SC seeks explanation from Rajasthan government

first_imgThe Supreme Court has asked the Rajasthan government to explain as to how some videos of hate speech were uploaded on the Internet from Jodhpur jail premises by Shambhu Lal Raigar, who is accused of hacking and burning alive a Muslim labourer from West Bengal. The top court also sought response from Raigar as to why he should not be transferred to Delhi’s Tihar jail or any other jail out of Rajasthan. “Issue notice to the newly added respondent (Raigar), returnable on January 21, 2019. In the meantime, the State of Rajasthan shall file its counter affidavit to these proceedings. The State shall, in particular, explain whether a video was uploaded from within the jail premises by the newly added respondent and, if so, how that was possible,” said a Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gulbahar Bibi, wife of the victim who was allegedly killed by Raigar in on December 6 last year, said that the accused has been continuously uploading videos of hate speech on the Internet and should be transferred to Tihar jail or any other prison outside the state. Counsel appearing for Rajasthan said she has recently checked and found that such videos have been taken down by Internet service providers.Ms. Jaising however refuted the claims and said that videos were very much available on the Net. The Bench then asked the counsel for Rajasthan to verify whether the videos uploaded by Raigar from the jail were still available on the Internet and posted the matter for further hearing on January 21. The apex court had on April 2 sought response from the CBI and the Rajasthan government on a plea seeking transfer of Raigar to Tihar jail.Gulbahar Bibi said the prime accused had recently uploaded videos on social networking sites.Independent probe The apex court had on February 16 directed the CBI to seek instructions on a plea of the widow seeking an independent probe into the murder. It had asked the lawyer appearing for the agency to take appropriate instructions on conducting the probe and providing of adequate compensation sought by the petitioner.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Greek Plays Act Out Ancient Weather

first_imgThe works of ancient Greek playwrights are getting a second act as clues for climate scientists. Few historical accounts of Mediterranean weather exist prior to the third century B.C.E. Climate researchers are particularly interested in the regular occurrence of sunny midwinter periods, called Halcyon days, during ancient times. In Greek mythology, the goddess Halcyon insulted Zeus, who in spite transformed her into a bird that can lay its eggs only during midwinter. Out of pity, Zeus provided her with 14 days of calm midwinter weather each year to lay her eggs in security. Scientists rummaged for references to Halcyon days in 43 plays performed at the outdoor Theatre of Dionysus in Athens, pictured, during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. The plays included seven references to stretches of calm, sunny winter days, suggesting that Halcyon periods were common during the classical age, the researchers report this month in Weather. Scientists now know that Halcyon days are caused by stagnant high-pressure weather systems, rather than vengeful gods, enabling them to use the theatrical weather records to study how the region’s climate evolved over time.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Only 10 Indians On List Of World’s 4,000 Top Scientists

first_imgIndia boasts of eminent science and social science institutes like IISc, the IITs, TIFR, JNU and Tiss. Yet, only 10 Indians figure among the world’s top 1% highly-cited researchers (HCR) in the two fields. To top it, some of the 10 are not from the country’s leading institutes. The list, comprising over 4,000 of the globe’s most ‘influential’ researchers, in its fifth edition, has been released by the firm Clarivate Analytics. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Anthony Joshua promoter says rematch with Andy Ruiz will happen

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Anthony Joshua waits during the referee’s count after he was knocked down during the seventh round of a heavyweight championship boxing match against Andy Ruiz on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in New York. Ruiz won in the seventh round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)LONDON — Anthony Joshua’s promoter says a rematch will take place between the British fighter and new world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.Eddie Hearn says on Twitter that the contracted rematch clause was triggered Tuesday following talks with Joshua, his management team and his trainer, Rob McCracken.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hearn says “the fight will take place in (November or December) at a venue to be confirmed shortly.”Ruiz Jr.’s camp has not confirmed that the Mexican boxer has agreed to the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoshua fell to the first loss of his professional career when he was stopped by Ruiz Jr. in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York at the weekend.Ruiz Jr. now owns the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts. View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, the entrance of Dutts house in suburban Bandra was decorated with garlands to welcome him back.Also, a photo of his late actor-politician father Sunil Dutt was put up at the gate of his building Imperial Heights along with a message that read – “Dutt Sahab Amar Rahe”.Fans too were seen eagerly awaiting Dutts return. Hoardings like “Welcome Back Sanju Baba”, “Bandraites Welcome Back Bandra Boy Sanjay Dutt” with a picture of young Dutt with his mother were put up in the area.Many such hoardings are put up in the lane in which the “Munnabhai” stays.The actor is scheduled to reach Mumbai after 11 AM.According to sources, after his arrival, Dutt will straightaway visit the Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in South Mumbai to offer prayers and then head to his mothers (Nargis) grave at Marine Lines to pay respects before proceeding home in Bandra, where he is scheduled to hold a press conference later in the day. PTI KKP DK DVlast_img read more

Bangladesh allow Shahadat Hossain to play only domestic cricket

first_imgThe Bangladesh Cricket Board has lifted the suspension on fast bowler Shahadat Hossain on humanitarian grounds.Shahadat had been suspended since September 2015 after a case was filed against him and his wife under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act on charges of assaulting their 11-year-old domestic help. They were arrested on October 5 and granted bail in December.”The BCB’s disciplinary committee has taken the decision to withdraw the playing ban on Shahadat for humanitarian considerations following an appeal by the player,” CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said. “The ruling, effective from today, is applicable for participation in domestic cricket only.”Shahadat, playing for Bangladesh since 2005, cannot play international cricket until his legal problems are resolved. He is likely to play in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League.Shahadat hasn’t played competitive cricket for a year, when he injured his knee in the second test against Pakistan in Mirpur. He was suspended while recovering, and claims to be fully fit.Expressing his gratitude to the board, he said, “I felt really bad missing out on so much cricket, but I am thankful to the BCB for letting me play, and always helping me in my bad times.”last_img read more

Josh Hazlewood ready to lead Australia attack in Bangladesh

first_imgJosh Hazlewood is ready to lead Australia’s pace attack during the two-Test series in Bangladesh in the absence of injured fast bowling colleagues Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.Left-armer Starc suffered a stress fracture in his foot on the tour of India and missed the third and fourth Tests. He returned for June’s Champions Trophy in England but later felt the injury had not healed properly. (Darren Lehmann backs David Warner to bury subcontinent woes)Pattinson was suffering inflammation around an area of his back where he had a previous stress fracture.”There’s only going to be a couple of quicks in the team and a few spinners (but) as long as we’re working together, I think we’ll be okay,” Hazlewood told reporters at a team camp in Darwin on Sunday.”I see myself as a leader amongst the group now.”The team’s changed a lot since I first came in, and I’ve gone from a junior player to a senior player, so I try to take that extra initiative to lead from the front.”Reuters PhotoThe 26-year-old will have Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird as his pace partners in Bangladesh.Uncapped Mitchell Swepson, who was previously selected for the tour of India earlier this year but did not play, was chosen instead of a pace bowler because of the expected spin-friendly conditions in Bangladesh.Swepson is the third frontline spinner in the side, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar also making the trip.Bangladesh famously defeated England at home last year to tie their series 1-1 and Hazlewood was expecting tough competition from their South Asian opponents.advertisement”They’re a world-class team,” Hazlewood said. “They had some pretty good showings in that Champion’s Trophy tournament and their test cricket at home has been pretty good.”We can’t take them lightly, that’s for sure.”Australia take on Bangladesh in the first Test in Mirpur starting from August 27 before the teams meet again in Chittagong from September 4.last_img read more

Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren Gough

first_imgFormer England pacer Darren Gough feels India have enough firepower in their pace attack to cover for the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the first Test beginning here on Wednesday.Gough spoke about the different options available in front of skipper Virat Kohli in both pace and spin departments, and remarked that India’s well-rounded attack is suitable for any pitch that is laid out in this ensuing series, despite missing Bhuvneshwar for three Tests and Bumrah for the series opener.”Bhuvneshwar is a big loss and he wasn’t at his best during the ODI series because he was carrying an injury. But India aren’t a side anymore that is dependent on one bowler. Earlier, they were dependent on Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath or Zaheer Khan, that is no longer the case. India are suited for all sorts of wickets, and they look prepared and geared up for this Test series,” Gough told PTI.India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ Kohli”Today, you have to be on top of your game to beat India, whether you are playing at home or away because they posses everything in their bowling attack. Kumar gives you swing, Bumrah is a skidding seam bowler, Umesh Yadav can move the new ball as well and he has got pace, Mohammed Shami is strong and hits the deck hard, while Ishant Sharma has experience, aggression and he can bowl lots of overs.”Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochadvertisementHe reckons the spin attack too is lethal with the addition of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.”On top of that you have three spinners. R Ashwin is nearly unplayable in Indian conditions, Ravindra Jadeja keeps taking wickets and Kuldeep Yadav has already proven himself in England. Selection is not going to be easy and good luck to Indian team management, especially in the spin department, as someone will be upset when he is left out in Birmingham,” he said.Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrathUntil last week, the United Kingdom was reeling under a heat wave and higher temperatures than normal meant that almost everyone is expecting batsmen and spin friendly wickets during this Test series, with swing to play a minimal role.Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India TodayWhile India opted for three spinners, England too have done the unthinkable in opting for leg spinner Adil Rashid (who had quit red ball cricket in February) as well as bringing back Moeen Ali (who picked 19 wickets against India in 2014) in their first Test squad.England bowlers’ class will make the difference vs India: Dale SteynThere has been a lot of debate about Rashid’s call-up, and while Gough said that it shouldn’t have been so, he added that England had no option.”He shouldn’t have been picked in the Test squad because he decided to walk away from day cricket. I was disappointed that he left Yorkshire in the lurch a little bit at the start of this domestic season. I believe if he had worked a little harder with red ball, he would have got his change in the Test side and become a regular. There’s no doubt that he is England’s best spinner by an absolute mile.India vs England: Broad ready for challenging and exciting Test series”But he was disappointed with the way it was going for him (in First-Class cricket),” said Gough.”Good wrist spinners reach a peak as they grow older and I think Rashid is in that league, and he can be a Test regular now. And you can see why he has been picked, against popular opinion. England could have gone in with Dom Bess and Jack Leach. I don’t think they can bowl out India.England 2014 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricket”Moeen Ali was handy in 2014 and he is back. With Rashid, they should cause some problems. Rashid’s issue is that he doesn’t knock top-order batsmen out. Will he turn the series? Probably not, but is he better than what we have already go? Absolutely yes,” he said.Zaheer Khan backs India to dominate England in Test seriesThe weather has finally started turning in England. Rain arrived in Chelmsford when the Indian team left and it was raining in London over the weekend as well. It is anybody’s guess then what sort of weather will persist over the next five weeks.advertisementSwing or spin, or both, could be a factor at different points in this series. As such, instead of Virat Kohli versus James Anderson, this could shape up to be Kohli versus Joe Root.”Root is a world class batsman and he shoulders the responsibility of this English Test side. He is our plan A in Test cricket. It will be a keen contest between him and Kohli, but only to a certain degree as both sides have other batsmen who can make an impact.”You look at the way Jonny Bairstow is playing he is a terrific batsman and I expect him to have a great summer. Jos Buttler coming in at number seven is going to be a handful for India. If you don’t get him early, he can take the game away like Adam Gilchrist for Australia.”Ben Stokes is primed for a big series, but he has a court case in the middle of this series, which might not help. Then, there is Alastair Cook. He is such a stubborn batsman. He is the only batsman of his kind in world cricket at the moment. He will smack you for four through covers, and then go into a shell. If he doesn’t get runs in this series, I think he will retire,” Gough predicted.Gough feels India need to sort out their top three with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara struggling in the lead up to the series.”If you can afford to leave Rohit Sharma out of your side, you know India are in a good position. They have a great middle order batsman in Ajinkya Rahane, and he played so well at Lord’s in 2014. I like how KL Rahul looks as well, but India’s top-order looks a bit weak to me because Pujara hasn’t got any big runs recently. If they play Shikhar Dhawan, then India should leave out Pujara and play Rahul at number three.”The focus will expectedly be on star batsman Kohli, who had a poor run in 2014.”India bat deep and let’s not forget that this is a big series for Kohli personally. He is a great ODI batsman, and I am gobsmacked to see how he bats in white-ball cricket. But India haven’t won a Test series here since 2007 and Rahul Dravid as captain got runs back then.”Sachin Tendulkar has always got runs in England. Brian Lara has always got runs in England. If Kohli wants to be counted in the same league as Tendulkar and Lara, he has to get runs in England. Then, he has to go and get runs in Australia, and come back here to score runs in the World Cup. This is a big 12 months for Kohli and his legacy will be decided in the next year,” Gough added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Time has come for me to go: Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City after historic treble

first_imgBelgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City after helping the Premier League club to a become the first team to win the English treble of league championship and both domestic cups.”We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue,” the City captain wrote in an open letter to fans on his Facebook page.”Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?””The time has come for me to go now.”The 33-year-old central defender said he would be posting a second part of the letter “shortly” with details of his future plans.City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to complete the unprecedented treble, after which Kompany said they were the best team in the world.Kompany scored with a thunderous long-range strike to decide their penultimate league match of the season against Leicester City, a key moment in their retaining the Premier League title.”It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today,” he added.”We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!advertisement”A special word also to (manager) Pep (Guardiola) and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.”Also Read | Manchester City crush Watford 6-0 to win FA Cup and complete treblelast_img read more

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African Heritage Month Proclaimed at Province House

first_imgA month filled with special events, thought-provoking exhibits and informative workshops was launched today, Jan. 27, at Province House when February was proclaimed African Heritage Month. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “As we celebrate this quarter century milestone, I encourage all Nova Scotians to take time to commemorate and rediscover the significant contributions African Nova Scotians have made to the province.” African Heritage Month is a celebration of culture, history, longevity and progress. Many African Nova Scotians believe that knowledge of one’s history promotes pride in self and community, which leads to a healthier province and country. “Heritage month is an opportunity for people in the community to rediscover their roots and honour their culture and heritage,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of African Nova Scotian Affairs. The African History Month Information Network is promoting a month-long calendar of events across the province. The network includes African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Cape Breton Service Providers, and the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association. “As we celebrate our 25th heritage month, there are numerous activities and events planned that will interest everyone,” said Mr. Hamiltion. “There will be a gala in Sydney, concerts in Amherst, and theatre performances in the Halifax Regional Municipality, just to name a few.” The community events calendar and more information on African Heritage Month are available on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at . The calendar is updated as information on events is received. Weekly updates will be available by calling 902-424-3842, beginning Saturday, Jan. 31. Black History Month was founded in 1926 by Harvard educated Black historian Carter Woodson. It started as a week in February to celebrate the history, contributions and culture of African Americans. In 1976, the week was expanded to a month. In Nova Scotia, the celebration of Black History Month began in 1984 through the efforts of the Black History Month Association. It is now known as African Heritage Month. “February marks an anniversary for the Black History Month Association,” said Mr. Barnet. “This dedicated group has helped shape the province’s annual celebration for more than two decades.”last_img read more

Court OKs expedited appeal in NY Trump bank records case

NEW YORK — An appeals court says it will speedily consider President Donald Trump’s challenge to congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks he did business with.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Friday setting a schedule for written arguments to be submitted by July 18, with oral arguments to soon follow.Lawyers on both sides in the dispute had recommended the expedited schedule after U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos (RAY-mohs) ruled nine days ago that Trump, his family and his companies were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit.Trump sued to stop the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees from getting documents from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. The Lawsuit said the requests were unlawful and unconstitutional.The Associated Press read more

Energy sector weighs on Toronto stock index as crude oil prices tumble

Toronto’s main stock index fell Monday amid tumbling oil prices as tropical storm Harvey wreaked havoc on energy markets.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 3.96 points to 15,052.03, with lower shares of oil and gas companies weighing heavily after widespread flooding in Texas forced many refineries on the Gulf Coast to shut down.Surging gold, materials and base metals stocks weren’t enough to overcome the downward pressure from the energy sector.The October crude contract shed $1.30 to US$46.57 per barrel while the December bullion contract climbed $17.40 to US$1,315.30 an ounce.“We’re seeing weakness in crude oil prices, which is really a reflection of the fact that with so many refineries off-line (in Texas) the demand for the feedstock — that being oil — is down a little bit,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“On the flip side we are seeing a lift in gold prices, which I think is largely a function of the weakness in the U.S. dollar, as opposed to gold surging as some sort of a safe haven trade.”Fehr said a carry-over trend from last week was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s lack of specific, hawkish tone about future U.S. policy at an annual meeting of central bankers, economists and policy makers in Jackson Hole, Wyo.“That really took some of the lustre off the greenback,” he said.The Canadian dollar advanced 0.07 of a U.S. cent, trading at an average price of 80.12 cents US.On Wall Street, major indexes were relatively flat, but mixed.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 5.27 points to 21,808.40, the S&P 500 index inched up 1.19 points to 2,444.24, and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 17.38 points to 6,283.02.Elsewhere in commodities, the October natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU and the September copper contract was up three cents to US$3.06 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

ViennaBudapest Supermarathon highlights UN Year of Sport

Under the theme “Run without borders!” the event, which takes place from 19 to 23 October, aims to strengthen international relations by underlining UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statement: “Sport is a universal language that can bring people together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status.”The event, now in its 15th year, originally celebrated the opening of the border between Austria and Hungary in 1989 and then supported the process that led to the accession of both countries to the European Union. Since participating runners, in-line skaters and cyclists now come from many European countries, the race has come to represent a Europe without borders. In its first year, 308 competitors from eight countries participated, while in 2004, 800 participants from 13 countries took part.The International Year of Sport and Physical Education seeks to encourage the use of sports to promote education, health, development and peace. read more

Samsung launches latest Galaxy smartphone in Europe before arrival of Apples new

by News Staff Posted May 29, 2012 3:16 am MDT Samsung launches latest Galaxy smartphone in Europe before arrival of Apple’s new iPhone SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, said its third-generation Galaxy S smartphone went on sale Tuesday in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries, hoping to cement its lead over Apple’s iPhone.The Galaxy S III smartphones hit the shelves in countries including France and Britain. By the end of July, nearly 300 mobile operators around the world will be selling the device.Samsung said the initial response to the new smartphone was positive. At Vodafone Group, pre-sale orders for the Galaxy S III outstripped those of any previous Android-based smartphones, according to Samsung.The Galaxy series of smartphones is widely acknowledged in the industry as a success for Samsung, turning it from a smartphone also-ran into a viable competitor with the iPhone from Apple Inc.While Apple has kept the screen size of the iPhone the same in every upgrade since 2007, Samsung increased the screen size of its highest-end smartphone in its two major updates. The latest Galaxy phone screen is nearly twice as big as the iPhone screen.The 4.8-inch S III also features more computing power that supports voice commands and an eye-movement tracking feature to keep the screen from dimming.Samsung overtook Apple in smartphone sales for the first time in the first three months of this year, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The Suwon, South Korea-based company sold 44.5 million smartphones in the January-March quarter, compared with Apple’s 35.1 million iPhone sales.Market watchers expect that Apple may use its annual conference for developers next month to announce the yearly upgrade to the iPhone, which then can go on sale as early as July.Aside from being big rivals in the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple have also a close business relationship. Samsung supplies mobile chips and display panels for iPhones and iPad tablet computers, counting Apple among its biggest clients. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syrians exposed to brutality every day as thousands continue fleeing ISILs last

Nine in 10 of the arrivals at Al Hol camp in Al Hassakeh governorate were women and children, spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva.“Many of them have arrived exhausted, hungry and sick,” he said “Approximately 45,000 people have fled the Hajin and Al-Baghouz area of Deir-ez-Zor and arrived in the camp, since December. Those who are fleeing have told us of a desperate situation for civilians in the area they are fleeing from. It’s affected by hostilities – civilians are being killed and injured on a daily basis – there’s large-scale destruction of civilian infrastructure and shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities.” Mr. Laerke also reported that 84 people, mainly children under-five, died either on their way to the settlement or shortly after arriving at the Al-Hol camp.And according to aid teams there, 175 children have been hospitalized owing to complications from severe acute malnutrition.The UN and partners are responding to growing needs at Al-Hol camp and surrounding areas by providing life-saving assistance to all new arrivals, along with food, water, shelter, and warm clothes and blankets.‘Staggering’ levels of need prevail: new UN humanitarian assessmentElsewhere in Syria, a desperate humanitarian situation prevails, despite a reduction in violence in many parts of the country over the past year.“With the crisis in its eighth year, staggering levels of need persist for people throughout Syria,” according to OCHA’s Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019 for Syria.Published ahead of a conference co-chaired by the European Union (EU) and the UN in Brussels from 12 to 14 March, the OCHA document states that 11.7 million people need help inside the country. including 6.2 million who are internally displaced. A further 5.6 million are refugees.“The population continues to look for safety in parts of the country still affected by ongoing hostilities with significant protection needs, new and protracted displacement, increased self-organized returns and the sustained erosion of communities resilience,” it warns.For millions of Syrians “the crisis is far from over”, it insists, with needs including food and livelihood assistance, health care, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene support.Education for children is also urgently required, with more than two million boys and girls out of school across the war-torn country.“People continue to be exposed to brutality every day,” the Needs Overview cautions. “Women, children, adolescent girls, older people, widows and female-headed households, and people with disabilities, face distinct protection risks and have specific needs.”In addition, it warns, more than 10 million people are estimated to live in areas contaminated by explosive hazards “of all kinds”. read more

Wellness Day registration opens May 29

With nearly 70 sessions to choose from, Brock University employees should have little problem finding workshops to attend at the 20th annual Wellness Day on Thursday, June 20.The Wellness Day brochure has been released and an online registration date has been set for Wednesday, May 29 at noon. Employees who do not have daily access to a computer can fill out a paper form and return it to Human Resources in Schmon Tower 1220.Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness, suggests that employees have their employee numbers ready as well as a list of their top choices, including alternate options.“Last year, more than 230 people registered within the first minute,” she said. “Within five minutes, four workshops were filled to capacity.”An escape room tournament is one of nearly 70 workshop options employees can register for at the 20th annual Wellness Day Thursday, June 20. Last year, a group of Brock employees successfully broke out of the Crux jail.Luckily, there are plenty of desirable workshops to choose from. After analyzing responses from last year’s Wellness Day survey, the Wellness Day committee has compiled a list the kids at Youth University would be jealous of, including several field trips off campus — bus transportation included.For sport and physical activity lovers, there’s something from A to Z: archery, ball hockey, driving range, fishing tips, fitness kickboxing, ice hockey, kung fu, mini golf, Nordic pole walking, paddle boarding, running, soccer, try-a-triathlon, Tai Chi, volleyball, yoga (with goats and cider), yogalates and Zumba.Walking tours include Brock’s underground tunnels, campus trees, Morningstar Mill and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.Those interested in more crafty or artistic options can arrange flowers, design a rustic serving tray or paint an acrylic landscape on canvas. Foodies may enjoy learning to cook a French country lunch, grocery shopping 101, winefulness, wine tasting, cider tasting, beer tasting or tea tasting.Health specific topics include brain fog, healthy living from the inside out, reprogramming your genes, meditation and mindfulness, myofascial forces, smoothies to increase energy, the power of breath, walking the Brock labyrinth, as well as women and health care.A variety of additional workshops are on offer, including topics such as DNA testing, genealogy, forgiveness, financial fitness, cyber security awareness, sports trivia, escape room tournament, euchre tournament, exploring Brock’s Archives and Special Collections, and psychological reasons why the grass seems greener on the other side. Employees can also choose to volunteer their time with a charity or not-for-profit organization of their choice.“We’ve already received positive feedback on the variety of workshops on offer this year,” said Walker. “We’ve been told that in addition to appreciating the break from a regular work day to attend workshops, employees also value the social and team-building aspect of connecting with people from other departments. Ultimately, we hope it leads to happier employees, better working relationships and improved service to our students, faculty, staff and community.”After last year’s adjusted format, Wellness Day is returning to its original design with in-person registration, a complimentary lunch and opening and closing plenaries. The majority of workshops will also take place on campus.This year’s opening plenary will look a little different: Instead of a professional speaker, local musician Gavin Ray will lead participants in a sing-along. The 2019 Health, Safety and Wellness Champion Award recipient will continue to be announced at the opening plenary, but new this year is a chance to win a parking pass upgrade. Anyone who attends the opening plenary will be entered into a draw to win. Those attending the closing plenary, with remarks from President Gervan Fearon, will be entered to win a bicycle, courtesy of Green Shield Canada.  The annual Penny Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Thistle Complex hallway across from the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $15 for a sheet of 25 tickets or $25 for 50 tickets. All proceeds will be donated to a non-endowed student scholarship. Employees interested in donating items to the Penny Sale can drop them off to Human Resources.Also in Thistle Complex hallway will be a massage therapist offering complimentary 10-minute chair massages on a first-come, first-served basis.“An entire day dedicated to wellness in a conference format is pretty unique to Brock,” said Walker. “We’re fortunate our senior leadership has continued to support Wellness Day. I’m hoping for record attendance this year to mark our 20th anniversary, so we can look forward to offering Wellness Day for another 20 more years.”For more information on Wellness Day, email or visit SharePoint. read more

Watch this 30Story Chinese hotel completed in 15 days

first_imgThe Changsha, China 30 story hotel — built in 15 days — is quite a feat in architectural ingenuity, but it has some construction experts skeptical as to how safe the structure is, and what protocols may have been overlooked.The entire operation seems like some kind of bet gone wrong, or an architect’s dream to immortalize his name in the Guinness book of world records by building a multi-floor structure in the shortest amount of time. But the Changsha hotel isn’t the first of its kind. Back in 2010, the Ark Hotel construction time-lapse video made the rounds on social networks; it’s a 15 story hotel, built in 6 days. Meaning the Changsha hotel isn’t an isolated incident—it’s technique being used across China.These construction workers are using a more advanced prefabricated method. Normally, western experts say, that these methods can shave building times by a third to half. Changsha hotel managed to cut one-half to two-thirds off the normal schedule, and Broad Sustainable Building, the Chinese company behind the hotel, says it cuts no corners. Supposedly, it’s not only safer and cheaper, but it’s also environmentally friendly, which all sounds a little too good to be true.Granted, China does have a few things Westerners don’t when it comes to prefabrication: manpower and factories. Everything that can be done before piecing the building together is done in factories, and China isn’t lacking in people to populate those factories. The 13 by 50 foot slabs seen in the video, with all the fixings loaded on top (wires, lights, pipes), make the entire process plausible. It seems like most of the finer work is already done—all the on-site workers have to worry about is stacking everything properly and installing plumbing and electrical components.But the bold claims don’t stop here; the Broad Sustainable Building Company says its structures are “earthquake resistant” up to a 9.0 magnitude. Due to its lightweight steel construction and diagonal bracing, either way I’m hoping no one residing in those towers will ever have to find out if those claims on the brochure are true.But companies worldwide may be considering taking this technique up as their own standard, as the Broad Sustainable Building Company is looking to sell its construction technology with firms in Brazil, Mexico, and India. It even hopes to establish business partnerships in the United States. Would you trust a structure that was built in two-weeks time?last_img read more

Ball in EUs court

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday it was now up to European authorities to find a debt deal to save Athens from default, after the government submitted a reform plan to Brussels.“The ball is in the court of the European authorities,” radical leftist leader Tsipras told reporters after an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels.“Our proposal has been accepted as the basis for discussion by the institutions,” he said, referring to Greece’s creditors, the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.“Negotiations will continue over the next two days. We don’t want a fragmented deal that is only for a limited time. We want a complete and viable solution.”Tsipras, who was elected in January, has balked at demands by Greece’s creditors for further austerity measures in exchange for the release of more bailout funds to avoid defautling on an IMF payment on June 30.“For the first time the burden will not lie on workers and pensioners. We are protecting middle class families and for the first time the burden will lie on those who can pay, so we can finally leave this crisis which has afflicted us for five years.”Eurozone leaders said after Monday’s emergency summit that they were finally moving towards a deal on Greece, but that there was more work to do.[AFP, Kathimerini] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une convention proposée le 13 septembre pour lInternet social

first_imgUne convention proposée le 13 septembre pour l’Internet socialEric Besson, le ministre de l’Industrie, a proposé une réunion aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) le 13 septembre pour leur soumettre une convention instaurant un tarif social de l’Internet.Comme ce qui se passe déjà dans la téléphonie mobile depuis le mois de mars, avec un tarif social offrant 40 minutes de communication et 40 SMS pour “moins de dix euros par mois”, Eric Besson souhaite maintenant étendre ce concept à Internet. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Le ministre de l’Industrie a ainsi proposé aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet FAI de se réunir le 13 septembre prochain pour réfléchir à l’adaptation d’une telle convention au Web, explique l’AFP, qui reprend un entretien donné par Eric Besson au Figaro. Dans ce dernier, il explique sa volonté de mettre en place “dans les prochains jours” un tarif social de l’internet, à 20 euros par mois “pour le téléphone (fixe) et l’internet haut débit, plus 3 euros par mois pour une box”. En mars, le gouvernement avait soumis cette idée à l’Autorité de la concurrence, qui y avait répondu que cette proposition était “compatible avec le droit de la concurrence”. Actuellement, plusieurs opérateurs ont lancé des offres dites “sociales”, mais seulement deux d’entre eux ont obtenu la labellisation officielle du gouvernement, note l’AFP. Reste donc à finaliser tout cela… Le 6 septembre 2011 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more