Exercise keeps the mind sharp in over-50s: study

first_imgMelbourne, Apr 25 (PTI) Are you over 50 and showing signs of cognitive decline? Then doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep your mind sharp, research suggests.Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the BBC quoted Australian researchers as saying.Exercises such as Tai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 50 who could not manage other more challenging forms of exercise, the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said.Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brains natural decline as we enter middle age.The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections.In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.In a variety of brain tests, they found evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – had a significant effect on memory and the brains ability to plan and organise, the so-called executive functions.advertisementJoe Northey, study author and researcher from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise at Canberra, said the findings were convincing enough to enable both types of exercise to be prescribed to improve brain health in the over-50s.”Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done,” he said.He said people should be able to hold a conversation while doing moderate exercise.Dr Justin Varney, lead for adult health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said any physical activity was good for brain and body.”Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age.”Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of health benefits,” Varney said.Dr Dean Burnett, lecturer in neuroscience and psychiatry at Cardiff University, said the study gave a clearer picture of how exercise affected the brain – but there were still issues.”It could lead to increased pressure for the 50-plus age group to exercise more in order to stay mentally healthy, which is good advice but also overlooks the fact that as we age its increasingly difficult to engage in physical activity, as our bodies are simply less capable of it,” he said. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

Amazon working on a free, ad-supported video service for Fire TV owners

first_imgAmazon is betting big on the television advertising market as it plans to launch an ad-supported video streaming service for its Fire TV device owners. According to the people familiar with the matter, the service will be called Free Drive and it is separate from the company’s subscription-based Prime Video service.While rumours of such a service being in works surfaced last year as well, however, the company, at the time had denied all the rumours saying that it had no plans of creating a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video. But now we have detailed information about Amazon’s upcoming service.As per a report by The Information, Free Drive will not be a free version of Prime Video, but it will function as a separate entity with a content that is different from the one that is already available on Prime Video. The new service is being developed by the company’s IMDB subsidiary and it is in talks with major studios for licensing older TV shows to fill out the service’s initial library.The new service is in line with Amazon’s decision of removing ad-free viewing feature for Twitch Prime members. For reference, Twitch Prime membership will no longer include ad-free viewing as a complementary perk starting September 14.Furthermore, the reports says that the company is also increasing advertisements during the sports broadcasts to draw more revenue from TV advertising.Meanwhile, the company is in talks with major Hollywood studios, including Sony Corp’s studio division and Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures, for developing original movies for its streaming service. Although the talks are still in early stages, the company hopes to attract more users to Prime Videos by roping in major Hollywood players.advertisementALSO READ: Amazon wants you to teach Alexa to speak in Hindi and other local languagesAccording to a report by Bloomberg, Amazon will be spending more than $5 billion on video programming this year and it is currently rebooting its Los-Angeles studio. Earlier this year, the Seattle-based tech giant hired NBC executive Jennifer Salke to lead Amazon Studio, all of which indicates that the company is amping up its game against its biggest rival Netflix, which at present leads the popularity chart.last_img read more

Ramos never broke anti-doping rules: Real Madrid respond to Football Leaks allegations

first_imgReal Madrid have denied their captain, Sergio Ramos failed a doping test in the lead up to 2017-18 Champions League final, rubbishing reports of wrongdoing by German magazine Der Spiegel in a Football Leaks revelation.The news magazine published a report on Friday that claimed Ramos’ urine sample taken before the big final between Real and Juventus was tested positive for banned substance, dexamethasone.It was also reported that the Real captain did not follow proper procedures when asked to take a test after a Spanish league match in April this year.”Ramos has never breached anti-doping regulations,” Real said in a statement.”UEFA requested specific information and immediately closed the case referred to, as is customary in such instances, following tests carried out by experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency and UEFA itself.”Also read: Mane extends Liverpool contract, Kante signs new five-year deal with ChelseaUEFA also released a statement, saying it “strongly and categorically refutes unfounded allegations it has covered up positive doping results.”Notably, UEFA did not launch an investigation as the governing body of European football later accepted an explanation from Real’s doctor who conceded to have made an error in the report.It added: “All UEFA doping control cases are conducted in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code. UEFA has informed both WADA and FIFA of all such cases as required by the WADA Code and UEFA has provided all detailed information, expert reports and evidence during the handling of such cases.”advertisementIt said WADA and FIFA have the right to appeal any decision taken by UEFA on doping control matters to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but neither “did lodge any such appeal.”UEFA said WADA itself has officially confirmed “everything was dealt with appropriately by UEFA and in accordance with the code.”Spain’s anti-doping agency, which would have made the alleged request to test Ramos in April, said it can never publicly disclose information about doping investigations. It said it opens disciplinary procedures only if there is enough evidence of a possible infraction.(With inputs from AP)Also watch:last_img read more

FA charges Arsenal for pitch invasion by fan during Manchester United game

first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 12:03 IST Arsenal have until March 22 to respond to the charge by the FA (AP Photo)Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the pitch invasion that occurred during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.The incident occurred in the 69th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory, when a supporter ran on to the field to celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal and shoved United defender Chris Smalling.He then approached Arsenal’s players with his arms aloft before stewards escorted him off the pitch. The man was later arrested.”Arsenal FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b),” the FA said in a statement.”It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator(s) conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.”Arsenal have until March 22 to respond to the charge.Pitch invasions in England and Scotland over the weekend have raised fears for player safety, with those in the game warning of potential tragedy unless firm action is taken to tackle the problem.Before the incident at Arsenal, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was punched in the face by a man in a Championship (second tier) game at local rivals Birmingham City, while in Scotland, Rangers captain James Tavernier was attacked at Hibernian.Also Read | Europa League: Arsenal, Chelsea storm into quarterfinals, Inter Milan crash outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Arsenal FCFollow Football AssociationFollow Arsenal vs Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leagueFollow Pitch invasion FA charges Arsenal for pitch invasion by fan during Manchester United gameArsenal FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b) because the club failed to ensure that its spectator(s) conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.advertisementlast_img read more

The Best White Wines for Day Drinking

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley We’re no strangers to day drinking or to even just saying how much we like day drinking. We’re truly and utterly really big fans of it. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as having a couple glasses of good stuff over the course of an afternoon.Sometimes, though, you don’t want beer because you’ll be full after two or three. You don’t really want spirits, either, because you have to be a functional adult later in the evening. That leaves our friend vino. Easy to drink, it drives a great line between the filling feeling brought on by beer and the absolute shit show that too much liquor can cause.Because it’s summer, we’ve gone and chosen a few of what we think are some of the best white wines for day drinking. Overall, they are are incredibly easy to drink over the course of a day and the bottles will be gone before you know it. To be safe, you might want to pick up two.Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc 2016With melon and honeysuckle on the nose, this Sauvignon Blanc has a palate this is bright and acidic, that bursts with pear and green apple flavors with a dose of minerality of balance. The wine has a nice, long finish to round it all out.Dopff and Irion Crustaces 2015A mix of ninety percent Sylvaner and ten percent Pinot Blanc grapes, Crustaces is a fresh and fruity wine that goes well with, as the name alludes to, shellfish.  There’s a bit of minerality that helps to ground the fruit flavors and round out the palate.Pindar Riesling 2015 The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best American Liqueur center_img A semi-sweet Riesling from Long Island, this wine’s nose greets you with floral, hibiscus notes that are followed by a palate that is full of citrus and lychee flavors. The slight sweetness helps this wine in pairing with spicy Asian-influenced dishes.Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2016A tropical-forward Sauvignon Blanc, you’re going to find green apple notes mixing with rich passionfruit and lime-heavy citrus flavors that are bright and clear. The finish is crisp and extends those citrusy notes.Vinkara Narince 2015 A Turkish wine whose name means “Delicately” in Turkish, Narince grapes are native to Anatolia and create a white wine that blooms with peach and orange blossom flavors that are rounded out with some lemon notes. The acidity of the body helps elongate the finish. Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Downlast_img read more

Songa Bulk Adds SecondHand Kamsarmax

first_imgzoom Olso-listed bulker owner Songa Bulk ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a Kamsarmax bulk carrier built in 2011 at Sanoyas in Japan.The 83, 494-DWT vessel will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2017, the company said.The shipowner plans to establish a wholly owned subsidiary to take delivery of the vessel.The latest purchase brings Songa Bulk’s total fleet to 13 vessels, which have cost USD 236.4 million so far.These include 2 Capesizes, 8 Kamsarmaxes and 3 Supramaxes.Earlier this week, Songa completed a tap issue of USD 45 million in its Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue, the net proceeds of which have been earmarked for the financing of additional bulker acquisitions.The total nominal amount outstanding in the bond following the tap issue will be USD 120 million.“The additional USD 45 million from the tap issue will let us continue to grow the fleet in line with our strategy. We still find the risk reward ratio attractive in the dry bulk space and we expect to add additional vessels to our fleet shortly,” Arne Blystad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Songa, said commenting on the tap issue.last_img read more

Province Federal Government Announce Investment in Infrastructure Improvements

first_imgThe province, the federal government and municipality are investing up to $92 million in infrastructure improvements to build better communities and create more jobs for Nova Scotians. The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada announced today, Oct. 19, they will consider the Halifax Central Library project in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) as a priority for infrastructure funding consideration. Both governments also announced funding under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund to support sewer-system improvements in Cape Breton and road initiatives across the province. The joint announcement was made by Premier Darrell Dexter, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Bill Estabrooks, federal Minister of Transport and Infrastructure John Baird, federal Minister of Defence Peter MacKay and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly. “I am pleased that this government continues to fulfill the commitments we made to Nova Scotians to maximize federal infrastructure spending,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s announcement is providing much-needed infrastructure improvements, employing Nova Scotians, creating economic growth and making life better for people from across this province.” The funding for sewer-system improvements and road initiatives will be provided under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so construction can begin as soon as possible. “The federal government recognizes that libraries are important public spaces and learning centres,” said Mr. Baird. “We are proud of these investments, which are on top of the $14 million we committed for Halifax and Cape Breton just last month.” “Building infrastructure is critical to the economy of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “These projects translate into more jobs, steady employment and better infrastructure to support local business and industries.” The sewer-system upgrades will improve the quality of sewage treatment, while the road initiatives will upgrade road conditions and increase road safety for drivers. The province will include these on its annual capital plan for the $25 million per year provided by the government of Canada for core infrastructure priorities in Nova Scotia. The total estimated cost of these improvements is $37.1 million. “As the regional minister for Nova Scotia, I am proud to be a part of these infrastructure investments that generate economic and employment opportunities across the province,” said Mr. MacKay. “These initiatives are important to Nova Scotians, creating various benefits that they can enjoy for years to come.” The Halifax Central Library, intended to replace the current Spring Garden Road Memorial Library, will serve as a resource centre for HRM residents, help drive the economic revitalization of the downtown area and be a new attraction for visiting tourists. The 109,000-square-foot facility will include a larger book collection, additional meeting and study rooms, a 250-seat auditorium and technology areas for computers. Canada is setting aside up to one-third of total eligible costs for this project, to a maximum federal contribution of $18.3 million from the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. Nova Scotia would provide $13 million and HRM would contribute $23.7 million toward the project, which has a total estimated coat of $55 million. Federal funding would be conditional on the project meeting all requirements under the fund and the signing of a contribution agreement with the province. Beyond today’s funding announcement, the government of Canada is taking important steps to support economic growth. Canada’s Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.last_img read more

New Website Explains Family Law

first_imgA new website will help Nova Scotians experiencing a family breakup, domestic violence or other legal issues to be better informed about the law, processes and services that make up family law in the province. Justice Minister Ross Landry officially launched www.nsfamilylaw.ca today, July 17. “A family breakup is a challenging and emotional time,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Our hope is that this website will help families be better informed and make this difficult time a little easier.” The website is a collaborative effort by the Department of Justice, Department of Community Services, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Canadian Bar Association, Capital District Health Authority and the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary. It offers information and resources about family law in Nova Scotia, including separation and divorce, custody and access, child support, mental health and family violence. “This website and the range and depth of information it provides Nova Scotians is a game changer,” said Tim Daley, president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. “It affords everyone an excellent source of information on the law and processes around family matters, and will benefit many Nova Scotia families as they deal with the difficult issues arising out of separation and divorce. “We should be very proud of this site and the commitment it represents to improving access to justice in this province.”last_img read more

RCMP trying to locate stolen red sidebyside

first_imgred in colourin good conditionhas a windshield and roofhaving a box on the backThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen 2012 Big Red Honda side by side.On June 10, 2019, the side-by-side was taken from the 10400 block of Bison Rd, Cecil Lake, BC.  The side-by-side was believed to have been stolen sometime between May 18 and June 8, 2019.The side-by-side is described as:last_img read more

The Latest White House receives House document request

WASHINGTON — The Latest on a House panel’s expanding Russia investigation (all times local):10:50 a.m.The White House says it has received the House Judiciary Committee’s letter requesting documents related to the Trump administration, family and business as part of an expanding Russia investigation.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that the White House counsel’s office and relevant officials will review the letter and respond at the appropriate time.The committee is requesting documents from more than 60 people.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who says he believes the president obstructed justice, says the panel wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. He says former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn also are likely targets.__12:34 a.m.A top House Democrat says it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation.Nadler said the House Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn also are likely targets, he said.Asked if he believed Trump obstructed justice, Nadler said, “Yes, I do.”___Follow all of AP’s Trump Investigations coverage at https://apnews.com/TrumpInvestigationsThe Associated Press read more

AP source Charles Keating Jr leading figure in 1980s savings and loan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 1991, file photo, Charles Keating Jr., adjusts his tie as he sits in a Los Angeles courtroom. Keating, the financier who was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90. A person with direct knowledge of the death confirmed that Keating died but didn’t provide further details. The person wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) PHOENIX – Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.A person with direct knowledge of the death confirmed on Tuesday that Keating had died but didn’t provide further details. The person wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.When Keating’s Phoenix-based home construction company, American Continental Corp., bought Lincoln Savings & Loan in 1984, the multimillionaire elevated its worth from $1.1 billion to $5.5 billion in a four-year period.But his financial empire crumbled with state and federal convictions for defrauding investors. Keating allegedly bilked Lincoln customers by selling them $200 million of unsecured “junk” bonds. They became worthless when Keating’s company became bankrupt.The thrift’s collapse cost taxpayers $2.6 billion and tarnished the reputations of five senators who became known as the “Keating Five.” One of them was Republican U.S Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and the scandal re-entered the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign.As the public heard testimony of elderly bondholders who had lost their life savings, Keating became a national poster boy for corporate greed. Keating was convicted in both state and federal court, but the convictions were thrown out and he agreed to a federal plea deal that freed him after nearly five years in prison.Though Keating insisted he was a symbol of the common man, he was known more for an extravagant lifestyle. Keating received $19.4 million in salary, stock purchases and other compensation over five years, ending in 1988. His company provided luxuries like the use of a $5 million refurbished Florida estate. The corporation picked up the tab for lavish events like a 1986 Christmas party at which nearly $2,000 was spent on Silly String alone.American Continental also paid to maintain three corporate jets. Keating was known to take long trips to Africa, Europe and elsewhere.As the savings and loan institution’s profits rose, the Federal Home Loan Bank in San Francisco began looking into investment activity in 1986. The examination was the beginning of numerous conflicts between Keating and federal regulators.By April 1989, American Continental filed for bankruptcy protection — one day before federal regulators seized Lincoln for alleged bad business practice. The government claimed Keating made land swap deals to fabricate real estate profits.Through a tax-sharing agreement, American Continental was then able to siphon off $94 million of federally insured deposits in the form of deferred taxes never actually paid to the Internal Revenue Service.The financial fallout triggered investigations and multiple lawsuits from all sides.Keating filed a lawsuit, accusing the government of illegal seizure. In turn, the government slapped Keating, as well as several family members and associates, with a $1.1 billion fraud and racketeering civil lawsuit.Several of the 23,000 investors who purchased junk bonds also filed suit against Keating.The scandal also shook the political world. Five senators who received campaign donations from Keating — McCain, Democrat Alan Cranston of California, Democrat John Glenn of Ohio, Democrat Donald W. Riegel Jr. of Michigan and Democrat Dennis DeConcini of Arizona — were accused of impropriety for appealing to regulators on Keating’s behalf in 1987.In 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee formally reprimanded Cranston for “improper and repugnant” dealings with Keating. DeConcini and Riegle received rebukes from the committee but no further punishment for creating the appearance of impropriety. Glenn and McCain were criticized less severely; the panel said they “exercised poor judgment.”McCain later called his involvement with Keating “the worst mistake of my life” and said having his honour questioned was in some ways worse than the torture he endured in Vietnam. During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama revisited McCain’s role in the scandal in a campaign Web video.McCain said in an emailed statement Tuesday, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Charles Keating, a loving father and grandfather.”Throughout Keating’s 1991 trial in California on state securities fraud charges, he stuck to his claim that he was an innocent target of a power-hungry federal government.The four-month trial ended with a jury finding Keating guilty of 17 of 18 charges. Two years later, Keating and his son, Charles Keating III, were convicted of multiple federal charges of racketeering, fraud, conspiracy and transporting stolen property. He started serving a 12-year federal and 10-year state prison sentence concurrently in 1993.In all, Keating served nearly five years in prison. His state convictions were overturned a second time in 1998 when a federal court judge ruled the trial judge, Lance Ito, had not properly instructed the jury.That same year, an appeals court judge threw out Keating’s federal securities charges. The judge said jurors had improperly learned of his state convictions. Keating then made a plea deal with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to three counts of wire fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud in exchange for time served, with no fines or restitution. Charges were also dismissed against his son.State prosecutors decided in 2000 not to retry Keating.“I had the honour to represent him over many years, and I got to see a side of him many others did not,” Stephen C. Neal, chairman of Cooley LLP and Keating’s longtime attorney, said in a statement Tuesday night. “Though his controversies were many, he faced adversity with great dignity, wit and courage. Charlie never wavered in his faith.”Post-prison, Keating moved into his daughter’s home in the wealthy Phoenix enclave of Paradise Valley. In 2006, he quietly began work as a business consultant in Phoenix.Born in 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Keating had a middle class upbringing as the son of Charles Sr., a dairy company worker, and Adele, a homemaker. His family had financial difficulties when the senior Keating was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.Educated in Roman Catholic schools, Keating studied business at the University of Cincinnati. After the first quarter, he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps and trained to fly in combat. Keating was honourably discharged in 1945.He later returned to the university, where he achieved an NCAA gold medal in swimming. Keating then attended law school and joined a law firm in 1947.He is survived by wife Mary Elaine, daughter Mary, son Charles and grandson Gary Hall Jr., who was an Olympic swimming champion. by Bob Christie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:38 pm MDT AP source: Charles Keating Jr., leading figure in 1980s savings and loan scandal, dead at 90 read more

US threw away golden opportunity at Hanoi summit North Korean official says

first_img US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during at Hanoi summit Image: Shealah Craighead via PA Images I’m not sure why the US came out with this different description. We never asked for the removal of sanctions in their entirety.“This time we understood very clearly that the United States has a very different calculation to ours,” she added.‘We just had to walk’Speaking after the Hanoi summit breakdown, Trump said “sometimes you have to walk”.“We just left chairman Kim with a really, I think a very productive time. We thought and I thought and Secretary Pompeo felt that it wasn’t a good thing to be signing anything,” Trump said, speaking to the media shortly after leaving the summit.“We spent pretty all day with Kim Jong Un who is… he’s quite a guy and quite a character and I think our relationship is very strong. At this time we had some options and at this time we decided not to do any of the options and we’ll see where that goes. It was a very interesting two days and I think actually it was a very productive two days but sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times. Choe refused to comment directly when asked by one of the ambassadors about news reports the North may be preparing for another missile launch or satellite launch.“Whether to maintain this moratorium or not is the decision of our chairman of the state affairs commission,” she said, using one of Kim’s titles. “He will make his decision in a short period of time.”Includes reporting by Associated Press Friday 15 Mar 2019, 7:39 AM https://jrnl.ie/4543385 19 Comments North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui (centre) Source: AP/PA ImagesChoe has now questioned the claim by Trump that the North was seeking the lifting of all sanctions against it, and said it was seeking only the ones that are directed at its civilian economy. Choe said it was the US that was being too demanding and inflexible and called the demand that denuclearisation come before sanctions are eased “an absurd sophism”.She added that while South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tried to help bring the US and North Korea together to talk, the South is “a player, not an arbiter” because it is an ally of Washington.She said even though the people, military and officials of the munitions industry have sent Kim thousands of petitions to never give up the nuclear program, he went to Hanoi to build trust and carry out mutually agreed commitments “one by try and step by step”. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during at Hanoi summit US threw away ‘golden opportunity’ at Hanoi summit, North Korean official says A nuclear summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, between Kim and Trump ended without agreement on 28 February. Image: Shealah Craighead via PA Images What is clear is that the U.S. has thrown away a golden opportunity this time. Share5 Tweet Email THE US THREW away a “golden opportunity” at the recent summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un, a North Korean official has said. Addressing a meeting of diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit.She said Pyongyang now has no intention of compromising or continuing talks unless the US takes measures that are commensurate to the changes it has taken — such as the 15-month moratorium on launches and tests — and changes its “political calculation”.A nuclear summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, between Kim and Trump ended without agreement on 28 February.Kim, Choe said, was puzzled by what she called the “eccentric” negotiation position of the US.She suggested that while Trump was more willing to talk, an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust was created by the uncompromising demands of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.She said statements by senior Trump advisers since the summit have further worsened the climate.Despite this, Choe said personal relations between the two leaders are still good and “the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful”.‘Thrown away a golden opportunity’Following the breakdown of talks, each side sought to blame the other for the deadlock, with Trump saying Pyongyang wanted the US to lift all sanctions imposed on it over its banned weapons programmes.But in a late-night press conference after the summit ended, the North Korean foreign minister said that Kim only wanted some of the measures eased, and that its offer to close all nuclear production facilities at its Yongbyon complex was the best it could ever offer. Mar 15th 2019, 7:39 AM Short URL 9,921 Views By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Two teens killed in road trip crash

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Victorian teenagers have been killed during a road trip to Queensland. Brandon Christopoulos and Jesse Edwards, both 19, were driving through northwestern NSW on Saturday 26 December along with their three friends and plans to spend New Years Eve on the Gold Coast and relive their schoolies experience. But less than 12 hours into their trip on early Sunday morning, the footballers from local clubs in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee, came off the Newell Highway, their car hitting a tree near Narrabri just west of Tamworth. Along with the two tragic deaths, another passenger Damien McKenzie was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, while the other two sustained injuries. Both Brandon and Jesse have had their lives tragically cut short too soon.Brandon, the youngest in a family of five and the only son, was a talented footballer and aspiring carpenter, successfully approved for an apprenticeship just before Christmas to follow his dream.Described as a kind-hearted and funny young man, in an interview with Fairfax Media his eldest sister Rhiannon Stephens recalled her brother’s positive nature.“He would not say a bad word about anybody. Regardless of what was going on, he just turned everything into a joke so people would laugh and smile with him,” she said.With the family naturally still in shock, she said “I think we still feel that he’s just away, and that any minute he’s just going to walk through the door.”According to NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, the accident has partly been attributed to fatigue, as the boys had been taking turns to drive. “The fourth driver in the sequence had been driving for two hours, obviously fell asleep fatigued, rolled the vehicle and killed himself and the other passenger in the front seat,” said the commissioner. An impromptu memorial was held last Monday for the families of Brandon and Jesse, with hundreds turning out to leave tributes and flowers in memory of the young men.Source: The Age, Geelong Advertiserlast_img read more

This AnimeCentric Star Wars Predator Terminator and Other Classic SciF

first_imgAnd Predator, for good measure. Ever wanted to see a proper Star Wars anime series? You’ll probably never actually get to, even though it’s basically a match made in heaven. Luckily, there are ridiculously talented fans to fill that gap for you. Fan animator and YouTube personality Dmitry Groove, who goes by Ahriman online, has created a seriously impressive animated trailer for Star Wars that gets practically everything right.The anime trailer looks as though it was ripped straight from the pages of a ’90s anime sketchbook, and it hits all the high points you’re familiar with from Star Wars in general. From Leia meeting Han Solo for the first time to Han taking out Greedo because we know he obviously shot first, there’s a wealth of iconic footage to be seen here. It’s super cool, too, because it’s cut with the Japanese-language dub of the movie, specifically A New Hope. If you’re a fan, you’ve got to see it all in action.That’s not all this animator has up his sleeve, though. He’s also taken to a whole swath of different movies, al of which would be pretty awesome if ever given their own real-life anime adaptations. Check out this anime-tastic rendition of Rocky. If you’re a big The Fifth Element fan, that’s here too. Die Hard gets in on the action, too: Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form center_img If you’re into anime and think these examples of classic films reimagined as parts of the medium are awesome, let’s just hope someone gets right one day and gives these movies the old college try with proper anime styling. Otherwise, we can bask in these special drawings and trailer, as well as the workings other fans have put together over the years. Seriously, how do these people not have official anime jobs yet?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Throw in a little Blade Runner for good measure… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Gardiner wins the 400 meters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppQatar, May 9th 2017 : Steven Gardiner won the 400 meters, when he kicked off the IAAF Diamond League on Friday at the Doha 2017 meet in Qatar. Coming in at 44.60 seconds, Gardiner took the lead over Donald Thomas and Americans, LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay.  The win comes two weeks after his historic win at the IAAF Relays in Nassau, and a few seconds short of his personal best at 44.26 seconds he recorded in the Grenada Invitational in April.Crossing the line after Gardiner was Merritt at 44.76, followed by McQuay in 44.92.Grenada’s Kirani James, the 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist, was also scheduled to compete in the meet but withdrew.The next event in the IAAF’s 14-round Diamond League series will be the Shanghai Diamond League in China on May 13th. The Diamond League will come to an end on September 1st in Brussels. Related Items:last_img read more

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is on sale for 57 save 13

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Comments The Cheapskate 29 Photos News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? 2:13 Amazon Nintendo Best Buy Nintendo Heads up, Nintendo Switch owners: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $56.99. Regular price: $69.99. See it at AmazonThis full-size gamepad features motion controls, HD rumble and built-in “amiibo functionality,” which will no doubt mean something to you if you are indeed a Switch owner.Although $13 isn’t a huge savings, it’s still a savings — and this is actually Amazon’s lowest price to date on the controller, which hasn’t seen a decent sale since Black Friday. See It Amazon $299 See It $309 Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield See It Walmart Gaming Accessories Share your voice How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go 3 Tags Nintendo Switch $299 $289last_img read more

Porsche 911 GT3 new Apple CarPlay and more Roadshows week in review

first_img 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is the over-the-top SUV of your dreams Forget rideshare, car subscriptions are a form of ‘brandshare’ Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Genesis G90 review: Luxury’s most screaming deal? 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: A no-brainer recommendation Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. The week launched hard off the line with a blast around Road Atlanta in two track-focused Porsche 911s, kept it in the carpool lane with a review of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, and finished scandalously strong with spellbinding news from FCA.Here’s a look at our most important stories from June 2-8, 2019.Top reviews 5:55 2019 Hyundai Santa FeOnce you’re behind the wheel of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, it doesn’t take long to discover that it’s a well-sorted SUV. But after two weeks and 1,134 miles of testing, reviews editor Manuel Carrillo III came away overflowing with eagerness to recommend this crossover as a “can’t miss” for the family-minded car-shopper.Click here to read our 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe in-depth review. Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Porsche heads to Road America to capture another lap record Now playing: Watch this: DirtFish rally schoolRoadshow’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens recently fulfilled an ages-long dream of spending three days at DirtFish rally school. Ride along with Tim as he straps behind the wheel of a rally-prepped Subaru WRX STI, and blasts through the Pacific Northwest’s innumerable evergreens. A blast through the trees at DirtFish’s epic rally school 34 Photos Top videos 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter 5:55 Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2019 Genesis G90: High luxury, higher value Top newsApple boosts CarPlay’s usefulness: In just a few years, Apple CarPlay (as well as Android Auto) have become must-have features for all new cars, trucks, SUVs and even touring motorcycles. This week at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, the tech company announced updates to its CarPlay software that have us jiggling with excitement.Look, mom! No air: Forget run-flats. Could you imagine driving on tires that never need air? The idea ain’t that far-fetched. Michelin and GM are planning to hit the road with airless tires as soon as 2024.2020 BMW M8 revealed: You can call it a grand tourer all you want, but drop in behind the wheel and hold tight, because the new BMW M8’s 600 horsepower and 3-second 0-60 mile-per-hour time are here to scream “SUPERCAR!”Farewell, Ford Fusion: Sedan sales aren’t quite what they used to be, and as a result, there are casualties to report. This week, Ford announced it’s discontinuing the Fusion next year. Pour one out.FCA scandal: How’s this for dicey? It was revealed this week that Fiat Chrysler executive Reid Bigland is suing his employer over alleged retaliation for his cooperation with a government investigation into the automaker’s sales figures reporting practices. Yikes.Fiat Chrysler pulls out: An FCA-Renault merger looked promising, until this week, at least. Now merger talks are dead in the water. The best in-car tech and convenience features in 2019 Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is brashness in a box Porsche 911 GT3 and GT2 RSWinning the award for having the most fun this week is Roadshow’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens. He got a chance to sample the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 911 GT2 RS back to back at Road Atlanta. Yes, the whole experience was as gob-smackingly fun as you’re imagining it to be.Click here to read our Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 GT2 reviews. 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63Reviews editor Emme Hall recently spent a week with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63. The super-luxury SUV justifiably makes her feel like a bond villain. With an eye-watering $159,000 as-tested price, if the AMG G-Wagen didn’t make her feel like a badass, then we’d have a problem. Comments Cooley on car subscriptionsOur man Brian Cooley is back to break down the pros and cons of car subscriptions. In addition to offering drivers a (sometimes) more practical way to get around, car subscription programs can benefit automakers tremendously. For example, among the clientele that Porsche’s Passport subscription service attracts, 80 percent of customers are new to the brand. 28 Photos 96 Photos Tags 57 Photos 2019 Genesis G90The Genesis G90 competes with vaunted, large luxury sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but for $15,000 less. Does it feel like $15,000 less of a car? According to reviews editor Manuel Carrillo III, absolutely not. In addition to falling in love with the G90, Carrillo calls the big Genesis a “value with few compromises.”Click here to read our 2019 Genesis G90 in-depth review. 5:58 More From Roadshow 10 Photoslast_img read more

Kadapa Release the water from Sri Saisailam reservoir

first_imgKadapa: AP Rythu Sangam district president B.Dastagiri Reddy has appealed the government to release the water from Sri Sailam reservoir in the interest of farmers conducting agriculture operations under the KC canal.Addressing press conference here on Wednesday he said farmers are irrigating crops about 92,000 acres under the KC canal. He said that farmers are going for plantations in crucial Kharief as they were sufficient availability of water in the Reservoir. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us He said that the Srisailam reservoir is witnessing full following adequate inflows that are reaching into it from the Krishna River. The Rythu Sangam leader also urged the collector to take initiative for creating confidence to the farmers through different ways like informing them through Dandora etc in the villages over the release of water. Ruthu Sangam leaders M.Ramana Reddy and others were present.last_img read more