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  1. A man places a banner against Argentine President Mauricio Macri outside the judicial morgue, where the corpse of Santiago Maldonado ?disappeared on August 1, during a Mapuche protest in Chubut province ? remains waiting for an autopsy in Buenos Aires, October 20, 2017. AFP/Juan Mabromata1 BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Mauricio Macri's minority government faces a mid-term electoral test Sunday that is likely to confirm the political comeback of ex-president Cristina Kirchner, who is set to win a Senate seat. Macri's centre-right Cambiemos coalition, seeking a mandate to push forward with plans to overhaul the economy, is on track to strengthen its hand in both houses of Congress in the legislative polls. "We are at the beginning of a long road," the president told an election rally this week, referring to a painful reform program which he has so far managed to push through with the help of allies in Congress despite having only 87 seats in the 257-seat Congress, and 15 of 72 Senate seats. Kirchner, one of Macri's most prominent critics, should cap a return to the political fray with a Senate seat despite facing several corruption charges which she says are politically motivated. The 64-year-old dominated Argentine politics for years alongside her late husband Nestor before leaving office in 2015 after 12 years in power. A seat in the Senate would spare Kirchner jail if convicted of corruption. Her supporters hope it could also pave the way for a fresh presidential bid in 2019. Legal immunity Macri, 58, has staunchly defended his budget cuts throughout the campaign, insisting they have turned the tide of Argentina's long-struggling economy, but Kirchner and other critics say they are hurting the poor. Latin America's third-largest economy has recovered from recession last year and growth is expected to reach 3.0 percent by the end of 2017. Consumer spending began to recover in September, after 18 months of slump. "The outlook is quite positive, the economy has reactivated itself," said economist Hector Rubini. Foreign investors have been largely reassured by Macri's reforms and are watching to see how much of a boost he can get from Sunday's polls. "The government hasn't finished resolving the economic question, but everything indicates that it will do well," in the election, political scientist Fernando Ohanessian said. Ohanessian said Macri's coalition also stands to benefit from divisions in the broadly leftist Peronist movement embodied by Kirchner. "Divisions within Peronism are allowing the government to consolidate its position as the prime political force in the country." The Peronist movement, founded by Juan Domingo Peron in the 1940s, is currently split between Kirchner's leftists and a more centrist current. "If after the election, Peronism unifies, it will be complicated for the government, otherwise the government may consider a strategy to seek a second president term " in 2019, said Ohanessian. In the Italy-sized province of Buenos Aires, home to nearly 40 percent of the electorate, Kirchner is still able to wield considerable political clout. However, she has failed to capitalize on the discontent of Argentinians, whose purchasing power has been weakened by inflation that soared 40 percent in 2016 and 17 percent in the first nine months of 2017. A third of Argentines are living in poverty, according to a study earlier this year by Argentina's Catholic University. "It's time to put to a stop to this," Kirchner told a rally at a football stadium this week. "Do not let this policy continue and put the country into debt." Kirchner's showing, however, isn't enough to mount a serious challenge in 2019, according to political analyst Jorge Giacobbe. "Cristina Kirchner can never again be president," he said. Former president Carlos Menem, at 87, is seeking a third term in the Senate, despite facing accusations he illegally traded weapons to Ecuador and Croatia.
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  3. DUBLIN: Ireland was hit by an "unprecedented storm" on Monday that left three people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools and government offices. A police spokesman said one woman in her 50s was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, by a tree falling on her car. A female passenger in her 70s suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One man died in an accident while he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw near the town of Cahir, about 35 kilometres further inland. And a second man was killed on the roads by a falling tree north of Dundalk in the northeast, close to the border with Northern Ireland, police said in a statement. Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc. "It will bring further violent and destructive winds for a time," Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, said. Flooding was also expected "due to either heavy thundery downpours or storm surges in coastal areas," the service said after issuing a red alert for the whole country. Winds reached 191 kilometres per hour at Fastnet Rock, Ireland's southernmost point, while the strongest winds recorded onshore were 156 kph at the entrance to Cork Harbour in the southwest. Seventeen millimetres of rain fell at Valentia on the southwest coast, including nine millimetres in one hour. The Electricity Supply Board said 360,000 customers were without power, due to more than 3,200 individual faults on the network. "All customers impacted by outages should prepare to be without electricity for a number of days," it said. "Five to 10 percent of this number will be without power for up to 10 days." Dublin Airport scrapped 180 flights while Cork Airport cancelled most flights in what it said was the worst storm seen in its 56-year history. Meanwhile several services to and from Shannon, the third-biggest airport, were also grounded. PM says stay indoors "Stay indoors wherever you are until the storm has passed," Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters. "I don't want anyone to think that this is anything other than a national emergency and a red alert." The Department of Education closed all schools, colleges and other educational institutions on Monday due to the "unprecedented storm", with minister Richard Burton saying schools would remain closed on Tuesday. Government offices were also shut. Ireland's top football team Cork City were hit when their stadium roof collapsed, the day before they hoped to seal the league title at their Turners Cross ground. The eye of the storm is forecast to track across Northern Ireland and then Scotland. Though it will weaken as it goes, gusts are expected to reach 80 mph in the UK. Britain's Met Office issued amber severe weather warnings for Northern Ireland, Wales, and southern Scotland, saying power cuts, transport disruption, flying debris and large waves were likely. "This leads to the potential for injuries and danger to life," the national weather service said. The fringes of the storm turned the hitherto sunny afternoon skies over London a murky shade of brown-orange, due to the southerly warm winds bringing dust from the Sahara Desert. Ophelia came 30 years to the day of the Great Storm, which ravaged southern England in the early hours of October 16, 1987, leaving 18 people dead. Hurricane season Ophelia is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season, which is expected to last until the end of November. Three major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast. Ophelia was classed Category 3 on Saturday as it passed near Portugal's Azores islands, which means it packed winds of at least 178 kilometres per hour. Though seven of the nine islands in the Azores were on high alert, the storm did not cause major damage. In Spain, three people have died in wildfires whipped by strong wind gusts spawned by Hurricane Ophelia. Six people have also died in wildfires in Portugal, which local authorities said had been exacerbated by drought.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/885daffd25bf1f6d25f168ac04e7287b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTYvMjAxNyA1OjM4OjA4IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9V21MMVlpSUIxb0dNSEVnTFFlY25rdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Karachi will face a shortage of 400 million gallons of water today, the spokesperson of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board said on Monday. The official said that the Dhabeji and Gharo pumping stations will remain closed today due to the shutdown in electricity from 6am to 6pm. The entire city is expected to suffer from water shortage today as a result. In a message on Twitter, K-Electric ? the city's power utility ? said the power supply to the Gharo and Dhabeji grids is being suspended for maintenance work on the request of the National Transmission and Despatch Company.
  5. PESHAWAR: Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said whenever the PML-N came into power, they ruined the country?s economy and brought it on the brink of bankruptcy. Addressing a press conference here, the former president said if the country is weakening economically, then there must have been someone responsible for it. He said his party would create jobs for people if the party was brought to power again by the people. ?Whenever the PPP came to power, it provided jobs to the people, didn?t snatch them.? Commenting on the PTI chairman, Zardari said Imran Khan is lost in his own world and for him Pervez Khattak is the best individual.
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  7. File photo The federal cabinet has given a go-ahead to initiation of agreement with Russia for construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plant in Jamshoro. The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday approved ?initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro,? said an official statement. ?On agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Pakistan for the construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro, the Cabinet authorised the Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalise the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Finance Division,? the statement read. The cabinet also approved signing of Financial Cooperation Agreement 2015 with Germany and Memorandum of Understanding of Pak-China Cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property.
  8. Siemens will provide a power island to Punjab Power Plant, which will be built in Jhang, and is scheduled to supply power to the grid by December 2018, said a statement released Monday. Running on liquefied natural gas, the combined cycle power plant (CCPP) will increase power generation capacity in Pakistan by approximately 1.3 gigawatts. Through the use of highly-efficient gas turbines, the plant will boost power generation capacity and supply power to the grid in simple cycle operation by December 2018, and in combined cycle mode by November 2019. Siemens will supply a power island solution, comprising of two SGT5-8000H Gas Turbines, an SST-5000 Steam Turbine, two heat recovery steam generators, control systems and related auxiliaries to the plant. The deal between China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and government-owned Punjab Thermal Power (Pvt) Ltd (PTPL), is valued at around EUR200 million for the project?s engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, Siemens. It also marks the first time Siemens? highly-efficient H-Class gas turbines will be installed in Pakistan.
  9. SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick said he had appointed two new directors, a surprise move that publicly reignited a board battle over the role of the ousted former chief executive. Kalanick?s move on Friday sought to pre-empt a move by new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to restructure the board and gain greater control, a person familiar with the co-founder?s decision said. Uber said in a statement on Friday the company was surprised by Kalanick?s action. Company investors are divided over whether Kalanick should remain on the board and whether he should be allowed to name two other directors. Benchmark Capital, which had pressured Kalanick to resign as CEO in the wake of several governance scandals, did not respond to a request for comment. Khosrowshahi is scrambling to portray Uber as a reformed company that is turning a page on concerns including sexual harassment claims and a U.S. bribery probe. Investors have described diluting Kalanick?s power as a necessary step on the path to making amends. Kalanick, still one of the largest shareholders, said in a statement he had appointed former Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain as directors. ?I am appointing these seats now in light of a recent board proposal to dramatically restructure the board and significantly alter the company?s voting rights. It is therefore essential that the full board be in place for proper deliberation to occur, especially with such experienced board members as Ursula and John,? he said. He did not specify the proposals he opposed. Uber had nine directors before Kalanick?s Friday appointments. The person familiar with the matter said that Kalanick acted after Khosrowshahi had outlined a plan to directors, which is scheduled to be voted on October 3, that would give him control of four board seats in addition to his own on a panel that now has 11 directors. Khosrowshahi?s plan calls for transferring one of the two Kalanick-controlled positions to SoftBank Group Corp, which is considering an investment in Uber, the source said. Khosrowshahi effectively could put a person of his choosing in the other seat, as well as three other existing ones, according to the source. A third of directors also would be elected each year under the plan. Uber did not respond on Saturday to a request to comment about the Khosrowshahi plan. But the company said earlier in a statement that Kalanick?s appointments were a ?complete surprise? to Uber and its board. ?That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of,? the statement said. Yucaipa Companies managing partner Ron Burkle, an investor who has supported Kalanick, praised Burns and Thain as ?smart, high-quality people.? Division among Uber investors exploded in public in August, when Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit to force Kalanick off the board and rescind his ability to fill two other seats on the panel, accusing him of concealing a range of misdeeds. Yucaipa and other Uber investors defended Kalanick and asked Benchmark to divest its own shares and step down from the board. A Delaware judge later that month stayed the Benchmark lawsuit and sent it to arbitration, pushing the dispute out of public view and delivering Kalanick a victory. Kalanick?s action on Friday could be subject to a new legal challenge. Benchmark or other Uber investors could attempt to block the appointments by asking the Delaware judge to issue a so-called ?status-quo order.? The judge last month did not grant such a request. Kalanick?s lawyer at the time told the court that Kalanick had not rushed to fill the seats. The New York Times also quoted Kalanick?s lawyer as telling the court Kalanick had the power to fill the seats under the pre-arbitration ?status quo.?
  10. LAHORE: An agreement was signed with a Chinese company on Friday to set up a 1263 MW LNG-fueled power plant in Jhang. The project is slated to be completed in 26 months and will start power generation of 810 MW within 14 months. Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif vowed an end to the load shedding issue with concrete measures taken by the PML-N government. The Chief Minister pointed out that all power projects have been completed speedily with utmost transparency. Taking aim at his opponents, Shehbaz said, ?If they cannot bring themselves to mention the names, they should at least appreciate the [development] projects.? The Chief Minister said the first phase of power plants at Bhikhi and Haveli Bahadur Shah is already functional. Sahiwal Power Plant and Solar Park Bahawalpur are being completed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he added.
  11. source: Discovery KABUL: Work for building a 10-megawatt solar power plant has started in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, Afghan power supply company the Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said in a statement released on Monday. The project costs about 20 million US dollars, with 10 million dollars provided by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the remaining by an Indian firm. The construction will take 12 months, the statement added. Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, during his one-day visit to Kandahar province inaugurating the project. According to the statement, the Indian firm, under the agreement, is committed to selling 1 Kilowatt for 3.7 US cents to the Breshna Sherkat, and after 15 years would hand over the solar power plant to Afghan government.
  12. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took Team Europe to within two wins of lifting the Laver Cup on Saturday after they played doubles together for the first time, but ruled out a full-time partnership on the tour. The world's highest ranking duo handed Team Europe, skippered by Bjorn Borg, a 9-3 lead over Team World, captained by John McEnroe, after two days of action in Prague. After Nadal and Federer had won their singles rubbers, all eyes at Prague's sold-out O2 Arena were then on the two legends who played on the same side of the net for the first time in careers which have stretched the best part of two decades. They started the doubles against Sam Querrey and Jack Sock on a high, earning a break in the first set to win 6-4. They visibly enjoyed the experience, with Federer laughing off a massive air shot halfway through the set. However, they were in far more serious mood in the second set as both lost their serve, allowing the American pair to level with a 6-1 win. Much to their relief, the world's top two players, with 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them, regained their composure in time to sweep their rivals 10/5 in a super tie-break. But they both denied planning a future as a doubles pair, saying it was "not a good idea." "I don't want to kill your expectations," Federer told Nadal. Nadal, 31, said he will remember the night he teamed up with his old rival and close friend for the first time. "It was unforgettable for both of us after the history we have behind us as rivals. Something we really enjoyed a lot," said the Spanish star. "To have the possibility to have Roger next to me is a huge privilege... something I wanted to make happen at some point and today I made it happen." "He said it all," chuckled 36-year-old Federer. "For me personally it was a great moment too. After this we'll be rivals again, thanks God or unfortunately, but? this was something very special." "This is a memory for the rest of the lifetime." "My last doubles was so long ago that I hardly remembered how to react at the net," said Federer, forcing "You did extremely well!" from Nadal. Despite losing, Querrey said it was "fun to be a part of it." "It was a great match, everyone played well. It really could have gone either way." In Saturday's opener, Federer, this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon winner and the world number two, swept 16th-ranked Querrey 6-4, 6-2 after earning a break in the first set and two in the second. World number one Nadal, who won the French and US Open this season, then overcame a scare to beat 21st-ranked Sock 6-3, 3-6, 11/9. Nadal and Sock traded breaks early into the rubber but Nadal added another to take the first set. The second set was a mirror image of the first with Sock taking the honours and earning a nerve-wracking super tie-break, in which he came back from 5-1 down to level at 9-9 before Nadal showed his dominance to win. Australia's world number 20 Nick Kyrgios then gave Team World a boost as he beat 19th-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 10/6 in a clash of big servers. On Sunday, three singles and one doubles will close the tournament, with the players earning three points for each win after two on Saturday and one on Friday. On Friday, Marin Cilic beat Frances Tiafoe, Dominic Thiem overpowered John Isner and Alexander Zverev saw off Denis Shapovalov to hand Europe a 3-1 lead as Nadal and Berdych lost to Kyrgios and Sock in doubles.
  13. Chashma Nuclear Power Plant IV Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate Pakistan's fifth nuclear power plant ? C-4 ? at Chashma today. The plant has a capacity to generate 340 megawatts of electricity. The Chashma nuclear power project units C-1, C-2 and C-3 have been successfully contributing to the national grid since 2000, 2011 and 2016, respectively. Two large-sized nuclear power plants, K-2 and K-3, are under construction near Karachi and are scheduled to be operational in 2020 and 2021, respectively. They will add 2,200MW electricity to the national grid.
  14. ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Power Abid Sher Ali Thursday claimed that the incumbent government has reduced power shortfall in the country to zero megawatts. Speaking to the media after a meeting of National Assembly's Standing Committee on Energy, the minister said his government would make a formal announcement regarding the end of load-shedding in November, this year. "We have produced 20,000 MWs of electricity and will end the shortage of power forever," he claimed. Criticising Khursheed Shah for his statement regarding lower power tariffs during his party's tenure, Ali said the PPP leader's claim makes him laugh as there was no electricity during the PPP's tenure in the country, how could it be cheaper. He reiterated that load-shedding will continue in areas where there is pilferage. Commenting on power woes in Karachi, the minister said they summoned K-Electric officials on the issue and will resolve the problem of power load management in the metropolis. Earlier during the standing committee meeting, committee member Sajid Ahmed complained of over-billing in Karachi. Abid Sher Ali said that there is zero load shedding on 252 feeders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while there are up to 90 per cent damages on 120 other feeders in the province. "Our grids continued to be set ablaze; you take responsibility that there would be no power pilferage in KP," the minister asked Afridi. At which, Afridi lamented estimated bills are being sent to KP consumers and then they are labeled as pilferers too.
  15. BACKGROUND IMAGE: Power transmission towers are seen on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif said late Wednesday night citing fresh statistics that power generation in Pakistan has achieved a new record-high as of 9 PM the same night. Asif posted a tweet just before 11 PM saying that the production of electricity was registered at 20,000 megawatts (MW) and that the country is almost nearing the completion of the ?Roshan Pakistan? promise. The power division of the Ministry of Energy also backed the minister?s claim, saying that the milestone, which was recorded at 9 PM on Wednesday night, indicates the first time power generation has surpassed this figure. A ministry spokesperson revealed that demand ? as of Wednesday night ? was observed to be 18,203 MW, whereas the power system has the ability to generate 20,000 MW of electricity, thereby implying that there was more electricity than required. The power shortage, at present, is recorded at zero, the spokesperson concluded.
  16. File Photo KARACHI: Four people were electrocuted to death, while one was severely wounded in a rain-related incident Friday night here on Jinnah Road in the Sher Shah area, Geo News reported. The victims of electrocution were reportedly the owners of road-side swings, law enforcement agencies said, adding that they were passing via Jinnah Road when their ride came into contact with a fallen power cable. The deceased have been identified as Arshad Ghulam Yaseen, Akhtar Rafiq, Sabir Ashiq, and Nawaz Sohara, while the wounded person is Asif ? son of Ghulam Farid, police explained. Residents of the locality, however, mentioned that a complaint had been filed with K-Electric three days ago, but no one turned up to fix it. "K-Electric did not send anyone even after we filed a complaint with them," one of the residents said. Condemning the incident, they said the power supply company only sent a team after four lives were lost.
  17. SINGAPORE: A US warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the US Navy said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement posted on the website of the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet. "In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters, and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," it said. The statement said MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60S Sea Hawks from USS America were also responding. COVER IMAGE: The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain approaches the aircraft carrier USS George Washington for a fueling at sea in this handout photo from December 5, 2010. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng S. Yang/Handout via REUTERS/Files
  18. An array of solar panels is seen in Oakland, California, US, on December 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files HOUSTON: As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, US electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power. Solar energy now accounts for more than 42,600 megawatts (MW), about 5 percent of the US' peak demand, up from 5 MW in 2000, according to the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), a group formed to improve the nation's power system in the wake of a 1964 blackout. When the next eclipse comes to the United States in 2024, solar will account for 14 percent of the nation's power, estimates NERC. For utilities and solar farms, the eclipse represents an opportunity to see how well prepared their systems are to respond to rapid swings in an era where variable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are climbing in scale and importance. Power companies view Monday's event as a "test bed" on how power systems can manage a major change in supply, said John Moura, director of reliability assessment and system analysis at the North American Electric Reliability Corp. "It has been tested before, just not at this magnitude," adds Steven Greenlee, a spokesman for the California Independent System Operator (CISO), which controls routing power in the nation's most-populous state. CISO estimates that at the peak of the eclipse, the state's normal solar output of about 8,800 MW will be reduced to 3,100 MW and then surge to more than 9,000 MW when the sun returns. CISO's preparation includes studying how German utilities dealt with a 2015 eclipse in that country. Its review prompted the grid overseer to add an additional 200 MW to its normal 250 MW power reserves. "We've calculated that during the eclipse, that solar will ramp off at about 70 MW per minute," said Greenlee. "And then we'll see the solar rolling back at about 90 MW per minute or more." Power utilities say the focus will be on managing a rapid drop off and accommodate the solar surge post the eclipse. Utility executives say they do not expect any interruption in service but are prepared to ask customers to pare usage if a problem arises. "We want to assure our customers that we have secured enough resources to meet their energy needs, even with significantly less solar generation on hand," said Caroline Winn, chief operating officer at utility San Diego Gas & Electric Co. In the Eastern United States, utilities will have more time to watch the results of their Western counterparts. PJM Interconnection, which coordinates electricity transmission among 13 states from Michigan to North Carolina, says non-solar sources such as hydro and fossil fuel can easily supplant the 400 MW to 2,500 MW solar loss, depending on the cloud cover. For small-scale solar providers, the eclipse is a drop in the revenue bucket. Ron Strom, a North Carolina real estate developer, sells the power from a 58-kilovolt system atop a commercial property in Chapel Hill to Duke Energy. "The event may cost me eighteen cents or thereabouts if my panels don't produce solar for three hours," said Strom.
  19. Delcy Rodriguez, president of the National Constituent Assembly, speaks during a meeting of the Truth Commission in Caracas, Venezuela, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino CARACAS: Venezuela's new legislative super body on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. In practice, the move does little to change the existing situation. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. But the decision suggests the constituent assembly, elected in July in a vote boycotted by the opposition, is more interested in limiting the opposition's influence than carrying out its official task of rewriting the nation's constitution. Delcy Rodriguez, a Maduro ally and president of the constituent assembly, insisted the move did not imply a dissolution of the congress. "Those lazy bums have to work. What we are doing is telling them: 'Gentlemen, we are not going to let you take a holiday'," Rodriguez said in a reference to opposition legislators. South American trade bloc Mercosur condemned the assembly for usurping congress's responsibilities, according to a statement released by Brazil's Foreign Ministry. Mercosur founding members Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will not recognize any measures taken by the assembly, the statement said. The assembly had invited leaders of the existing congress to join the session. Congressional leaders did not attend, insisting it was fraudulently created and usurped their powers. "(Congress) only obeys the constitution and the people. We do not recognize the constituent assembly, much less subordinate ourselves to it," Freddy Guevara, an opposition politician and vice president of the congress, wrote on Twitter. Maduro pushed for the creation of the constituent assembly on promises it would bring peace to the country after months of violent street protests that have killed more than 125 people. Critics say the assembly was created to extend the rule of the Socialists, who face anger across the country over chronic food shortages, triple-digit inflation and a severe recession. Protests have slowed since the July 30 election, partly because opposition leaders are in talks to present candidates for the gubernatorial elections expected in October. Many opposition supporters are also tired and demoralized. Governments around the world have slammed the creation of the constituent assembly, with many accusing Maduro of seeking to ignore the will of Venezuelans who want a change of government. The United States has slapped sanctions on top Socialist Party officials, accusing them, among other things, of weakening democracy and violating human rights. Washington has said it will consider sanctions against anyone who participates in the constituent assembly.
  20. Bollywood powerhouse performer and working mom Kareena Kapoor Khan is a persistent charmer whether it's work or personal life. She knows the art of keeping a healthy balance between work and motherhood. Recently, the diva was asked about her son and how he would perceive women as he grew up. The actress replied that her son will grow up with a working mom. She said that her son will be seeing working women around him such as his aunt, Karishma, Kareena?s own mother and mother-in-law. The Bollywood actress was of the opinion that working alongside motherhood makes her feel like an ?enriched mother?. Kareena feels that acting is her passion and after a day at work she looks forward to seeing her son. Women are the best multitaskers, she believes. Kareena says son is the "most gorgeous man" Kareena says she is enjoying the new phase of life Earllier, when asked about how she?s finding juggling between work and home, she had shared similar views. She stated how most women in her family and in-laws have worked after getting married and having kids, and she believes she?s always been able to balance work and personal life and there?s not a big difference now. Kareena gave birth to her first child with actor Saif Ali Khan in December 2016.
  21. Well, 11th August 2017 was a day that gave many Bollywood makers the relief they have been looking for. After all, finally the reign of sanskari CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani came to an end. The way, makers, and creatives were upset with his way of working is not an unknown fact. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the man has literally treated CBFC like his own territory and demanded irrational cuts based on his so-called ethics and morals. Even though Bollywood was liberated from his terror, the man did manage to use scissors one last time on none other than Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez's film, ‘A Gentleman'. © Fox Star Studios As per media reports, Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez's long smooch has been cut from the film, because of course, our ex-CBFC chief doesn't approve of lovers kissing each other on screen. Apparently, the CBFC asked the co-directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru to reduce the kiss timing. “The lead pair's kiss just went on and on unnecessarily, just like the smooch in the James Bond film and Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. We've asked them to take it easy. The film is titled A Gentleman, but the hero seems to forget his manners while kissing,” revealed a source to a leading daily. © Fox Star Studios So as per our understanding, what Mr. Nihalani means to say is that a gentleman can't kiss his beau for a long time. Just wondering: how you kiss someone decides whether you are a gentleman or not? Haha! Back to the film, the viewers are already excited to watch the two sizzle the screen once again. ‘A Gentleman' is slated to release on August 25, 2017.
  22. TAIPEI: Taiwan suffered a massive power blackout on Tuesday evening that hit businesses and residential homes, affecting close to seven million households on the heavily industrialised island amid sweltering heat. The outage left millions of homes without power and hit offices and factories on the island of nearly 24 million people, but appeared to have a limited impact on businesses, including some of the world's leading technology manufacturers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker and a major supplier to Apple Inc, said its operations were not affected, as did electronics manufacturer Pegatron Corp. ChipMOS Technologies Inc said the outage had not had a big impact on its operations. Its shares fell 2 percent in early trade, lagging a flat broader market. Power had been fully restored across the island by Wednesday, local media said. Residents complained as temperatures hovered around 32 degrees Celsius (89.6°F), while the blackout caused havoc as restaurants and small businesses were left without power, traffic lights stopped working and elevators stalled. The power outage was caused by a human technical error at state-owned gas supplier CPC Corp that affected the operations of a state-owned Taiwan Power Co power plant in northwestern Taoyuan, the two companies said at a news conference on Tuesday evening. Taiwan Power Co's outage at its Taoyuan plant caused six generators to stop working, resulting in a massive blackout across Taiwan, the company said. President Tsai Ing-wen apologised on her Facebook page for the blackout, describing electricity supply as a national security issue. Relevant government departments needed to quickly explain why a single event could cause such large damage across the country's electricity system, she said. "We must reform the system. I will make this an important point for thorough inspection reforms in the future." Taiwan's Minister of Economics Affairs Chih-Kung Lee had offered to resign over the incident, which was accepted by Premier Lin Chuan, the government said. Lee's formal resignation letter was expected later this week, it said. If Lee steps down as expected, he will do so just over a year after assuming office. CPC Corp said it accepted responsibility for the outage and was investigating the cause. The blackout was the country's most severe since the 1999 Jiji earthquake, Taiwan Power Co said.
  23. There is now a phone that does not need a battery to run and uses the air to power itself. So if you are scared of your smartphone exploding due to battery issues, this may be the explosion-free future you're looking for? Researchers from the University of Washington have developed the world's first battery-free phone. However, there is one catch, the sound quality on this phone is as shitty as it can get. On the plus side, you won't ever have to charge your phone as it uses light and radio waves from your surroundings to power itself. © YouTube “We've built what we believe is the first functioning cell phone that consumes almost zero power,” co-author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering told the official university blog. The researchers have come up with a smart way to harness the power and in the same light, they have found a nifty way to get rid of the battery. According to the post on the blog “this process consumes so much energy that it's been impossible to design a phone that can rely on ambient power sources.” © YouTube The researchers found a way to use tiny vibrations on the phone's microphone and speaker which in turn is used to encode incoming and outgoing signals. The drawback from this design is that one cannot send and receive signals at the same time. This means the call has to hold in a send or receive button (like a traditional handheld radio) while sending or receiving audio signals. Basically, it is like a walkie-talkie without any batteries. Currently, the cell phone harvests its energy from radio signals that are sent out by a base station and a tiny solar cell it has embedded within the body. The researchers further add that these base stations can be installed in WiFi routers and cell towers as well so that one can move with the device. You can check out the video below to get a better idea on how this phone works: Source: The Next Web
  24. A record store advertises their presence on Facebook in their shop window in Somerville, Massachusetts, US, July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SAN FRANCISCO: Quarterly results from Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc provided fresh evidence this week that the digital advertising market is effectively a duopoly, a dynamic with deep implications for two of Silicon Valley's titans. Alphabet, the owner of Google and YouTube, and Facebook, the world's largest social network, each produced billions in profits during the most recent quarter and enjoyed steep revenue increases, while smaller rivals such as Snap Inc and Twitter Inc struggle to maintain growth and reduce losses. This year, the Big Two in internet advertising are expected to take half of all revenue worldwide, and more than 60 percent in the United States, according to research firm eMarketer. In the US market, no other digital ad platform has a market share above 5 percent. Google suffered a minor blip in earnings due to higher payments to mobile carriers and others for search traffic. But efforts by Verizon and other network operators to compete for mobile ad dollars have had little impact thus far. Independent advertising technology companies such as Rubicon Project and Rocket Fuel have also found it tough to compete. Advertisers are flocking to Facebook and Google because they reach billions of people and have a wealth of data that can be deployed for targeted marketing. Their growing dominance, however, raises questions about how they will use their billions in profits to maintain growth when the advertising market as a whole is expanding only modestly. "Digital advertising will soon be approaching a point of saturation, indicating that there are limits to growth which may not be fully accounted for by the investment community," Brian Wieser, senior analyst at Pivotal Research, said in a client note this week. The advent of a duopoly is also spurring concerns about monopolistic practices. Google this month set aside $2.7 billion to pay a record European Union antitrust fine for favouring its shopping service in search results, and it faces two additional investigations in Europe. Facebook declined to comment on Friday. In the past, the company has rejected the idea that it is part of a duopoly, saying that it competes against more than just digital platforms and has less than 5 percent of the overall advertising market. Alphabet did not reply to requests for comment. Video gold The video is one market that Facebook and Google both view as a crucial new frontier. With huge investments planned, the companies are preparing to do to the television advertising business what they have long since done to traditional print advertising: namely, take much of it for themselves. YouTube has been rolling out new series with stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart and says that the service's overall 1.5 billion viewers watch, on average, 60 minutes a day on their phones and tablets. Facebook is expected to launch original video series of its own within weeks, after signing deals with companies such as Vox Media and BuzzFeed. Facebook's Instagram unit is also becoming a bigger producer of revenue, with video likely to be a big part of the mix. Already, many advertisers feel they cannot ignore the massive reach of YouTube. Some big advertisers launched a boycott of YouTube this year after their ads appeared alongside videos from Islamic extremists, yet there was no evidence from Alphabet's earnings report on Monday that it had any impact on revenues. "Marketers aren't going to get fired for hiring Facebook and Google," said Harry Kargman, chief executive of Kargo, which manages digital marketing for media companies including Time Inc. Antitrust risk Other owners of digital ad inventory are feeling the squeeze. This month, an alliance of US news organizations started a lobbying campaign for an exemption from the antitrust law that would allow them to coordinate their negotiations with Google and Facebook, although such requests from other industries generally have not succeeded. Consumer advocates worry about the giants snuffing out the competition. "All of the major technology companies should be on alert that people are a bit spooked and unsettled about their size and their ability to expand into new markets," said Gene Kimmelman, president of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that advocates for an open internet. Size is not by itself an antitrust concern, and neither is the ability to quash competitors, even through copying as Facebook has done with rival app Snapchat. Facebook and Google are not under US antitrust investigation. Still, the prospect of a future probe could still affect their business strategies. "As long as they toe the line and stay in the market position they're in, it's going to be kind of hard to go after them under the existing antitrust laws," said Herbert Hovenkamp, a University of Pennsylvania professor of antitrust law. But acquisitions, he said, would be another matter. "Even a merger between Facebook or Google and a smaller rival would probably be looked at very closely," Hovenkamp said.
  25. LAHORE: Those trying to get to find their way to power will get nothing out of hurling allegations at a sincere leader, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday. While hinting at the opposition and their demands of the prime minister?s resignation, Shehbaz said the people who were campaigning against the prime minister are the ones whom public rejected during previous elections. ?But the public will not elect them in the upcoming general elections, of 2018,? he said. ?Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lives in the hearts of two million Pakistanis.?