JAKARTA, Indonesia — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling “Save our Rainforest” and “Drop Dirty Palm Oil” banners.A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from Wilmar International linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, was bound for Rotterdam.Greenpeace says the activists from Indonesia, Germany, Britain, France, Canada and the U.S. are being detained in a cabin on the ship.Palm oil is used in a huge array of consumer goods from makeup to snacks. Wilmar supplies Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate.Greenpeace said the Stolt Tenacity’s captain was informed in advance that the protest, staged Saturday, would be peaceful.The Associated Press
Moscow: President Vladimir Putin vowed to ensure Russia’s military capabilities as the country on Thursday marked World War II Victory Day, a commemoration that has become increasingly important over his two-decade rule. The president’s speech to thousands of soldiers and veterans on Red Square came at the start of an annual parade that sees hundred of pieces of military hardware roll through the streets of Moscow. “The lessons of the past war are relevant once again. We have done and will do all that is necessary to guarantee the high capabilities of our armed forces,” he said. Those in the modern Russian army remember the “oath” of Soviet soldiers who fought Nazi Germany, he added: “I die but I will not surrender”. The two-day public holiday to celebrate the 1945 victory comes this year amid heightened tensions with the West and fears of a new Russia-US arms race. Moscow also recently said it would build up its military presence in the Arctic, seeking to assert its influence in the strategic region. Parades and celebrations took place in towns and cities across the country, from the European exclave of Kaliningrad to the Far Eastern Sakhalin island, near Japan. However a fly-by planned for the capital was cancelled because of poor weather, news agencies reported. State television broadcast marches from around the former USSR, including from the unrecognised republic of Lugansk — a Ukrainian breakaway region run by Russia-backed separatists.
High salary demands putting strain on Alberta businesses AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2013 11:05 am MDT Alberta workers may earn the highest incomes in the country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s rosy for small and mid-sized companies.According to ATB Financial’s second quarter Business Beat Survey, 67 per cent of provincial business owners say finding and retaining experienced or skilled labour is a problem and 37 per cent say they simply can’t meet salary demands.These high-wage expectations are forcing owners to adapt and create new ways to not only get staff, but retain them as well.For example, one Calgary-based company offers employees a continental breakfast, hot lunch and on-site fitness.Small and mid-sized businesses make up 99.9 per cent of businesses in the province.
Program brings business leaders, entrepreneurs, together Stock photo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dave Will Posted Apr 15, 2016 5:23 pm MDT A group of senior business executives has launched a new program aimed at helping would-be entrepreneurs get off the ground in a challenging economic climate. The first event took place on Friday at Hotel Arts. Offering his support to the program was local business leader Brent Wilson, who says by offering perspective entrepreneurs high-level business mentorship, meaningful and sustainable business ideas can come to fruition. “There’s an incredible opportunity in this marketplace right now, given the mindset of a lot of people that the sky is falling,” Wilson said. “The economic reality is that there are opportunities beginning to abound.”He adds, he likes what he’s hearing from the province in regards to entrepreneurship initiatives.“The budget announced a couple programs that were very – it looked to me – innovative and creative, but there was no new information supplied in terms of how they would operate, or how funds would be allocated. The proof is in the pudding; we’re still cooking the pudding,” he said. Step one is matching would-be upstarts with one of more than 30 business leaders.
The report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, depicts a country suffering from increasing turmoil and lawlessness, inflamed by a multitude of competing, heavily armed groups and a broadening political crisis. Against such a backdrop, it calls for bolstering State institutions, urges accountability for rights violations and support for the ongoing political dialogue. “Rampant violence and fighting, including in the country’s two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, as well as many other cities and towns across the country, is badly affecting civilians in general and a number of specific groups in particular,” said spokesperson Rupert Colville. Indiscriminate artillery and air attacks are commonplace, the report says, while infrastructure, such hospitals, schools and airports, has been attacked and damaged or used for military purposes.He said the report found tremendous suffering among children, with many unable to attend school and others killed or maimed at home or during attacks on schools and hospitals, as well as numerous reports of violence against women, including threats, attacks and killings of female human rights defenders, politicians and other women in public positions.Targeted violence, unlawful killings and assassinations, were found to be common, with footage emerging in November that appeared to show several beheadings in Benghazi and Derna. Cases of harassment, intimidation, torture, abductions, and summary executions of human rights defenders, civil society activists, journalists and other media professionals, as well as members of the judiciary, politicians and law enforcement officers were common and minority groups, including Egyptian Coptic Christians, have also been increasingly targeted. “The report also highlights the extremely vulnerable situation of migrants in Libya, especially those in areas affected by the fighting, and of internally displaced people,” said Mr. Colville. “Migrants face arbitrary detention and very poor conditions of detention, marked by overcrowding, poor sanitation and exploitation.”Fighting and intentional destruction of residential and commercial property has caused ballooning displacement with the number of internally displaced persons soaring from 60,000 at the beginning of 2014 to around 400,000 by mid-November. UN human rights staff report thousands of people in detention, held mostly by armed groups in situations where torture and ill-treatment is rife, with no means of challenging their situation because prosecutors and judges are unable or unwilling to confront the armed groups.The intimidation and attacks suffered by members of the judiciary, which include court bombings, physical assaults, abduction of individuals or family members and unlawful killings, help explain the hesitancy and the breakdown of the justice system, which does not function in some parts of the country.State institutions must be strengthened, the report urges, calling for accountability for human rights violations and support the ongoing political dialogue. Reforms have been severely undermined by the security situation, with little progress on establishing a new fact-finding and reconciliation commission or measures of redress for victims.“The National Council on Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Libya’s national human rights institution which has been forcefully shut down in Tripoli, must be allowed to resume its work,” said Mr. Colville, who noted that the Constitution Drafting Assembly was in urgent need of support to continue functioning.As the Libyan parties prepare to restart UN-supported political talks – two rounds of discussions have been held in the past month at the UN Office in Geneva – Bernardo Leon, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told UN Radio that he believed that while the majority of the people in the country were pushing their political representatives and the militias alike to negotiate, “a minority, but a noisy minority and people who hold weapons and have power, in some cases are against [the talks.]”“Our challenge is to make sure this majority has enough support from the international community to prevail over the minority,” he said the coming round of negotiations, which will be held in Libya rather than Geneva. The time and location for the talks had not been released for security reasons.Asked what would be the difference between the talks now that they were opening in a new location, Mr. Leon stressed that the dialogue is the same, while it has different tracks. “One is this political track; there are other groups with municipalities with the armed groups, tribal leaders and political parties. So you have different groups discussing different things but the idea is that at the end they will all converge in one final group.”He went on to say that as of now, all the mainstream groups, the most influential groups in both the political and military realms in both groups fighting in Libya are supporting the UN-mediated political process, which he said had been agreed by the parties and should include at the first stage “the unity government and the stabilization programme including, ceasefire, weapons control, militias leaving cities and the strategic facilities and monitoring. “If we can achieve these two very urgent goals we will be solving maybe 75 per cent or 80 per cent of the current problems in Libya. Still we will have a lot of challenges and it will be an important step, but it won’t be enough,” he explained, underscoring that the constitution process would need to be re-launched and that negotiation would be needed “to find solutions for the institutional chaos in the country.”“So, we will still have a long way [to go], even if we’re successful in the first stage, but if we can get in the coming weeks this ceasefire and especially the unity government, I think we will have achieved a lot,” said Mr. Leon.
One of the pieces allegedly stolen in the break-inCredit:The History Collection/Alamy Stock Photo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In December 2009, a man called Richard Ellis became involved in tracking down the artworks for the family.With the assistance of him and the Bulmer family, an advert was placed in the Antiques Trade Gazette in February 2015 offering a £50,000 reward for the paintings.It was at this time Jonathan Rees came forward, claiming to be a “go between” to secure the reward, stating he had “ex-SAS members” who would recover the artwork, the court heard. Liam Judge also previously worked on the home Credit:Ben Birchall/PA It was then distributed among those involved in the insurance fraud and burglary, it is claimed.Following the break in 11 people are on trial, but they are not believed to be the only people involved in the robbery. It is believed that the family were investing a lot of money in their property at the time leading up to the burglary. Two of the defendants, Liam Judge and Matthew Evans, were builders who worked on the site and allegedly planted the seed that it was a “very soft and lucrative target”.The alleged group of burglars targeted the house whilst the Bulmers were on holiday, however they had hired Deborah Barnjum to house-sit and look after the family dog named Echo. Matthew Evans, one of the builders who worked on the site and allegedly planted the seed that it was a “very soft and lucrative target”Credit:Ben Birchall/PA They tied her up and placing a blanket over her head. The group then spent the following 45 minutes going through the house, selecting items to take with them – including one of Mr Bulmer’s cars.Mr Mooney said the ties were “brutally, unnecessarily and cruelly tight” and Ms Barnjum was left “terrified” as the burglary took place around her.Following the burglary, the paintings were allegedly taken to Birmingham and stored in the garage of Thomas Lynch. They remained here until 2015, jurors heard. Another of the pieces that went missingCredit:The History Collection/Alamy Stock Photo Stephen Mooney, prosecuting, said Ms Barnjum secured the house on the evening of March 20 and had a bath before letting Echo out through a side door at about 10pm.”As she did so she saw three shadowy figures in the doorway as if waiting for this very moment,” he told the jury. The family behind Bulmers cider tracked down the alleged art thieves who burgled their home by posting an advert in an antiques magazine six years after the crime, a court has heard. Millions of pounds of artwork and antiques were stolen from the home of Esmond and Susie Bulmer, members of the Bulmers cider family, in Bruton, Somerset in 2009.But it was not until an advert was placed in an antiques magazine in 2015 that the perpetrators were found.Bristol Crown Court heard a group of burglars with intimate knowledge of the property – known as the Pavilions – ransacked it on the evening of March 20 whilst the couple were on holiday. Following the raid insurance firm Hiscox paid the Bulmers a “substantial amount” of money, but both the couple and the company wished to recover the paintings, estimated to be worth up to £2 million. He is accused of persuading Hiscox to increase the reward to £175,000 and personally returning the paintings to a secure location in Bermondsey, London, in August 2015.Hiscox allegedly paid the money into an account for a company called Lois Jewellery. The trial continues. Skinder Ali, 39, of no fixed address, Liam Judge, 42, and Matthew Evans, 41, both of Tuffley, Gloucestershire, deny conspiracy to commit burglary.Ali, Mark Regan, 46, of no fixed address, Thomas Lynch, 43, of Small Heath, Birmingam, Donald Maliska, 63, of Dartford, David Price, 53, of Virginia Court, London, and Ike Obiamiwe, 55, of Ealing, London, deny conspiracy to handle stolen goods, namely 15 paintings.Maliska, Price, Obiamwie and Jonathan Rees, 62, of Weybridge, Surrey, deny conspiracy to defraud James Esmond Bulmer and Hiscox Insurance.Nigel Blackburn, 60, of Hockley, Birmingham, and Azhar Mir, 65, of Solihull, deny entering into or becoming concerned in a money-laundering arrangement.Rees denies doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.
IRISH RESEARCHER DR Colm J Ryan has been announced as the recipient of the Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellowship fund worth €300,000.It offers funding opportunities for young researchers who are in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience.Dr Ryan’s research at UCD will focus on the progression of cancer treatments through the identification of genetic vulnerabilities in cancer cells.A major challenge in cancer therapeutics is to kill tumour cells without harming other cells in the body.This cancer research will focus on understanding how genetic differences between tumour cells and healthy cells can be exploited to address this challenge.Dr Ryan said: I am delighted to be awarded this fellowship as it offers me the freedom and financial support to research why a particular type of personalised cancer treatment, known as synthetic lethality, might work in some individuals but not in others.“During the fellowship I will collaborate with some of the leading experts in the field, in labs in multiple countries, to address this important question.”Chief Executive at the Health Research Board Dr Graham Love said, “Personalised medicine is a hot, promising field.Hats off to Colm for coming through a gruelling selection process. His success highlights the level of research talent here in Ireland.Read: Using your mobile 15 hours a month may triple your risk of brain cancer>Read: Cancer patients forced from their own countries can’t access treatment>
‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepens In a dramatic escalation of the crisis Turkey has said it is suspending high-level relations with the Hague. TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Netherlands would face more retaliation from Ankara in a spiralling diplomatic crisis, as he made a new jibe against the country over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.In an uncompromising speech, Erdogan said a ‘yes’ vote in an April 16 referendum on expanding his powers would be the best response to Turkey’s “enemies” in a dispute that risks wrecking the entire Ankara-Brussels relationship.He also said the Dutch character had been “broken” after Netherlands peacekeepers had failed to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in comments described as “repugnant” by The Hague.In a dramatic escalation after the Netherlands prevented two Turkish ministers from holding rallies ahead of the referendum, Ankara said it was suspending high-level relations with the Hague in a raft of diplomatic sanctions. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called his claim a “repugnant historical falsehood”.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn had called on Turkey to “refrain from excessive statements and actions that risk further exacerbating the situation”.But the Turkish foreign ministry hit back by saying: “The EU’s short-sighted statement has no value for our country.”“Our EU counterparts apply democratic values, fundamental rights and freedoms selectively,” the ministry added. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Source: Peter DejongPaying no heed to the EU’s warning, Erdogan had bluntly told the German chancellor on Turkish television late yesterday: “Mrs Merkel, you are supporting terrorists.”In an interview with A-Haber television, he accused Berlin of not responding to 4,500 dossiers sent by Ankara on terror suspects, including those linked to Kurdish militants and the failed coup in Turkey last year.Merkel’s spokesman described the accusations as “absurd”, saying the chancellor had no intention of taking part in a “competition of provocations”.Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said today that Ankara was playing the role of the victim with its broadsides against NATO allies, as it seeks to “build solidarity” ahead of the referendum.‘Envoy’s return blocked’ Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said after a cabinet meeting in Ankara that Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to return until the Netherlands meets conditions over holding rallies.Ambassador Kees Cornelis van Rij is currently outside of the country, and business is being handled by Dutch charge d’affaires.Kurtulmus added:Until the Netherlands compensates for what it has done, high-level relations and planned meetings at a ministerial and higher level have been suspended.The move by the Netherlands to block the rallies by Turkish ministers comes as Rutte prepares to face the far-right populist Geert Wilders in a general election tomorrow.Turkey is gearing up for a key April 16 poll to decide whether to approve constitutional changes that would create an executive presidency, boosting Erdogan’s powers.In a bid to woo support, Turkish officials have sought to address to their citizens living in Europe, where a majority have traditionally supported the ruling party.“Our nation on April 16 at the ballot box… will give the best answer to Turkey’s enemies,” Erdogan said.In Germany, there are over 1.4 million Turkish citizens eligible to vote while there are nearly 250,000 in the Netherlands based on official figures from November 2015.© – AFP 2017Read: Death toll after fire at Guatemalan children’s shelter rises to 40 >Read: Dutch PM says he won’t apologise to Turkey over escalating diplomatic row > Mar 14th 2017, 2:10 PM Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesErdogan also lashed out at German Chancellor Angela Merkel for “supporting terrorists” as she backed the Netherlands in the increasingly acrimonious standoff, prompting an exasperated response from Berlin.Far from stepping back, Erdogan accused the Netherlands of “state terror” in preventing Turkish ministers from holding pro-’yes’ rallies.“We are going to work more” on measures against the Netherlands, said Erdogan. “These wrongs won’t be solved with a sorry, we have more things to do.”‘We know them from Srebrenica’ Erdogan had previously angered the Netherlands by saying the authorities had behaved like the Nazis, who had occupied and bombed the country in the World War II.Touching another raw nerve, he recalled the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, which Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to prevent in an episode that remains a national trauma to this day.“The Netherlands and the Dutch, we know them from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how much their morality, their character is broken from the 8,000 Bosnians that were massacred,” Erdogan said.We know this well. No one should give us a lesson in civilisation. http://jrnl.ie/3286828 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:10 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,138 Views 48 Comments By AFP
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3328952 Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Apr 7th 2017, 6:32 PM 61,325 Views Friday 7 Apr 2017, 6:32 PM No Comments By Alison O’Riordan Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Share125 Tweet Email8 Updated 6.29 pmTHERE WERE CHAOTIC scenes in the Central Criminal Court today after a man accused of murdering his former partner and mother of their two children punched the prosecuting barrister in the face.The accused then leapt across the benches before he was wrestled to the ground by five prison officers who handcuffed him and removed him from the courtroom.Vesel Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo but of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (25) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on 21 September 21, 2012.He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Karl Finnegan, causing him harm, at the same place on the same date.Jahiri previously dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.This morning, Justice Paul Coffey told the jury that Jahiri was not in a position to call any further witnesses in his trial. The judge then said that Jahiri would not be making a closing speech although he was given an opportunity to do so and for that reason prosecuting counsel, Patrick Marrinan SC, would also not be making a closing speech.At that point Jahiri shouted:The judge is refusing to call witnesses. This trial is not going ahead. You broke the law. This trial is going nowhere I’m stopping it now.The judge then told Jahiri that he had given him an opportunity to call witnesses this morning.Jahiri said he needed a phone to call potential witnesses saying: “I’m in Guantanamo jail.”The accused was told by the judge that he has had the last seven weeks to telephone witnesses. Jahiri started to shout: “My teeth are sick and everything.”Marrinan then stood up and was about to speak when Jahiri, who has been permitted to sit in counsel’s bench since he sacked his legal team, reached across to him and punched him in the face.Blood could be seen coming from counsel’s nose.The accused then leapt across the benches before he was wrestled to the ground by five prison officers who handcuffed him and removed him from the courtroom.The trial was adjourned for twenty minutes before resuming in front of the jury.Justice Coffey addressed the jury saying: “The accused has been removed from court and we will proceed in his absence.”Justice Coffey then began charging the jury and spent much of the afternoon summarising the evidence in the trial.In relation to the murder charge the judge told the jury that there were three verdicts open to them, namely; guilty of murder, not guilty of murder or not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.He said the burden of proof always rests on the prosecution and that for a guilty verdict to be returned the case must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.If the jury believed Jahiri’s defence, that he did not stab Anna Finnegan, was true or could reasonably be true they must find him not guilty of murder.If it is proven that Jahiri stabbed Anna Finnegan they must then consider his intention.Justice Coffey explained that for a murder verdict, the prosecution must prove that Jahiri intended to kill or cause serious injury.In considering Jahiri’s intention, Justice Coffey said they should have regard to the fact that Anna suffered only one wound and that the Deputy State Pathologist said the injury could have been caused by “moderate force”.They should also consider evidence from other witnesses who said they heard Jahiri threaten to kill Anna earlier on the day and that he kicked in the door of her home before the incident that led to her death.In relation to the charge of assault causing harm to Karl Finnegan, Justice Coffey said the jury must consider if Jahiri believed he was acting in self-defence.If he was acting in self-defence and used no more force than was necessary, they should find him not guilty.If the prosecution has proven that he intended to cause harm and was not acting in self-defence they should find him guilty. Justice Coffey will conclude his charge to the jury of eight men and two women on Monday. Short URL Chaotic scenes in Dublin murder trial as accused punches opposing barrister in the face Vesel Jahiri previously dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.The Rock is playing Danny DeVito in the sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, while Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga series highlights the journey of one of the world’s most successful hip-hop groups. From Lionsgate Movies’ mystery thriller Knives Out to Netflix’s comedy special Aziz Ansari: Right Now, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.Four Weddings and a FuneralNathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) stars in the Hulu series Four Weddings and a Funeral, which follows Maya (Emmanuel), a communications director from New York who travels to her schoolmate’s wedding in London and ends up falling in love with an unexpected suitor. Four Weddings and a Funeral, which is creatively led by Mindy Kaling, hits Hulu on July 31. Jumanji: The Next LevelReady for another wild, game-themed adventure and rescue mission? Jumanji: The Next Level, which stars Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Madison Iseman, Kevin Hart, and Danny DeVito, debuts in theaters on Dec. 25.Mrs. FletcherInternet porn and social media come together for Mrs. Fletcher, a steamy HBO series that follows empty nester and divorcée Eve Fletcher and her quest to heighten her sex life. This series, which stars Kathryn Hahn, is coming to Hulu this fall.Knives OutWitness a modern-day murder mystery in Knives Out, a suspenseful movie that highlights the murder of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey and a group of people who try to find his killer. Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi), the film stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and hits theaters on Nov. 27.DrivenDriven, a film set in the ’80s, follows a conman (Jason Sudeikis) and a famous car maker (Lee Pace), and their crazy friendship that might be left on the line when one of them sets the other up and involves the FBI in their “operations.” Driven premieres in theaters on Aug. 16.Wu-Tang: An American SagaInspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu,” Wu-Tang: An American Saga tells the story of the Wu-Tang Clan, and how Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, brings together a squad of men who are musically talented, yet torn by personal conflicts. This mini-series will premiere on Hulu on September 4.Aziz Ansari: Right NowAziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), stars in a new comedy special called Aziz Ansari: Right Now, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Ansari’s stand-up work and the greater messages he is sending to fans everywhere.More on Geek.com:In ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer ‘The Rock’ Is Finally Danny DeVito‘Knives Out’ Trailer Shows Another Great Rian Johnson MovieRusso Brothers Might Be Teasing an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reunion for SDCC
What will will the weather throw at us this weekend? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.Golden Corral opens for businessAfter eight months of construction and a heaping of blown openings, Golden Corral swung open its doors on Thursday.“Boy oh boy, what a wild ride,” said franchise co-owner Ramsey Zawideh, who told The Columbian shortly after receiving final permits from the city of Vancouver.Its opening, at 11801 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., ends a drawn out saga where the all-you-can-eat buffet blew by opening dates in October, December and then again on Valentine’s Day.After the latest delay, spurned diners took to the restaurant’s Facebook page to either express frustration — some called for a boycott — or plead for rationality from their “hangry” peers.
New Delhi: Post the scrapping of Article 370, phone services and internet were partly restored today in Jammu and Kashmir. Restrictions in the movement were eased to facilitate Jumma or Friday prayers. As a preventive measure to curb any untoward trouble, several security personnel are still stationed in the valley. Prayers were allowed in smaller mosques in the interiors, said officials, even as the gates of Jama Masjid remained closed.
Explore further Lipid solubility appears to be one key clue to anesthesia. The empirical cornerstone of anesthesiology is a 100 year old rule of thumb known as the Meyer-Overton relationship. It provides that the potency of general anesthetics (GAs), regardless of their size or structure, is approximately proportional to how soluble they are in lipids. Since that time, studies have suggested that GAs can also bind to lipid-like parts of proteins, presumably those near or embedded within cell membranes. The first real stab at explaining the “how” of anesthetics, as opposed to just the “where”, has now been taken by Turin and his colleagues Efthimios Skoulakis and Andrew Horsﬁeld. Their new work, just published in PNAS, suggests that volatile anesthetics operate by perturbing the internal electronic structure of proteins. This would lead to changes in electron currents in those proteins, in cells, and in the organism. They don’t just theorize about these effects, they actually measure the electron currents in anesthetized flies using a technique known as electron spin resonance (often called electron paramagnetic resonance). ESR is similar to nuclear magnetic resonance, the techno-phenomenon at heart of the modern MRI machine. The main difference is that in ESR excited electron spins are measured instead of proton resonance. Typically, microwaves are applied in the presence of a magnetic field to a sample (or whole organism) inside the resonator cavity of an ESR spectrometer. An ESR signal is diagnostic of unpaired electrons, which exist only in certain cellular structures. One particularly strong signal for example, is that of melanin, which can be accounted for in experiments by comparisons with mutants lacking normal melanin content.What Turin and colleagues have shown is that the total amount of free electron spins in fruit flies increases when they are exposed to general anaesthetics. The amount of free spins generated during anesthesia is independent of melanin content and far larger than any signal previously measured from free radicals which are the other source of spin. These are normally very unstable and undetectable in the absence of “spin traps” to capture them. Furthermore, mutants of Drosophila which have been selected for resistance to certain anesthetics show a reduced, sometimes absent spin signal. Citation: Electron spin changes as a general mechanism for general anesthesia? (2014, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-electron-mechanism-anesthesia.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. (Phys.org) —How does consciousness work? Few questions if any could be more profound. One thing we do know about it, jokes biophysicist Luca Turin, is that it is soluble in chloroform. When you put the brain into chloroform, the lipids that form nerve cell membranes and the myelin that insulates them will dissolve. On the other hand, when you put chloroform into the brain, by inhaling it, consciousness dissolves. It is hard to imagine a satisfying explanation of consciousness that does not also account for how anesthetics like chloroform can abolish it. Effect of the anesthetic noble gas Xenon on the electronic structure of two short peptides. Top: the highest occupied molecular orbital [HOMO, purple surface ] for two 9-residue helices positioned close to each other. A small fraction of the HOMO extends from one helix to the other. Bottom: when a Xenon atom [gold sphere] is in the gap, the orbital spread increases. Transparent surface is Van der Waals electron density. Credit Luca Turin More information: Electron spin changes during general anesthesia in Drosophila, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1404387111 Common brain processes of anesthetic-induced unconsciousness identified © 2014 Phys.org Why did Turin and his musketeers try the experiment in the first place? Some of Turin’s most alluring science has been a side effect of his passion for perfume. While not intending to become the fly whisperer that he is today, Turin was able to use these creatures to demonstrate detection of odorants by molecular vibrations. The key mechanism here, and link to anesthetics, is the concept of inelastic electron tunneling, i.e, an electron current that takes place within the receptor proteins in the presence of odorants. To account for the fact that a very broad class of compounds act as volatile anesthetics the researchers propose a unitary mechanism for their action involving electrons. They note that the smallest among them, Xenon (Xe), presents a puzzle to chemical theories of anesthetic action. Xe is a wonderful (if expensive) anesthetic but it has no biologically relevant chemistry to speak of— it is completely inert. Furthermore, it persists as a perfect sphere of electron density and so is devoid of any possibly interesting shape. However, as Turin and colleagues point out, “Xe has physics”. In particular, it can conduct electrons, as the IBM researchers who first used a scanning tunneling microscope to write the company’s logo in Xe atoms found out.To see whether this property would apply to all anesthetics, and not just Xe, Turin used a modeling technique called density functional theory to show that Xe and other anesthetics effect the highest occupied molecular orbit (HOMO) of the alpha helices common to membrane proteins. The HOMO level for organic molecules or semiconductors is analogous to what the valence band maximum is to inorganic semiconductors. Intriguingly, while all the anesthetics were found to extend the alpha helix HOMO level, similar molecules with strong convulsant effects on the brain, but no anesthetic effects, had the smallest HOMO effect. These results offer a fascinating insight into how anesthetics may be operating and raise many important new questions. Would spin changes be able to explain, for example, the observation that deeply anesthetized tadpoles (a favorite animal model in anesthesia research) can be quickly returned to normal activity just by subjected them to a sobering pressure pulse of 50 bars? Are the cessation of consciousness and the apparent concomitment abolishment of spikes both mere epiphenomena of underlying material reorganizations that result from spin changes? In other words, anesthetics may eliminate the wherewithall for spikes but is that the effect that is really eliminating the conscious state?Other researchers, in particular those who investigate the solitary acoustic wave nature of spikes, report that the melting point of membranes is lowered by anesthetics while hydrostatic pressure increases it—ostensibly due to latent volume changes. A rectification of these more global thermodynamic intuitions with lower level physics and chemistry of electron conduction awaits. The work of Turin and his collegues breathes refreshing new life into a field whose increasingly beleaguered explanations of yore (like simplistic effects on ion channels) have now started to crumble under the weight of their own exceptions.
SOS From Brazil’s Amazon Fire Protesters: ‘We… Bruna Prado by NPR News Catherine Osborn 8.26.19 7:48pm “Hello, planet! Wake up! Without the Amazon, you can’t breathe!” protesters chanted Friday in Rio de Janeiro, as they filled the front steps of city hall carrying painted crosses traditionally seen at funerals. That night, they were mourning the rainforest.More than 30 protests took place across Brazil this weekend to voice outrage over fires burning through the Amazon.At another Rio protest on Sunday, thousands of demonstrators marched along Ipanema beach, chanting “The Amazon stays, out with Bolsonaro,” a reference to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Protesters swarmed the main bus station in the capital city of Brasília, packed over six blocks of downtown São Paulo and filled plazas across the northern cities of Recife, Manaus and Belém.The mounting public uproar — including efforts at the G-7 summit in France to address a spike in Brazilian forest fires — pressured Bolsonaro to change his tone. After scoffing at his critics the previous week and suggesting without evidence that environmental nongovernmental organizations could be setting the fires, the president gave a somber prime-time television address on Friday night pledging to combat fires and illegal deforestation. TV viewers banged pots and pans, a signal of discontent with political leadership.”Both internationally and domestically, it marked a low point for his presidency,” said political scientist Karla Gobo of Brazil’s Advanced School of Propaganda and Marketing.Inside Brazil, mobilization for the Amazon over the weekend included opposition politicians, who have called for a congressional investigation into the causes of the fires, as well as a wide array of student activists, health workers, lawyers and indigenous organizers. Leading chants at both Rio protests was Michael Oliveira, an indigenous Aruak man who came to live in Rio from the Amazonian city of Manaus. He spent several years living on the city’s streets before becoming a schoolteacher.”We are a nonpartisan, broad coalition of environmentalists,” 23-year-old law student Luísa Daher said into the microphone at the Rio protest to cheers. “We’re just getting started.”The number of fires in the Amazon so far this year is 35% higher than the historical average for the same period over the last eight years, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.On Friday, Bolsonaro suggested that high temperatures this year are behind the increase in fires, but scientists say that this does not fully explain the problem. They point to deforestation, which is often carried out illegally and which removed over three times as much forest last month as in July 2018, according to preliminary data from the research institute. The 10 Amazon municipalities with the most fires this year are the same that have seen the most new deforestation, according to researchers from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, who said in a technical note that the data represents “a strong indicator of the intentional character of the fires: clearing recently deforested areas.”Critics say the government has given a pass to farmers and loggers to slash and burn trees in the rainforest without seeking a required license. Bolsonaro pledged to roll back forest protections during his campaign, and since taking office, he has defunded and politically sidelined government oversight of the environment.If Bolsonaro’s election last year suggested political weakness in Brazil’s environmental movement, the new wave of protest for the Amazon shows that many Brazilians are desperate for political action to conserve the forest.”Our goal is not to advance a certain political party, but to build consciousness, be broad, and be participatory,” said Daher. “We’re listening to advice from veterans of environmental and indigenous movements.”Several protesters said they admired the activism occurring in climate movements in other parts of the world. “It’s my role as a young person and as a Brazilian to show up too and put this issue on the political agenda,” said political science student Cíntia Lucena, 20, who protested in Brasília.”When the sky in São Paulo turned black from soot on Monday afternoon,” said Henrique Bezerra, 35, a corporate consultant who was protesting in São Paulo on Friday, “I think that scared the reality into a lot of people.”Still, even with increased domestic and international pressure, conservation specialists warn that meaningful steps to better protecting the Amazon will likely be difficult to achieve under Bolsonaro’s administration. Bolsonaro appointed an environment minister convicted of illegally approving a mining project in a conservation area and a foreign minister who has described climate change as a Marxist plot. Brazil’s environmental agency, its budget reduced, reported it has issued one-third fewer environmental fines so far in 2019 compared with the same period last year.Pledges of actionBrazil’s federal government has announced it will help fight fires in Amazonian states that request aid, and a firefighting operation has begun in the state of Rondônia.On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced that the G-7 countries had agreed on a $20 million aid package to help fight Amazon fires and said a reforestation program would be discussed at the United Nations General Assembly next month.”A serious response would also include restoring funding and authority to the government organs that combat illegal deforestation,” said biologist Joice Ferreira of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, a state-run organization affiliated with the Agriculture Ministry.”The president is encircled by climate deniers and conspiracy theorists,” said Claudio Angelo of Brazil’s Climate Observatory, a civil society research coalition. “It is very difficult to imagine a real change.”Carolina Pavese, a political scientist who specializes in international climate policy at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, said that given the current context, “better outcomes may be possible through strengthening the work of environmental nonprofits and civil society without the government as an intermediary.”The protesters emphasized the gravity of the situation. Many signs read “SOS.” “The Amazon belongs to the world, and we need the world’s help right now,” said biology student João Taranto at a protest in Rio.His sentiment ran counter to Bolsonaro’s comments that the international action to save the forest in Brazil betrays a “colonial” mindset.The protesters plan to continue taking to the streets. Several said they would participate in an upcoming climate strike, and a string of demonstrations for the Amazon in different cities has been scheduled for the upcoming weeks.Near the end of Rio’s downtown protest on Friday, an organizer reminded the crowd to return any borrowed materials. “If you took a funeral cross to carry,” said a voice from the sound car, “please turn it in so we can use it at the next march.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Kolkata: About Rs 1 crore was seized by police officers from Burrabazar on Wednesday night in two raids and three persons were arrested in this connection.According to a source, on Wednesday afternoon, officers of Burrabazar police station got a tip-off that a few persons had come to Burrabazar and they had a huge amount of money with them. Working on the information, around 2:30pm, officers intercepted two persons identified as Kunal Kumar of Begusarai and Rahul Kumar of Khagaria in Bihar at the crossing of Mir Bhahar Ghat Road and Strand Road. The duo were carrying two bags. During frisking sleuths found a lot of money which they had kept inside the bag. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKunal and Rahul were detained and taken to the police station. After counting the police officers came to know that the duo were carrying Rs 65 lakh inside the bag. Later, the duo was asked to produce valid documents to support the possession of the cash. When they could not provide valid documents both of them were arrested. This apart, the cops were tip-off about another suspicious person who also reportedly carried a lot of unaccounted cash. Police reached Strand Road and intercepted a person identified as Mohan Agarwal of Baguihati with a bag. When Agarwal was asked to open the bag he refused. The police opened the bag and found a lot of money in it. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAgarwal was detained and taken to the police station. After counting police officers came to know that he was carrying approximately Rs 35 lakh. Agarwal also asked to provide documents to substantiate the possession of the cash. As he couldn’t provide the documents he was also arrested. Two separate cases have been lodged at the Burrabazar police station. Information of the recovery of money has been conveyed to the Income Tax department. Sleuths are probing to find if these cases have in any hawala connection. During the past few months a huge amount of unaccounted money was seized across the city at various police stations. Most of the seizure was made during naka checking in North Kolkata. Information regarding the recoveries was conveyed to the Income Tax Department and the Election Commission.
Splash video player review by Martin Brinkmann on May 25, 2017 in Music and Video – 14 commentsSplash is a video and audio player for Microsoft Windows that is developed by Mirillis, makers of the screen recorder Action!.The media player vertical is quite crowded on Windows. You got dedicated audio or video players, as well as media players that support both audio and video formats.Programs like VLC Media Player, SMPlayer, KMPlayer, PotPlayer, and yes, even programs like Plex that are highly popular. A new program has to compete against those established programs, and that is no easy feat.Splash is available as a free and premium version. The free version is limited, and while you may not need all the premium only features, there are some that may be a deal breaker for you. Let us take a look at the free version first though.Splash video player reviewInstallation of the player is straightforward, and comes without any surprises. You can associate it with some or all of the supported audio or video formats if you want. Note that this is not possible later on, as the settings does not include that option. You can still use the operating system’s controls to do so though if you want.If you check out the supported files, you will notice immediately that most but not all popular formats are supported. While you can play avi, mkv, or mp3 files among others for instance, you may notice that other formats such as flv are not supported. The same is true for audio files: while mp3 and m4a are supported among others, flac or ogg are not.Windows users who have audio or video files with unsupported formats won’t be able to use the player efficiently because of that.Formats that are supported play well in the player however. You can load them either by moving the mouse cursor to the top of the Splash interface to bring up the top toolbar, by using drag and drop operations, or by associating media files with Splash to load them directly from Explorer.The playback controls at the bottom of the interface are hidden by default, and are visible only when you move the mouse cursor over the area.All standard controls, play, pause, forward and backward are supported. You can use the slider to jump to a specific position right away, or click on the playback options icon to display those (a premium feature).These enable you to change things such as contrast, brightness, volume, or enable certain features that Splash supports such as detail boost or motion². The last option is only available in premium versions of Splash. Note that this is not really indicated in the interface, but that you cannot activate the option if you click on it and run the free version.You may create presets of playback options, and switch between them using the menu. This is excellent if you need different playback properties for different media.You may capture a frame using another icon, or use the playlists feature. Both of these features are limited to the premium version though.As far as technical features are concerned, Splash supports a good range of these features. The media player supports hardware accelerated decoding and software decoding, multi-core processors, an auto-resume feature, and DVB-T playback support.Some of these core features are limited to the premium version though.Free vs PremiumThe full comparison between Splash’s free and premium version is published on this page on the developer website.Free does not support AVCHD playback, PGS subtitles, and SPDFI/HDMI bitstreams. You cannot use playlists, the capture frame feature, frame by frame view mode, the playlist options, or smartseek either.Additionally, ads may be displayed on the welcome screen when you use the free version of Splash.VerdictSplash is a well designed media player. The free version is quite limited however: it lacks support for common media formats, and support for standard features such as playlists. Add ads to that, and it becomes quite difficult to recommend the media player because of the excellent alternatives that are available.The premium version does not have most of these limitations, but it is a commercial product starting at $19.95 US Dollars.Now You: Which media player do you prefer, and why?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 20 votes Software Name SplashOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://mirillis.com/en/products/splash-free-hd-video-player.html Advertisement
Quick workouts for men Men’s health affects baby’s health too More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressBAMAKO, Mali (AP) – A spokesman for the radical Islamic group controlling northern Mali says a couple who had an adulterous relationship was stoned to death this weekend in the town of Aguelhok.Sanda Abou Mohamed, a spokesman for the group Ansar Dine, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that the couple was executed according to Shariah law.A resident of the northern city of Kidal, who had spoken to witnesses in nearby Aguelhok, said the man and woman were buried up to their necks, then pelted with stones until they died earlier Sunday. The resident requested anonymity because he feared for his safety. Comments Share Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories The northern half of Mali was overrun by the rebels, including the Islamic group, in early April, following a coup in Mali’s capital.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up
in Government, Secondary Market, Servicing *_Correction: Figures valuing 55 percent of HCJMs as 50,000 mortgages worth over $30 billion, reflecting 2010 figures from FHFA’s Mortgage Market Note, have been removed; $650,500 has also been changed to $625,500._*[IMAGE]The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) released research on Monday indicating a greater-than-expected drive to high conforming jumbo mortgages (HCJMs) by “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/ and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, raising questions about the long-term impact their buying spree may have on private markets.According to the research, the government-sponsored enterprises walked away this year with approximately 55 percent of HCJMs in 10 of the nation’s high-cost counties. [COLUMN_BREAK]On average, HCJM loan balances fall between $625,500 and $729,500, traditionally making these properties hot commodities for private investors.Of the 10 counties under review, according to “”_National Mortgage News_””:http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/, FHFA researchers Ian Keith and Paul Manchester said that “”HCJMs accounted for 3%-8% of [all] mortgages originated in 2009 and 5%-13% of the total dollar volume of mortgages originated, with the highest shares in Fairfield County, Conn.””The researchers attributed the buy-up to Congress, which artificially raised the ceiling for GSE-purchased loans to $729,750 in localized areas with above-average median home values. Reports from Washington signaled that private investors will again have the edge on the market when the Obama administration allows the loan limit to expire in September, returning to $625,500 for affected areas.As for the overall impact, Keith and Manchester held that a return by “”Fannie””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home and “”Freddie””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ to past borrowing limits would yield only a “”modest”” change for the GSEs, with only a “”small”” number of borrowers in approximately 250 counties with HCJMs facing higher financing costs as a result.If the Obama administration allows the expiration, then jumbo loan investors will reap the most benefits in Los Angeles County, where a reduction in the GSEs’ loan limits would require that the investors increase their dollar volume by approximately 50 percent. June 21, 2011 442 Views Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers 2011-06-21 Ryan Schuette FHFA: GSEs Cut Into Jumbo Mortgage Market Share
Experian and Finicity Streamline Loan Approvals, Increase Credit Access in Headlines, Technology Share Credit Experian Finicity loan approval mortgage 2017-03-21 Krista Franks Brock March 21, 2017 609 Views Experian and Finicity, a cloud-based financial data aggregation provider, announced Monday a collaboration that will digitize the mortgage lending process and bring some of the “credit invisible” into view for lenders.The Digital Verification Solutions tool will digitize the mortgage process, eliminating the need for loan applicants to provide paper copies of their financial documents to verify income and assets.The new technology has the power to reduce the mortgage loan approval process from as many as 70 days to as few as 10 days.“Our goal is to make the loan process far easier for consumers and to provide better information for lenders through easy-to-use, fair and transparent digital and mobile experiences,” said Alex Lintner, President of Consumer Information Services at Experian.“By working with Finicity, we will deliver more timely detailed information through smooth, safe processes for credit grantors to improve their businesses and dramatically enhance lending experiences for consumers by using the power of data,” he said.The companies stated that this collaboration will make mortgage loans more accessible to the 25 percent of Americans who are “credit invisible,” such as millennials.The Digital Verification Solutions tool takes “alternative data,” such as a consumers history of rent and utility payments, into consideration. Ultimately, lenders are able to consider a more comprehensive view of the applicant’s financial state and payment history.“Together with Experian we’re reimagining the way the financial industry views credit decisioning, while also broadening credit inclusion for consumers, said Steve Smith, CEO of Finicity.“Digitizing the credit decisioning process will improve the experience for lenders and borrowers while enabling further innovation in the lending space,” Smith said.Finicity is currently participating in a pilot program with Fannie Mae to become an asset verification report supplier for the DU validation service in Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty, which allows lenders to verify an applicant’s income, assets, and employment early in the loan process and avoid representations and warranties.