first_imgKolkata: A couple was found dead inside their home at Agarpara in North 24 Parganas on Friday morning.According to local residents, Amar Mondal rented the ground floor of a house at Agarpara approximately six months ago. He used to live with his wife Brinda and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. A source said the couple had frequent arguments. On several occasions, Mondal family’s landlord had to intervene to stop them. It is suspected a third person is involved in the case. On Friday, the private tutor of the Mondal’s daughter arrived in the morning. When she knocked on the door many times but no one opened it, she immediately informed the landlord and neighbours. Neighbours broke the door and found Amar and Brinda dead. Khardah police station was informed. Police rushed the couple to Sagar Dutta Hospital in Kamarhati where doctors declared them brought dead. It is suspected that Amar murdered Brinda and later committed suicide. Police recovered a suicide note by Amar. He said in the letter he was going to the other world with his wife. Some neighbours claimed Brinda had an extra marital affair. Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Zone II of Barrackpore Police said: “The bodies have been sent for autopsy. A suicide note has been recovered. No police complaint has been lodged in this regard.”last_img read more

Notorious drug kingpin Mohommad Najim Mohammad Imran alias Kanjipani Imran and three others were deported from Dubai and detained by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.Kanjipani Imran had been arrested together with underworld leader Makandure Madush at a hotel in Dubai. Most of those arrested had narcotics in their possession at the time of arrest.Sri Lanka had sought the deportation of the suspects to Sri Lanka to be investigated for major crimes committed by them. (Colombo Gazette) read more

A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan in New York described the ratification as “a momentous occasion in the history of the Convention.””Canada has also been highly prominent in the development of the law of the sea, both at the Third UN Conference and as a key promoter of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.Mr. Dujarric said Canada has special interests in maritime trade, fisheries and protection of the marine environment.The Convention on the Law of the Sea entered into force on 16 November 1994. It governs all aspects of ocean space, from delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. read more

“I call on this Council to prioritise action on the outstanding warrants of arrest issued by the Court,” Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council in New York. She also said that “there can be no justification for States Parties to fail to arrest a suspect against whom an ICC warrant of arrest has been issued, irrespective of that person’s official status.”Ms. Bensouda’s briefing comes one day after the Pre-Trial Chamber II decided that Jordan, which is a non-permanent member of the Security Council, was non-compliant when Mr. Al Bashir visited Amman in March. The Chamber agreed to refer the matter to the Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute – which established the ICC – and to the Security Council. “This costly inaction has the potential to undermine the fight against impunity, the effect of which is to lower the bar of accountability that many have fought to raise,” Ms. Bensouda said.“This continuous nonfeasance only serves to embolden others to invite Mr. A1 Bashir to their territory, safe in the knowledge that there will be no consequences from this Council for such breaches,” she added.Mr. Al Bashir last week visited Chad, a country which had been referred to the Security Council for non-compliance on this matter in 2011 and 2013.The Sudanese President also recently visited Russia and Uganda, among other countries. In June 2015, he visited South Africa. While the Chamber established that there was no legal or factual justification for South Africa’s failure to arrest and surrender Mr. Al Bashir, it decided against referring South Africa to the Assembly of States Parties or to the Security Council. In 2005, the Council asked The Hague-based Court to investigate war crimes in Darfur. ICC judges issued arrest warrants in 2009 for Mr. Al Bashir and other top officials for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the western Darfur region, where up to 300,000 people may have died and millions have been displaced since civil war erupted in 2003 between the Government and rebels. read more

first_imgI am going to work. London is going to work.— PurpleBrain (@purplebraingal) March 23, 2017 Getting the tube to work this morning, as normal.#KeepCalmAndCarryOn #WeAreNotAfraid #WeStandTogether #LondonIsOpen— Julie Fisher (@FisherGoesMad) March 23, 2017 Others vowed to carry on as normal  The trend continued this morning as London returned to work: 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. Similar messages were also spotted at other stations @BBCLeeds @lizgreenlive I’m in London on Monday with work and terrorists won’t stop me. We have to carry on as normal otherwise they win,— LS1hack (@LS1hack) March 23, 2017 Never are, never will be #wearenotafraid— One Moose Riot 💥 (@MamaMoose_Be) March 22, 2017 Love this sentiment at @Claphamnth tube station this morning.— Amit Bali (@amitkbali) March 23, 2017 We stand together always. Tottenham Court Road station this morning. #WeAreNotAfraid #MoreInCommon— Lily Piachaud (@LilyPiachaud) March 23, 2017 Many Twitter users shared this poignant quote spotted at Tower Hill:  #SpiritOfLondon by @TfL @towerhilltube #WeStandTogether #Westminster #London #WeAreNotAfraid @metpoliceuk keeping us safe— Nic Coppen (@Addicknic) March 23, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid trended on social media as Londoners returned to work Credit:Twitter / @towerhilltube  Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said ‘London is going to work’:  Empowering quote this morning at Richmond station after the events at Westminster yesterday. #WeStandTogether #WeAreNotAfraid @BBCNews @ITV— Sophie Yiannouris (@SophieYiannouri) March 23, 2017 Nothing you can do can break my city #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster #London— Girl Who Likes Balls (@CFCgwlb) March 22, 2017 My #Thursdaythoughts are with everyone in #london a city which I’m very fond of #PrayForLondon #WeAreNotAfraid #WeStandTogether #westminster— Johan Boshoff (@JBoshoff) March 23, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid I live in London and work in the City of London. Today I will be going to work and going about business as normal and unafraid.— Ian Luke (@radiogeyser) March 23, 2017 London has been through this before, we will go through this again. #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster #Parliament 🙏💜💔🙏— je suis cassé (@MadonnaEffect) March 22, 2017 This morning my #ThursdayThoughts are with #London A new Day to show we #WeStandTogether no matter what— Michelle Boshoff (@MichBoshoff) March 23, 2017 Defiant Londoners are heading back to work ‘as normal’, telling those responsible for the terror attack that the events did not succeed in crushing their spirits and making them afraid.A defiant trend popped up on Twitter, as commuters going about their business in the capital in the wake of the attack tweeted “we are not afraid”. Extra police this morning @metpoliceuk visible at Charing Cross station. #WestminsterAttack— Ayshea Buksh (@AysheaBuksh) March 23, 2017 On Wednesday evening, four people were confirmed dead after a knifeman attempted to strike fear into the heart of the capital in an attack which left a policeman among the casualties.Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer, confirmed that 20 people were injured after the attacker – armed with two large knives – mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing a policeman before he was shot by armed officers. Like thousands of others who work there, I am heading into #Parliament as normal, but flags at half mast show it is a far from normal day— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) March 23, 2017 At moments like this I feel very patriotic about Britain’s reputation for calm and cups of tea. #wearenotafraid— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) March 22, 2017 After the attack, others shared pictures of a Tube sign Photoshopped to display the hopeful slogan as people from London displayed their stiff upper lip on social media. You will not break us, only bring us closer together. #LondonIsOpen #LondonStrong #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster— Baz (@baz_j) March 22, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid My heart goes out to all the people who went out this morning thinking it was gonna be ‘just another day’ #PrayForLondon— Nerea (@Fangiirl_22) March 22, 2017 Thursday 23rd March Thought Of The Day From Oval Station #IAmLondon #wearenotafraid #Ilovelondon— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) March 23, 2017 To the policeman who was killed today at Westminster protecting lives in our parliament, you are a true British hero. #wearenotafraid— Olivia Millington (@xOliviaAlice) March 22, 2017 Great to see London returning to work and going about business as usual after yesterday’s attack. That is the best response— Alexander L. Brotman (@albrotman) March 23, 2017 At my local train station. People going to work as usual but eery atmosphere. Keep calm and carry on #london— Paola Bassanese ❄️ (@paolaenergya) March 23, 2017 #London is such a lovely & charming & gorgeous & wonderful city. My thoughts are with the victims of this horrendous act. #WeAreNotAfraid— Bennie (@BennieMe) March 22, 2017 Defence secretary Michael Fallon: “No specific information about other attacks… London is going to work this morning.”— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 23, 2017 Like millions of other Londoners I will go to work as normal, only change will be a sense of sorrow for those murdered and their families— Douglas Jefferson (@doug_jeff) March 23, 2017 💔 Hard to write today. #Westminster #RIP #LondonIsOpen #LAS #LFB #metpolice #BTP #StaySafe— Tower Hill Station (@towerhilltube) March 23, 2017last_img read more

HC Metalurg came out with a statement for the press following the letter of complaints by some of the players regarding Cervar’s behaviour to them in the past year. The statement says that Lino Cervar is a great coach, and that it was him who came to Metalurg and made the team what it is now, making full the arena “Boris Trajkovski” in the past four years of Metalurg’s participation in the Champions League, as well as establishing themself as dominant force in the domestic handball.As regards to the players who called for a boycott of Cervar, the club says they have taken measures to deal with these “professionals”, sending message to them that the club will not let them ashame the name established by Lino Cervar, and the club will continue it’s current plan for work and development under Lino Cervar’s guidance. Metalurg will also use all the mechanisms available by the statute to deal with the players who called for boycott.source: ← Previous Story The bad luck of Alex Dujshebaev with the “Hispanos” Next Story → SEHA GSS “BEST 7” in October Lino Cervarmetalurgrakomet read more

first_imgTHIS TEACHER HAS probably been watching a little too much FOX News. An African-American student in New Mexico was left mortified when his teacher told him he couldn’t wear his Santa costume because “Santa Clause is white”.Freshman Christopher Rougier wore a Santa costume to a Christmas dress-up day at his Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, when his teacher began questioning him. “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”Christopher’s family now claim that their son has been entirely put off the idea of Christmas due to the embarrassment that the incident has caused him. According to the AP, the teacher later called the boy’s mother to apologise, but they say that it’s too little. Michael Rougiers with the hat Christopher wore to school. Source: KRQEChristopher has since been moved to a different class, but his father Michael has called for the school to fire the teacher. For him to make a comment like that, there has to be a minimum prejudice in him, and we don’t have room for that.In a statement to the media, the director of Rio Rancho Public Schools said that they have taken “appropriate disciplinary action”.The teacher feels bad and reported the incident to the principal himself, saying he made a “stupid mistake”.The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student’s parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken.A Definitive Ranking of Christmas Songs, From Worst To Best>The 8 types of people you’ll meet at the work Christmas party>last_img read more

first_imgGoogle’s homepage today greets its visitors with a new Google doodle spotlighting the 100th year of International Women’s Day. The doodle doesn’t just highlight women’s achievements in the last century, clicking on the Google logo takes you to a page that explains more about IWD and its corresponding events that Google has a big part in.Google is inviting both men and women to take part in the “Join me on the Bridge” campaign, which encourages supporters to gather on almost 300 bridges in 50 countries today to celebrate women’s achievements, and to shine a spotlight on issues that effect women in developing countries and around the world.According to Google,We invite you to join tens of thousands of people coming together on bridges all over the world — from the Millennium Bridge in London, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the Grand Barriere Bridge joining Rwanda and Congo — to show your support for women’s causes and celebrate women’s achievements. If you can’t make it to one of the bridges participating in the event, you can also show support by “checking in virtually” using Street View. The Google Map shows events hosted by Google, by the Women for Women International organization, by hosted supporters, and by hosted online supporters.Google hasn’t just changed its logo for International Women’s Day, the “Pegman” icon found on Google Maps has also been changed to a female version.Below the map is a section that lists ways to support women’s causes. Each section lists places to donate, and information about each cause. Under the “empowerment” tab we learn that 75 percent of all women cannot get bank loans because they have unpaid or insecure jobs and lack property ownership rights. We see in the “economic security” section that women perform two-thirds of the world’s work and produce half the world’s food, but earn just 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property. And in the “health section,” we learn that 99 percent of maternal deaths are preventable, but every minute a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes.International Women’s Day is also sure to bring out the celebrities, including Geena Davis – whose gender-and–media institute is one of the affiliated causes—and Annie Lennox, who will help lead the London event.last_img read more

first_imgArchos conteste le système de taxes sur les tablettes tactilesLe fabricant français Archos estime injuste l’attribution des taxes sur la copie privée à ses tablettes. Une action devant le Conseil d’Etat serait en projet.Archos mise sur ses prix de vente généralement bas pour rivaliser avec les tablettes d’Apple ou celles tournant sous Windows. Mais son argument risque de tomber à l’eau puisque la taxe sur la copie privée devrait forcer le fabricant français à subir “un surcoût de 10%” selon le PDG Henri Crohas. Un surcoût qui devrait “se répercuter sur le prix final que devra payer le consommateur”, rapporte taxe a été créée en 1985 pour compenser le manque à gagner des artistes en cas de diffusion d’une oeuvre (musique ou film) acquise légalement. Celle-ci devrait s’élever à 12 euros par appareil ayant une mémoire allant de 40 à 64 Go. L’élément que conteste Archos est que les terminaux fonctionnant sous Windows ne sont pas soumis à cette taxe, l’OS étant à la base créé pour les ordinateurs. “Une injustice” pour la firme française, dont les tablettes fonctionnent avec le système d’exploitation de Google, Android. Le 29 décembre 2010 à 10:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Columbia Agility Team held agility trials for dogs Sunday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, and the canine competitors showed their stuff in front of proud owners and onlookers.The Columbia Agility Team was “formed in 1993 to promote the fast-growing sport of dog agility” in the Portland-Vancouver area, according to its Facebook page. CAT offers agility training, and agility competition sanctioned by the NADAC, USDAA and CPE, the page states.For more details, visit read more

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain has ended a barren run of goals in their 2-1 win over SPAL something he attributed to a mental block.The visitors took an early lead via Andrea Petagna before Gattuso’s men rescued the game thanks to Samu Castillejo and Higuain who completed the comeback.“I liked the team’s performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.”Perhaps even more important than the victory was Higuain breaking his two-month goal drought.“He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.”last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Inaugural National Honors and Awards, national heritage day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – It is a public holiday on Monday; Turks and Caicos for the second time celebrates October 12th as National Heritage Day with national flag motorcades in each of the inhabited islands. For the first time this year, the National Honors and Awards will be presented and the ceremony is set for Parade Grounds in the capital, Grand Turk at 10am on Monday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is in storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. It’s been sold to a Portland company that wants to turn it into a hotel. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)The Alaska ferry Taku’s next life will be as a floating hotel.Listen nowPortland-based KeyMar LLC made the winning bid of $300,000 for the 54-year-old ship.Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey said KeyMar beat out two other bidders, who wanted to scrap the ship.“Their plan is to do some renovation on the Taku and turn it into a destination hotel and waterfront activities center,” Falvey said.The competing companies offered $50,000 each. The bidding deadline was Sept. 15.The Taku is tied up at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. Falvey says it will be towed to Portland after the sale goes through and the new owner takes possession. That date has not been set.Falvey said the ferry system has removed the Taku’s art and safety gear.“Half a million dollars’ worth of equipment is being distributed to active ships in the fleet as needed, as we speak. And some of the equipment will be used for the two Alaska Class ferries,” Falvey said.Those new, smaller ships are being built at the Ketchikan Shipyard.State officials have been trying to sell the Taku since spring of this year. It was first priced at $1.5 million, then at $700,000.The latest minimum price was not made public. Falvey said it was $350,000, more than the winning bid, but close enough.The Taku was built in 1963. It was tied up in 2015 as the ferry system looked for ways to balance its budget.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017.The Trump administration is finalizing a $29 billion disaster aid package that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims, according to a senior administration official and top congressional aides.The huge request is expected to be officially sent to Congress on Wednesday, but its outlines were characterized by officials who demanded anonymity because the $29 billion measure is not yet public.The request would address two pressing needs. The first is to pump money into the flood insurance program, which is rapidly running out of cash to pay an influx of claims from victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. At the same time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to spend money for disaster relief operations at a high rate and requires more money.The government-guaranteed flood insurance program is maxing out on a $30 billion line of credit from Treasury; the upcoming proposal would wipe $16 billion of that debt off the books to permit the program to pay claims from hurricane victims.Almost $13 billion is being requested for FEMA, and federal firefighting accounts would receive $577 million as well to replenish them after a disastrous season of Western wildfires.“This is going to be extraordinarily expensive and I think we need to get some money out there,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he had met with lawmakers from Texas and Florida on Tuesday to brief them on the White House request.“Remember, this is emergency money. You’ve got to deal with the problem,” McCarthy told reporters. “So I think we’ll be able to get this done.”The request could prove controversial, especially the huge infusion into the flood insurance program. Conservatives are likely to liken it to a taxpayer bailout, but the program is enormously important to homeowners in hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida, as well as other coastal states.Congress is in the midst of an effort to reauthorize the troubled flood insurance program, which critics say makes taxpayers subsidize properties that have repeatedly flooded. A bipartisan effort to reform the program was enacted in 2012 but was significantly watered down just two years later after widespread complaints of huge premium increases and resulting disruptions in coastal real estate markets.Congress last month approved a $15.3 billion aid package that nearly doubled President Donald Trump’s request. Senate Republicans added $7.4 billion in community development block grant rebuilding funds to Trump’s request for immediate cleanup, repair and housing costs.Later this year, the White House is expected to require tens of billions of dollars more in long-term funds that would rebuild infrastructure, help people without insurance restore their homes, and, perhaps, help Puerto Rico reconstitute its shattered electrical grid.Trump surveyed Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. He praised his administration’s response, even as lawmakers returning from the island say the president is painting far too rosy a picture.“What you’re seeing is a mirage,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said of conditions in San Juan, where Trump visited and where many reporters are located. Many mountain towns are cut off, with sick and elderly people trapped. “I saw the video on TV and everybody’s friendly and everybody’s smiling. You know what? It gave the wrong impression of what’s going on in the island.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRORep. Elijah E. Cummings, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, delivered powerful personal “surprise” testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates, March 12..“I am not telling you do to it,” Cummings told the legislative panel led by Del. Cheryl D. Glenn. “That’s none of my business. But…I have come here begging you to do something.”Cummings plea is that the Maryland general assembly do something about violence on Baltimore City streets. He recounted a time when he himself was robbed at gunpoint and the shooting death of his 20-year-old nephew.(Courtesy Photo)“I literally saw his brains splattered on the wall,” Cummings testified. “Why am I telling you this? This is one of those situations where I believe we have to do something.”While recommending no particular policy, Cummings’s remarks came during the debate over Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) request for a 100-officer private police force to secure its campus. Generally, such forces are forbidden by Maryland statute JHU is looking for an exception to be made similar to Coppin State University, Morgan State University and University of Baltimore.JHU currently relies on a police force of off-duty officers of the Baltimore Sheriff’s Department and Baltimore Police Department (BPD) that the JHU administration has characterized as unreliable.Cummings 7th District predecessor, Kweisi Mfume, the Chair of Morgan State’s Board of Regents, and JHU graduate, has unequivocally come out for, Senate Bill 793 and House Bill 1094.“We face a challenge that demands a new level of cooperation and investment from all of us who call Baltimore home,” Mfume wrote in a letter to committee members. “Violent crime in our city has risen to staggering heights. Too many citizens know the tragedy of losing a loved one to violence, or the daily worry of being out at night. This situation demands new solutions like the comprehensive approach proposed.“JHU officials have described Morgan State’s police force as a model for what students and community members can expect when it comes to how JHU will be policing.“I know firsthand the painful history of abuse of power by law enforcement that has overwhelmingly impacted people of color,” Mfume wrote.”Yet it is precisely that raw and real history that gives me hope about the draft legislation you are considering.”JHU touts the endorsement of former Baltimore Mayor and University of Baltimore President, Kurt Schmoke. The new force will be accountable to Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcements Civilian Review Board as well as further accountable to boards on JHU and the administration itself.“I don’t see this as exceptional,” JHU President Ronald J. Daniels told the AFRO. “I see this as very much on par with what the other institutions in Baltimore currently enjoy. I think the percentage is 70 percent of universities in the United States, both public and private, that have an excess of 2,500 students, have sworn police forces,” Daniels added. “So, again what we’re talking about here, is not the exception, but in fact what seems to be the best practices standard for how one ensures the safety and security of a university community.”Daniels referred to page 35 of it’s Interim Study Report, and recommendation from the committee last year, when similar bills failed to pass. Daniels and the administration infer that JHU’s rising crime rate across three campuses is best explained by the absence of a police force similar to campuses like Morgan, Coppin and University of Maryland.However, the figures don’t seem to explain why crime is stable or in decline on other Baltimore campuses when they have the exact same force JHU has envisioned.Daniels referred the AFRO to a study of police force at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. As further evidence of how JHU’s police force could and should work.However, this study indicates that there is no longitudinal data to determine the long term impact of focused policing by committing more officers to restricted locations. The study could not determine if crime was eliminated to simply pushed outside the force’s area of operation and could not determine whether crime would resurge in the new established order.“We cannot police our way out of poverty, economic stratification or any of the other ills that fuel violent crime in our city or our country,” Mfume’s letter reads.“a lively, dynamic street life is the best way that one can deter violent crime,” Daniels told the AFRO. “In that respect, we have first and foremost, spent considerable time, effort and money over the last decade that I’ve been at Johns Hopkins, investing in and around our two major university campuses in Baltimore.”JHU is a lead investor in the $2 billion East Baltimore Development Initiative (EBDI). EBDI characterizes itself as a rejuvenation project, the project overlaps with JHU campuses. JHU’s reports its endowment at $4.3 billion.last_img read more

first_img Explore further The process involves mixing superparamagnetic manganese ferrite colloidal nanoparticles with individual molecules or monomers that make up the cellulose fibers in paper products or other nonwoven materials and getting them to connect, forming polymers, by submersion in a liquid solution. This process causes a thin shell to form around each fiber. The result is a solution that when applied to paper produces a final product that is both waterproof and magnetic. The team says they’ve also found that the amount of nanoparticles used in the process can be varied to adjust the degree of magnetism the paper will have.By adjusting the kinds of nanoparticles used in creating their solution, the team has found that the resultant paper can be made to demonstrate other properties as well. Using silver nanoparticles for example, allows for creating paper that is resistant to bacteria. Similarly, florescent paper can be made using other substances. There also exists the possibility of mixing up the ingredients to create paper that demonstrates several of the properties, or conceivably all of them at once.While the advantages of waterproof paper are obvious, the team notes that making paper magnetic could be useful for security applications such as when making bank notes or even currency. Also, paper that has antibacterial properties could be used in medical applications or food preparations, or perhaps with currency as well seeing as how many studies have shown that paper money carries all manner of bugs that can make people sick. Florescent paper could be used in security applications but also would likely have a lot of other uses such as in making posters that don’t require a black-light to create eerie effects, documents that could be read in the dark, or as a means of encoding data that only appears when the lights are turned out.The team points out that because the paper as a whole is not being coated, the paper produced from the process retains all of its normal properties. Thus, it can still be written or printed on with normal pens and printers. Also, they say, the solution they create can be applied to paper that already exists, allowing users to change the properties of already printed books, magazines, documents or virtually any other paper product. Citation: Research team uses nanoparticles to make paper waterproof and magnetic (2012, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Study improves understanding of method for creating multi-metal nanoparticles © 2012 Phys.Org More information: J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 1662-1666. DOI: 10.1039/C1JM14755B ( — Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa, led by Roberto Cingolani, have devised a means for connecting cellulose fibers in ordinary paper with nanoparticles resulting in new desired properties, such as paper that is waterproof and magnetic, florescent or averse to bacteria. The team has published a paper describing their process in the Journal of Materials Chemistry. Journal information: Journal of Materials Chemistry 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.last_img read more

first_imgUK Government could abolish civil partnerships after latest rulingAsk the Lawyer: Should we get a civil partnership or a marriage?Gay couple’s marriage declared ‘void’ by Greek Supreme CourtRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘It is outrageous that the government was unwilling to legislate equality and that this couple were forced to go to court to get a basic human right – the right to be treated equally in law.‘It was never fair that same-sex couples had two options, civil partnerships and civil marriages, whereas opposite-sex partners had only one option, marriage.’Supreme Court rules in favor of straight couples who want civil partnershipsThe five Supreme Court justices formally declared the ban preventing opposite-sex couples from obtaining a civil partnership was ‘incompatible with their human rights’ and ‘amounted to discrimination’.‘The interests of the community in denying those different-sex couples who have a genuine objection to being married, the opportunity to enter into a civil partnership are unspecified and not easy to envisage,’ their ruling said.‘In contrast, the denial of those rights for an indefinite period may have far-reaching consequences for those who wish to avail themselves – and who are entitled to assert them – now.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Supreme Court in the UK has ruled that restricting civil partnerships to gay couples is wrong. GAYSTARNEWS- A straight couple filed suit to claim they had suffered discrimination.Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from west London, had claimed they did not wish to be married as they viewed it as ‘patriarchal’ and ‘sexist’.The couple had previously lost earlier legal challenges at both the High Court and Court of Appeal.Steinfeld said: ‘Personally, we wish to form a civil partnership because that captures the essence of our relationship and values. Civil partnerships are a modern social institution conferring almost identical legal rights and responsibilities as marriage, but without its history and social expectations.‘We don’t think there is sufficient justification for stopping us or other opposite-sex couples from forming civil partnerships.’Peter Tatchell, veteran human rights campaigner, said: ‘The ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships was discrimination and a violation of human rights.center_img Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld want a civil partnership. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

first_imgTags: Sunwing, Wedding Vacations TORONTO — The latest edition of Sunwing’s popular Wedding Vacations magazine is now available in travel agencies across the country.Providing couples with destination wedding inspiration ideas together with details on all the latest resorts and wedding package options, the magazine also features a number of offers and perks for wedding groups.Couples who book their destination wedding before Dec. 10, 2019 for travel between June 1 and Dec. 10, 2020 will receive a $500 future travel voucher when they book a minimum of ten rooms and a 10% discount on wedding planning services.Additional perks include complimentary access to Plaza Premium airport lounges, located in airports across Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as free excess baggage allowance and a Wedding Couple Attire Care Program.The wedding couple and their guests can also benefit from instant group savings of up to $400 per couple. Wedding groups that book during this promotion can take advantage of complimentary upgrades to Elite Plus on Sunwing Airlines and private transfers to their selected resort.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaSunwing is offering additional savings at an array of its top-rated resorts. Groups that book their destination wedding at Royalton Suites Cancun, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica or CHIC Punta Cana before Aug. 31, 2019, can get an exclusive offer where the sixth adult travels free on departures between Nov. 1, 2019 to Nov. 30, 2020.At Hard Rock Hotel, groups can look forward to complimentary travel for the 11 passenger with unlimited concessions when they book their vacation by Aug. 30 for travel between Nov. 1, 2019 and Dec. 22, 2020.With another idea option for wedding groups, RIU Hotels and Resorts, the eighth adult travels free on bookings made by Jan. 21, 2020 for travel between Nov. 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.See for more details. Thursday, July 25, 2019 Share Posted bycenter_img Generous group perks as Sunwing launches Wedding Vacations winter edition << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara could become Costa Rica’s next president Meet Costa Rica’s 13 presidential candidates Ban on election propaganda starts today President Laura Chinchilla expresses dismay with low voter turnout in presidential runoff On Feb. 2, Costa Ricans will head to the polls to elect a new president and members of the Legislative Assembly. Though non-citizens can’t vote, Election Day is still an exciting civic event for anyone in the country. Here are a few facts you should know:1. Campaign season only lasts four monthsUnlike the epic years-long campaigns in the U.S. and elsewhere, the Costa Rican campaign season officially kicks off four months before an election. Prior to that date candidates are not allowed to hold public campaign events, distribute paid campaign materials or debate.Three days before the election, the campaign season is over and an electoral ban goes into place. During this time candidates cannot distribute any paid propaganda, but can still disseminate non-paid messages via the Internet. This ban also prohibits any citizen from conducting or publishing public opinion polls related to the election.2. A runoff is always a possibilityTo win the presidency outright, a candidate must receive 40 percent of the total vote. For the 2014 election, 13 presidential candidates are running, four of whom have significant followings. According to recent polls, it is unlikely that any of the candidates will capture 40 percent of the vote in the first round for this election.If this happens, the top two candidates with the most votes will head to a runoff on the first Sunday in April. In the months between the first and second rounds, the electoral ban is lifted and candidates again may campaign and debate.3. For the first time in history, Ticos can vote from abroadBefore this year’s election, Costa Ricans living abroad were unable to cast ballots in national elections. But two years ago the country’s Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced they would develop software to allow Ticos abroad to register online and vote. Nearly 13,000 of the 300,000 Costa Rican citizens living abroad are now registered to vote.Polling stations will be set up in Costa Rican embassies and consulates in 42 different countries. Last month, the TSE postponed the use of the electronic voting stations for this election, and Ticos voting abroad will now cast paper ballots.4. Public funds pay a large portion of campaignsEach party is entitled to a percentage of public money for funding campaigns for presidential and legislative candidates. During this year’s election an amount equal to 0.19 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product ($72,590,680) will be divided among the parties.The amount of public campaign financing each party collects is based on the total percentage of votes the party receives. This means that funds cannot be distributed until after elections have ended. To compensate for costs before the elections, parties often take out bank loans and bonds that they pay back after the TSE distributes funding. Private fundraising also is allowed as long as donations are reported to the TSE, but public financing usually make up a significant portion of a campaign’s funding for major parties. In 2010 the ruling National Liberation Party spent a total of $20.6 million on their campaign, and approximately 83 percent was a product of public campaign financing.5. Costa Ricans also will elect a new Legislative Assembly Consecutive terms are prohibited for lawmakers in Costa Rica. This means that every four years, a completely new group of 57 lawmakers takes over the Legislative Assembly. Each of Costa Rica’s seven provinces is allotted a number of lawmakers based on their population. Costa Rica has a proportional voting system, meaning that rather than voting for specific lawmakers, Ticos select the party of the lawmaker they want to elect. The number of lawmakers allotted to each province based on population. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe confusing lawmaker election process in summary:1. Before election time, each party orders lawmaker candidates in a list by priority. The first candidate on the list is the most likely to get elected.2. After voting, the TSE divides the total number of votes per province by its population. The resulting number is the number of votes a party must receive to put one of its lawmakers in office.3. Starting with the first candidate on a party’s list, lawmakers are elected to office each time the party receives the required number of votes.4. The leftover votes are redistributed using three different (and incredibly complicated) formulas to elect the final lawmakers.6. You can now buy alcohol during Costa Rican elections (except for a few unlucky cantons)Costa Rica used to have a dry law that prevented the sale of libations during Election Day and Easter Holy Week. In 2009, the government reformed the Electoral Code and chose not to define regulations about alcohol prohibition. In 2012, lawmakers decided that enforcing the law regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages would be up to individual municipalities. Fortuitously, few do.A dozen municipalities have announced so far that they will enforce the prohibition. But even in San José, where the dry law is supposed to be in effect, police have stated they won’t enforce the measure. But if locals don’t behave themselves, authorities might reevaluate the decision to forgo the law.Other miscellaneous election info:Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.If there is a clear winner, results are usually announced at about 10 p.m. on Sunday.Campaigning outside of polling stations is not allowed, but Ticos often will wave flags and proudly display who they voted for away from the polls. If you haven’t noticed, this year many Ticos have changed their Facebook profiles to represent the party or candidate of their choice.Tico elections are fun. Head out on Election Day and see why Costa Rica is often the envy of other less-democratic nations. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgSource = Emirates Jennifer Aniston wakes up to comfort and luxury on EmiratesEmirates has unveiled its highly anticipated television commercial (TVC) featuring Hollywood actress, director and producer Jennifer Aniston. This marks the first time Emirates has collaborated with the international star in a global digital and TV campaign.The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress showcases her impeccable comedic timing in the global airline’s light-hearted TVC. The ad opens with Aniston looking frantically for the onboard shower and lounge but being mocked and ridiculed by the cabin crew. It turns out to be a nightmare as she wakes up to reality in her own Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin before getting acquainted with the airline’s iconic A380 Shower Spa and Onboard Lounge.Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “Jennifer Aniston’s appeal and effortless connection with a global audience makes her the perfect choice for our campaign. As one of the busiest women in Hollywood, Aniston, like many of our customers, enjoys downtime only when she is travelling. At Emirates, we ensure the experience is an exceptional one.“In a departure from the usual airline industry ads, we chose to take a humorous approach to showcase the amazing products we offer on board. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role than Jennifer Aniston and we wrote the script with her in mind. Her professionalism and comedic talent shone on the set and we are very pleased with the outcome,” he added.The TVC was directed by industry veteran and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. RKCR/Y&R London developed the concept while the script was a collaboration between the agency, Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team.The global digital and television campaign will begin in the United States and the UAE before being rolled out in November to other countries where Emirates has a big operational presence – including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, India and Australia.Emirates has, to date, invested US$20 million in securing TV spots worldwide for this campaign, which will have a 30-second and longer 60-second version.The TVC can be viewed on the Emirates website or on the Emirates YouTube channel. Emirates cabin featureslast_img read more