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  1. Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda and Mazda Motor President Masamichi Kogai shake hands at a joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 4, 2017. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp plan to build a $1.6 billion US assembly plant, the two said on Friday, as part of an alliance that will also see the Japanese automakers jointly develop electric vehicle technologies. The two will take small stakes in each other as part of the tie-up: Toyota, the world's second-largest automaker by vehicle sales last year, will take a five per cent share of Mazda, extending its dominance in Japan's auto sector. Mazda will take a 0.25 per cent share of its larger rival. The plant, something of a surprise at a time of overcapacity in the US market, will be a boost to US President Donald Trump, who campaigned on promises to increase manufacturing and expand employment for American autoworkers. The plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year, with production divided between the two automakers, and employ about 4,000 people. It will start operating in 2021. Trump welcomed the move in a tweet, terming it a 'great investment': The electric vehicles cooperation, meanwhile, comes as the tightening of global emissions regulations prompts more automakers to develop battery powered cars, as the industry struggles with hefty research costs and intense competition from technology companies over technology like self-driving cars. As part of the agreement, Toyota and Mazda will also work together to develop in-car information technologies and automated driving functions. Toyota, Japan's biggest auto company, has been forging alliances with smaller Japanese rivals for several years, effectively engineering a loose consolidation of the Japanese auto sector. It already owns a 16.5 per cent stake in Subaru Corp, Japan's No. 6 automaker, with which it also has a development partnership. Toyota is also courting compact car maker Suzuki Motor Corp to cooperate on R&D and parts supply as Toyota seeks to tap its smaller rival's expertise in emerging Asian markets. A stake in Mazda may also prevent future incursions by tech companies, one analyst said. "For a technology company which lacks the expertise in making cars, Mazda could look like a very interesting acquisition. They're very good, they're not too expensive. Maybe Toyota realises this," CLSA managing director Chris Richter said. "By buying a five per cent stake, Toyota takes Mazda off the table rather than having it sit out there like a free agent which could someday be used against them." Mazda car mechanic works at a garage affiliated with its dealership in Tokyo, Japan, February 16, 2017. Photo: Reuters Corolla production shift Mazda stands to gain from a deal that gives the small automaker a production foothold in the United States. At the moment, Mazda ships all vehicles sold in the country, its biggest market, from its plants in Japan and Mexico. It also gets a boost in electric cars. With an R&D budget of around 140 billion yen ($1.27 billion) this year, a fraction of Toyota's 1 trillion yen, Mazda has said that it lacks the funds to develop electric cars on its own, a view shared by Subaru and Suzuki. "Mazda needs electrification technology. In the past they've pooh-poohed EVs, they've felt that they can make internal combustion engines more efficient, but the bottom line is that globally you need to have this technology," said Janet Lewis, head of Asia transportation research at Macquarie Securities. Mazda, whose annual global vehicle sales are one-eighth that of Toyota, caters to a specific audience largely in North America with its design-conscious sedans and SUVs, and has been focusing on developing more fuel-efficient gasoline engines. The automakers plan to produce Toyota Corollas and a new Mazda SUV crossover at the new plant. Toyota initially had been planning to produce Corollas at its new $1 billion plant currently under construction in Mexico, but this will shift to the United States, and the automaker will instead produce its Tacoma truck model in Mexico. Toyota has set a goal for all of its vehicles to be zero emission by 2050. Last year it established a division to develop full-sized EVs, shifting gears after long favouring EVs only for short-distance commuting given their limited driving range and lengthy charging time.
  2. Have you been using the wrong style of gripping while working out? Or perhaps, ever experienced a dumbbell slowly slip off your fingers while you are performing a rep. What do you think could be the solution to this? Are you not gripping strong enough or are you totally using a wrong grip altogether? Let's find out. Wait A Minute, So Why Is Gripping The Weight So Important? Gripping the weight makes you one with the weight. It helps enhance the kinetic chain of the human body that eventually translates into explosiveness while performing a rep. The more explosive your rep is, the more muscle fibre recruitment will happen. As the load gets heavier, it's even more crucial to have a strong grip over the weight. The term ‘crushing the bar' needs to be taken to a whole new level. Apart from the benefits of better quality repetitions, forearm strength and size are added advantages of using a proper strong grip while working out. Do All Workouts Require The Same Type Of Grip? Here's where we talk about the different types of grip. What type of grip best suits which work out. A grip meant for endurance may be very different from a grip meant for strength training. Let's dig in further to learn more. 1) Traditional Lifting Traditional lifting generally involves a push and pull routine. Both of which requires a very strong grip. Based on the type of workouts, one can decide between- a) Neutral grip b) Prone grip c) Supine grip Pushing movements usually, use neutral or prone grips while pulling movements generally use supine grips. A traditional grip used for grabbing a dumbbell to do a row or an overhead press would involve wrapping your fingers extremely tight around the bar or the barbell or dumbbell. You will know how good your grip is by the amount of pump you feel in your forearms while gripping. 2) Dead Lifting And The Dead Grip Deadlifts usually involve very heavy weights. Sometimes twice to thrice your body weight! The purpose of the deadlift is to build overall body strength and get better and more functional at lifting heavy objects from the floor. However there arises a problem when lifting weights that heavy. The overall strength of the body may be strong enough to lift the weight from the floor, but the forearms muscle being relatively small may not have the strength to hold on to such extreme loads, unless of course, lifting straps are used. So what can be done in such cases? Learn the Dead grip. The Dead grip is a style of gripping the bar, where one side of the bar is gripped in a supine manner and the other is gripped in a pronated way. This style of gripping ensures greater strength on the grip, and also helps keep your body as tight as possible without dropping your shoulders. 3) Kettlebell Lifting And The Hook Grip Kettlebell lifting is very different from other strength sports. Kettlebells being a game of muscular endurance, would fall to a disadvantage if the grip is held extremely tight. The sport involves performing a lift continuously for 10 minutes, and crushing the handle of the Kettlebell for so long will be impossible and your forearm and palms will fail really soon. So how do you exactly hold on to a Kettlebell? Let's try the hook grip. The hook grip on a Kettlebell is very different from the hook grip used in Olympic lifting. To use a hook grip on the Kettlebell is simple. Hold on to the handle of the Kettlebell but don't crush it. Allow a generous space between the handle and your palm to have a free flow movement so that your palms don't fatigue over time during the lift. This will look like you are forming the shape of a hook with your palms. 4) Olympic Lifting The type of grip used during the Olympic lifting is very different from traditional lifting grips or dead lifting grip. Here once again a hook grip is used, which is slightly different from the Kettlebell hook grip. The hook grip held here is again meant to be held tight, but then the nature of this grip is such that it lets you have free movement of the bar and your palms while performing a clean or a snatch. People also use the traditional grip while Olympic lifting but this is a big mistake and can limit the performance of the lift. Lifting Glove And Chalk Using lifting gloves will shield your palms from any pinches or pains while holding the bar and hence help you focus on the grip. However, it is not advisable to use gloves while Kettlebell lifting as this will restrict free movement. Moreover, prolonged use of gloves can make you habitual and you will not be able to lift without gloves. Lifting chalk too is a great idea and is used by many professional athletes. It's always better to use the chalk rather than the grip. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  3. The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris, France, January 5, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/file Apple Inc will build its second data centre in southern Denmark, to be powered entirely by renewable energy, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday. The data centre, which is due to begin operations in 2019, will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Apple will invest around 6 billion Danish crowns ($920 million) in the project, Danish media reported. The first data center in Denmark with a price tag of around 850 million euros will begin operations this year.
  4. ‘Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and repaired in bed (while sleeping)'. If you lift, you know this phrase. There's a legit reason as to why it's thrown around so often- resting makes the muscle get bigger and stronger, simple. Decoding the phrase further, understand the fact that when we train (weight training), we get micro-tears in our muscle fibres. The level of tearing depends on the workout intensity and the muscle group trained. The bigger the targeted muscle, the larger the damaged area. The amino acids derived from the protein ingested initiates the repairing function for the damaged muscle fibres. At last, while you fall asleep at night, your muscles grow (hypertrophy). The whole idea behind explaining this muscle hypertrophy cycle was to make you understand the importance of the last meal you consume before hitting the sack. Why? It is because your body needs good nutrition for the repair and recovery process while you sleep. Therefore, what you eat before bed, affects your muscle growth significantly. With this piece, I shall be listing the best bed time foods you must consume in some or the other form. Note: Before incorporating any of the below-mentioned meal plans, just cross check your macros and daily calorie count. 1) Paneer Paneer is categorised under casein protein. Casein protein breaks down slowly and provides a sustainable supply of amino acids for 7-8 hours. 100g of paneer gives you around 16-18g of protein, 22g of fat and almost no carbs. 2) Chicken breast with salad While chicken digests comparatively faster than paneer, consuming it with salad or fat (butter/ghee) will slow down its breakdown in the body. As a result, the muscles will get a constant supply of essential amino acid while you sleep. 100g of chickens gives you a good 23-25g of protein, 4-5g of fats and negligible carbohydrates. 3) Casein Protein Shake (with peanut butter) A casein protein supplement is the best choice for night time fuelling. It breaks down slowly and provides a sustainable supply of all essential amino acids. Adding one serving (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter along with your casein shake will make it even more of a solid fuel for the night. Just like fibre, even fats take some time to digest in the body. One serving of casein protein along with one serving of natural peanut butter will give you around 32g of protein, 19 grams of healthy fats and 12grams of carbohydrates. 4) Almond whey smoothie Don't have casein protein? No need to worry! Here is how you can use your regular whey and make it work like casein. All you need to do is, just take 200ml of whole milk, one ounce of almonds, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and one scoop of whey protein supplement. Put everything in a blender and blend it for about 30 seconds. There you go, enjoy your super healthy almond whey smoothie. Almonds are rich in magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxant. Moreover, the added coconut oil has several anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In one serving of almond whey smoothie, you will get around 38g of protein, 31g of healthy fats and around 21g of carbohydrates.
  5. Architectural rendering of Facebook?s proposed Willow Campus is seen in Menlo Park, California, US, in this undated photo obtained by Reuters July 7, 2017. Facebook/Handout via REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO: The shortage of housing in California's Silicon Valley has gotten so severe that Facebook Inc on Friday proposed taking homebuilding into its own hands for the first time with a plan to construct 1,500 units near its headquarters. The growth of Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies has strained neighbourhoods in the San Francisco Bay area that were not prepared for an influx of tens of thousands of workers during the past decade. Home prices and commute times have risen. Tech companies have responded with measures such as internet-equipped buses for employees with long commutes. Facebook has offered at least $10,000 in incentives to workers who move closer to its offices. Those steps, though, have not reduced complaints that tech companies are making communities unaffordable, and they have mostly failed to address the area's housing shortage. "The problem with Silicon Valley is you don't have enough supply to keep up with the demand," said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at real estate research firm CoreLogic. With Facebook's construction plan, the company said it wanted to invest in Menlo Park, the city some 72 kilometres south of San Francisco where it moved in 2011. The company said it wants to build a "village" that will also have 1.75 million square feet of office space and 125,000 square feet of retail space. "Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services," John Tenanes, Facebook's vice president for global facilities, said in a statement. The 1,500 Facebook housing units would be open to anyone, not just employees, and 15 percent of them would be offered at below market rates, the company said. Facebook said it expects the review process to take two years. Alphabet has taken a smaller step, buying 300 modular apartment units for short-term employee housing, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith said in an interview that there were concerns about whether the Facebook plan would increase traffic, a subject the city's planning department would study. She said, though, that Facebook's plan fits with the city's own long-term plan for development, and that the city was excited about the additional housing. Facebook's Tenanes said the density of the proposed development could also entice spending on transit projects. "The region's failure to continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure alongside growth has led to congestion and delay," he said.
  6. Photo:File Pakistan has entered into an agreement with a Chinese firm to construct an oil refinery near Kohat, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday. The state news agency, quoting sources in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Limited, said that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the country. The oil refinery is to be built over land of two hundred acres land and will cost $300 million over four years, added Radio Pakistan. The refinery will produce 15,000 barrels of oil per day when completed. Pakistan, China sign agreements for Gwadar port The two countries signed a series of agreements on Saturday In May, Pakistan and China signed a series of agreements in Beijing for cooperation in different sectors. Three agreements pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth 3.4 billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway were signed, according to media reports. MoU signed between Pakistan and Alibaba group During his visit to Alibaba headquarters, PM Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has immense potential for investors Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative, upgrading the main railway line track ML-I, and the establishment of Havelian Dry Port were also signed. Pakistan also signed a MoU with China?s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on May 16. Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir inked the MoU from Pakistan?s side, while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a witness to the ceremony.
  7. Tesla has built the world´s current largest battery, which came online in California in December, Musk said. Photo: AFP/file SYDNEY: Elon Musk´s Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world´s largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia´s energy woes. Billionaire Musk tweeted an offer to help build a battery farm in March after South Australia was hit with a total blackout when an "unprecedented" storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016. "This system will be three times more powerful than any system on Earth," Musk told reporters in the state capital Adelaide. Tesla has built the world´s current largest battery, which came online in California in December, Musk said, adding that the South Australian battery would be 100 megawatts -- enough to power 30,000 homes. "This is not a minor foray into the frontier... I´m pretty darn impressed with South Australia willing to do a project of this magnitude that is beyond anything else in the world," Musk said. "That takes a lot of gumption... I do see this as something that the world will look at as an example." The battery will be built in Jamestown, 230 kilometres (143 miles) north of Adelaide and will be paired with a nearby wind farm run by Neoen, a French renewable energy company, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said. Experts said the battery could help transform the renewable energy landscape by addressing the intermittent nature of sources such as wind and solar by pairing them with a large-scale electricity storage system. "Variability is one of the key challenges in integrating large amounts of renewables into power systems as we try and get towards 100 percent renewables," Ariel Liebman of Monash University´s MEMSI energy institute told AFP. "So we need a balancing mechanism that helps take some excess production when these things are producing a lot and then distribute it into the system when it´s needed and there´s not so much production." Battery ´common sense´ Musk said it was "common sense that if you have solar you must have battery because otherwise your power is going to be proportionate to how sunny it is". "I specifically think that the consistently lowering cost of batteries, coupled with renewables, is going to fundamentally reshape the energy landscape much faster than anyone thinks it will," Cal Lankton, Tesla´s vice president of global infrastructure operations, added. Musk acknowledged his company had to overcome the technical risks associated with building a project at such a large scale, but said Tesla was confident of its success. The high-flying firm, known for producing electric cars, has agreed to deliver the battery "within 100 days or it is free", Weatherill added. No figures were given for the cost of the contract. Neoen, which has built major projects around the world since being set set up in 2008, operates Europe´s biggest solar energy park in southwest France, which can produce the equivalent annual electricity to supply a town of 300,000 people. South Africa-born Musk has envisaged Tesla as a company that can help reduce emissions by not only selling people electric cars, but also generating and storing the renewable energy that powers them. Australia is one of the world´s worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters due to heavy use of coal-fired power.
  8. LE BOURGET: Lockheed Martin has agreed with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd to jointly build F-16 fighter planes equipped with new-generation electronics in India, both companies said on Monday. The fighters are of the Block 70 type, "the newest and most technologically advanced F-16 ever", they said. "The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force´s single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched US-Indian industry partnership directly supports India´s initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India," said the statement, released on the Paris air show´s opening day. The Indian air force does not currently use F-16s, but industry experts say that local production would be a strong argument in favour of the US plane against its rivals, including French company Dassault´s Rafale, in future procurement decisions. India in 2016 agreed to buy 36 Rafale combat planes for around eight billion euros. Accompanying that deal was a partnership agreement between Dassault and India´s Reliance Group and a promise by Dassault to invest about half of the value of the contract in India. The French company recently said it was in talks for India to buy at least 50 more. India, the world´s top defence importer, is conducting a $100-billion upgrade of its Soviet-era military hardware, facing border disputes with its northern and western neighbours, China and Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to reduce India´s reliance on expensive imports and called for the manufacturing of defence equipment locally. Modi´s government has raised the limit on foreign investment in the defence sector and encouraged tie-ups between foreign and local companies. The announcement comes a week before Modi visits Washington for talks with President Donald Trump, who has been putting pressure on American companies to keep production at home. The multi-role F-16 has been in production since 1978, with Lockheed so far producing a total of 4,500 units of the aircraft of which 3,200 are currently in service. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Sons, already runs manufacturing partnerships with several global players, including Boeing, Airbus and Sikorsky.
  9. Building a gaming PC can be a confusing and tedious task that can deter people from PC gaming. We published our guide to building the ultimate gaming PC earlier and today we decided to build a PC for gamers who are willing to spend some money but not a lot to have a good gaming rig. (c) Youtube We did the research for you so that you don’t have to and we’ve managed to build a PC that is tailored to deliver a high-end experience that won't burn a hole in your character. This rig will run most games at 1440p and that’s all you need to run the current generation of games. CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 (INR 15,000) (c) Intel This CPU is great when it comes to reliability and performance and is currently available for INR 15,000. The 14nm Kaby Lake has 4 cores and has 6MB cache. It also carries a 3.4GHz base frequency and a 3.8GHz Turbo frequency--plenty fast for games Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (INR 40,800) (c) Nvidia The graphics card is an essential component of a gaming PC and we recommend Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1070. It has 1920 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 video memory that clocks at 8Ghz. The GTX 1070 may not be cheap if you simply look at the price tag, but for what it can do it is actually a beast when it comes to delivering high-fidelity graphics. This is a steal. Motherboard: Asus Prime H270-Pro (INR 11,250) (c) Asus The CPU requires a good motherboard that compliments it effectively and we feel that the Asus Prime H270-Pro fits the bill. It supports USB Type-C, USB 3.1 and has two PCle slots. It also has Intel’s new H270 chipset on board. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (INR 3,335) (c) Youtube You can get a CPU that comes with a mediocre air cooler for free but if you are serious about having your PC last for a longer time, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is essential for your rig. It keeps your components cool and does not make much noise. SSD: WD Blue 250GB Internal Solid State Drive (WDS250G1B0A) [INR 6,700] (c) WD Digital In order to have a fast PC, you will require an SSD that will keep the OS going and not interrupt your favourite games/applications. We chose the WD Blue 250GB Internal Solid State Drive that can read speeds up to 545MB/s and write speeds up to 525MB/s for blazing fast performance. With a 1.75M hour mean time to failure (MTTF) and an endurance rating of up to 400 terabytes. The WD Blue SSD will last you for years to come. Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 8GB X 2 clocked at 2133MHz (INR 11,000) (c) Kingston Make sure you never overlook one of the most essential parts of any gaming system. The RAM is the bread and butter of any gaming PC and bears the brunt of the processing when it comes to any component. The faster your memory, the better performance you will get from your system. We recommend the Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 8GB X 2 clocked at 2133MHz which is stable and reliable enough for your gaming experience. HDD: Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB (INR 6,400) (c) Youtube For storing all your other files such as documents, images and music we recommend the 2TB Seagate Desktop HDD. It does not break the bank and has enough space to store your games and movies. It is also faster than its counterparts which is essential for having a fast performing and long lasting computer. EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 (INR 14,000) (c) EVGA The SuperNOVA 550 G2 is a 550-watt power supply unit that will power this beast of a rig. This will keep your PC safe and if you live in India, it will protect you from electricity cuts. The entire unit is modular and does not require many cables to power it. Peripherals (c) MensXP (c) MensXP Choosing the peripherals for your PC all depends on your personal preference and what kind of games you like. We included some options in our previous article which you can use for your rig. However, if you need to buy a good mechanical keyboard that does not cost a lot, we recommend the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn. You can also use the G90 mouse, if you prefer playing RPG games.
  10. Photo: File Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country in the next twenty-four hours. However, rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds are expected at a few places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, D.I. Khan divisions, Islamabad, FATA, and Kashmir. A weak seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan. However, a shallow westerly wave is still affecting Kashmir and its adjoining areas. Past weather The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, dust thunderstorm and rain with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Hazara divisions and Kashmir. Rainfall (mm) Punjab: Murree 09, Bahawalnagar 05, Gujrat 04, Mangla 03, Jhelum 02, Sialkot 01, Kashmir: Kotli 12, Rawalakot 03, KP: Balakot 03. Today's highest maximum temperatures Sibbi, Nokkundi, Dalbandin 48°C, Larkana, Dadu, Moenjodaro 47°C, R.Y.Khan, Sh. Benazirabad 46°C. Data Courtesy: Pakistan Meteorological Department
  11. Google has hired Apple’s chief chip architect and will now be building custom SoC chips for Google’s flagship device, the Pixel. Manu Gulati is a veteran when it comes to being a chip architect and has now joined Google in the last few weeks. Gulati publicly listed his move to Google on this Linkedin profile and is now the Lead SoC architect at Google. Gulati was responsible for spearheading Apple’s own chip development and worked at the Cupertino giant for almost 8 years. Apart from Gulati, Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that Google can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones. Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, Gulati has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad. © Apple Much like most smartphone manufacturers, Google was dependant on Qualcomm for their debut smartphone and many of these chips are being used on various other Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, LG, Lenovo and Asus smartphones. Qualcomm is the leader in the smartphone industry when it comes to chip development and manufacturing and has left companies with very little choice to implement other SoCs in their devices. © Youtube Google’s decision to hire Gulati means only one thing, the company wants a competitive edge over other smartphone companies and if successful, a custom Google processor will reduce performance gaps between the iPhone and the Pixel. © Youtube Apple has already been experimenting with the chip design, the latest being a W1 wireless chip that is used wireless audio products like the AirPods. The other new chip is integrated into the touch bar of the MacBook Pro and is now working on chips that support AR and are based on ARM processors.
  12. What’s the last video you watched on YouTube? Probably some YouTuber reviewing something, right? A trailer for a movie maybe? What did you get out of it? A brief moment of enjoyment? Great. That’s what YouTube is all about. Here’s the Daily Show where Trevor Noah talks about James Comey taking the stand in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee: But then, there are people like Paen Long, a car mechanic by profession, who is obsessed with aeroplanes. The Cambodian man has never even set foot in an aircraft in his life. This just goes to show that when you’re properly motivated, anything is possible. He chose an aeroplane over a helicopter because he believed it would be easier to build. He would to work at night since he was worried about everyone in his village of Prey Chhor making fun of him. It wasn’t a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination. BBC Here’s a little information about the plane he built: - It’s modelled after Japanese warplanes from WWII. - It has a wing span of 5.5 m. - It is made mostly from recycled materials. - It cost over $10,000 to build. - It weighs 500 kgs. BBC Although his maiden flight wasn’t what you could term a success, he managed to get the plane 50 m above the ground before crashing, Mr Long hasn’t lost hope. He is now working on a seaplane which he believes will be light enough to fly. He has already spent more than $3,000 on the seaplane and even though he will have to journey almost 200 km before he can find a water body big enough for him to make this attempt, there’s nothing that’s going to stand in the way of him making the impossible, possible. BBC We hope Mr Long follows in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers and is able to give wings to his dreams, literally. The BBC did a story on Mr Long and you can read it here.
  13. A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page annual report to Congress that saw advances throughout the Chinese military in 2016, funded by robust defence spending that the Pentagon estimated exceeded $180 billion. That is higher than China's official defence budget figure of 954.35 billion yuan ($140.4 billion). Chinese leaders, the US report said, appeared committed to defence spending hikes for the "foreseeable future," even as economic growth slows. The report repeatedly cited China's construction of its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, which is already home to a key US military base and is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal. "China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan," the report said. Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it would become another of China's 'string of pearls' of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The report did not address India's potential reaction to a Chinese base in Pakistan. But Pakistan, the US report noted, was already the primary market in the Asian-Pacific region for Chinese arms exports. That region accounted for $9 billion of the more than $20 billion in Chinese arms exports from 2011 to 2015. Last year, China signed an agreement with Pakistan for the sale of eight submarines. Quantum Satellite, Cyber Hacks The Pentagon report flagged Chinese military advances, including in space and at sea. It cited China's 2016 launch of the first experimental quantum communications satellite, acknowledging that it represented a "notable advance in cryptography research." As in past years, the Pentagon renewed its concerns about cyber spying, saying US government-owned computers were again targeted by China-based intrusions through 2016. "These and past intrusions focused on accessing networks and extracting information," the report said. "China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against US diplomatic, economic, and defence industrial base sectors." In a section discussing China's Navy, the report predicted that China's first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier would likely reach initial operating capability in 2020.
  14. If you haven’t watched Wonder Woman yet, go watch it. Right now! This movie is easily one of the best hits of this summer. In fact, it looks on track to be the blockbuster of the summer. It more or less recovered its entire budget on the opening weekend itself and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. #WonderWoman sets record as the biggest opening for a female-directed feature in the US in HISTORY - it brought in $100 MILLION this weekend pic.twitter.com/VxtIHj0UDF — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 5, 2017 While Marvel mastered the box office formula a few years ago, DC has been struggling to get positive reactions from their audiences. But, all that has changed with ‘Wonder Woman’. Don’t take our word for it; Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 93%. Just had my world rocked by @PattyJenks and @GalGadot. Sobbing in the cinema. I'm now living a post- #WonderWoman life. #GameChanger pic.twitter.com/5zg9qMt0VY — Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) June 4, 2017 Will it make more money than ‘Avengers’? We don’t think so. Will it make more money than the ‘Dark Knight’ franchise? A solid no there. But it did two things. One, it cements ‘Wonder Woman’ as a bad ass with a well-developed back story and awesome super powers that enable her to go toe to toe with the likes of ‘Doomsday’. She even beat the entire Justice League single-handedly one time. More about that here: Two, it gives DC one thing that Marvel doesn’t yet have and will most probably never have—a strong female character. Yes, Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman is probably the best iteration of the Amazon in any form of media till date. WB executives after #WonderWoman's success. pic.twitter.com/vnFte5C4xz — #WonderGal (@amazonheroicon) June 5, 2017 What are the positives to take away from this film? Excellent Casting Gal Gadot fits the role of Wonder Woman perfectly. Many were sceptical about whether she would be able to fill the boots of heavyweight Lynda Carter who is the most recognizable Wonder Woman till date. But she pulled it off. HUHUHU STEVE AND DIANA FOR LIFE 😭❤️ #wonderwoman pic.twitter.com/xNdahMVjEv — daynia (@dayniachiu) June 5, 2017 Chris Pine was another perfect choice as Steve Trevor. He managed to make us care about the secondary character he was playing and also did something no other Marvel or DC movie before managed to do, he brought a tear to our eyes. Kudos. Female Badass There’s Ironman, Batman, Superman, Captain America, Thor, Spiderman, Hulk, etc. the list goes on. What’s missing? A woman. No words can describe how powerful @WonderWomanFilm was. So well thought with such an amazing message. @PattyJenks @GalGadot #WonderWoman pic.twitter.com/xJLCqj2PVI — 🌹 (@venusstarsss) June 5, 2017 Marvel is banking on Captain Marvel pulling in the numbers for them in this demographic. But no one knows Carol Danvers. Everybody knows Wonder Woman. And now that Gal Gadot has nailed the role, everyone will even know Diana Prince. Sense Of Humour Many complained that the DCEU lacked the sense of humour of Marvel. Yes, there were a few jokes in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, but this movie was probably just as funny as any of the solo Ironman movies. Let’s hope the trend continues. Realism While Marvel may use real life locations, it has kept away from addressing issues like civilian casualties when super powered individuals collide. DC doesn’t do this. just finished watching #WonderWoman and I liked the message "I believe in love" - @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/6POJMmNQyF — SourRudy (@SourRudy) June 5, 2017 There is death and destruction all around. In ‘Wonder Woman’, it’s in your face. Also, not everyone can be saved. Yes, Marvel tried with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and we all know how that turned out. Villains There’s no denying that Marvel has some awesome villains of their own. But they’ve been unsuccessful in bringing them to the big screen for some reason. Loki is the only one worth remembering to be honest. They even fucked up a character like Ultron. Yes, it’s all building up to Thanos, but that’s still months away. #BatmanvSuperman Concept Art Reveals More Comic Accurate Doomsday https://t.co/6AhJfdTrtP pic.twitter.com/7X2PBzDZGc — Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) April 9, 2017 On the other hand, DC has given us epic villain after epic villain. ‘Man of Steel’ had Zod. ‘Batman v Superman’ had Lex Luthor (No, Doomsday was not the villain of that story), and ‘Wonder Woman’ has somebody who is way more interesting, powerful, and has much better motives than Dr. Isabel Maru (Dr. Poison). We won’t reveal who, watch the movie if you want to find out! This is the best gift of #WonderWoman I love u @GalGadot ❤ pic.twitter.com/ahgpKB4SPF — Iván Deal (@ImIvanDel) June 5, 2017 We expect a lot from the DCEU in the near future. Next up, Justice League!
  15. A total of 34 artificial intelligence startups were acquired in the first quarter of this year, more than twice the amount of activity in the year-ago quarter, according to the research firm CB Insights. Tech giants seeking to reinforce their leads in artificial intelligence or make up for lost ground have been the most aggressive buyers. Alphabet Inc's Google has acquired 11 AI startups since 2012, the most of any firm, followed by Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, and Intel Corp, respectively, according to CB Insights. The companies declined to comment on their acquisition strategies. A spokesman for Apple did confirm the company's recent purchase of Lattice Data, a startup that specializes in working with unstructured data. The first quarter also saw one of the largest deals to date as Ford Motor Co invested $1 billion in Argo AI, founded by former executives on self-driving teams at Google and Uber Technologies Inc. Startups are looking to go deep on applications of artificial intelligence to specific fields, such as health and retail, industry observers say, rather than compete directly with established companies. ?What you will see is very big players will build platform services, and startup communities will migrate more to applied intelligent apps,? said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group. Healthcare startup Forward, for example, is using artificial intelligence to crunch data that can inform doctors? recommendations. ?For people who really want to focus on core AI problems, it makes a lot of sense to be in bigger companies,? said Forward Chief Executive Officer Adrian Aoun, who previously worked at Google. ?But for folks who really want to prove a new field, a new area, it makes more sense to be separate.? Artificial intelligence companies that do remain independent field a steady stream of suitors: Matthew Zeiler, chief executive of Clarifai, which specializes in image and video recognition, said he has been approached about a dozen times by prospective acquirers since starting the company in late 2013. Clarifai?s pitch to customers such as consumer goods company Unilever Plc and hotel search firm Trivago is bolstered by its narrow focus on artificial intelligence. ?(Google) literally competes with almost every company on the planet,? Zeiler said. ?Are you going to trust them with being your partner for AI?? Tech giants have been locked in a bidding war for academics specializing in artificial intelligence. Startups rarely have the capital to compete, but a company with a specialized mission can win over recruits, said Vic Gundotra, chief executive of AliveCor, which makes an AI-driven portable heart monitor. ?They say, ?I want to come here and work on a project that might save my mother?s life,?? Gundotra said.
  16. What should be the ideal rep range for a set? If you grind iron, I know this question has always been on your mind. Some say go heavy or go home, while some say it’s all about high reps with moderate weights. You listen to both school of thoughts and keep flipping your rep range. I am sure you must have heard other strange advice as well. But what exactly is the truth? What’s the best rep range for hypertrophy and strength gains? Or does it even matter? Rep Range for Maximum Hypertrophy © YouTube High Volume training is an old school philosophy which bodybuilders still follow, to get huge. It worked for bodybuilders then, and it works now as well. Muscle Hypertrophy occurs when you break the maximum muscle fibers in your weight training. Once you start lifting weights in the gym, your muscles also get stronger and they learn to perform better via neural adaptations. With these adaptations, it becomes easier for your muscles to lift the same weight and your body engages less muscle fibers. In short-your muscles are adaptive. Also, it’s not only the amount, but the time under tension that the muscle is subjected to. Science backs the fact that athletes who lift to their maximum capacity, and perform fewer sets with heavier weights had good strength but muscle hypertrophy was not as prevalent. High Reps And Testosterone © YouTube Studies also show that athletes under high volume training with multiple sets had high levels of testosterone and growth hormone, which plays a crucial role in muscle hypertrophy. So, what’s the conclusion? For Hypertrophy, it is always better to choose high volume training i.e. 6 -12 reps in 3-6 sets. So does that mean if your train for strength, your muscles won’t grow? Well, you surely will see muscle growth with strength training also, but the maximum benefits can be attained by performing sets in a higher rep range and maximum time under tension. Rep Range For Strength Training © YouTube The ideal rep range for strength training is 1 to 6 reps with up to 3 sets for an exercise. Since the target here is not maximum muscle fiber stimulation and recruitment, people looking to increase their power lifting or weight lifting strength should aim for fewer repetitions and fewer sets along with max weights they can carry. Training Program To Build Strength As Well As Hypertrophy © YouTube There have been a lot of bodybuilders who used to be power lifters before they started competing. Ronnie Coleman is one outstanding example. So it will not be justified to say that both sports can’t go hand in hand. If your target is to increase your strength as well as hypertrophy, you can follow the following training program like I do. This will also prevent your muscles from hitting a plateau as you will be working in a mixed rep range, hence inflicting more shock to the muscle. Day 1- Chest, Triceps and Deltoids (Volume Training) Day 2- Legs (Strength Training) Day 3- Back and Biceps (Volume Training) Day 4- Chest, Triceps and Deltoids (Strength Training) Day 5- Legs (Volume Training) Day 6- Back and Biceps (Strength Training) Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  17. NEW YORK: Oil prices settled little changed on Tuesday after several OPEC members voiced support for prolonging supply cuts through March 2018 to reduce a global crude glut. Crude prices dipped later in post-settlement trade after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed an unexpected build in crude and distillate products inventories. Forecasters had expected another draw in US crude stocks. The market will watch to see whether the build reported by the API is confirmed by official US Energy Information Administration data due at 10:30 AM EDT on Wednesday. API said US crude oil inventories rose 882,000 barrels for the week ended May 12, contrary to analyst forecasts in a Reuters poll for a fall of 2.4 million barrels. Distillate stocks grew 1.8 million barrels; analysts had expected a decline of 1.1 million barrels. Brent futures were down 60 cents or 1.1 percent to $51.22 a barrel, as of 4:43 p.m. EDT. Earlier, Brent had settled down 17 cents at $51.65 a barrel. In late trade, US crude dropped 58 cents to $48.26 a barrel; it had settled at $48.66, off 19 cents. Prices have rebounded about 10 percent since hitting five-month lows 11 days ago. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have stated their intentions to keep supply cuts going through next year. The market has grown skeptical, as inventories have been drawing down slowly even after OPEC and several big non-OPEC producers agreed at the end of November to cut production 1.8 million barrels a day in the first half of 2017. Officials in Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, and Venezuela voiced support for extending the crude output cut. The meeting to decide on the output cut extension has been set for May 25. "Be careful what you ask for. If you do get prices in the mid-to-upper $50s all that's going to do is encourage a lot of production in the US," said Nauman Barakat, head of the energy desk at ADM Investor Services in New York. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the proposed extension of output cuts aimed to bring global commercial oil inventories down to the five-year average and stabilize the market. The International Energy Agency said the global oil market is rebalancing and the pace is picking up, even if inventories do not yet reflect the impact of OPEC supply cuts. Goldman Sachs said output would increase from OPEC members that were exempt from the cuts. Also, US oil production is up more than 10 percent since mid-2016..
  18. OSLO: Norway plans to launch the first autonomous and fully electric cargo ship next year that the project´s backers said Wednesday will save 40,000 truck journeys per year. Fertiliser company Yara International has teamed up with industrial group Kongsberg to build the Yara Birkeland, which will haul fertilisers between three ports in southern Norway. With a range of more than 65 nautical miles, the ship will be able to haul roughly 100 containers at a speed of 12 to 15 knots, according to the project´s director, Bjorn Tore Orvik. Initially the ship will be manned, but remote operation is expected to begin in 2019 and fully autonomous operation in 2020, the companies said. "Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from Yara´s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where we ship products to customers around the world," Yara´s chief executive Svein Tore Holsether said in a statement. "With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions," he added. The switch is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 678 tonnes per year, according to Yara, with the electricity used to charge the ship´s batteries coming almost exclusively from hydro plants. While Norway is a major oil producer it has been a leader in the adoption of electric cars thanks to generous tax incentives and has experimented with electric-powered
  19. Intermittent Fasting is a dieting strategy which has been gaining lot of attention. “Fasting” is a familiar word. I am certain that each one of us have fasted at least once for different reasons but many of us don’t understand the mechanism behind the fasting. In layman words, fasting is refraining from all or some kinds of food and drinks. On the other hand, “Intermittent” stands for something that is discontinuous or irregular. So, on connecting the dots, one learns that IF is a cyclic pattern of feeding and fasting state. Fasting windows and Feeding windows simply tells us when to eat and when not to eat. Remember, IF would never tell you what to eat. Why to do Intermittent Fasting? © YouTube Irrespective of our cultures, religions and genders, we have been doing fasting for one or the other reason. The only new addition in the fasting world is to make it more structured using IF. In this section, I will share some of the important benefits that IF provides. 1. Aids in Fat loss One of the major advantages of adding IF to your any fat loss diet is that it will speed up fat loss. During the fasting window, human body keeps blood glucose levels in check. Thus, the body will stay in fat burning mode. The longer the body stays in fat burning mode, the faster body will lose fat mass. 2. Reduction In insulin Resistance Insulin resistance is one of the major health problems in present time. The main attribute is to the lifestyle where physical activity has gone down and eating habits have worsened. A study was conducted in eight healthy young men by subjecting them to intermittent fasting every second day for 20 h for 15 days. The study concluded that that intermittent fasting increases insulin-mediated glucose uptake rates which is inversely proportional to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the resistance levels. 3. Immunization Against Diseases Type 2 Diabetes There have been many researches that show intermittent fasting facilitates weight loss, thereby averting the progression of type 2 diabetes and consequently improve cardiovascular risk. Moreover, Extensive evidence suggests that imposing fasting periods upon experimental laboratory animals increases longevity, improves health and reduces disease, including such diverse morbidities with cancer, neurological disorders and disorders of circadian rhythm. 4. Improved Metabolism Intermittent fasting can limit inflammation, improve circulating glucose and lipid levels and reduce blood pressure. Moreover, studies undertaken in humans have suggested that fuel selection is altered and efficiency of metabolism is improved while oxidative stress is reduced. 5. Saves Time In this busy world, time saved is money earned. With IF, you eat fewer meals than without IF. Naturally, you end up saving time in kitchen. You can utilize this time spending with family, dancing and even reading articles such as this one. How To Do Intermittent Fasting? Before we share the plan with an example, let us talk about the different forms of IF. Some of the known IF approaches are • 16:8 Here fasting period is 16 hours and the feeding window is 8 hours. Best for dedicated gym-goers who want to lose body fat and build muscle Ideally, the occurrence of meal in the feeding window can be anywhere between 2-3. • Eat-Stop-Eat Best for: Healthy consumers looking for an extra boost. Created by Brad Pilon, Eat-Stop-Eat has the philosophy of fasting for 24 hours once or twice per week with no food being consumed in fasting window. However, one can drink calorie-free beverages. • 5:2 Best for: People who believe in healthier and longer life. The fasting and feeding windows are in days than hours. The strategy is five days of normal eating, with little thought to calorie control. Then, on the other two days, you are on fasting. In the fasting window, calorie intake is reduced drastically to 500 calories 600 calories for women and men respectively. • 12/12 Best for: People with busy schedules. Follows the same paradigm as 16/8 but the fasting and feeding windows are 12 hours each. Kanav is an engineer by profession and a Fitness Coach by choice. He is a NESTA Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and American Red Cross Certified Adult CPR and AED. His own transformation from 215 pounds to 165 pounds has inspired many . Writing, reading and researching about fitness is his hobby. You can reach him at his FB page.
  20. I’m pretty sure each and every one of us loved playing with Legos as a kid but those plastic bricks also had their limits. With this new ‘Lego Tape’ you won’t have to worry about anything as it will stick to any surface so that you can now easily cover your whole house with Legos if you want! © YouTube The tape is completely flexible and it can easily be cut up and with the help of the adhesive backing, you can stick it anywhere you want. It’s also bendable so curvy shapes like hills, rivers and roads can also be achieved with ease, and you can probably build an entire city out of Legos. © YouTube And, surprisingly, the product is not even that expensive. Two rolls are just for $11, while $50 will get you ten rolls. © YouTube Currently being funded on Indiegogo, it has raised so much money and easily surpassed its original funding goal of $8,000 as almost 11,000 backers have pledged close to $400,000! Get ready for a Legofied future, people!
  21. The UAE is looking to transport people to Mars over the next century and has unveiled plans to build the first city on the red planet by the year 2117. The 100-year national project will see the Gulf state collaborating with specialized international organizations and scientific institutes to achieve this feat. © Twitter/ HH Sheikh Mohammed The energy rich country is set to prepare a national cadre to help with the scientific breakthrough that will facilitate the transfer of people to Mars in the next century. To achieve this, the 100-year plan involves scientific research programmes in space sciences at universities in the UAE, while also ingraining a passion for space in younger generations. This new project will focus on research and exploration of transportation means, energy and food on the red planet and will try to find faster transportation methods for travelling to and from Mars. © Twitter/ HH Sheikh Mohammed “The landing of people on other planets has been a long-time dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid was quoted as saying. “The 2117 Mars initiative is a long-term project, which will first help develop our education, universities and research centres that will empower young Emiratis to enter all disciplines of scientific research fields,” he added.
  22. Can we build muscle and drop body fat at the same time? Well, the question has been lingering for quite some time now. While a lot of fitness coaches claim that it is impossible and the reasons they use to support their claims are also quite logical, to some extent, it really isn’t. Arguments That Say ‘It Isn’t Possible’ Because- 1) Calories need to be significantly cut to drop a decent amount of body fat. 2) In contrast to the above statement- a calorie surplus is essential to pack on serious muscle, and therefore, one cannot sail in two boats at the same time. Now, as I said, the above statements are logical but only to some extent. Science Says You Can © Thinkstock/Getty Images The good news is, we can definitely pack on muscle and drop body fat at the same time. However, there are a few conditions applied to the same. Before getting into the nitty-gritty of how it actually happens, let me clear up one more fact- fat does not convert into muscle, fat remains fat. And muscle, remains muscle. Now, to build muscle, we need energy support in order to achieve muscle hypertrophy. And, that is the reason we need a caloric surplus to gain muscle. So does this mean that an overweight boy cannot build muscle while dropping body fat? Hell, yes. He certainly can. But don’t expect to come out looking like a jacked dude. According to a few recent research papers, only a fat person has the advantage to build muscle and drop body fat simultaneously. Pretty logical, as the energy reserves the person has in the form of fat deposits acts as fuel. How It Actually Happens © Wikihow Since muscle hypertrophy requires energy support, one can pack on muscle if the stored fat is converted into energy using intense resistance training. Moreover, certain research also claims that fat can be utilized for muscle hypertrophy when the body is in a fat-adapted state, also known as a ketosis state. Unfortunately, the principle does not apply in the carb-adapted state of the body. During the carb-adapted state, since the stored fat is not the prime source of energy, it is not optimally utilized as energy for muscle building. As a matter of fact, ketosis has a muscle sparing property and this is another reason why one can pack on muscle mass while dropping body fat in the fat-adapted state. However, the topic is still being scrutinized by several researchers and scientists so take it a pinch of salt. What is your take on it? Share your opinions in the comment section. Rachit Dua is an advanced K11 certified fitness coach for general and special population (people with medical issues, old age people, pregnant women, and children) and a certified sports nutritionist. You can get in touch with him here.
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