Aligarh: Amid outrage over the murder of a toddler here, authorities on Friday suspended five policemen for negligence and began proceedings to invoke the stringent NSA against the two men who allegedly killed her over a Rs 10,000 loan.The decomposed body of the two-and-a-half-year-old was found in a garbage dump three days after she was reported missing by her family in Tappal township, police said. The policemen, including a Station House Officer, were suspended for alleged delay in registering the case after the girl was reported missing on May 30, and also for delaying the probe which eventually led to the discovery of her body on June 2, officials said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe post-mortem examination confirmed death due to strangulation. It has not found any sign of sexual assault but this cannot be ruled out at this stage. The murder triggered a massive outrage on social media, with political leaders and celebrities tweeting their disgust over the brutality of the crime. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights sought a report from district authorities. Replying to questions from reporters in Lucknow, ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “The case will be fast-tracked. POCSO will also be included in the FIR. As of now, sexual assault is not ruled out.” Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceTappal police station officials registered the case on May 31, a day after she had gone missing. Two suspects have been arrested. The accused Zahid and Aslam have confessed to killing the girl after her father failed to return Rs 10,000 he had borrowed from them, police said in a statement. Asked about the suspension of police officials, SSP Kulhari said that it was done on the basis of the inquiry conducted by circle officer Pankaj Srivastva. A neighbour said the girl was playing outside her home with other children on May 30 before she disappeared. Her uncle said police did not take action when they reported that the child has gone missing. SSP Kulhari said proceedings have begun to charge the duo under the National Security Act. A six-member SIT has been formed to investigate the case and a female inspector had been appointed to carry forward the probe, he said.
Kolkata: England all-rounder Joe Denly is looking at the ongoing Indian Premier League to impress upon the national selectors and guarantee his place in this year’s World Cup squad. Denly’s form in white ball cricket for Kent in 2018 has brought him on the selectors’ radar for a spot in England’s World Cup squad. He recorded an average of 70.28 in the Royal London One-Day Cup for Kent, besides scoring 409 runs in 12 innings — including two fifties and a hundred — in the Vitality Blast. With his part-time leg-spin, Denly also scalped 20 wickets at an average of 16.75 and an economy rate of 7.76. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHaving also played in the recent T20I series against the West Indies, Denly hopes to get selectors’ attention by doing well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. “I want to play as many games as I can. It’s important leading up to the World Cup. Hopefully I get some game time here and can contribute to some good performances. And then hopefully the England selectors will be watching them,” said Denly, who recently made his Test debut for England in the lost series against the West Indies. KKR boast of a star-studded foreign players line-up and Denly is still waiting in the pipeline for a dream IPL debut. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have some good players in the franchise and I think it’s a great position to be in. Hopefully, I can put my hands up and be in games,” he said. “I am coming here on the back of a busy winter. I have been to the West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am used to these hot conditions. So I feel like I am well acclimatised and ready to go.” Hosts England are considered as strong favourites to lift their maiden World Cup title this year, but Denly thinks otherwise and said their sole aim would be to play their best cricket in every game.
Washington – The expulsion by Algeria of Syrian refugees, including women and children, to Moroccan borders was condemned by US experts as immoral and shocking, all the more as this act comes at a time where the international community, and not only the Arab-Islamic nation, is concerned by the serious humanitarian situation in this country.“How can civilized nations turn their back to desperate Syrians seeking refuge” wonders Peter Pham, head of the Atlantic council’s African center, who called this a “regrettable gesture”.While stressing that he was not surprised by this act, the expert noted that the Algerian regime has been for a long time disregarding all international conventions related to refugees’ rights by allowing a guerilla group to sequester on its territory (Tindouf camps) populations for cynical considerations. Peter Pham also argues that by expelling Syrian refugees, the Algerian authorities are violating neighborliness principles and seriously jeopardizing the region peoples’ aspirations to economic integration.For Joe Grieboski, chairman of the administrative board of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP), Washington, considers that this “immoral” expulsion of Syrian refugees experiencing an extremely vulnerable situation is a “typical” practice by Algerian authorities who are once again “shying away from their international obligations”.“It is no surprise”, says Grieboski, knowing that for three decades now Algerian authorities have not been concerned and did not show any sign of humanitarian feeling for sub-Sahran refugees on its borders not for the plague of populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps.This deportation is actually a form of support to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and shows that the Algerian regime does not heed the tragedy experienced by the Syrians, he went on.By expelling the Syrian refugees, Algerian authorities fail to show any empathy for a humanitarian tragedy, he charged.
A downturn in the housing market may not be as bad as feared because the important 25-34 age group will continue to buy houses — some with help from their well-off parents, says a senior economist at CIBC World Markets.The analysis takes aim at a theory that population growth won’t be strong enough to sustain demand, putting downward pressure on housing prices that have risen dramatically during a years-long period of low interest rates.“This demographically driven fear is much ado about nothing,” Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets, said Thursday.Demographic projections suggest there will be fewer Canadians under the age of 25 and between the ages of 45 and 54, but Tal notes those groups account for a small portion of home buyers.This is actually the first generation that the parents are better off than the kids and those parents will write a nice chequeTal said the group aged between 25 and 34 — the age group that makes up the vast majority of first-time buyers — will continue to grow.While that growing population of young people may have to postpone buying a house for a couple of years due to their student debt level, their parents can help them out, Tal said from Toronto.“Many of those young people, they’re lucky, they have wealthy parents,” Tal said in an interview after his housing report was published.“This is actually the first generation that the parents are better off than the kids and those parents will write a nice cheque,” he said. “The student debt level is not significant enough to really kill the housing market.”This group of young people also have the option of living with their parents while paying down their debt and saving for a down payment, he said.[np-related /]Tal said once they move out, the younger generation will be “extremely dynamic” in terms of self-employment and being employable, which will help them buy houses.“They will be employable, they will work and they will make money.”But Capital Economics economist David Madani said while the 25-34 age group is helping drive sales they are more vulnerable to downturns.“Right now, if a younger person has put down a small deposit on a home, let’s say in the last couple of years, obviously they are the most exposed to a price decline,” said Madani, Canada economist at the Toronto-based Capital Economics.“So they could see the little amount of equity that they do have in their homes go up in a puff of smoke. That leaves them significantly under water.”Madani said average house prices in major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary could drop by 25% in the next couple of years.The Canadian average price for homes sold in July 2012 was $353,147, down two% from the same month last year. Excluding Greater Vancouver from the calculation, the average was up 1.1% from a year ago.It’s harder for younger people to buy homes because mortgage lending rules have been tightened, he said.“I’m sure there’s some fraction out there whose folks belong to richer families and therefore their mum or dad gives them a deposit,” said Madani.“That’s all well and good, but what happens when house prices begin to fall?”But Tal also sees immigrants continuing to contribute to home ownership in Canada.With more of an emphasis on skills when they come to Canada, they will be more employable and have money to buy houses, he said.“In fact, after 10 years in Canada the propensity among immigrants to own a house is higher than among native born Canadians,” Tal said in his report.He expects a correction, or lowering, in housing prices will not be seen as “being up in the sky” and should follow inflation.Tal added that growth in the housing market could be even stronger due to immigration.Overall, the CIBC economist said the next decade will see an annual population growth of 0.9%, in line with growth seen in the past decade — a period of strong demand for residential real-estate and a sharp jump in housing prices.“It’s not about everything is rosy, it’s about what is after the storm clouds.”He said the 1991 downturn in the housing market was accompanied by a severe recession and demand for housing went down. Follow FP Personal Finance on Facebook
CALGARY — It may seem odd to hear Big Oil tout a policy that would make it costlier to do business.But experts say recent calls for a carbon tax have pragmatic — not just public relations — motivations.Michal Moore, an energy economist at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said savvy companies see a higher price of carbon as “inevitable” and want to influence how those policies take shape.That’s why the likes of Suncor Energy boss Steve Williams have been publicly advocating tougher carbon pricing, Moore said.Look, we’re not going to be blindsided by whatever comes down the road When it comes to the impacts of climate change, there’s no “plausible denial anymore,” he said. Take, for instance, the drought ravaging California.“I can’t read Steve’s mind of course, but I can certainly create good reasons why it makes sense to get out ahead of this and to send a signal to your investors: ‘Look, we’re not going to be blindsided by whatever comes down the road,’” Moore said.Williams, whose company is Canada’s dominant oilsands producer, made his carbon price pitch at a speech in Calgary last month, the sentiments of which were echoed by an executive with Cenovus Energy, another major oilsands player.But the push came with a caveat: that any carbon tax be “broad-based” — applied to consumers and industry alike.Alberta’s current carbon pricing regime expires at the end of this month, and it’s not clear yet how exactly it will change under the province’s newly elected NDP government.The Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, the first scheme of its kind in North America, currently charges $15 a tonne for large industrial emitters that exceed a certain threshold. There have been calls to replace it with something more stringent and far-reaching.Terence Corcoran: When Big Oil champions a carbon tax, we’d best be sure we know what the industry is up toCarbon tax should apply to companies and consumers, says Suncor Energy Inc’s CEO“If you’re a policy taker, sometimes you don’t like the policy that you get,” said Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, an environmental think tank.Suncor has not only come out in favour of stronger carbon pricing, but has stated how it wants such a policy to look, he said.“I’m sure that was heard up in Edmonton.”Last month, the CEOs of six major European energy companies signed a letter to the United Nations making a similar pitch ahead of the Paris climate change talks later this year.“Pricing carbon obviously adds a cost to our production and our products — but carbon pricing policy frameworks will contribute to provide our businesses and their many stakeholders with a clear road map for future investment, a level playing field for all energy sources across geographies and a clear role in securing a more sustainable future,” the letter said.Energy firms want certainty and consistency, said Warren Mabee, an energy policy expert at Queen’s University.“Nobody wants a situation where there are a few jurisdictions where there is no carbon price, and yet the companies are playing on the international market,” he said.Dave Sawyer, an environmental economist with CMC Research Institutes, said companies like Suncor are trying to show they’re “good corporate citizens” and are onside with public sentiment.But they’re also “afraid of bad policy.”“Are they going to try to influence the design of that policy and minimize the impact? Absolutely. That’s their job.”The Canadian Press
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Speaking to journalists in the Swiss city, the veteran negotiator confirmed that he had held “intensive” consultations with Sergey Lavrov (Russia), Mevlut Cavusoglu (Turkey) and Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iran).“In close consultation with the Secretary-General, I believe that there is an extra mile to go in the marathon effort to ensure the necessary package for a credible, balanced and inclusive constitutional committee,” Mr de Mistura said, “and for including a balanced chairing arrangement and drafting body and voting threshold – to be established under UN auspices in Geneva.”The establishment of a 150-member constitutional committee for Syria was agreed at peace talks held in Sochi, Russia, in January, with a view to creating a new more inclusive system of governance in Syria, in the post-war era.At a UN Security Council briefing in October, Mr de Mistura noted that the Government of Syria had proposed that the UN withdraw a list of 50 individuals that the organization had suggested should serve on the committee.This “Middle Third List” included delegates that represented Syrian experts, civil society, independents, tribal leaders and women.At what was likely his last press conference in Geneva before stepping down as UN Special Envoy for Syria after more than four years in the post, Mr de Mistura explained that he would be going to UN headquarters in New York to consult with the Secretary-General and to brief the Security Council on developments on Thursday.I would like to underline the importance of the international community to unite as one in the period ahead to enable the political process as mandated by the Security Council to move forward. – UN Special Envoy Staffan de MisturaHis comments come after more than seven years of conflict that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced millions and destroyed Syria’s economy and infrastructure.Noting that his successor, Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen, would start work on 7 January, Mr de Mistura stressed “the determination of the UN to continue its efforts for the Syrian people. I would like to underline the importance of the international community to unite as one in the period ahead to enable the political process as mandated by the Security Council to move forward.”Veteran negotiator stepping down for personal reasonsDespite having to deal with numerous challenges during his time as a UN Envoy, Mr de Mistura said he was stepping down for personal, not professional, reasons.“I am not tired, I am not frustrated, in our job we cannot afford to be frustrated, otherwise you would not be a mediator,” he said. “You can’t be a doctor and be frustrated by diseases. But I did so because a: at a certain point you need to draw a line on your personal life as well, at least for a period. And b: because I found an excellent successor who I know will be not only doing along the lines of what we have done, but do even better”.Mr de Mistura highlighted Mr Guterres’s “appreciation” of the efforts by Iran, Russia and Turkey to work with each other “and the Syrian parties” on the constitutional committee, as well as other high-level meetings.These included an encounter between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Danang in 2017, the UN official noted, and another between the Presidents of France, Germany, Russia and Turkey in October this year.“These consultations were a key part of our own intensive effort at the request of the Secretary-General to fundamentally advance the possibility of establishing a Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated constitutional committee in order to draft for a popular approval a constitutional reform,” Mr de Mistura said, “as a contribution to the political settlement in Syria that gives effect to the Sochi Final Statement of 30 January 2018, within the context of the Geneva process to implement Security Council resolution 2254”.Ahead of the UN Special Envoy’s press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov read a joint statement outlining the “positive results” of consultations by Russia, Turkey and Iran with Syrian parties over the composition of the constitutional committee.Its work should be “governed by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement”, Mr Lavrov said, adding that the aim was for it to receive “the widest possible support” of Syrians, leading to “the launch of a viable and lasting Syrian-led, Syrian-owned and UN-facilitated political process”.
David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber series, will judge the upcoming Monster Pitch, a student entrepreneurial pitch competition run by Brock’s Goodman School of Business students in January.Chilton will join returning judges Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round13; Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows and a much sought-after speaker, Chilton is passionate about the field of personal finance and mixes humour and common sense to help people handle their money more wisely in his books The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns. He has also published a number of bestselling cookbooks.Inspired by the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, Monster Pitch is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group student club. It’s supported by the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.In its seventh year, the pitch competition will see four Brock University student teams present their business ideas to the judging panel for a chance to win a prize package worth more than $12,500 in cash and in-kind startup support services.“This is an important event for our school,” says Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes. “It demonstrates the strength of our students and their ability to get in front of people and show the richness of their ideas and entrepreneurial experience.”Gaudes said the positive comments from judges over the years “show how strong our students are and how well our programs prepare them.”“The strength of the judges shows their interest in working with our faculty, staff and students in a successful event like Monster Pitch,” he said.The finalists pitching their ideas will be in good company, as they will share the Monster Pitch stage with two prominent entrepreneurs.The event will open with Steeped Tea founder Tonia Jahshan sharing her experience on Dragons’ Den in 2012, when she received investment from judges Chilton and Jim Treliving after successfully pitching her business plan.A keynote address will then be given by Welland native Anthony Lacavera, founder and chairman of Globalive Capital and founder of Wind Mobile, Canada’s fourth-largest wireless carrier.Brock Innovation Group President Josiah Dueck, a fourth-year business student, said the planning for Monster Pitch is extensive, but said “it’s all worth it.”“Monster Pitch is a unique opportunity for students to pitch and get feedback from celebrity judges and industry professionals, and to get that experience in order to move forward with their businesses,” Dueck said.The competition takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The event is open to everyone and tickets are now on sale for $5.
The Big Ten relinquished a 3-0 lead in the Challenge early Tuesday night, and eventually needed OSU’s victory to finalize the Big Ten’s first win in 11 tries. Turner said it has been frustrating to constantly hear about ACC’s dominance over the Big Ten and the rest of the country. In the second half it was all OSU. The Buckeyes forced FSU to play fast with their smaller lineup and pushed a lead to more than 20. Florida State fought back within two, but that was the closest the Seminoles would come all night. OSU opened its lead back up to 11 at halftime with key shots and strong defense. “That’s a championship right there. It’s huge,” Turner said jokingly about the win. “You can’t say this is the biggest night of our lives, [though]. We’ve had some pretty big nights.” The game played out the same way the Big Ten/ACC Challenge had early on. Like the rest of the Big Ten, OSU garnered an early lead, but just as its conference had done, the Bucks left the door open. But when in doubt, the Buckeyes and their conference pulled it out. Junior Jon Diebler used guard Evan Turner’s penetration to set up big shots for three. He knocked down six of 12, scoring 22 on the night. Turner again set the pace for OSU, immediately penetrating and scoring within seconds of the tip-off. Effective penetration to the basket is something Turner excels at even though he was unable to utilize in OSU’s only loss of the season, to North Carolina. “Our penetration and our shooters were really amazing tonight and we really complement each other well,” Turner said. “That was key for us.” His 25 points on 10-17 shooting led the Buckeyes. He also added 13 rebounds and five assists. The Ohio State men’s basketball team triumphed over Florida State, 77-64, Wednesday in the final game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.The Buckeyes put the final nail in the ACC’s coffin, giving the Big Ten the deciding win and its first ever victory in the Challenge’s 11-year history. Turner joked earlier in the week that if the Challenge was tied at five games apiece, a victory would call for confetti and cutting down the nets. No nets were removed after Big Ten’s first ever win over the ACC, but a ton of pressure finally was.
Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss delivers a pass during the Buckeyes’ game against Louisville on Nov. 12. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorPlaying on the same court on which the 2018 Final Four will take place, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 9 Louisville played a back-and-forth contest featuring a high pace and 60 combined 3-point attempts. But just two days after the Buckeyes took down No. 10 Stanford 85-64, they could not defeat their second top-10 opponent in a row.Behind junior guard Asia Durr’s 47 points, the Louisville women’s basketball team staved off a fourth-quarter comeback from Ohio State which sent the game into overtime and beat the Buckeyes 95-90 Sunday evening at Nationwide Arena.Durr hit shot after shot from beyond the arc, finishing 16-for-29 from the field and 9-for-15 on 3-point attempts. The Cardinals rode her to victory as she scored 13 of her team’s 15 overtime points.Ohio State made a run late in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drilled a 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining to give Ohio State its first lead since the beginning of the third quarter. It came back from an eight-point deficit with 4:55 remaining to pull ahead of the Cardinals.With Louisville leading by one point, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga rejected forward Myisha Hines-Allen’s shot with 10 seconds remaining. Mitchell recovered the ball and raced up the court, but was fouled by guard Jazmine Jones. She converted just one of two free throws to tie the game at 80. Mitchell seemed nonexistent in the first half as she entered halftime with just three points. But the preseason All-American exploded down the stretch, scoring 23 of her 26 points in the in the second half. She added a game-high eight assists.Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper added 21 points and seven rebounds. Mavunga, who had 23 points and 26 rebounds against Stanford, was held in check for most of the game. She had just four points and six rebounds in 30 minutes. She and Mitchell fouled out in overtime.Ohio State’s success — or failure — was based on its ability to hit 3-pointers. Ohio State made 17 of 40 3-pointers, but could not find consistent offense when it did not hit 3s. When the Buckeyes struggled to connect from deep, they fell behind while Louisville efficiently converted on 36-of-73 shots from the field and made 12-of-20 3-pointers. But when Ohio State hit consecutive triples, it pulled closer to Louisville.Though Louisville led for 38:16 of the game, the Buckeyes constantly remained in striking distance. Ohio State led for just 4:02, but trailed by no more than nine points in the second half.The Cardinals dominated the interior, collecting 47 rebounds while Ohio State grabbed just 29 boards. Of Louisville’s rebounds, 13 came on the offensive glass, which assisted them in putting up 15 second-chance points.Ohio State found an unlikely source of offense in the first half in senior guard Asia Doss, who scored just three points in the season opener.Down 21-13 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Doss found herself with the ball in her hands and the shot clock winding down. She launched a 3-pointer and swished the long-range shot. Then on the next possession, an open Doss drained her second shot from beyond the arc in a row. Trailing by 13 points in the second quarter, Ohio State seemed in danger of falling behind by a deficit from which it could not recover. But Doss drained another 3-pointer, sparking the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes went on a 14-2 run in the final 3:50 of the half to pull back within one point and went into halftime trailing 41-40. Mitchell punctuated the run when she hit her first shot of the game, a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the half. She went 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the half and led the team with 17 points. No one else on her team had more than six first-half points. Doss finished with 19 points.Ohio State will be back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the Buckeyes take on Idaho in their first game of the season at the Schottenstein Center.
AS ADULTS, IT’S easy to see why the household jobs given to us in our youth seemed so horrible.It’s because they were.Clearly, parents delegate the jobs that they simply can’t face doing to their children, resulting in hours and hours of misery and strife. So cruel!Here are 12 jobs that made your young life a living hell. (You may even find yourself doling out these tasks now if you have children.)Dusting and polishingTake everything off the shelves, put everything back on. Take everything off, put everything back on.Nightmare.Cutting the grass Obviously if you have a slick ride-on lawnmower it’s a different story. Although if you have a slick ride-on lawnmower your parents will probably be happy to do this job themselves.Hot, dirty, sweaty. The novelty of being allowed to use the lawnmower wears off after the first five minutes.Picking stones out of the field Source: bawoodvineLiterally picking up stones out of the ground.Clearing out the garage/attic/shed Source: UnnarYmirThis is the kind of big job your parents would announce on a Thursday so that you knew you weren’t allowed to make any plans with your mates for the Saturday.It was a ‘family job’ that everyone had to get in on and it would probably last all day. The thing is, you didn’t even use the bloody garage or care in the least about the clearout. MISERY.Raking leaves It seemed entirely pointless, and depending on the size of your garden could be very labour intensive.If you had an aversion to slugs and worms there was an added element of terror as well as each sweep of the rake revealed the creepy crawly underworld.Picking up the dog dirt in your back gardenLet’s be honest, no one enjoys picking poo off the ground.Cleaning the bathroom Source: serenejournalThere are lots of nooks and crannies in the bathroom, and getting things done to your parents’ standard was always a challenge.Just when you thought you were finished someone would start going on about streaks on the mirror.Minding your siblingsThis really shouldn’t have been such a big deal, but it always seemed like such a chore. Probably because your brothers and sisters were clearly put on Earth to annoy you.Washing the dishesFood congealed onto pots and pans and a sink full of dirty water do not a fun time make.Walking the dogEven if you loved your dog, you probably didn’t relish having to wrap up on Winter nights to take it for a walk.Sweeping and mopping Unless, of course, you have one of these cat mops. No one minds mopping with a cat mop.Tedious, time consuming, and seemingly never ending. If you get given this as your ‘job’ you’ll feel like you never finish.Taking out the rubbishBIN JUICE.Rihanna’s Instagram photos used as evidence in Thailand>Is ‘BatDad’ the coolest Dad ever?>
Greece’s main trade fair was officially opened Saturday by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Afterwards Mr Samaras delivered an address to representatives of local government, the state and the business community. The fair has considerable political significance as it is where the government traditionally outlines its economic policy for the coming twelve months. Prime ministers also traditionally gave a press conference on the second day of the fair, but Samaras last year dispensed with the event. Unions are planning large demonstrations at the opening today, to voice their opposition to government policies. The main rally is scheduled to start at 6.00 pm local time tonight. About 4,000 police are being moved into the city for the weekend. Other party leaders will also attend the TIF, in part to offer their response to the government’s agenda. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will visit Thessaloniki twice. Saturrday he took part in a union protest rally and on Friday 13 September he will address a party rally in the city, followed on the next day by a speech at the Trade Fair and a press conference. Sources: ANA-MPA, EnetEnglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Family Discussion Imam He is a man of peace as he appealed to all sides to restrain their anger he stooped in front of his daughter and begged her but Duguna protested;Duguna “Get up dad your action will curse Jula who is she to make you condescend so low you are an Imam and a respected elder of the community? Order her to respect your verdict or face the consequences.”Mba Jonsi She hit Duguna hard and insulted him; “Face what consequences enemy of progress? Don’t you want your sister to progress? We are fed up with this curse marriage, is Fams the only man who has ever sponsored his spouse education? Let him list what he has spent and Jula will pay him back.”Imam He apologized for his wife and daughter and begged Fams not to mind them; “So far as I am concern this marriage is for life I’ll never broke it my wife and daughter can rant, rave and rage but it makes no effect upon my resolve. She and her mom are free to go elsewhere to be dissolved for them.”Uncle Dembo “Imam I am sorry but your unruly family disregard you as well as us and now it is left to my nephew whatever decision he takes I’ll support him.”Fams “Let Jula prostitute herself I don’t care it is her prestige she hurts not mind I am now happy my daughter is now with me let her go to hell I care less.”Jula She got up and hurled insults and curses upon her husband; “I’ll take back my daughter am I not her mother? The law leaves a girl with her mom.”Fams “Keep fooling yourself the law leaves the child to the spouse who can serve her/his best interest and surely an in virtuous woman cannot bring up an innocent child I’ll fight you and will win you Insha Allah.”Jula “Is it a crime for a wife to be richer than her husband? You are an enemy of progress I don’t blame your poverty stricken family.”Fams “You are shameless my poverty stricken family impress upon their son to sponsor your tertiary education if not you would never have been a graduate by now; when did you start prostituting with Alhajj your employer to amass this kind of ill-gotten wealth?”Two Mothers Mba Nyaling “Like mother like daughter how can your daughter be any better than you? Are you faithful to your husband? Are you not flirting around with small boys which is an open secret in this village?”Mba Jonsi “I don’t blame you as you are just jealous evil whisperer; no man has approached you since your husband’ demise almost 20 years ago you are evil and the Kabilo men all ran away from you.”Mba Nyaling “Am I not better no person in this village or anywhere can call me a flirt and a cheat. You are all the time embarrassing your good husband and son I hate myself for linking you to my family Mba Toma will never be trained by you we don’t want you to spoil her character.” The insults became nastier and the two women entered a brawl and the men separated them Mba Nyaling was drawn away by Fams who kept blaming her.Fams “Mom this is very good for you, you spoil the character of a noble lady you call a prostitute even before knowing her now your Kabilo lady has dropped you down I am very glad that it happens in front of everybody especially your dear brother who supported you.” The duo were very ashamed and unhappy;Mbaring Dembo “Say anything mbaringding you are right we deceived you by recommending a girl whom we know nothing about but on assumption based on parochial reasons. This is a mistake I’ll never commit again.” Mba Nyaling shed emotional tears to the disgust of her son.Jula She visited Fams’ home and asked for his audience; “I want a divorce I don’t want this marriage we are no longer compatible I’ll deposit a million just to offset anything you have spent on my university education and you take the change for your family welfare.”Fams He got scared and stooped down in front of Jula; “Honey I don’t want t a divorce I still love you don’t do this to our family if I wrong you please forgive me.” He wept bitterly.Jula “Give me back my daughter will you?”Fams He went towards the car but the tough bodyguards stopped him; “It is a family matter leave me to talk to my wife.” He called Mba Toma and asked her to go with her mother. “I have given you our daughter please come back I still love you.” Jula hissed and drove away.Mba Toma “Please mommy forgive my dad if he has done you any wrong I beg on his behalf.”Jula “This is not the right place wait until we get back home.”Mba Toma “Okay mom.” Jula kissed her to calm her down she took out some chocolate to placate her she was happy thinking everything will go back to normal.Dream She slept and dreamt that she was on a picnic with her parents as they swim and exercise in the beach everything was so beautiful that she did not wake up until they reach home.Fams He is frustrated and helpless just like Imam whose wife and daughter held their husbands as hostages. “Nemesis is after me what I’ve done to Jaambi is undone I don’t know how she is faring now but for me I am in hell fire.”Duguna He confronted his mother and told her off; “Mom change before it is too late you are the one misleading your daughter what is the use of gaining the whole world and losing your soul? Remember what Fams did for us at our time of need none of us could have done it for Jula call her to book and advise her to love and honour her husband.”Mba Jonsi She hurled insults at her son and asked him out of her sight; “You are a nit wit just like your dad you worship poverty but I and my daughter embrace wealth end of discussion.” She shut up her son.Duguna “This is the beginning of the discussion not the end but Insha Allah I’ll be there at the end of the discussion.” To Be Cont.
Vidya BalanFacebookVidya Balan, who was last seen playing the role of a Radio Jockey in Tumhari Sulu, hosted a new Radio show called ‘Dhun Badalke Toh Dekho with Vidya Balan’ on 92.7 BIG FM.As the show aims to discuss topics which needs the much deserved attention, the first ever episode throws light on Parental Romance and features renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Neena Gupta. Having a prolific career spanning decades, the talented actresses have always stood tall and faced the world fearlessly. Both the actresses will have a hearty conversation with Vidya Balan, who is acing the role of a RJ on parental romance in yesterday’s episode.When asked from Shabana about how romantic is her husband Javed Sahab, she recalled and shared, “Once while driving by a flower shop, I confessed my love for flowers to Javed Sahab. To my surprise, he bought all the flowers in the shop and presented it to me. It was so beautiful. Few days later, I was upset with him over a disagreement and the romantic man that he is, sent me a message – “Ussi makaam par kal mujhko dekh ke tanha, bohot udaas hue phool bechne waale”, reminiscing the incident we cherished together.”When asked about parental romance by Vidya Balan, Neena Ji shared, “It is sad that our society believes in an age limit for romance. One cannot romance if grown old, especially if you are a mother. Also, in most of the cases, parents don’t express their love to each other out of awkwardness and fear of being judged. This needs to be changed.”Talking about whether she felt embarrassed getting married when Masaba was a young girl, she added, “Yes, I felt a bit of embarrassment when I was getting married. I worried how my daughter would react to my situation. Truth be told, I was in love at the same point of time, which is kind of precious. The feeling of embarrassment faded away after a point of time.”The show ‘Dhun Badalke Toh Dekho’ which focuses on bringing imperative social topics to the forefront airs every weekday evening from 7 PM to 9 PM, with repeats on Saturday and Sunday. A special highlights segment named SPOTLIGHT, will be aired across Monday to Friday between 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM.
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“During the storage time, there are no light fields in the experimental system,” Shuker explained. “All the information carried by the light (in our case the 3D intensity and phase pattern) is converted to the quantum state of the atoms in the vapor (specifically, the coherence between the sub-levels of the ground state). If it was easy to detect the coherence level of the quantum state of the atoms, we would notice that an effective ‘image’ exists – but this is not easily performed (maybe the easiest way is to convert it back to light – as we do in the restoring stage of the experiment).”Due to the diffusion of the gas atoms, the recovered images looked somewhat blurry and had a decreased signal-to-noise ratio. To improve the image resolution, the researchers developed a technique to minimize image degradation caused by the movement of the atoms. The technique is similar to the phase-shift lithography technique used to reduce optical spreading, where the phases of neighboring image features are flipped so that light between them will interfere destructively. The researchers shifted the phases of image features by 180 degrees, so that atoms of opposite phases that diffused to the areas between lines in the image had amplitudes that cancelled, and no light was emitted that blurred the image lines.Storing images in vapor – or, as the researchers describe, “converting optical information to atomic coherence” – could be useful for various image processing and correlation applications, as well as quantum information processing and even quantum communication. The scientists also predict that it should be possible to store more elaborate images, including temporal images, or movies.“The storage-of-light technique (generally, not only images) might have important applications in future quantum information devices,” Shuker said. “The most ‘straight-forward’ application is a ‘memory device’ for the basic information unit of quantum information – the qubit. “Furthermore, the ability to convert quantum information from one representation (a light pulse) to another (atomic coherence) might prove very useful, since each of them has its unique benefits. Photons are excellent carriers of information, and atomic coherence is a good place to store the information – and maybe even process it, since atoms interact with the environment much better than photons.”More information: Shuker, M.; Firstenberg, O.; Pugatch, R.; Ron, A.; and Davidson, N. “Storing Images in Warm Atomic Vapor.” Physical Review Letters 100, 223601 (2008).Copyright 2008 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. Explore further The original image (left), the image slowed for 6 microseconds (middle), and the image stored for 2 microseconds (right). The technique to improve image resolution was not used for these images. Credit: M. Shuker, et al. ©2008 APS. NIST’s compact atomic gyroscope displays new twists Books are written on solid pieces of paper for an obvious reason: the atoms in a solid don’t move around much, keeping the words and pictures in place for centuries. Trying to store letters and images in a gas medium, on the other hand, seems a little far-fetched. Atoms in a gas are constantly moving around, which would move the images around with them. 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. Citation: Physicists Store Images in Vapor (2008, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-physicists-images-vapor.html But physicists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have recently demonstrated how to store images in a warm atomic vapor. With their method, which is based on electromagnetically induced transparency, the researchers could store complex images for up to 30 microseconds in rubidium vapor. To improve the resolution of the retrieved images, the physicists also developed a method to minimize the effect of the diffusion of the gas atoms on the images’ visibility. Images stored for 30 microseconds. The left table shows actual and predicted images without the technique to improve image resolution. The right table shows actual and predicted images with the technique to improve image resolution, where a phase shift was applied to cancel light emission between the lines. Credit: M. Shuker, et al. ©2008 APS. “The basic concepts of the storage of light have been known for several years now, as well as possible applications,” Moshe Shuker of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology told PhysOrg.com. “What triggered our work was a paper by Howell’s group in Rochester in which they showed they can slow images and delay them for several nanoseconds. We wondered would it be possible to store images – and for how long? Since we used slowing delays and storage durations in the range of microseconds, we immediately noticed the effect of the diffusion of the atoms.”In their technique, the researchers first stored an image (for example, the number “2”) in a light pulse. When that light pulse hits a gas of atoms, it is strongly absorbed, and excites the atoms. But when a second light beam is aimed at the gas, it drives the atoms to a unique quantum state, and causes the first pulse to pass through the vapor. This phenomenon is called electromagnetically induced transparency.As previous experiments have shown, when the second light beam is shut off while the first pulse is inside the vapor, the first pulse can be completely stopped (and be temporarily stored inside the vapor). Then, by starting up the second beam again, the first pulse can be recovered. Here, the physicists used this method to capture, store, and restore complex 3D light fields. The scientists slowed images on a light pulse to a group velocity of 8,000 meters per second, a velocity that allowed the images to be stored in atomic vapor for several microseconds. They directed two light beams to a 5-cm-long vapor cell containing 52°C rubidium gas and a neon gas for buffering. Once half of the first light pulse (containing the image) had exited the vapor cell, the researchers turned off the second beam, so that the remaining half of the image was stored in the vapor. As the researchers explained, during storage, the image was encoded in the quantum state of the ensemble of atoms. After 30 microseconds, the researchers turned the second pulse back on, and the image was then recovered as it left the vapor cell.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany has discovered the means by which the common bacteria Clostridium puniceum, which causes pink slime rot in potatoes, is able to survive in an oxygen-rich environment. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the experiments they conducted that led to their discovery and what it might mean for fighting potato rotting in the future. Citation: Unusual polyketide metabolites found to give potato rotting bacteria ability to live in an oxygen-rich environment (2015, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-unusual-polyketide-metabolites-potato-bacteria.html Explore further Potatoes are one of the four main food types grown in the world today, which means they make up a substantial portion of the human diet. But growing them has proven to be challenging because they are prone to bacterial infections, which currently result in approximately 65 billion kilograms of lost potatoes every year. Unlike the famous potato blight that caused such misery in Ireland back in the 19th century, most modern infections are bacterial, rather than fungal. In this new effort, the researchers looked at one of the more problematic bacteria, C.puniceum, to see if they could learn how it is able to survive where potatoes are stored, because it is normally anaerobic.Their experiments started with injecting the bacteria into potatoes in their lab and then watching as things developed. Once the bacteria was fully engaged, they studied it under a microscope and discovered that it excreted two unusual polyketide metabolites— clostrubins, type A and type B. To determine if the molecules had something to do with giving the bacteria an ability to live in an oxygen rich environment, the team studied its genes and identified which were responsible for causing the clostrubins to be excreted and then genetically altered some of them so that they were no longer able to do so. Those bacteria, the researchers found, were no longer able to live where oxygen was present, suggesting that the expression of the clostrubins played an essential role in allowing them to live where potatoes are stored.But that wasn’t all—the researchers also found that the clostrubins also served as an anti-bacterial agent against competing bacteria, such as those that cause ring and soft rot and other potato diseases. Thus more study might lead to new types of antibacterial agents for use in warding off potato infections. © 2015 Phys.org More information: G. Shabuer et al. Plant pathogenic anaerobic bacteria use aromatic polyketides to access aerobic territory, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9990AbstractAround 25% of vegetable food is lost worldwide because of infectious plant diseases, including microbe-induced decay of harvested crops. In wet seasons and under humid storage conditions, potato tubers are readily infected and decomposed by anaerobic bacteria (Clostridium puniceum). We found that these anaerobic plant pathogens harbor a gene locus (type II polyketide synthase) to produce unusual polyketide metabolites (clostrubins) with dual functions. The clostrubins, which act as antibiotics against other microbial plant pathogens, enable the anaerobic bacteria to survive an oxygen-rich plant environment. Journal information: Science Researchers find the genome of the cultivated sweet potato has bacterial DNA Source: Wikipedia 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.
Natya Tarangini is all set with their next edition of Parampara series titled Bhavayami– an aesthetic representation of dance, music and literature that kick starts on 3 September in the Capital. The three-day event will showcase two dance and music concerts every evening. Yamini Reddy will be opening the stage on 3 September with her Kuchipudi dance along with her group from Hyderabad followed by Ambi and Bindu Subramanium in a fusion band titled SubraMania. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Born to the legendary Kuchipudi exponents, Raja and Radha Reddy in 1982, Yamini has got dance in inheritance from her parents. She has been awarded the YuvaRatna Award, Youth Vocational Excellence award by the District Rotaract Organisation, the Young Achievers award by FLO Delhi and Hyderabad, the Devadasi National Award and the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi. She has also participated in national and international festivals. SubraMania is the band featuring Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam. Their performances include fusion, jazz, pop-rock and Indian music. They perform their own original material in addition well-known standards and classics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day (4 September) will feature Kathak duet by Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal (son of Kathak maestro Pt. Durga Lal) followed by Sarod recital by Ayaan Ali Khan (younger son of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan).Vidha has received Sri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award 2010, Chennai and made a Guinness world record for taking most numbers of Kathak spins (103) in one minute in 2011. Abhimanyu Lal has been awarded Shri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award and Nritya Jayantika award. He has performed at the highest level in India and abroad in many prestigious dance festivals like Sydney dance festival at Seymour centre-Australia 2014, 64th Indian republic day celebration in Dubai 2013, LondonOlympics 2012 and many more. Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the SeniaBangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod titan Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early age. Ayaan has been performing concerts in India and world-wide, since he gave his solo debut at the age of eight. The last day (5 September) will feature Bhavana Reddy (daughter and disciple of Padmabhuashans Dr.s Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy) performing traditional Kuchipudi dance followed by Indo-Western rock music concert along with her group from Los Angeles. She is an acclaimed Kuchipudi dancer and singer-songwriter. She released her self-produced debut EP Tangled In Emotions. Her music is a blend of Indian concept of melodies with western harmonies held together by a string of poetry.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Royal Caribbean reports over 25% growth in earnings Posted by MIAMI – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced a GAAP and adjusted earnings of US$1.06 and $1.09, respectively, up over 25% from last year and exceeding expectations.In addition, full year adjusted earnings are expected to be up 25% in the range of $6.00 to $6.10, down $0.20 from the midpoint due to the negative impact of currency and fuel.Yields and costs for the year are also performing generally as expected. The sale of 51% of the Pullmantur Group announced in May was completed at the end of July. Consequently, Pullmantur’s results will no longer be consolidated in the company’s accounts.Since Pullmantur’s yields and costs are lower than the fleet average, this change has the effect of increasing the company’s yields and costs metrics for 2016.Second quarter 2016 results also found that the company’s adjusted net income was $235.2 million (or $1.09 per share), versus $185 million ($0.84 per share) in 2016, better than guidance due to lower than expected fuel expense.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAs for the forecast for the full year in 2016, the company updated full year Adjusted EPS guidance to a range of $6.00 to $6.10. This is a $0.20 decrease at the midpoint versus previous guidance due to a $0.27 negative impact from currency and fuel rates, of which approximately $0.14 is related to weakness in the British Pound following the Brexit vote. Lower than expected fuel expense in the second quarter partially offset the full year impact of weaker foreign currencies and rise in fuel prices. The company’s booked position for the remainder of 2016 remains strong, similar to last year’s record levels. Looking further ahead, the company’s booked position for the next twelve months is also strong, up on both rate and volume, versus same time last year. “While there are always puts and takes in our key markets, our portfolio is performing as expected, our booked position remains strong, and our newbuilds are entering their markets to great fanfare,” said Jason T. Liberty, chief financial officer. More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“These factors are driving another year of record earnings.” Tuesday, August 2, 2016
No related posts. A Costa Rican evangelical lawmaker is proposing a change to the Constitution so that the document states “marriage is a union between a man and a woman.”Justo Orozco, of the Costa Rica Renovation Party, proposed the revision to Article 52 of the Constitution, adding that the text would also state that marriage would not be granted to other unions.The current article states marriage is “the essential basis of a family and rests on the equal rights of spouses.” Already the bill has received support from 13 lawmakers in six different parties. Facebook Comments