300 yaks starve to death in North Sikkim

first_imgGangtok: Nearly 300 yaks have died due to starvation following heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district since late last year, an official has said. The North Sikkim District Magistrate Raj Yadav confirmed the death of around 300 yaks due to starvation during heavy snow fall in Mukuthang and Yumthang regions since December 2018. While carcasses of around 250 yaks were found in Mukuthang region, 50 yak carcasses were found in Yumthang recently, Yadav said Saturday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “It appears that these dead yaks had got nothing to eat during the prolonged period of snowfall since December last year,” Yadav said. The animal husbandry department’s medical team has reached Mukuthang, he said. The team carried feed and fodder for the yaks which are still alive, he said, adding, the yaks will also be examined by the medical team. The yaks belonged to 15 families in Mukuthang and 10 families in Yumthang, he said. The affected families will get compensations on the basis of a report that is being prepared by the district administration and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, he added.last_img read more


Angola seeks UN aid to repatriate 60000 nationals from DR Congo

UN agencies have been providing thousands of tents, sleeping mats and blankets, training local health workers to treat malnutrition, and supplying agricultural tools and seeds to cope with the influx, which passed 50,000 people at the end of October, according to Angolan authorities.The number of expelled DRC nationals has significantly subsided in Kasais, Bandundu and Bas-Congo provinces, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest update today, but overall some 160,000 Congolese have been expelled from Angola since December. Most of the deported Angolans, two thirds of whom are refugees, had been living in Bas-Congo province, and the forced returns are in response to the waves of expulsions of the Congolese, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).So far, due to speedy resettlement, three out of four reception centres have already been closed in Angola’s Zaire Province, but a UNHCR team deployed there has not been given regular access, with the exception of three transit centres, and has thus been unable to assist with registration procedures as planned.Humanitarian agencies are considering launching an appeal to support those still in camps and the most vulnerable returnees who have left the camps, OCHA said.On 30 October UNHCR airlifted 2,250 tents, 5,000 sleeping mats, 4,000 blankets and a temporary warehouse from its stockpile in South Africa. In Zaire Province, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Mentor have rapidly trained health workers in detecting and treating malnutrition. UNICEF has also provided therapeutic biscuits for malnourished children.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting the Ministry of Agriculture with the development of a programme to assist returnees with seeds and agricultural tools. Planting in the north is taking place now and the next season will be in February when the seasonal rains are expected. 18 November 2009Angola has requested the re-activation of a tripartite mechanism with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations refugee agency to repatriate some 60,000 Angolans still in DRC in the wake of the mutual expulsion of scores of thousands of each other’s nationals by the neighbouring States. read more


UK rebuked for arms sales to Sri Lanka

A cross-party parliamentary committee on arms export controls said that it could not guarantee that British-licensed armaments were not used during the Sri Lankan government bloody attempt to eradicate the LTTE. In the first nine months of 2011 the latest date for which figures are available, Britain licensed almost £1.5million worth of exports of which over £1.3million were military.Among the items exported were armoured vehicles, body armour and “decoying countermeasure equipment and components,” coming under the heading of “grenades, bombs, missiles, countermeasures.” Britain has been condemned for continuing to sell weaponry to the Sri Lankan government despite evidence showing that war crimes are committed by the Asian country’s military.Campaign Against Arms Trade (Caat) urged the coalition government to explain why it continues to license weapons for export to Sri Lanka irrespective of evidence of war crimes by the country’s military, the daily Morning Star reported.Britain has licensed over £3 million worth of military and “dual use” equipment for export to Sri Lanka since the country’s army defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, according to the report. “The Arab Spring has bought world attention to the repression practised by governments against their own people. Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished brings a similar focus on the brutality exercised by the government of Sri Lanka against opposing forces and the thousands of helpless civilians trapped in the warzone”, said Caat spokeswoman Kaye Stearman.“We need to ask why the UK government continues to licence arms for export to Sri Lanka, given its long and proven knowledge of the situation.”Meanwhile, more than one year after the start of Bahrain’s democratic uprising, the repression continues, and so do the UK’s arms sales to the country’s regime. (Press TV) Both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government have been accused of committing atrocities during the conflict which is estimated to have killed up to 40,000 civilians. read more


Bank of England keeps key interest rate on hold at 075

LONDON — The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75% and warned that mounting fears of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October is increasingly weighing on the country’s short-term economic growth.The decision, announced Thursday, was unanimous among the nine-member policymaking panel.Minutes accompanying the decision showed that rate-setters think growth has slowed this year to a rate below potential, “reflecting both the impact of intensifying Brexit-related uncertainties on business investment and weaker global growth on net trade.”Rate-setters said there was more evidence that Brexit uncertainty has become “more entrenched.”The bank’s forecasts are conditioned on the assumption that Britain will leave the EU with a deal, smoothing its exit.The Associated Press read more


UNbacked treaty on mercury to enter into force pivotal moment in combat

“The Minamata Convention demonstrates a global commitment to protecting human health and the environment.” said Secretary General, António Guterres in a press statement. “Today’s action shows how problems that affect us all can also bring us together for the common good.”Having been signed by 128 countries, the Minamata Convention on Mercury will come into force in 90 days – on 16 August 2017 – after being ratified by Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden. According to the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Convention commits governments to specific measures to control the entire “lifecycle” of man-made mercury pollution, one of the world’s top ten chemical threats to health. This includes banning new mercury mines, phasing-out existing ones, regulating artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and reducing emissions and mercury use. Since the element is indestructible, the Convention also stipulates conditions for interim storage and disposal of mercury waste. UNEP also pointed out that there are no safe levels of exposure to mercury and everyone is at risk because the dangerous heavy metal has spread to the remotest parts of the earth and can be found in everyday products, including cosmetics, lightbulbs, batteries and teeth fillings. Children, newborn and unborn babies are most vulnerable, along with populations who eat contaminated fish, those who use mercury at work, and people who live near of a source of mercury pollution or in colder climates where the dangerous heavy metal tends to accumulate. “Who wants to live in a world where putting on makeup, powering our phones and even buying a wedding ring depends on exposing millions of people to the risk of mercury poisoning?” said UN Environment chief Erik Solheim.“But with mercury we have solutions that are as obvious as the problem itself. There are alternatives to all of mercury’s current applications, such as newer, safer industrial processes. Big and small countries can all play a role – as can the man and woman in the street, just by changing what they buy and use,” he added. Up to 8,900 metric tonnes of mercury are emitted each year. It can be released naturally through the weathering of mercury-containing rocks, forest fires and volcanic eruptions, but significant emissions also come from human processes, particularly coal burning and artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Mining alone exposes up to 15 million workers in 70 different countries to mercury poisoning, including child labourers. Other man-made sources of mercury pollution include the production of chlorine and some plastics, waste incineration and use of mercury in laboratories, pharmaceuticals, preservatives, paints and jewellery. Taking its name from the most severe mercury poisoning disaster in history, in 1956 local villages suffered convulsions, psychosis, loss of consciousness and coma from eating the fish in Minamata Bay, Japan, in which industrial wastewaters had been dumped since the 1930s. Thousands of people were certified as having directly suffered from mercury poisoning, now known as Minamata disease. read more


15 Best Geeky Holiday Decorations for Your Home

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on target With Christmas on the way, you’re probably scrambling to get your house in the holiday spirit. But, why settle for the typical tinsel when you can adorn your living space with geeky decorations instead? Make your home merry and bright with Darth Vader lawn displays, Doctor Who tree toppers, and more geek-approved holiday decorations.Game of Thrones White Walker OrnamentPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekWinter and the Army of the Dead are coming, but you’ll be prepared with this Game of Thrones White Walker Ornament.Buy it HereStar Wars Lightsaber String LightsPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekLuke Skywalker would dig these tree-friendly Star Wars Lightsaber String Lights.Buy it HereRick and Morty StockingPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekWe wish you a “Merry Rickmas” with this cozy Rick and Morty Stocking.Buy it HereDoctor Who Mini Tree SetPhoto Credit: AmazonEmbrace your inner Whovian and deck the halls with the Doctor Who Mini Tree Set: It comes with a blue tree, silver garland, and Doctor Who-themed ornaments.Buy it HereAvengers Christmas Ornament SetPhoto Credit: AmazonCaptain America, Doctor Strange, and more superheroes can guard your tree with this Avengers Christmas Ornament Set.Buy it HereHarry Potter Gryffindor Holiday PlatesPhoto Credit: AmazonYou don’t have to be at Hogwarts to have the ultimate Christmas feast, these Harry Potter Gryffindor Holiday Plates can make all the magic happen.Buy it HereStar Wars Chewbacca TablepiecePhoto Credit: AmazonSurprise your house guests (and favorite Star Wars junkie) with this Christmas Star Wars Chewbacca Tablepiece.Buy it HereDragon Ball Z LED Throw BlanketPhoto Credit: Box LunchWrap yourself in this cozy Dragon Ball Z Throw Blanket and dream of sugar plums before Santa arrives.Buy it HereDoctor Who Weeping Angel TreetopPhoto Credit: AmazonSkip the conventional star and adorn your tree with this Doctor Who Weeping Angel Treetop instead.Buy it HereMinecraft Christmas OrnamentPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekGet in the holiday spirit with your favorite blockheads Steve and Alex! They come as a pair in this Minecraft Christmas Ornament Set.Buy it HereSpider-Man StockingPhoto Credit: AmazonWebheads will appreciate this blue Spider-Man Stocking for all their holiday goodies.Buy it HereDarth Vader Tinsel Lawn DecorationPhoto Credit: AmazonThis Darth Vader Tinsel Lawn Decoration will earn you extra points for best neighborhood holiday display.Buy it HereSuper Mario Luigi Christmas OrnamentPhoto Credit: AmazonGive your tree all the Nintendo vibes with this Super Mario Luigi Christmas Ornament.Buy it HereDoctor Who TARDIS with LED Light and Santa HatPhoto Credit: AmazonYou won’t be able to time travel in this TARDIS, but it does come with an LED light and a Santa hat to set the Christmas mood.Buy it HerePusheen WreathPhoto Credit: AmazonIf the holidays are causing you stress, just look at this adorable Pusheen Wreath and you’ll be jolly in no time.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:WTF Wednesday: Deck the Halls With These Wacky Holiday DecorationsPasserby Calls 911 on Fake Clark Griswold Display25 Geeky Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your Listlast_img read more


Broward sheriff candidates campaign at the polls

first_img“It’s very exciting for us because we know we are putting all our efforts into everything,” Vazquez said. “We’re waiting for today’s results, but every vote counts, so I’m here.”Vazquez thanked his supporters and volunteers while campaigning at Rick Case Honda.“I greatly appreciate everyone that’s been out here for us, our teams and our community,” Vazquez said. “You know our community is what makes it important for us, and that’s the reason why I’m running for Broward County Sheriff.”Polls close at 7 p.m. across South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The fight for Broward County’s “top cop” is at stake on Election Day and both candidates hit the polls.Incumbent Sheriff Scott Israel is running for re-election against Santiago Vazquez Jr, a former Broward Sheriff’s Office Sergeant.Israel was at a polling place in Davie, Tuesday morning, talking to voters and discussing the importance of every vote.“So many people in the last few weeks, and even over the last month who early voted, said ‘We voted for you, we voted for you,’” Israel said, “and it validates how hard you’ve worked, and people are letting you know by their vote.”Israel touted crime statistics during his time as sheriff, as well as the implementation of body cameras on officers.“We’ve done all the things we set out to do,” Israel said. “We’ve reduced violent crime. We’ve reduced burglaries. We’ve kept young kids out of jail and given kids chances. We’ve brought body cameras to Broward County.”Vazquez also campaigned in Davie on Election Day. last_img read more


Phoning It In How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their

first_imgNews Facebook Email How Phones Are Becoming Hit Beat Making Machines phoning-it-how-and-why-musicians-are-making-beats-their-phones Phoning It In: How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their Phones Twitter As more and more hits surface from smartphones, here’s why musicians and beat makers are turning to their devices to make bangers Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 24, 2018 – 11:23 am Years ago, the idea that GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning music could be created using a mobile phone might have been a wild one. Now, artists and producers are turning this lofty notion into fact, and just as smartphones have revolutionized the way people connect, the technology is also helping musicians and producers create music.One of the most recognized producers to pull this off has been Steve Lacy, producer and bassist of the Internet who has received GRAMMY wins and nominations for producing beats on his iPhone—”PRIDE.” off Kendrick Lamar’s GRAMMY-winning album DAMN being the most recent accomplishment and the Internet’s nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album for Ego Death being the first.But Lacy’s not alone. England’s singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe told RedBull that her song, “Woman”  was created on her phone while she was riding the bus. If this sounds like a wild idea, hold on. Here are just some reasons why musicians and artists are getting creative with their phones.AccessibleLacy was a high school student 25 miles outside of Los Angeles when he began to make beats on his phone because had no computer. While his connections allowed him to go into the studio at times, he couldn’t always make it there when creativity struck.”Mostly he started making beats all the time. At home. While driving. In class,” Wired’s David Pierce wrote in a profile on Lacy. Lacy would make tracks in parts and upload to the internet on sites like SoundCloud. His beat-making app of choice? Throughout his interview with Wired, he mentions his use of GarageBand several times.Avalon Lurks, an LA-based producer, told Vulture that when he began making music, he didn’t have access to a studio.“I started by making music in my room and sometimes the only mic I would have to record with was the mic attached to the Apple headphones,” he said. “I recorded my last two singles on that, you would never know.”Convenient Creativity or opportunity doesn’t wait for the studio. That was the case for Patrick Noecker from experimental group These Are Powers one night when he got a call to do a show last minute. “I had pedals with me, but no instruments. So I plugged my cellphone into my pedals and started making an audio collage with voicemails, phone sounds, among other things,” Noecker told Vulture. “It totally worked.”Wired’s profile on Lacy highlights that the convenience of having his “studio” on his phone enabled him to show Lamar the track he worked on that would become “PRIDE.”The simplicity of the music-making apps, makes it convenient, too. Lowe told RedBull:“It’s really good for getting ideas down and making drum loops and general vibe. My song ‘Woman’ started with me writing the chorus on iMaschine on the bus.”Adds Character While Lacy now has a computer and probably a lot more access to a studio, making music on his phone is still something he feels strongly about. Wired’s Pierce writes:”He’s also working this way to prove a point: that tools don’t really matter … He wants to remind people that the performance, the song, the feeling matter more than the gear you use to record it.”Producer and DJ King Britt also feels like making music on a phone can produce something meaningful.“With these tools, I was able to create high-quality ideas while on the plane, train or car. It is so much fun,” he told Vulture. “I love the immediacy and limitations that these apps have. It makes you think of being more creative with less.”In case you are wondering how you can get started on beat-making on your phone as you wait for holiday dinners or whenever else, here is a list of apps to start with—have fun!   How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform Read morelast_img read more


Aggressive bear killed southeast of Wrangell

first_imgPetersburg-based Alaska wildlife trooper Cody Litster said he and another trooper were joined by two law enforcement officers with the Forest Service and the four went to investigate the report. “We figured out that there’s two camps and one camp had bear problems and was hazing the bear off pretty much all night,” Litster said. “And about 11:00 or so that camp reported the bear went away. And 3:00 the next morning at the other camp, one of the campers was sleeping in a tarp sort of shelter and felt like he was getting pulled out of his tarp and he kind of thought it was some of the other campers playing a joke on him until he looked up and saw a bear at the foot of his sleeping bag.” None of the campers were injured in their encounters with the bear and were able to leave. They used flares to scare off the animal but were camping without firearms. The U.S. Forest Service first received a report of an aggressive bear at some camp sites north of Berg Bay early that morning. The dead bear is a young male and the officers are nearly certain it is the one that was threatening the campers. Litster said the campers were doing well to keep their food contained and not available. When the law enforcement officers investigated, Litster said they found an aggressive bear in the area. Aggressive bears have also been reported already this spring near Juneau and Sitka. State biologists also killed an aggressive brown bear in Anchorage in early May. “While we investigating the scene, a bear showed up on site and had no fear of us and seemed to be pretty habituated to humans,” he said. “And to alleviate any other bear-human interactions that might end adversely we put the bear down.” State and federal law enforcement officers killed a brown bear Sunday on the mainland southeast of Wrangell. They believe it was the same bear that was threatening some campers in the area.last_img read more


DU VC equates quota reformists with militants

first_imgDU VC Md AkhteruzzamanVice chancellor of Dhaka University Akhteruzzaman on Sunday compared the activities of quota reform movement with the militants.“I myself have watched videos spreading militant ideologies the way Taliban do from militant hideouts.. Messages are being sent the way Taliban leader Molla Omar and Osama bin Laden did,” he said talking to newsmen over quota reform issue at his office.He also alleged that the protagonists of the quota reform movement are using female students in the manner which was used by the militants as their last resort to pursue their mission.Read more: BCL attack on quota reform campaigners shameful: SICAkhteruzzaman, made VC from pro-Awami League blue panel, further issued a note of warning that the DU administration would “no longer” tolerate any criminal offences.His warning came the same day when a minister said the anti-liberation forces are hatching conspiracies in the name of quota reform movement.”Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami, initiated the movement seeking quota reform in government job in 2004 and anti-liberation forces are conspiring in the name of quota reform movement and their main intention is to cancel the quota for freedom fighters,” UNB quoted shipping minister Shahjahan Khan as saying.Asked if the quota reform movement has any extremist link in reality, VC Akhtaruzzaman said, however, he doesn’t know if there is any connection. He still said, “The videos I’ve watched on facebook has similarity with the videos posted by the militants. They (quota reform movement leaders) have urged others to embrace martyrdom. It seemed that some vested quarters are trying to use this movement.”The VC also claimed that the common students want to join classes and examinations.The classes and exams are being boycotted by the actions of what he called as ‘evil forces’.Pointing to vandalising of his official residence and the office of the proctor, the VC said the university authorities would use advanced technology in future to identify the culprits.He also expressed his views that the university authorities had showed certain amount of ‘leniency’ to the students while taking punitive measures against them in the past.Also on Sunday Pragatishil Chhatra Jote, an alliance of leftist student organisations, submitted a memorandum consisting of four-point demand to the vice chancellor.The demands include punishment of the attackers on students demanding quota reform, taking legal steps to free the arrested students, stopping repression of students by the police on university campus and ensuring democratic environment on the campus.A group of teachers of different universities under the banner of ‘teachers against repression’ on Sunday brought out a protest rally on the DU campus.They protested at the repression and arrest of and violence against the quota reform activists at different educational institutions across the country.Meanwhile, addressing a rally, organised by Sramik Karmachari Peshajibi Muktijoddha Samonnoy Parishad at Sonali Bank premises in the city’s Motijheel area, minister Shahjahan Khan said, “A list of those hatching conspiracies against the country despite doing government job will be made alongside the list of anti-liberation forces including Razakars and Al-Badars.”last_img read more


Greek MPs vote to ratify Macedonia name change

first_imgGreece`s prime minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on 25 January, 2019. Photo: AFPThe Greek parliament on Friday narrowly ratified a landmark deal to rename neighbouring Macedonia, ending one of the world’s longest diplomatic disputes and earning rich praise for the “historic” move.A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approved the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition. The change had already been ratified by Macedonian lawmakers on 11 January.Since 1991, Athens has objected to its neighbour being called Macedonia because Greece has a northern province of the same name. In ancient times it was the cradle of Alexander the Great’s empire, a source of intense pride for Greeks.To make the UN-sponsored agreement final, Greece must now ratify a protocol approving Macedonia’s membership of the Western military alliance NATO. This is expected to take place next month.”We warmly welcome the next crucial step in the ratification… taken with today’s vote by the Hellenic Parliament,” EU president Jean-Claude Juncker said in a joint statement with foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.”Both countries have seized this unique opportunity which sets an example of reconciliation for Europe as a whole and will give a further boost to the European perspective of the region,” the EU officials said.”Today is a historic day,” Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who forged a close relationship with North Macedonia counterpart Zoran Zaev in drafting the agreement last year, said in a tweet.”Today we write a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism, dispute and conflict will be replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation,” Tsipras said on his Twitter page.European Council President Donald Tusk said the two countries had achieved “mission impossible.”- ‘Congratulations, my friend’ -“Congratulations my friend” Alexis Tsipras, Zaev said on Twitter. “Together with our peoples we reached a historic victory.”Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!”Germany — whose chancellor Angela Merkel had personally expressed gratitude to Tsipras during a recent visit to Athens — also welcomed the news as a “victory for diplomacy.”Protests have been held in both countries against the agreement — some of them violent — and lawmakers in Greece have reported threats and arson attacks against their homes.A few dozen protesters gathered outside Greek parliament on Friday.A poll released by SKAI TV on Thursday night found 62 per cent of respondents oppose the deal, with 27 per cent in favour.A week earlier, another poll in Proto Thema weekly had found 66 per cent in opposition.- ‘Painful compromise’ -Anti-Tsipras daily Ta Nea on Friday said the deal was the result of a “painful compromise” and was full of “pitfalls”.In addition to normalising relations between the two countries, implementation of the agreement will open the door for Macedonia to join the European Union and NATO, hitherto blocked by Athens’ veto.But in Greece, its neighbour’s name continues to fuel controversy in politics and society, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for October.Critics say the agreement — which drops Greece’s objections to an official Macedonian language and identity — opens the way for possible cultural usurpation and trade disputes.Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the conservative New Democracy party said the agreement “creates new problems” and “awakens nationalism”.”Your foreign policy is superficial and ignorant… you should be ashamed,” he told the government.But Tsipras told parliament during a two-day debate on the deal: “We never had a Macedonian language. Alexander the Great spoke Greek.””Are you afraid of a state that does not even have two per cent of our (military) capability and not even six per cent of our economic output?,” former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, a signatory of the agreement, asked parliament on Thursday.On Sunday, clashes between police and masked protesters left 40 people injured as tens of thousands demonstrated in Athens against the name change.The government blamed far-right extremists and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party for the violence.last_img

Tips to prevent text neck

first_imgPain in the neck from too much mobile usage? Keep changing hands and hold cellphone at the eye level to avoid it, say experts. Here are few more tips to consider: Maintain correct posture: It is very essential to maintain good body posture while sitting or standing. It is important to stand up straight and keep the neck in line with the trunk. Hold cellphone at the eye level: Hold the cellphone at eye level and avoid bending the neck forward for a prolonged period. Hold it such that it reduces stress both on the head/neck and the arms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTake a break: Avoid continuously using smart phones for more than a few minutes. While working on laptops or desktops, take a break for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of continuous working. Work ergonomics: Understand the ergonomics of your work place and if necessary, change it to keep a comfortable posture while working. It also increases your ability and work output. Avoid prolonged static postures: In between working on the desktop/laptop, move your neck regularly with movements like rotations, arching neck backwards and side bends to relieve the muscles of the strain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChange the hand: Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand continuously for a long duration. Neck exercises: Neck and shoulder exercises help to improve muscle stamina, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscle. Trapezius and levator stretches may help. Ice/heat packs: Ice/hot packs can be applied to the painful area of the neck or upper back. Some physicians suggest alternate ice and hot packs as well. Massage: Massage by trained professionals or even just a gentle rubbing can give relief from the stiffness and pain. Use technology: Use apps and devices which track and calculate the time spent in a static position or with stooped posture and give an analysis of the same. If the pain continues, it is important to consult a spine specialist and not try any self-medication. Specialists can prescribe pain medication and inject medicine into the facet joint or trigger point for relief from painful text neck.last_img read more


Canada ranked best destination in 2017 by Lonely Planet

first_img Share Tags: Canada TORONTO — Canada has been named Lonely Planet’s destination of the year for 2017.Colombia and Finland were rated second and third respectively in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” guide, hitting bookstores Tuesday.Reasons cited to visit Canada were next year’s “elongated birthday party,” with the country celebrating 150 years since Confederation, and a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, giving visitors “plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.”“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” the guide says.Canadian highlights given by Lonely Planet include Quebec City’s old-world European feel; the amalgamation of French and English flavours in arty, edgy-cool Montreal; the famous multiculturalism in Toronto; hiking and spotting big fauna in Banff National Park; and the excellent Asian-fusion food, winter and summer sports, and an anthropological museum replete with myth-invoking indigenous art in Vancouver.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksOn Canada Day, the guide tells visitors to “expect 2017’s parades, ceremonies and parties to be particularly memorable.”When it comes to global cities to visit, the French city of Bordeaux was first, followed by Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles.Lonely Planet says the top three regions to visit in 2017 are Choquequirao, Peru; Taranaki, New Zealand; and Azores, Portugal. Posted by Canada ranked best destination in 2017 by Lonely Planetcenter_img Wednesday, October 26, 2016 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Canadian travel to US up year over year and a banner year

first_imgDomestic overnight travel is expected to grow by 2.9% this year, with slightly lower growth of 2.3% anticipated for 2018.Overnight visits from the U.S. are expected to expand by 2.7% this year and another 2.7% increase is forecast for next year. Canadian travel to U.S. up year over year, and a banner year for inbound Overnight visits to and within Canada are expected to have increased by 3.1% this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Travel Markets Outlook for both national and metropolitan cities. More modest but still healthy growth of 2.5% is forecast for 2018. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 This was a record for the month of October and the sixth consecutive October of increased travel during the month by Canadian residents to overseas countries, according to StatsCan. Québec CityWhile tourism activity in Québec City was partly overshadowed by Montréal’s 375th birthday celebrations this year, overnight visits to the city increased by a healthy 3.1% this year. Further growth of 2.7% expected for 2018.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure OttawaPleasure travel to the nation’s capital received a solid boost from activities related the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In total, overnight visits to Ottawa-Gatineau are projected to have risen by 5.5% in 2017. While the projections are much more modest for 2018, the volume of overnight visitors should remain elevated, thanks in part to new facilities and the exposure created by the 150th anniversary events, says Hermus. According to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada, on a year-to-date basis travel by Canadians to the U.S. was up 2% from January to October 2017, compared with the same period last year. Car travel by Canadians to the United States was mostly unchanged (-0.1%) from September, but was up slightly (+0.7%) compared with October 2016. Cross-border car travel from Ontario and B.C. were up 1.5% and 2% respectively compared with October 2016, and together these two provinces accounted for more than 75% of all trips to the U.S. by car. There was also a 9.5% increase in the number of overnight plane trips by Canadian residents to the U.S. from January to October, compared to the same period last year. VancouverOvernight visits to Vancouver are forecast to have increased by 3% this year, fuelled by large sporting events and 150th anniversary celebrations. With strong growth from Asian markets, overnight visits are forecast to grow by 3.4% next year. Meanwhile travel from Canada to overseas countries was almost unchanged in October 2017 versus September 2017, at (-0.1%), but up 6.8% compared with October 2016. Share MontréalBuoyed by the many festivals and events celebrating Montréal’s 375th birthday, overall overnight travel will increase by 5.1% this year, second only to Ottawa. Coming off such a strong year, it is not surprising that growth expectations are more modest next year. Still, annual growth of 2.2% or higher is anticipated over the next five years. “The hundreds of events organized in communities across the country to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday attracted visitors from both near and far, and contributed to a banner year for tourism in 2017,” said Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute. Posted by Overseas visits to Canada are expected to grow by 7.1% this year and are slated to reach 6.2% in 2018. This year, the biggest increase (45.1%) will come from Mexico thanks to a number of factors, including Canada’s decision to lift its visa requirement, an increase in direct air capacity between the two countries, and Donald Trump’s perceived disparaging statements toward Mexico, says Hermus. Next year, travel from China should be stimulated by the Canada-China Year of Tourism, which was initiated to boost tourism flows in both directions.center_img Meanwhile this year’s Canada 150 celebrations, a low Canadian dollar and new flight routes helped propel international visits into Canada to more than 23 million in 2017. EdmontonOvernight visits to Edmonton this year are projected to have expanded by 3.5%, stimulated by attractions such as the recently opened Rogers Centre arena and by a rebound in the provincial economy. Going forward, growth rates should average 2.5% over the next few years. OTTAWA — Canadians took 3.6 million trips to the U.S. in October, a 0.2% decrease from September 2017, but a 2.3% jump from October 2016. CalgaryThis year, overnight visits to Calgary are estimated to increase by 3.6%, with business travel boosted by the recovery of the regional economy. Through to 2021, growth rates of 2.6% or more are projected, supported by solid increases from overseas markets. Of the 10 Canadian cities covered in the Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus, most experienced tourism growth between 3% and 5.5% this year. Ottawa-Gatineau and Montreal will have seen the strongest growth in overnight visits this year at 5.5% and 5.1% respectively, while Toronto and Vancouver will have the strongest increase next year at 3.4% each: << Previous PostNext Post >> HalifaxBoosted by the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the favourable exchange rate, overnight visits to Halifax are forecast to have expanded by 4% this year. In 2018, overnight visits are projected to increase by 3.1% thanks in part to the opening of the Nova Centre. TorontoOvernight visits to Toronto are expected to have grown at a solid 4% this year. Going forward, the steady expansion of direct air capacity from domestic, U.S., and overseas source markets is projected to remain a major growth driver. St. Catharines-NiagaraLike Ottawa-Gatineau and Toronto, the 150th anniversary of Confederation provided a boost in overnight visits to St. Catharine’s-Niagara, as did the city’s offering of accommodation to athletes from the Invictus Games and their families. Overall, overnight visits to the area are forecast to have increased by 3.1% this year, with more modest growth of 2.8% expected in 2018. WinnipegTourism activity in Winnipeg benefited this year from hosting the 2017 Canada Games, strong convention activity, and the Canada 150 celebrations. All in all, overnight visits are projected to increase 3.2% this year and 2.6% in 2018. More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“With this major milestone behind us, we can anticipate more subdued growth going forward. However, tourism will continue to be boosted by the low Canadian dollar, increased direct air capacity, and new marketing efforts.” Travelweek Group Canadians made 732,000 overnight trips by plane to the U.S. in October, a decline from September in most provinces and down 0.6% nationally. However the 732,000 trips represents a 7.8% increase compared with October 2016. Tags: USAlast_img read more


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first_imgNorwegian Cruise Line announced recently that it will extend its offering of weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, through December 2017. Together with the five previously announced cruises in May 2017, these 25 additional cruises, which start in June 2017, all feature an overnight stay in Cuba’s historical and culturally-rich capital of Havana.“We are thrilled to be the first cruise line able to offer weekly sailings from Miami to Cuba through the fall of 2017, all with overnights in the beautiful city of Havana. We have seen great demand from our guests for sailings to Cuba and we look forward to providing more opportunities for them to experience this incredibly culture-rich destination on a weekly basis,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line.Norwegian Sky’s sailings to Cuba will also feature a call to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island destination in the Bahamas that was recently enhanced to offer guests exciting new ways to enjoy the island, with additional features to be added through summer 2017. Great Stirrup Cay is a private island paradise, with white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, water sports galore and lushly landscaped beachside cabanas available for daily rental for those who wish to have a more exclusive island experience.Along with the freedom and flexibility that the Cruise Line provides, guests sailing on Norwegian Sky will also enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program.last_img read more


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first_imgMarch 15, 2004 There are 74 peach trees in the peach orchard next to the camp greenhouse. Pruning these trees is one of the major tasks in the early spring for the agriculture and land-use department. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Agriculture crewmembers, Ryan Laska and Sara Kurzhals, prune peach trees in the orchard. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi] One of the apple trees, brought from a local abandoned orchard and transplanted in camp this winter, is starting to bloom (left). The Williams pear branches grafted onto a wild pear tree are growing well and have been pruned. It might bear fruit this summer (right). [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]last_img read more


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argues that this means that the toll of bad human driving at least in terms of money spent on repairs and aggravation is perhaps even higher than the most widely reported statistics would have us believe The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now View Sample Sign Up Now The 10 Most Ambitious Google Projects Google Driverless Car The Google Self-Driving Car has been in the works since 2005 after a team of engineers won a grant from the US Department of Defense to design an autonomous car The project which aims to reduce traffic accidents has made headway in recent years as states passed laws permitting self-driving cars Google plans a commercial release between 2017 and 2020 David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images Google has been testing balloons which sail into the stratosphere and beam Internet down to Earth Jon Shenk—AP Google’s smart contact lenses Google/AP Google Lively Google Lively was a web-based virtual community space where users could 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a wonderful day in the neighborhood for fans of both Tom Hanks and Mister Rogers: the Oscar-winning actor is set to play the beloved television icon in an upcoming movie titled You Are My Friend according to TriStar pictures The film which is loosely based on an Esquire profile by writer Tom Junod traces the writer’s experience meeting and befriending with transformative effects the family-friendly screen personality It’s being directed by Marielle Heller the mind behind the well-reviewed coming-of-age story Diary of a Teenage Girl And the internet is absolutely thrilled that America’s Dad Hanks has been cast in this particular role which will take many viewers back to their childhoods and time spent learning from Mr Rogers and his zany cast of puppet characters while singing along to his memorable tunes Here’s hoping Hanks spends all the time he needs perfecting the art of changing shoes and putting on sweaters with the precise aplomb of Mr Rogers Mr Rogers passed away in 2003 after being diagnosed with cancer It is finally happening and in the best of ways: a movie very loosely based on the article I wrote for @Esquire 20 years ago with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers two innovative screenwriters from "Transparency" scripting and Marielle Heller directing Well-timed for this moment https://tco/JWsOCmL6XB Tom Junod (@TomJunod) January 29 2018 another entry in the Tom Hanks Decent Man Cinematic Universe https://tco/8jkYRXwnK7 David Sims (@davidlsims) January 29 2018 Tom Hanks is playing Mr Rogers! 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