World stands up against Monsanto: Over 400 cities protest GMOs

2015/05/23
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Opponents to Kiev’s security operation in eastern Ukraine protest in Zurich

2015/05/23

GENEVA, May 24 /TASS/. About thirty demonstrators held a rally in Zurich, one of the biggest Swiss cities, on Saturday to protest against the Kiev-led security operation in eastern Ukraine. They included pacifists from Zurich, Luzern and other Swiss cities as well as German anti-fascists.

"Though the truce in Ukraine continues, peace has not come and regrettably is nowhere in sight. The Ukrainian side continues shelling the populated localities in Donbas; Western countries continue supporting the incumbent Ukrainian government with weapons and credits and are sending military instructors to Ukraine. The aim of this manifestation is to tell the truth about the real situation in Ukraine and give a rebuff to a barrage of misinformation spread by the local media," Maxim, one of the rally’s organizers, told TASS.

Protest actions against the Kiev authorities policy in Donbas have become regular in Switzerland. The last manifestation took place in Basel on May 16. The previous two were held in Zurich on April 18 and May 2.

"People who participate in these rallies are against the war in Donbas. They favour peaceful settlement in Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Maxim said. "We are against lies in the mass media of European countries. We demand the lifting of Western sanctions against Russia. They are having a boomerang effect on Europe. But the United States does want to chill out. We are against bombardments of cities,"

The current manifestation, like all the previous ones, was authorized by the Swiss authorities.



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Gagarina second at 2015 Eurovision song contest

2015/05/23

MOSCOW, May 24 /TASS/. Russian singer Polina Gagarina with the song called "A Million Voices" was second at the 60th jubilee Eurovision song contest. The vote results were announced in Vienna tonight. .

Swedish signer Mans Zelmerlew with the song Heroes is a new Eurovision song contest winner.

A Million Voices song was written by an international team of authors, including a Swedish composer.

Gagarina’s producer Konstantin Meladze called the song "A Million Voices" a "message to the world" which was answered by Polina’s numerous fans. The video of Gagarina’s semi-final performance in Youtube was watched by more than four million people. Most visitors coming from Greece, Ukraine, Switzerland, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and many other countries greeted her with words of support and wished her good luck.

The Russian singer appeared on the Eurovision stage in a long white dress. Al Gordon, a lightning designer who designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

Gagarina is the winner of the ‘Fabrika Zvyozd 2" (Factory of Stars 2) national song contest and the prize winner of the Novaya Volna (New Wave) song contest. She finished a music college under the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music and graduated from the studio school of the Moscow Academic Art Theatre (MKHAT). Gagarina has issued two albums.

Russia has been taking part in Eurovision contests since 1994. Nineteen singers have represented Russia at the contest since then. However, Russia won it only once. Russian singer Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision song contest in Belgrade with the song Believe.



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Tiny $9 computer CHIP rocks Kickstarter, promising tons of free apps

2015/05/23
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A $9 computer created in California, does everything any average family PC is supposed to do including surfing, programming and entertainment. The tiny gadget has raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter – 30 times more than its developers asked for.

The computer is called CHIP and it fits in a breast pocket, while being a full-featured mainline Linux computer without any reservations. With a 1 GHz processor, 512Mb of RAM and four gigabytes of solid-state memory drive, it performs most of the tasks needed for work in office or back at home – at least that’s what the developers say in a promising Kickstarter bid.

Demanding $US 50,000 at Kickstarter, CHIP group has already raised $1,661,687 from 31,404 backers (as of 1:00 PM GMT on Saturday).

What one needs to get the device going is any screen, old or new, not essentially a computer monitor, any keyboard and a mouse. CHIP has an interface that would look familiar to most computer users: It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and is ready for web-surfing with a pre-installed browser. The MIDI interface can also get your music collection rocking when connected to powered speakers.

It could even become a widely used portable computer with Pocket CHIP with a 4.3” touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 5-hour battery life. However, that would cost additional $40.

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CHIP is being advertised as a “totally open source” which comes with dozens of most-needed pre-installed apps, tools and games with “thousands of free applications from the open source community” to follow.

There are other similar ultra-cheap computers already in existence, such as Aakash 2 or Raspberry Pi. But CHIP is way lower in price and claims to trump the competitors in effectiveness and adaptation for personal needs.

image from www.kickstarter.com

There is little wonder about the enthusiasm of the donors, as having a computer worth very little and able to perform basic tasks is very appealing.

“If someone wants the highest end computer in terms of quality and design – they are going to go for an Apple product,” Brad Jones, tech reviewer and contributor of MAKEUSEOF Youtube channel told RT.

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“Yet when someone wants something much more cost-effective and practical to get the job done – his choice would be something similar to C.H.I.P. and such computers would become very much popular with people who need a “computer for computing,” Jones predicted.

Such giants as Microsoft and Apple are, according to the expert, soon likely to realize the advantages of this scheme and they might try to straddle the trend by making software of their own for such machines.

“If they are running their software on it – it is essentially a Microsoft computer, even if they do not produce it, because they are the ones who’re controlling the system and have people use it,” Jones said, noting that an expensive brand such as Apple might release their versions of operation systems (OS) for ultra-chip computers to “corner that market for their operating system interest.”

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Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow wins Eurovision 2015 song contest

2015/05/23

Proton failure to affect commercial launches, says Russian space center director



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