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Nagpur bomb blast suspect gives talaq over phone

Nagpur bomb blast suspect gives talaq over phone

first_imgA man, allegedly involved in the 2012 Nagpur bomb blast case, divorced his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice over the phone after she “resisted his criminal activities.”The woman told the police that she married Shamsuddin Shah in 2011, embraced Islam and changed her name from Snehlata to Shamshun Nisha.She claimed that Mr.Shah was involved in the Nagpur blast and was sent to jail by the Maharashtra Police.Ms. Nisha alleged that after she opposed his criminal activites, Mr.Shah started committing atrocities on her and on May 25, he divorced her by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice over the phone.The police have started a probe into the matter based on a complaint filed by the woman.“We have asked the Maharashtra Police to verify the charge against the man levelled by his wife that he was involved in the Nagpur blast,” Additional SP Ajay Pratap said on Thursday.The ASP said her complaint was being looked into seriously. Meanwhile, in a memorandum to SP (City), Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Durga Vahini leaders alleged that Mr.Shah was trapping innocent Hindu women and pushing them into flesh trade. They dubbed it as a case of ‘love jihad’.last_img read more

Dangerous Online Challenges Causing Teen Deaths

Dangerous Online Challenges Causing Teen Deaths

first_imgOver the year a number of online challenges have led to teenagers committing suicide across the world. Be it the cutting challenge or the choking challenge, self-harm leading to death has been a dangerous online trend. The recent death of a boy who jumped from a building in Mumbai is being linked to a challenge-based online game- the Blue Whale Challenge.Believed to have originated in Russia, the underground online game has 50 tasks, ranging from watching horror movies to cutting themselves with the last one asking the players to jump off a building. The players have to document all completion of all the tasks and send it to the anonymous admin who calls himself ‘Blue Whale’.The craze of the Blue Whale Challenge  that targets depressed teens has been spreading like wildfire in the last few months. This has been in the newest addition the list of dangerous online games that have haunted parents around the world.Planking ChallengePlanking is a challenge where the player lies down in a rigid manner at an unusual place mimicking a wooden board. He/she then takes a photo of it and posts it online for the world to see. It became hugely popular on the internet in the late 2000s. Some posted a picture lying on a building’s edge, the balcony railings or shopping carts amongst many other.But the craze of finding an ‘unusual place’ led to the death of 20 year-old Australian Acton Beale who fell seven stories while planking on a high-rise balcony, reported CNN.Choking ChallengeThe ‘choking game’ surfaced in 2005. This online ‘game’ was designed to achieve euphoria by depriving the brain of oxygen. People would strangle themselves to feel ‘high’. People, mostly teenagers,  were told to strangle themselves until they almost pass out but stopping just in time so that they can experience the ‘high’.The death of Karnel Haughton, a 12 year-old boy from Birmingham was one of the cases that went viral. The family claimed that the game was responsible for Karnel to die from suffocation.Consultant psychologist Emma Citron said that such online trends heed to the ever-growing ‘dare-devil’ culture among teenagers. “In teenage brains there is a need to take risks. As part of being a teenager, they need to try new things that are potentially very risky and dangerous, like the game, and like drugs and alcohol,” she told The Independent.Fire ChallengeFire challenge is an activity which goads teenagers to set themselves on fire. Literally. They apply flammable liquid on their body and the set it aflame while recording it on video which is then uploaded on social media sites.A 15 year-old boy, James Shores from New York died from his injuries after participating in the Fire Challenge. Another boy from Kentucky who is also 15, poured alcohol on his chest and lit himself on fire. When asked why he did this, he said, “I don’t know. I wasn’t thinking, really.”The Police in their statement about Shores urged people to stop sharing the videos. “The people who participate in this so-called “game” do so for the notoriety and short-lived fame they receive on the internet. Taking away this fame could deter others from making the same mistake,” they said.Cutting challengeThis came to light in 2015 but it was around for some time before that. This dangerous trend made teenagers cut themselves, take pictures and share them online. It is a form of self mutilation which is usually to deal with with emotional issues. It is promoted in social media because of which teenagers participating in it feel like they are a part of a popular group.Speaking to AOL, child psychologist Gregory Jantz. Said, “It also is a symbol of belonging. A cutter usually knows other kids who are cutters and they belong in this group. So there’s a sense of identity with that as well.”These online trends often go unnoticed by parents until they become viral. Once the parents notice, psychologists are consulted and the teenagers are given the help they need. But many a times, the help arrives too late. Deliberations and debates have been going on to make internet safer for adolescents.Police of the country affected often look for the person starting such challenges so that they can eliminate the root cause. For instance, the administrator, of the Blue Whale Challenge, Ilya Sidorov, was arrested in Moscow recently.Many organisations such as Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (G.A.S.P)  which was founded, to stop the Choking game reach out the teenagers and spread awareness about the danger of such games, now exist and try to stop the trend before it spreads like a wild-fire. Related Itemsaccidental deathblue whale challengeGlobal trendIndiaOnline challengesPlankingSuicide challengesweird crazelast_img read more

Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations

Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations

first_imgFormer world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.The Class of 2017 will be announced early next year, the Newport, Rhode Island-based Hall of Fame said on Thursday.Belgium’s Clijsters bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. (Serena Williams stunned in US Open semis)A dedicated Fed Cup team member who led her team to their first title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006, Clijsters also won doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and was the world’s number one player for 19 weeks.Clijsters first retired from tennis in 2007 but returned to the sport in 2009 and, in only her third tournament back, won that year’s U.S Open as an unseeded and wild card entry. Roddick, known for his incredibly fast and powerful serve, held the world number one ranking for 13 weeks and won his only grand slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open where he closed out the match against Juan Carlos Ferrero with three straight aces. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to reach US Open final)A three-time runner-up at Wimbledon, Roddick won 32 career singles titles and was a dedicated team member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, including in 2007 when he was instrumental in leading his team to victory over Russia.Other nominees were Paralympic gold medalist Monique Kalkman, historian and journalist Steve Flink and the late tennis instructor Vic Braden.advertisementlast_img read more

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

first_imgThanjavur (TN), Apr 20 (PTI) Veterinarians at an institute here have removed 38.4 kg of plastic bags and a LED bulb from the stomach of a bull. The bull, used for jallikattu (bull taming sport), was brought to Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) of Veterinary College and Research Institute here by its owner Ayyappan of Tiruchirappalli district yesterday following anorexia and debility. On examination it was diagnosed that the animal has acute ruminal impaction following which a surgery was performed. The doctors retrieved 38.4 kg of polythene bags, a LED bulb, safety pins, nails and coir rope from the rumen of the animal after the surgery, TVCC sources said. PTI COR RClast_img read more

Oklahoma State Seems Unaffected by Its 12-Game Winning Streak

Oklahoma State Seems Unaffected by Its 12-Game Winning Streak

first_imgI was reading through the Monday presser notes on quotes today and I was struck by how … bored everybody seemed with the 10-0 start. That’s a testament to where Mike Gundy has this team and its mindset, but it’s still striking to hear 19-year-olds so unimpressed with this thing they’ve accomplished that only one other team in 114 years of Oklahoma State football has accomplished.Jordan Sterns’ comments were a sort of summary of what everybody else said. “It’s a great opportunity,” said Sterns. “It’s a lot of fun for our fans to get to come out and see us. We just have to go this week and play hard.”That’s something a starting safety on a 5-5 team says. Not a 10-0 team.“I think there’s been a lot of scenarios and a lot of experience, not only for me but for this team,” said Mason Rudolph. “There’s been a lot of adversity that we’ve had to fight through—a lot of games that were kind of close at the end. I feel like as a team we’ve come so far and have come together as a group and we just play well together.”That’s something a starting QB on an 8-2 team says. Not a 10-0 team.These aren’t just quotes I pulled to prove a point. I’ve read pretty much everything everyone has said for the last five years and this is the general sense you get from everyone this year. Ho hum, we’re 10-0. Amilian texted me earlier this week and said, “we’re 10-0 and it doesn’t seem like a big deal to anyone.”The reason for all of this, for the grounded attitude of this team while the rest of us are losing our minds is the head ball coach.“You know, it hasn’t been mentioned,” Mike Gundy said on Monday of the undefeated season. “The players don’t say much about that when they’re around us at practice and at meetings. They have matured and stayed fairly focused on what we’re doing. I don’t really hear them saying much. Do they mention that when they’re hanging out with their buddies? Probably, but I don’t hear anything about being undefeated, and I haven’t really heard much about the rankings.“They need to embrace this moment. All of us do. That’s one thing that I’ve been able to do this year. I really enjoy the team, and I think they’re maximizing who they are as individuals. As a team concept, we’re getting what we can get out of our football team. We put a lot of work in and buy into the system, and then you go home at night and go to sleep.“It has been really fun for me. I’ve said this to our coaches multiple times over the last four or five weeks, but I’ve told them to enjoy the time that we’re having and to embrace being with these guys. In today’s society, life moves too fast. You look back and you think, ‘I didn’t even enjoy that ride.’ So, I think we’ve stressed that to them, as well as the importance of the next game.”That’s some good stuff. I’m going to save that for when my kids are old enough to change their own poo and read it to them. You get the sense that, for the players anyway, this season has turned into a 14-week business trip. Go out, beat who’s on the schedule, go home and do it again the next week.That’s the only possible way you can go undefeated. You can tell they want to talk about it (badly), but there’s no point. Not yet anyway. “This is — I don’t want to say a dream season yet,” David Glidden told ESPN on Saturday. “Hopefully we can look back at the end and say that it was.”Hopefully in 11 days the dream will be a reality.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Vivo Z5 launches with Snapdragon 712, 48MP rear camera for starting price of around Rs 16,000

Vivo Z5 launches with Snapdragon 712, 48MP rear camera for starting price of around Rs 16,000

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiAugust 1, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 09:08 IST HIGHLIGHTSVivo Z5 launches in China after being subjected to several rumours and leaks.Vivo Z5 launches for starting price of CNY 1,598 that roughly translates to around Rs 16,000Vivo Z5 includes an in-display fingerprint sensor.A lot was rumoured about the Vivo Z5 ahead of the launch. The Vivo Z5 is now official and the smartphone comes with top-notch specifications. Despite packing premium specs the Vivo Z5 is pretty affordable. The Vivo Z5 launches in China for starting price of CNY 1,598 that roughly translates to around Rs 16,000. Some of the key highlights of the Vivo Z5 are Snapdragon 712 processor, triple rear cameras, waterdrop notch display, a 4,500mAh battery, among other things.The Vivo Z5 launches in four variants in China. It packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The base model of the Vivo Z5 comes paired with 6GB RAM/64GB of internal storage and costs CNY 1,598 (roughly Rs. 16,000). The other three variants are 6GB RAM + 128GB, 6GB RAM + 256GB and 8GB RAM + 128GB and they cost CNY 1,898 (roughly Rs. 19,000), CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,000) and CNY 2,298 (roughly Rs. 23,000), respectively.Let’s take a quick look at the specs of the Vivo Z5:–The Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 6.38-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It offers screen-to-body ratio of 19.5:9.–The Vivo Z5 sports waterdrop notch on the top of the screen that equip the selfie camera.–The Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 32-megapixel sensor on the front with an f/2.0 lens on top.–On the rear panel the phone includes three cameras. The Vivo Z5 includes a primary 48-megapixel image sensor with f/1.79 lens, secondary 8-megapixel sensor with wide-angle f/2.2 lens and lastly there’s a 2-megapixel sensor. The phone comes packed with Super Night View 2.0+ to improve low-light photo quality.advertisement–The phone is powered by Snapdragon 712 processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Vivo Z5 also includes Multi-Turbo features to offer enhanced gaming experience to users.– Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 4,500mAh battery with support for 22.5W Flash Charge fast charging technology. Additionally, the Vivo Z5 also supports OTG reverse charging.–The phone includes 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB with OTG support. There are sensors like accelerometer, ambient light, proximity sensor, among others.–The Vivo Z5 includes an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Vivo Z5 is already selling in China except for the 8GB RAM model of the phone. The 8GB RAM model of the Vivo phone will go on sale starting from August 6. In China, the smartphone will be available in three colour versions — Aurora Illusion, Bamboo Forest Night, and Holographic Illusion.ALSO READ | Jio may announce 3 GigaFiber plans on August 12, prices could be more than expectedALSO READ | Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 India launch today: Specs, expected priceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow android Next Vivo Z5 launches with Snapdragon 712, 48MP rear camera for starting price of around Rs 16,000Some of the key highlights of the Vivo Z5 are Snapdragon 712 processor, triple rear cameras, waterdrop notch display, a 4,500mAh battery, among other things. advertisementlast_img read more

What Is Pale Ale? Everything You Need to Know About the Basic Beer Style

What Is Pale Ale? Everything You Need to Know About the Basic Beer Style

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Previous The pale ale isn’t sexy. It’s not extreme. It’s not a palate wrecker. But, believe it or not, there was a time when this humble beer style was the hottest thing going (think of it as a reverse She’s All That). In fact, the argument can be made that the American pale ale was the spark that ignited the fuse on the craft beer revolution.From the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, craft beer pioneers like Anchor Bering and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company perfected their recipes for pale ales, taking original English ale ingredients and processes then refining them to use a balanced blend of malts and American-grown hops. Within a few years, Anchor’s Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale would help provide the financial backbone for those breweries to grow and thrive, setting the stage for more small breweries and more experimentation. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest For decades, it was the norm for every American craft brewery to offer its own signature pale ale recipe as a part of a core lineup. Within the relatively narrow parameters of the pale ale style, it became difficult to stand out. The number of pale ales lining store shelves was overwhelming. In a crowded field without much diversity, breweries began to shelve their pale ales for the more aggressive India pale ale style, where balance and moderation are rarely encouraged. As craft beer continues to grow in sheer numbers, as well as style diversity, it’s the perfect time to look back on the American pale ale, recognize its place in the pantheon, and celebrate the breweries that are still making excellent pale ales.Most American pale ales are crafted of American two-row (or similar) malt, American hops (like Cascade), and American ale yeast.Most American pale ales are crafted of American two-row (or similar) malt, American hops (like Cascade), and American ale yeast. This simple foundation creates an easy-to-drink beer with a toasted biscuit base and bright but balanced hop profile. American pale ales pour in a variety of light colors from golden to amber, hence the “pale” signifier in the name. The middle of the road mouthfeel and higher carbonation create a refreshing drink with more tooth than summer ales or light lagers. The alcohol by volume percentage hovers in the 5 to 6 percent range, enabling casual consumers to enjoy more than one in a sitting.The best way to learn about pale ales isn’t to read about them. It’s to drink them. Search out these beers for a representation of the best the style has to offer in today’s market.Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Brewing CompanyPerhaps the quintessential American pale ale, Sierra Nevada‘s all-time classic is still being brewed and is available in a wide range of formats. The pine and grapefruit hop notes will make this your favorite new (old) beer.Stone Pale Ale 2.0Stone Brewing CompanyNever one to follow the rules, Stone uses German hops in its reimagined Pale Ale 2.0 recipe. The result is a classic biscuit malt profile with accents of stone fruit and citrus.Zombie Dust3 Floyds Brewing CompanyWhile technically classified as a pale ale, Zombie Dust pushes up against the big hop signifiers of many IPAs. While the hops here are big and bold, the beer is still crushable. MOMaine Beer CompanyA show of restraint and craft, lemon and pine flavors are followed by a dry finish. MO is complex while still being an everyday, all-occasion beer. Daisy Cutter Pale AleHalf Acre Beer CompanyA balanced pale ale, Daisy Cutter provides a welcome combination of sweet and bitter. It brings a decadent dankness to the pale ale scene with bonus hints of mango and papaya. Stone Brewing/Facebook Next 1 of 2 Sierra Nevada/Facebook Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail last_img read more

Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

first_imgSpring weight restrictions on roads in all Nova Scotia counties will remain off until 12:01 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17. The Department of Transportation and Public Works may still have individual roads posted for lower weights throughout the province. Updated information on future road openings and closures is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Department of Transportation and Public Works staff will continue to monitor conditions to determine the level of frost in the roads. -30-last_img read more

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

first_imgComedian and actor Aziz Ansari is fresh off the heels of a holidays fundraising campaign for Oxfam America.As the charity’s celebrity ambassador, Ansari promotes programs that fight poverty all over the world. Huffington Post gave him the Best Subject Line Award in its recent post, 450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising. Ansari’s additional charity work includes voicing a goat in an animated for Oxfam America video and a benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.To celebrate this funnyman and his charitable pursuits, we take a look at three of his funniest moments from his breakout role in “Parks and Recreation.”Treat Yo SelfTom and Donna have a very special relationship built on a mutual loathing for being bored and an irritation for anyone who doesn’t like their retweet. When the two decide to have a day designated to the pursuit of extravagance, the result leaves would even make Kanye proud, or at least give him a little #FOMO #YOLO.Clothes: Treat yo self. Fragrances: Treat yo self. Mimosas: Treat yo self. Massages: Treat yo self. Fine leather goods: Treat. Yo. Self. Best day of the year!But the best part of Treat Yo Self day is when Tom and his partner-in-luxury Donna decide to take mercy on a stressed out Ben and invite him along on their lavish day. When Ben just can’t get excited about cashmere and buys tube socks, Donna and Tom selflessly urge him to figure out his own version of Treat Yo Self day — which delightfully leads to a whole new level of nerdiness, aka Ben in a fantastically realistic Batman suit.But the question begs to be asked: Why were we given only one Treat Yo Self day way back in 2011?! Where do we sign the petition for an annual YouTube comedy series, Aziz?! You’re kickin it with Kanye now!Snake JuiceNo two characters on “Parks and Rec” are more opposite than Ron Swanson and Tom Haverford. Tom tweets his every waking move, and Ron doesn’t trust the government as far as he could throw a bottle of Lagavulin, which is really far, but Ron would never, ever throw a bottle of whiskey.So when Tom and his over-the-top business partner John Ralphio attempt to pitch their new entrepreneurial venture, a harrowing liquor they call Snake Juice, no one expects Ron to start one of the most epic party nights in “Parks and Rec” history. While everyone from Jerry to Leslie gets adorably sloshed, Ron manages to steal the show with an iron stomach, infectious smile and a miniature sparkly black top hat. But the best part is the morning after, when everyone in the office is hung over to the extent that April has duct taped a pair of full-size pillows to her ears and Ron shows up chipper and unphased with greasy burgers to save them.DJ RoombaOf all Tom Haverford’s get-rich-quick schemes (a few of which actually worked), perhaps none was more beloved than the brilliant DJ Roomba, his iPod-playing, floor-sweeping robot that was smart enough to know that Andy was the biggest mess-maker of the group and hovered around him while bumpin’ the Black Eyed Peas. But while helping Tom move, Jerry accidentally stomps on and kills DJ Roomba, breaking Tom’s heart. Some say the halls of the Pawnee City Hall are still haunted by the ghost the R&B-loving robot that Tom called his son.last_img read more

Real Madrid to announce £86m signing of Hazard after Chelseas Europa final

Real Madrid to announce £86m signing of Hazard after Chelseas Europa final

first_imgLondon: Real Madrid will wait until after Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal to announce the signing of Eden Hazard, according to reports in France. The Belgian has one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge and he confirmed on Sunday that he’d informed the club of his decision ‘weeks ago’. While Hazard did not specify what his decision was, it’s believed he’s told Chelsea that he wants the chance to complete a dream move to Madrid to play under Zinedine Zidane. Zidane wants Hazard in for the start of pre-season and Madrid wanted to announce the deal as soon as possible. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, Chelsea play Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final in Baku in a fortnight and L’Equipe claim Real will do the Blues the courtesy of waiting until after the game to announce the signing. A fee of €100m — roughly £86m — is said to have been agreed several weeks ago, while Hazard is set to become one of the club’s highest earners. Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic in January for £58m as a replacement for Hazard and the club must deal with the exit of the Belgian during a two-window transfer ban issued by FIFA. Hazard joined the Blues in 2012 and won two league titles, one Europa League, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his seven years with the club. He was crowned PFA Player of the year in 2015 after an eye-catching season under Jose Mourinho. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersMeanwhile, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said earlier he was still in the dark over Hazard’s future. Hazard has talked about it being “a dream” to one day play for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane but Sarri said he did not know if the playmaker was set to leave swap London for Madrid. “I hope of course, like every fan of Chelsea, that he will remain with us,” he said. “But at the moment I don’t know.” “I know very well that Eden tried to do his best for seven seasons at Chelsea,” the Blues boss added. “He did very well, he has become one of the best two or three players in the world, but I think also that we have to respect him and his decision.” Sarri also cast doubt over his own position and could not say for sure if he will be at Stamford Bridge for a second season. “I think but I am not sure. I don’t know. I can say only the club asked me to get into the Champions League and we reached the target — the Champions League.” “As you know very well, I love English football.”last_img read more

Spain Eyes Gibraltar Following Brexit Vote Ceuta and Melilla Next

Spain Eyes Gibraltar Following Brexit Vote Ceuta and Melilla Next

Rabat – The Brexit vote has left Europe in a state of confusion, as governments and citizens alike wonder what this means for the continent. While the majority of England and Wales voted Leave, London, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar all overwhelmingly voted Remain. Gibraltar in particular has an uncertain future.The small British enclave sits just below Spain, strategically located at the crossing of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and Europe to Africa. The British have held it since the signing of 1713’s Treaty of Utrecht. During this time, Gibraltar has enjoyed some degree of self-governance, with notable exceptions in defense and foreign relations.As an EU territory, Gibraltar was somewhat shielded from political pressure placed upon it by the Spanish, who have aspired to retake it since its loss 300 years ago. Borders must remain open and easily accessible by EU law. The local citizens recognize the benefits of EU membership, and 95.9% of voters have accordingly chosen to Remain. An impressive 83.7% voter turnout among their 30,000 citizens was nonetheless far too small to bear significant weight among the overall United Kingdom decision. Spanish workers who commute daily to Gibraltar are likewise concerned about their future if border access becomes tighter. Minor diplomatic incidents in the past have affected border crossings and access to jobs, although those were small events compared to Brexit.The enormity of this decision is not lost on Spain. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Garcia-Margallo said this morning that “The Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before.”Over the radio, he commented that this “complete change of outlook” now “opens up new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time.” Garcia-Margallo advocated co-sovereignty, a somewhat vague power-sharing structure between the UK and Spain until the latter would eventually reclaim the enclave.Certain Moroccan hopefuls look favorably upon Spain retaking a foreign city on its mainland, expecting this to set a precedent for repatriating such foreign territories. This could provide Morocco a legal justification for taking Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish holdings on Morocco’s mainland. The three enclaves are linked by geography, political situation, and Spanish sovereignty claims. The Kingdom has invoked Ceuta and Melilla in the past when disputes arose over Gibraltar. However, Spain has shown no signs of relinquishing control of these territories.Both the governments of the UK and Gibraltar have flatly rejected any talks with the Spanish about co-sovereignty. There is as of yet no evidence that Moroccan attempts to open similar talks with Spain will meet a different response. The sovereign status of Gibraltar, and Ceuta and Melilla, is unlikely to change due to Brexit alone.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

SNC asks court to review federal decision excluding it from remediation regime

SNC asks court to review federal decision excluding it from remediation regime

MONTREAL — Arguing that federal prosecutors unreasonably excluded SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. from negotiating an agreement that could have resolved corruption and fraud charges before trial, the company has filed for a judicial review of the decision.On Oct. 10, the engineering giant announced that the Public Prosecution Service of Canada had declined to “invite” it take part in a remediation regime introduced in the Criminal Code this year.A conviction on the charges filed in 2015 could prevent the company from bidding on any federal project for up to 10 years, but SNC had hoped to reach a deal that would set them aside in return for fines, co-operation and other penalties.The request for judicial review, filed in Federal Court, cites “the extremely negative consequences the underlying legal proceedings have had and will continue to have (even in the event of an acquittal) on (SNC) and innocent stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, pensioners and stakeholders, in the absence of an invitation to negotiate.”According to the document, prosecutors provided SNC no explanation why they judged it would not be “appropriate” for the company to take part in the remediation regime.SNC is “in the dark as to how they failed to meet the requirement of ‘appropriateness,’ or why the public interest requirement, though met, has apparently been ignored,” the document says.It adds that prosecutors failed to consider information SNC provided “regarding the turnover of senior management and the severance of any individuals who might have directed, condoned or participated in the wrongdoing which gave rise to the charges.”The company had offered to have its president and CEO, Neil Bruce, meet with prosecutors to explain why remediation was crucial. The announcement of the refusal to negotiate sent SNC stock plunging to its lowest level since 2016.The request for judicial review comes as a preliminary hearing into the charges opened this week in Montreal to determine whether the evidence merits moving forward with a criminal trial.In February 2015, the RCMP charged SNC and two subsidiaries with paying nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions under the Moammar Gadhafi regime. The RCMP also hit the Montreal-based company, its construction division and a subsidiary with one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of about $130 million.An RCMP officer testified before Judge Claude Leblond, who placed a publication ban on all evidence presented at the hearing.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) read more

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts 101B net income for 2Q paying govt

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts 101B net income for 2Q paying govt

WASHINGTON – Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $10.1 billion in the second quarter, aided by the recovery in the housing market. The government-controlled company has turned a profit in each of the past six quarters.Fannie said Thursday it will pay a dividend of $10.2 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month. It made no request for additional federal aid.The company said the rise in home prices during the quarter enabled it to reduce its reserves set aside for losses on mortgages, helping boost its net income.The earnings for April through June period compared with net income of $5.1 billion in the second quarter of 2012.The government rescued Fannie and smaller sibling Freddie Mac during the financial crisis after both incurred massive losses on risky mortgages. The companies received loans totalling about $187 billion.Washington-based Fannie said it expects to remain profitable “for the foreseeable future.”Once the second-quarter dividend is paid, Washington-based Fannie will have repaid $105 billion of the roughly $116 billion it received from taxpayers.The latest quarterly gain followed a record $58.7 billion net income in the first quarter, when Fannie capitalized on tax benefits it had saved from its losses on loans during the crisis. It paid a first-quarter dividend of $59.4 billion to the Treasury.The housing recovery that began last year has made Fannie and Freddie profitable again. Together they will have paid back next month about $146 billion of their government loans. Those payments are helping make this year’s federal budget deficit the smallest since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, worth about $5 trillion. Along with other federal agencies, they back roughly 90 per cent of new mortgages.Fannie and Freddie don’t directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available and exert influence over the housing market.Freddie, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that it earned $5 billion in the April-June period, its seventh straight profitable quarter. It will pay a dividend of $4.4 billion to the Treasury. And the company said it has $28.6 billion of the sort of tax benefits that Fannie applied in the first quarter. Freddie said it will consider tapping all or a portion of that amount in coming quarters.The two companies reported solid quarterly earnings the same week that Obama proposed a broad overhaul of the U.S. mortgage finance system — including winding down Fannie and Freddie. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left “holding the bag” for the mortgage giants’ risky moves.Obama wants to replace them with a system that would put the private sector, not the government, primarily at risk for the loans. The government would still be involved, both in oversight and as a last-resort loan guarantor. Obama also wants a guarantee that private lenders will make sure homeowners have access to 30-year fixed mortgages.A fix to the housing finance system is unlikely to be easy, however. Obama’s plan is in line with bipartisan Senate legislation. But most House Republicans want the market almost completely privatized, while many Democrats insist on government having a larger role. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 8:08 am MDT Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts $10.1B net income for 2Q; paying gov’t $10.2B read more

Jack Shepherd says animal instinct inspired him to flee as he lands

Jack Shepherd says animal instinct inspired him to flee as he lands

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jack Shepherd, the so-called speedboat killer, claimed he was “driven by an animal instinct” when he decided to flee justice, as he yesterday boarded a plane to Britain.The 31-year-old spent months hiding in Georgia after disappearing ahead of his trial for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, who died while on a date in his speedboat in 2015.A huge international manhunt was launched to find Shepherd after he was sentenced in his absence to six years in prison last summer, ending only when he handed himself in to authorities in Tbilisi in January.The fugitive spent more than two months awaiting extradition in a Georgian jail and finally landed at Gatwick airport last night before police escorted him away ahead of his appearance in the Old Bailey today. Asked by a BBC reporter about his decision to run from authorities, he replied: “It wasn’t premeditated, as some have said, but it was just a case of being driven by an animal instinct, fear, and just jumping on a plane really without much of a plan.”Shepherd is due to appear at the Old Bailey in London this morning.Angela Deal, head of extradition at the CPS said: “Jack Shepherd has returned to the UK to face justice following close co-operation between the CPS Extradition Unit, UK colleagues and the Georgian authorities, to ensure a successful extradition. read more

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

When he wakes up on Sunday morning after the men’s 100m final on Saturday night, Usain Bolt wants to see headlines screaming, Unbeatable, Unstoppable.“Usain Bolt is retiring unbeatable over the individual event. For me that would be the headline. Unbeatable, Unstoppable Usain Bolt,” said the man who is considered a legend of sports, not just athletics.Usain BoltBolt, who will turn 31 on August 21, has called an end to a magnificent career at the end of the World Championships after winning almost everything in front of him starting as a precarious 15-year-old at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Jamaica in 2002.He went on to win nine Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championships titles and said it felt good when a sportsman can call it quits while on top.“For me, it’s great. Anybody that decides when they need to retire, when they need to walk away from anything they doing is always a great feeling. That means you are satisfied with what you have done throughout the years and you feel accomplished. So, for me, it’s a wonderful feeling,” he noted at a crowded Puma press conference yesterday in London.The sprint legend dismissed the notion that he might be tempted to change his mind after retiring from the sport. In fact, he is anxiously looking forward to being a spectator.“I am looking forward to it. Sitting down talking…I don’t know where I will be watching it from, sure I will be betting on somebody to win and that’s the fun part of it,” said Bolt.“The next championships should be fun because I will be watching to see who can hold the nerves, especially if somebody is running good all season, then to see who can hold their nerves. So I am looking forward to that,” he added.Meanwhile, Bolt also watched tributes on a big screen from close friend, sprinter Asafa Powell, actor Samuel L Jackson, and French footballer Thierry Henry, and Sang Tao, the cameraman who sensationally knocked Bolt down in Beijing in 2015.“As a friend, a competitor and a teammate, I just want to thank you for all you have done for the sport. You have done an amazing job and I want to thank you for all you have done for track and field in the entire world,” said Powell, whose world record of 9.74secs Bolt lowered to 9.72secs in 2008.“I also want to congratulate you on being the second best athlete of Jamaica’s track and field history,” said Powell, with a laugh. (Howard Walker/ Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGatlin guns for Bolt one last timeAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Bolt will only run 100m and 4x100m in London farewellJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”De Grasse says time has come to leave Bolt’s shadowJuly 31, 2017In “latest news” read more

Awesome flowchart helps you pick through NPRs Top 100 SciFi and Fantasy

Awesome flowchart helps you pick through NPRs Top 100 SciFi and Fantasy

first_imgBack during the dog days of summer, we told you about a list of the Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books according to National Public Radio readers. Over 5,000 books were nominated and 60,000 people voted. There were definitely some upsets in the mix; not only were some books ranked much lower than fans would like, other books didn’t make it on to the Top 100 list at all.Besides reading through the entire list of 100 books, it may be difficult to know which of the hundred you want to start with. Sure, you could work your way from No. 1 down to No. 100, but there’s definitely a mixed bag on there. Take just the top 11: You have Lord of the Rings, 1984, The Princess Bride, Fahrenheit 451 – what if your idea of a good book involves spaceships and aliens? How do you know where to look?The SF Signal designed a very clever and mesmerizing flowchart of NPR’s Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. There are 100 end points and 325 decision points. The designer of the flowchart also managed to impart his or her sense of pithy humor in the decision points, so some questions will literally make you laugh out loud. Judging by the comments, a few teachers loved it so much that they want to hang it in their classrooms.The designer could definitely continue making these flowcharts, as NPR does an annual summer “reader’s choice” poll. This flowchart can literally take up your entire lunch break, so make sure you have some time to really explore this magnificent piece of art.via SF Signallast_img read more

Researchers develop solar cell with world record 447 efficiency

Researchers develop solar cell with world record 447 efficiency

first_imgIn the search for viable solar cells, bigger is not always better. Simply making large solar panels to gather more light is expensive, and logistically difficult to maintain. Researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute have made an impressive advance in the area of concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) with a solar cell with world record efficiency of 44.7%. That may not sound like a lot, but most traditional photovoltaic cells are still much lower.It has taken three years of research for the experimental cell to leapfrog the competition on its way to breaking 50% efficiency, which researchers expect to reach in the not too distant future. The new cell relies on four individual solar-absorbing sub-cells to transform the electromagnetic radiation from the sun into useful electricity. The sub-cells are made out of different semiconductor materials and stacked on top of one another. Each sub-cell absorbs a slightly different range of the solar spectrum.CPV solar technology is the key to hitting these higher numbers because it doesn’t rely on the standard solar intensity we’re all used to. CPV uses lenses to focus the sun’s rays onto smaller solar cells. Not only does this allow for higher efficiencies, it takes up much less space. The new cell from the German Fraunhofer Institute is working with solar concentrations 297 times normal.The experimental cell is small, but the team believes the technology is scalable. The researchers have managed to increase efficiency over one percentage point in just four months of work. If that kind of progress keeps up, this new breed of solar cells could become a serious contender for solar power generation around the world.last_img read more

Facebook un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton Jaime

Facebook un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton Jaime

first_imgFacebook : un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton “J’aime”Le Land allemand de Schleswig-Holstein a demandé aux sites Internet basés sur son territoire de supprimer le bouton “J’aime” de Facebook. Celui-ci atteindrait à la réglementation européenne en matière de protection de la vie privée, selon les autorités allemandes. Après la reconnaissance faciale, c’est une autre des fonctions de Facebook que l’Allemagne a dans le collimateur. En effet, le Land de Schleswig-Holstein, situé au nord du pays, a demandé aux sites Internet basés sur son territoire de supprimer le bouton “J’aime” de Facebook. Motif : le bouton ne serait pas conforme à la législation allemande et aux réglementations européennes en matière de protection de la vie privée.À lire aussiLe fantôme de “Big Brother” pousse les autorités de San Francisco à agirEn effet, Thilo Weicher, commissaire à la protection des données et instigateur de cette démarche, explique que cliquer sur “J’aime” permettrait à Facebook de dresser des profils d’utilisateurs et ce, même lorsque les internautes ne sont pas membres du réseau social, rapporte France Soir. Il précise ainsi : “Facebook peut tracer tous les clics sur un site web, voir combien de temps je suis dessus, ce qui m’intéresse”. Suite à cette découverte, l’Etat allemand a donc fixé un délai d’un peu plus d’un mois (jusqu’à fin septembre) pour que les sites Internet suppriment le bouton. S’ils refusent de le faire, ils encourent alors une amende de 50.000 euros, note ZDnet.fr. De son côté, Facebook a rapidement réagi en confirmant que ces données étaient bien collectées mais se voyaient supprimées au bout de 90 jours. “Nous rejetons toutes les accusations selon lesquelles Facebook ne se plierait pas aux standards européens de la protection des données. Le bouton J’aime de Facebook est si populaire parce que les gens ont un contrôle complet sur la façon dont leurs informations sont partagées à travers celui-ci”,  a commenté Patrick Noyes cité par France Soir.Le 22 août 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sangliers morts les analyses écartent la piste de lempoisonnement

Sangliers morts les analyses écartent la piste de lempoisonnement

first_imgSangliers morts : les analyses écartent la piste de l’empoisonnement La préfecture des Côtes d’Armor a indiqué que les analyses réalisées sur les cadavres des sangliers morts en juillet dernier avaient définitivement écarté la piste de l’empoisonnement par des herbicides ou des insecticides, confirmant à nouveau la responsabilité des algues vertes. Les analyses sont formelles : un empoisonnement par des herbicides ou des insecticides n’est pas la cause de la mort des sangliers et du ragondin retrouvés en juillet dans l’estuaire du Gouessant. C’est ce qu’a indiqué vendredi la préfecture des Côtes d’Armor, suite aux nouveaux tests réalisés sur les cadavres des animaux. Ces nouveaux résultats semblent donc confirmer la piste des algues vertes, déjà avancée par de précédentes analyses.  À lire aussiEn Russie, une décharge de bouteilles se métamorphose en une incroyable plage de verreEn effet, au mois d’août, ces dernières avaient révélé des traces d’hydrogène sulfuré (H2S), un gaz toxique justement émis par les algues vertes en décomposition. Toutefois, la piste de l’empoisonnement par des herbicides ou insecticides n’avait pas encore été écartée pour expliquer l’hécatombe des 36 sangliers. Les analyses n’avaient mis hors de cause que certains poisons et des cyanobactéries, alors qu’un taux record de H2S avait été détecté chez le ragondin mort. A la remise des résultats, la préfecture des Côtes-d’Armor avait alors indiqué à l’AFP : “en l’état actuel des données, les seuls résultats significatifs portent sur le H2S”, précisant que de nouveaux tests allaient être effectués.Aujourd’hui, seuls les résultats d’analyse de l’air n’ont pas encore été communiqués mais le seront prochainement. Sur la côte bretonne, 53.000 mètres cubes d’algues vertes ont été ramassées depuis les premiers échouages de 2011, selon un bilan établi par la préfecture de région. Cela représente tout de même une augmentation de 11% par rapport à l’an dernier.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nokia NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la

Nokia NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la

first_imgNokia : NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la marqueFort du succès de la gamme Lumia, Nokia va équiper ses prochaines smartphones de la technologie NFC et du chargement sans fil par induction.La gamme Lumia de Nokia (notre photo) séduit beaucoup les utilisateurs de smartphones. Plus d’un million d’appareils ont été vendus en deux mois, selon Business Mobile. Loin de s’en tenir à cet excellent démarrage, le fabricant finlandais annonce encore des innovations pour séduire toujours plus d’usagers.La technologie d’échange et de paiement sans contact NFC (Near Field Communication) équipera donc prochainement un nouveau smartphone, qui devrait être vendu à l’automne. Ce sera tout simplement le premier Windows Phone équipé de cette technologie, très appréciée des utilisateurs. Une équation qui pourrait bien s’avérer gagnante pour Nokia.Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque selon Marko Ahtisaari, responsable du design, Nokia proposera aussi la technologie de recharge par induction afin de créer des smartphones ultra-fins, dépourvus de prise de recharge microUSB. Nokia se donne donc les moyens de revenir au niveau de Samsung et Apple, qui dominent le marché des smartphones actuellement.Le 2 février 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more