Tuesday, August 16

Day: January 4, 2016

What you should do when an earthquake strikes
ENGLISH, Life Style

What you should do when an earthquake strikes

    Earthquakes, as with most natural disasters, have this uncanny ability to strike when you are most vulnerable and unprepared. It is not uncommon to see images of people running out of a building during a tremor, and it is a reason for many fatalities that could have been avoided. Here are some of the key elements to keep in mind for earthquake preparedness: Before an earthquake strikes, especially if you live in an earthquake zone: — Have a plan for yourself, family, neighbourhood, organisation, etc. — Assess your area (home, workplace, etc) Find a safe place that can provide shelter during an earthquake. The space can either permit you to crawl under it and take cover, or it can be the intersection of two sturdy walls (column). Fix items firmly that could come undone dur...
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is designing a robot babysitter to look after his infant daughter
ENGLISH, Life Style

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is designing a robot babysitter to look after his infant daughter

    The billionaire founder of Facebook has revealed plans to build a domestic robot capable of babysitting his infant daughter. Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a "simple artificial intelligence to run my home" by the end of the year. He announced this ambitious scheme in his annual New Year's Resolution Facebook post. Zuck said his "personal challenge" for the year would be to design a robot which can perform basic childcare and other tasks around the house. "I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home - music, lights, temperature and so on," he wrote. "I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. "I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's room that I need to check on when I'm not...
Oil Rises as Saudis Cut Ties With Iran After Embassy Attacked
Arab world, ENGLISH

Oil Rises as Saudis Cut Ties With Iran After Embassy Attacked

    Futures rose as much as 3.5 percent in New York, extending Thursday’s 1.2 percent advance. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of repercussions and protesters armed with rocks and firebombs attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday and set parts of the building on fire. Saudi Arabia and Iran, respectively OPEC’s first- and fifth-ranked producers, are on opposite sides of Middle East conflicts from Syria to Yemen. Prices last week capped the biggest two-year loss on record amid speculation a global glut will be prolonged as U.S. crude stockpiles expanded and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries abandoned output limits. “It may be seen by the market as an incremental step in a possible longer-term escalation of problems in the core oil- pr...
Poland ready to offer David Cameron EU welfare deal in exchange for Nato bases
ENGLISH, Europe

Poland ready to offer David Cameron EU welfare deal in exchange for Nato bases

    Poland is ready to drop its fierce opposition to David Cameron's welfare plans if he supports a call to permanently base Nato troops in the country. In a potentially significant breakthrough for the British government, Witold Waszczykowski, the Polish foreign minister, said he is "of course" willing to consider a bargain over a proposed ban on European migrants claiming in-work benefits. In exchange, Poland wants Britain to back the permanent basing of Nato troops in the country to deter Russian aggression. The issue will be discussed at a Nato summit in Warsaw in July. "It would be very difficult for us to accept any discrimination," Mr Waszczykowski said. "Unless Britain helped us really effectively with regard to the Polish defense ambitions at the summit in Warsaw." As...
72,000 earthquake prone buildings in capital
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

72,000 earthquake prone buildings in capital

    Relief and Disaster Management Ministry has identified 72,000 buildings at the risk of earthquakes in the capital. Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya made the statement at a press briefing in the capital on Monday afternoon. He said: “We had put black and red marks on the 72,000 buildings in the capital that were identified to be at the risk of earthquake".