New Delhi has told the Bru (or Reang) refugees in Tripura to either accept a rehabilitation package and return to their villages in adjoining Mizoram or give up the free rations and other facilities being provided to them on humanitarian grounds.Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, had on Monday met senior Mizoram government officials and Bru leaders in Aizawl. Appealing to the refugees to return to Mizoram, he said the names of those who wished to be repatriated would be submitted to the Centre and the Mizoram government, while reminding that the ration and other facilities extended to the refugees would be withdrawn from October 1.The option has not gone down well with a section of the refugees who have threatened to launch an agitation to choke the roads leading to Mizoram. “We have been used to such threats [for stopping of ration] for more than 20 years now. The government wants to dictate terms even if it means pushing the refugees into uncertainty. We won’t take things lying down,” said Laldingliana, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee.Agreement with refugeesThere are at least three groups representing the refugees. The Centre had in July signed an agreement with one of them – Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum – apart from the Mizoram and Tripura governments for repatriation of some 32,000 Brus to Mizoram by September 30 this year. But a large number of refugees have refused to budge unless some new demands are met. These include creation of an area development council for the minority Brus in Mizoram and payment of one-time Central assistance of ₹4 lakh per family before going back, and repatriation of all in a cluster of villages for security reasons.According to the July agreement, each Bru refugee family would be given ₹4 lakh, to be kept in fixed deposit, within one month of repatriation.‘Not enough’“The Government seems generous by saying it is free ration that it is providing us. Each refugee gets 7 grams of salt per day and a pair of slippers once in three years. A male gets a shirt and a female a skirt annually. Financial assistance for an adult is ₹5 and for a minor ₹2.5 per day, while an adult gets 600 gm of rice and a minor 300 gm per day. These have never been enough, forcing us to do odd jobs for a living,” Mr. Laldingliana.Another group, the Bru Coordination and Equal Package Demand Committee, representing some 8,000 Brus who have already returned to Mizoram, too has raised some demands. “Those who came back accepting small packages earlier should also be given the kind of compensation others are slated to receive,” Committee’s leader Elvis Chorkhy said.More than 40,000 Brus had fled Mizoram, mostly from Mamit district to Tripura, during ethnic clashes with the dominant Mizos in 1997.
Amid claims by the Congress that it had the numbers to form a government in Goa in the wake of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s continued ill health, BJP chief Amit Shah went into a huddle with the team of central observers who had visited Panaji to take stock of the situation. The prognosis for the continuation of the BJP in Goa appeared to be complicated, as party leaders admitted that Mr. Parrikar was the glue that held the fragile coalition together. Nevertheless, while not sharing details of the report by the central observers — party general secretary Ram Lal and B.L. Santosh — leaders privy to the development were confident of holding onto power in the State. MGP’s demandSources said that the report conveyed the assessment and feelings of the BJP and alliance MLAs, including the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party that demanded that its leader Sudin Dhavalikar be made Chief Minister. Alliance partners, including the Vijay Sardesai-led Goa Forward Party, have made it clear that they would not accept “just any BJP MLA” as Chief Minister in Mr. Parrikar’s stead. Crisis for BJP In such a situation, the names of Union Minister Shripad Naik has been making the rounds. The Congress’s claims of having majority support has created a crisis for the BJP in the State. “We expect the BJP to retain power, but talks are still on over who could replace Parrikar,” said a source.
Indian Football Association (IFA), which is the governing Indian Football Association (IFA), which is the governing body for football in West Bengal, have already informed the clubs and players associated with them. “Yes, we have received that letter and have taken it into consideration. IFA is doing its best to make sure there is no problem and we have issued a notice to all our affiliated members and stakeholders,” said Utpal Ganguly, president of IFA, adding that IFA hasnt been in contact with FAI. In April, Figo announced the launch of Premier Futsal, a first-ever multi-national futsal league conceptualised by Indian entrepreneurs under the entity Premier Futsal Management. The league will take place from July 15-24 featuring eight teams from different cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai. Futsal, a 5-a-side variant of soccer with two halves of 20 minutes each, is governed by Futsal Association of India (FAI) with accreditation from the international governing body, Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF). Premier Futsal will include a total of 56 current players from across the world in a competitive format. Each team will compulsorily comprise of three international futsal players, one international marquee soccer player and one Indian Futsal player with the squad comprising of 12 players. Musical maestro AR Rahman and the swashbuckling Kohli will join forces to compose the official anthem for the inaugural season of the star-studded league. PTI AH PM PM
Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he thinks he will need to produce a time similar to the one that earned him gold at the Rio 2016 Games to win Saturday’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in London.The 30-year-old is competing in his seventh and final World Championships, and recently clocked a season’s-best time of 9.95 seconds in a Diamond League meeting in Monaco.He told Reuters he is “not at my best but where I want to be” and has predicted he will have to set a new season’s best to win and add another gold medal to his collection at the London Stadium – where he won Olympic gold in 2012.”I think it will have to be 9.8 low, perhaps the same time it took me to win at the (Rio) Olympics, I think it will take the same time to win here or close to that,” said Bolt, who clocked 9.81 seconds to clinch gold in Rio.”I’m feeling good, I’m feeling better after every race. Everything is going good.”One of Bolt’s biggest rivals for gold in London was expected to be Canada’s Andre de Grasse, but a Grade 2 hamstring tear in his final training session has ruled de Grasse out of competing.De Grasse said the prospect of missing out on what he called “the focus of my season” was “unimaginable”, but Bolt said it was vital for his future career prospects that de Grasse took a realistic approach to his injury.”It’s always about listening to your coach and taking the doctor’s advice and taking your time to recuperate while working as hard as possible to get over the injury,” said Bolt.advertisement”Sometimes when you rush it only makes things worse. I hope that he takes heed, takes his time to heal and hopefully everything goes smoothly so that he can get back on track next season.”
The OnePlus 7 series is launching on May 14 and the company has already confirmed that there will be a Pro model. The OnePlus 7 Pro will bring a lot of the same hardware as the regular OnePlus 7, but with a few bonus features. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, you can expect a notchless curved display with a pop-up selfie camera and a triple camera setup on the back. This week, we get to see what the OnePlus 7 Pro will really look like thanks to some leaked official renders courtesy a couple of well-known tipsters.Both Roland Quandt of WinFuture and tipter Ishan Agarwal posted what look like official renders of the OnePlus 7 Pro around the same time on Thursday. The pictures keep in line with what past reports have told us, and there is good reason to believe this will be the final design of the OnePlus 7 Pro. We see a nearly bezel-free curved display and Quandt reports that OnePlus has managed to reduce the chin even further, making it supremely thin, something other manufacturers have been unable to accomplish.Exclusive: Here is your first look at the official renders of the #OnePlus7 Pro Nebula Blue and Mirror Grey variants! Looks good, doesn’t it? Curved Screen and a triple camera setup at the back with #OnePlus written below. Your thoughts? #OnePlus7Pro #GoBeyondSpeed pic.twitter.com/ibRklVCODQIshan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) May 2, 2019Based on previous leaks, the OnePlus 7 Pro will offer a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a QHD+ (3120×1440) resolution. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has referred to the display as a “breakthrough panel” possibly because it is rumoured to come with a 90Hz refresh rate for a super smooth experience similar to what you get on some gaming phones like the Razer Phone.advertisementThe glass back panel is curved as well, which comes as no surprise. We see a vertical triple camera setup with the LED flash just below and the OnePlus logo below the flash. As per the WinFuture report, the camera system will include a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.6 aperture, a 16MP ultra wide-angle secondary camera and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The selfie camera that sits within a pop-up mechanism will offer a 16MP f/2.0 sensor.The OnePlus 7 Pro is said to come in Nebula Blue and Mirror Black colours as the renders show. Agarwal also claims that there will be an Almond colour option as well, although there are no renders for that option.Both the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are expected to pack a Snapdragon 855 chipset. The regular OnePlus 7 may come with up to 8GB of RAM, while the OnePlus 7 Pro will offer up to 12GB of memory. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also said to house a larger 4,000mAh battery and both the models are tipped to support 30W Warp Charge fast charging. Lastly, only the Pro model is said to come with a 5G variant as well.The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will be announced on May 14 at several locations simultaneously. In India, the company will be holding the launch event in Bengaluru. Fans can also pre-book the OnePlus 7 Pro in India starting May 3 at 12pm by purchasing a OnePlus 7 Pro gift card of Rs 1,000 on Amazon India. Pre-bookings for the OnePlus 7 Pro will end on May 7 at 11:59pm.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro pre-booking starts from May 3, to launch on May 14
MLS Sporting KC’s Melia named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 02:02 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gary Rohman MLS Sporting KC The Sporting Kansas City man joins his teammate Ike Opara as a league award winner after being part of the unit that allowed the fewest goals in MLS Tim Melia has won the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, the league announced Thursday.The 31-year-old Melia was a part of Sporting KC’s league-best defensive unit that allowed just 29 goals on the season. He also managed 10 clean sheets, good for a tie for second in the league.Sporting KC’s defense also saw center back Ike Opara take home the MLS Defender of the Year award. Melia is the third Sporting KC player to win Goalkeeper of the Year, following Jimmy Nielsen and Tony Meola. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A former Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA player, Melia did not get a starting job until he moved to Sporting KC in 2015 — a season in which he was also named MLS Comeback Player of the Year and helped his team hoist the U.S. Open Cup.This season, Melia added another Open Cup to his collection as Sporting KC defeated the New York Red Bulls in the final. However, a hamstring injury sidelined him for Sporting KC’s 1-0 extra-time loss to the Houston Dynamo in the opening round of the MLS playoffs. Melia took home the majority of the vote share across all three groups of voters — media, players and club technical staffs — and finished with an average vote share of 50.29 percent.He beat out last year’s winner, Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union, who finished second with an average vote tally of 10.13 percent.Stefan Frei of the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders, and league leader in clean sheets with 13, finished third with 8.24 percent of the vote.Toronto FC’s Alex Bono, New York City FC’s Sean Johnson and Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan rounded out the top six.
zoom The cyber attack that hit Danish-based A.P. Moller – Maersk on June 27 is expected to damage the company’s business performance by up to USD 300-million in the upcoming quarter.“Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July and as a consequence, our Q3 results will be impacted. We expect the cyber-attack will impact results negatively by USD 200-300 million,” Maersk group’s CEO Søren Skou said.The vast majority of the impact of the cyber-attack was in Maersk Line, according to the group, with a huge blow on July revenue.Maersk was one of many global companies to be hit by a malware later known as NotPetya, distributed through a Ukrainian accounting software called MeDoc, which is used for filing tax returns in Ukraine.The MeDoc software contained backdoors into the networks of users of the software, which were used by the malware to enter via the software’s automatic update system.As a result, Maersk shut down infected networks to contain the impact. However, the group’s container related businesses Maersk Line and APM Terminals took a major blow, with the latter being forced to close some of its terminals and divert ships.“These system shutdowns resulted in significant business interruption during the shutdown period, with limited financial impact in Q2, while the impact in Q3 is larger, due to a temporary loss of revenue in July,” Maersk said.Maersk Line, Damco and APM Terminals restored normal operations during the week of 3 July to 9 July.
The province is helping people, families and businesses in Queens County develop a new plan for future economic growth and good jobs by appointing four people to the Queens County Transition Committee. The membership brings with it extensive experience in strategic business and financial planning, regional economic development, municipal administration, marketing, executive management and expertise in the forestry sector. MLA for Queens, Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter, announced the members of the committee, today, June 18, in Liverpool. Joining transition adviser Ron Smith will be: Ms. Conrad will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. “This committee has the experience and skills to collaborate with the workers, their families and local businesses in Queens County to identify future opportunities for growing our economy and keeping good jobs here in our community for years to come,” said Ms. Conrad. “I thank them all for stepping into a difficult situation without hesitation to help build a new vision for the families of Queens County.” The transition committee will support the community through this time of adjustment and renewal and will facilitate a process where the people of Queens County can map out a vision for their future. “The committee is looking forward to supporting the people of Queens County as they start to plan for a brighter future,” said Mr. Smith. “We will do everything we can to provide the support, advice and expertise to create long-term and sustainable economic growth for this region. “Our objective is to draw out the most practice and fruitful ideas and strategies through which the people of Queens County will ultimately determine their path forward.” The transition committee will begin immediately talking with business, municipal and first nations representatives and community leaders. The committee will create a plan to engage the community and develop action priorities and economic objectives. “Less than 72 hours after the Bowater mill closed the province has provided the people of Queens County with an expert advisory committee to support the region during this time of renewal,” said Doug Adams, deputy mayor of the Region of Queen’s Municipality. “We look forward to working with them as we chart a new course forward.” Andrew Button, executive director of the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency Kathleen Rafuse, chief administrative officer, Region of Queens Municipality Barry Tomalin, president of South Queens Chamber of Commerce Blair Douglas, former president and owner of N.F. Douglas Lumber Ltd.
New Delhi: In a major setback to Jadavpur University, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has denied the “Institute of Eminence (IoE)” status to West Bengal’s university citing the reason that the IoE tag would only be given if the state government agrees to allocate up to 50 per cent fund of their share for the development of the institute.Another state university that has been denied IoE tag is Anna University, Chennai under the Tamil Nandu government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Other universities that have been denied the prestigious IoE tag include Azim Premji University, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, KREA University, which has former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan as governing council advisor and Mahindra group’s chairman Mahindra Group as its governing council member. According to the official communiqué, besides Jio Institute, Bharti of Satya Bharti Foundation has been selected by the UGC for the grant of eminence tag under the Greenfield category. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUnder the scheme, the government will develop 20 institutes comprising of 10 government institutions and 10 private varsities of the world-class level. The Centre will allocate Rs 1,000 crore per institute selected under public institutions category over a period of five years for the overall development of the institute, while institutes selected under private institutions category will not get any fund from the government. The government institutes that have been selected for eminence tag include IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISC Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, BHU, Varanasi. The private universities that the UGC has asked the HRD ministry to grant IoE tag include the OP Jindal University in Haryana, Shiv Nadar University in Uttar Pradesh, Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi, VIT Vellore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Bengaluru, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar and Bharti of Satya Bharti Foundation. Other private institutes that were selected for the eminence tag in the first round of scrutiny include BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Jio Institute. The decisions over the selection of all 20 institutes were taken by the UGC at a meeting on Friday. In response to queries over denial of the IoE tag to some well-known private universities, a senior official said, “The status has been granted to only those institutes that have been ranked at different levels and those that have not been ranked; they have been kept out as they don’t meet the eligibility criteria.” The colleges had figured in the list of 15 public and 15 private institutes that the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC), headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami, had recommended for the IoE tag. “In case of the private institutions proposed as IoE, there will be no financial support, but they will be entitled to more autonomy as a special category deemed university,” an official release said. “The Greenfield institutions would get 3 year period to establish and operationalise the institution, and thereafter, EEC will consider giving IoE status to such institutions,” the release further added. The government’s efforts to create world-class universities with the IoE tag had led to the controversy last July when the status was awarded to Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute, which is yet to be built.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the latest wave of violence resulted in 58 Palestinian deaths, with 2100 wounded, and 11 Israeli deaths, with 127 wounded.“Some of these people were stabbed, shot, and even beaten to death by members of the public, both Israeli and Palestinian,” High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told President Abbas and members of the Council, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.“In the context of suspected attacks, several Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, sometimes allegedly acting with disproportionate force, to the extent that extra-judicial killings are strongly suspected,” he continued at the special meeting convened on the occasion of the Palestinian President’s visit.“In other incidents, Palestinians involved in demonstrations in the West Bank and along the Gaza fence have been reportedly shot by security forces using live ammunition – raising strong concerns again about excessive use of force.”Mr. Zeid added that the stabbing and shooting and car attacks that have targeted Israelis are also “totally unjustifiable.” “No matter what the grievances on both sides, violence cannot be the answer,” he insisted. “This crisis is dangerous in the extreme because it is a confrontation drawn in part from that most combustible of human emotional mechanisms: fear.”The High Commissioner underlined that it is a “confrontation between peoples who fear each other, who fear the corresponding motives of each other, and so fear the future.”Fears that, unless checked quickly, Mr. Zeid said “become in time so raw, so stark – for many considerations of humanity will become secondary the longer this crisis continues.”“There will be no mutual accommodation, no mutual acceptance, no warmth, no peace, only hate and bloodshed, and fear mixing, constantly, both into a poison for all,” he declared. “And the fears of one people are deepened by the actions and words of the other, also carved from fear, and heightened on both sides by visceral rage.”He further stated that a “catastrophe” becomes more likely because of the “supremely sensitive issue” of the status quo with respect to occupied East Jerusalem, and specifically the site that is known to Muslims as the Al Aqsa compound or the Haram Al Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.“For Palestinians, and the Arab and Muslim worlds generally, their fear has centred on the perceived increasing aggressiveness of Israeli attitudes toward this compound, strongly suggesting a desire to alter the status quo,” Mr. Zeid said. “The Israeli Government says this fear is misplaced, and believes that rumours have inflamed passions; repeated assurances have been given by the Prime Minister that there is no threat to the al Aqsa compound.”Instead, Mr. Zeid continued, the government fears the Palestinians are “stoking resentment and anger to incite violence against Israel and Israelis – and that the Palestinians are ultimately responsible for this violence.”“Fear must be eclipsed by wisdom,” the High Commissioner urged, calling for actions by the settler movement throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in and around occupied East Jerusalem, to be halted.“The excessive use of force by Israeli military and police, house demolitions and other collective punishments also cannot be permitted to continue,” he warned. “The blockade of Gaza must be ended.”Mr. Zeid concluded that in other words, the Middle East peace process “must now be reactivated with an unprecedented sense of purpose.”“Israel has to be assured its security for good, and not remain the object of any threat to it or its people,” he said ending his address. “And the occupation, which has caused the Palestinian people such intense suffering for almost fifty years, generating rage and resentment – the occupation must end too. The people of Palestine, Mr. President, deserve to live free, and in dignity, enjoying their full rights, in their own liberated state of Palestine.”In his remarks, President Abbas said: “What we have warned of has happened. The human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, as a result of the Israeli occupation and practices, are the worst and most critical since 1948.”The current situation, he continued, calls for “strong and decisive intervention and requires that the United Nations, its Member States and its agencies shoulder their responsibility “before it is too late.” Specifically, the UN Security Council is requested, “more urgently than [ever before] to set up a special regime for international protection for the Palestinian people, immediately and urgently.”Stressing that peace and stability would not be achieved unless the Israeli occupation is and an independent Palestinian state is obtained, Mr. Abbas said the he had repeatedly warned of the consequences of what has been happening in Jerusalem and its surroundings, which includes “tightening the noose around the necks of the population and violation of civil, political, economic and social rights.” “I have noted over and over again that pressure will generate and explosion, and that the violations committed by settlers and extremists, protected by the Israeli Occupation forces, against our Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, namely to alter the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…is the thing that will turn the political conflict into a religious on that will have grave consequences for us all.”Reaffirming the important role of the Human Rights Council and the necessity of Israel abiding by its resolutions and wider international law, including the application of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Mr. Abbas also underlined what he called “the principal role” assumed by High Commissioner Zeid the work of the various experts and special procedures looking into human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter putting the pedal to the metal to complete “The Chase,” the Ohio State football team moved straight into “The Grind.”But as the Buckeyes completed practice Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — just their third since winning the National Championship — coach Urban Meyer said it might be time to pump the breaks. Meyer said OSU is monitoring the reps of certain players, leading to less cohesiveness on the practice field.“That’s why sometimes it looks really bad, and today it was not a pleasant one,” Meyer said Tuesday. “We’re not gonna blame players or coaches yet. That’s coming, though, if you don’t get better.”The Buckeyes played 15 games — winning all but one — in 2014-15, marking the first time a collegiate team had played more than 14 times in a season. But game reps aside, OSU is monitoring “competitive reps” players get in practice, Meyer said.The fourth-year OSU coach said senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker has had more than 2,000 live reps in his career, and named off redshirt-junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein, redshirt-senior tight end Nick Vannett, senior linebacker Joshua Perry, redshirt-junior safety Tyvis Powell and junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa as other high-rep players.While Meyer didn’t name any of those players among the injured Buckeyes, OSU has learned that at least four players would no longer be able to play football because of past injuries since the beginning of 2015. With linebackers Devan Bogard and Trey Johnson, safety Ron Tanner and cornerback Armani Reeves done for good, the Buckeyes are being careful with other injured players in practice.Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller has been pulled back in practice, Meyer said, but only for precautionary reasons.Meyer added that the trainers are being very cautious with junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has a bone graft in his wrist. Along with Miller and Elliott, Meyer said senior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren and junior H-back Dontre Wilson are both still working back from injuries.“Jacoby’s had several things, but I don’t see any Band-Aids on him any more, so he’s getting close,” Meyer said. “Dontre has a broken foot, pin’s out; I saw him running in the water the other day.”But among the players being held back, Meyer said he’s been surprised to see the progress of yet another injured quarterback — redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As more experienced players are given a bit of a break and younger players earn more reps, Meyer said he wasn’t pleased with Tuesday’s showing. With that in mind, the Buckeyes have some time to prepare before taking the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“It wasn’t a great day,” Meyer said. “But it’s spring practice.”
Jonathan de Bernhardt Wood, who has been tasked with reviving the financial fortunes of the Church, also described a banker’s standing order as “God’s special gift” because donors often forget to cancel them. The Church of England’s new fundraising chief has a history of urging charities to make money from people’s “forgetfulness” and by targeting “vulnerable” elderly women, the Telegraph can reveal. Last night a Christian charity said Mr Bernhardt Wood’s language was “worrying”, and said the Church of England must “act with caution” when… The former headteacher has been hired to attract thousands more worshippers to donate to the Church every month through a direct debit Parish Giving Scheme.
The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Bill was on Friday passed In the National Assembly with Government using its majority, even though several worrying aspects of the Bill were highlighted by the Opposition.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil WilliamsA major point of contention was the AML/CFT Proliferation Financing National Co-ordination Committee.The Opposition pointed out that this committee will be chaired by Attorney General Basil Williams himself, despite his ‘expertise’ being in the field of law, and not finance.One of the most contentious sections of the bill was Section 7 (g,1), which states that “the Committee, its assets, property, income and its operations and transactions authorized by this Act, shall be exempt from all taxation, including customs duty, consumption tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax, income tax, property tax and purchase tax, and the committee shall be exempt from payment of any tax or duty whatsoever.”People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Juan Edghill, zeroing in on this, noted that the bill proposes tax free exemptions for the 25-member committee.The fact that sections of the bill also give the Chairperson the power to pay staff did not escape Edghill.“Who is this committee? Let me remind the people of Guyana who are the members. The Attorney General; the DPP; the Governor of the Bank of Guyana; the Commissioner General of the GRA; the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit; the Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit; the General Manager of the Guyana Gold Board; The Chairperson of the Gaming Authority,” Edghill observed.“So the Attorney General is paying staff, which should be the duty of the Permanent Secretary. If you go to section 7 (b) of the principal act, (you will find that) the Chairperson of the Committee shall pay from the funds of the committee the salaries, fees, allowances of the staff of the committee, and any other expenses incurred by the committee in the performance of (its) duties.The Attorney General has now become the head of a budget agency. He is paying fees (of) the staff. The Attorney General!” Edghill declared.Opposition Parliamentarian Bishop Juan EdghillFurther declaring that this provision allows for political interference, Edghill demanded that the Attorney General show which Financial Action Task Force/Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (FATF/CFATF) recommendation this complies with.The originally proposed 25-member committee also came up in the debate. In his introduction of the bill, Williams had questioned the logic behind the creation of a committee with so many persons. However, the PPP heckled that it was the current Government who brought it into place.Williams reeled off several provisions within the bill, including the penalties for contravening the different clauses. For a legal person, the penalty is $50 million, while others are subject to a fine of $10 million. He noted that entities must also file suspicious transactions’ reports.“The bill before this house will do what the other amendments have done; that is, strengthen what already exists, and provide the foundation for us to demonstrate that our systems and policies are effective,” Williams said.“Some of the functions of the committee include developing national anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism and proliferation financing policies informed by the risks identified by the National Risk Assessment,” he explained.But Edghill, in his presentation, noted that the FIU was not made stronger by the Government, but rather weaker. He pointed out that there are a number of important omissions from the committee, including the Police Commissioner and the Customs Anti- Narcotics Unit (CANU).“The authority would have had a chairperson from the members who came through the parliamentary process. The authority would have also had ex-officio members. But notably, they have left out from the committee the Commissioner of Police. The Solicitor General has been left out. CANU, left out. Registrar of the Deeds, left out. Rather than strengthening, we are leaving out,” Edghill declared.Other members who spoke on the bill included PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, and MP Harry Gill. But with the Government holding a majority, the opposition’s objections were overridden, and the bill was pushed through.The Bill seeks to amend the AML/CFT Act and related legislation to strengthen the regime for combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing (AML/CFT/PF).Clause three of the Bill amends section 7A of the principal Act to satisfy recommendation 2 of the FATF, which states that countries should designate an authority to have a mechanism that is responsible for national AML/CFT/PF policies.The US Department of State’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), Volume Two of March 2018, had listed Guyana among many other countries deemed as “major money laundering jurisdictions in 2017”.The report declared there was a lack of strong interagency cooperation among Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and drug-fighting agencies, adding that these departments did not have adequate human resources and the necessary training for complete effectiveness. 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Des cordes de violon en fils de toile d’araignéePubliant ses travaux dans un prochain numéro de Physical Review Letters, un chercheur japonais a fabriqué des cordes de violon avec des fils de soie secrétés par des araignées. Résultats : un meilleur son et une plus grande résistance que les matériaux classiques, paraît-il.S’intéressant depuis des années aux propriétés mécaniques des soies secrétées par les araignées (pour tisser leur toile), Shigeyoshi Osaki, de l’Université de Nara (Japon), a mis au point des méthodes pour obtenir de grandes quantités de cette soie, à partir de 300 spécimens femelles de l’espèce Nephila maculata élevés en captivité. Et il a imaginé une application inattendue à ce matériau.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Torsadant en faisceau 3 à 5.000 brins individuels de cette soie, puis torsadant à nouveau entre eux, 3 par 3, les faisceaux ainsi obtenus, il a fabriqué… des cordes à violon. En mesurant leur résistance à la traction – un facteur critique pour les violonistes, qui souhaitent éviter de casser une corde en plein concerto –, il a alors constaté des performances certes inférieures au boyau, (désormais rarement employé), mais supérieures à la combinaison nylon-aluminium utilisée pour les instruments modernes. Les qualités acoustiques de violons ainsi équipés ont également été testées.”Les instruments à cordes frottées tels que le violon ont fait l’objet de nombreuses études scientifiques. Toutefois, tous les détails n’ont pas été clarifiés, la plupart des gens s’étant intéressés au corps du violon plutôt qu’aux propriétés de l’archet ou des cordes. (..) Plusieurs violonistes professionnels ont indiqué que les cordes en toile d’araignée … généraient un timbre préférable, capable de créer une nouvelle musique. Les cordes de violon sont une nouvelle utilisation pratique de la soie d’araignée comme produit à haute valeur ajoutée”, conclut le Dr Osaki cité par BBC News.Le 10 mars 2012 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambert
The Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed to Sunday after torrential rains in Buenos Aires left the pitch unplayable.According to AS English, the match officials carried out a pitch inspection at 19:15 CEST and confirmed the first leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores could not be played today.Tournament organisers Conmebol have confirmed the game will be played tomorrow, Sunday, at 20:00 CEST (16:00 local time)🏆 ¡A esperar un día más para la gran final de la #CONMEBOLLibertadores! 🔜 @BocaJrsOficial y @CARPoficial jugarán este domingo. pic.twitter.com/xbAfQUQ9iDMatch Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) November 10, 2018Sources at Boca Juniors had previously told some sources that there was “no chance of the game being played”, and despite the pitch draining well continuous rain saw the game forced to be postponed.Considering the attention of the world will be focused on the first leg of the Copa Libertadores this Saturday, Boca’s ground staff had been working throughout to week to have the pitch in optimal conditions.AS’ Boca sources equally confirmed a special drainage system is in place at the Alberto J. Armando stadium to deal with the heavy rain, but the level of precipitation proved to be too much even for the up to date technology.
Bradley moved the National Journal Group away from a subscription-based model to a membership-driven one back in 2011. Since then, the membership business has grown 38 percent with 1,000 members accounting for more than half of the brand’s total revenue, says the company. Nevertheless, the weekly magazine’s performance has been on an opposite trajectory—a “gentle decline,” described Bradley in the memo. The spokesperson says the magazine has had revenue declines over the last couple years. The 46-year-old magazine will close by the end of the year. Atlantic Media announced this afternoon that it will be shutting down National Journal magazine. “Given the needs of our audience—the Washington market and the advertisers—the decision was made to get in front and invest where there’s greater future growth: day-to-day and hour-by-hour editorial coverage and in membership services,” the spokesperson says. According to Bradley, an effort will be made to keep as many of the 10-15 magazine staff as possible—”I’m not drawn, here, to proposing layoffs,” he said—but there is an expectation that staff will be reduced. “I’ve decided that the National Journal should move the whole of its journalism to the higher-velocity work of our daily publications, National Journal Daily and Hotline, and to our hour-by-hour coverage on NationalJournal.com,” said Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley in a memo to employees. Editor Richard Just will continue to lead the magazine and staff through the end of the year. “As with [the staff], he’s also just recently gotten this news and I expect thinking through what this means for him,” says a spokesperson. “Of course it goes without saying that we’d love to have him stay with Atlantic Media in some capacity, and as David wrote in his memo, he’s an ‘exquisite talent.'” Instead, the brand will expand on its digitally-oriented and faster-moving daily membership content, which the weekly print product couldn’t keep up with in both frequency and revenues. And the savings from no longer producing a print product will be reallocated primarily to expanding coverage for the print and digital National Journal Daily. Plans also call for overhauling NationalJournal.com with a more mobile-friendly design and spinning off the Next America vertical onto its own platform.
Houston Public Media/ArchiveHarris County Criminal Justice CenterThe Hurricane Harvey-damaged Harris County Criminal Justice Center in downtown Houston could remain closed for two more years during flood-related repairs.The Houston Chronicle reports county officials on Thursday received an update from an architectural firm assessing the 20-story structure.Harvey made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, causing storms that dumped several feet of rain and swamped parts of Houston. The lower part of the courts building flooded, with equipment damage affecting the entire skyscraper.Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack says the courts building will likely remain closed until late 2019 or early 2020. A cost estimate for repairs could be available by March.Court operations and hundreds of staffers, including more than 30 judges, have relocated to other buildings with some makeshift courtrooms in a jail basement. Share
Microsoft is hoping that their soon to be released exclusive for Windows Phone and Windows 8 will be the final straw that causes some users to consider switching platforms. While it’s too early to say whether or not Spartan lightning has struck twice, the early preview of the game we were treated to recently is nothing short of impressive.343 Studios took on one of the biggest modern gaming franchises and sought to make new games that resonate even deeper with the core of Halo fandom. With over 11 years of heritage, including a library of books filled with extra backstory and character development, they had a lot to go from. Halo 4 upset a chunk of the core audience with the visual changes and the return to a world where Master Chief couldn’t dual wield, but from a story perspective the game was absolutely amazing.What made this experience even more impressive was the extra gameplay scenarios, where you play a Spartan being guided through missions by UNSC Commander Sarah Palmer. Unlike the Spartan Ops of Halo 4, you’ll actually be playing as Palmer for this mobile version of Halo.The big question is how well does the Halo we all know and love translate onto smartphones and tablets? Halo: Spartan Assault is a top down shooter that takes some visual cues from Halo Wars, where you’re at just enough of an angle to make everything seem just a bit more 3D. Controlling your character happens with a pair of virtual joysticks as well as a host of buttons that live around the edge of your device. You use the left thumb for moving, and the right thumb for shooting in whatever direction you point in. The button layout for the game depends on the kind of device you are playing on.If you’re on a tablet, you have separate buttons for weapon switching, ammo readout, and two different grenade throw keys. On a phone, however, your ammo readout and weapon switcher are one and the same. Both versions of the UI feature a generic action button, which does everything from climbing into vehicles to setting explosive charges in missions.Most of the weapons in this game are auto targeting. If you’re using a battle rifle, for example, if you hold down fire in any one direction it will shift from target to target as long as there are more enemies in that direction. Pistols and sniper rifles will aim for the nearest target when you flick your thumb in their direction. Spartan Lasers and machine gun turrets will not auto target, since they spray a line of hurt in the direction you are pointing your weapon. Grenades are the exception, as they will only auto target when your body if facing the enemy. It is not enough to simply be shooting in that direction with grenades.Vehicle control is an interesting aspect of Halo: Spartan Assault. In the preview, the Wraith was the only vehicle available. For this vehicle, you need to use your left stick to go forward and back and strafe while you use your other stick to control the nose of the vehicle. The right stick will also fire the plasma turret on the side of the vehicle. If you want to fire the plasma cannon, you flick the right stick and a ball of plasma will be fired in whatever direction the Wraith is pointed. This steering method takes some getting used to, and it will be interesting to see how this translates for other vehicles.It’s clear, just from the preview, that there’s quite a bit to do in Halo: Spartan Assault. The game itself is broken out into multiple chapters, with missions inside those chapters that play into a common story arc. This should be familiar to anyone who played the Spartan Ops section in Halo 4.In a brief conversation with Halo franchise manager Kevin Grace of 343 Studios , it was made clear that the storyline for this game would continue telling Sarah Palmer’s story while offering some insight into the Spartan 4 program from the books. Nothing about the preview missions gave any insight into the actual story for the game, in fact it wasn’t even clear that we were playing as Palmer until told that was who the main Spartan was in this game.While there were no Windows 8 devices at the preview event other than the Surface RT, members of the Surface team were on hand to confirm that the game would run the same on all hardware types. Despite being considered a slow and often laggy tablet, Halo: Spartan Assault played flawlessly on the Surface RT demo units on hand at the event. Halo: Spartan Assault will first be made available on Windows Phones later this month, starting with the Lumia 928 on Verizon Wireless. Shortly after this launch, the game will come to the Windows Store and be available on everything from the Surface RT on up. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Halo: Spartan Assault artworkHalo: Spartan Assault artworkHalo: Spartan Assault hashtagUNSC LogoHalo: Spartan Assault Double KillWindows Phone Halo: Spartan Assault
Is Baby Driver GoodVery good!Wow! That sounds enthusiastic!It’s been a rough year…So what’s this one about?It’s a bank-heist/car-chase/young-adult/romance/action/musical/comedy set in Atlanta, Georgia.…you’re gonna have to be more specific.Ansel Elgort plays “Baby,” a soft-hearted twenty-something kid with near-supernatural (superhuman, at least) car-driving skills who, because of a childhood accident, has to listen to music 24/7 in order to drown out a constant ringing in his ears. He owes a substantial debt to a ruthless (but also oddly laid-back) criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who forces him to use his automotive skills as the getaway driver for a series of daring bank heists. Not long after squaring this debt, he meets and falls hard for a diner waitress with a heart of gold who offers him love and a chance at a normal life, but he soon finds that a life of crime is not as easy to escape as he’d hope and finds himself stuck in a rapidly-deteriorating series of chaotic events that will challenge what he thought he knew about his criminal colleagues and ultimately force him to get his hands dirty in a way he’d been desperately trying to avoid.That sounds like a Jason Statham movie.Basically, yeah; but with a tone and main character more suited to a Nicholas Sparks YA Romance thing. Also, the conceit of Baby effectively “scoring” every moment of his life with several iPods full of eclectic pop music means there’s a song underpinning almost every scene more or less turns it into a kind of action-musical.This sounds insufferable. What’s so good about it??Well, it’s directed by Edgar Wright, so…Oh! Now I want to see it! You should probably have led with that.Yeah, Edgar Wright basically specializes in movies that should be completely insufferable but actually turn out kind of great (see: Pilgrim, Scott), and this is right in that wheelhouse. “The Transporter: Heartwarming Millennial Musical Romp Edition” sounds like pure torture, but when you’ve got a timing, pacing and scene-geography savant-like Wright directing and a killer cast (Elgort, Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, John Hamm) bringing their A-game it all kind of clicks into place. It’s a very fast-paced, involving, compelling little movie that doesn’t overreach – despite all the weight and excitement that gets attached to every Edgar Wright project by the critical set; it really is “just” a mid-scale action movie with a more whimsical romantic subplot and a slick soundtrack. And that’s just fine.Is Baby an interesting hero?He is. I didn’t expect anything special out of Elgort based on his previous movies, but he brings it here in a really challenging and different kind of role. There’s something… “off” about Baby that the film never specifically identifies. But it’s an unusual energy that makes him at once compelling, off-putting, weirdly intimidating but also weirdly child-like; and once the plot has been laid out the film is mostly driven by the way the other ostensibly older, jaded “grown-up” characters and compelled to act toward him. Some friendly, some bullying, some nurturing, some hurtful, some bouncing back and forth between all of the above. It’s as though his actual personality is so guarded and inscrutable that the other characters are driven to project one onto him. And that’s an interesting “real-feeling” dynamic that ultimately pays off with a freewheeling third act where surprise character turns as to which of the “bad guys” are or are not actually “bad” plays out in clever, interesting ways.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target
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. © 2014 Phys.org , arXiv Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake Explore further In a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers have developed a new method for manipulating light scattering. They theoretically show how to induce transparency in otherwise opaque materials using the complex dipole-dipole interactions present in a large number of interacting quantum emitters, such as atoms or molecules. This ability could have several potential applications, such as producing slow light or stopped light, along with applications in the field of attosecond physics.”The significance of our work is in the discovery of a very neat phenomenon (dipole-induced electromagnetic transparency [DIET]), which may be used to control light propagation in optically active media,” coauthor Eric Charron, Professor at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, told Phys.org. “We showed how light scattering by a nanometric size system, collectively responding through strongly coupled two-level atoms/molecules, can be manipulated by altering the material parameters: an otherwise opaque medium can be rendered transparent at any given frequency, by adequately adjusting the relative densities of the atoms/molecules composing it.”As the scientists explain, light scattering is very well understood when dealing with individual quantum emitters; that is, single atoms or molecules. But the physics becomes much more complex when dealing with two or more interacting emitters. In this case, the electromagnetic field experienced by an emitter depends not only on the light beam striking its surface, but also on all of the electromagnetic fields radiated by all of its neighbors, which in turn are affected by the emitter in question. Each quantum emitter can have a dipole, meaning a positive side and a negative side, due to an uneven distribution of electrons within the emitter. In a dense “vapor” of many quantum emitters, strong dipole-dipole couplings can then occur. The collective effects usually result in an enhancement of the light-matter interaction, although a very complicated one. Here, the researchers have theoretically shown that strong dipole-dipole interactions in a dense vapor of quantum emitters can be used to manipulate the spectral properties of the light scattered by the emitters. In particular, the medium may become transparent at a particular frequency that can be controlled to a certain extent. The scientists explain that, on the most basic level, DIET results from destructive interference between the electromagnetic waves emitted by the quantum emitters. DIET is also closely related to another phenomenon, called electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT). EIT is also based on destructive interference, but it is induced by a laser instead of dipole-dipole interactions.The scientists expect that DIET could have many of the same applications as EIT, which include the generation of slow light or stopped light by interactions with the medium. Slow light has a variety of optical applications, including information transmission, switches, and high-resolution spectrometers. Also, in the field of attosecond physics, DIET could potentially be used to generate high harmonics in dense atomic or molecular gases.The researchers anticipate that DIET can be experimentally implemented in a few different ways, including in atomic vapor confined in a cell as well as in ultracold dense atomic clouds. However, both systems still face challenges for demonstrating DIET, which must be addressed in the future.”Currently our goal is to hunt for the observation of DIET in multilevel atomic or molecular systems,” Charron said. “Each emitter will behave as a series of oscillating dipoles, and this is expected to yield a series of transparency windows, thus opening the way for more elaborate and flexible manipulation strategies. We will publish new results on this topic in Arxiv in the next few weeks. Moreover, DIET offers yet another way to slow the light due to strong anomalous dispersion. We thus plan to develop the study of slow light with DIET in the near future, with potential applications for information processing.” (Phys.org) —All objects’ colors are determined by the way that light scatters off of them. By manipulating the light scattering, scientists can control the wavelengths at which light is transmitted and reflected by objects, changing their appearance. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Raiju Puthumpally-Joseph, et al. “Dipole-Induced Electromagnetic Transparency.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.163603 . Also at arXiv:1407.1970 [quant-ph] Citation: Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent (2014, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-light-matter-interaction-opaque-materials-transparent.html Illustration of a thin, dense vapor of quantum emitters (blue disk) interacting with an incident electromagnetic field. Physicists have shown that strong dipole-dipole interactions in the quantum emitters can be used to manipulate the light scattering and turn opaque objects transparent. Credit: Puthumpally-Joseph, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society