Heat wave Summer holidays extended by a week for students upto Class

first_imgNEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday announced that summer holidays in Delhi schools would be extended till July 8 for for students up to class VIII, in view of the rising temperatures. The schools which were supposed to re-open from July 1 will now be functional from July 8. “Due to weather conditions prevailing in Delhi, summer holidays have been extended by a week for the students up to class eight. Schools for the children up to class eight will re-open on 8 July. The schools for the remaining classes will be open as per the old schedule,” he tweeted. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe decision from the Delhi government came after temperature reached as high as 48 degree Celsius a few weeks ago. This season, for more than two weeks, hot dry winds had swept the regions, compounding the woes of commuters. Earlier on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin that the heat wave condition is likely to prevail over Delhi with minimum and maximum temperatures hovering around 32 degree Celsius and 43 degree Celsius, respectively. The relative humidity will be around 28 percent. With the temperature rising above 43 degree Celsius in Delhi, which is 8 degrees above the normal level, people have been experiencing extreme heat wave for the past one month. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per weather experts, the national capital could see relief from the scorching heat from Monday. While wind flow starts moving towards the central and north India around June 29, this time it could be delayed by a day or two. By this estimate, monsoon arrival in the Delhi-NCR areas is expected around July 3, suggest experts, adding that the monsoon would first touch the NCR areas. This month on June 11 the mercury shattered all records, with parts of Delhi touching 48 degrees Celsius, an all-time high for a June day. The previous June high, 47.8 degrees Celsius, was recorded in 2014. This temperature, 8 notches above normal, was also the highest ever across all months since the city recorded 48.4 degrees Celsius in May 1998. The sweltering heat has sent Delhi’s power demand soaring past all-time high numbers triggering blackouts in certain areas. Power industry experts attribute nearly 50 percent of Delhi’s power demand during summer months to cooling load such as air conditioners, coolers and fans. Delhi’s water crisis has also left lakhs of people seething with anger this summer, even in the gated communities. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is supplying 900 MGD (million gallons a day) of water, against a peak demand of 1,200 MGD, resulting in a massive shortage.last_img read more

Ashley Tisdale Launches Project Pink PSA

first_imgIn July, PUMA launched their Project Pink program and announced this year’s spokesperson, Ashley Tisdale. Today, the PSA starring Ashley Tisdale launched on the Web.Video: PUMA Project Pink featuring Ashley TisdaleAshley’s grandmother, a Breast Cancer survivor, attended the shoot and appears in the PSA with her. You can see Ashley tweeting #projectpink with her grandmother, interacting with young soccer players who are involved in the Project Pink program, and also pinning a message for her grandmother to the Project Pink bulletin board.PUMA’s Project Pink is an initiative which raises money for Breast Cancer. Money is raised through the sale of Project Pink gear (Ashley is wearing a tshirt in the PSA from the collection), as well as from people tweeting #projectpink. Anyone is free to nominate a Breast Cancer charity (small or large) to receive the money, and people are encouraged to vote for the charity which will win the funds raised through the program.Find out more here.last_img read more

Demonstration staged in Matale over Rohingya crisis

Almost 300,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh, according to the UN, since renewed violence between state security forces and the minority group began more than two weeks ago. The Rohingya, frequently described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”, are a mostly Muslim ethnic group, who have lived in majority Buddhist Myanmar for centuries.There are currently around 1.1m residents in the Southeast Asian nation, which is home to more than 100 ethnic groups and approximately 55 million people. (Colombo Gazette)Pics by Ravindra Viraj Abeysiri Kyi, the nation’s state counsellor and de facto leader, claimed this week that the situation is being twisted by a “huge iceberg of misinformation”, as reported by the BBC.“We make sure that all the people in our country are entitled to protection of their rights as well as, the right to, not just political but social and humanitarian defence,” she reportedly told Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone call on September 5. The disruption started on August 25 after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts in Rakhine, on Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) western coast, triggering a military crackdown. A demonstration was staged in Matale today over the Rohingya crisis and Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the issue.The demonstrators held placards accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of using her Nobel Peace Prize as a “licence to kill” people. read more

Billionaire Charles G Koch working on business advice book scheduled for October

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2015 4:17 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire businessman Charles G. Koch is working on a book in which he offers advice on management and entrepreneurship.Crown Business announced Thursday that Koch’s “Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies” will be published in October.According to Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint, the book will detail Koch’s “management principles and business philosophy.”Koch says in a statement issued through Crown that he hopes that Koch Industries Inc.’s trademarked “Market-Based Management” approach will be a model for others. The 79-year-old Koch also wrote about Market-Based Management in the 2007 book “The Science of Success.”Besides being among the world’s richest men, Koch and brother David Koch are known as key supporters of conservative and libertarian causes and as targets of liberal critics. Billionaire Charles G. Koch working on business advice book, scheduled for October read more

Milkybars get milkier Nestle changes recipe of chocolate bars

first_imgNestle is reformulating the Milkybar to make milk the main ingredient in its latest effort to remove sugar from its products.The percentage of milk in the new recipe has increased from 26 per cent to 37.5 per cent, which allowed for the removal of sugar, Nestle said.The new products will remain free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and sweeteners.Newly designed packs, with the line “Milk is now our No 1 ingredient”, will appear across the full Milkybar range of bars, blocks, buttons and sharing bags and were to replace the existing products from May this year.Nestle said the reformulation would remove almost 350 tonnes of sugar and 130 million calories from UK public consumption, part of its pledge to remove 10 per cent of sugar from across its total confectionery portfolio by next year.It follows the recent launch of Nestle’s reformulated KitKat “Extra Milk and Cocoa”, which increased the percentage of milk by 20 per cent and cocoa by 13 per cent in the recipe. Fiona Kendrick, chairwoman and chief executive of Nestle UK and Ireland, said: “We want to make our products the best they can be for our consumers. We’ll take every opportunity to innovate and reformulate to improve our products but this can never be to the detriment of taste. “We have used our strength in research and innovation to develop a great recipe that replaces some sugar with more of the existing, natural ingredient that people know and love. We have added more milk to the recipe, which has been at the heart of Milkybar ever since it was launched in 1936.”What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below.center_img 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.last_img read more

Potential infertility cure stem cells create viable eggs in mice

first_imgJAPANESE RESEARCHERS HAVE discovered a potential cure for some forms of infertility by using stem cells to create viable eggs in living mice, a study has found.While the method is far from being ready for possible human use, it did overcome a key challenge in reproductive medicine: how to construct viable eggs for women incapable of producing their own.It builds on a study published last year in which the same researchers coaxed stem cells into viable sperm.The researchers at Kyoto University tinkered with a few genes in the stem cells and turned them into cells which were very similar to the primordial germ cells which generate sperm in men and oocytes – or eggs – in women.They then created a “reconstituted ovary” which they transplanted into living mice, where the cells matured into fully-grown oocytes.They extracted the matured oocytes, fertilized them in vitro, and then implanted them into foster mother mice.The mice pups were born healthy and were even able to reproduce once they matured.“Our system serves as a robust foundation to investigate and further reconstitute female germline development in vitro, not only in mice, but also in other mammals, including humans,” lead author Katsuhiko Hayashi wrote.The study was published in the journal Science today.last_img read more

He lied a lot Trump slams Cohens testimony that called him racist

first_img‘He lied a lot’: Trump slams Cohen’s testimony that called him ‘racist’ and ‘conman’ Trump insisted Cohen’s testimony had provided no evidence the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. Share78 Tweet Email Donald Trump and Michael Cohen Image: PA Images 53 Comments US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has lashed out at Michael Cohen after his former long-time lawyer’s bombshell congressional testimony in which he called Trump a racist and a conman.“He lied a lot,” Trump told a press conference in Vietnam after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Trump insisted Cohen’s testimony yesterday had provided no evidence the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia in the 2016 US election and that this is what mattered most in the keenly awaited session before a House committee.Cohen, who also worked as Trump’s fixer, told lawmakers he had no direct knowledge of collusion but that he had suspicions.Trump, however, insisted his former lawyer said no collusion had taken place.“And I was a little impressed by that. He could have gone all-out. He went 95% instead of 100%. The fact is, there is no collusion,” said Trump.“He didn’t lie about one thing. He said, no collusion with the Russian hoax. And I said, I wonder why he didn’t lie about that, too, like everything else,” said Trump.The president did not address any of Cohen’s specific, damning allegations about his decade of working with Trump.Cohen said for instance that Trump directed him last year to lie about hush payments made to a porn actress to silence her claims of an affair with Trump.He also said Trump knew in advance in mid-2016 that WikiLeaks would publish emails stolen from rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign by the Russians.And Cohen asserted that personal lawyers for Trump and his family reviewed and edited his written testimony to Congress in 2017 in which he lied about a Moscow real estate deal that was negotiated through the presidential election.The president complained that the Cohen testimony took place during the summit with Kim.“I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing,” Trump said.Trump again insisted the probe into Russian collusion is a “hoax” and a “witch hunt”.© – AFP 2019 Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 11:00 AM Feb 28th 2019, 11:00 AM center_img 13,091 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4517148 Short URL By AFP Donald Trump and Michael Cohen Image: PA Imageslast_img read more

Superstorm Sandy shipwreck to be removed off GT Beach

first_img Related Items:dema, grans turk, hurricane sandy, mega one triton Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – During House of Assembly debate last week, the Premier shared that the boat stuck on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk would be removed now that the legal process is all done; yesterday the country’s leader reiterated that promise. The Mega One Triton ran aground on the prestigious beach in the capital during what became Super-storm Sandy; that was October 2012 and had posed an environmental threat. The case, brought by DEMA and the Attorney General’s Office leveled charges against four people. It is likely TCIG can now receive bids for the removal of the vessel. Recommended for you UWI, Caricom, FCO to aide in removal of Mega One Tritonlast_img read more

Freshcut trees could use a little jingle

first_imgDairy farmers have “Got Milk?”Ranchers have “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”What about Christmas tree farmers? “I don’t know what our slogan will be,” said Bruce Wiseman, a local Christmas tree grower. But Wiseman is hoping a national marketing program, similar to those for other commodities such as beef and milk, will soon turn its attention to the fresh-cut Christmas tree industry. “Some promotional program should be up and running by next Christmas,” he said, adding that there have been some delays. A 15-cent assessment on every Christmas tree sold in the U.S. would help pay for the program, a move solidified in February when President Barack Obama signed the farm bill into law. In Washington, the Christmas tree industry brings in about $42 million annually, putting the state fourth in the nation for Christmas tree production. The state’s Douglas, noble and grand firs are shipped across the country and overseas. Washington has 637 Christmas tree farms; and Clark County is among the state’s most prolific Christmas tree producers. But the industry could use a boost from the national program, Wiseman said. If the advertising executives need any background as they craft their message, the 68-year-old tree farmer, who owns The Tree Wisemans in Ridgefield, has them covered. “Christmas trees are a sustainable product, environmentally friendly, they provide jobs and support the U.S. economy,” he said. Harder timesThe fresh-cut Christmas tree industry has taken some hits in the past couple of years. There’s ongoing competition from the artificial tree market. A labor dispute at West Coast ports slowed transport of many growers’ trees this season. And more recently, the Washington State Department of Agriculture detected an invasive population of the European gypsy moth northeast of Yacolt.last_img read more

Davie Whole Foods customer seen swiping womans wallet

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are searching for a man who was caught on camera stealing a woman’s wallet at a supermarket in Davie, last weekend.Surveillance video shows the female shopper accidentally leaving her wallet behind at the Whole Foods near University Drive and State Road 84.The footage then shows the subject quickly picking up and pocketing the wallet.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Tomorrow For The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgThe advisory is in effect from 6 a.m., to 6 p.m., on Thursday. Winds gusts as high as 25 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. The worst conditions fromblowing and drifting snow are expected to occur along the Homer Bluff. In addition, areas of poor visibility are expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. Localized amounts up to 10  inches, especially along the Homer Bluff and near Anchor Point. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute on Thursday, on March 8. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means periods of snow and blowing snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.last_img read more

Agarwal Samaj gets new president

first_imgAbids: Naresh Kumar Choudhary has been elected as the president of Telangana Agarwal Samaj on Tuesday. Naresh Kumar Choudhary is the founder chairman of Agarwal Samaj Sahayata Trust. The trust gives free education, conducts kanya vivah (girls’ marriage), donates tailoring machine to the beneficiaries, organises free medical camps and provide medical facilities. The trust donated ventilation machines to NIMS Hospital, dialysis machines to Gandhi Hospitals. Members of Telangana’s Agarwal community greeted the newly elected president Naresh Kumar Choudhary.last_img read more

Gandhi Hospital contract staff goes on strike

first_imgMusheerabad: The washrooms of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the Gandhi Hospital have been locked up and the patients are forced to use the public toilet on the ground floor. With no sanitation workers attending the duty, the stench has become unbearable. The attendants who accompany patients are forced to wait outside hospital.500 outsourcing workers that include sanitation workers, security staff and causality workers of Gandhi Hospital went on strike and staged protest at the entrance of the main block of the hospital on Tuesday morning. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us TS Medical Contract Employees and Worker Union’s city council affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AICTU) called the strike. “We have given strike notice 15 days back,” said M Narasimha, president, Gandhi Hospital Contract Workers Union. Further, he said, “We have represented the issue to the department concerned of the hospital last week, but we did not get any response from them. Whenever we ask about our salary they say that we have not received any sanction amount from the hospital authorities.” “We would remain off duties till we get our salaries and strike would continue till our demand is fulfilled,” says Rajani, a sanitation worker. Ramakant, an attendant said, “I am taking my son to the second floor by carrying him on my shoulder.”last_img read more

Chinas vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific

first_imgA fleet of ships sail out at sea as China and Russia`s naval joint drill concludes in Zhanjiang. Photo: ReutersA generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. The vote went ahead. The missiles stopped.Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan. Chinese president Xi Jinping on 2 January renewed Beijing’s longstanding threat to use force if necessary to restore mainland control over the island. But the United States is now sending much more muted signals of support.On Sunday, American ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This was the seventh passage of US warships through the narrow, strategically sensitive waterway since July. Each time, though, just two US vessels have ventured through; this week, it was a pair of destroyers. No powerful flotillas and certainly no aircraft carriers. It has been more than 11 years since an American carrier traversed the Taiwan Strait.”The Trump administration faces a dilemma,” said Chang Ching, a retired Taiwan naval captain and researcher at the Taipei-based Society for Strategic Studies. “They want to send smart, calibrated signals to Beijing without causing an overreaction or misunderstanding.”This caution is typical of the restraint the US and allied navies, including Japan and Australia, now display in international waters near the Chinese coast, according to more than 10 current and former senior US and Western military officials.China now rules the waves in what it calls the San Hai, or “Three Seas”: the South China Sea, East China Sea and Yellow Sea. In these waters, the United States and its allies avoid provoking the Chinese navy.A Chinese soldier waves farewell to Russian fleets as the Chinese-Russian joint naval drill concludes in Zhanjiang. Photo: ReutersIn just over two decades, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Chinese military, has mustered one of the mightiest navies in the world. This increased Chinese firepower at sea – complemented by a missile force that in some areas now outclasses America’s – has changed the game in the Pacific. The expanding naval force is central to President Xi Jinping’s bold bid to make China the preeminent military power in the region. In raw numbers, the PLA navy now has the world’s biggest fleet. It is also growing faster than any other major navy.”We thought China would be a great pushover for way too long, and so we let them start the naval arms race while we dawdled,” said James Holmes, a professor at the US Naval War College and a former US Navy surface warfare officer.China’s Ministry of National Defense, the US Indo-Pacific Command and the Pentagon did not respond to questions from Reuters.For the United States, the stakes are now much higher in any operation to support its regional allies, including Japan and Taiwan. America now faces daunting obstacles to any efforts to reinforce heavily outgunned Taiwan in a crisis. Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and is currently building an amphibious force that could give it the capacity to launch an invasion of the island.Senior Asian defense and security officials say the PLA’s naval advances have introduced a new uncertainty in such scenarios: If Beijing can sow serious doubt about whether Washington will intervene against China, it would undermine the value of US security guarantees in Asia.In November, a bipartisan commission set up by Congress to review the Trump administration’s national defense strategy reported that in a war with China over Taiwan, “Americans could face a decisive military defeat.”Rapid ExpansionChinese Navy submarine takes part in an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLAN in Qingdao. Photo: ReutersAs China gains confidence that it can dominate its near seas, it intends to challenge the dominance of the US Navy in distant waters, too, in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, according to U.S and Chinese military officials.Satellite imagery of Chinese dockyards, reports in China’s state-controlled media and assessments of US and other foreign naval experts show the PLA navy is expanding as fast as shipyards can weld hulls together. This emerging blue water fleet was just a dream for the early commanders of the communist navy born in 1949, during the closing stages of the nation’s civil war. Then, the People’s Liberation Army assembled a motley collection of conscripted fishing boats and vessels defecting from the Nationalists.Since 2014, China has launched more warships, submarines, support ships and major amphibious vessels than the entire number of ships now serving in the United Kingdom’s fleet, according to an analysis from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies published in May last year. Between 2015 and 2017, China launched almost 400,000 tonnes of naval vessels, about twice the output of US shipyards in that period, the IISS said.The PLA navy now has about 400 warships and submarines, according to US and other Western naval analysts. By 2030, the Chinese navy could have more than 530 warships and submarines, according to a projection in a 2016 US Naval War College study.A shrunken and overworked US Navy, which has ruled the oceans virtually unchallenged since the end of the Cold War, had 288 warships and submarines at the end of March, according to the Pentagon.Globally, the US Navy remains the dominant maritime force, the power that keeps the peace and maintains freedom of navigation on the high seas. Chinese military and political figures say that while their nation’s fleet has more ships, America has more powerful ones, and overall supremacy at sea.”The Chinese navy is at least three decades behind the United States,” a retired Chinese naval officer told Reuters, requesting anonymity. “It is too early for the United States to fret.”China, however, has established dominance in the waters closest to its coast.Ending China’s HumiliationThe regular, highly publicized launch of new warships is a powerful political weapon for Xi Jinping. For a domestic audience, modern aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines are hard evidence that what Xi describes as the “Chinese dream,” his vision of a strong, rejuvenated nation, is becoming reality.Almost immediately after taking power in late 2012, Xi began a series of high profile visits to naval bases and voyages at sea on sleek, new warships. In documentary footage and news reports, he is piped aboard to the salutes of immaculately turned out officers and crew. Underway, he peers into the distance from the bridge through bulky naval binoculars, climbs ladders between decks and shares meals with sailors.Last spring, he watched a giant exercise in the South China Sea, where a flotilla of 48 warships assembled in formation. Half of these vessels had been commissioned since Xi took power, state-controlled media reported. The highlight was the launch of jet fighters from China’s first aircraft carrier: the 60,000-tonne Liaoning, a refurbished Soviet-era flat top that has served as a test bed for carrier operations. The Chinese navy has launched a second carrier as well, which is now in sea trials and expected to join the fleet this year, according to US officials.A key message in the official coverage of Xi’s voyages: A vigilant navy under his command will guard against a repeat of the century of humiliation that began with the First Opium War in 1839, and during which European colonial powers and Japanese invaders took cruel advantage of a vulnerable China.Guided missiles are launched during a drill of the North Sea Fleet in Qingdao. Photo: ReutersEvery Chinese school child learns that China’s suffering arose partly because of the lack of a modern navy. Infamously, in the final years of the Qing Dynasty, the Empress Dowager diverted funds earmarked for naval modernization to building a new Summer Palace. This contributed to China’s heavy defeat in the 1894-95 war with Japan, in which a rising Japanese navy smashed the Chinese fleet.While Beijing’s repeated references to these past humiliations have propaganda value, invasion is now regarded as a highly unlikely threat, according to military strategy documents published by the Chinese government. Instead, China needs to prepare for high intensity conflict in its near seas, these documents say.It is not spelled out exactly how these conflicts would arise. But officers from the US and other foreign militaries say they have no doubt Beijing is referring to clashes over Taiwan or disputed territories in China’s near seas. This strategy is driving a shift away from Beijing’s traditional emphasis on land forces. It marks a historic transformation for an ancient continental power that for millenia feared armies encroaching overland from the north and west.Xi has elevated the status of the navy within what is the world’s biggest military. In an unprecedented move for what has been an army-dominated force, a senior naval officer, Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai, was appointed in 2017 to head China’s Southern Theater Command, one of the country’s five regional commands.Under Xi, the Communist Party has also opened the funding tap. Between 2015 and 2021, total military outlays are projected to jump 55 percent from $167.9 billion to $260.8 billion, according to a report last year that the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission ordered from Jane’s By IHS Markit, a defense information company. Over the same period, the navy’s share of this budget is expected to increase 82 percent, from $31.4 billion to $57.1 billion, the report said.The Chinese leader has set a clear direction for the navy to become a truly global force that would protect the country’s vast seaborne trade and expanding international interests. In its 2015 White Paper on defense, China said its navy would gradually shift its focus from defending its offshore waters to operations in the open seas.For now, many of China’s warships are smaller vessels, including a big fleet of fast missile-attack craft. But Chinese shipyards are launching surface warships that are closing the gap in size, quality, and capability with the best of their foreign counterparts, according to interviews with veterans of the US, Taiwanese and Australian navies. China’s big fleet of conventional and nuclear submarines is also improving rapidly, they say.By 2020, the PLA navy will boast more big surface warships and submarines than the Russian navy, the former head of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, told a congressional committee last year. Some American naval experts believe China could achieve rough parity with the US Navy in numbers and quality of major surface warships by 2030.Crucially, the Chinese navy already has an edge in hitting power, according to senior officers from the US and other regional navies. The best Chinese destroyers, frigates, fast attack craft and submarines are armed with anti-ship missiles that in most cases far outrange and outperform those on US warships, these officers say.A Different WarThis firepower explains why Washington keeps its carriers at a distance. The last US carrier to pass through the Taiwan Strait was the now-decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk, which made a transit with its battle group in late 2007 after being denied a port visit to Hong Kong.The US Navy and other foreign navies still sail near the Chinese mainland. But they avoid overt shows of force that would increase the risk of clashes with modern Chinese warships and submarines. Retired US Navy carrier-fleet officers say that in recent years the Pentagon has also avoided sending carriers to the Yellow Sea between the Korean Peninsula and the Chinese mainland, amid repeated Chinese warnings.An example of China’s determination to control its near waters came this month, when a French warship passed through the Taiwan Strait. After the 6 April transit of the frigate Vendemiaire, China informed Paris that France was no longer welcome to attend celebrations last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese communist navy, US officials told Reuters.Veteran US Navy officers predict any serious conflict with China off its coast would be bloody. The United States and its allies would risk heavy losses and possible defeat, they say.This type of conflict would be vastly different from the wars the United States has been fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan. There, America enjoyed unchallenged air and sea superiority and unimpeded logistics, said Gary Roughead, co-chairman of a 2018 review of the Trump administration’s defense strategy. Today, heavy damage to or losses of American warships or major bases is a real but underappreciated possibility for the United States in a conflict with China, said Roughead, the former Chief of Naval Operations, the top job in the US Navy. “We have not thought about the significant capital losses that will occur – and the American people not being prepared for that,” he said in an interview with Reuters. “Those are significant factors in the win-loss equation.”Chinese military veterans and people with ties to the ruling Communist Party leadership say China’s new naval muscle is defensive in nature. It is essential, they say, to counter a hostile United States that sees China as an enemy.”Without air and sea domination, Chinese naval vessels will just be targets in the event of conflict,” said a retired PLA officer. “For Southeast Asian neighbors, China’s navy may be intimidating, but its prowess is limited to waters near the country’s shores and too early to be a force to be reckoned with in the open sea.”The PLA navy is growing and improving, and in sheer numbers of vessels, exceeds its American rival. But China still falls well short of overall US naval power. With 11 aircraft carriers, 88 powerful surface warships and 69 nuclear-powered submarines, America deploys the mightiest fleet and is likely to maintain a technological edge for some time, according to US and Chinese military officials.In response to the challenge from China and a resurgent Russian navy, the Pentagon is rebuilding its fleet and accelerating development of new weapons, including the urgent introduction of longer-range missiles. The United States aims to deploy a 355-strong fleet by 2034, according to the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal documents. And key US allies Japan, South Korea and Australia are upgrading their navies with new, advanced warships and submarines.China also faces challenges in its drive to become a global naval power. Chinese and foreign naval experts warn that Beijing faces a colossal funding burden as it adds multiple warships to its fleet. Typically, navies wind up paying the initial price of building a warship three times over its service life, if maintenance and refitting costs are included, according to shipbuilders.In some vital naval technologies, China is struggling to catch up. Chinese shipyards still rely on foreign suppliers for some engines, weapons and sensors, according to global arms trade registers. High-profile arrests of suspected Chinese spies accused of stealing military secrets in the United States suggest China’s navy has shortcomings in radars, underwater sensors and other electronic technologies.The PLA navy is well behind the US and other navies in anti-submarine warfare, a serious deficiency, according to Chinese and Western military experts. Most Western military analysts also believe the Chinese navy lacks the amphibious capability to invade Taiwan – the vessels and skills to reach the island by sea and then put boots on the ground.A Vast Unsinkable CarrierHowever, when it comes to dominating its near seas, China doesn’t need to match the US ship-for-ship. The US Navy is a globe-spanning force with offshore bases and multiple missions, including supporting Middle East operations, bolstering European allies, countering Russia’s naval revival and safeguarding global shipping routes. To do this job, the US Navy has to dominate virtually all the world’s oceans.In contrast, the entire Chinese fleet is based on the mainland coast. This means it has the advantage of being the home team. Without major global military responsibilities, the PLA navy can concentrate virtually all its forces in its coastal waters, flooding the zone inside what Beijing refers to as “the first island chain”: the arc that runs through the nearby major islands of the Japanese archipelago, Taiwan, the Philippines and Borneo.In a conflict in these near seas, the Chinese mainland would function as a vast, unsinkable aircraft carrier. China’s warships would be close to logistical support and the firepower of land-based missiles and strike aircraft. These forces would seek to overwhelm enemy warships with volleys of missiles and torpedoes from multiple directions, US and Chinese military analysts say.Most of this firepower was unavailable to Beijing when President Bill Clinton deployed the two carrier battle groups off Taiwan in early 1996. China’s obsolete navy, geared for coastal defense, was powerless to respond, and Beijing could only watch helplessly as the Taiwanese vote went ahead.This humiliation was a turning point, Chinese and Western navy officers say. Stung, China ordered from Russia two powerful destroyers armed with supersonic anti-ship missiles that could take out American carriers and other warships. Two more arrived later from a subsequent order.Then China’s naval shipyards started cranking. Satellite imagery of the key yards at Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou and Wuhan show them almost continuously crowded with warships and submarines at different stages of construction. Since June 2017, Chinese shipyards have launched four heavily armed Type 055 cruisers, which US and Chinese military officials say are a match for any modern warship.Multiple warships can be seen under construction in one section of the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai in April 2018, including Type 055 cruisers and Type 052D destroyers, advanced surface warships armed with long-range missiles for attacking naval and airborne targets. The first Type 055 cruiser, the 10,000-tonne Nanchang, has completed most of its sea trials and will soon join the fleet, the Chinese military said on April 25. It will deliver a major boost to China’s naval firepower when fully operational.And the PLA is building a force of modern, amphibious heavy-lift vessels that in time could allow Beijing to mount a landing on Taiwan or disputed territories such as the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyu Islands in China. The PLA is also training an expanded force of marines for amphibious landings. China’s marines are expected to be a 30,000-strong force by 2020, according to the Pentagon’s annual report on Chinese military power released in August.On 27 February, China’s second aircraft carrier put to sea from Dalian for its fifth round of sea trials, according to reports in the official media.With the still-unnamed carrier now close to joining the fleet, the PLA navy celebrated its anniversary on 23 April with a multinational naval display off the North Sea Fleet headquarters at Qingdao. Xi Jinping was on hand as the Nanchang made its first public appearance with the fleet.last_img

PlayStation Move inventor traditional controllers arent dead

first_imgWhen Nintendo first released the motion-sensing Wii it was obvious that they had a hit on their hands. The Wiimote’s unique paradigm shift made console gaming seem more accessible to people who might never have gamed before. It took the likes of Sony and Microsoft a few years to catch up to the Wii. Four years after the Wii’s debut, though, both Sony and Microsoft managed to release motion controllers of their own. Sony’s was the PlayStation Move, and it’s done okay, but the real game-changer is the Kinect, which has already become the fastest-selling home consumer electronic of all time.With the success of all these controllers, you might think your days of fiddling around with a D-pad are over. Think again, though. Dr. Richard Marks, the inventor of both the PlayStation Move and PlayStation eye, thinks traditional controllers aren’t going anywhere.“I don’t think that makes sense [to give up on traditional controllers]. I said that pretty much from the beginning that we’re not trying to get rid of the gamepad. The gamepad is a really good abstract device. It can map to so many different things. It doesn’t map one-to-one to those things, but it doesn’t need to for a lot of game experiences.” On one hand, it’s easy for Sony to say regular controllers aren’t going anywhere, since the PlayStation Move is easily the least popular controller amongst the console triumvirate. Still, it’s true to say that a lot of times when you’re gaming all you really want to do is lay supine on the couch with a beer balanced on your belly and pull off some headshots. It’s also true that even with the most advanced motion-controllers, like the Kinect, their functionality can be greatly supplemented by using a regular controller simultaneously. My guess is we won’t see regular controllers go anywhere until our consoles can read our minds.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

Robots do checkin and checkout at costcutting Japan hotel

first_imgThe receptionist robot that speaks in English is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one that speaks Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.Henn na Hotel, as it is called in Japanese, was shown to reporters Wednesday, complete with robot demonstrations, ahead of its opening to the public Friday.Another feature of the hotel is the use of facial recognition technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by registering the digital image of the guest’s face during check-in.The reason? Robots aren’t good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them.A giant robotic arm, usually seen in manufacturing, is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass, where a guest can place an item in it, to use as a locker.The arm will put the box back into the wall, until the guest wants it again. The system is called “robot cloak room.”Why a simple coin locker won’t do isn’t the point. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 0 Comments   Share   “I wanted to highlight innovation,” Sawada told reporters. “I also wanted to do something about hotel prices going up.”Staying at Henn na Hotel starts at 9,000 yen ($80), a bargain for Japan, where a stay in one of the nicer hotels can easily cost twice or three times that much.The concierge is a doll-like hairless robot with voice recognition that prattles breakfast and event information. It cannot call a cab or do other errands.Japan is a world leader in robotics technology, and the government is trumpeting robotics as a pillar of its growth strategy. Robots have long been used here in manufacturing. But interest is also high in exploring the potential of robots in human interaction, including helping care for the elderly.Robotics is also key in the decommissioning of the three reactors in Fukushima, northern Japan, which went into meltdowns in 2011, in the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.One area Henn na Hotel still relies on human beings is security.The place is dotted with security cameras, and real people are watching everything through a monitor to make sure guests stay safe and no one makes off with one of the expensive robots.“And they still can’t make beds,” said Sawada, who has also engineered the rise of a popular affordable Japanese travel agency. He has big ambitions for his robot hotel concept and wants to open another one soon in Japan, and later abroad. He is also eager to add other languages, such as Chinese and Korean, to the robots’ vocabulary.A block-shaped robot that was scuttling around in the lobby had been brought in to do room service, delivering beverages and simple snacks. But it wasn’t ready to do that yet.Outdoors, Sawada also demonstrated a drone that flew in to deliver a few small jars filled with snacks. He said he wanted to eventually have drones perform in shows for guests.In the hotel’s rooms, a lamp-size robot in the shape of a fat pink tulip called Tuly answers simple questions like, “What time is it?” and “What is the weather tomorrow?”You can also tell it to turn the room lights on or off. There are no switches on the walls.Sawada is keeping the hotel half-filled for the first few weeks to make sure nothing goes wrong.He also canceled at the last minute the overnight stay planned for media. The robots simply weren’t ready.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories A receptionist robot, left, greets a hotel employee, right, demonstrating how to check in for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall SASEBO, Japan (AP) — From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs.Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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