Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.” The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)
Abhishek Gowda and Tanya Hope in Amar.PR HandoutAbhishek Gowda, son of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh and actress Sumalatha, is making his acting debut in Kannada film Amar. The movie is written and directed by Nagashekar of Mynaa and Sanju Weds Geetha fame.The son of Rebel Star Ambareesh has paired up with Tanya Hope, who played one of the female leads in Challenging Star Darshan’s Yajamana. Veteran actor Devaraj, Sudharani, Sadhu Kokila, Chikkanna and many others are part of the supporting cast.Arjun Janya has composed the music. Joru Paattu and Marethuhiythe songs have stuck the chord with the listeners. The film has Satya Hegde’s cinematography, while Deepu S Kumar has done the editing.Story:Amar is a romantic drama which is based on some real-life incidents occurred in 90s. It is about a boy and a girl, who start liking each other after meeting in a bike race.Amar (Abhishek) and Barbie (Tanya) does not strike off well, but gradually fall in love. The boy ditches her before their marriage. What is the motivation behind his decision? Will their love see a happy ending? Answers to these questions form the crux of the story.Hype:Amar has generated a lot of curiosity in the minds of the audience as it marks the debut of Ambareesh’s son. Further, from Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi to Upendra, Sudeep and cricketer KL Rahul, there is a long list of celebrities who have sent their best wishes for Abhishek.Also, the promos and songs have managed to leave good impression in the minds of the audience about the Kannada film. Will it live up to the expectations? Check it outSachin tweetz: Star hero son he is. This was unexpected. This Nagashekar is too much overrated. Chetan Kumar mass director would have been apt for Abhi debut. Weak 1st half, terrible 2nd half. Movie looked like Appu’s Ninnindale. Totally misfire. Hope for better relaunch. #AmarPriyanka: #Amar: A dull romantic drama that made with unwarranted meandering screenplay to just make it look like a pukka commercial entertainer. Nagshekhar cannot afford to make such mistakes …. he seems to have lost touch .need to find a way to make a comeback..this one is a gone caseKannada Movies Forum: #Amar very good love story excecuted with fab first half & average second half A perfect intro for #AbhishekAmbareesh he performed well in action sequence @Tanyahopeoffl gave Justice to her role cinematography is the main highlight of the film. Our Rating: 3/5MoviePremigalu: #AMAR verdict:A feel good love story with excellent songs and bgm by @ArjunjanyaAJ,just head to theaters #KannadaMovieLovers. #KFI gets another star hero & his name is #AbhishekAmbareesh✌ #AMAR 2nd half:Master Of Love Stories #Nagshekar is back with his trademark love drama! @Tanyahopeoffl is brilliant in her role! RAT:3.75/5K Vasudeva baipadithaya: Today watched the movie #Amar first show at mangalore cenipolis was superb movie can rate 4/5 @sumalathaA @dasadarshan @nirupbhandari @AbhishekAmbhiFc acting wise fabulous acting #AbhishekAmbareesh perfect introduction to film industry the name proves jr.rebel star loved itShashi Prasad SM: #Amar #interval Chance ye illa… No waySathya Narayana R: #Amar First Half Ends With Bigg Twist. #AbhishekAmbareesh Will Be A . Classy Cinematography by #SathyaHegde #Songs Melodious.Awaiting for second half. #amarkannadamovie @sumalathaA #amarkannadamovie #amar #JrRebel Intro of #Abhi Rebel. #Abhi Looks Promising. Superb Action.Full Public Review on Srinidhi’s VLOGS YouTube channelS Shyam Prasad: #Amar 2nd half is murdered and buried in Switzerland. ⭐⭐/5 INTERVAL Fragmented scenes slow down narrative. But plot has finally settled down.
Salman Khan InstagramSalman Khan is one such actor who is often asked about his marriage plans, but he hardly entertained such questions with a straight answer. However, the superstar now revealed why he still did not get married, and probably will not ever.Salman, who has been busy promoting his film Bharat, recently opened up about marriage. The actor said that he does not believe in the institution of marriage, but in companionship.”I don’t believe in marriage. I think it’s a dying institution. I don’t believe in it. Companionship? Yes,” he told Bombay Times when asked about the speculations around his marriage.However, when asked if he would like to become a father, Salman replied saying “when it has to happen, it will happen”. Well, Salman’s fans can now be sure that their favourite actor is not going to tie the knot ever.On the work front, Salman’s big movie Bharat is going to be released on June 5. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film features two actresses – Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani.Based on the 2014 South Korean drama Ode To My Father, Bharat will present Salman in multiple avatars, showcasing his childhood to old age. The trailer of the film received positive response, and it is expected to have a bumper opening at the box office.
Ola electronic Vehicle Unit |Reuters IndiaOla Electric Mobility has reportedly joined the unicorn club of start-ups. The ride-hailing giant has become the second largest initiative of Bhavish Aggarwal to be valued at more than Rs 6,885 crore.Ola Electric Mobility raised a fund of about $250 million (Rs 1,722 crore) from SoftBank Group Corp. as part of its Series B round. On Tuesday, Aggarwal celebrated five years of their partnership and praised Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, on his vision of building electric vehicles for India and the world for the future of humanity.Celebrating 5 years of strong partnership, looking forward to the years ahead! I’m personally inspired by @masason vision for the future of humanity. Very excited about our partnership to build Mobility & Electric Mobility for India and the world! @SoftBank @Olacabs @OlaElectric pic.twitter.com/JwJDvFKeg4— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) July 2, 2019SoftBank was allowed to infuse the funds into Ola after the Narendra Modi government asked the companies to electrify their fleet by 2025. Aggarwal, who had been opposing SoftBank’s efforts to acquire more stakes in Ola, agreed to the funding by considering the profit margins.Ola Electric Mobility aims to introduce one million electrified vehicles by 2021. The infused funds will be used for electrification, vehicle testing, and infrastructure for charging batteries.According to Live Mint, the government’s demand for electric vehicles has created a window for the investors to fund the infrastructure for maintenance and charging of the vehicles. It also states that although the upfront cost for the vehicles is high, the variable cost is lowered by 20 per cent, which makes Ola the most attractive proposition for the investors. Ola electric vehiclestwitterOla Electric Mobility, headed by Anand Shah, was a fully owned ANI Technologies. Tiger Global and Matrix Partners India had infused Rs 400 crore in the company after which ANI Technologies lost its majority share. There are some investments of Ratan Tata in the company as well.According to the estimates of Prescient and Strategic Intelligence, the electric vehicle’s market size will reach a value of about Rs 4,872 crore in 2025 from Rs 490 crore in 2017. Softbank CEO Masayoshi SonReuters
A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced three people to life term imprisonment for killing one Humayun Kabir Titu in Kadamtali area of Demra over enmity in 2010, reports UNB.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal- 4 judge Abdur Rahman passed the order in the morning.All three lifers – Md Sohag alias Bara Sohag, Md Mamun Sheikh and Rabin Sheikh are on the run.The court also fined each of the convicts Tk 20,000 in default of which they would have to serve one year more in jail. The court acquitted three other accused in the case.According to the case statement, Titu was shot dead on 26 November in 2010 while he was returning to his home.
Share Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the dismissal. The Senate intelligence committee announced Comey’s appearance, and a Comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel. Also on Thursday, Democrats raised more questions about contacts during the campaign between the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and Trump’s attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Session, a close Trump adviser, withdrew from the Russia investigation in March after admitting to two previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last summer and fall. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn’t had any contacts with Russia. “If it is determined that the attorney general still has not been truthful with Congress and the American people about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, he needs to resign,” the senators wrote. In addition to the two meetings Sessions has acknowledged, the senators pointed to the possibility of a separate encounter at an April 2016 Trump campaign event that Sessions and Kislyak attended. The Justice Department has acknowledged that Sessions was at the Mayflower Hotel event in Washington, but said there were no private or side conversations that day, Comey’s testimony probably will focus on the private meetings Comey had with President Donald Trump and subsequently chronicled in internal memos and recounted to associates who have divulged their contents to The Associated Press and other media outlets. Comey’s associates have said Comey told them that Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The White House has denied those characterizations. The scope of Comey’s testimony was not exactly clear, though Mueller was permitting him to speak publicly, an associate told the AP. Mueller’s investigation could include a look at the circumstances of Comey’s firing, especially since Trump has said publicly that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he made the move. It is possible that the Trump White House could try to raise executive privilege claims in arguing that any conversations with the president could not be discussed publicly. A similar back-and-forth occurred before the testimony last month of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, though the White House said it did not try to block her appearance.
Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA Houston freeway.Gas Prices Are Still Falling In Houston And Around TexasGas prices are still falling in Houston and around Texas. AAA Texas says the statewide average is now $1.93 a gallon. That’s four cents less than last week.The average price in Houston is now $1.92 a gallon. That’s five cents cheaper than last week.Joshua Zuber, a spokesman for AAA, said they expect prices to stay low for the rest of January but it’s hard to predict what happens next. “We are expecting the OPEC cuts to take place starting off this New Year,” Zuber noted, “we’ll have to see how big of an impact that will have on gas prices.” He also highlighted the United States is producing oil in record numbers. A community rally and public funeral service have been scheduled for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes who was killed Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mom and sisters.The community rally will be held Saturday, January 5 at noon in the Walmart parking lot at 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway, not far from where the shooting occurred. A funeral service and balloon release will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at noon at the Green House International Church.Barnes was killed while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters in the eastern outskirts of Houston. A person in a red, four-door pick-up truck pulled alongside the car and fired into it. Barnes was killed on scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound. The reward for a tip that would lead to an arrest of the killer has also been increased to $100,000. The reward is being offered by Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas, and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King. Share Thursday, January 3, 2019Top afternoon stories:Texas May Miss Out On Quality Pre-KEarly education can do more than teach children the ABCs. High quality pre-K can also improve children’s physical and emotional well-being, according to a new analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research.Analysts found that attending preschool can result in children having less depression, less stress, better blood pressure and better job prospects.But in Texas, many children may be missing out on those benefits.That’s because researchers only find these health outcomes if the pre-K is quality. And state standards for early education programs miss most of the national benchmarks for quality pre-K. For the 2016-2017 school year, the most recent data available, researchers at Rutgers found that Texas only met four out of 10 benchmarks.For example, Texas doesn’t have limits on class sizes or student to teacher ratios and doesn’t require assistant teachers to have more than a high school diploma.Fort Bend DA’s Office Fires 15 As Middleton Succeeds HealeyFort Bend County’s new district attorney has fired 15 staffers. The move comes as Democrat Brian Middleton reshapes the office, following 26 years under Republican DA John Healey.Those let go include 11 of the county’s 70-plus prosecutors, along with two investigators and two other staffers.“We conducted a thorough review of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office staff with one objective,” said First Assistant District Attorney Ibraheem Khawaja. “And that’s finding the attorneys and staff that will help bring Brian [Middleton] and his administration about the criminal justice reforms that he promised the voters. The process began with all positions being required to reapply for employment at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.”The DA’s office notified the 15 staffers last Friday that they were out of a job. Khawaja says the office will announce their replacements soon.Courtesy of family of Jazmine BarnesJazmine Barnes.Community Rally And Funeral Announced For Jazmine Barnes
Darjeeling: Even the Gods haven’t been able to resist the luxury of modern technology. Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are all set to trade their age-old chariot for fast wheels in Siliguri for this year’s Rath Yatra.On the occasion of the Chariot festival on Friday, the trio will be heading to their aunt’s house (Gundicha temple) in Innova cars.As custom has it, on the day of Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath, accompanied by his siblings, comes out in wooden chariots and takes a ride to the aunt’s house, meeting devotees en route. After spending a week at his aunt’s house, they return back to the main temple. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Earlier, we used to take Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra on a single chariot through the main thoroughfares of Siliguri. They used to then return to the temple premises and were kept on a specially-prepared platform for a week before returning to the main temple. This year, however, there is a change,” stated Nam Krishna Das, Communication Officer, ISKCON, Siliguri. This year, a spot has been earmarked in Shivmandir on the outskirts of Siliguri town opposite gate number 2 of the North Bengal University. A pandal has been erected where religious festivities will be held for a week. The Lord and his siblings will be putting up in the house of a devotee, adjacent to this spot, which will be treated as the Gundicha Temple. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe police were reluctant to give permission for the slow-moving chariots to be pulled to Shivmandir through the congested roads. “We then decided to use Innovas to transport the Gods. This will help avoid the traffic jams,” added Das.However, devotees need not worry. The trio will first take a trip around Siliguri in the wooden chariot (like previous years), return to the temple and then ride three separate Innovas to the Gundicha temple.”Every year we have one single Rath (chariot.) However, we have decided to have three smaller sized hydraulic chariots from next year. Overhead wires are a big problem so we have designed hydraulic chariots that can negotiate through the overhead wires and cables,” added the communication officer. The old wooden chariot has got a fresh coat of paint. The Lords will traverse the ISKCON temple, Sevok Road, Hill Cart Road, Haiderpara route to return to the ISKCON temple in the wooden chariot. From the temple they will then proceed to their aunt’s house in Shivmandir in Innovas.”It is not possible to transfer the idols to the cars from the Rath in the middle of the road. Hence, after the chariot ride, they will first return to the temple,” explained Das.