones already consumed by the day-to-day activities of running their businesses.“You said in your statement that we’re doing everything possible, but I have to be frank that we’ve heard quite the opposite here,” said New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey.“From the witnesses at this committee, we’ve heard of the dire consequences of these tariffs and the government’s failure to get that support directly to people on the ground. Businesses are talking about laying off people.”Conservative MP Dean Allison said he’s heard from many businesses caught in the crossfire that are worried the financial relief isn’t arriving quickly enough.“I can assure you that that money cannot get out the door soon enough in order to keep these companies viable over the long term,” Allison told Morneau.The finance minister, who said 135 companies have submitted remission requests, agreed he would like to see the relief money flow faster — but he stressed there’s a process that must be followed.“This is pretty unprecedented. We aren’t in a situation where there’s a play book,” Morneau said. “And we certainly hope it goes away quickly.”In July, Ottawa applied retaliatory tariffs on $16.6-billion worth of U.S. imports of steel, aluminum and other products.The federal government has said it had no choice but to hit back at the U.S. with the countermeasures.It also announced a financial aid package for industries caught in the middle of the dispute, including up to $2 billion in new funding and support for workers in steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors.During his appearance Tuesday, Morneau provided an update on another category of support provided via the aid package, which involves the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.So far, he said BDC has authorized loans totalling $131 million for 189 businesses, while EDC has authorized $44 million worth of loans for 24 clients.Morneau noted that firms approved for remission will also be eligible for refunds on duties they’ve already paid in the months since Ottawa imposed the counter-tariffs.He was asked how much extra revenue the surtaxes have already brought in, but he declined to provide a number and only said the duties were generating “significant” revenues.The tariff dispute has dragged on even though the Liberal government reached a new continental trade agreement this month with Washington and Mexico City. The Trump administration has maintained its stinging levies on Canadian steel and aluminum.Morneau said the government is still negotiating with U.S. officials in hopes of seeing the duties lifted.Committee member and fellow Liberal MP Peter Fonseca asked Morneau whether the government was considering a quota system as part of the potential solution to the tariff dispute.“We’re really not going to negotiate in public in terms of the actual approach that we’re trying to take,” said Morneau, adding he wants to make sure the market is stable and that the Canadian steel industry and users of steel are unharmed.“Clearly, we want to move away from the current situation. So, the mechanism to do that? We’re not at a stage where we’re able to talking about that because it’s not close to being done.”
Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has held a closed door discussion with his West Bengal counterpart Mamanta Banerjee in Kharagpur on future plans of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance). The meeting between Banerjee and Naidu took place for over 15 minutes late Thursday evening, according to a well-placed source in the TrInamool Congress. The two leaders met and spoke about the future plans of the Mahagatbandhan. Naidu and Didi (Banerjee) also discussed about the TDP leaders meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi Wednesday, a senior TMC member told PTI. On whether Banerjee will be attending the proposed meeting of the opposition partioes likely to be held on May 21, the TMC leader said that the date of the meeting was yet not decided. Its not decided that the meeting will be held on May 21… it seems that it might be deferred by a couple of days and take place after May 23. Didi May be taking part in it, he said. Naidu and Banerjee are believed to have also talked about the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue and the probable voting percentage in the so far held five phases of polling in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections, the TMC leader said. Earlier, Naidu joined Banerjee at a campaign meeting of TMC at Kharagpur on Thursday where he spoke high about her and urged people to vote for Trinamool to oust the BJP from the power. Later, Naidu participated and delivered a speech for TMC North Kollkata Lok Sabha consituency candidate Sudip Bandyopadhyay at Sithi in the city. Banerjee, who has floated the idea of federal front of regional parties, has been playing an important role for unityt of anti-BJP bloc.
The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reached the decisions at a weeklong meeting that began in Durban, South Africa, on Sunday.Timbuktu, which in the 15th and 16th centuries was one of Africa’s leading spiritual and intellectual centres, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 and added to the Danger List in 1990. The Committee decided that the preservation of listed monuments had made sufficient progress after a range of measures including adoption of a management plan, work on water infrastructure, restoration of residential buildings and mosques, and the compilation of an inventory.Butrint, with its vestiges from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian periods, was inscribed on the Heritage List in 1992 and added to the Danger List in 1997 because of looting, lack of protection, management and conservation, but the Committee said these reasons no longer applied.Sangay National Park, inscribed on the Heritage List in 1983, was placed on the Danger list in 1992, but the Committee cited a sharp reduction in human activity harmful to the natural environment of the Park with its full spectrum of ecosystems and numerous indigenous animal species.Over the coming days, the 21-member Committee will continue reviewing the state of conservation of sites on the World Heritage List and decide on new inscriptions. The Committee is in charge of implementing the 1972 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which to date protects 788 sites of outstanding universal cultural or natural value around the world.
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. Giving a strong statement last month, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, said: “I will not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression. “Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests.” HMS Westminster escorted five Russian ships through the English ChannelCredit:Louise George And on Christmas Eve, HMS Tyne was dispatched to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the North Sea and the England Channel.A Wildcat helicopter was then also dispatched to monitor two further Russian vessels. Activity has risen in recent years with warships passing Britain on their way to join Russia’s military campaign to prop up Bashar al-Assad in Syria. On Christmas Day, the frigate HMS St Albans was dispatched to track the Russian vessel Admiral Gorshkov as it made its way through the North Sea close to Britain. A Royal Navy frigate is escorting four Russian naval ships through the English Channel.HMS Westminster is accompanying two Russian frigates and two support ships as they head north returning from the Mediterranean.Naval sources said the contact was routine, but it comes amid an estimated 10-fold increase of Russian naval activity in waters around Britain and in the North Atlantic this decade.Commander Simon Kelly, the Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, said: “HMS Westminster’s role as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort is to be at very high readiness to respond to anything the British government requires.”While today most people are returning to work for the first time in the New Year, HMS Westminster’s ship’s company has been at sea and at readiness as part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to keep Britain safe at all times.”The English Channel is an absolute lifeline for the UK, and it is very important HMS Westminster and the Royal Navy maintains a watchful eye on this key strategic link.”
So much of the technology focus today is on mobile. Laptops are a must have for most people and smartphones are evolving at breakneck speed. Who thought we’d have dual-cores, tens of gigabytes of storage, and even a full gigabyte of RAM – IN A PHONE! But for those who don’t need to be portable or would rather get the most performance for their dollar, there is no substitute for the trusty desktop computer.While desktops aren’t evolving like mobile technology is, you still have no shortage of the latest components. HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-570t has a spec list almost as impressive as its name, sporting the newest Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a free upgrade to a massive 1.5TB hard drive, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. You won’t be left wanting in the graphics department either, thanks to the AMD Radeon HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB RAM.All you need to complete this system is a monitor, sold separately, though HP does offer a 35 percent discount ($70 savings) on one of their 21.5-inch models. All told, the HPE-570t starts at $799.99 after $200 instant savings and a special $30 coupon.Visit LogicBuy to get the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-570t best deal.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The foreign secretary of the UK, William Hague, has ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from the UK and announced that the UK is closing its embassy in Tehran, saying that the storming of the mission on Tuesday had the backing of the regime. Hague said Iranian diplomats had to leave Britain within 48 hours, and that all British embassy staff in Tehran had already left Iran. He said that the move would not mean the severance of all ties, as the two countries could continue to have a dialogue at international meetings, as the US has done since the seizure and closure of its embassy in 1979, but the move marks a new low in relations, which have been growing increasingly strained. The foreign secretary said it was not possible to maintain an embassy in the current circumstances.
Most of the work being done on batteries is about increasing the capacities and charging time, but researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a battery that addresses another pain point. The system designed by doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai can be cycled hundreds of thousands of times without wearing out, which could lead to a battery that never needs to be replaced.The experimental battery is composed of gold nanowires, which have been a favorite topic of study for energy researchers. These structures, which are thousands of times thinner than a human hair, have extremely high conductivity and surface area, making them ideal for the transfer and storage of electrons. The problem has always been that gold nanowires wear out quickly when used in conventional lithium-ion systems.A standard lithium-ion battery like the one in your phone begins to show degradation of the electrodes after a few hundred cycles. Even under laboratory conditions, the best you can get is a few thousand cycles before things start breaking down. Thai mitigated this by coating gold nanowires with a manganese dioxide shell. This electrolyte has a gel-like consistency that appears to stabilize the nanowires and prevents them from breaking down.Thai tested the battery when encased in gel, and found that it completed 200,000 discharge cycles in the space of a few months with no loss of capacity. Many devices have moved to embedded batteries that are not user-replaceable. With most other components entirely solid-state, the battery is often the first thing to wear out. You can either pay to have the cell replaced or just throw the phone away. A battery that doesn’t wear out could lead to less e-waste and happier consumers. Give it a few years, and maybe this technology will be suitable for commercialization.
FERGUSON, Mo. — A couple hundred defiant protesters remained in Ferguson early Sunday morning after a midnight curfew took effect in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street. Hundreds of other protesters left peacefully before the midnight to 5 a.m. deadline took effect in Ferguson, Missouri.Remaining protesters mingled, chanted and taunted police, some shouting that they would not abide the curfew. Some stood with their hands up, the emblematic pose used by many protesters to characterize the position witness have said 18-year-old Michael Brown had assumed when he was fatally shot.Police dressed in riot gear kept their distance.Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday had declared a state of emergency in Ferguson. As the curfew approached late Saturday night, New Black Panther Party leader Malik Shabazz roamed the street with a bullhorn, encouraging people to leave for their own safety. Many appeared to follow his suggestion.“C’mon you all, let’s roll out,” Shabazz said through his bullhorn. “Let’s roll out of here, get some rest and come back tomorrow.”Crowds that were in the hundreds prior to the curfew had dwindled significantly in the final hour.Despite heavy rainfall and lightning, hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday night at a busy thoroughfare that has been the site of previous clashes with police. Scores of officers, a much more visible presence than the night before, stood watch — including some with shields.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard stopped two groups of Dominican migrants at sea.One group was spotted on a 19-foot wooden boat off the coast of Puerto Rico.All 18 Dominicans who were intercepted were repatriated on Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Listen On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Eight of the 20 declared Democratic presidential candidates descended on Houston Wednesday to make their case to women of color, a key demographic for the party, at the She The People Presidential Forum. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider was there and lets us know what the candidates had to say.Also this hour: The Netflix film The Highwaymen tells the story of the Texas Rangers who helped take down famed Depression-era bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. In the latest installment of our monthly movie segment, The Bigger Picture, we examine how that movie and the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde tackle celebrity, crime, and Texas history.And we meet Galveston house renovators Michael and Ashley Cordray, the stars of a new show on the DIY Network called Big Texas Fix.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /37:08
Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target Early last year, before GameTrailers went completely defunct, former Editor-in-Chief Shane Satterfield launched his new venture SIFTD Games. Creating a new gaming website these days is tough for anyone, but Satterfield’s years of experience and credibility made the site at least worth checking out. SIFTD provides a unique angle on games coverage. However, after using the site, I just can’t get past one of its major decisions. SIFTD seems to think that the ideal video game reviews are the ones that give you precisely what you think you want, not what you don’t yet know you need.SIFTD’s mistake comes from a noble goal, the desire to let you users easily tailor their game coverage. That same philosophy informs the cool things about the site. SIFTD is essentially a news aggregation service like Apple News or Flipboard specifically for video game news. You can create a custom feed of articles and videos on the specific games and companies you care about in the specific genres you care about from the specific publications you care about. Only want to see racing game reviews, Valve news, and Titanfall 2 interviews from IGN? You can.The site also features typical community tools like forums and achievements and custom user profiles, but curating your own content is the draw. SIFTD targets adult gamers with limited time to keep up with their hobby and wants to know exactly what they might be interested in as soon as possible, to sift through the noise. That theme makes it easier to swallow the fact that the site largely relies on content from other sites like a fancier N4G.That also explains why SIFTD is comfortable offering premium subscriptions for adults, unlike kids, tend to have more money than time. For $50 per year, users gain access to exclusive community perks as well as original content from Satterfield and other longtime collaborators like Marcus “AnnoyedGamer” Beer and Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.However, the most curious premium feature is “Custom Game Eval Scores,” and therein lies the problem. You know how you can tweak your SIFTD profile to only read the news you like? You can also tweak what you value in a game to get a score closer to what you like. If you don’t care at all about story but think FOV sliders are the single most important thing in a game you already reflexively (and politically) hate like Virginia, tell that to the inhuman algorithm and it will listen.It’s definitely an interesting tool. For good or ill, news (gaming or otherwise) is already moving toward highly targeted experiences. Applying that formula to game opinions and letting users play an active part in shaping that experience seems like the next step. But in my opinion, it’s kind of a horrible step. In encouraging users only to consume the content they want, SIFTD enables them to ignore the criticism they need, which is one of the gaming community’s worst ongoing habits.What good are graphics in a text adventure? How valuable are the plots in non-Spike Lee sports games? Who cares about connectivity in offline single player games? This system of quantifying quality mechanically shoves games that have their own unique and divergent goals, priorities, and identities into square boxes regardless of their original shape. Instead of art, they are treated as products made of Sound, Visuals, Multiplayer, and other component parts to be dissected; that exist just to serve the whims and particular preferences of the player. Even if it’s not intentionally malicious, filtering that granular can only prevent you from learning about a game you didn’t know you might love since it doesn’t conform to what you already know you like.Treating reviews like this is more symptom than disease. This is the same mindset that leads to giving a score like 9.283 out 10 in an attempt to make the review seem like the result of objective mathematical testing, not wholly subjective criticism. It’s not a review, it’s an evaluation, and in SIFTD’s case an evaluation you pay for the privilege of receiving just the way you like. Boiling down complex thoughts into simple numbers, or, The Rotten Tomatoes Effect. It’s the same mindset that causes gamers to complain to the Better Business Bureau when the ending of a game story is more concerned with making its own statement than delivering exactly what audiences want. It’s the result of video games continuing to awkwardly straddle the line between artistic entertainment and technology product.A lot of video game websites have come and gone over the years, but one of the more promising overall trends of games coverage is the slow shift away from churning out cold and sterile technical reviews toward crafting warmer, personal, more thoughtful, and more holistic criticism akin to movies, music, and other art. Players should definitely be able to easily learn technical information about a game, from framerates to texture quality to online latency. If anything AAA publishers are the ones trying to suppress “objective” reviews. Bethesda’s recent boneheaded review policy (eloquently shredded by my colleague Will Greenwald) makes it harder for players to know if a game like Fallout 4 is broken on launch day by shunning the press in favor of YouTubers dutifully delivering uncritical hype right on schedule. And yet some think they’re being pro-consumer, not pro-preorder and pro-self. Pro-tip, never preorder a game.However, for a richer gaming culture to flourish, it’s essential that we as enthusiasts don’t stop at just sharing technical information. Whether we’re journalists, fans, or developers, we should seek out games and writing on games that challenge our biases and provoke discussions. Don’t just glance at Metacritic scores. We should play inspirational games and read fascinating analyses, old and new, that make us think and create in new ways. Expand your arbitrarily rigid definition of Game of the Year. Reconsider a game you dismissed or gain a deeper, more nuanced appreciation of a game you adore. Critical Distance and the writers it highlights, as well as game stores like itch.io, are a great place to start.By all means give SIFTD a shot. Test out its free trial. In theory, a savvy SIFTD user could use the site to help become a more well-rounded gamer. They could enthusiastically seek out games and games coverage they never considered. But I fear far too many would do the opposite and willfully close their minds even further instead of broadening their horizons. For example, I find most YouTube gaming content to be shrill and annoying, but if I curated my gaming media diet with SIFTD I’d miss out on great YouTube shows like Errant Signal and Game Maker’s Toolkit.This isn’t really about SIFTD, though. This is about how gamers as a whole should embrace criticism especially, criticism they don’t agree with, in an industry that actively marginalizes meaningful meditations from all directions. So as we plow through yet another AAA gaming holiday season, here’s a friendly reminder that criticism is more valuable than numbers.