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RNIPJD Row PPS Tells Coalition Parties to Prioritize Youth Demands

Rabat – Amid an intense row between PJD and RNI, the PPS head has called on the coalition parties to answer youth’s demands instead of the ongoing quarrel.The secretary-general of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), Nabil Benabdellah, commented on the tragedy of the 20-year-old woman killed by gunfire from the Royal Moroccan Navy on a migrant boat on Tuesday.His comments came at the opening of the summer university of the PPS youth on Thursday. Read Also: Morocco’s PJD: ‘We Are Clinging to Our Alliance with PPS’PPS is part of the government coalition, along with the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the National Rally of Independents (RNI).Benabdellah, the former minister of housing, called on the government to deal with social events with “the necessary seriousness and overcome the marginal conflicts of some political components.”Benabdellah referred to the recent tension between PJD and RNI as representatives from both parties have traded critical remarks following RNI member Rachid Talbi Alami’s comments about the PJD.Alami, who is the minister of sports and youth, accused the PJD of “imitating” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and of “wishing to destroy the country.”PJD’s secretary-general deputy Slimane El Omrani responded to the accusation, describing Alami’s statements as “irresponsible and dangerous.”Read Also: Water Dept. Dissolution: Morocco’s PPS, PJD Hold ‘Friendly’ MeetingPJD member Abdelaziz Aftati called on RNI to withdraw from the government, a call that angered the secretary-general of RNI, Aziz Akhannouch.But for Benabdellah, it is surprising how there is conflict at a time when priority should be given to social issues.According to a statement from PPS, Benabdellah believes that “Morocco is living in a difficult situation, and that there is a growing gap in youth migration.”The statement added, “He stressed the need to be aware of the danger threatening Morocco, which could lead to dire consequences for the country.”He also conveyed his condolences to the family of the 20-year-old girl who was shot dead.Read Also: PJD-RNI Row: Akhannouch Condemns Response of PJD’s General SecretariatPrior to the RNI-PJD conflict, PPS had its own flare-up with PJD after the dissolution of the water secretariat in August. The water department was run by PPS member Charafat Afilal.The argument escalated to the point Benabdellah threatened that the party might withdraw from the government since they had not received any prior notice of the decision to remove the water secretariat.The department was removed at a request from Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the secretary-general of the PJD. read more


UN workshop on tracing small arms opens in Brazil

11 June 2008The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs opened a workshop today in Rio de Janeiro to help governments trace illicit small arms and light weapons. The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs opened a workshop today in Rio de Janeiro to help governments trace illicit small arms and light weapons. The workshop, which is jointly run with INTERPOL, the international police organization, is to focus on helping government officials familiarize themselves with the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons, which is known as the International Tracing Instrument.Officials will also learn about INTERPOL’s Electronic Weapons Tracing System. In April this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his first-ever report on small arms to the Security Council. In that document, Mr. Ban observed that most current conflicts are fought using mainly small arms and light weapons and that they are widely used in inter-State conflicts as well as in civil wars, terrorism, organized crime and gang warfare. The workshop is being organized by the UN’s Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Conventional Arms Branch and its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Government of Brazil. read more


Watch166 billion of retaliation Canada hits back with dollar for dollar duties

WASHINGTON — Canada is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference Thursday.“This is $16.6 billion of retaliation,” Freeland said.“This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era. This is a very strong response, it is a proportionate response, it is perfectly reciprocal. This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.”Freeland made the announcement alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following word from the White House that the U.S. will slap tariffs on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminium as of midnight Thursday night.She called the U.S. measures illegal and counterproductive, and both she and Trudeau expressed how hard it is to imagine how Canada could ever be a national-security threat to an ally as close and important as the United States.“That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s target, and that the federal government would far prefer that its hand not be forced.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions will expire as scheduled on Friday.“The government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism,” Trudeau said.“We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed Thursday that the United States would end the temporary exemption on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminum as of midnight, as scheduled.That means that President Donald Trump will be face to face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week in Quebec.While the tariffs have had “major, positive effects” on industry jobs and workers, “the Trump Administration’s actions underscore its commitment to good-faith negotiations with our allies to enhance our national security while supporting American workers,” the White House said in a statement.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted until June 1 from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, campaigning in advance of the June 7 provincial election, savaged the U.S. president as she called the tariff measure short-sighted and urged Trudeau “to take the strongest retaliation possible to protect our workers” and industry.“I think that we’ve all had just about enough of Donald Trump…. He doesn’t seem to get that his bluster and his bullying are costing people real jobs — in his own country, in Canada and in Ontario,” Wynne said.“I really believe that now the time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that.”U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Getty Images During a conference call early Thursday, Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he said that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. is making its decision on national security grounds — a justification Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has dismissed as absurd.In the case of Canada and Mexico, Ross said the decision was based on a lack of progress in the ongoing talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.“As to Canada, Mexico, you will recall that the reason for the deferral had been pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks,” he said.“Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded” so they were added to the tariff list, he said.If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it will not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, he added.“If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations,” Ross said. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.”The long-threatened tactic is sure to cast a pall over the G7, with some observers saying a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up, with Trump as the outlier.Ross played down the divisions.“There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” he said.“It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will be at the G7 table with the seven other country leaders, expressed strong opposition to Thursday’s decision.“The EU believes these unilateral U.S. tariffs are unjustified and at odds with World Trade Organization rules. This is protectionism, pure and simple.”Trump had been widely expected to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union. Canada and its European allies have spent recent days making a concerted effort to head off the move.Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately Wednesday to dissuade Trump, who is using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the move. Trudeau and Macron will meet next week in Ottawa before the G7 to talk strategy. read more


Middle East Annan voices hope Abu Mazens resignation does not derail Road

In the first of a pair of statements issued today, a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General was “greatly troubled” by the intensifying cycle of violence, retaliation and revenge between Israelis and Palestinians. “He deplores the tendency of both sides to disregard their obligation to protect civilians under international humanitarian law,” the statement said.The Secretary-General condemned Saturday’s attempt by Israel to assassinate the Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. “Not only are extra-judicial killings a violation of international humanitarian law,” the statement said, “the attack on Sheikh Yassin also involved the use of disproportionate force in a densely populated civilian area.”Mr. Annan also called on Israel to cease and desist from such acts and return to efforts at negotiation with its Palestinian partners, as outlined in the Quartet Road Map, a plan put forward by the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States calling for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states living side by side in peace by 2005. “He fears that the alternative is still greater bloodshed and loss of innocent civilian life,” the statement added.The second statement said the Secretary-General “very much hopes” that the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen would not derail efforts embodied in the Road Map to forge peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”He believes it is important that the democratically elected Palestinian institutions reach consensus on the appointment of a credible and fully empowered Prime Minister, with all the necessary authority and means to implement Palestinian obligations under the Road Map,” the statement said. read more


Tesla owner who turned on cars autopilot then sat in passenger seat

No one could be seen in the driver’s seat and Patel appeared to have his hands behind his head. The witness, who was a passenger in another car, filmed Patel as the car drove past.Witness accounts stated that traffic was heavy due to congestion and it has been estimated that the vehicle was travelling at approximately 40mph at the time. 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. Footage of the incident was first posted on social media before it was reported to police and a Notice of Intended Prosecution was then sent to Patel in the post.He was later interviewed by officers at Stevenage Police Station, where he admitted that he knew what he had done was ‘silly’, but that the car was capable of something ‘amazing’ and that he was just the ‘unlucky one who got caught’.As part of the investigation, officers obtained a statement from a Tesla engineer who described autopilot as a ‘suite of driver assistance features’. Tesla founder Elon MuskCredit:Joe Skipper/Reuters “This case should serve as an example to all drivers who have access to autopilot controls and have thought about attempting something similar. I want to stress that they are in no way a substitute for a competent motorist in the driving seat who can react appropriately to the road ahead. “I hope Patel uses his disqualification period to reflect on why he chose to make such a reckless decision on that day.”In addition to his 18-month disqualification, Patel was given 100 hours unpaid work, ordered to carry out 10 days rehabilitation and pay £1,800 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service. They stated that these are hands-on features intended to provide assistance to a ‘fully-attentive driver’.Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) assists with acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle whilst Autosteer provides assistance with steering of the vehicle.Further literature provided by Tesla states that drivers should ‘never depend on TACC to adequately slow down model S, always watch the road in front of you and be prepared to take corrective action at all times. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death’.Investigating officer PC Kirk Caldicutt, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “What Patel did was grossly irresponsible and could have easily ended in tragedy. He not only endangered his own life but the lives of other innocent people using the motorway on that day. Show more A man who switched on his car’s autopilot before moving to the passenger seat while travelling along a motorway has been banned from driving for 18 months.Bhavesh Patel, aged 39, of Alfreton Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 20.The court heard that at 7.40pm on May 21, 2017, Patel was driving his white Tesla S 60 along the northbound carriageway of the M1, between junctions 8 and 9 near Hemel Hempstead.While the £70,000 car was in motion, he chose to switch on the supercar’s autopilot function before moving across to the passenger seat and leaving the steering wheel and foot controls completely unmanned.A witness noticed Patel, who had owned the car for a maximum of five months at the time of the incident, sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Musk read more


Ready to sign

first_imgGreek diplomats in Australia have been given the go ahead to sign, on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Education, an updated Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation, concerning the future of the Greek language in Victoria, the Consul of Education Affairs in Melbourne Mr Vasileios Gkokas told Neos Kosmos. The agreement with the Department of Education of Victoria will be based on the almost completed Memorandum of 2011, which was not signed at the very last moment because of the political developments in Greece.“We have the approval of Greece to sign,” says Mr Gkokas, referring to the attempts of the Greek side to improve the terms and conditions of the Memorandum. Greece contributed and continues to contribute teachers to Victorian schools to teach Greek. “Now that Greece has some problems, it will be good if Victoria accepts part of the financial burden for the salaries of those who come to teach Greek in Victoria, we have noticed that this is happening with the teachers of other languages”, he says.In this upcoming Memorandum, the emphasis will be on the need for a permanent institutional dialogue at regular time intervals on the state of the Greek language. “All these years we have appointed a teacher that works closely together with the Department of Education in Victoria and the Victorian side does the same with us” states the Consul of Education.“Greece is working to sign updated Memoranda of Understanding on Educational Cooperation with the state governments of New South Wales and South Australia, while at the same time we have done preparatory work with the government of the Northern Territory”, said Mr. Gkokas. The future of the Greek language in Australia is in the hands of the Greek Australian Community, believes the Consul of Education who goes on to say that there is no point using arguments from a bygone era in order to map a course of action for the future. “We no longer have the first generation who spoke and nurtured the language”. The Australian Government through the national curriculum gave the Greek community the opportunity to be able to learn its own language in the state school system, but “It is the law of supply and demand”, as Mr. Gkokas states. “If the community is insular and does not get involved in school councils, if it does not make it a priority to learn the language, we will fall behind, and this is what is happening in the last few years in Victoria”. It takes a lot of individual and well-coordinated collective effort to support the Greek language he added and of course, we need to spend money to advance our cause Australia wide and on a tertiary level.“We have the largest number of ethnic schools across Melbourne, about 40. The Chinese have almost 13 to 14 .These schools do their job, whether religious, private, or community they do their job, but we need to coordinate our actions”.The Ambassador of Greece to Australia Mr Haris Dafaranos and the Consul General in Melbourne, are contemplating calling a meeting of all the Greek language stakeholders in the near future. “We wish to help establish a Foundation to fund the learning of Greek and we also need to map a common course of action” the Education Consul says.The Greek state will play its institutional role, as expected by the community, and it will continue to help says Mr Gkokas. “The number of Greek teachers from Greece becoming available to teach Greek to the three Greek Colleges to the Universities (Monash, La Trobe, RMIT) in Melbourne, the State School system or to the recognised afternoon Greek schools, might have declined, due to the crisis, however, Greece continues to support the teaching of the Greek language in the Antipodes”, he says.Greece will continue to train teachers of Greek in Australia through the University of Crete. “We might not be able to invite teachers to Crete anymore, but within the next few days Greek academics from the University of Crete will be arriving in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, to conduct a number of Seminars specifically for teachers of the Greek language in Australia,” he said.There is also the Australian federal government sponsored teacher training program ‘Endeavour’, run in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. “Hopefully, the Australian wide application of a Crete University web based pilot program in the near future, that will supply schools, teachers and students with everything they need in order to teach and to learn Greek, will also become available;” said Mr Gkokas, stressing that the future of teaching Greek in Australia is ultimately in the hands of the community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

This is a very important win Asamoah

first_imgFor Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah, the victory against Empoli today in the Italian Lega Serie A is key to the team’s objectivesInternazionale Milan defeated Empoli 1-0 today, to close 2018 in the Italian Lega Serie A.And for Kwadwo Asamoah, this triumph is very good for the team’s objective.“This is a very important win, winning games like this is always important for your league season,” he told the club’s official website.“It’s certainly a good thing to end the year with a win.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Keita’s goal? It’s worth a lot to us because it’s allowed us to pick up the three points. He’s starting to play at his peak levels,” he added.“My first few months at Inter? They’ve been intense and emotional, and in the next six months we have to improve even more: I’m convinced that we can do even better than what we’re doing.”“The best moment so far? I think the win at home against Tottenham – Vecino’s goal was a very emotional moment,” he explained.“We want to achieve important objectives next year. It’s difficult to make promises in football, but we’ll give everything in terms of commitment. I would like to wish all Inter fans a great 2019.”last_img read more


Defiant French mourn 12 dead in newspaper attack

first_imgPARIS — A young woman wept while complete strangers on Paris’ normally bustling subway stared at each other in solidarity at noon Thursday, as the train ground to a halt for one minute of haunting silence.Muslims at The Paris Mosque fell quiet too, a day after the biggest terror attack on French soil in living memory. Catholics listened inside Notre Dame Cathedral as its gargantuan bell tolled, the sound echoing around the Ile de le Cite. President Francois Hollande ordered flags flown at half-staff, and the Eiffel Tower will switch off its lights and shroud tourists in dark.Thursday marked a moment for an often-divided France to come together as one nation to mourn. Twelve people were killed in the shooting on and around the premises of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris on Wednesday, in which the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar!” as they fired. Now, the French are trying to understand why.One Algerian-born grandmother, Algdia Henneche, wept.“We’re all in danger now. In the shops, in the bus. I’ve brought up seven children here. France is multicultural — we welcome all countries. Now for my grandchildren, what will happen?” asked the 69-year old.Magali de Rapheles, a 22-year-old student, shed a tear as she observed the silence on No. 13 subway line. “I’m still in shock. A minute of silence is important to remember and to process — even on the metro. I’ve found it hard to do anything since yesterday,” she said.last_img read more

VIDEO WCTV Interviews WHS Winter Sports Captains

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television recently caught up with the captains of each WHS Winter Varsity Sports Team.  The captains provided their outlook on the upcoming season. Watch the interviews below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”VIDEO: WCTV Interviews WHS Spring Sports CaptainsIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Winter Sports Captains Provide Mid-Season UpdatesIn “Videos”last_img read more


Egypts barter website Bekia gives you essential food subway ticket for waste

first_imgThe plastic waste problem is of major concern in a city like CairoDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesA barter scheme that allows an exchange of recyclable waste for essential products of daily use is gaining ground in Egypt, with more and more people opting for the programme. This novel exchange website is the brainchild of a group of young entrepreneurs, who took advantage of a crisis caused by waste.Bekia, a term that indicates old, unused items that are often dumped in garbage bins, has strengthened its client base to 7,000, while plans are afoot to raise it to 50,000 people who look to get rid of their waste within two years, said a report in Arab News.”We are expanding from 22 to 30 areas in Cairo this year. We are launching an app very soon and a new website with better features,” Alaa Afifi, co-founder of Bekia, said, adding, “people can get rid of any waste at their disposal – plastic, paper and cooking oil – and exchange it for over 65 products on our website.” Also, Bekia has ambitious plans to expand its market outside Egypt.The goal of Bekia is to take advantage of the environmental problem faced by Egypt and turn it into an investment opportunity.Simple conceptThe concept is very simple. For discarding recyclable waste, people log onto the website to specify the items. They are given points based on the waste and these points can be used in one of the three ways – donate to people in need, save for later or exchange for products. Products for trading include rice, tea, pasta, cooking oil, subway tickets and school stationeries.A member of the Bekia team then communicates with the user to collect the waste materials, which are sold to recycling companies for processing.Egypt, which has about 100 million population, annually produces about 22 billion tonnes of waste, which poses a social problem as the government cannot deal with the waste effectively.The Cairo-based company collects recyclables from virtually all places, including households, schools, universities, restaurants, cafes and companies.When the company was launched in 2017, the business model did not prove successful. “We used to rent a car to go to certain locations every 40 days to collect waste from people. We then created a website and started encouraging people to use it,” added Afifi.The company has been trying to create awareness on the importance of protecting the environment through campaigns in schools, colleges, residential areas and companies.However, the platform has its own challenges due to the reluctance of the society in ​​using a website for disposing of waste. The promoters have strengthened its awareness campaign to overcome this hurdle.last_img read more

39 BNP leaders face arrest warrants

first_img-A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued warrants for the arrest of 39 leaders and activists of BNP in an arson case filed with Paltan police station, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge M Quamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order, accepting the charge-sheet pressed against them.Supreme Court Bar Association president Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, BNP leaders Zainul Abedin, Maruf Kamal Khan, Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, Shirin Sultana, Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papiya and Mir Sharafat Ali Sapu were among the accused.Debi Kanta Barman, sub-inspector of Paltan police station and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against 53 leaders and activists of BNP in the case.Of the accused, two BNP leaders – Barkatullah Bulu and Manir Hossain – are now in prison while 12 accused, including MK Anwar, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, and Amanullah Aman secured bail from the court.On 3 February 2015, miscreants set a CNG-run auto-rickshaw afire in front of Scout Building in the city’s Paltan area during a blockade programme enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.last_img read more

TikTok Owner Preparing Streaming Service to Rival Spotify Report

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Both Spotify and Apple Music have set their sights squarely on emerging markets, particularly in Asia and Africa, as sources for growth that they hope will lead both streaming services to profitability. Spotify’s Daniel Ek often speaks of the potential in markets that have not yet embraced streaming — albeit potential that adds up to significantly less than paid subscriptions garner in North America and Europe.Spotify’s recent launch in India was bedeviled by a number of problems, including an already-crowded streaming marketplace in the country (several services were established long before Spotify), still-unresolved licensing issues with Warner Music, and a monthly subscription price of less than $2, significantly less than the $9.99 it charges in much of the world.Variety will have more on this situation as it develops. ByteDance, the Beijing-based owner of the TikTok video app, is developing a paid streaming music service aimed at the same emerging markets that Spotify and Apple are seeking to explore, according to a report in Bloomberg. The app could be introduced as early as autumn, according to the report, which adds that the company has already secured licenses from the large Indian music labels T-Series and Times Music, although it has not yet struck deals with the three major label groups, Sony, Universal and Warner.Reps at ByteDance did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.While the new app does not share a name with TikTok, Bloomberg’s sources said, the company will attempt to convert some of the app’s users into paying customers. It will “include a catalog of songs available on-demand, as well as video, and isn’t a clone of Spotify or Apple Music,” Bloomberg’s sources said, adding that music industry executives have seen demonstrations of it. ByteDance is hoping to use the app to reduce its dependence on advertising and prove the viability of paid streaming services in emerging markets.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


Duke Nukem Forever gets Balls of Steel special edition

first_imgThose of you waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to get a release on May 3rd now have a decision to make: do you opt for the standard or newly announced special edition?That’s right, DNF is getting a special edition appropriately entitled “Balls of Steel.” The extras on offer can be seen in the image above and include:Collectible bust of the greatest alien ass-kicker of all-timeNumbered, limited-edition certificate of authenticity100-page hardcover book: The History, Legacy & Legend of Duke Nukem Forever Art from the VaultDuke Nukem Forever postcard seriesDuke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem stickerDuke Nukem Forever collectible comic bookDuke Nukem Forever foldable paper craftDuke Nukem Forever poker chipsDuke Nukem Forever mini-card deckDuke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem diceNo price has been announced for this special edition, although the standard edition on consoles is between $55-$60. So we would guess Balls of Steel will cost anything from $79-$99.Read more at vg247 and thesixthaxislast_img read more

Cicada wings help researchers design better solar cells

first_img © 2017 (—Researchers have turned to cicada wings to design surfaces with highly antireflective properties, which have potential applications for solar cells, stealth surfaces, antifogging materials, and other optical applications. 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. Explore further More information: Imran Zada et al. “Multifunctional, angle dependent antireflection, and hydrophilic properties of SiO2 inspired by nano-scale structures of cicada wings.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4986133 (Left) Photograph of a cicada, (center) SEM image of nanostructures on cicada wings, and (right) 3D AFM image of cicada wings. Credit: Zada et al. ©2017 American Institute of Physicscenter_img Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces As researchers Imran Zada et al. at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China explain in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters, cicada wings have nanoscale structures that give them exceptional antireflective properties, allowing them to transmit or absorb close to 100% of visible light. When it comes to solar cells, antireflective properties play an important role since absorbing more light leads to a better overall performance.In their paper, the researchers explain how they fabricated a silicon dioxide surface (an inexpensive material that is commonly used to make windows and camera lenses) with the same nanostructured pattern as cicada wings (which are made mostly of chitin) by using the wings as a template. By treating biological cicada wings in a solution containing silicon dioxide, then exposing the treated wings to high-intensity ultrasound, and finally allowing the wings to solidify so that the wings can be separated from the silicon dioxide material, the researchers were able to fabricate biomorphic silicon dioxide surfaces with the same nanostructured pattern that the cicada wings have. “Our work demonstrates that silicon dioxide with an antireflective structure can be directly fabricated from cicada wings through a simple and inexpensive sol-gel assisted ultrasonic method,” coauthor Wang Zhang at Shanghai Jiao Tong University told “The material exhibits a high performance of antireflective properties in the visible wavelength range at a wide range of incident angles.”Tests revealed that the new surfaces have a very low reflectance, absorbing as little as 0.3% of visible light. The reflectance properties vary depending on the incident angle of the light, however, and increase to 3.3% with increasing incident angles of the light. The researchers explain that the good antireflection properties arise due to the nanostructured pattern of the wings, in which the nanostructures’ dimensions are smaller than the wavelength of light. This pattern creates a continuously graded refractive index profile from air to the material’s surface, which essentially provides a pathway for light rays to enter the material and prevents them from reflecting back out.Although cicada wings are naturally superhydrophobic, the researchers were able to tune this property on the silicon dioxide surface by changing its chemical composition, transforming it into a hydrophilic material. With hydrophilic properties, the surface easily forms hydrogen bonds with water molecules. Combined with the material’s antireflective properties, this has the effect of preventing fog formation, suggesting potential applications for anti-fogging and self-cleaning optical materials. The researchers plan to explore these kinds of applications in future work.”In the future, our work is headed toward fabricating high-refractive-index materials with antireflective structures to study their multifunctional properties, such as antireflection, antibacterial activity, and superhydrophobicity,” Zhang said. Citation: Cicada wings help researchers design better solar cells (2017, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more


Sourav Ganguly takes over as CAB boss today

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly all set to take over as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal – a week after a rained out T20 International at the Eden Gardens has seemingly taken some shine off the big change. While Ganguly replaces the departed Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Special General Meeting on the morrow would also see the formal entry of the late cricket czar’s son Avishek into cricket administration, completing the change of guard. Dalmiya junior would be the association’s new joint secretary, a post held by Ganguly since July last year. Subir Ganguly is likely to continue as the other joint secretary and Biswarup Dey as the treasurer.While the talismanic ex-player would be the first Test cricketer to head the cash-rich CAB, Dalmiya’s stint is also likely to be watched with keen interest – with sporting circles likely to draw constant parallelis with his famous father.last_img read more

How a Medieval Fortress Became the Most Famous Art Museum in the

first_imgThe Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the entire world, and its reputation as an important center of culture is well deserved. This opulent palace houses some of history’s greatest works of art, from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, to ancient sculptures such as the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.Much attention is given to the fabulous artworks of the Louvre, but this remarkable museum is almost as famous for the impressive building that contains them.Musée du LouvreThe Louvre is a gilded monument to the glorious past of the French monarchy, and forms an iconic part of the Parisian landscape.However, according to My Modern Met, this fabulous palace started life in a rather more austere guise. The origins of the Louvre date back to the 12th century, when the French king Philip Augustus chose the site as the perfect spot for his new fortress.The coronation of Philip II Augustus in the presence of Henry II of EnglandPhilippe was concerned about the security of Paris itself, as he was embroiled in a series of wars with the Angevin kings of England, who controlled territories covering more than half of what is now France.The threat of an attack on Paris in the 12th century was very real indeed, and Philippe was conscious of the need to bolster the city’s defenses.The city was surrounded by a fortified wall, which could repel even a large army. However, these walls had one major weakness: the River Seine ran through the center of the city, forcing a break in the walls and creating a vulnerable spot in Paris’ defenses.Map of the Louvre castle under Charles V (reigned 1364-1380) as reconstructed in 1856. The map is inverted with the South (and Seine river) at the top of the image.Philippe needed to build a fortress to ensure that no army could break through into the city at the point where the walls met the river.Philippe’s castle, to the west of the city, was a formidable defensive fortress. According to My Modern Met, this large, imposing, square building was surrounded by a moat and had a series of tall, circular towers set 25 meters (82 feet) apart, meaning that any invading army would always be within an arrow’s reach.Louvre castleIn the 13th century, King Louis IX, otherwise known as Saint Louis, began to expand his grandfather’s austere castle. As the city grew beyond the medieval walls, the castle lost its strategic significance, and the threat of a siege diminished.Louis began to make the castle suitable for a royal residence, adding salons and reception rooms that served no real defensive purpose. In the late medieval period, the castle was largely forgotten by the French kings, used only as a retreat in times of instability.Le Louvre castle in the 15th century as illustrated in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de BerryHowever, in 1528, Francois I decided to make the Louvre his principal home. According to My Modern Met, he stripped back the original castle and constructed a lavish, Renaissance palace with beautiful gardens.This extensive remodeling was continued by his son Henry II, and the Louvre became known as the center of the French court of Henry and his infamous wife, Catherine de Medici.One of the walls of the castle preserved in the Medieval Louvre. This is the wall facing the city with the support pillar of the drawbridge, the main entrance to the Louvre.Over the next century, successive French kings would add their own personal touches to the Louvre Palace, making this royal residence gradually more and more extravagant.Most notably, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, added an incredible gilded room known as the Apollo Gallery. The Louvre was now a stunning monument to the absolute, awesome power of the French monarch.Louis XIVOnce the Sun King moved his court to Versailles, the Louvre developed into a repository for his personal collection of art. The palace would gradually be transformed into a home for the fabulous artistic wealth gathered by the French monarchy, and before long, selected members of the elite would be granted access to marvel at the wonderful collections concealed within its walls.However, the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1793 was the catalyst to open the doors of the Louvre to the public. Enlightenment thinkers advocated for an open exhibition space, to allow the general public access to this incredible collection of national wealth.Below-ground portions of the medieval Louvre are still visible. Photo by Pierre-Emmanuel Malissin et Frédéric Valdes CC BY-SA 3.0The plunder of the Napoleonic Wars and France’s imperial expansion in the 19th century filled the Louvre with treasures gathered from across the world. Today, this lavish palace is the world’s most-visited art museum, and contains nearly 35,000 artifacts and works of art.Yet, it is still undergoing transformation. In 1989, Chinese artist Ieoh Ming Pei designed three glass and metal pyramids for the central courtyard of the Louvre Palace as part of a wider remodeling to make the museum more accessible.Read another story from us: Massive Oil Painting by Old Master Unexpectedly Found Behind a Wall in ParisThese imposing pyramids are now an iconic and unforgettable part of the Paris cityscape, and a reminder that the Louvre, like the City of Lights itself, continues to evolve.last_img read more

Canadians among 60000 travellers stranded in Indonesia after volcano eruption

first_imgTags: Indonesia, Travel Alert Monday, November 27, 2017 BALI — Some Canadians are trapped in Bali after Indonesian authorities ordered 100,000 people to flee from an erupting volcano that has prompted the closure of the international airport.Among them is Chantal Desjardins, a Montreal-based media personality and standup comic who was due to fly out Tuesday.Desjardins tells The Canadian Press that local reports suggest the biggest eruption is yet to come, so the situation is “getting a little bit real now.”She’s at a hotel about 70 kilometres away, so there’s no word on evacuating her area for now.Desjardins says according to her airline, the earliest she’ll be able to leave is Dec. 5.Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash about 3,000 metres into the atmosphere since the weekend and lava is welling up in the crater, sometimes reflected as a reddish-yellow glow in the ash plumes.What travellers need to knowWHAT HAPPENED?Ash from the volcano reached the Bali airport’s airspace, triggering its closure early Monday. More than 400 flights to and from Bali’s airport were cancelled and nearly 60,000 travellers have been stranded. Travel disruptions will ripple around the globe as the island is one of Asia’s top destinations, attracting 5 million visitors a year. December through the first week of January is one of the island’s busy periods. The airport’s initial closure is for 24 hours until early Tuesday but there could be prolonged or repeated disruptions because the volcano may spew ash for weeks or have even bigger eruptions.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsTRAPPED IN PARADISE?Travellers can still leave Bali, though probably at significant cost, by taking a ferry from Gilimanuk port to Banyuwangi on Java island to the west and then travelling by car, train or plane to the Indonesian capital Jakarta for international connections. Another possible route is a ferry to the neighbouring island of Lombok and then a flight to Java though ash temporarily closed Lombok’s airport on Sunday and there could be further closures. The government says it has provided 100 buses to transport people from the international airport to ferry ports. Alternatively, visitors could wait to see if the airport reopens though there’s likely to be long waiting lists for flights when it does. Indonesia’s tourism ministry said member hotels of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association will provide a night’s free accommodation to guests affected by the airport closure.HEADING TO BALISome governments are advising citizens to defer travel to the island. Malaysia’s foreign ministry said all but non-urgent travel should be delayed while Australia, a big source of tourists for Bali, said people should be aware that ash clouds could also close other airports in Indonesia depending on weather conditions. A spokesman for major Japanese travel bureau JTB Corp. said all tours set to depart Monday from Japan were cancelled because of the airport closure. Yoshimi Tajima said some people can’t change their travel dates and are switching to other destinations while others are changing the dates. “What will happen from tomorrow is still unclear,” she said.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLOCAL CONDITIONSThe popular tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak and the airport are about 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the volcano and largely safe even with a major eruption though masks and goggles could prove necessary if there’s significant ash fall. Authorities have ordered 100,000 people to leave a danger zone that extends 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the crater in places and tourists shouldn’t enter it. The area, which includes a much-visited Hindu temple on the slopes of the volcano, will be prone to deadly mudflows and lava. The risk of mudflows, which combine water and volcanic debris, is high because it’s the wet season in Bali. Authorities have warned people to stay away from rivers. Canadians among 60,000 travellers stranded in Indonesia after volcano eruption The Canadian Press center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Fitch Ratings Knocks Down Littons Servicer Ratings

first_img Share Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Credit Ratings Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-22 Tory Barringer in Origination, Servicing “”Fitch Ratings””: downgraded mortgage servicer ratings for Litton Loan Servicing LLP following Litton’s acquisition by “”Ocwen Financial Corp.””:[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The agency cut Litton’s product servicer ratings in a number of categories, dropping them from RPS1 to RPS3. In addition, Litton’s servicer rating for manufactured housing product dropped to RPS3 from RPS2, and its residential special servicer rating fell to RSS3 from RPS1. These drops illustrate a fall from Fitch’s highest standards of servicing to average.The ratings downgrade comes in light of Ocwen’s acquisition of Litton last year. Fitch said in a statement that there was “”insufficient information regarding the Litton platform being provided to Fitch to maintain the ratings following the acquisition of Litton by Ocwen.””Litton’s ratings were placed on Rating Watch Negative in June 2011 after it was announced that Ocwen would be acquiring Litton. The financial company purchased Litton from Goldman Sachs in a $263.7 million deal.center_img Fitch Ratings Knocks Down Litton’s Servicer Ratings May 22, 2012 461 Views last_img read more

Bases praised for birdtrapping crackdown

first_imgThe number of songbirds being illegally killed on a UK military base in Cyprus to supply restaurants has fallen by 70 per cent last year, wildlife experts said.More than 260,000 birds such as black caps and robins were trapped and killed last autumn at the British territory, the RSPB said.But the figure is down 70 per cent on the previous year’s estimate of 880,000 songbirds illegally killed to provide restaurants with the main ingredient for the local delicacy ambelopoulia – a plate of cooked songbirds.The illegal activity is being driven by organised crime gangs who make millions from selling the birds to restaurants via the black market, the RSPB said.The reduction in trapping is the result of work by RSPB investigations and the British bases’ police using covert surveillance methods such as filming to catch trappers and secure stronger court sentences, the charity said.Increased patrols coupled with heavier sentences mean hunters now face a double deterrent.In 2016, 19 trappers were covertly filmed at seven sites and all were prosecuted with fines of up to 6,600 euros and several received suspended jail sentences. More cases are ongoing from 2017.The RSPB called on the UK government to ensure the removal of non-native Australian acacia trees, planted to lure the birds, continues to sustain the success in curbing the trapping.Birds are trapped with fine “mist” nets suspended between acacia bushes, and speakers playing bird calls are used to attract the birds down as they migrate.Wildlife experts also urged Cyprus to crack down on black-market restaurants which still serve songbirds, which has been illegal for more than 40 years, though enforcement action is rarely taken.“The reduction in the numbers of birds being illegally killed is a direct result of on-the-ground work by RSPB and Sovereign Base Area staff,” said Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director.“The enforcement and the severity of sentences is also adding to the risks that would-be trappers take.“We now need to finish removing the remaining non-native acacia bushes to make sure that there are no longer places where trappers can hide their nets. This is the long-term solution needed for these migrant birds.”He added the Sovereign Base Area authorities should be congratulated for taking measures including exclusion orders, vehicle impoundments and removing illegal irrigation pipes used to boost the growth of acacia trees.“Now is the time to re-double efforts and make sure we see a permanent end to large-scale trapping and the massive impact it has on our migrant birds,” said Martin Hellicar, director of BirdLife Cyprus.“Increased and consistent enforcement action must be taken against law-breaking restaurants.” You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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