Google looks to be testing a new version of its app that includes a share button, so that you can quickly share a Google search. [...]
More US teams are turning to tracking apps that combines cellphone GPS with digital maps detailing cliffs, caves, waterways and other hard-to-search terrain during rescue missions. [...]
Vegan chicken steaks are pictured at Superbom factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2019. — Reuters pic
SAO PAULO, June 20 — Beef-crazy Brazil, with its all-you-can-eat steak houses, world-leading meatpackers and more cattle than people, is not the first place you might look for plant-based alternatives to meat.But companies from JBS SA, the largest beef producer in the world, to BRF SA, the No. 1 chicken exporter, are looking to tap a wave of interest from environmentally conscious eaters seeking vegetable substitutes.Spurred on by competition from fast-growing pioneers such as Beyond Meat Inc and venture capital-backed Impossible Foods, the Brazilians are joining a crowded field of innovators, with several new products for sale or under development.Such “plant-based meats” generally use a processed mix of protein from soybeans or peas, for example, blended with mushrooms or vegetables such as beets to approach a texture, appearance and taste similar to animal products.Of course, no one expects Brazilians to give up meat overnight. The average Brazilian eats about 42 kg of meat per year, second only to the 53 kg devoured by their Argentine neighbors, according to agribusiness consultancy Athenagro.Brazil's cattle population has grown to around 215 million, while the country has about 210 million residents, according to official statistics agency IBGE.Yet about 30 million people in the country call themselves vegetarian, according to a poll by the Brazilian Vegetarian Society (SVB).Of those, seven million are self-declared vegans, foregoing animal products altogether such as cheese, milk and eggs as well.Consumers ranging from the strictest meat avoiders to the growing ranks of “flextarians,” who are looking to reduce but not eliminate meat from their diets, are finding a flood of new options in the supermarket, from vegetable sausages and hotdogs to pea-based “chicken breast filets.”Seara, the poultry and pork unit of JBS, is launching a plant-based hamburger, eyeing 13 per cent of the market in three years.“It is not a defensive move, we are only looking at opportunities,” its marketing director Jose Cirilo said.Seara and other newcomers are taking on some established local vegetarian producers, including Superbom, a food processor linked to the country's Adventist Church, which itself reports a surge of new demand.“Our client base today is much bigger outside of the church,” said marketing director David Oliveira, estimating that demand for meat substitutes in Brazil is growing 30 per cent annually.Poultry giant BRF is also eyeing a return to the vegetarian market after discontinuing a line of non-meat products in 2010.“It is a market that it is here to stay,” said Fabio Baganara, BRF's R&D director, who said new innovations have allowed plant-based products to better approach the qualities of animal meat. — Reuters [...]
Google promotes site diversity within Search by limiting top search results to list a maximum of two hits per website. — Reuters pic
SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 — Google outlined that the top results produced by a search will soon only display two listings from a single website, a change implemented to increase site diversity.Responding to customer feedback, Google announced Thursday on Twitter that Search results are on their way to becoming more diverse.Instead of the top results from a single search being saturated with various hits from one site, you’ll see a maximum of two; you won’t be seeing three listings from one website, unless the company’s “systems determine it’s especially relevant to do so for a particular search.” Have you ever done a search and gotten many listings all from the same site in the top results? We've heard your feedback about this and wanting more variety. A new change now launching in Google Search is designed to provide more site diversity in our results .— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) June 6, 2019 Google explained that with this change, subdomains will be treated as the root domain “for diversity purposes,” unless Search algorithms considered them relevant.The company did not disclose what is considered important enough for Search to display three or more hits of a site.According to Google Search’s social media representative Danny Sullivan, the change started rolling out about three days ago. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
Google Search now includes AR models in the results. — Picture courtesy of Google
SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 — Google announced late last week that select animal search results on certain smartphones will now be accompanied by a “View in 3D” option; when tapped, not only can you turn, flip, and rotate the animal of your choice to get a better look, but also you can also select “View in your space” to see it in your office or bedroom via your smartphone’s camera lens.In early May at Google’s annual developer conference, the company announced that 3D and AR models will soon be listed among the rest of a user’s web search results on AR-enabled smartphones. On Friday, that feature began rolling out in the US — but only if you search for animals.What’s black and white and AR all over?A giant panda in Search. pic.twitter.com/P4M2ki7uMe— Google (@Google) May 31, 2019If you want to see how much space a pug would take up in your studio before committing to one, you can now search “pug” on your Google-based mobile web browser to gain access to a result that says “View in 3D.”When tapped, you’ll be given a 3D model of the animal, which you can turn, flip, and rotate. However, if you want to see one “live” in your apartment, you can tap “View in your space.”The camera application will then open, Google will advise you on how to calibrate your device, and then a pug — with realistic mannerisms — will appear to scale right on the floor ahead of you via the lens.As of right now, the animals that users can view as 3D and AR models are limited but generous for a first launch. Users can check out a variety of different dog breeds as well as wild animals like sharks, various birds, reptiles, and mammals. If you ever wanted to see how you compare to a giant panda, Google makes it easy.At the conference, Google announced that this feature is not always going to be limited to animals; in fact, the company has plans to offer 3D and AR models of objects like body parts and retail products like shoes. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
One day, about five centuries ago, a goatherd named Kaldi in the ancient kingdom of Kaffa found his goats unusually active and excited.
He followed them into the nearby forests and discovered the source of the animals’ hyperactive behaviour. They had been chewing on some dark red cherries growing on trees that stood at 1,000m above sea level.
Kaldi tried one ripened cherry and found himself energised too. Soon after, there was a wild fire and Kaldi felt elated from the scent of the burnt seeds of the cherries.
This is the most famous of legends on the origins of the world’s beloved beverage, coffee. There are many versions of it, including one that has Kaldi, who believed the berries to be heaven-sent, bringing them to the monks in a nearby monastery only to be told they were the devil’s work. The monks threw the berries into a fire, unwittingly roasting and releasing their wonderful aroma which won the monks over!
Kaffa is located in Ethiopia and while the story of Kaldi and his goats is said to be apocryphal, the consensus is that the coffee plant originated in Ethiopia and also Sudan. It is accepted that the people of Kaffa introduced coffee to the Arabian region starting with Yemen where it was called qahwa. From there, it spread to Turkey (kahwe), then Venice, Italy (caffe) and later, Britain, and became coffee as we know it.
Coffee made its way via sea routes to Central America and South American countries and Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam). The coffee bean became known as coffea arabica after Arab scholars brewed it as a delicious beverage. Before that, the beans were crushed, mixed with fat and eaten.
My interest in the beverage was piqued after a casual conversation with coffee connoisseur Prof Han Huai-Zong during a recent Coffee Learning Tour to Taiwan.
While the best coffee beans with high yields currently come from Central America and South America, as well as China, Vietnam and Indonesia, Prof Han revealed that coffee’s “mother tree”, the oldest living arabica coffee tree, could still be found in Kaffa!
Actually, it is a forest of wild coffee trees (as opposed to cultivated coffee plantations) where Kaldi’s goats got the first bite.
After hearing this, I was inspired to track down this mother tree, especially after the successful collaboration I had with Purple Cane Tea House founder Lim Hock Lam on our Tea Culture Tour to Fujian Province in China.
Thanks to Lim’s connections with the tea folks in Fujian, we were able to visit the national nature reserve, Tongmuguan Tea Plantation (where Wuyi Mountain is), to find the ancient red tea plant. Wuyi Mountain is the birthplace of black tea.
The Da Hong Pao tea mother trees in Wuyi Mountain are a few hundred years old.
Tea, whether black or green, is now a worldwide commodity but its origins are undoubtedly Chinese. Rare, wild teas have been harvested for generations from the ancient forest in Fujian. At the tea plantation, we were delighted to see six Da Hong Pao tea mother trees.
Such an amazing encounter spurred me to go in search of the mother tree of coffee and its birthplace. It also made me wonder which came first: tea or coffee drinking culture.
My group and I boarded Ethiopian Airlines’ latest B789 Dreamliner plane and flew directly from Kuala Lumpur to the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. My first impression upon arrival was the huge disparity between the advanced aircraft and the chaotic airport.
We then took a 50-minute domestic flight to Jimma, the largest city in southwestern Ethiopia. While the locals here are Muslims, they are not connected to the Arabs. Our tour guide jokingly said it was the Arabs who took their coffee beans and named them arabica.
From Jimma, it was another three-hour ride on a highway built by the Koreans. All along the road, there wasn’t a coffee plant in sight, and was worried. But this feeling ended when we got to the quaint town of Kaffa as from there, we just needed to take a 30-minute walk to the coffee forest.
I was filled with excitement when an old goatherd appeared in front of me! It was as if the old tale of Kaldi and his caffeine-happy goats had come alive.
And then we saw the mother trees and they seemed like a dream. I was so thrilled, I couldn’t help but embrace them tightly. I did not get my answer as to which came first – tea or coffee drinking – but on the way back, I mulled over the connection between China and Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the only African nation that was never colonised but like many African states, it had suffered from plunder of its natural resources, as well as dictators, corruption, hunger, disease and ethnic strife.
According to a recent CNN report, in the mid-20th century, Beijing began befriending the newly independent nations on the continent. Even though China was not a rich nation then, it invested in building infrastructure in Africa when other developed western nations declined to do so.
China has long been reaping what it sowed. In 1971, it successfully reclaimed its seat in the UN Security Council from Taiwan, with 26 of the 76 votes coming from Africa.
Ethiopia was the first African beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative. China built almost all its infrastructure, including railways and the airport. It is also believed that China buys 70% of its coffee beans. Whether Ethiopia will be able to rise out of poverty and build itself into a self-sustaining state with help from China, remains to be seen.
Leesan, the founder of Apple Vacations, has travelled to 122 countries, six continents and enjoys sharing his travel stories and insights. He has also authored two books. [...]
BINTULU, May 13 ― A search and rescue team for victims of a boat which overturned in Ulu Bakun, Batu Keling in Bakun Dam has found the first body at 11.30pm last night.The Sarawak Fire and Rescue operations centre said, the body of Wahab Jambul in his 50's who was one of the passengers of the boat, was found floating based on information received via Belaga Volunteer Fire Brigade. “Efforts to find the second victim, Law Yew Ngee, 43, will continue today,” according to a statement issued here this morning.In the incident on Saturday evening, both victims who were anglers fell into the water after the boat overturned when it hit a fish cage while the boat operator Siring Angah, 60, swam to safety.Based on witness information, one of the victims who could not swim grabbed the other which led to both getting drowned. ― Bernama [...]
Maybe the prospect of a European final, Arsenal's first since 2006, will bring definition to the side's clouded identity under Unai Emery [...]
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BANGI, April 17 — The search and rescue operation (SAR) for Muhammad Zahiruddin Putra Mohd Fauzi, eight, who was reported missing after going out of his house in Bandar Seri Putra here on Monday, was postponed this evening.The operation mounted by about 20 personnel of the Bangi Fire and Recue Department, the Civil Defence Forces (APM) and police which began at 5.40pm along Sungai Semenyih riverbank, was postponed at 7.30pm and will resume tomorrow.Fire station head Rosman Majid said the search just now was along seven kilometres of Sungai Semenyih riverbank until the rubbish trap about one kilometre from the boy’s house. “We have difficulties trying to use the department’s boat as the river was too shallow. We eventually joined APM in their boat,” he said when met at the incident location here today.He said the search and rescue operation will continue tomorrow at 9am with the assistance of the department’s K9 unit (dog unit) and the Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) to trace the boy at the location.The search area will also be expanded tomorrow, he said.Yesterday, Bernama reported the boy was said to have come out of his house at about 8am on Monday to play with some of his friends. — Bernama [...]
SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has launched a search and rescue operation (SAR) for four Malaysian fishermen who have gone missing off West Port in Port Klang. [...]
Google has expanded its selection of search results for Google Hotel to include more than just hotels or bed and breakfasts. [...]
Google yesterday unveiled a series of tweaks to its European search engine results in an effort to avoid further fines from the EU’s top anti-trust regulator. — Reuters pic
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 — Google yesterday unveiled a series of tweaks to its European search engine results in an effort to avoid further fines from the EU’s top anti-trust regulator.The effort to placate the European Commission comes as the EU executive is set to slap the tech giant with a fresh fine over unfair competition practices later today.The announced changes to Google search are intended to help the Sillicon Valley giant avoid a repeat of 2017 when Brussels fined Google €2.4 billion (RM11.08 billion) for favouring its “Google Shopping” price comparison service in search results.Kent Walker, Google’s global affairs chief, said since then the company has “been listening carefully to feedback we’re getting, both from the European Commission and others.”“As a result, over the next few months, we’ll be making further updates to our products in Europe,” he said in a blog.Google said it was testing a new display to search results that would allow certain rivals a more prominent position on results pages.The change would apply to shopping aggregators, as well as tourist and travel advice sites such as Trip Advisor and Yelp.The change, currently under test, would add a tab showcasing Google’s rivals high up on the web page in order to boost their traffic and avoid further scrutiny by the European Commission.The solution adds to efforts already made to fix Google Shopping, in which results were modified to display links to competing shopping comparison websites, such as Kelkoo, in order to placate Brussels.Google’s search results are prized internet real estate with the US giant controlling roughly 90 per cent of the search market in Europe, according to EU data.The shopping fine came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that lost 90 per cent of traffic against Google Shopping.The web giant is appealing the fine.In a separate case, Brussels on Wednesday will be targeting Google’s AdSense advertising service, saying it restricted some client websites from displaying ads from third parties.In a third case, Google in 2018 was hit with another massive fine involving its Android smartphone operating system.Google on Tuesday said their remedy for the Android case would be boosted as well:“In the coming months... we’ll start asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser ans search apps they would like to use,” Walker said. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
MMEA said the search and rescue operation for three more missing victims of a capsized boat in the waters off Pulau Nunuyan will continue tomorrow. — Picture by Dawn Chin
SANDAKAN, March 3 — The search and rescue operation (SAR) for three more missing victims of a capsized boat in the waters off Pulau Nunuyan, in its third today, will continue tomorrow morning.According to a statement by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here, the operation was stopped at 6pm today and will continue at 7am tomorrow.The body of an adult male was found off the waters near the BDC Village near here at 9.05am and was identified as Ibrahim Januari 27, a Filipino who was aboard the ill-fated boat, it added.Apart from Ibrahim, two other victims Kimar Herman, 7, and Aidah Kadil, 35, were found on Friday and yesterday afternoon respectively.The three missing victims are two girls and the boat skipper, who is believed to have attempted to flee, by using the boat’s oil barrel as a float.The SAR operation was activated after five victims were found safe by the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) assault boat at 12.15 pm on Friday.They were seen clinging to the boat which had overturned, about 18 hours after the 6pm incident on Thursday (Feb 28).The boat believed to be on its way here (Sandakan) from the Taganak Island in the Philippines, had overturned because of the rough sea conditions.Meanwhile, Sandakan Police Chief ACP Mohd Azhar Hamin, said the boat had been seized and investigations will be carried out as it it did not have a permit to carry passengers.He said the five survivors comprising three men and two Filipino women had also been detained to assist in the investigations. — Bernama [...]
Transport Minister Anthony Loke speaks during a press conference on MH370 in Kuala Lumpur March 3, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is willing to listen to proposals from any exploration or search companies with credible leads and having the technology to restart the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.He said the government was still waiting for proposals from seabed exploration company, Ocean Infinity, or from any other search parties that could provide new credible leads with the application of ‘ no cure, no pay’ policy.“With the no cure no fee policy, we will look at it. We have worked with them before and we are ready to discuss with them on the new proposal (if any).“After the end of last year’s search, there are no fresh proposals from Ocean Infinity. The search cannot be done throughout the year because of the weather and so on.“If Ocean Infinity can come with fresh proposal, we will discuss with them,” he said to reporters at the fifth Annual MH370 Remembrance event today.He said the proposal on the technology should be more helpful and be more efficient as part of the guarantee to restart a new search.When asked if the government would offer reward for the missing aircraft, Loke said the terms of agreement would be similar to that made with Ocean Infinity before.He refuted claims that the government was withholding information in the last MH370 report.“The report was published at full. There is no such thing as holding any information,” he said.MH370 vanished mysteriously from the radar screen while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.The deep-sea search mission carried out for almost three years to locate the missing Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean, covered 120,000 sq km, involving Australia, China and Malaysia, ended fruitless.On May 29 last year, United States-based exploration company Ocean Infinity, which conducted the last search for MH370 in the Indian Ocean, ended it after failing to find any debris.Last July, the MH370 Safety Investigation Team, in its 449-page report, concluded that they are unable to determine the real cause of the disappearance of the ill-fated flight but did not rule out the possibility that ‘unlawful interference’ by a third party had caused the incident. — Bernama [...]
MMEA said the search and rescue operation for victims of a boat that capsized off Pulau Nunuyan near here will be resumed at 7am tomorrow with another four people still missing. — Picture by Dawn Chin
SANDAKAN, March 2 — The search and rescue operation for victims of a boat that capsized off Pulau Nunuyan near here will be resumed at 7am tomorrow with another four people still missing since the incident at 6pm on Thursday.According to a statement by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here, the search operation involving personnel from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Naval Region Two (Mawilla 2) here, the Marine Police and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force was halted at 6pm this evening.So far, two bodies, namely that of a 7-year-old boy known as Kamir Herman, which was found at 4pm yesterday, and another of a woman, aged 42, believed to be one of the victims have been found.The woman’s remains has not yet been identified.The search operation was activated at about 2pm yesterday after three men and two women who were drifting for 18 hours at sea after the incident, were rescued by the Royal Malaysian Navy at noon yesterday.The boat, carrying 10 passengers and a skipper, was believed to be from Taganak Island in the Philippines and on its way to Sandakan when it capsized. — Bernama [...]