Politicians call for crackdown on social media toxic swamp after mosque shooting

first_img But while Morrison did not mention the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by name, his political opponent, Labor leader Shorten, was more forthright.”A platform like Facebook goes to potential advertisers and says, ‘We know everything about the users of Facebook, we can tell you everything so that you can geo-target and you can market to them,'” Shorten wrote in an op-ed for the Herald-Sun newspaper. “Well, if that’s your business model, fair enough; but you can’t go missing when it comes to hate speech.””Social media is a marvelous tool that has the potential to empower us, but too often it resembles a toxic swamp where wrongdoers can hide and where evil is nurtured,” he added.The comments follow a terrorist attack in New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in central Christchurch and shot worshipers while they prayed, livestreaming the shooting on Facebook. The attack, which also involved a second shooting at another Christchurch mosque, claimed 50 lives. The alleged attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was an Australian national. New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies 1.5M videos of New Zealand mosque massacre deleted by Facebook How Facebook, Twitter rely on you to stop spread of mosque shooting video Share your voice A man sits outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the mass shooting.  Marty Melville/Getty Images Facebook has been accused of “going missing” when it comes to fighting hate speech and playing an “unrestricted role” in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.The comments come from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, who haven’t held back in criticizing the role technology companies have played in amplifying extremist views.Both politicians warn that the internet has given a home to the kind of white supremacist hate speech espoused by the alleged mosque shooter, an Australian national, saying tech companies must do more to stamp it out.In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Morrison said internet technologies are playing an “unrestricted role” in the spread of extremism, and that world leaders must lay out “clear consequences” not only for those who carry out terrorist attacks, but also “for those who facilitate them.” The letter was also sent to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has said she plans on discussing the issue “directly with Facebook.” Facebook Twitter YouTube 1 As New Zealand counts the cost of the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand history, attention has turned to the role the internet and social media played in the attack. While Facebook and Twitter deleted the alleged attacker’s social media accounts within hours of the attack, footage of the shooting spread quickly. The roughly 17-minute live clip was downloaded from Facebook and reuploaded across the internet on sites such as YouTube, with some users editing out the more graphic content in an attempt to circumvent censors.In a statement, a spokesperson for Twitter said the company was “committed to working and cooperating with governments around the world, particularly as it relates to safety and wellbeing” and that it has “rigorous and rapid response processes in place” for emergency situations.Facebook has previously said it deleted 1.5 million versions of the video within the first 24 hours of the attack. But Morrison is calling for a tougher approach to weeding out extremist content on the internet, saying technology firms have a “moral obligation to protect the communities which they serve and from which they profit.” He added that social media companies, content service providers and gaming platforms all had a part to play to keep communities safe. “We know that violent extremists use the internet for recruitment, radicalisation and to carry out their evil acts,” the prime minister’s letter reads. “That they will continue to try to use any means their disposal does not mean governments and technology firms should abrogate their responsibilities to keep our communities safe.”Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published March 18 at 5:32 p.m. PT.Update on March 18 at 9:27 p.m.: Adds comments from Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten.Update on March 19 at 4:02 p.m.: Adds comment from Twitter.  Related storiescenter_img Tags 1:23 Comment Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… Tech Industry Internet Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Eminem publisher sues Spotify for copyright violations

first_imgEminem’s music publisher is seeking billions of dollars in a lawsuit against Spotify. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV Eminem’s music publisher is suing Spotify, claiming the streaming service infringed on the copyrights of hundreds of songs. The lawsuit also challenges the constitutionality of a landmark music licensing law.Music publisher Eight Mile Style, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tennessee federal court, alleges that Spotify willfully committed an infringement by reproducing Eminem hits like Lose Yourself and “pretending” to have licenses. The complaint also claims Spotify violated the Music Modernization Act, a federal law passed in October that is designed to streamline the process for artists and songwriters compensated for streaming music.Despite not having proper licensing agreements, Spotify has streamed the music publisher’s compositions “billions of times” but “has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams,” the lawsuit says.Central to the lawsuit is how Spotify allegedly categorized the music. The streaming service labeled Lose Yourself as “copyright control,” a designation for songs whose copyright owner is unknown. Eight Mile Style called Spotify’s assertion that it couldn’t locate the copyright holders of Lose Yourself — an Oscar-winning song from the 2002 hit movie 8 Mile — “absurd.””Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams,” the complaint says.The lawsuit seeks statutory damages of $150,000 for each of the 243 compositions Spotify allegedly infringed — an award that could cost the streaming service more than $3 billion. It also seeks to disqualify Spotify from MMA limitation of damages and declare the federal law unconstitutional as it applies to Eight Mile Style’s allegations.This isn’t the first time Spotify has been accused of copyright infringement. In 2018, music publisher Wixen filed a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit against Spotify, alleging the digital music platform had played music by Wixen artists such as Tom Petty, Neil Young and The Doors, without first obtaining proper licenses or compensating the publisher. That lawsuit was reportedly settled in December for an undisclosed sum. Spotify didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The lawsuit:Eight Mile Style v. Spotify by jonathan_skillings on Scribd Tags Spotify Eminem Share your voice Post a comment Digital Media Music 0last_img read more

India isolates Pakistan at UN by winning the diplomatic war

first_imgIndia and Pakistan.ReutersOn Friday morning, India secured a major diplomatic victory at the UN by reiterating its unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan being the cradle of terror. By restating its position on how Pakistan remains a rogue state indulging in unabashed state-sponsored terror through proxies, India once again notched up major brownie points with the world community at large. Pakistan’s isolation is complete and Imran Khan’s last-minute attempt to speak to Donald Trump also appears to have failed. The most important part is that the UN Security Council acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wants all countries to follow suit. The piece de resistance came from Indias Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin, who said: “We are gratified that the Security Council in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them and indicated that this is the direction in which they would like the international community to move.”India’s diplomatic encirclement of Pakistan has been a success with the primacy of its position over Jammu and Kashmir being undisputed and unchallenged. Barring China, the world has accepted India’s position including the Arab world, formerly sponsors and supporters of Pakistan. But it is clear that even they are fed up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi address to the nation from the historic Red Fort.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi talking to IANS earlier this week said: “I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government — and I personally — would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my government’s successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect.”Prime Minister Modi doesn’t get adequate credit for this outreach but as he explained: “I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world.”Even as Pakistan has upscaled ‘Ceasefire Violations’ both in terms of weapon and area in dimension over the last a few days, India has met fire with fire keeping a red alert vigil on the LoC. With a successful lockdown in progress in the Kashmir Valley and use of the Westphalian sovereignty template, India has managed to convince the world that its policy imperatives on the newly designed Union Territory are noble. The fact that not a single incident of violence has resulted is an equally bigger win.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s single-minded obsession appears to show Kashmir as a potential flashpoint to seek world attention. This has been tamped down with India’s delicate handling of the situation. While the closed-door meeting has turned into an acceptance of the Indian viewpoint, Pakistan is expected to continue pushing the envelope.With the UN General Assembly scheduled to commence shortly, Pakistan’s ploy of playing the victim card may not exactly get traction with the world given the toxic state’s track record as the global centrifugal force of jihadis. A new tactic being used this time by Pakistan is to escalate ceasefire violations so that the world may take due notice that Kashmir and the border is a dangerous place. With Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling Pakistan’s bluff by rescinding the NFN – no first nuke – option on Friday, a new resolute and more muscular India put on its fresh aggressive game face.last_img read more

Commuters suffer in raindrenched Dhaka

first_imgCommuters suffer in rain-drenched Dhaka. Photo: Abdus SalamHeavy rains on Monday morning crippled life in Dhaka city as most of the roads went under ankle to knee-deep water, causing sufferings to commuters, report news agency UNB.The torrential rains lashed Dhaka leading to waterlogging in many parts of the busy mega-city.The Met office recorded 66 millimeter rainfall in three hours between 6:00am and 9:00am, said Muhammad Arif Hossain, meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.During the time, it also recorded 37mm rainfall in Comilla while 9mm in Khunla, 5mm in Tarash of Sirajganj, 2mm in Chandpur.The worst affected areas in Dhaka include Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazipara, Sukrabad, Shantinagar.Vehicles remained stranded for hours in traffic jams.Hundred of commuters especially office and school goers faced huge troubles in reaching their destinations due to water-logging and lack of transports caused by the incessant rains.Many of them were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water on the roads and bilanes.The rain may continue till Wednesday and even Thursday, meteorologist Arif added.Commuters faced difficulties due to water-logg8ing in Mauchak, Malibagh, Shatinagar and some other areas, said victims.The situation turned worse in areas like Malibagh Chowdhurypara, Mauchak for pothole-riddled road, said Ferdous Koni, a commuter from Malibagh.According to heavy rainfall warning of the Met office, under the influence of active monsoon over Bangladesh heavy (44mm – 88mm) to very heavy (>=89mm) rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions during next 24 hours commencing 9:00 am Monday.Due to very heavy rainfall landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.last_img read more

Major Traffic Delays This Weekend I45 Totally Shut Down In Downtown Houston

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /02:11 Oversized trucks hitting bridges is nothing new around Houston. One of the most recent incidents happened in September when a truck hit the West Dallas bridge over I-45. It’s been under a load limit ever since. Instead of repairing the bridge, TxDOT’s Danny Perez says they decided to go ahead and replace it.“We’re raising it approximately 13 to 14 inches,” explains Perez. “It’ll have the same footprint as the current bridge that is out there now, which will include the same lane widths and the same sidewalk width.”As for why they’re closing I-45 to do that work, Perez says they want to complete the project quickly. He says if they did partial lane closures it would take a lot longer. “We’ll be able to place the beams and pour the concrete deck,” says Perez. “It’s a process that could sometimes take months. But in this case we’re doing it over a series of weekends. So we want to get it done quick and make sure we’re out of there just in time for the Super Bowl coming up.”Weather permitting, TxDOT also plans to close I-45 on the weekends of November 18-21, December 2-5, and December 9-12. The plan is to reopen the West Dallas bridge by late December or early January. New entrance ramps from Allen Parkway and Houston Avenue are expected to open at the same time.  So what do drivers need to know this weekend?  All main lanes of I-45 will close at 9:00 PM Friday between I-10 and U.S. 59. If you’re traveling northbound, you’ll be detoured to U.S. 59 northbound to I-10 westbound to re-enter I-45. If you’re southbound, you’ll be detoured to I-10 eastbound to U.S. 59 southbound and then back to I-45.   Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 5last_img read more

Baltimore Mourns the Death of The Godfather DJ Reggie Reg at 50

first_imgDJ Reggie Reg (Twitter Photo)Hundreds of mourners crowded the sanctuary of the Empowerment Temple in West Baltimore Feb. 12 to honor DJ Reggie Reg Calhoun, former 92Q mix master and icon of the local music scene. The “unofficial mayor of Baltimore” died Feb. 6 of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 50 years old.“Our hearts are heavy but we know he’s resting well,” the deejay’s former employer WERQ-FM (better known as 92Q) said in a statement on the station’s website. Radio One, the owner of the station, also hosted a Feb. 8 candlelight vigil in his honor.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also expressed her condolences and hailed Calhoun’s musical legacy, saying, “I was terribly saddened to hear of Reggie Reg’s passing. He was one of the best DJ’s of my generation, with a personality bigger than life. He will definitely be missed.”Born Reginald Calhoun Nov. 5, 1965, to Melinda Calhoun and Charles Wright, Reggie Reg was raised on the 1800 block of N. Payson St. He attended Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Middle school,  and Walbrook High School.Even before his high school graduation in 1983, however, Calhoun was already honing his skills as a disc jockey. The teenager was initiated into the art by Skeet T of MixMasters. And,  while in school, he spun records on WEBB-AM along with DJ Spen, Kool Rod, Kevin Liles (who went on to become a Def Jam executive), DJ Junie Jam and Big Moses, collectively known as Numarx.Calhoun was later mentored by the likes of Frank “Ski” Rodriguez—one of the pioneers of Baltimore club music, a former WERQ DJ and a dominant force on Baltimore’s radio airwaves in the 1990s.DJ Reggie Reg (Facebook Photos)By the time Calhoun joined WERQ in the mid-1990s—where he remained for a decade—he was already a “force to be reckoned with” in the entertainment arena, friends and family said. His groundbreaking mixes of hip-hop, house and song samples along with his ear for emerging talent transformed urban radio and the local club scene, they said. And he was an avid promoter of the local music and an event organizer and host.Zeke Marshall, former Cornell University basketball star, said he knew Calhoun from their mutual membership at Christian Memorial Church and their involvement in events such as Easter plays.“Reggie Reg pioneered the hard work that it took for music professionals [to] get their due,” he said in a tribute on Facebook. Marshall went on to call Calhoun the “Angel of Baltimore,” and “the true Mr. Baltimore City.”“You did all that you could for your city, church, friends and most important your family…. No matter what block, hood, church, club, house or school party event he would be there.”Calhoun also influenced another generation of disc jockeys, who dubbed him “The Godfather.”  He nurtured the careers of radio personalities and DJ’s such as Kenny K, Big Tony, Mike Crosby, K-Swift, Squirrel Wyde, DJ Unique, DJ Boobie and many more.“Reggie was a pioneer in Baltimore radio and paved the way for many who came behind him,” said former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon in a statement on her website. “My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Reggie’s…family, colleagues, friends and to the city of Baltimore for such a great loss.”Calhoun is survived by his daughter, Jazzy Calhoun and a stepson, George Alford, both of Baltimore; two brothers, James Kevin Henson of Philadelphia and Melvin Henson of Baltimore; sister, Betty Covington and mother, Melinda Turner, of Baltimore.last_img read more

Democrats Path to Victory in Mississippi Black Turnout

first_imgBy JEFF AMY, Associated PressJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The special election for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Mississippi wasn’t supposed to be competitive. But hopeful Democrats are eyeing a narrow path to victory next week by driving up African-American turnout after Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith stirred outrage with her remark to a supporter that she would attend a “public hanging” with him if he asked.While Hyde-Smith apologized during a debate Tuesday night, opponents say she’s at least unconsciously echoing the state’s history of White supremacy, and civil rights groups have seized the moment to push Black voters to the polls. Democratic presidential hopefuls New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris traveled to Mississippi to support Espy, who is attempting to duplicate the longshot election of a Democratic senator in neighboring Alabama last year.Democrat Mike Espy responds to a statement from his opponent, appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., during a televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, POOL)But a post-Thanksgiving date — the election is next Tuesday — could depress voting, and Republicans, too, are focused on getting their partisans to vote. President Donald Trump will travel to Mississippi on Monday to attend two rallies for Hyde-Smith, and Mississippi’s Republican establishment is trying to push her to victory.“The turnout game is one you want to win. At this point, a persuasion argument is going to go nowhere. People have their minds made up,” said Robert P. Jones, the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit group that uses polling to study politics, religion and culture.VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, showed about a third of Mississippi voters were African-American and that Espy won support from about 80 percent of them, compared to about 20 percent of White voters.If White voters outnumber Black voters 2-to-1 on Tuesday, Espy would have to win 30 percent or more of White votes, a tough task in a state with maybe the most racially polarized electorate in the country. But if Black voters rise to 40 percent of the electorate and Espy wins 9 out of 10, he needs less than a quarter of White votes to squeak out a victory.“Mike Espy doesn’t need a huge turnout overall,” said Henry Barbour, one of Mississippi’s Republican National Committee members. “He needs a huge turnout of his supporters.”At least some Espy supporters are hearing the message. Bernard Williams, a 59-year-old self-employed software engineer, said he’s been receiving regular phone calls and texts from the Democrat’s campaign.Williams, an African-American resident of Jackson who voted for Espy on Nov. 6, said the campaign has blanketed African-American churches, fraternities and sororities.Rich McDaniel, who’s running the Espy campaign’s turnout effort, said the campaign is asking people, “What is your plan to go vote Tuesday?”McDaniel, who led field operations that boosted longshot Democrat Doug Jones to a special election victory in Alabama last year, said Espy’s campaign wants voters to focus on issues important to them.“We are treating the African-American vote almost as if it were the swing vote,” he said.Espy also benefits from outside efforts to drive up Black voting. While not explicitly endorsing Espy, they almost certainly help him.“We need to have as many people go to the polls as possible,” said the Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the national Poor People’s Campaign. The group is trying to build a nationwide social justice movement against racism, poverty and environmental degradation. Barber led multiple events in Mississippi this week as part of a coalition of groups pushing get-out-the-vote efforts aimed at African-Americans in the name of social justice.One group under that umbrella is the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable. Lead organizer Cassandra Welchlin said her group reached several thousand voters before Nov. 6 through child care centers and churches. She said there are as many as 95,000 Black women in the state who historically vote in presidential elections but not at other times.Welchlin says efforts are continuing in the runoff to mobilize voters with the issues of increased wages, expanded health care and more aid with child care.“We don’t want to say ‘bombard,’ but we’re contacting them as much as possible,” Welchlin said.Hyde-Smith, appointed to the post after U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran retired earlier this year, is looking to Mississippi’s Republican party organization and Trump’s visit.“He drives turnout on both sides,” said Barbour, who is also one of the two leaders of the Mississippi Victory Fund, a super PAC supporting Hyde-Smith.  “When Donald Trump comes to town, he’s going to have everybody’s attention.”Mississippi’s Republican Party and Hyde-Smith’s campaign have been emphasizing a liberal-conservative split in recent days, and Barbour said a larger turnout favors Hyde-Smith.“If people vote on taxes, guns, abortion or judicial appointees, she’s going to be fine,” he said.In the Jones race in Alabama, some traditional Republicans voted for the Democrat. Others stayed home out of distaste for Republican nominee Roy Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls. Nathan Shrader, a political scientist at Millsaps College in Jackson, said some Republicans may not vote for Hyde-Smith because while praising a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo, she remarked, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”“Demobilizing them by having them decide ‘I can’t go vote for either one,’ that becomes beneficial for the Espy folks, too,” Shrader said.But Williams, the Black voter who’s been hearing from the Espy campaign, fears Hyde-Smith’s comments won’t matter, or will even motivate some White voters.“The White conservatives just aren’t going to support a Black man in Mississippi,” Williams said.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics . Follow Jeff Amy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffamy .last_img read more

New mass spectrometry technique clouds early European inflation theories

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The research, led by Anne-Marie Desaulty, sought to answer once and for all the question of why the whole of Europe experienced a dramatic, inexplicable rise in overall prices, shortly after the discovery of the new world.Until now, researchers have had to rely on the results of mass spectrometry analysis of lead and copper found in coins to trace its origins, because the results obtained from doing so on silver couldn’t be trusted. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of reading isotope results for lead, and the fact that copper was used at later dates to re-mint coins, no real conclusions could be drawn from the results of such tests. Now however, using the new technique, the team was able to discern that silver from Mexico didn’t begin appearing in Spanish coins until the inflationary period was over; though it did become the principal source of silver in such coins thereafter.In the past, mass spectrometry tests on silver were fraught with difficulty due to the ratio of its two stable isotopes, silver-107 and 109; making them extremely difficult to measure. New advances in mass spectrometry devices however, coupled with multiple collectors, has made the process more sensitive; sensitive enough so that the results of such tests can now be trusted; and those findings suggest that it was not the sudden importation of Mexican silver as a means of minting Spanish coins that led to the inflation, because there simply wasn’t enough of it present in coins during the period in question.Unfortunately though, because the study was able to rule out the influx of Mexican silver as a cause for the inflation, a new gap in knowledge has been left behind, which will send scholars and researchers back to the drawing boards to explain why in fact, prices in Europe rose as they did, and why it happened for so long. Major silver mining centers and mints in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Also shown are the Pb geological model ages T in millions of years of various metal ores. Image (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018210108 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. Ancient coins teach researchers about modern society More information: Isotopic Ag–Cu–Pb record of silver circulation through 16th–18th century Spain, PNAS, Published online before print May 23, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018210108AbstractEstimating global fluxes of precious metals is key to understanding early monetary systems. This work adds silver (Ag) to the metals (Pb and Cu) used so far to trace the provenance of coinage through variations in isotopic abundances. Silver, copper, and lead isotopes were measured in 91 coins from the East Mediterranean Antiquity and Roman world, medieval western Europe, 16th–18th century Spain, Mexico, and the Andes and show a great potential for provenance studies. Pre-1492 European silver can be distinguished from Mexican and Andean metal. European silver dominated Spanish coinage until Philip III, but had, 80 y later after the reign of Philip V, been flushed from the monetary mass and replaced by Mexican silver. Citation: New mass spectrometry technique clouds early European inflation theories (2011, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-mass-spectrometry-technique-clouds-early.html (PhysOrg.com) — Using a new coupled mass spectrometry technique that employs multiple collectors, researchers in France have shown that it was not an influx of silver from the America’s that caused high inflation in Europe from the early 1500’s to mid 1600, as some historians have long believed. Their results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) show that the gradual replacement of coins made from Spanish silver to imported Mexican silver, did not occur until nearly fifty years later. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Switching over to healthy food

first_imgWhen it comes to new trends in dining out, customers are switching over to healthy and natural food (pesticide free) more than ever. They are always on the lookout for wellness alternatives in their food. Sous Chef Prem k Pogakula, The Imperial says, “The preference this year  will be more for GMO free ingredients and as I see it, things will become more intense in the coming years. With time crunch in hand and both the partners working in  a nuclear family scenario, one pot meals are super easy, highly nutritious with adequate protein and starch content and are perfect for a quick meal. You can also call it as Urban cooking.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Food is now becoming a highly rated genre and food connoisseurs are always on the lookout for old, forgotten and classic global recipes as they possess simple and straight flavours. People prefer them over fusion cuisine (which is somehow still a matter of confusion and needs to evolve). Only experimented cuisine calls for fusion food on your palate. It can never ever replace or take over the classic cuisine,” he said.The Chef further added, “I also strongly believe that the dining scenario in the city is in for a change in the coming year. Experiments are still on but the vital aspect is that old and lost cuisines are being re-discovered. Chefs are working with emotional food along with childhood or regional memories. Your palate can be a sweet creation when you are delighted or spicy, peppery food when anger takes over you which will also see a rise.  Food memories specifically offer a magical feeling.”last_img read more