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TMC expels Hill leader Sarda Subba

first_imgDarjeeling: Sarda Rai Subba of the Darjeeling District Hill Trinamool Congress has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities. This comes in the wake of Subba filing her nomination as an Independent candidate for the Darjeeling Assembly bypolls, going against party decision. TMC has not fielded any candidate for the Hill bypoll but is supporting Binay Tamang who is also contesting as an Independent candidate. In the Lok Sabha election, the GJM (Binay faction) had not fielded any candidate, whereas GJM MLA from Darjeeling Amar Singh Rai was fielded as a TMC candidate supported by GJM. On the last day of filing nominations Subba, the TMC Women’s Wing president, Darjeeling, filed nomination as an Independent candidate. She did not withdraw her nomination despite repeated requests. A press release from Aroop Biswas, general secretary and Observer, Darjeeling District Trinamool Congress, stated that Subba is being expelled from the party for 6 years.last_img read more

Netherlands determined to strengthen cooperation ties with Morocco ambassador

first_imgEl Jadida – The Netherlands is determined to strengthen cooperation ties with Morocco, mainly in the fields of the environment, economy, and culture, said, Thursday in El Jadida, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Ron G. Strikker. Trade is expected to reach a higher level in the coming years, especially with the takeoff after the current global economic crisis, he told MAP at the end of a meeting of Dutch businessmen with members of the Association of Moroccan Businesswomen (AFEM), in the presence of the governor of the province, Mouad El Jamai and several local actors.Morocco is full of economic potential to stimulate trade between the two countries, he noted, adding that the visit of the Dutch delegation aims to explore the industrial, agricultural and tourist potential of the Doukkala- Abda region. He said the economic platform of the region is marked by the diversification of activities and the great dynamism supported by good local governance.last_img read more

Member States focus on reducing poverty ahead of UN summit

“As world leaders are preparing to discuss progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and efforts to reduce poverty, democracy remains central to any development approach,” Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, told a meeting at UN Headquarters. The President has identified the pursuit of the MDGs – which include slashing poverty, fighting disease, halting environmental degradation and boosting health – along with UN reform and the promotion environmentally sustainable development as key areas of focus for the Assembly’s 65th session, which kicked off on Tuesday.“In particular, we must bridge the gaps in the fight against hunger, child mortality and maternal health,” he told a news conference yesterday. “This is possible,” he added. “Our work in the coming week must result in a sincere commitment and a genuine plan of action to ensure that we reach the ambitious goal that the international community set for itself in 2000.”The three-day summit on the MDGs, convened by the 192-member Assembly, begins in New York next Monday and is expected to attract nearly 140 heads of State and government, as well as dozens of representatives from civil society groups, foundations and the private sector.Mr. Deiss said in an interview with the UN News Centre that he hoped the summit will give additional impetus to efforts to advance the Goals.“What the General Assembly can produce most is to create the momentum. We need to mobilize, to motivate, to bring the Member States to more action,” he said, adding that he expects Member States to come prepared to put forward concrete commitments on what they will do over the next five years.This, he added, will hopefully send a clear message to the outside world that despite the economic crisis and despite other difficulties, countries are still committed to achieving the targets they set for themselves in 2000. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today’s meeting is an important opportunity to underline the pivotal role that democracy plays in reducing poverty and promoting human well-being, as it comes just days before the summit. “The political consensus is clear; and experience bears it out: transparency, accountability, and responsive governance are essential if our work for development is to succeed,” he told the gathering. “Robust oversight… a vibrant civil society… popular participation… the free exchange of information and ideas: all these hallmarks of democracy are also crucial for generating economic growth and securing social justice.” Mr. Ban has said that he will use next week’s summit to launch a global strategy for women’s and children’s health. 15 September 2010Member States today underlined the vital role that democracy plays in reducing poverty, just days before a major United Nations summit on how to advance the ambitious development targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9801Brazil real 0.3943China renminbi 0.1880Euro 1.4628Hong Kong dollar 0.156718India rupee 0.01914Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01125Malaysia ringgit 0.2894Mexico peso 0.06885N.Z. dollar 0.8838Norway krone 0.1575Peruvian new sol 0.3790Russia rouble 0.02137Saudi riyal 0.3270Singapore dollar 0.9081South Africa rand 0.09565South Korean won 0.001082Sweden krona 0.1540Switzerland franc 1.2829Taiwanese dollar 0.04075Thailand baht 0.03700Turkey lira 0.3575U.K. pound 1.6008U.S. dollar 1.2264Vietnam dong 0.000054 read more

Oakville man arrested for robbery with homemade shotgun

Halton police have arrested a 30-year-old man following an armed robbery at a convenience store in Oakville.Officers were called to the Piggy Mart convenience store on Lakeshore Rd. at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a robbery. Police arrested Ronald Marwick, of Oakville, as he attempted to leave the store. Investigators say Marwick was in possession of a loaded homemade firearm that was designed to fire a 12 gauge shotgun shell, a conducted energy weapon disguised as a flashlight and 12 more shotgun shells.Marwick is also accused of smashing the security cameras during the robbery and breaking the window of a parked vehicle and stealing miscellaneous documents.He is facing several charges including mischief, robbery using a firearm and unauthorized possession of a weapon.Armed man w/ loaded homemade shotgun, robbed a convenience store & walked out only to be arrested by one of our #finest arriving onscene. Our officers continue to do their best at #emergency response: https://t.co/NLYzivEKoE @HRPSOak pic.twitter.com/5hmBeK62X1— Deputy Duraiappah (@DeputyNish) November 29, 2017 read more

Israel not complying with General Assembly demand to halt barrier Annan

Israel is not in compliance with a demand by the United Nations General Assembly to halt and take down a barrier on occupied Palestinian land, and the construction in present circumstances cannot be seen “as anything but a deeply counterproductive act,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today. Mr. Annan cites the following evidence monitored by UN staff on the ground to support his conclusion: ongoing construction along the northeast boundary of the West Bank and Jerusalem; levelling of land; issuance of land requisition orders; release of the first official map showing the planned route and a declaration of intent to complete the barrier by 2005.While recognizing Israel’s “right and duty to protect its people against terrorist attacks” and noting that it began the barrier began after a sharp rise in Palestinian terror attacks in 2002, he adds: “That duty should not be carried out in a way that is in contradiction of international law, that could damage the longer term prospects for peace by making the creation of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state more difficult, or that increases suffering among the Palestinian people.”Mr. Annan also notes Israel’s repeated statements that the barrier is a temporary security measure and does not represent a “political or other border,” but he says its scope and the amount of occupied land being requisitioned or that will end up within the barrier are of serious concern and have implications for the future. Referring to the Road Map peace plan sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which aims at a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace by 2005, Mr. Annan writes: “In the midst of the Road Map process, when each party should be making good faith confidence-building, gestures, the barrier’s construction in the West Bank cannot, in this regard, be seen as anything but a deeply counterproductive act.“The placing of most of the structure on occupied Palestinian land could impair future negotiations,” he adds, noting that in places the barrier deviates more than 7.5 kilometres, and its planned route by up to 22 kilometres, from the pre-1967 war ‘green line’ border to incorporate Israeli settlements while encircling Palestinian areas.In such an eventuality, some 975 square kilometres, or 16.6 per cent of the entire West bank, including the homes of some 220,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and 17,000 elsewhere, would lie between the barrier and the Green Line, while a further 160,000 would live in almost completely encircled enclaves. The planned route also places 320,000 Israelis between the barrier and the Green Line, including some 178,000 in occupied East Jerusalem, Mr. Annan adds.The report was requested by General Assembly Resolution A/ES –10/13 of 23 October 2003. read more

World moves towards gender parity in basic education UN says

The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Rachel Mayanja, told the 23-member Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) that girls and women were being denied decision-making roles, were being left in abject poverty and were vulnerable to being trafficked.Educational opportunities were being equalized in many countries and probably would be nearly met by 2005, except in sub-Saharan Africa and southern and western Asia, she said at the opening of the Committee’s 32nd session.Discriminatory laws remained on the books in some countries, as did laws whose outcome was anti-female discrimination. As parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 179 countries were obliged to translate the treaty into domestic law and find practical ways to achieve gender equality, Ms. Mayanja said.Meanwhile, until 28 January eight Governments and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were scheduled to report to the committee and receive feedback on official steps they had taken to provide equality of opportunity to women nationals.The eight are Algeria, Croatia, Gabon, Italy, Laos, Paraguay, Samoa and Turkey. read more

US new home sales jump 79 per cent in August to 421K

US new home sales jump 7.9 per cent in August to 421K, biggest one-month gain since January by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 10:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.Sales of new homes increased 7.9 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That comes after sales plunged 14.1 per cent in July to a 390,000 annual rate.The rebound in sales could ease worries that higher mortgage rates have started to dampen sales. It coincided with the best month of sales for previously occupied homes in more than six years. And homebuilders remain more confident in the market than they’ve been in eight years.Still, some buyers may be racing to close deals before rates rise further. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage has risen more than a full percentage point since May.New-homes sales were 12.6 per cent higher in August than a year ago, although the pace remains well below the 700,000 consistent with a healthy market.The number of new homes available for sale rose 3.6 per cent from July to 175,000. That’s still relatively lean — at the August sales’ pace it would take five months to exhaust the supply.The median price of a new home sold in August fell 0.7 per cent from July to $254,600.Sales rose in all but one region of the country in August, increasing 19.6 per cent in the Midwest, 15.3 per cent in the South and 8.8 per cent in the Northeast. Sales plunged 14.6 per cent in the West, the second straight month of double-digit declines.The housing market has been one of the strongest performers this year in an otherwise sluggish economy, helped by steady job gains, low mortgage rates and a limited supply of available homes for sale.Sales of previously occupied homes rose in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.5 million annual pace, the National Association of Realtors reported last week. That’s a healthy level and the highest in more than six years.The realtors’ group cautioned that the August pace could represent a temporary peak. The gain reflected closings and largely occurred because many buyers rushed to lock in mortgage rates in June and July before they increased further. The Realtors said buyer traffic dropped off noticeably in August, likely reflecting the higher rates.Many economists say the housing recovery should withstand the recent rate increase. Mortgage rates are still quite low by historical standards. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.5 per cent last week.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to National Association of Home Builders. read more

Ukraine leader defends himself in offshore account leaks

Ukraine leader defends himself in offshore account leaks by Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 3:42 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Poroshenko said at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that an offshore holding company set up for his candy business was a necessary step to put his assets into a blind trust when he became president in 2014.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) TOKYO – One day after the prime minister of Iceland resigned, the president of Ukraine defended himself Wednesday in the massive leak of records on offshore accounts that has named political officials, business and celebrities from around the world.President Petro Poroshenko said at a news conference in Tokyo that his case is significantly different than others in the so-called Panama Papers, including those in Iceland and Russia, where friends of President Vladimir Putin have been named.An offshore holding company set up for his candy business was necessary to put his assets into a blind trust when he became president in 2014, Porshenko said.He was in Japan to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and business leaders.The leaks have raised suspicion that such offshore entities were set up to avoid taxes, but Porshenko denied that was the purpose in his case. Rather, he said, it was the only way to put his assets into a blind trust through Rothschild investment bank.“This is absolutely normal procedure, and I think this is the main difference from the naming of all the political figures in this Panama list,” he said.Asked why he had failed to fulfil a campaign promise to sell his business if elected, Porshenko said there are no buyers for assets in a country “in a state of war.”He said he was open to an investigation.“If we have anything to be investigated, I am happy to do that,” he said. “But, this is absolutely transparent from the very beginning. No hidden account, no associated management, no nothing.” read more

Wellness activities aim to reduce stress on campus

To help ease student stresses during a tense time, several free Wellness Wednesday initiatives will be held on campus March 29 and April 5.“It’s the last week of classes and people are stressed out and overwhelmed,” said Jaclyn-Rae Tanguay, special events co-ordinator with the Brock University Students’ Union. “We want to be there to help.”With exams on the horizon, she’s hopeful people will take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to take advantage of the various offerings.Wednesday, March 29 will kick off with a free breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Isaac’s Bar and Grill.Free fruit will also be offered throughout the day at the General Brock store.Student Life and Community Experience is hosting a Charity Car Smash in support of MADD Canada from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can exchange a $2 donation for two chances to smash the vehicle that will be sitting in the field in front of Schmon Tower.Free massages and free chiropractic check-ups, hosted by the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre and BUSU respectively, will take place in Skybar Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m.The centre is also bringing the popular puppy room, which allows students to interact with St. John Ambulance therapy dogs, to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts from 12:30 to 3 p.m.The day will conclude with We Love Laser Tag in the Bob Davis Gymnasium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Participants will receive two games of laser tag in exchange for a $5 donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.All of the Wellness Wednesday events are meant to be quick drop-in initiatives that require little time commitment from students, said Tanguay, in her third year of Business Communication.“It’s a chance for them to stop in for half an hour, get refreshed and then get back to studying,” she said. “It’s a great cause. It’s been really well received.”Wellness Wednesday will return April 5 for the final time this term.The puppy room will return to the main campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pond Inlet and free fruit will again be offered throughout the day at General Brock.Thirty-minute paddleboarding sessions will be offered at the pool from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must sign up in advance at the Walker Complex Welcome Desk.An art therapy class be held in Isaac’s from 2 to 5 p.m., with canvases set up for students to drop in and create whatever they please using supplied materials.If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, support is available on campus.Student Health Services, located in Harrison Hall next to Campus Security, can be reached at 905-688-5550, ext. 3243, and personal counselling, in Schmon Tower 400, at ext. 3240.For more information, visit brockmentalhealth.ca. read more

We spent €35k last year monitoring elections in Tajikistan Armenia and Azerbaijan

first_imgELECTION OBSERVERS FROM Ireland took part in missions in countries as diverse as Mali, Nepal and Azerbaijan over the past year and a half, figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs reveal.The amount spent on each mission varied considerably: €600 was spent on election observation mission to Jordan, for instance, while there was a cost of over €60,000 for observers in Ukraine this year.A full list of the expenses from the start of last year was released last week by Minister for Overseas Aid Joe Costello.The current roster of election observers, drawn up in May of last year, includes about 200 people with previous experience of elections or public office.Members of the roster receive a flat rate grant of €600 annually, and participate on a voluntary basis in a range of missions around the world — generally overseen by either the OSCE or the European Union.The Department covers all costs for the Irish OSCE observers, while the EU finances its missions.Costello confirmed that costs for the OSCE missions include “a daily allowance, based on OSCE guidance, to cover the cost of food, accommodation and local transport incurred in country. A return air fare is also provided.”Seven serving Irish diplomatic staff also took part in observer missions since the start of last year.This participation is to facilitate the knowledge development and learning of the officials in question.“The costs incurred by these officials are paid on the same basis as other election observation roster members, though no pre-departure grant is provided.”The observation missions have been criticised in the past as being akin to junkets, with questions raised over the participation of former politicians.However, speaking to TheJournal.ie last year, one former observer rejected the claims saying that the majority of participants had an interest in human rights and political processes.“Some people thought we were milking the system but that was not the case,” the observer said.We were up until four or five in the morning in small rooms watching people count.In total, Irish observers have taken part in 23 missions since the start of last year: 17 in 2013 and six this year to date.The total cost for Irish OSCE and EU missions in 2013 was €182,140.40. The figure so far for 2014 is €89,087.96.Read: Would you like to become an international elections observer?Column: Why is the EU observing Bulgaria’s elections this Sunday?last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Designs By Don Announces New Owners

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Wilmington’s Designs By Don.  Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Flipkart Snapdeal Amazon Festival Sale Worst mistakes you would be doing and

first_imgReplace old with new – Look for exchange offers. There are some exciting offers on big billion day on flipkart on electronics as a category. But always ensure you do your research while doing it. Price comparison between flipkart And other shopping apps for iphone 6To get comparison app click hereAlthough desktop is more convenient and user friendly, check for offers on app. Sometimes there is even a further discount on apps, be sure not to miss it. Use things like Shopping Assistant while shopping from mobile apps to use all the smart shopping features even on mobile. The shopping assistant compares prices, shows price variation trends even inside mobile apps.To get comparison app click herePrice variation trend for the an iphone on flipkart ap Some extra discount at checkout has never harmed anyone.All shopping sites have discount coupons which helps us save some extra buck. Applying coupons has never been easier. 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Do you really need it ?If you do is it really the best deal or a fake deal.Now the first one you would have to ask yourself. But for the second one there is help. There are some smart shopping tools you should use. Buyhatke tool tops that list. Its an absolute favorite for a lot of users and a superb tool for shopping during sale seasons. It helps you with 4 simple thingsOn site Price comparisonPrice drop alertsPrice variation trendsBest coupon codes.Checkout the video below to know how you can avoid mistakes while shopping using smart shopping tools like buyhatkeTo get comparison tool click herePrepare your wishlist: Only keep things you really need and desire, this will keep you away from unwanted splurge and useless clutter at home. And set price drop alerts. Tools like Buyhatke have a feature which help you quickly set a price drop alert with just one click and you would get notified whenever the price of the product drops. Here is an example of a price drop alert set on Flipkart for Apple iPhone 6s Online shopping sites like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal do over 40% of their sales via big sale events like big billion day or great indian sale or other sales that they keep launching from time to time. It’s mind numbing, the kind of offers that are splashed all around us. But there are huge mistakes consumers do while shopping during these sales and pay a hefty price for the ignorance. If the urge for shopping during Sale is combined with some smart decisions, you will definitely ace it all -be it shopping on flipkart, amazon, snapdeal or any website for that matter.You can end up losing a lot of money if you do not pay heed to these smart shopping tips this Diwali and for shopping in general on sites like flipkart, amazon, snapdeal and others.To get comparison tool click hereFor case in point check this2nd day of Flipkart Big billion day:The price of the product was raised from 710 to 1520 a day before the sale and then it was being advertised as there is a 20% sale offer on Flipkart.To get comparison tool click hereHere’s the checklist:Introspect: Don’t randomly buy products which come on Sale and are showcased as Blockbuster deals.Always ask yourself the three questions To get comparison tool click hereYou can get notifications on desktop like this which would intimate you of price drops on favourite products on sites like flipkart, amazon, snapdeal and others.Why do you need this ? Shopping during sales is tricky, with luring deals and offers flashing in front of your eyes your impulse takes control of you. Research on products before buying is a must, and Buyhatke does it all for you. On an average a smart shopper who uses better shopping techniques saves over 25% on his shopping and saves 20% more time as compared to a shopper who does not use them and are 30% more happier.Never place your bet on one when you have so many options to choose from specially with so much competition between e commerce companies like flipkart, amazon, snapdeal, this is our chance to make the most of it. Always compare prices, just because one site is claiming to offer the best discounts you need not rely solely on that.To get comparison tool click hereAlways keep your eyes wide open and check the return, exchange and cancellation policy before checking out. Specially beauty and personal products have no return policy, so be sure of the seller ratings, product ratings and reviews before placing your order. So check the return and cancellation policy of flipkart, amazon before placing the order. The return policy, at times are changed during sale days.Do not fall prey of hoax discounts, check for yourself before purchasing.Let us take an example, FIFA16 – Digital Download is available at Rs 2,340 during BBD on flipkart at 41% off , if you look at its price graph you can see that the price was jacked up just before the Flipkart Sale, and that it was mostly available at a lower price. Only if this would have appealed as a great offer to you, you would have ended up with great loss. So ensure you check price variation trends of products. And buyhatke extension helps you do that for about every product sold online.last_img read more

Metro Prepares For Lower Sales Tax Revenues In 2017 Budget

first_imgListen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Screenshot /Metropolitan Transit AuthorityMetro Director of Management and Budget Phil Brenner speaks at a public hearing on the agency’s proposed FY 2017 Budget.Metro’s board is preparing to vote on the transit agency’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Officials say they’re on solid financial ground despite an expected drop in some revenues. Metro Director of Management and Budget Phil Brenner sums up the agency’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year: “It’s financially conservative, it’s achievable, and it’s reasonable.”Brenner says Metro expects to spend about $568 million on operating expenses in FY 2017, a 1.8 percent increase over last fiscal year. That money goes to operate Metro’s local buses and the light rail system, along with its park and ride buses, HOV lanes, paratransit service, and commuter vans.    As for the money that’s coming in to Metro, Brenner says they’re anticipating a drop in sales tax revenue that helps fund the agency. That’s mainly because of the downturn in the energy sector.  Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaLight rail train in front of Metro’s headquarters on Main Street. “Sales tax is our highest source of revenue,” says Brenner. “We’ve been conservative, and in the first year of the plan which is the 2017 budget, we’ve taken a 1 percent reduction on the forecasted growth rate.”  Also included in the mix is a one-time expenditure of $1.4 million for Super Bowl related expenses. Brenner says that could help Metro’s bottom line in the future. “Because that Super Bowl is estimated to bring just over $5 million of additional sales tax revenues,” adds Brenner. Metro projects its 2017 workforce will number close to 4,100 people. That’s an increase of about 100 new employees over 2016. 00:00 /01:16 Xlast_img read more

Doctor Who Trailer Teases 13th Doctor Companions

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetcenter_img The Doctor is in.During Sunday’s World Cup final (spoiler alert: France won), the BBC debuted a 40-second teaser trailer for the upcoming 11th series of Doctor Who.But the video—scored by new composer Segun Akinola—doesn’t give much away.Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall bucks tradition, opting for specially filmed material rather than clips of the next season.The themed clip introduces Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker to future companions Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) without giving away any actual clues about what’s the come.Ryan, eating alone at a roomy diner, is watching the BBC sports coverage when a nearby table begins to shake. As he glances around in confusion, the world slows and a mysterious hand reaches in for a cheeky dip of fried egg.Elsewhere, Yasmin’s friend has just eaten the last slice of pizza when a bookshelf starts convulsing, and Yasmin opens the greasy box to find a new 12-inch pie.To end her TARDIS tour, the Doctor visits Graham, similarly alone with his thoughts—and a tabloid newspaper—with the Cup commentators on TV. Cue the streaky lightning and slow-mo action shot, and his paper has been swapped for a copy of The Beano.Aside from a few wibbly-wobbly glances of the Time Lord (whose outfit was revealed late last year), audiences are no closer to knowing what’s in store for the rebooted show.Still, this teaser is a breath of fresh air for Whovians, anxiously awaiting the new series—the first in 12 years without Steven Moffat pulling the strings.Jodie Whittaker IS the Doctor (via BBC)I know change is hard. But I firmly believe Doctor Who is changing for the better. We have the show’s first female lead and three two racially diverse companions. We have confirmed guest/recurring roles by Sharon D. Clarke, Lee Mack, and Alan Cumming. And, best of all, we have longtime fan and master of surprise Chris Chibnall leading it all.The Broadchurch creator—who appeared on TV in 1986 to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society—has penned half a dozen episodes of the show, including a 42-minute thriller, a two-part introduction to the Silurians, and the sci-fi counterpart to Snakes on a Plane. He also wrote eight episodes of spin-off Torchwood.(Don’t trust his Who credibility? Chibnall snuck an Easter egg into Sunday’s teaser—in the form of Graham’s Beano comic magazine. The 1981 Summer Special issue is the same one the Eleventh Doctor hid behind, pretending to read while watching Clara’s father, Dave Oswald, in “The Rings of Akhaten.”)The BBC is staying mum about season 11: “Coming soon” is all the broadcaster will offer—for now.Keep an eye on Geek.com for more Doctor Who news as the expected autumnal launch date nears.last_img read more

Marvels a NoShow at Square Enixs Brief E3 2018 Event

first_imgStay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima For some reason, probably ego-driven, third-party publishers several years ago decided they deserved their own events at E3. Not content jockeying for space inside big first-party press conferences for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, they needed stages all to themselves. Unfortunately, most third parties just don’t have enough games to justify lengthy press conferences.Need proof of how pointless third party E3 shows are? Just watch Square Enix’s brief 30-minute E3 video full of admittedly cool trailers we’ve already seen at other events, along with Keith David.Annoyingly arrogantly presentation aside, this does showcase Square Enix’s almost schizophrenically varied output of upcoming games. There’s just such a harsh divide between the extended demos of Western games coming out of what used to be Eidos and the nigh-incomprehensible trailers of Japanese role-playing games from Square Enix proper. But cohesion be damned if it means getting cool new video games.AdChoices广告On the Western front we got all of the guns and open-world action with new looks at Shadow of The Tomb Raider (still better than Uncharted) and Just Cause 4. The surprisingly prolific Dontnod also showed some of its free Life is Strange spin-off The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit coming later this month. And whatever The Quiet Man is, we assume it’s coming from the West if only because of the live-action European actors.Meanwhile, from Japan we got a big new trailer for Dragon Quest 11 finally coming over to America on PlayStation 4 and Steam this September. Too bad no news on the Nintendo Switch version yet. Nier Automata is coming to Xbox One and Platinum is collaborating with Square once again for something called Babylon’s Fall coming in 2019, looking quite Souls-ish. Final Fantasy XIV is crossing over with Monster Hunter World in an attempt to trap the worst people. We got a small look at the beautifully rendered, ridiculously named Octopath Traveler for Switch next month. And of course one more fever dream of a trailer for the anime Disney crime Kingdom Hearts III finally confirmed its release next January.In all, not too bad, even if the video itself wasn’t quite necessary. But the biggest disappointment for us is the lack of news of whatever Square Enix’s Marvel project is going to be. Rumors suggest it’s an Avengers-themed Ultimate Alliance reboot from the Tomb Raider devs at Crystal Dynamics, and that would be great. Perhaps we’ll see this game at Sony’s showcase tonight, or maybe not even until after Shadow of the Tomb Raider is out. But so far one of the biggest gaming mysteries we hoped to solve at E3 remains a mystery.Final Fantasy VII Remake, of course, does not exist.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Creating a memory device out of paper

first_img 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. The voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain (PhysOrg.com) — As technology continues to shrink, and as memory needs become more demanding, the industry dealing with microelectronics requires devices that are cost-efficient and lightweight. And, while organic materials have shown some promise, they still lack some of the essential qualities needed for application in a wide variety of fields. “The longest time that has lasted from organic memories,” Rodrigo Martins tells PhysOrg.com, “is about 5,000 seconds. This just doesn’t allow for practical use in many cases as a memory device.” Martins, a scientist at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, continues: “What we have shown is that it is possible to store information on paper, electronically, for more than a year and a half.” Martins is part of a team that includes Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Carreia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira and Elvira Fortunato. The group has demonstrated memory performance using a field-effect transistor built on paper. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor.”“What we are doing is exploiting the memory effect,” Martins explains. “We have a sort of type of integrated foam composed of fibers set up that increases the capability of storing carriers – or charges – in our paper.” These charges allow the paper to display information that is also erasable – and the paper is rewritable so that additional information can be added.One of the attractive features of this memory paper is that it is produced at room temperature, meaning that it does not need special conditions for its manufacture. To create the paper, long fibers from pine and polyester were mixed together and put into an ionic resin matrix. The fibers were then coated with gallium indium zinc oxide, using magnetron sputtering. “We have integrated discrete fibers, and contacts are applied on the extremes of the channel region to allow the induced carriers to move,” Martins says. “Electrons move along the fibers.”Martins points out that another of the attractive features of this paper is its ability to hold multiple layers of information. “If I want my paper to catch information,” he explains, “I can apply a signal of, say, five volts. And it writes on the paper. If I want to erase the information, I basically apply minus five volts – the opposite. But, at the same time, I can write another layer of information using 10 volts. The paper can distinguish between the two, and even if I erase the five volt information, the 10 volt information remains.”The main applications that Martins sees for this work right now involve product information for merchandise. “You can have multiple layers of information on a product label,” he says. “Instead of just the expiring date, you can have more than this, including information about when it went on the shelves.” However, Martins also sees the potential for this paper’s use in books. “You can create a display, bringing a new dimension to the paper,” he says. “You push a button and it changes. You can see a static or dynamic picture, or even another page.” “Such technology,” he cautions, “is still some years away. It will take five or six years to really work out how to use this technology to such an effect. But we do know that paper can store a great deal of information. We have the paper transistor; we have the memory. We have everything we need to make this happen.”More Information: Rodrigo Martins, Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Correia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira, and Elvira Fortunato. “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor,” Applied Physics Letters (2008). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203501/1 .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. center_img Citation: Creating a memory device out of paper (2008, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-memory-device-paper.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Tesla launches new cheaper Model S and Model X

first_imgTesla is tweaking its Model X and Model S lineup again.As spotted by Electrek, the automaker has launched cheaper versions of its Model X and Model S with a 100kWh battery pack, now that you can’t buy the 75kWh iteration.It’s now selling the Model S for $85,000, with its range locked by software to 310 miles (498 kilometres). The Model X goes for $88,000, with a 270-mile (434-kilometre) range.The updated Model X offering.Image: Mashable screenshotYou can still buy the regular 100kWh versions of the Model X and Model S, which adds better range. These cars will cost $8,000 more, and will have the “Extended Range” title tacked at the end of their respective model names, and come slightly cheaper than they were previously.The faster models, which used to be known as the Model S and Model X P100D is now the “Model S and X Performance,” and are priced at $112,000 for the Model S and $117,000 for the Model X.Tesla has also unbundled “Ludicrous Mode” from these performance models, so if you want that acceleration you’ll have to cough up $20,000 for the upgrade.These price changes come after CEO Elon Musk suddenly ended sales of the cheapest versions of the Model S and Model X at the start of January, which both had a 75 kWh battery pack. Now, Tesla only produces one type of battery for the Model X and Model S.The slimming of options is part of Tesla’s bid to simplify its manufacturing processes — which included the cutting of seven standard colors down to five last September — as it tries to hit missed production targets and looks to turn a profit.Tesla also cut down part of its workforce earlier this month, and its Q4 2018 earnings call on Wednesday should help paint a clearer picture of the automaker’s future after a very, very challenging year. Tesla has rejigged its Model X and Model S pricing and naming.Image: TeslaBy Johnny Lieu2019-01-30 05:00:34 UTClast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 200 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6 in the regular season, with the clubs splitting two postseason games. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) during the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago. The Detroit Lions and Packers will each try to wrap up disappointing seasons overall with a win when they face off at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will select the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series. Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme.This will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not hosted the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Former Arizona star Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from football“With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.”Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Coop hopes to regain ownership in five years

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouTHE CO-OPERATIVE Movement hopes to regain ownership of its banks within five years of their nationalisation, said outgoing general manager of the Central Co-operative Bank (CCB) Erotokritos Chlorakiotis yesterday.The state will soon become the largest shareholder in the co-operative banking institutions, but the latter will have the right to be the first to buy back their shares after a transitional period of five years, said Chlorakiotis.“The co-operative movement is sufficiently strong and will soon be in a position to regain its shares,” he added.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said yesterday the government would spend around €1.5 billion of the €10 billion international bailout to buy shares in the co-operative movement so the latter could meet its recapitalisation needs.The state was effectively using taxpayers’ money to save the co-op banks from going bust, he said. In turn, depositors will be saved from a ‘bail-in’ as experienced by depositors in the Bank of Cyprus and former Laiki.The co-ops will receive the money after the disbursement of the second tranche of the Cypriot bailout programme, pending approval of the Eurogroup on September 13.The move will make the state the exclusive owner of the co-operatives, acquiring 99 per cent of its shares.Georgiades explained the share purchase would not be in the form of a loan accruing interest annually. As the exclusive owner and shareholder, the state will not get interest on the €1.5 billion, however any profits made will belong to the state, as will any losses.Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chlorakiotis expressed confidence that the state would not sell its shares in the co-op movement to others in the private sector, but will give the movement a chance to get back on its feet and buy back its shares from the state.In any case, he argued, the state owes the co-ops €2 billion; around €1 billion in state bonds and the rest in loans either towards the state or to local authorities but with state guarantees.Georgiades countered that these were separate issues that were not related.Chlorakiotis also noted that mergers will take place to reduce the number of co-ops from 93 to 18, meaning a “substantial number” of branches would have to be closed.The restructuring plan would be submitted at the end of September to the Central Bank of Cyprus and to the finance ministry as the largest shareholder.The outgoing chief said the aim of offering a voluntary early retirement scheme was to reduce the need for a large number of redundancies.An article by online news site Stockwatch last month revealed that the early retirement plan included extremely favourable terms for outgoing staff, far over and above what their colleagues in the Bank of Cyprus are currently negotiating for.Under the proposed co-op plan, employees with 15 years of service under their belt, and approximately the same number of years left to go until retirement will get 41 times their salary as compensation for early retirement, counting for approximately three and a half years of earnings.However, before the scheme can be brought into effect, it will likely need the approval of its new owner next month, the state, and by extension, the taxpayer.Chlorakiotis yesterday noted that consultations were still needed on various technical issues like the dividend that the co-operative movement will pay to the state, which will be discussed at a political level, he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more