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Canadian accused in Yahoo hack appeals judges decision to deny his bail

first_imgTORONTO – Lawyers for a Canadian accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails say a judge who denied their client bail overstated his alleged role in the scheme.Karim Baratov’s legal team was in court Monday appealing an April ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Alan Whitten, who decided the 22-year-old was too much of a flight risk to be released on bail.Baratov was arrested in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others — two of them allegedly officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service — for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.Baratov’s lawyers argued Monday that Whitten had made several errors, including amplifying the Hamilton man’s alleged connection to the Yahoo hack and the Russian intelligence agent who allegedly hired him.“(Our argument is) painting him as a small fish, and not affiliated to the Yahoo hack,” Baratov’s lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said outside court.Ravin Pillay, another one of Baratov’s lawyers, said in court that there’s no evidence to suggest his client was involved in the large-scale breach of Yahoo security systems.Emails between Baratov and his alleged contact in the Russian intelligence service show he was only allegedly hired to hack into 80 accounts, and only allegedly succeeded in accessing seven, Pillay said.Hacking into several individual accounts is “fundamentally different” from breaching Yahoo’s security system and gaining access to data from nearly half a billion accounts, Pillay argued.“There’s no evidence that Mr. Baratov knew who (the person who hired him, Dmitry) Dokuchaev was or that he was FSB,” Pillay said.He also noted that Dokuchaev only allegedly transferred $104 into Baratov’s PayPal account.“If the applicant knew he was dealing with a government official from another country, $104 is not a lot of money for his trouble,” Pillay said.But Crown Attorney Heather Graham said that money is only what was allegedly transferred to Baratov’s PayPal accounts, suggesting further funds could have been sent to other accounts American investigators have not been able to access.In denying Baratov bail, Whitten had rejected a defence’s proposal that the man be released into the care of his parents, who offered close to $1 million in cash and assets as collateral.Whitten said he believed Baratov would be motivated to flee, given that he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted in the U.S.But Pillay said Baratov doesn’t pose a flight risk because there’s nowhere for him to flee to.American authorities have alleged in court documents that Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan, posed an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents and his financial resources.A decision on Baratov’s bail appeal is expected later this week.last_img read more

UN FIFA join forces to score development goals

The decision was reached at a meeting today at FIFA headquarters in Zurich between the football organization’s President, Joseph S. Blatter, and Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.“In recent years much has been achieved using football, as the world’s most popular sport, as well as other sports” in areas including health, children’s rights, education and the fight against racism, said Mr. Lemke, who served as the general manager of the first division German football club Werder Bremen for 18 years.“These efforts exemplify the important role sport can play in the achievement of the MDGs,” he added, commending FIFA’s “Football for Hope” initiative seeking to further development targets.The FIFA head stressed that the upcoming World Cup in South Africa “represents a great opportunity and a major responsibility to provide the country as well as the whole African continent with the means to progress and develop.”Next month, Mr. Lemke, appointed to his current position on 18 March, is slated to attend the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) International Youth Crime Prevention and Cities Summit in Durban, and will also meet with the local organizing committee of the World Cup in the South African city.Also today in Zurich, he held talks with Johann Koss, four-time Olympic gold medal winning speed skater, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and runs the non-governmental organization Right to Play (RTP). 9 May 2008Ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world body and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association have agreed to further their collaboration to enhance the role of sports in furthering peace. read more

Toronto housing sales fall in December

TORONTO — December home sales in Toronto fell 19.5% compared with a year ago, but prices were still up, according to the city’s real estate association.The Toronto Real Estate Board said there were 3,690 sales in the Greater Toronto Area last month through the Multiple Listing Service, down from 4,585 in December 2011.However, the average price rose to $478,789 from $449,566 — an increase of 6.5% from the year before.Board president Ann Hannah said the number of sales in 2012 was strong from a historic perspective.“We saw strong year-over-year growth in sales in the first half of the year, but this growth was more than offset by sales declines in the second half,” Hannah said in a statement.“Stricter mortgage lending guidelines resulted in some households postponing their purchase of a home. In the City of Toronto, the dip in sales was compounded by the additional land transfer tax.”The results for Toronto followed a report Thursday that sales in Vancouver were down 31.1% compared with a year ago.Home sales in Canada have eased in many markets since changes in the borrowing rules by the federal government, aimed at discouraging homebuyers from borrowing too much, kicked in last summer.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions also tightened its lending guidelines.Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association said it expected home sales for 2012 to slip 0.5% compared with 2011 to about 456,300, while sales for 2013 are expected to drop 2% to 447,400.The number of homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area for all of 2012 totalled 85,731, down four% from 89,096 in 2011.The average price for all of 2012 in the GTA was $497,298, up 7% from 2011. read more

IAEA says verification of nuclear activities in Iran making good progress

Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he would report on the Agency’s findings on Iran to the IAEA’s Board of Governors later in November. That Board had given Iran until today to comply with requests for information on its nuclear programmes. On 23 October Iran sent to Mr. ElBaradei a dossier on its nuclear activities. In a statement released from the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters today, Mr. ElBaradei said that after receiving the packet, “We immediately started an intensive verification process and are making good progress.” Mr. ElBaradei added that the Agency’s inspectors “are currently in Iran visiting sites, interviewing key personnel and taking samples with a view to verifying the accuracy and completeness of this declaration.” He said he also had been informed that by next week Iran would formally comply with an additional protocol on nuclear issues. “When this happens,” he said, “it will be a very positive step forward, particularly in terms of enabling us to effectively regulate all future nuclear activities in Iran.” read more

UN rights experts alarmed at resumption of death penalty by States for

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cancelled the unofficial ban on executions for non-military personnel ‘in terrorism-related cases’ after an attack last week by the Pakistani Taliban on a school killed 148 people, almost all children. The country is reportedly planning to execute around 500 convicts who have exhausted all their appeals.The UN Special Rapporteurs on summary execution, torture, and human rights and counter terrorism said in a news release that they are alarmed about the lifting of the bans on the death penalty as well as adoption of new laws to impose the punishment for acts of terrorism.They noted a trend where a small number of other countries have decided to resume the death penalty for terrorist acts. This decision contradicts the global trend on the abolition of the death penalty and international human rights law, they said, noting the lack of statistical evidence linking reintroduction of the death penalty with reduction of criminality.“The removal of moratorium on death penalty and the adoption of new anti-terrorist legislation is a step back on the total abolition of the death penalty in the world,” the experts said.The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, drew attention to the possible overuse of anti-terrorist laws by Pakistani authorities, which may apply death sentences for crimes that do not meet the most serious crimes requirement.“The definition of acts of terrorism in the Pakistani legislation remains very vague. Hundreds of people charged with such acts are at risk of being executed,” he warned. “I ask Pakistan to continue the moratorium on actual executions and to put in place a legal moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to its abolition.” Mr. Heyns’s call was echoed by Juan E. Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, who pointed to the growing international and State-level practice of framing the debate about the legality of the death penalty within the context of human dignity and the prohibition of torture. “I call upon Pakistan and all States to reconsider whether the use of the death penalty per se respects the inherent dignity of the human person, causes severe mental and physical pain or suffering and constitutes a violation of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” Mr. Méndez stated.Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, underlined the need for States to comply with international law relating to imposition of the death penalty even in the face of terrorist attacks.“Any trial for terrorism offences which could lead to the imposition of the death penalty, including all stages before the trial and the consideration of appeals on matter of fact and law after the trial, must rigorously comply with all aspects of a fair trial,” he said. read more

Amazon to revolutionise shopping with virtual changing room app

The algorithm draws on personal information “sensed or otherwise provided by the access device”, to “determine the temperature or season” in photographs to better predict what they need.“If the access device determined the temperature was hot, it may be more appropriate to display warm weather clothing rather than skiing clothes,” the patent application at the Intellectual Property Office says.“If a [calendar] event was entitled ‘business meeting with James’ the images showing professional wear may be selected. If it was entitled ‘dancing with friends’, leisure or club-wear may be given preference during the selection process.”The app could even scour devices belonging to a “friend or family member” to allow the “user to find an item of clothing to borrow”.Mark Howell, creative director at strategic design agency Play Retail, said an “interactive personal mannequin” could “revolutionise” clothes shopping. Photographs of a customer wearing a variety of styles – such as T-shirt and shorts or long-sleeved shirt and trousers – would be harvested to “provide a realistic view” of them wearing similar clothes for sale. A virtual mannequin, shown in the patent application, would be created using 'nodes' to build the torso and legs of the customer Andrew Busby, founder of Retail Reflections, said many consumers would welcome the move, despite it posing a “real threat” to some stores.He added that Amazon had begun “disrupting” the fashion industry sector, with “more traditional clothes retailers” facing “big repercussions” from advances in technology.“We are seeing Darwin’s survival of the fittest being played on the High Street. The strong will survive, in part because years ago they embraced the internet,” he said.Amazon refused to comment on the patent, which is in its early stages.View latest offers from Amazon 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. A virtual mannequin, shown in the patent application, would be created using ‘nodes’ to build the torso and legs of the customerCredit:Amazon An illustration of how the app could work is shown in files lodged with the Intellectual Property Office “The potential amount of data that this technology will be able to generate for Amazon is staggering,” he said.“By having access to a customer’s photos, the retailer can see what they wear, what they drive and even inside their home to better predict what products an individual is most likely to want to buy. “It would analyse pictures to determine segments of the body to create a composite image.“Crucially, it would enable you to ‘try-on’ new outfits digitally.”The app would also enable people to share recommendations, wish lists and favourite outfits via social media.Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at, said such an app could “radically change the way we shop” potentially “accelerating the shift” away from the High Street.It could reduce the number of so-called “serial returners” who order numerous styles and sizes, before returning all but one outfit. An illustration of how the app could work is shown in files lodged with the Intellectual Property OfficeCredit:Amazon An image from Amazon's patent application shows how any app it develops could look Amazon is developing a fashion app that will “revolutionise” clothes shopping by allowing customers to try on outfits with a ‘virtual mannequin’ created from social media photographs.In a development experts fear will threaten the High Street, the American online giant has lodged a UK patent to scour “selfies” and online calendars to predict clothes a person may like or need.It would “data mine” pictures saved on a phone or computer to produce an Augmented Reality image of the customer actually wearing clothes on sale, potentially eliminating the need to visit a shop’s changing room.The app would also analyse photographs and appointments to establish a person’s job, the climate they live in, how they spend free time and suggest outfits for upcoming events or accessories for other things they own.The patent application, seen by the Sunday Telegraph, says customers could swipe to like or dislike garments their mannequin would be shown wearing.It explains “the number of images digitally captured continues to increase”, in part due to “arms-length … selfies”.They could “search my look”, “randomise” outfits, and “find more like this”.After granting access to personal data, the app acts as a personal shopper, showing them “wearing an outfit for which no image actually exists”. An image from Amazon’s patent application shows how any app it develops could lookCredit:Amazon read more

20102011 budget casts further doubt over Australian resource tax

first_imgBrendan Pearson, Deputy Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) says the country’s 2010-2011 budget directly contradicts the Rudd Government’s claim that the Australian community is not receiving a fair return from its natural resource endowment. It states: “As the increase in commodity prices translates into company profits, this is expected to have a positive impact on company tax collections from 2010-11”. Pearson also argues that “Tax rates at 57% will put a hand brake on industry growth that will slow investment, reduce new job opportunities and weaken export growth. Just as the benefits of the mining boom has built roads, schools and hospitals around Australia, the deadweight impact of the new tax will be felt far beyond the Pilbara, the Bowen Basin and the Illawarra.”Pearson says the budget “relies on strong commodity prices and exports, a mining-led recovery in private investment and higher company tax receipts to accelerate deficit reduction and to fund new spending initiatives. Treasury is relying on a 14.4% boost in the terms of trade in 2010-11, an 8% rise in commodity exports and a 20% lift in engineering investment driven by the mining sector to improve the budget bottom line.“The return to surplus by 2013-14, three years ahead of previously forecast, is built largely on the higher commonwealth revenues from higher commodity prices. The budget shows the mining industry is already delivering a strong dividend for Australia and there is no need for a new tax, especially one set so high that it threatens the competitiveness of Australia’s most important export sector.“Treasury states that the largest contributor to high national investment in the past has been the mining sector. More than any other sector, mining ensured Australia weathered the global economic crisis and is primed for recovery. New business investment is expected to recover strongly over the forecast period ‘led by a surge in mining investment’. Investment is expected to grow 7% in 2010-11 and 12.5% in 2011-12.“It is a mining-led growth story that has benefited all Australians over the last decade. The taxes (both royalties and corporate tax payments) have bolstered commonwealth and state revenues, the profits have been re-invested to underpin new mine and infrastructure expansions, strong jobs growth has strengthened and revitalised regional communities, while suppliers and service providers have seen their businesses in all states and territories expand to cater for a growing industry.“The expansion in the sector has increased the net wealth of hundreds of thousands of average shareholders, including self-funded retirees and underpinned the growth in the superannuation returns of millions more.”“But”, he warns, “the new tax on mining jeopardises that growth story.”Pearson says the federal budget papers confirm the government has locked in the key features of its super tax on mining including the 40% rate, the definition of profit and other critical, but flawed design elements. “This raises the obvious question: what is the purpose of the Government’s consultation process for the super tax? If the key design features of the super tax are locked in, the consultation appears to be little more than window dressing. There can be no consultation or ‘negotiation’ over the design of the tax if the main elements of the super tax are not on the table.”The MCA says it welcomes the greater focus on skills and training in areas of shortage such as resources. The A$661 million training and education package will help underpin business in their effort to create a more skilled workforce. Minerals companies are committed to training, and government co-investment of 50% of the costs of training (up to 90% for small firms) will help deliver on that commitment. The estimated 39,000 training places, as well as the numeracy, literacy and language course for 140,000 Australians will help improve productivity.It also welcomes the government’s commitment for ongoing reform of the vocation and education training sector through the promotion of transparency via the MySkills website – benchmarking the performance of training providers – and the guaranteed funding for a national regulator despite the ongoing opposition of two state governments.Also, the A$1 billion equity injection into the Australian Rail Track Corp will assist in the ongoing expansion of Australia’s productive capacity.last_img read more

Over 200 failed asylum seekers illegal migrants were deported last year

first_imgALMOST 2,250 people were deported or removed from the State in the past 12 months, according to new figures today from the Department of Justice. Of that number, the vast majority — some 1,890 people were refused entry at ports and airports and sent back to their original location.210 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State. The top five nationalities deported were from Nigeria, China, Mauritius, Albania and Pakistan. 86 were deported on charter flights and 124 on scheduled commercial aircraft.A further 84 asylum seekers were transferred to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum, while 63 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of a Removal Order.The figures show a slight reduction on the previous year, when a total of 2,700 people were removed from the state (again, the vast majority stopped at ports and airports, and a further 298 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants actually deported home).ImmigrationOverall, around 166,000 new applications for visas, residence, protection or citizenship were received last year by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.At the end of 2013, some 120,000 non-European Economic Area had permission to remain in the State, compared to 121,000 at the end of 2012.The current top six nationalities are as follows:India (11 per cent)Brazil (10 per cent)China (9 per cent)Nigeria (8 per cent)USA (6 per cent)Philippines (6 per cent)CSO stats show that the overall non-Irish national population accounts for 12 per cent of the total population, or some 544,000 people. Most of that number are from EU countries.There were over 30,000 applications for citizenship last year, and 18 citizenship ceremonies were held.Read: Column: Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers is unfair – and bad value for moneylast_img read more

A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick today

first_img Fantastic day honouring the late great #TerryWogan in his home town of #Limerick today #ThisisLimerick— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) June 24, 2017 Jun 24th 2017, 6:11 PM Source: Limerick Council/Twitter 23,668 Views By Sean Murray 67 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Although considered a national treasure in the UK for his popularity across TV and radio, his heart remained in his home county and country with President Michael D Higgins commenting following his death: “Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects.”Last September, it was announced that Wogan would receive a posthumous Irish diaspora award in honour of his contribution abroad.Read: A statue of Terry Wogan is coming to Limerick city centreRead: Graham Norton paid a heartfelt tribute to Terry Wogan during the Eurovision last night Share534 Tweet Email1 A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick today The bronze statue is located at Poor Man’s Kilkee by the River Shannon. Source: Alan PlaceSpeaking to when the plans for a statue were announced, Limerick city Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon said: “I was over in Westminster Abbey for Terry’s memorial service when the idea came about. He was a great ambassador for Ireland and I was fascinated by the amount of people who had such high regard for Terry.I felt a fitting tribute would be some kind of statue for him in Limerick.A freeman of the city, Wogan frequently spoke his affection and warmth of Limerick.In attendance at the ceremony in Limerick today were fans and colleagues of Wogan, including Charles Nove, an early morning newcaster on his radio show from the early 1980s. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:11 PM Source: Alan PlaceTODAY, A BRONZE statue of the late broadcaster Terry Wogan was unveiled in his native Limerick.Designed by sculptor Rory Breslin, it depicts the presenter seated on a chair, microphone at the ready and a book in hand.Adjacent to Sarsfield Bridge, the statue is located at Poor Man’s Kilkee on the Shannon quayside. Short URLlast_img read more

Demy to represent Greece at Eurovision 2017 video

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s that time of year again, when people around the world will gather in front of their television sets to see countries from around the world battle it out in song for the title of the Eurovision Song Contest.Greece will once again be taking part, and will be represented by popular singer Demy. Nee Dimitra Papadea, the Athenian currently signed with Greek Independent label Panik Records will be singing a song by the name of This Is Love composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos with lyrics from Romy Papadea and John Ballard.While it was initially thought the singer would compete against X Factor contestants Stereo Soul on the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation for the role, organisers instead opted for an internal selection process, announcing their decision earlier this year on January 13.The 25-year-old beauty is both talented – she won the title of best new artist in 2012 and two additional awards at the Greek VMAs – and has a good head on her shoulders. Despite her increasing popularity, Demy has said that she is committed to her law studies with her sights set on finishing her degree.The songstress will be the 37th performer to represent Greece in the Eurovision contest since the country’s debut in 1976. It was in 2005 that Greece took out the title for the first time in 2005 with My Number One performed by Helena Paparizou.This year’s competition will be hosted at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, the home country of the 2016 reigning champion Jamala, with performances commencing on May 9 and semi-finals scheduled to take place on May 11 and 13.Australia will be represented by 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace.For more information, visit the official music video of This Is Love:last_img read more

Dragon Ball Wants to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC

first_imgStay on target Dragon Ball is coming to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and it will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people simultaneously engaging in the Kamehameha super energy attack move.On Wednesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. PDT, the Guinness World Record attempt will take place at the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure expo at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego, California, noted.ANNOUNCEMENT On 7/17, at 3:30pm at the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure at San Diego Comic Con, join us as we attempt to make new Guiness World Record by having the largest gathering of people simultaneously performing the KAMEHAMEHA!!! Hosted by @SeanSchemmel! #SDCC19— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) July 12, 2019At the gathering, which will occur on SDCC 2019’s opening day, Sean Schemmel, Goku’s English voice actor, will lead everyone in the attempt and Guinness World Records will be there to validate all the action. The first 1,000 fans to show up will get a free Dragon Ball Scouter accessory to wear during the cool event.Dragon Ball fans will also have the opportunity to experience the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure, an interactive installation that will open at the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriott Marquis hotel on July 17. At the installation, which will be held from July 18 to July 21 at SDCC 2019, fans can take pictures at the Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth, buy collectible Dragon Ball items, and play games such as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, reported.After SDCC 2019, the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will move to other global destinations, including New York City, Mexico City, Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Cologne, Germany.Read SDCC 2019’s Full Program Schedule for more Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z Comic-Con events.More on to Expect at SDCC 2019Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019Hasbro’s Unicorn SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson Welles ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

Now cancelling air tickets will cost passengers more

first_imgA SpiceJet passenger aircraft takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad in this May 19, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveThe price of cancelling air tickets has almost doubled in the past one year, putting customers at a larger risk of losing money for early bookings.A low-cost carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday became the latest airline to raise its cancellation charges. The airline company on Wednesday increased its fee to Rs 3,000 for domestic flights and Rs 3,500 for international bookings, which was Rs 2,205 and Rs 2,500 respectively until Tuesday, the Times of India reported.Earlier in January 2016, SpiceJet ticket cancellation fee was only Rs 1,800. Now only GoAir has the lowest cancellation fee at Rs 2,225.Further, if a ticket has been bought from an online travel portal then the customer besides paying the big cancellation fee will also have to pay to the portal that will charge its own cancellation fee. This often leaves the traveller with a very little refund or no refund at all.However, despite such high cancellation charges and the inconvenience caused to the customers, Indian airlines sector maintained double-digit traffic growth for the 36th consecutive month as demand rose 16 percent in August, according to a global report released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), last month.Further, India is expected to become the third largest aviation market by 2025 surpassing the United Kingdom, and is expected to have 478 million air passengers in 2036. Indian airlines have more than 800 planes on order, and by 2021 it will add about 350-400 aircraft.However, in India customers get no incentives to book early, therefore, the country continues to be a late-booking market. In contrast, the airline companies in the West have set clear perks for booking early. Now, if the cancellation charges keep rising at this rate, it could well suggest that the demand could only plunge in the future.last_img read more

Next polls to be held under EC not Hasina Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the next general elections will be held under the Election Commission (EC), not under prime minister Sheikh Hasina.“Next general elections will be held under the election commission (EC), not under Sheikh Hasina,” he told journalists after a meeting on Indo-Bangla Maitree Bridge-1 at Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachhari district, reports BSS.Criticising the remarks of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia over the next elections, Quader, also ruling Awami League (AL) general secretary, said the BNP chief is trying to blackmail the people fearing her defeat in the next polls.Earlier on Tuesday, Khaleda Zia said, “Elections cannot be held keeping this parliament and elections can also not be held under [Sheikh] Hasina.”She alleged that her arch rival, premier Hasina-led Bangladesh Awami League (AL) did not come to power with the people’s mandate.“This government is not elected with the people’s vote and as it’s not elected, elections cannot be held under this government. There is nothing called parliament today.“Hasina made an arrangement for holding polls keeping parliament in place, in order to stay in power. None of them got votes in the 2014 elections. They are not eligible to be members of parliament, so parliament must be dissolved,” she added.She further said though the government is dreaming of building the Padma Bridge, it can’t be constructed during the tenure of the current government.“The Padma Bridge won’t be constructed during the Awami League’s rule. Even, if they somehow construct the bridge, please don’t get on it as there’ll be huge risk,” she added.Replying to a query of newsmen, the minister Quader said seeing the progress of the Padma Bridge construction, Begum Zia started expressing her resentment on this.Read More:BNP to join polls, but not under Hasina: Khaledalast_img read more

TrumpBlack Pastors Meeting Draws Fire from Baltimore Black Clergy

first_img“…the kind of vile, bitter and polarizing campaign that Donald Trump has conducted says to me that he should almost be a pariah and not one you should entertain in a conversation…”- Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr. (Courtesy photo)On Nov. 30 at Trump Towers in New York, Donald Trump met with a group of Black pastors from around the country. The meeting between Trump and the clergy was organized by the Rev. Darrell Scott, senior pastor of the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.The meeting was originally billed as an endorsement for Trump and was to include a press conference where the Pastors would announce said endorsement. After several pastors vocally complained that they were there simply to meet with Trump and not endorse him, a scheduled press conference was cancelled and the meeting was closed to the press.Trump appeared in the lobby of his hotel after the meeting surrounded by several Black pastors, including Scott and the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, stating that he had gained the support of an undisclosed number of Black preachers from the productive meeting.Many Black pastors around the country were vehemently against this sit down with the polarizing republican presidential candidate. Over 100 Black religious leaders, including the Rev. Lawrence W. Rodgers, pastor of the Westside Church of Christ in Baltimore, wrote an open letter in Ebony magazine objecting to the meeting.“Mr. Trump routinely uses overtly divisive and racist language on the campaign trail,” the letter stated. “Most recently, he [said] his supporters were justified for punching and kicking a Black protester who had attended a Trump rally with the intent to remind the crowd that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Trump followed this action by tweeting inaccurate statistics about crime prevalence rates in Black communities — insinuating that Black people are more violent than other groups.”Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., of Union Baptist Church in Central Baltimore, said in an interview with the AFRO, “My first reaction is for Black pastors to single out one candidate to meet with and interview is somewhat suspicious and could be construed that they’re being used by the candidate. I also think to recognize the kind of vile, bitter and polarizing campaign that Donald Trump has conducted says to me that he should almost be a pariah and not one you should entertain in a conversation unless he, in biblical terms, repents on his ways that are not wholesome and redeeming. When I first heard about this meeting my first reaction was much ado about nothing, these are not politically or socially active ministers that you would know of, there were some that had name recognition or were noteworthy but it almost appeared that when questioned everyone backed away from the fact that they were meeting with Trump to endorse him to then just wanting to hear him.”The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of The Empowerment Temple in West Baltimore, said he was invited to the meeting but instead declined to meet with Trump and took to social media to speak out against the meeting. Bryant accused the preachers of “selling out” to Trump, called them “pawns” and on Twitter compared them to prostitutes writing “Prostitutes for Trump … don’t let Black pulpit become a pole.”Bryant went on later to write about the event, “They initially boasted 100 endorsements, and then they had just three. They shifted it from a press conference to a meeting. En masse, they were backpedaling. It shows the power of social media.”Scott fired back at Bryant on Twitter by writing, “For respectable Preachers to be called ‘Prostitutes on a pole’ is very insulting, demeaning and misogynistic to say the least. If Trump called Black Preachers ‘Prostitutes on a Pole’ the entire nation would be in an uproar! #BlackPreachersMatter.”Bryant stood by his statements in an interview on CNN that evening and went on to say “I want to apologize because prostitutes get money and the 100 that went in there walked away with nothing. They did it for free, so there’s another word for that and I would not use that language on a family channel.” Pastor Heber M. Brown III, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, said in an interview with the AFRO, “I’m not surprised that there were a group of pastor’s willing to meet with him.” He added, “It seems that many in our community can be excited, especially around election time, about access to what they perceive as power, but when that access has this type of track record it has to raise questions and concerns.”last_img read more

Academic Enhancement Committee Host Girls Empowerment Institute

first_imgThe Academic Enhancement Committee is scheduled to kick off their Girls Empowerment Institute 2018 series on Jan. 20 at Heritage Fellowship Church, located at 2501 Fox Mill Rd. The series of monthly workshops, which will be held every third Saturday of the month until May, is specialized for rising 4th-12th graders to encourage self-awareness and cover topics such as health, spirituality, self-care, social media consciousness, and more. Registration is free.Academic Enhancement Committee Host Girls Empowerment Institutelast_img read more

Researchers build model that may explain how plate tectonics got its start

first_img Geologic study suggests Earth’s tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago ( —Two researchers, David Bercovici of Yale University and Yanick Ricard with the University of Lyon, have together used mathematical modeling to help explain how it was that our planet came to have tectonic plates and why they behave the way they do today. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the pair have explained how they performed mathematical analysis on observations of rocks today and combined data taken from prior theories to come up with a new model that might reflect Earth’s history during the first billion years of its existence. Explore further Journal information: Nature Play An idealized simulation showing how plate-tectonic boundaries (including complex ones) emerge because of inherited damage following a shift in plate-tectonic driving forces; in this case the shift is similar to that which caused the Emperor-Hawaiian Bend in the Pacific. Credit: David Bercovici Bercovici and Ricard’s model starts with the idea that very early Earth was covered in hot mushy material. As that material began to cool, some parts or regions would cool faster or slower than others—the cooler parts would then naturally sink. Prior studies have shown that when such types of material sink, the surface becomes slightly deformed. With rock, scientists already known that deformations lead to weaker rock and subsequently smaller grains—and weaker rock would of course lead to additional deformations which suggests a feed-back loop would have evolved. On a planet-wide scale that would mean that weak zones would form at boundaries giving rise to the evolution of tectonic plates. Over billions of years, as the planet continued cooling, the result would be plate tectonics. © 2014 The same model can be used to explain why other planets in our solar system didn’t develop plates, and thus the conditions necessary for the development of life. Venus, for example, the numbers suggest, was simply too hot. If pre-plates developed, the deformations would heal due to the high temperatures, preventing the development of actual plates and possibly an atmosphere conducive to life. The surface of planet Earth is covered in several moving plates which scientists believe is one of the major reasons that life was able to evolve and survive. But how the plates came to exist and wound up behaving the way they do today, has been mostly a mystery. In this new effort, the model built by the researchers offers one possible explanation.It all comes down to grains of rock, they suggest—the smaller the grain, the weaker the rock. One type of rock, known as mylonite has been found to exist at every plate boundary on the planet, suggesting it has something to do with plate tectonics—when found, it is generally deformed with very small grains.center_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Plate tectonics, damage and inheritance, Nature (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13072AbstractThe initiation of plate tectonics on Earth is a critical event in our planet’s history. The time lag between the first proto-subduction (about 4 billion years ago) and global tectonics (approximately 3 billion years ago) suggests that plates and plate boundaries became widespread over a period of 1 billion years. The reason for this time lag is unknown but fundamental to understanding the origin of plate tectonics. Here we suggest that when sufficient lithospheric damage (which promotes shear localization and long-lived weak zones) combines with transient mantle flow and migrating proto-subduction, it leads to the accumulation of weak plate boundaries and eventually to fully formed tectonic plates driven by subduction alone. We simulate this process using a grain evolution and damage mechanism with a composite rheology (which is compatible with field and laboratory observations of polycrystalline rocks1, 2), coupled to an idealized model of pressure-driven lithospheric flow in which a low-pressure zone is equivalent to the suction of convective downwellings. In the simplest case, for Earth-like conditions, a few successive rotations of the driving pressure field yield relic damaged weak zones that are inherited by the lithospheric flow to form a nearly perfect plate, with passive spreading and strike-slip margins that persist and localize further, even though flow is driven only by subduction. But for hotter surface conditions, such as those on Venus, accumulation and inheritance of damage is negligible; hence only subduction zones survive and plate tectonics does not spread, which corresponds to observations. After plates have developed, continued changes in driving forces, combined with inherited damage and weak zones, promote increased tectonic complexity, such as oblique subduction, strike-slip boundaries that are subparallel to plate motion, and spalling of minor plates. An idealized simulation showing how plate-tectonic boundaries (including complex ones) emerge because of inherited damage following a shift in plate-tectonic driving forces; in this case the shift is similar to that which caused the Emperor-Hawaiian Bend in the Pacific. Credit: David Bercovici Citation: Researchers build model that may explain how plate tectonics got its start (2014, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. An idealized simulation showing how plate-tectonic boundaries (including complex ones) emerge because of inherited damage following a shift in plate-tectonic driving forces; in this case the shift is similar to that which caused the Emperor-Hawaiian Bend in the Pacific. Credit: David Bercovicilast_img read more

A star studded event

first_imgDelhi opened it’s doors for the first time to the ‘Diorama film festival’. The opening night was stellar with the presence of industry veterans like Randhir Kapoor and Chintoo kapoor, Rahul Rawael, along with the show director Manoj and his son Kunal Shrivastav .Spotted amongst them was producer/actor turned author Pooja Misra in a sparking jumpsuit with a gorgeous champagne fur coat. There is no denial that she was the head turner at Siri Fort auditorium . Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe author has been successfully running a production house which has churned out a web series called, ‘Lovesutra’ which had four million downloads on Hungama play app besides trending on it.Pooja then went on to make a tv show called, ‘Abhi to party shuru hui hai’ on e24 Bollywood news channel for four months.She is now doing pre-production for her mainstream feature film called Jud in which she debuts as a main lead actress which is slotted to go on floors in March 2019.last_img read more

Google Tests Autoplay Videos in Search Results

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag As a heavy user of the internet, I have yet to find anyone who enjoys videos that automatically start playing as soon as a web page loads. It’s a terrible idea made worse when the sound isn’t muted by default.So it’s with dismay that I report Google is experimenting with autoplay videos appearing in search results. Google confirmed such a test was being carried out to Search Engine Land after it was spotted by TheSEMPost.Below is an screenshot of the search results layout when autoplay video is included, courtesy of TheSEMPost:The video appears on the right of the search results page and is, of course, related to what you are searching for. So this will be especially appealing to publishers who are promoting a new movie, TV show or video game and want their trailer seen as much as possible. Thankfully, the videos are muted and only play through once. If you want to hear the video or have the urge to watch it again, it requires a click or tap.For now, Google is only rolling this test out to a very small number of users. When by Search Engine Land if it would become a permanent feature, a Google spokesperson gave a standard response: “We are constantly experimenting with ways to improve the search experience for our users, but have no plans to announce [the feature] at this time.”That’s not the only search change that’s in the cards. In a separate story, Search Engine Land also reported that Google will do away with Instant Search. The feature, which dates back to 2010, loads search results as you type. But in the last seven years, Google users are increasingly going mobile. “Many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints,” Google told Search Engine Land. Search suggestions — the sometimes humorous drop-downs that appear when you type — will remain, but Google won’t load full results until you hit Search. 2 min read July 27, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Ladysmith bikers ride for charity

first_imgAfter the bike viewing at the children’s home, the bikers and the children headed off to Tower of Pizza, where they were served with a scrumptious lunch.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Ladysmith bikers were seen today (June 24) gathered at the BP Harrismith Road Garage as they embarked on a ride for charity.The ride started at the garage and then proceeded to Morester Children’s Home, where the children were given an opportunity to have a look at the bikes.This initiative, hosted by the bikers, was to raise money which will go towards funding the home. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more