China s recent incursions in Pangong Tso and Galwan valley have proved the futility of engaging or appeasing China, making it amply clear that as long as CCP continues to exist, China will be revanchist, expansionist and India s adversary number one. That said, it would be irrational for India to trust China in the future. Keeping borders vague helps China in bogging down India as a continental power. Further, China needs roads in the border regions of the western sector to link them with BRI, Xi s flagship foreign policy initiative. India s infrastructure development in the border regions acts as a significant hindrance.Under Mao s reincarnate Xi Jinping, CCP has long term imperial ambitions of world domination. Hence, in the future, China s expansionist encroachments are highly likely to escalate in number, frequency, and magnitude, unless India abandons Dalai Lama, accepts a completely subordinate status, and acts accordingly, willingly surrenders Arunachal, Ladakh, and whatever new claims of sovereignty that will float from Beijing, as per their strategic interests. After all, a sub continental power in its backyard must accept its subordinate status and do as what they say yes, that is what the CCP thinks. However, China wants all that without a full blown war, which it fears. There lies the weakness, intended to be compensated by creating smokescreens of aggression and threats of war. Also, because, in China s understanding of India, the latter s political leadership is likely to display nervousness in the face of an aggressive force posture, maybe because of some fundamental problem with India s strategic sub conscious, China creates smokescreens of an impending war. Delhi must understand it is psychological and pay back in the same coin, i.e., by shaping China s perceptions making China believe that India is no more a good boy and willing to confront in a full fledged war with international support. An assertive force posture, if not aggressive, if it s too much to swallow for Delhi, on the diplomatic, military and economic front, avoiding escalation, is the road that India will have to tread on.
Netflix is losing a truckload of quality content next month, to the point where I actually had some trouble figuring out what I should leave off of this list. Sure, I could have expanded it to include more than 10 movies, but where ''s the fun in that? Anyway, the story of this month, as it has been almost every month since Disney first launched, is that more Disney movies are disappearing from the Netflix library. In July, we 're losing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ant Man and the Wasp, and The Incredibles 2. Speaking of incredible, starting in August (unless it renews a license or two), Netflix will no longer have a single Star Wars or Marvel Studios movie on its entire service.
On the face of it, the proposition requires little justification. The toll exacted by the war in Ukraine has been onerous, and whilst there has been no major fighting in five years, the economic and humanitarian burdens remain considerable, and the risk of wider conflict persists. Moreover, recrimination and pressure now characterise the relationship between Russia and those whom its leadership acidly calls our Western partners . In the political establishment, the most eminent figure determined to break the mould is France s president, Emmanuel Macron, who has spoken eloquently about the need to tie Russia and Europe back together .1 But examples of restlessness can also be found within the expert community, where some have turned the search for compromise into a duty bordering on obsession. The latest report of the International Crisis Group (ICG) is an elaborately even handed example of this genre.2 It is hardly incidental that Ukraine s not so experienced president, Volodymyr Zelensky, believes that ending the war with Russia is his most urgent task.More or less explicit in these approaches are three premises. The first is that the risks of compromise which must by definition entail some modification of Western (and Ukrainian) policy pose fewer dangers than the indefinite prolongation of the status quo. The second is that such a prolongation is not in Russia s interests. The third, which does not necessarily follow from the second, is that negotiation of a mutually beneficial compromise is within the bounds of realism. The second proposition is the key one, because Russia s interests are the fulcrum upon which these calculations turn. Unless Russia is willing to end the war on terms that others can accept, these approaches are most unlikely to produce the results intended.
You re not complete as a woman unless you become a mother. With these brilliantly misleading words that every woman in India must have heard at some point of her life begins Pooja Pande s book Momspeak: The Funny, Bittersweet Story of Motherhood in India .
Early reports on the coronavirus clearly showed that people with diabetes would be at greater risk of adverse outcomes following an infection. Subsequent studies have confirmed that elderly patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, underlying heart disease, cancer or chronic lung issues are particularly likely to succumb to the Covid 19 disease.Unless people with these conditions have an emergency situation, they should avoid visiting a clinic or hospital. And if they do venture out, they should be at two arm s length from other people. It s easy for doctors to advise that, but extremely difficult for people with diabetes to let their concerns be overcome by even a raging pandemic.
It s recovered a bit since that time, but the value of Ponzi schemes and investment scams, which are most of what constitute cryptocurrency scams, has been seriously deficient due to the pandemic. That could be due to the falling prices of cryptocurrency during this pandemic, leading to less money coming in from scams.Now the main focus of scams has shifted to preying upon those confused by the conditions of the virus, with scammers more focused on blackmail in some cases saying they have COVID 19 and threatening to spread it to the victim s family unless paid a certain amount or phishing email scams.
by Mix mdash; in Apps It s pretty easy to isolate a background from an image, but things get trickier when we re dealing with video unless you use an app that does it automatically for you.
Onward follows Barley and Ian Lightfoot (Chris Pratt and Tom Holland), two elf brothers living in a once magical world who try to bring their father back to life for one day using a magical staff he left behind for them. During their adventure, they encounter Specter (Lena Waithe), a cyclops and a police officer, who at one point mentions that she has a girlfriend. Though that detail doesn t take up a significant part of the plot, the character is still the first Pixar character to ever openly reference their homosexuality which is definitely a step forward toward increasing acceptance toward the LGBTQ community.Unless you live in Russia, apparently. Onward doesn t hit theaters there until March 5. But according to the Russian film database KinoPoisk, some fans have already seen the dubbed version. And they say the film has been edited so that Specter mentions a partner instead of a girlfriend.
According to reports, the England international is reluctant to commit to a new deal due to his playing time decreasing drastically under Jose Mourinho.
Let''s face it. In India, telecom has changed livelihoods, even lives, bringing Indians closer to the world of connectivity and digitisation. Much more than any other social, governmental or corporate overture can ever hope to achieve. One now reaches out to relatives, friends, even strangers, instantly. WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, LinkedIn, E mails, the list is mind numbing. Overnight, our plumber, carpenter, painter, electrician, even the sabziwaala has become a phone number. A single call, even a missed call, leads to easy access and instant gratification. Perhaps the powers that be have found this too good to let it last and the industry is staring death in the face. Unless radical measures are taken this coming week, starting tomorrow, the average Indian shall bear the brunt, having to pay through his her nose to continue to avail mobile connectivity or lose easy access altogether.
If you're still using Windows 7, it''s time to move on. The venerable and much loved 2009 version of Windows received its last security update today, Jan. 14, 2020 (unless your company plans to pay for extended support) and the free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program will (probably) no longer be supported either.
It isn t easy as you might think, though, because deciding on what to spend our hard earned money on for our cars can get pretty tricky. We at Top Gear PH understand this, which is why we ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts you can get your car this holiday season. Read on to find out more.Tires are basically a necessity but are pretty pricey as well, which is why some people put off buying replacements unless they badly need to already. That s risky even for those who never get to drive their car out of the city and at high speeds, but it s a major safety concern nevertheless. So if you were blessed enough to score a bonus this year and are in the market for some new rubber, then that s what you should really prioritize.
Listen up, folks. This one is serious. A few weeks ago, there were some bad patches on the Db2 for i database for IBM i 7.3, as we detailed here, and as last week was coming to a close, we found out that LPARs are hanging on machines that have the latest Technology Refreshes applied to IBM i 7.3 and IBM i 7.4 in cases where the Hardware Management Console (HMC) is not managing the partitions.The details of the issue with the Technology Refreshes are outlined in APAR MA48101, which is essentially a bug report that warns customers of an issue with the software stack and oftentimes gives hints about when and how it will be fixed. Here is the issue in a nutshell: IPL SRCC6003962 WAIT Hang with IBM i 7.3 with TR7 or IBM i 7.4 with TR1. Translating this, what it means is that a guest partition created with Virtual Partition Manager (VPM) inside SST or Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) will hang on IPL after the apply of the TRs. More on this as soon as announced, or call Support on the above APAR for details. The point is: do not put the new TRs on a guest partition on IBM i 7.3 or IBM i 7.4 unless it is HMC managed, and for that matter do not put the latest Cume or groups on a guest partition unless it is HMC managed. Whatever the issue is, it only affected IBM i and not AIX or Linux running atop PowerVM. We will update this story when we know more.
Key point: A true turning point in the war against the Nazis. January 1945 with World War II in its sixth year found the Allied armies going on the offensive after the Battle of the Bulge, but they were still west of the Rhine and six weeks behind schedule in their advance toward Germany. Closing to the Rhine was not easy. Although U.S. and French units of Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers Sixth Army Group had reached the western bank around Strasbourg in late 1944, the river proved too difficult to cross. Even if an assault could have been mounted, the Allied forces would have been too far away from the heart of Germany to pose any meaningful threat. The key to eventual victory lay in the central and northern Rhineland, but three factors delayed an advance: the failure of Operation Market Garden, the British American airborne invasion of Holland, the onset of an extremely wet autumn and harsh winter, and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the German Army in the wake of recent Allied advances. A coordinated Allied campaign proved difficult to achieve. General Omar N. Bradley s U.S. 12th Army Group was licking its wounds after the almost disastrous Ardennes counteroffensive, and it was clear to Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British 21st Army Group, that the Americans would not be ready to undertake a major offensive for some time. Despite its vast reserve of manpower, unlike the critically depleted British Army, the U.S. Army had become seriously deficient of infantry replacements. Monty made the first move. Meanwhile, on January 12, the Soviet Army launched a long awaited, massive offensive from Warsaw toward the River Oder and Berlin. This was just in time, thought Montgomery and General Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander. By the end of the month, the Russians were only 50 miles from the German capital. While the Americans were recovering, it devolved on the 21st Army Group, still supported by Lt. Gen. William H. Texas Bill Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, to take over the battle as soon as winter loosened its grip. Monty and Ike agreed that the next stage should be to break through the Germans formidable Siegfried Line and close up to the left bank of the Rhine. The main objective was the historic city of Wesel, on the opposite side of the great river in flat country just north of the Ruhr Valley. It was here that Montgomery had originally sought to seize a bridgehead in September 1944, and common sense still favored it. Accordingly, two well knit, almost copybook offensives were planned for February 8, 1945: Operation Veritable on the left flank and Operation Grenade on the right, adjacent to the boundary with Bradley s 12th Army Group. Monty announced that the 21st Army Group s task was to destroy all enemy in the area west of the Rhine from the present forward positions south of Nijmegen (Holland) as far south as the general line Julich Dusseldorf, as a preliminary to crossing the Rhine and engaging the enemy in mobile war to the north of the Ruhr. Three armies would be involved in the offensives: the Canadian First, the British Second, and the U.S. Ninth. Commanding the Canadian force was the distinguished, 57 year old General Henry D.G. Harry Crerar, a World War I artillery veteran and a man of cool judgment and cold nerves. The ration strength of his First Army exceeded 470,000 men, and no Canadian had ever led such a large force. The British Second Army was led by the skilled, unassuming Lt. Gen. Sir Miles Bimbo Dempsey, a 48 year old World War I veteran of the Western Front and Iraq who later acquitted himself well in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Tall, bald, Texas born General Simpson, commanding 300,000 men of the U.S. Ninth Army, had served in the Philippine Insurrection, the 1916 Mexico punitive expedition, and on the Western Front in 1918. Eisenhower said of the 56 year old officer, If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army commander, it never came to my attention. With 11 divisions and nine independent brigades, the Canadian Army would clear the way in February 1945 up to the town of Xanten; the Ninth Army, with 10 divisions in three corps, would cross the Roer River and move northward to Dusseldorf (Operation Grenade), and the four divisions of the Second Army would attack in the center. Although he was in customary high spirits about the operation, Montgomery knew that it would be no cakewalk. I visited the Veritable area today, he warned Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, on February 6. The ground is very wet, and roads and tracks are breaking up, and these factors are likely to make progress somewhat slow after the operation is launched. Besides expected opposition from at least 10 well entrenched Wehrmacht divisions, the Allied troops would have to face minefields, flooded rivers and terrain, a lack of roads, appalling weather, and tough going in the gloomy, tangled Reichswald and Hochwald forests. Montgomery won final approval for the great dual assault on the Rhine on February 1, and the preparations were hastily finalized under tight security. Strict blackout regulations were enforced, and a cover story was concocted to convince the enemy that the offensive would be in a northerly direction to liberate Holland, rather than an eastern thrust into Germany. Daytime gatherings of troops were forbidden unless under cover; large concentrations of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were camouflaged or concealed in farmyards, barns, and haystacks, and rubber dummies of tanks and artillery pieces were positioned along an imaginary battle line where they might attract the attention of enemy patrols. Logistical feats were accomplished speedily as thousands of men, vehicles, and equipment were transported to the forward assembly lines. The British and Canadian soldiers worked around the clock. Sappers built and improved 100 miles of road using 20,000 tons of stones, 20,000 logs, and 30,000 pickets, and 446 freight trains hauled 250,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the railheads. It was estimated that the ammunition alone all types, stacked side by side and five feet high would line the road for 30 miles. Engineers constructed five bridges across the River Maas, using 1,880 tons of equipment. The biggest was a 1,280 foot long British designed Bailey bridge. Outside Nijmegen, an airfield was laid in five days for British and Canadian rocket firing Hawker Typhoons, which would support the offensive. Meanwhile, a formidable array of armor and specialized vehicles was assembled. It included Churchill, Cromwell, Centaur, Comet, Valentine, and Sherman heavy and medium tanks; Bren gun carriers, jeeps, half tracks, and armored cars; amphibious Weasel, Buffalo, and DUKW cargo and personnel carriers; and 11 regiments of Hobart s Funnies, Churchills and Shermans fitted with antimine flails, flamethrowers, and bridging equipment. Invented by Maj. Gen. Sir Percy Hobart, these had proved invaluable in the Normandy invasion and the clearing of the flooded Scheldt Estuary by Crerar s army. Under the command of the Canadian First Army, the Veritable offensive was to be spearheaded by the seasoned British XXX Corps led by 49 year old Lt. Gen. Sir Brian G. Horrocks. He returned from leave in England to plunge into preparations for the largest operation he had ever undertaken. A much wounded veteran of Ypres, Siberia, El Alamein, Tunisia, Normandy, and Belgium, the tall, lithe Horrocks nicknamed Jorrocks by his mentor, Montgomery was a charismatic officer who led from the front and was regarded as one of the finest corps commanders of the war. Horrocks regarded Monty s overall plan for the offensive as simplicity itself. The XXX Corps was to attack in a southerly direction from the Nijmegen area with its right on the River Maas and its left on the Rhine. Forty eight hours later, said Horrocks, our old friends, General Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, were to cross the River Roer and advance north to meet us. The German forces would thus be caught in a vise and be faced with the alternatives, either to fight it out west of the Rhine or to withdraw over the Rhine and then be prepared to launch counterattacks when we ourselves subsequently attempted to cross . In theory, this looked like a comparatively simple operation, but all battles have their problems, and in this case the initial assault would have to smash through a bottleneck well suited to defense and consisting in part of the famous Siegfried Line. Horrocks decided to use the maximum force possible and open Operation Veritable with five divisions, from right to left, in line: the 51st Highland, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish, and the 2nd and 3rd Canadian, followed by the 43rd Wessex and Maj. Gen. Sir Alan Adair s proud Guards Armored Division. On the morning of February 4, Horrocks briefed his commanders in the packed cinema in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg. Clad in brown corduroy trousers and a battlefield jacket, the unpretentious general drew a warm response as he crisply outlined the offensive, radiated confidence, and moved from group to group with a friendly and humorous word. Like Montgomery, he made a practice of keeping all ranks informed about operations. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
MORE THAN 30 years ago, doctors in the northern city of Daqing began a pioneering long term study into the prevention of type 2 diabetes, a disease which was then thought to affect about 1% of Chinese. When doctors, academics and officials convened there this autumn to discuss the conclusions and promote prevention work, they faced a very different reality. About 11% of Chinese adults now have the condition, nearly the proportion in America and twice the level in Britain. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common globally, but in recent years its prevalence has been growing fastest in China.Diabetes is a dysfunction in the body s regulation of blood sugar levels. Type 1 is rare and usually shows up early in life, triggered by factors that are not yet well understood. It can kill swiftly unless managed with daily injections of insulin. Type 2 is far more common, accounting for more than 90% of cases worldwide. It tends to develop in adults, especially if they are overweight or do not exercise much. It can usually be controlled with pills and lifestyle changes, and can sometimes be reversed. Both types, if not well treated, can cause complications such as organ damage, blindness, strokes and heart attacks.
If Transport for London decides against the company, Uber could face expulsion from its most important European market on Tuesday. A new long term license would provide a level of certainty that Uber and its roughly 45,000 London drivers haven t experienced in years.London s ride sharing market has changed significantly since TfL concluded in 2017 that Uber wasn t fit and proper to hold a license. New entrants, such as Ola, ViaVan and Bolt, have since gained licenses to operate in the city. Uber has also faced a series of lawsuits in the UK, including losing a case over drivers employment rights.
As the auto industry continues to debate the dependence of electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the availability of charging network across India, the top executive at Bajaj Auto said that creation of demand for EVs and its adoption is squarely the job of the vehicle manufacturers.Cautioning the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from blaming the unavailability of charging infrastructure for EVs, Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, We should not get caught in this vicious cycle of chicken and egg where we say whether EVs should come first or whether EV charging stations should come first because nobody is going to put up an infrastructure for anything unless they actually see demand (for EVs) on the roads. So it is squarely the job of the manufacturer, not of the government, not of the Niti Aayog, not of the FM or the PM."
As Harper''s Bazaar reports, dry skin an unfortunate byproduct of colder weather is not perfume''s best friend. Instead of clinging onto your favourite smell, it lets it go way too soon. While keeping skin hydrated can alleviate the problem, choosing fragrances with certain base notes can also help. (Think woods, musks, and spices.) You may also want to opt for a more concentrated eau de parfum. Yes, they're a little pricier, but you'll notice the difference. The following fragrances are all ideal for the winter months. Some are from big name brands; others are smaller, independent companies. But they're all killing it in the parfum department. (All prices are for 50ml bottles, unless otherwise stated.)
Unless you have been living in splendid isolation for the past couple of years, it should be clear that organizations large, medium and small are embracing the cloud as an IT strategy. In fact, many are using cloud computing to drive their digital transformation with microservices, serverless computing, infrastructure as code, streaming, AI ML, digital assistants, et al.While this may sound obvious and full of buzzword bingo, it reflects a fundamental change in how organizations are aspiring to deliver business value: adopting a cloud native strategy for new, in house development projects. This approach of short development cycles, iterative functional delivery and automated CI CD tooling is allowing them to deliver innovation for users and customers quicker than ever before.