Dennis WardAPTN National NewsMore than 100 tribes have come together near Standing Rock in North Dakota.They’re uniting at the Sacred Stone camp to try and stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project.It will carry oil through four states including North Dakota.Right in the middle of the Sacred Stone camp is a council lodge that has a lot of people talking.
Salman Khan, Priyanka ChopraVarinder ChawlaEver since Priyanka Chopra had walked out of Bharat citing her marriage with Nick Jonas, several reports had claimed of a possible bad blood between Salman Khan and the Quantico star. While Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar had maintained that nothing has changed between them, it was reported that Salman hasn’t completely forgiven Priyanka for leaving Bharat at the last moment. And it was quite evident when Salman took a sly dig at Priyanka for launching a dating app called Bumble in India post her marriage.Salman is currently busy promoting his upcoming film Notebook starring debutants Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal which tells the story of two people falling in love without meeting each other. During the media interaction, Salman was asked about the current trend of meeting new people and finding partners through dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. “Why only Tinder, and not Grindr?” Salman quipped adding that he doesn’t have dating apps in his mobile phones.When Salman was further asked about Priyanka’s social networking and dating app, the Dabangg star couldn’t stop himself from poking fun at Priyanka, who is now married to Nick Jonas, by saying, “Why does she need that now?”After Priyanka’s exit from Bharat, Katrina Kaif had filled in her shoes and though Salman had attended Priyanka’s reception, it was reported that Salman hasn’t fully come to terms with Priyanka.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.
The Election Commission on Friday started the distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards in 27 districts of the country, reports UNB.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda opened the distribution process through video conferencing from the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital.Deputy commissioners and district election officers from eight districts – Gopalganj, Bogra, Patuakhali, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Pabna, Gaibandha and Netrakona– joined the video conference.In the last month, the EC decided to complete the distribution of smart NID cards across the country by December 2018 with a view to providing all voters with the cards before the next general election.The EC earlier started the distribution of smart NID cards in the areas of the country’s 11 city corporations after launching the distribution process in October 2016. The areas where the distribution of the machine readable cards was opened on Friday are Kurigram Sadar upazila, Lalmonirhat Sadar, Panchagarh Sadar, Gaibandha Sadar, Nilphamari Sadar, Dinajpur Sadar, Thakurgaon Sadar, Bogra Sadar, Joypurhat Sadar, Pabna Sadar, Meherpur Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Narail Sadar, Pirojpur Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Jhalakathi Sadar, Barguna Sadar, Tungipara of Gopalganj, Shariatpur Sadar, Netrakona Sadar, Habiganj Sadar, Sunamganj Sadar, Noakhali Sadar, Bandarban Sadar, Khagrachhari Sadar, Cox’s Bazar Sadar, and Rangamati Sadar.
Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes shakes hands with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the latter’s office in Jerusalem, following the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Paraguay in Jerusalem, on 21 May 2018. Reuters File PhotoIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel’s embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday, hours after the Latin American nation’s new government announced it would move its embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem.Paraguay’s decision was a blow to Israel’s efforts to achieve external recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, which appeared to have gained some traction this year with the United States, Guatemala and Paraguay opening embassies there. Most countries do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the entire city and say its final status should be set in peace talks.Paraguay’s foreign minister called Israel’s reaction “disproportionate.” Paraguay president Mario Abdo defended his decision as part of an effort to support “broad, lasting and just peace” among Israelis and Palestinians.“Paraguay is a country of principles,” Abdo said on Twitter.Abdo took office last month and belongs to the same conservative party as his predecessor Horacio Cartes, who inaugurated Paraguay’s new embassy in Jerusalem in May.The Palestinians said their foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, met Abdo two weeks ago and hailed Paraguay’s change of mind as “a new Palestinian diplomatic achievement.”“Minister Maliki exerted a big effort during his meeting with the new president who instructed his foreign minister to arrange the issue,” the Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement.Israel acted swiftly after the news broke and a statement in English from the prime minister’s office said: “Israel views with utmost gravity the extraordinary decision by Paraguay which will cloud bilateral relations.”The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 war, as its capital.But the Palestinians, with broad international backing, want East Jerusalem for the capital of a future state they hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Negotiations between the two sides broke down in 2014.In December, US president Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of US policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. The United States opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May. Guatemala and then Paraguay opened embassies there afterward.Netanyahu has attempted to persuade other countries to follow their lead.On Wednesday while meeting Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov, Netanyahu said: “I appreciate your decision to open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem, and I hope, I hope, I hope it’s the first step towards establishing the Bulgarian embassy in Jerusalem.”
Ed MayberryMayor Sylvester Turner appeals to the public information about the murder of 11-year old Josue Flores.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is making an appeal for anyone with information about the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores to come forward.“I want to make a personal appeal,” Turner said in a press conference on Monday. “If you have any information of any of the person who may have committed this crime, I am personally asking for people in this city or people with that information, to make that information readily available to the police.” Sixth-grader Josue Flores was stabbed to death while walking home from his school north of downtown Houston last Tuesday.“I don’t want this particular crime to continue to linger, and I don’t want it to destroy communities or destroy our city,” Turner said. “I just believe that there is somebody out there that knows something about the person that committed this crime. I’m asking you to think about this family and to think about this community and to think about this city.” Houston police dropped a murder charge against Che Calhoun after investigators were able to confirm he was in Pearland when the crime was committed.Residents in North Houston say they’re upset the killer is still at large.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward has been increased to $15,000. Share
FlickrEmma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl’s name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. Liam pushed last year’s champ, Noah, to second to claim the top spot.The Social Security Administration releases the 1,000 most popular baby names each year. They trumpeted the name reveals Friday with a Facebook Live announcement. The agency uses the announcement to draw traffic to its website, where workers can begin tracking their benefits long before retirement.When it came to girls’ names, Emma was followed by Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia.For the boys, Liam and Noah were followed by William, James and Logan.Other trends last year included a rise in the use of Melania for a girl, likely influenced by first lady Melania Trump.One girl’s name that continued a downward slide is Alexa, which ranked 32nd in 2015 but placed 65th in 2017. That could be due to parents not wanting their daughter to share the same name with the voice assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers.Pamela Redmond Satran, who blogs about baby-naming and is also co-founder of the baby name site Nameberry.com, said the rise of Liam reflects the large population of Irish people in the U.S. who may not speak Irish, but have ethnic pride.“I think you see ethnic influences coming into play in a more indirect way. You see more parents looking back and looking for places in their lives that hold meaning that can be translated into names,” said Satran, who also co-wrote the books “The Baby Name Bible” and “Cool Names for Babies.”Ethnic pride could also be a factor for parents of Hispanic descent. A lot of new parents “are using Hispanic names rather than trying to pick more Anglo-fied names,” Satran said.She also says Hispanic culture has become more ingrained in the food, music and television that Americans consume. So, names such as Sofia and Ariana become more well-known.“As cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries become more familiar to mainstream America, I think the names start being used beyond the Hispanic population.” Share
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore EditorBusiness Name: Different RegardWhat: A men’s clothing and accessories boutique (that also sells some women’s garments) located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. The current location opened in 2011.Owners: Steven White and Dominick DavisAddress: 825 N. Charles StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.Phone: 410.225.3777Steven White is co-owner of Different Regard, a men’s clothing boutique in Mt. Vernon. (Photo by Sean Yoes)From the website: “Since inception, DifferentRegard has aimed to provide the modern gentleman a classic style with a modern edge. We are a Maryland made clothing brand that designs luxurious well-tailored garments created in-house for those who have an uncompromising vision of style and quality. We design for the professional, personal, and social lifestyle. We believe your clothing helps promotes your lifestyle growth. We create not just fashion-forward clothing, but a lifestyle and attitude.”
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Montenegro, the Czech Republic and Croatia has found a possible genetic link between early big-game hunters of the Upper Paleolithic Gravettian culture and modern Herzegovinian men. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes how they surveyed a large number of Bosnian and Herzegovinian men and compared what they found with a gene believed to be at least partly responsible for causing people to grow taller than average. More information: Pavel Grasgruber et al. The mountains of giants: an anthropometric survey of male youths in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161054AbstractThe aim of this anthropometric survey, conducted between 2015 and 2016 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was to map local geographical differences in male stature and some other anthropometric characteristics (sitting height, arm span). In addition, to investigate the main environmental factors influencing physical growth, the documented values of height would be compared with available nutritional and socioeconomic statistics. Anthropometric data were collected in 3192 boys aged approximately 18.3 years (17–20 years), from 97 schools in 37 towns. When corrected for population size in the examined regions, the average height of young males in BiH is 181.2 cm (181.4 cm in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, 180.9 cm in Republika Srpska). The regional variation is considerable—from 179.7 cm in the region of Doboj to 184.5 cm in the region of Trebinje. These results fill a long-term gap in the anthropological research of the Western Balkans and confirm older reports that the population of the Dinaric Alps is distinguished by extraordinary physical stature. Together with the Dutch, Montenegrins and Dalmatians, men from Herzegovina (183.4 cm) can be regarded as the tallest in the world. Because both nutritional standards and socioeconomic conditions are still deeply suboptimal, the most likely explanation of this exceptional height lies in specific genetic factors associated with the spread of Y haplogroup I-M170. The genetic potential for height in this region could then be the greatest in the world. Future studies should further elucidate the roots of this intriguing phenomenon, which touches an important aspect of human biodiversity. Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedia Explore further A tall story: Why do the Dutch tower over us? © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It has been noted that men from Herzegovina are taller on average than men in other places—the average male height is just over six feet. But why the men there are so tall has been a mystery, especially considering the relative poverty of the area for very long periods of time. The region, in the Dinaric Alps, actually boasts the tallest average male height, though the Netherlands, a country that has enjoyed a high standard of living and thus a strong diet for a very long time, holds the record for tallest average for an entire nation. To understand why men in Herzegovina are so tall, the researchers started by looking at the I-M170 chromosome, which prior research has shown is highly prevalent in Herzegovinian people—approximately 70 percent have it.The new research entailed surveying 3,207 Herzegovinian men between the ages of 17 and 20 regarding details on height and other body measurements—they found the average male height to be 181.2 cm. They then noted that prior research has shown that people of the Gravettian culture were exceptionally tall, as well, many of them averaging over six feet. They also noted that people in Herzegovina tend to ingest more calcium than people elsewhere due to minerals in the limestone bedrock in the area making their way into food sources. Putting all the data together, the researchers concluded that the most likely cause of larger-than-average height of Herzegovinian men is lifestyle during the Paleolithic—men hunted large animals such as mammoth for survival—such a diet, heavy in protein, combined with small population densities, would have provided ideal conditions for height selection, resulting in increasingly taller men who passed the trait down through their I-M170 chromosome to future generations. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Citation: Tallness in Herzegovinian men linked to gene passed down from ancient big game hunters (2017, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-tallness-herzegovinian-men-linked-gene.html