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UNIFIL hosts LebaneseIsraeli meeting to discuss border shooting

first_imgBEIRUT– A Lebanese security source confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Sunday’s shooting across the Lebanon-Israel border had left one Israeli soldier dead and a Lebanese soldier missing.The UN International Force in Lebanon is hosting a Monday morning meeting that will bring together senior officers from both the Lebanese and Israeli armies to discuss Sunday’s deadly cross-border shooting that left one Israeli soldier dead.A Lebanese security source confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Sunday’s shooting across the Lebanon-Israel border had left one Israeli soldier dead and a Lebanese soldier missing.The shooting took place in the Ras al-Naqoura border area, the source added.UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told AA that the international force was working with both countries to contain the situation and avoid escalations.The Israeli government has lodged a complaint over Sunday’s shooting with both UNIFIL and the Lebanese government.Israeli troops along the border with Lebanon, meanwhile, have been put on high alert since the shooting.“We will not tolerate aggression against the State of Israel and maintain the right to exercise self-defense against perpetrators of attacks against Israel and its civilians,” Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner was quoted as saying by the Israeli daily Haaretz.last_img read more

Death Toll in Egypt Mosque Attack Rises to 305 Including 27

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The death toll from the attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai has risen to 305, including 27 children, and 128 wounded, according to the latest record provided on Saturday by the country’s chief prosecutor, Nabil Sadeq. The attack occurred during the Friday prayer in the mosque Al-Rawda Bir al-Abd, located roughly 40 km west of Al-Arich, capital of North Sinai Governorate. The masked terrorists unleashed a suicide bomb before opening fire during the Friday prayer on the worshipers, among whom were army conscripts.A leader of a Bedouin group fighting ISIS told AFP that the mosque was known as a gathering place for Sufis, followers of a mystical stream of Islam considered heretical by the jihadist group.The Egyptian prosecutor said in a statement that about 30 armed men carrying the black banner of the group jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) took part in the massacre.Following this attack, one of the bloodiest in the country’s modern history, Egypt began this Saturday a national three-day mourning.President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has called on the armed forces to build a memorial to those killed at the mosque, reports state media.“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force,” said Al-Sisi in a televised statement.Few hours later, Egypt’s air force launched airstrikes against suspected terrorists in the attack zone in eastern Sinai, where security forces are fighting ISIS’ Egyptian branch.According to the Independent, the airstrikes had destroyed vehicles linked to the attackers, who used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to mow down worshippers during the Friday prayer.This attack on the mosque, an extremely rare occurrance in Egypt, left the country in shock.The grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the premier religious authority in Egypt, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, himself a Sufi scholar, condemned in the strongest terms “the barbaric terrorist attack.”“The shedding of blood, the violation of the sacred houses of God, and the terrorizing of worshippers are acts of corruption on the earth,” he said. read more

Sixteen countries pledge support for UN initiative to reduce maternal mortality

19 May 2011Sixteen countries have announced concrete commitments aimed at drastically reducing current levels of maternal, newborn and child mortality, the United Nations reported today. Sixteen countries have announced concrete commitments aimed at drastically reducing current levels of maternal, newborn and child mortality, the United Nations reported today. The commitments, largely in the form of specific budgetary increases for maternity and natal care, and promises of increased medical coverage for mothers and children, were announced as part of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, a $40 billion programme that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched last year. The new commitments bring to 34 the number of countries making such public pledges, with 27 in Africa. Mr. Ban welcomed the announcement, saying the commitments build on recent momentum towards tackling women’s and children’s health problems. “Political and financial support for action on women’s and children’s health is reaching new and encouraging heights,’’ he said. Echoing those remarks, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said the world is now “on the verge of a tipping point” in the fight against maternal and child mortality. The new pledges were announced by Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Comoros, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Tajikistan, Togo, and Viet Nam. The commitments, made with the support of THE Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, UNFPA and the World Health Organization (WHO), focus on measures proven effective in preventing deaths, such as increased contraceptive use, attended childbirth, improved access to emergency obstetric care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and greater childhood immunizations. Eight countries promised specific increases in the national budgets for medical care for women and children. Others announced specific goals in increasing the coverage area and numbers for such care. At least 10 countries making new commitments promised to increase the number of midwives. Every year, 358,000 women in the developing world aged 15-49 die of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications, 2.6 million children are stillborn, and a further 8.1 million die before their fifth birthday, including 3.3 million babies in the first month of life. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the pledges will also help with efforts to try to attain the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have a deadline of 2015. read more

Prompt and effective UN response needed in Nepal envoy stresses to Security

Briefing the Council on last week’s landmark peace agreement between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative in the Himalayan country Ian Martin said it represents “the most promising opportunity for the establishment of lasting peace and far-reaching reform.”“The United Nations’ response should be prompt and effective,” Mr. Martin told the Council, referring to a letter from Secretary-General Kofi Annan in which he recommended deploying an advance group of up to 60 to monitor the management of arms and armed personnel, as well as advice on the 2007 polls.Mr. Annan also proposed in the letter, which was sent to the Council last Wednesday, deployment of a “technical assessment mission” ahead of a full political mission to provide the assistance that both sides have requested, including verifying and monitoring cantonment of the rebel fighters and the confinement to barracks of Government soldiers.In today’s briefing to the Council, Mr. Martin said it was important for the confidence of the political process in Nepal that the UN extend, and be seen to extend, operational support as soon as possible, adding that recent developments in the country represent “an opportunity” to be grasped.Following the discussions, he said he was gratified by the positive reaction of Council members and their recognition of the need for a speedy UN response. In a related development in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour described the recent peace deal in Nepal as a “crucial step towards setting the foundations for democratic transition in which the protection and promotion of the human rights of all Nepalis must be central.”“However, the parties must translate their commitments into meaningful actions to end on-going abuses. As the country moves into this critical transition phase, consolidating the rule of law through professional policing and a strong criminal justice system will be key measures to be taken,” she said at the opening of the third session of the enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

Home sales plummet in previously redhot Vancouver as market softens

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 11:26 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A real estate sold sign is shown outside a house in Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan.3, 2017. Home sales in Metro Vancouver last month dropped by almost 40 per cent compared with January 2016 with the sale of detached houses falling hardest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – Home sales in Metro Vancouver last month dropped by almost 40 per cent from the year before with the sale of detached houses falling hardest.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the townhome and condominium markets are more active than sales for detached homes.Just over 1,500 residential properties sold in January, down 39.5 per cent from about 2,500 sales that were recorded in January 2016.Board president Dan Morrison says it has been a “lukewarm” start to the year.“While we saw near record-breaking sales at this time last year, home buyers and sellers are more reluctant to engage so far in 2017,” he said in a statement.Sales last month were also down about 11 per cent from December, when about 1,700 homes sold.The benchmark price for detached properties was about $1.5 million in January, down 6.6 per cent over the last six months. The board says townhouse and condominium prices have remained steady.The B.C. government brought in a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers in the Vancouver area last August but some analysts have said the market was already showing signs of softening after months of scorching sales.Last month, provincial government data showed a steep drop in real estate transactions in the Vancouver area after the tax came in.Tax revenues from property transfers in Metro Vancouver indicate there were almost 15,000 transactions in a seven-week period ending Aug. 1, but the number declined to a low of about 4,700 in October.The number of foreign buyers fell from about 1,970 in the period ending Aug. 1, to 60 in the rest of August. In November, about 200 property transfers involved foreigners.The board says the number of new listings for detached, attached and apartment properties also dropped by almost seven per cent last month compared with January 2016. The inventory of homes listed for sale grew by about 14 per cent in January compared to December.Royal LePage recently forecasted an 8.5 per cent price correction in Greater Vancouver this year. Home sales plummet in previously red-hot Vancouver as market softens read more

Urging Somali unity UN envoy deplores murderous campaign being waged by AlShabaab

In a press statement, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack on the Somali Parliament and the many killings claimed by Al-Shabaab’s since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. According to news reports, a car bomb went off earlier today just outside the main gates of Parliament in Mogadishu, killing at least four people. This is the latest in a string of high-profile attacks, including against Parliament itself. Just two days ago, a prominent Member of Parliament, Ahmed Mohamud ‘Hayd’, was shot dead in the city, a murder also claimed by al-Shabaab. That incident was strongly condemned by Mr. Kay and the members of the UN Security Council. While deploring today’s attempted attack on Parliament, Mr. Kay commended the bravery of the security forces that lost their lives ensuring the terrorists were thwarted. “Al-Shabaab have bombed, assassinated and terrorized Somalis in Mogadishu since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a month dedicated to prayers and peace,” the envoy declared, calling on all Somalis to unite and work with the authorities to prevent further attacks and to bring to justice those behind this murderous campaign. Mr. Kay underscored that the UN is working side by side with the Somali people to build peace and a new, functioning State. “We are working actively with the Federal Government, AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] and international partners to build strong Somali national security forces to protect and serve all Somali people” he added. Finally, Mr. Kay offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia, and wished a quick recovery for the injured. read more

Engine production hits 40 million units at Fords Dagenham plant

Following fifty years of engine production at its East London plant, Ford Dagenham has announced engine manufacturing has reached the milestone of 40 million engines.Ford Dagenham, which has been engineering and manufacturing engines since 1931, now manufactures fuel-efficient diesel engines for Ford’s small, medium, and large car ranges, as well as featuring prominently in Ford’s commercial vehicles. Over 50% of global Ford diesel engine demand is supplied by Dagenham.Dagenham-built engines have powered generations of vehicles including the Ford Escort, Cortina, Capri, Granada, and Transit models. Today, engines from Ford’s largest UK plant power three of the best-selling vehicles in Britain: the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford Transit.“Dagenham producing 40 million engines is a significant milestone for Ford’s biggest UK site,” said Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain Chairman. “Ford Dagenham now produces Ford’s most fuel-efficient engine in the 1.6-litre TDCi unit and exports to 12 countries around the world as part of our global ‘One Ford’ strategy. This site is helping to power the UK’s sustainable economic recovery.”Ford Dagenham’s 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine powers the latest Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model, which delivers fuel economy of 85.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 87g/km.Production for Ford vehicles accounts for around 70% of Dagenham’s output, with the balance comprising over 270,000 engines per year for Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Volvo.Total production of petrol engines from Ford Bridgend in Wales and diesel engines from Ford Dagenham is sufficient to power one-in-three Ford vehicles produced globally. These two plants have a total combined annual UK production capacity of two million engines, of which over 85% are exported.Over the past decade, Ford Dagenham has been at the forefront of the urban and industrial re-generation taking place in the area. Ford has committed to investing £1.5 billion over a five year period across its UK sites to engineer and manufacture low-CO2 vehicles and engines.Find out more about UK automotive manufacturing in SMMT’s handy Motor Industry Facts 2012 publication. To read the latest announcements on investment, manufacturing expansion, new vehicle models and employment within the UK’s automotive sector, go to Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Wikileaks publishes draft from freetrade agreement under secretive negotiations

first_imgWIKILEAKS TODAY PUBLISHED a leaked draft from the largest ever international trade agreement currently being negotiated between twelve prospective member states.The release of the draft from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes ahead of a decisive summit of chief negotiators in Utah next week. Contained in the International Property Rights chapter published today are some of the more controversial details which will impact on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.It also includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all twelve of the prospective member states.60 per cent of global GDPThis agreement precedes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with US-EU negotiations for that deal having started in January of this year. Together these agreements will cover over 60 per cent of global GDP and both of them exclude China.Numerous heads of state involved in the negotiations, including US President Barack Obama, have expressed their intention to sign and ratify the deal by the end of this year, though the negotiations have been kept secret and it was previously revealed that only three individuals in each nation have access to the full text.Today Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange accused the US administration of “aggressively pushing the TPP through the US legislative process on the sly”.The 95-page chapter published today lays out provisions for a regime to change or replace existing laws including agreements on patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design.Far-reachingWikileaks said today the enforcement measures have “far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons”.Measures include supranational litigation tribunals which national courts would be expected to defer to, but which would have no human rights safeguards. These courts would be permitted to conduct hearings with secret evidence. This chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties.Assange said: If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.Intellectual property law expert Matthew Rimmer told the Sydney Morning Herald that “one could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations”.“Hollywood, the music industry, big IT companies such as Microsoft and the pharmaceutical sector would all be very happy with this,” he said.States currently involved in the negotiations include the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.Read the full chapter released today>Read: The Wikileaks Party got fewer votes than the Australian Sex Party>Read: “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”>last_img read more

Fowler slams totally unacceptable Salah diving debate

first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence over the “hostile” diving debate and suggested he’s being singled out as a foreign player.Due to his apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge, Salah has faced plenty of backlash over the last few weeks.Unlike fellow Reds legend John Aldridge, however, Fowler reckons Salah is within his rights to go down to the ground when touched.“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote in the Daily Mirror.“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit ­theatrically, ­sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s ­almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise, he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah was this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he ­converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is a former striker, who scored 183 goals in 369 games across two separate spells for Liverpool.The 43-year-old won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in his time at Anfield and is considered a “god” among the supporters.last_img read more

New Apple iMac update for 2019 has better graphics and eightcore Intel

first_img reading • New Apple iMac update for 2019 has better graphics and eight-core Intel i9 processor Apple This week’s new iPad Air and iPad Mini are not the last word in Apple hardware before the company’s expected video streaming service debut at an event on March 25. The iMac line of all-in-one desktops is getting a series of internal upgrades, with more powerful CPUs and better graphics.While the new iPad Air and last year’s MacBook Air got big physical makeovers in their latest incarnations, the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs are unchanged on the outside. Inside, however, it’s a different story. $1,599 $1,799 More coresMost of the iMacs are jumping from seventh-gen Intel processors to newer eighth-gen ones. For the 21.5-inch iMacs, that means either quad-core or, for the first time, six-core CPU options.Graphics go from Radeon Pro 555 and 560 GPUs to the newer Radeon Pro Vega 20. These changes only affect the $1,299 (£1,249, AU$1,999) and $1,499 base model 21.5-inch iMacs. The entry level $1,099 model, with a dual-core seventh-gen Intel Core i5, remains unchanged.More interesting is what’s happening to the 27-inch iMac. That model still starts at $1,799 (£1,749, AU$2,799) and comes with a standard 5K display, but the Intel CPUs start at eighth-gen six-core chips, and can go all the way up to the eight-core Intel Core i9, something usually only seen in high-end gaming systems or creative workstations. This could double performance speed in some applications, according to Apple.Graphics here go up to Radeon Pro Vega 48 from the older Radeon Pro 560/570/580, which Apple says is 50-percent faster. Reordering the Mac lineupWith these updates, nearly every Mac computer has been recently updated or redesigned. Fall 2018 brought us a new MacBook Air and even a new Mac Mini (a system many had assumed was on its way out), while earlier in 2018 saw a notable processor jump in the MacBook Pro. Apple may be feeling the pressure to keep up to date with CPUs in systems, or risk losing creatives to Windows PCs with the latest and greatest components. These new iMacs, especially the 27-inch 6-core and 8-core versions, finally offer a pro-level alternative to the very expensive iMac Pro, which is a highly specialized product out of reach for most. Of course, none of this answers our burning questions about the future of the Mac Pro desktop, which Apple has promised to unveil sometime this year. The new 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs are available to order now, and should be in stores next week. See the buying link below, and note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See new iMacs at Apple See All $1,599 Share your voice $1,799 See It 16 See It Preview • New iMacs promise 1 billion colors, plus USB-C 1:20 Adorama See it Best Buy Intel Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Apple’s iMac line gets spruced up a bit Review • For the 2017 iMac 27, Apple doesn’t mess with success Apple iMac Mentioned Above Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017) Apple Event Walmart Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Tags • Comments Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Now playing: Watch this: See It Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Apple Event Desktops Computers Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event previewlast_img read more

Pioneering musher and husky breeder Natalie Norris dead at 94

first_imgNatalie Norris, then Natalie Jubin, from the cover of This Week magazine in December of 1945. Photo via Histoire des courses mythiques et des grands mushers)A pioneer of Alaska mushing passed away earlier this week. Natalie Norris moved to Alaska in the 40s, and along with her husband, Earl, helped establish the oldest kennel for Siberian Huskies in the world.Listen nowBreeding and mushing Siberian Huskies has stayed part of the Norris family itself. The kennel is now run by Norris’s son, J.P., and her granddaughter, Lisbet, has finished the Iditarod the last three years.Natalie Norris grew up in Lake Placid, New York in the 20s, when it was still common to see people driving dog teams. She began collecting dogs at a young age, eventually competing in sled-dog races across New England.In 1946, Norris made the rare, bold move to Alaska as a young, unmarried woman, taking with her nine dogs.“Shortly before her move, Grandma was featured on the cover of this national magazine,” recalled granddaughter Lisbet Norris by phone. “It was a picture of her, in her parka with one of her big beautiful Malamutes. And somebody mailed that magazine to my grandfather.”“He was already in Alaska. And when he read that she was planning on moving out there — soon as possible — he immediately wrote to her and offered to help in any way that he could. I think he was quite smitten by her photo,” Norris said with a slight laugh.So smitten, in fact, that he met her at the dock, and not long after they married.From the beginning, Norris’s life in Alaska was an inseparable mix of family, dogs, and the outdoors. The young couple established their Anadyr Siberian Husky kennel the same year they wed. They raised their three children on a homestead in Anchorage before moving to Willow in 1967, where the kennel has remained ever since. Throughout, Natalie continued racing dogs.“She was one of the earliest competitors of the Fur Rondy race in Anchorage,” Lisbet Norris said. Decades later, in the 1970s, Natlie won the Women’s Open North American. “That was kind of the culmination of her racing career.”But Norris’s real focus and passion was on Siberian Huskies as a breed. She traveled the world judging competitions and lecturing on the line’s traits.That dedication to sled-dogs survives in her children and grandchildren.“They’re athletes,” Lisbet said of the family’s huskies, “and we believe that training and conditioning them for racing is the best benchmark for the breed.”Lisbet Norris was extremely close with her grandmother, living in the same house with her for several years until just a few months ago. It was her grandmother’s character, more than accomplishments, that have had the greatest influence on her.“She was really the epitome of a pioneer woman. She was so gracious and kind to everybody that walked into that house. And she was a mentor to so many, including myself,” Norris said through tears. “I take a lot of comfort in knowing that I’m following in her footsteps today.”Instead of holding a formal service, the family is planning a picnic this spring, “accessible by dog team, skis, or snowmachines,” along the nearby trails named for Natalie and Earl Norris.“Well Grandma was never a fan of big stuffy gatherings,” Norris said.Natalie Norris was 94-years-old when she passed, “peacefully & in the presence of family,” according to a social media post on the Anadyr Siberians Facebook page.last_img read more

Who was Charlie Whiting F1 race director dies aged 66 ahead of

first_imgCharlie Whiting, who was the Race Director for FIA Formula 1, has passed away at the age of 66. He suffered a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning in Melbourne where he was on duty to officiate this weekend’s season-opening Australian GP. He was the official race starter and was the main man who oversaw all rules matters in F1. Jean Todt, the FIA president, called Whiting “a central and inimitable figure who embodied the ethics and spirit” of F1. Todt added: “Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie.”Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director, said: “I have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world.”I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news. I’m devastated. It is a great loss not only for me personally but also the entire Formula 1 family, the FIA and motorsport as a whole. All our thoughts go out to his family,” he added. Charlie WhitingGetty ImagesWhiting was previously associated with former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team as the chief mechanic and then as a chief engineer. The team won world championships in 1981 and 1983.He began his sojourn with F1 back in 1977 with the Hesketh team before shifting to Brabham for 1978. He stayed put there before hopping across and joining FIA where he was a central part of the organisation’s running of F1 ever since.The F1 family was filled with remorse and offered their condolences:Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has been closely associated with Whiting since starting out in F1 in 2007, told BBC Sport he was “incredibly shocked to hear the sad news”.”What he did for this sport, his commitment, he really was a pillar. Such an iconic figure and he contributed so much.”Sebastian Vettel recalled that he had spoken with him on Wednesday and that it was extremely difficult to believe what has happened: “I walked the track for the first couple of corners with him. It is difficult to grasp when someone is just not there any more.”He has been our man, the drivers’ man. There’s the regulation and then us, and he was the middle man. Any time his door was always open. He was a racer, just a very nice guy.”last_img read more

Cyber trailing of Zahran Hashims links in Kerala and Tamil Nadu revealed

first_imgSri Lanka explosion at Hotel Shangri-LatwitterThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested several people in Kerala and Tamil Nadu citing that they were ISIS sympathisers and in constant touch with Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of Sri Lanka bombing which claimed the lives of 250 people.The suspects have been identified as Mohammed Ashiq, Ismail, Samsudeen, Jafar Sadik Ali and Shahul Hameed. According to The Times of India, they were directly in touch with Hashim for over three years.However, Ashiq, who is from Tamil Nadu, claims he is being framed by the NIA. He says he has given his Facebook details to the agency to complete the probe. The NIA claims that Ashiq was in contact with several National Thowheed Jamaath leaders. He is also suspected to have plotted the murder of several Hindutva leaders in India. He and five others were accused of planning to assassinate Arjun Sampath of the Hindu Makkal Katchi in Tamil Nadu.”The NIA registered a fake case against innocent Muslims and tried to create a story that Muslims are terrorists. But the NIA won’t bother about the real culprits. The case against us in connection with plotting to murder Hindutva leaders is also a false one. We came out on bail because the NIA doesn’t have any valid evidence against us,” Ashiq told The Times of India.He added, “I had not heard about ISIS earlier. I came to know about ISIS on after my arrest. I have never contacted NTJ leader Zahran Hashim. I haven’t chatted with him. I gave my Facebook details to the NIA for investigation. But I don’t know about the others whether they were in touch with NTJ leader.”According to the NIA, they had prior intel of the Sri Lanka bombings through the conversation that allegedly transpired between the six men and Hashim. The NIA then alerted the Sri Lankan government through the intelligence agency. Ashiq added that the NIA is biased against Muslims and is trying to prove that Muslims are terrorists on the global front.The Sri Lankan police authorities have accepted that they sent out an alert on April 11 post-India’s warning that ISIS may be planning a terror attack on its soil. But until then, the involvement of Hashim was not speculated since he had not orchestrated a big terror activity in the country. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:08Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know So Farlast_img read more

ClearTax hopes to cash in on efiling of income tax returns aims

first_imgClearTax is buoyed by the increasing popularity of electronic filing of income tax returns by individuals and the push given by the government. The website is one of the most popular tax preparation and e-filing platforms in India, along with the Income Tax Department’s website. It was used by 1 million individuals to file their income tax returns in financial year 2015-16.The five-year-old portal founded by Arpit Gupta claims to have a user base of 1.5 million and plans to scale it up to 5 million in two years. ClearTax is also used by about 10,000 chartered accountants.The government’s efforts to push e-filing of income tax returns is expected to give a fillip to the portal’s plans. There has been a three-fold increase in the number of individuals opting for online filing of their annual income tax returns in financial year 2015-16 (assessment year 2016-17).Interestingly, the government is ClearTax’s biggest competitor.”As on 5th August 2016, over 226.98 lakh e-returns had been filed in F.Y. 2016-17 as compared to 70.97 lakh for the same period in FY 2015-16,” the finance ministry had said early this month.”The facility of e-verification of IT returns has been used by over 75.3 lakh taxpayers till 5th August, 2016 as compared to 32.95 lakh taxpayers last year till 7th September 2015,” the ministry statement added.ClearTax had raised $12 million in Series A funding from SAIF Partners in June this year, taking the total amount invested in the portal to $15.3 million. A month ago to the June funding, the portal had raised $2 million from Sequoia Capital India, and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Angel.The portal, owned by Defmacro Software Pvt. Ltd., charges anywhere from Rs. 499 to Rs. 1,799 under various plans to enable individuals file their returns electronically.Other portals that enable filing of e-returns include Taxsmile and Taxspanner.last_img read more

Aamir Khans daughter Ira Khan sizzles in her latest photoshoot

first_imgAamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan’s hot photoshootInstagramAamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan is known for social media by storm with her breathtaking pictures. She was recently in news for posting cosy pictures with her boyfriend Mishaal Kirpalani on Instagram. And now yet again, Ira has made everyone jaw-dropped with her latest sizzling photoshoot.Wearing a red bralette and denim hot pants, Ira Khan was seen posing with another model who was holding on to her right thigh. She was seen flashing her washboard abs and belly ring with her hair done in braids. And needless to say that Ira was looking stunning than ever before.Ira is quite active on Instagram and keeps updating her fans about her ongoing projects. In one of the old photographs, Ira was seen assisting the crew probably while donning the hat of a director.The 21-year-old has always stayed away from all the media galore, but she’s quite active on social media. She is interested in acting and may make her acting debut sooner than her elder brother Junaid Khan, who is more into theatre, as per Aamir Khan. Ira Khan has an artistic eye and is a footballer as well.last_img read more

Worlds most powerful MRI gets set to come online

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. Journal information: Nature Worlds most powerful MRI. Credit: IEEE Spectrum Citation: World’s most powerful MRI gets set to come online (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —The most powerful MRI machine in the world is nearing completion. The new instrument will be able to generate 11.75 Tesla, a field strong enough to lift 60 metric tons. Squeezing out those last few Tesla (the previous record for field strength was around 9.4) requires extraordinary precision in the design and manufacture of the superconductor magnets at its core. As a recent article in IEEE Spectrum reports, fields of this magnitude are stronger than those used in the Large Hadron Collider which famously discovered the Higgs boson. As a research tool, a machine like this would allow the brain to be imaged in unprecedented detail—a voxel size of .1mm as compared to 1 mm previously. But as medical device makers struggle to design implants that won’t move, heat up or otherwise fail in fields of that strength, the opportunity for new discovery in the brain, will by guided also by a few new challenges to be overcome. More information: … … eading-minds-1.13989center_img MRI machines normally image the relatively strong signals associated with the nuclei of hydrogen. With higher field strengths it is possible to image signals from sodium or potassium, the ions that are also among the most mobile in carrying the charge associated with spikes in neurons. An area of 0.1mm still might have over 1000 neurons so this technology is not going to be imaging neuron activity individually. It may however, provide recent efforts to decode the private imagery associated with our inner thoughts and dreams with much greater accuracy than current methods. While a recent paper in Nature contains an air of optimism regarding the progress of the decoding algorithms used in these kinds of studies, cautionary tales regarding the interpretations of the results still abound.The 270 million dollar scanner project, know as INUMAC (Imaging of Neuro disease Using high-field MR And Contrastophores), has been in development for the last seven years. Delivery was taken this summer of some 200 km of superconducting niobium-titanium wire. When cooled with superfluid helium to 1.8 Kelvins, this wire will be able to carry 1500 amps. The key to making a magnet that won’t melt or vibrate itself apart, is a new winding design that permits the helium to get where it needs to for cooling, and also provides for winding alignment to micrometer precision. Today electromagnetic devices, like precision servomotors, are no longer wound willy-nilly like a random spool of yarn, but rather put together so that each turn is in the proper place. The idea is that entire electromagnet hums coherently as a whole and creates a uniform field. A more expensive wire material, niobium-tin, would in theory carry enough current at the same diameter to create fields up to 20 Tesla, but it is much more brittle than niobium-titanium and difficult to wind.Pushing field strengths ever higher raises a few concerns. Implant manufacturers, like Medtronic, have a tough job to do to insure the safety of their devices inside magnet bores. One indicator of the gravity of the situation, is that they have taken to naming their devices according to their tolerance of fields strong enough to turn gas cylinders in adjacent rooms into guided missiles. Their SureScan pacemaker comes with guarantee of MRI compatibility—at least up to certain fields strengths, and their spinal cord neurostimuluators, commonly used to subvert chronic pain, come with documentation that doesn’t shy away from some hard-core physics. For example, an MRI system generates three kinds of fields, each of which have different potential for interaction with a device. The static fields are present at all times around the magnet, while the three orthogonal gradient fields kick in only during the scan. A pulsed RF field is also present during the scan, and is created by a variety of different methods. We might note here that when an airplane takes-off or lands, powering down your devices in the face of the unknown is only a nuisance. Powering down an implant, if it is advised, may have more inconvenient consequences.A final cautionary tale before leaping in to one of these new machines, is that the effects of double-digit field strength on the tissues of the body itself are not completely understood. Computer models and simulations will be invaluable in setting guidelines here, but ultimately the proof is in the pudding. Physical tests will be needed, both as reality check for the things missed by the model, and also to help indicate areas perhaps where the models might be too restrictive. Explore further © 2013 Superconducting magnet generates world’s highest magnetic field at 24Tlast_img read more

Spruce up for festivals

first_imgThe festive season brings on parties and gatherings galore. Try new hairstyles every time you step out, and ensure you put on make-up that lasts long.Stylists list down four brand new hairdos for girls to carry out this festive season:4Braided low bun: This is the stylish yet trendy hairstyle that can make you look like a million bucks at your next Diwali party. Pull together all your hair at the back of your head and beginning from the end of your crown, start Dutch braiding your hair. Follow this until you reach the lower part of the hair then wrap the remaining length around the hair tie until all the hair has been used up. This hairstyle will look wonderful with traditional wear as well as gowns. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Waterfall twist: This hairstyle is friendly with all types of hair and can be done effortlessly. You only need some pins and you’re good to go. The waterfall twist is not only easy but it gives a well finished and stunning look as well. You can work this hairstyle on both curly as well as straight hair and it looks incredible with a sari, lehenga or a salwar kameez.4Dutch pigtail braids: Boxer braids aka ‘Dutch Pigtail Braids’ are the newest hairstyle trend that you can play with this festive season. As the air gets more festive, this definitely rounds up as the exclusive yet volume hairstyle. This is a pretty manageable to ace and looks awesome with any hair length, type, and colour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Textured bun: Ditch the regular sleek hairdos that popularly go with saris and opt for a textured bun during this festive season. This textured style surely wins points.Make-up is one of the essential elements which will enhance your festive look and will make you look even more beautiful. Here are few make-up tips for girls to follow:4After applying lipstick, place your forefinger in your mouth and pull out to get rid of excess lipstick that would otherwise get on your teeth and give you a lipstick-coated smile. 4For ultimate staying power, it is crucial to blot with a tissue after applying the lipstick. For making your lip colour even more long-lasting, cover your lips with a tissue after applying lipstick. Now lightly sprinkle a little powder on your lips, gently rub the powder, hit the excess off, and gently press on to the lips. Now remove the tissue, and now your lip color is sealed for all day or night. 4Just when you had to leave for the party, you realise that your mascara has ditched you. Fret not! To revive your dried mascara, mix 2-3 drops of contact lens solutions in it, shake a little, swirl the wand into the bottle, apply and you are all set to kill with those thick, long lashes.4Want thick, dramatic lashes without using false lash extensions? It is possible. Apply one coat of mascara and leave it for a few seconds to dry. Now lightly dab your lashes with some baby powder and curl them with a lash curler. Apply one more coat of mascara and you get perfect glossed jet black lash.4The key to long-lasting make-up is a setting spray. Mix aloe vera gel in water and add a few drops of an aromatic oil. Put this mix in a spray bottle and it is ready to use.last_img read more

Man Found on Beach Clothes Labels Removed Strange Written Phrase in his

first_imgRecent history is full of unsolved crimes and mysteries that have baffled people for years. Some of them have become famous due to the significant media coverage they received, while others became popular among crime and mystery enthusiasts due to their notoriety and weirdness. One such case is the case of the Somerton Man, also known as the Tamam Shud case, an enigma that may never be solved. The body of an unknown man, aged 40 to 45 was found on Somerton Beach near Glenelg, South Australia, on the morning of December 1, 1948. The man was lying on his back as if he were asleep. When the body was transported to the coroner’s office, it was discovered that all labels had been removed from his clothing, and there were no documents or clues that would reveal the man’s identity. Several witnesses told the police that they saw the man wandering around the beach the evening before, and other witnesses confirmed that they saw him lie down, presumably to take a nap. However, the man’s shoes were perfectly clean, as if he never walked on the sandy beach surface and was somehow transported directly to the spot where he was found.Location on Somerton Beach where the corpse was found, marked by an ‘XWhile performing the autopsy on the physically fit body, the coroner found newly developed ulcers and traces of extensive internal bleeding, which led him to believe that the man was poisoned or that he committed suicide by ingesting some kind of poison. The toxicology report showed no trace of any toxic substances; the coroner concluded that the cause of death was a massively toxic substance that was undetectable at the time, but the official cause of death of the Somerton Man remains unknown.A small piece of paper containing the phrase “Tamam Shud,” meaning “finished” in Persian, was found in a pocket of the man’s trousers that was hidden. Investigators discovered that the phrase comes from the last page of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a collection of Persian poems from the 12th century. The police conducted an extensive investigation to locate the book from which the phrase was cut out, which the media publicized.Burial of the Somerton Man on 14 June 1949. By his grave site is Salvation Army Captain Em Webb, leading the prayers, attended by reporters and police.At first, they had no luck, but then a man (whose identity remains secret) discovered the book on the backseat of an abandoned car. Microscopic tests were performed on the book to confirm that it was indeed the same book from which the piece of paper was cut out, but no clues to the man’s identity were discovered.Suitcase and effects, found at Adelaide railway station. From left to right are detectives Dave Bartlett, Lionel Leane, and Len BrownStill, the back of the book contained an Australian telephone number, another unknown number, and five lines of seemingly random text that appeared to be a coded message. Many believe that the book is the key to the decryption of the message, but no one has been able to decode it to this day.A scrap of paper, with its distinctive font, found hidden in the dead man’s trousers, torn from the last page of a rare New Zealand edition of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.”A few days after the Somerton Man was found, investigators discovered his suitcase in a public cloakroom at Adelaide railway station. The suitcase contained shaving equipment, clothing items that matched those of the deceased, sharpened scissors, and a table knife that was modified into a short, sharp instrument. Labels were removed from all clothes in the suitcase, so the investigation was at a dead end.The only possible clue in the investigation of the man’s mysterious death was the Australian phone number found in the book. The number was registered to a nurse named Jessica Thomson.The handwriting found in the back of a book of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. The text is presumed to be some sort of code.She denied ever meeting the man, but she remembered that a neighbor noticed a strange man wandering around her house when she was at work a few days before the body was found on the beach. Some believe that Jessica, in fact, knew the dead man but decided to deny knowing him because he was her former lover.Here is another mystery story from us: Scotland Yard is built on a crime scene related to an unsolved murder – the Whitehall MysteryOthers claim that the background of the case is much more sinister and involves espionage, which is not an unbelievable scenario since the mysterious man who apparently used a secret code was found dead at the beginning of the Cold War. The truth is buried together with the Somerton Man.last_img read more

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara 41

first_imgNew Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. The Saints won 48-7. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Doug Franz didn’t let that distract him. He was the only one holding out on the Saints last week but gave them their due by dropping Kansas City from first to fourth this week.Ron Wolfley, however, saw things differently. He had New Orleans first in his previous poll but was mighty impressed by Los Angeles’ 54-51 win. Wolf bumped the Rams from third in last week’s rankings to first this week.Related LinksDoug & Wolf power poll Week 11: Saints gain hold of top spotAnd Doug & Wolf got a special pollster this week. NFL insider John Clayton joined the show Wednesday and led his top five power poll with the Saints, followed by the Rams and Chiefs.For once, everyone who took part agreed: The three top teams were joined, in different orders, by the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for what’s a clear top-five.Doug Franz5. Patriots4. Chiefs3. Steelers2. Rams1. SaintsRon Wolfley5. Patriots4. Steelers3. Chiefs2. Saints1. RamsJohn Clayton5. Patriots4. Steelers3. Chiefs2. Rams1. Saints Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s strong movement in Doug & Wolf’s Week 12 NFL power poll, no surprise considering the Los Angeles Rams took down the electric Kansas City Chiefs in the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game in history.Don’t let that game, however, distract you from the fact that the New Orleans Saints were already heavy favorites in last week’s power poll and only put a 48-7 drubbing on the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On 6 November 2017 the

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 6 November 2017 the new Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne opened its long-awaited Alpine Spa.“It is one of the most demanding, but at the same time one of the most spectacular, building projects in the resort. The spa complex is of key importance for the success of the Bürgenstock Resort,” says Bruno H. Schöpfer, MD of the Bürgenstock Selection.Stretching over an area of over 10,000 square metres, the modern indoor and outdoor spa has been created on The Bürgenberg with a view of the lake and the mountains, right next to the five-star Hotel Bürgenstock. The complex is open to visitors from early morning until late evening and entry is included in the room charge for hotel guests.The spa is connected directly to the Hotel Bürgenstock via a skywalk and can also be reached by guests of the Palace Hotel without getting their feet wet and wearing just a bathrobe. It extends over three floors and is surrounded by a historic garden with a wide variety of plants.The Alpine Spa includes:Four indoor and outdoor pools with lake water taken from Lake LucerneExtensive sauna landscapeSaline and Kneipp bathRelaxation rooms and sun terraces with view of the lake and mountainsComplete ladies’ spa15 massage and treatment roomsThree private spas with panoramic sauna, steam-bath, relaxation room and treatment roomsOak Grill & Pool Patio restaurantHistoric pool bar with windows overlooking the outdoor poolHairdressing salonsFitness park with yoga and Pilates studioSolariumsKids’ Club with childcare facilitiesThe project managers have met all the numerous regulations relating to historic building preservation and landscape protection in the construction of the Alpine Spa. The extensive landscaped garden, the kidney-shaped Hollywood pool dating from 1954 and the dressing room building in the shape of a rotunda are covered by a preservation order; Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery and Charlie Chaplin have all taken a dip in the pool.The most spectacular spa area is the L-shaped outdoor infinity-edge pool. It towers over the cliff edge to the north-west of The Bürgenberg, 500 metres above Lake Lucerne. The spa also includes the new Oak Grill & Pool Patio restaurant which pampers guests with all kinds of delicacies from the charcoal grill. The materials used in the Alpine Spa are mainly oak, limestone, Lipica marble, as well as glass and bronze. Six generously-sized wood stoves create a cosy ambience.Spa philosophyTourism in Switzerland began around 1860 and the history of Swiss spas also started at the same time. Switzerland quickly became known internationally as a health resort and spa. The Bürgenstock Resort benefited from this development. By the turn of the nineteenth century, visitors to Lucerne had to wait up to two weeks for a room in the resort. The Bürgenstock Resort was later one of the first tourist destinations in Switzerland with an outdoor pool and spa facilities.Based on this history, the element of water plays a vital role in the concept of the new Alpine Spa. Not only has the historic outdoor pool been restored, but also all the water facilities such as the Kneipp and saline baths, the steam baths and the indoor and outdoor pools are supplied with water from Lake Lucerne. Water temperatures in the numerous baths and pools vary between 10°C and a maximum of 40°C. These temperatures provide different vitalising effects for the body and spirit. In addition, the indoor and outdoor infinity pools are equipped with massage nozzles, air-massage and other vitalising systems.The Alpine Spa has been deliberately designed with a large wet-area, which is divided into different zones and stretches over three floors. “This allows us to offer guests different water- themed experiences,” explains Bruno H. Schöpfer. The saline baths have a salt content of 12% and are especially important for cleansing the lungs and skin. They use exclusively Jura salt from Switzerland.The new spa restaurant, the Oak Grill & Pool Patio restaurant, was formerly part of the famous Bürgenstock Club. It was possible to preserve the room entirely with its impressive oak beams and the large fireplace thanks to the extensive renovation work. The culinary concept comprises organic produce and dishes with a regional focus from the beechwood grill.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more