first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said it has attached assets worth over Rs 3 crore in Delhi, Punjab and Goa in connection with a money laundering probe linked to an online drug trafficking case. The federal probe agency has issued a provisional order, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), for attachment of immovable and movable assets of people identified as Amit Kohli, Diwakar Gupta and others here and the two other states. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 3.14 crore, it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Enforcement Directorate filed a criminal case against the accused on the basis of a complaint filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. “The accused persons were involved in illegal online export of prescription drugs and psychotropic substances after taking online orders from US-based clients and the orders were being delivered through the post office,” the ED said in a statement. It said several properties and bank accounts belonging to the accused, their relatives and a firm, Ad Buildwell Pvt Ltd, have been identified. “The accused have acquired ten immovable properties in Delhi, Goa and Punjab and also deposited money in their bank accounts disproportionate to their legal income during the period 2003-2008.last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — An alliance of large marijuana businesses has a message for the public: We’re good corporate citizens.The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other major companies issued guidelines Tuesday aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use.Executive Director Kim Wilson says the emerging legal industry is “in a unique position to set a new bar for socially responsible practices.”As the once-illegal marijuana economy evolves into a multibillion-dollar industry, the guidelines appear aimed at assuring consumers that those companies are operating with their interests in mind, not just focused on the corporate bottom line.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is holding the annual Ride Don’t Hide event at Brock University June 26.Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Brock, riders can choose their routes and do 5 km, 15 km or 35 km.The national event raises money for mental health. To donate, participate or learn more about the fundraising event visit the website.The Health Management Office organized events on campus to support National Mental Health Week which occurred from May 2 through to May 8. This year, the CMHA asked Canadians to “get loud” for mental health at various events that took place in communities across Canada. To show support and raise awareness, Health Management arranged an art activity drop-in, offered a free yoga class, a workshop on creating balance in one’s life and concluded the week with an outdoor walk and a fundraising barbecue. The barbecue raised $300 and has been provided to CMHA – Niagara Branch for local mental health initiatives. The week was an overall success, which the Health Management Office hopes to build on by continuing to bring mental health awareness to the Brock community. Recreation Services provided the instructor and space for the yoga session.For more information on CMHA – Niagara and their resources, please check out their website at CMHA – Niagara. read more

first_imgThe most powerful man in the world is already well-known for his love of technology, and his affection for RIM’s Blackberry. However, when it comes to tablet computers Obama is definitely on-board, but his hardware of choice carries an Apple badge.An image of Obama walking to Marine One after a town hall meeting in Fairless Hills, Pa from earlier this month, clearly shows an iPad under his arm. More specifically it is an iPad 2 with grey Smart Cover attached.One of Obama’s complaints about the Blackberry after he became president was that security meant it was pretty much locked down. With an iPad 2 he should have a lot more freedom due to all the apps he can download.While we are sure he uses it to view official documents and make notes, there’s bound to be a few games on there that even if he doesn’t play his daughters do. One question we’d like to ask him is if he uses it to search the web, and if he does, is the lack of Flash support a pain or a pleasure? There is also the matter of whether he has played Angry Birds or not? He must have, right?via TUAW (image courtesy of The White House Flickr account)last_img read more

first_imgOTE expects the economic downturn to impact its second-half performance after cost-cutting drove a 68 per cent jump in second-quarter profit. “For the second half of the year, we do not foresee any material improvement in the operating environment of the markets in which the group operates,” chief executive Michael Tsamaz, appointed by 40-per cent-owner Deutsche Telekom to cut costs, said on Thursday. “The challenging economic conditions…will adversely impact our financial performance,” he said. The former monopoly has been bleeding clients as austerity-hit customers at home and in Romania, its second biggest market, switch to cheaper rivals. OTE said on Thursday second-quarter net profit jumped to 104.5 million euros, helped by cost cutting. Sales dropped 5.2 per cent to 1.19 billion euros and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) gained 5 per cent to 416.7 million euros. OTE shares were up 2.4 per cent at 0740 GMT. Source: Reuters, L.E. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgVinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will host his upcoming office hours on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from noon to 1pm, at As Good As It Gets (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.  To reach the representative directly, please call his State House office phone number, (617) 722-2017, or send an email to Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At As Good As It GetsIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Walmart TP-Link TP-Link is expanding its wireless networking offerings with a fleet of WiFi 6/802.11ax hardware in both standard and mesh wireless varieties. The Deco X10 mesh wireless system is similar to Netgear Orbi, Eero and Google WiFi. It launches in Q3 2019, and will retail for $350 for a kit that includes two mesh Wi-Fi nodes you can link together to blanket a large area with wireless coverage. That’s a typical price for a multi-unit mesh set up you’d purchase today, but when it launches this fall, the Deco X10 will support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, among other competitive specs. I would expect plenty of additional Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems available when the Deco X10 launches in Q3 2019, so don’t preorder until we get a better sense of the field.The RE300 is TP-Link’s other mesh product. Rather than working as a standalone mesh networking device, the RE300 is an extender that will add mesh capabilities to existing TP-Link Archer C7 and Archer A7 wireless routers (pending a firmware update).Read more: Wi-Fi 6: Better, faster internet is coming this year — here’s everything you need to know  TP-Link says the RE300 is the first product in its new OneMesh line of Mesh accessories, so expect additional hardware down the line. The RE300 launches in April 2019, for a reasonable $50. archer-ax11000-1 TP-Link On the standard wireless networking front, TP-Link has four new Wi-Fi 6 routers at different but aggressive price points that indicate a hefty premium for the new wireless standard. The Archer AX11000 is a tri-band gaming router that goes on sale this month for a staggering $450. The Archer AX6000 is a dual-band router that will sell for $350 in April, and the Archer AX1800 launches in Q3 2019 for a more down-to-earth $130. An Archer AX1500 model will follow, for an unspecified price. Google Wifi CES Products Wi-Fi Google Netgear CES 2019 Preview • Google Wifi router promises wall-to-wall wireless for less $239 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See It See it $95 Tags Smart Home Networking Comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Google Wifi Review • Google Wifi is the best whole-home Wi-Fi system on the market 1 85 Photos Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgClose Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finals File photo of World Cup-winning pacer SreesanthReutersCSK and Rajasthan Royals banned for two yearsChennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe. The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life. A Supreme Court-appointed three-member panel suspended the two franchises in a bid to protect “the integrity of the game”. CSK and RR did not play the 2016 and 2017 editions of the tournament.center_img The Indian Premier League has been a game-changer for cricket in India since its inception in 2008. The franchise league has brought in glitz, glamour, financial stability to the sport and has given world cricket many star players. But the eleven previous seasons has not been bereft of controversy as right from its inaugural edition, the cash-rich tournament has run into a few roadblocks.Here’s taking a look at some infamous incidents from the IPL.Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth This incident happened in the inaugural edition of the IPL at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai had lost the match and in the aftermath, Harbhajan allegedly slapped his India teammate Sreesanth who was playing for KXIP then. Bhajji was fined his entire match fee and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the season. The two seemed to have buried the hatchet and was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad.Ravindra Jadeja banned for a year Ravindra Jadeja.IANSJadeja was banned from the 2010 edition of the IPL after he found himself embroiled in a contract dispute while still an official member of the Rajasthan Royals team. The all-rounder did not sign his contract renewal with the Royals and was instead negotiating a more lucrative deal with other franchises which led to a breach of the players’ guideline leading to his suspension.Lalit Modi banned for life The IPL was the brainchild of Lalit Modi and the sheer novelty factor of the format made it an instant hit in India. Never in the history of the game had it been more glamorous as a successful crossover between Bollywood and cricket resulted in the collaboration of India’s two most loved industries. In 2010, the IPL chairman was sacked from his post by the BCCI after charges of financial wrongdoing and corruption. After finding him guilty of misconduct, the BCCI banned him for life in 2013 from holding administrative posts in cricket. Spot-fixing scandal The fixing controversy reared its ugly head once again in 2013 when Delhi Police arrested three players representing the Rajasthan Royals on the charges of spot-fixing. The three players were Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Following the incident, the three cricketers were banned for life. Sreesanth’s ban has recently been lifted by the Supreme Court.last_img read more

first_imgModel – Rs 20,000 – – Exchange bonus  – – – – – Audi A6 -Corporate discount – Rs 5 lakh – Rs 20,000 Rs 84,000 Corporate discount BMW 7-series Renault Fluence Rs 5,000 Rs 40,000 Rs 3,000 – Chevrolet Sail and Cruze -ModelBMW 7-seriesCash discount-Exchange bonus-Loyalty bonus-Corporate discount-Others-Total DiscountRs 6 lakhModelAudi A6Cash discountRs 5 lakhExchange bonus-Loyalty bonus-Corporate discount-Others-Total Discount-ModelRenault FluenceCash discountRs 1 lakhExchange bonus-Loyalty bonus-Corporate discount-Others-Total Discount-ModelRenault DusterCash discountRs 75,000Exchange bonus-Loyalty bonus-Corporate discount-Others-Total Discount- – Rs 35,000 Volkswagen Polo Rs 30,000 (free insurance) – Rs 20,000 Rs 49,000  Rs 20,000center_img Sluggish demand and intense competition have forced automakers to extend discounts on car purchases to put up decent sales figures for the financial year ending 31 March, 2015.As of now, car companies are extending discounts on as many as 144 models; only six models are selling at ex-showroom price.Honda City, Maruti DZire, Hyundai’s i20 Elite, Ford EcoSport, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta are the only models being sold without discount. Sales of other models are being pushed by offering discounts, exchange or loyalty bonuses, or heavy deals on accessories. Some of the car discounts in March 2015:ModelModelCash discountCash discountExchange bonusExchange bonusLoyalty bonusLoyalty bonusCorporate discountCorporate discountOthersOthersTotal DiscountTotal DiscountModelChevrolet Sail hatchbackCash discount  Rs 41,000Exchange bonusRs 20,000Loyalty bonusRs 20,000Corporate discountRs 3,000Others-Total DiscountRs 84,000ModelMaruti RitzCash discountRs 40,000Exchange bonusRs 35,000Loyalty bonus-Corporate discount-Others-Total DiscountRs 75,000ModelChevrolet Sail and CruzeCash discountRs 49,000Exchange bonusRs 20,000Loyalty bonusRs 20,000Corporate discountRs 5,000Others-Total DiscountRs 94,000ModelVolkswagen PoloCash discount -Exchange bonus Rs 20,000Loyalty bonus Renault Duster Rs 1 lakh – – Rs 94,000 Rs 75,000 – – – – – – Source: Autocar India”There has been a consistent slowdown with only three top carmakers able to manage positive sales in the current fiscal. March is proving to be tough — retail sales are not picking up as corporate spend has dried up,” says Rakesh Srivastava, senior VP, marketing and sales, at Hyundai Motors, to The Economic Times.Even dominant player Maruti Suzuki is facing difficulties due to slowing demand, with almost all of its models priced at a discount of 15 percent to on-road price, excluding newly-launched DZire. “Market conditions are tough. Discounts have peaked as retail sales haven’t picked up on a lacklustre Budget for the industry, and we are battling to beat last year’s sales to remain positive on the sales chart,” said Maruti Suzuki executive director for (marketing & sales) RS Kalsi.Manufacturers are hesitant to rollback the discounts, as they see the industry losing steam despite showing some pick up last year. The top two carmakers, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor registered single-digit growth in February owing to the lacklustre demand.  “The intensified competition has forced manufacturers to maximise the discounts. It’s a virtual situation in auto industry outlining survival of the fittest. Except for the new nameplates that command some value proposition, most of the cars are going with discount benefits to increase sales in the fag end of the fiscal,” Amit Kaushik, Principal Analyst for Auto at IHS Automotive said. – – -OthersRs 30,000 (free insurance)Total Discount Chevrolet Sail hatchback Cash discount – Maruti Ritz –   Rs 41,000 – – Loyalty bonus Others Rs 20,000 – – Rs 75,000 Total Discount Rs 6 lakhlast_img read more

first_imgKamal Haasan hosts Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil will be aired on Vijay Television in less than 24 hours. 15 contestants predominantly from film and television backgrounds will be part of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show. Contestants List: Vijay TV approached many well-known and lesser-known celebrities. Chandini Tamilarasan, Laila Mehdin, Sakshi Agarwal, Sudha Chandran, Premji, T Rajendar, Priya Anand, Kasthuri, VJ Siddhu, Radha Ravi, Prasanna, Powerstar Srinivasan, Sanjana Singh, Alya Manasa, Rachita Mahalakshmi, YouTuber Hari R Baskar, Kovai Sarala, Cheran and Vadivelu among many names were rumoured to be part of the show. Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Live updatesHowever, the latest updates state the below celebrities to be part of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Vanitha Vijayakumar, daughter of veteran actor Vijayakumar, comedy actress Jangiri Madhumitha, actor-musician Mohan Vaidya, actor Fathima Babu, actress Sakshi Agarwal, actress Abhirami Venkatachalam, who will be seen in Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai, Malaysian actor and musician Mugen Rao, Saravanan Meenakshi fame Kavin, Srilanka model Losilya, budding actor Tharshan Thiyagarajah, actor Sarvanan, actor and filmmaker Cheran, dance master Sandy, Reshma Pasupuleti,  and actress Sherin are said to be taking part in Kamal Haasan-hosted show.As and when ever it is required, the channel will give wild-card entries to the show.In the first season, 15 contestants entered the house of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and four more celebs got wild-card entries. In the second season, 16 people entered the house and only one contestant was given wild entry.Meanwhile, the shooting of the inaugural episode of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 was kick-started on Friday and continued till Saturday evening. The show will be aired for the next 100 days at 8 pm.The contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil will be locked inside the house for the 100 days. Every week there will be elimination based on the viewers’ votes, but there are exceptions.At occasions, there will be no eliminations and sometimes multiple people might be evicted. A picture of Kamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR Handoutlast_img read more

first_imgPalestinian protesters gathered as black smoke is seen from burning tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip`s border with Israel on 6 April. Photo: APThousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza’s sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall.Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others – 33 of them seriously – in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. A well-known Palestinian journalist was among the dead, and hundreds of others suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.Early Saturday, Palestinian health officials confirmed that Yasser Murtaga had died from a gunshot wound sustained while covering demonstrations near the Israeli border in Khuzaa. The area was the scene of large protests Friday, and was covered in thick black smoke.Murtaga was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit. Journalists were in the area as protesters were setting tires on fire.The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers or the border fence. It had no immediate comment.Murtaga worked for Ain media, a local TV production company that has done projects, including aerial drone video, for foreign media.The latest casualties were bound to draw new criticism from rights groups that have branded Israel’s open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israel’s defence minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.The UN human rights office said Friday that it has indications that Israeli forces used “excessive force” against protesters last week, when 15 Palestinians were killed or later died of wounds sustained near the border.An Israeli military spokesman defended the rules of engagement.“If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within striking distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those rioters, become, may become, a target,” said lieutenant colonel Jonathan Conricus.Friday’s large crowds suggested that Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover, might be able to keep the momentum going in the next few weeks. Hamas has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.Israel has alleged that Hamas is using the mass marches as a cover for attacking the border fence, and has vowed to prevent a breach at all costs.The military said that on Friday, protesters hurled several explosive devices and firebombs, using the thick plumes of smoke from burning tires as a cover, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted.Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.He was interrupted several times by the crowd, who chanted, “We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs!” and “God bless you Sinwar!”The mass protests are perhaps Hamas’ last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. The blockade has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. It has also devastated Gaza’s economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza’s 2 million people by disarming and renouncing violence.Friday’s marches began before Muslim noon prayers when thousands of Palestinians streamed to five tent encampments that organizers had set up several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.In one camp near the border community of Khuzaa, smaller groups of activists moved closer to the fence after the prayers. Demonstrators torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke meant to shield them from Israeli snipers; the faces of some of the activists were covered in black soot.Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and water cannons.After the first tires started burning, several young men with gunshot wounds began arriving at a field clinic at the camp.Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, was shot in the right arm.“We came here because we want dignity,” he said resting on a stretcher before paramedics transported him to the strip’s main hospital.Yehia Abu Daqqa, a 20-year-old student, said he had come to honor those killed in previous protests.“Yes, there is fear,” he said of the risks of advancing toward the fence. “We are here to tell the occupation that we are not weak.”The death toll since last week includes at least 22 civilians killed during the two Friday protests at the border, as well as one killed during a protest on Tuesday. The six other deaths include three Palestinian gunmen killed in what Israel said were attempts to attack the border fence and three men who were struck by Israeli tank fire.Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour put the death toll for Friday’s protest at nine; the discrepancy between that figure and the death toll provided by the Gaza Health Ministry could not immediately be explained.More than 1,000 people suffered a range of injuries on Friday, including those hit by live fire and those overcome by tear gas, the Gaza health ministry said. Twelve women and 48 minors were among those hurt, the officials said.At the United Nations, secretary-general Antonio Guterres urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.He said UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov had been in touch with Israeli and Palestinian officials to reinforce “the need to allow people to demonstrate peacefully.” Mladenov stressed the need to ensure that “excessive force is not used, and the need to ensure that children are not deliberately put in harm’s way,” Dujarric said.For a second week in a row, the United States blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully and endorsing Guterres’ call for an independent investigation into the deadly protests in Gaza.Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in New York Friday evening that 14 of the 15 council nations agreed to the statement, but the US, Israel’s closest ally, objected.A White House envoy urged Palestinians to stay away from the fence. Jason Greenblatt said the United States condemns “leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters – including children – to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.”Hamas has billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the “Great March of Return” of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel. Two-thirds of Gaza’s residents are descendants of refugees.Palestinians commemorate May 15 as their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from homes in what is now Israel.last_img

first_imgDonald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump will sign an order recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights when he meets prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday, Israel’s foreign minister said.”President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday.Again breaking with longstanding international consensus, Trump said on Thursday that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.He however left unanswered if or when he would follow through with an order to do so.Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition, and many analysts saw Trump’s statement, which came in a tweet, as a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s April 9 polls.The prime minister is locked in tough election campaign with a centrist political alliance headed by former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid.Syria and other states in the region condemned Trump’s pledge, saying it violates international law. France said the same.Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 in a move never recognised by the international community.The decision is the latest major move in favour of Israel by Trump, who in 2017 recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the country’s capital.last_img read more

first_img“The Dirac monopole is conceptually the simplest model for a magnetic point charge (i.e. a magnetic monopole) and this makes the Dirac monopole important,” Pietilä said. “Monopoles in general can be any point-like defects in a three-component vector field defined in three spatial dimensions, but they are not necessarily associated with a singular filament (the Dirac string).”Through modeling, Pietilä and Möttönen theoretically demonstrate that the Dirac string can be split into two parts by modifying the external magnetic field, which breaks the rotation symmetry of the system. In this case, state-of-the-art experimental methods that measure changes in particle density and spin density could be used to detect a signature of the monopole. In addition, in spin-1 BEC, the spin texture is topologically unstable, allowing it to be removed. Through simulations, the scientists show that removing the monopole could be done by turning off the external magnetic fields. The monopole “unwinds” itself along the Dirac string and leaves behind a closed vortex ring. The speed of the unwinding depends on how quickly or gradually the magnetic field is turned off.The existence of magnetic monopoles has far-reaching implications for many research areas, including the laws of quantum mechanics, theories of elementary particles, and cosmology. Experimentally confirming the existence of monopoles would provide long-sought evidence for some ideas, and possibly open up the doors to other new ones.“The existence of magnetic monopoles implies that the electric charge has to be quantized (that is, it can only appear as an integral multiple of the elementary charge),” Pietilä said. “Existence of magnetic monopoles has also certain cosmological implications. Since monopoles in general are related to the spontaneous symmetry breaking, they impact the unified theories describing the interactions between the elementary particles. In the context of condensed matter physics, monopoles typically arise as a manifestation of some exotic collective behavior of matter and can be used to explain the unusual characteristics of such systems.”More information: Ville Pietilä and Mikko Möttönen. “Creation of Dirac Monopoles in Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensates.” Physical Review Letters 103, 030401 (2009). link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.030401Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — For decades, scientists have been intrigued by the hypothetical existence of magnetic monopoles – particles with only a north or south magnetic pole, thus having a nonzero magnetic charge. But while modern theories predict their existence, monopoles have not yet been experimentally observed, despite numerous attempts. Recently, physicists have introduced a new method to create analogies to magnetic monopoles, and predict that they could be observed with current technology. Possible configurations for the spin texture of a Bose-Einstein condensate. These defects give rise to a vorticity field that is equivalent to the magnetic field of a magnetic monopole. Credit: Pietilä and Möttönen. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Physicists Propose a Method to Observe Dirac Monopoles (2009, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-physicists-method-dirac-monopoles.html Ville Pietilä and Mikko Möttönen, both of the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland and the University of New South Wales in Australia, have published their theoretical demonstration in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Here, they explain how applying an external magnetic field to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – a large group of cold atoms that exhibits coherent quantum properties – can create point-like topological defects on the spin texture of the BEC. These defects give rise to a vorticity field that is essentially equivalent to the magnetic field of a magnetic monopole.“Since all experimental attempts to find magnetic monopoles have proven to be futile, there is no experimental evidence supporting the existence of magnetic monopoles,” Pietilä told PhysOrg.com. “Other types of monopoles without the Dirac string have been realized in experiments already in the early ‘90s in liquid crystals. An analogy of the real space magnetic monopole was reported to occur in the crystal momentum space of a metallic ferromagnet, but the experimental evidence in this case is somewhat indirect. Dirac monopoles in the more general settings are predicted to occur in various systems such as superfluid Helium-3 and dilute spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate but so far there are no (direct) experimental observations although they may have been present in some of the Helium-3 experiments. There is also a very recent suggestion on how to induce a magnetic monopole to a band insulator.“Since magnetic monopoles have never been observed, it is pertinent to ask whether there is something unphysical in the whole concept,” he continued. “Our work shows that at least the Dirac monopole can be realized experimentally, thus indicating that it is more than just a theoretical curiosity. However, it should be stressed that our work does not tell anything about the existence of magnetic monopoles in the electromagnetic field.”Pietilä and Möttönen predict that it should be possible to design an experiment to detect the monopole in this situation, if it does exist. As they explain, the magnetic field of the monopole is provided by a Dirac string, which is a line extending from the monopole to infinity. The Dirac string explains why the monopole charge comes in discrete quanta. Since the Dirac string carries two quanta of angular momentum, it is expected to be prone to splitting into two separate strings, each carrying a single quantum. Making magnetic monopoles, and other exotica, in the lablast_img read more

first_imgListening to the Arduino developer community, the Arduino team has released a command line interface (CLI) for it. The CLI is a single binary file that performs most of the features present in the IDE. There was a wide gap between using the IDE and being able to use CLI completely for everything in Arduino. The CLI will allow you to Install new libraries, create new projects, and compile projects directly from the command line. Developers will get an advantage to test their projects quickly. You can also create your own libraries and compile them directly, for your own or third-party codes. Installing project dependencies will be as easy as typing the following command: arduino-cli lib install “WiFi101” “WiFi101OTA” In addition, the CLI has a JSON interface added for easy parsing by other programs. There were many requests for makefiles integration and the support has been added for it. The Arduino CLI can run on both ARM and Intel (x86, x86_64) architectures which means it can be installed on a Raspberry Pi or on any server. Massimo Banzi, Arduino founder stated: “I think it is very exciting for Arduino, one single binary that does all the complicated things in the Arduino IDE.” The Arduino team looks forward to people seeing integrating this tool in various IDEs. In the blog post by the Arduino team they have mentioned, “Imagine having the Arduino IDE or Arduino Create Editor speaking directly to Arduino CLI – and you having full control of it. You will be able to compile on your machine or on our online servers, detect your board or create your own IDE on top of it!” CLI is a better alternative to PlatformIO and will work on all three major operating systems, Linux, Windows, and macOS. The code is open source but you will need a license for commercial use. Visit the GitHub repository to get started with Arduino CLI. Read next How to assemble a DIY selfie drone with Arduino and ESP8266 How to build an Arduino based ‘follow me’ drone Should you go with Arduino Uno or Raspberry Pi 3 for your next IoT project?last_img read more

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first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Four benefits of having a wireless security system “Healthy or disabled, if you have the will to succeed, there is no obstacle in your way,” said Li Pun Hui, a former table tennis star who has become her country’s leading advocate for disabled athletes.Clearance to participate in the Paralympics, which open Wednesday in London, came too late to qualify for most events, but swimming was an exception. That made Rim Ju Song, a 16-year-old who actually lives in Beijing, North Korea’s only hope to compete this year.One problem: Rim, who lost an arm and leg in a construction accident, couldn’t really swim. His first training session in April was a disaster.He sank “like a rock,” recalled Kim Sung Chol of the North Korean Paralympic Committee. Nevertheless, he soon learned the crawl stroke and in May, Rim and his coaches boarded a plane for Berlin and his first international competition.Only upon arrival did the North Koreans learn that Rim would need a second stroke to compete. He spent the next two weeks learning the breaststroke. Rim finished last in one event and was disqualified in the other, but that was good enough for a wild card slot in the Paralympics, where on Sept. 4 he’ll compete in the 50-meter freestyle. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project When AP journalists visited the Taeddonggang Cultural Center for the Disabled in June, a girl in a wheelchair was thwacking a pingpong ball fired at her by a coach while a boy fiddled with his prosthetic leg while awaiting his turn.The young woman, Ma Yu Chol, isn’t competing at the Paralympics but she is in London to cheer Rim on. Li said she sees her country’s trip to the Paralympics as a “first step” toward developing a disabled sports culture in North Korea.“People can communicate through sports,” she said, “and learn to feel comfortable around one another through sports.”___Associated Press writer Hye Soo Nah contributed to this report from Seoul, South Korea. Follow AP’s bureau chief for Pyongyang and Seoul on Twitter at twitter.com/newsjean.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – North Korea’s first and only Paralympian is a swimmer who doesn’t live in North Korea and, until a few months ago, didn’t know how to swim. But he’s an inspiration in a country where disabled people are just beginning to get the support they need to shine as athletes.Long accused by rights activists of shunting its disabled residents off to isolated detention camps, North Korea gained provisional membership in the International Paralympic Committee earlier this year. Top Stories Gripping the North Korean flag, he smiled Monday as his nation was introduced at a Paralympics welcoming ceremony in London.His performance will be watched closely back in North Korea, where sports play a major role in life. From the streets of the capital to the dusty fields of the countryside, kids are constantly kicking around soccer balls, and there’s a basketball hoop in nearly every schoolyard. From an early age, promising athletes are plucked for rigorous training, and those who win medals at international tournaments are welcomed home as heroes.One of those heroes was Li, who became her country’s darling after teaming up with a South Korean player in 1991 to beat the seemingly indomitable Chinese and win the team gold at the World Table Tennis Championships. It was the first time players from the enemy Koreas competed together.After her career ended and her now-15-year-old son was born with cerebral palsy, Li dedicated her life to bringing the disabled out of the shadows and onto the playing fields. In 2010, she organized a table tennis tournament that was covered by state media _ the first time many North Koreans saw the disabled on TV.“Caring for my son, I’ve felt that people with disabilities often feel despair,” she told The Associated Press in an interview in Pyongyang. “They feel uncomfortable around other people, ashamed of their disabilities, and purposeless.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   This may be especially true in North Korea. The country has some 1.8 million disabled people, about 7.5 percent of the population, according to the Green Tree Charity Foundation in South Korea, which bases its estimate on figures provided by the North Korean government.Defectors have reported in the past that the disabled were housed at group homes and kept out of the showcase capital of Pyongyang and other major cities, according to the South Korean government and the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights.In 2003, the country passed a law promising free medical care and special education, and in 2009 Pyongyang assured the United Nations its disabled were receiving proper care and schooling.But Kim Kyung Hwa, manager of the Green Tree foundation’s planning team, says the country can barely feed its people, much less provide special care for the disabled. Green Tree sends food and supplies to North Korea’s disabled, as well as sports equipment to Li and her group of disabled athletes.The foundation and a slate of other donors have helped provide the pingpong tables, barbells and other equipment that fill a Pyongyang recreation center that serves as a training facility for disabled athletes.last_img read more

first_imgCoral Expeditions Float out, Coral AdventurerCoral Expeditions officially launches new flagship Coral AdventurerCoral Expeditions officially launched their new vessel, Coral Adventurer, into the ocean on 8th December 2018.The float out ceremony, which involved two days of relocating the vessel from yard onto the floating dock, was a key milestone for Australia’s pioneering cruise line, Coral Expeditions.“Excitement was at a real high with Coral Adventurer now officially in the water and her delivery drawing nearer,” says Mark Fifield, Group General Manager Coral Expeditions.“To date, the construction project has involved expertise from across the world with over 800 workers involved. We were delighted to be joined by over 200 shipyard staff who celebrated this special moment with us, for whom Coral Adventurer build has been a labour of love over the past 11 months.”Also at hand were specialists and designers involved in the installation of all interior furnishings including the wood panelling, feature stonework, stateroom fit out and the ship’s public areas.With her build firmly on track and on time, Coral Expeditions expect no delays preparing their fourth vessel for her sold-out maiden voyage in April 2019.Sea trials will commence in February, handover in late March, followed by shakedown cruises in April. Her official launch will be celebrated in Singapore on April 23rd 2019 before she enters service on her first 18-night departure ‘In the trail of Tasman’.The vessel will then arrive for the first time in Australian waters for an official welcome in Darwin on May 13th 2019.The 120-passenger Coral Adventurer has been specially designed by Coral Expeditions, marrying the company’s 34 years of experience building and operating expedition ships with latest advances in marine and environmental technology. The ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer expedition tenders, a trademark feature of all Coral Expeditions vessels, will extend the capabilities of the ship by allowing fast transit for all passengers with open views on shore excursions and deeper exploration into rivers and beaches. A new multi-purpose space, theBarralong Room, will host interpretive activities and projects that connect guests in an engaging format throughout their voyage experience.Fifield continues: “Coral Adventurer has received a positive response from the market with extremely strong forward bookings and charter interest,” said Fifield. “We have had an overwhelming response to the recently launched 60 day 35th Anniversary Circumnavigation of Australia, whiSource = Coral Expeditionslast_img read more

first_img July 19, 2012 420 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Dodd-Frank Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-19 Abby Gregorycenter_img New Survey Reveals Voters Prefer Dodd Frank Act A new study from “”Lake Research Partners””:www.lakeresearch.com/ is revealing the popular perspective on the controversial Dodd Frank Act. The poll, which was commissioned by “”AARP””:www.aarp.org/, the “”Center for Responsible Lending””:www.responsiblelending.org/, “”Americans for Financial Reform””:ourfinancialsecurity.org/, and the “”National Council of La Raza””:www.nclr.org/, showed that voters are generally in favor of the legislation.[IMAGE]Generally, voters participating in the survey supported Dodd Frank by a 53-point margin. Republican respondents favored the bill by a 20-point margin, while Democrats displayed a stronger preference with an 83-point margin. Independents weighed in, showing a 50-point margin in favor of the act.Lake Research also asked those responding to evaluate the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)””:www.consumerfinance.gov/, and voters sided with the CFPB by a 40-point margin. [COLUMN_BREAK]Additionally, 66 percent of participants and 69 percent of independents agreed that the “”CFPB is needed.””Commenting on the report, Lake Research’s David Mermin said, “”This poll shows that American voters broadly and strongly support both Wall Street reform and the CFPB. And they strongly favor specific components of the CFPB. After hearing arguments in support and in opposition, voters across party lines solidly favor the reform law.””Specifically, the poll found that tougher rules and enforcement for Wall Street’s financial companies was top of mind for voters, with 73 percent supporting the regulations targeting the sector. A large majority, 92 percent, also favored policies that would mandate more transparent information on rates, terms, and fees from banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and student and auto loan providers.Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform, noted, “”The message for Congress is unmistakable:├âÔÇÜ├é┬áVoters across the board are intensely supportive of stronger consumer protections. Strong majorities of voters across party lines say we need tougher rules for Wall Street and they do not want Congress to override a state’s ability to enforce stronger consumer protections at the state level.””Gary Kalman, director for the Center for Responsible Lending’s federal policy division, spoke out as well, stating, “”Bipartisan support among voters should be no surprise: Who hasn’t been hurt by the economic downturn?├âÔÇÜ├é┬áPeople get that common sense oversight could have prevented it.””last_img read more