Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station no one hurt

first_imgATHENS, Greece — A powerful bomb exploded outside private Greek television station Skai, causing extensive damage but no injuries.Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. Monday outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in a coastal area near Athens after telephoned warnings prompted authorities to evacuate the building.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Armed far-left and anarchist organizations have attacked news media outlets in the past.The Associated Presslast_img

Morocco Shut 2000 Illegal Mineshafts in Jerada in 2018

Rabat – Minister of Energy and Mines Aziz Rabbah announced Wednesday that authorities closed 2,000 “abandoned and illicitly exploited” mineshafts in Jerada, eastern Morocco.Rabbah promised to close the 1,500 remaining shafts by the end of 2019, AFP reported.Jerada, an impoverished city, witnessed multiple informal miners’ deaths and accidents during the last two years. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December 2017. Two of them were crushed while mining underground at an abandoned mineshaft in Jerada.Read Also: Morocco Sentences 9 People Protesting in Jerada After Mining DeathsAnother miner died while extracting coal from an illegal mine near the city when the walls of the mine collapsed and killed him on February 1, 2018.The death of miners sparked a wave of protests denouncing social inequality and unemployment.The protests also led to several arrests. A court handed down the first sentences for protesters on November 8 last year. Nine people received three to five years in prison.Early last year, the government promised to shut abandoned shafts, stop illegal mining in the region, and offer in return economic opportunities for the local population.Read Also: Second Miner Dies in Jerada Mining Accident in 4 DaysThe government said in February 2018 it would launch an industrial zone for Jerada to “provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.However, the city’s informal miners have continued to venture into abandoned mineshafts and sell coal to local brokers, to earn a living.Due to lack of safety precautions, at least eight more accidental deaths occurred last year, including five in November alone.Minister Rabbah said Wednesday that Morocco granted 26 mining permits in 2018 to young miners in the region “attached to special cooperatives,” according to AFP.The state will invest $95 million in industry and agriculture projects by 2020, Rabbah added.In 1998, the government closed a coal mine employing 9,000 workers leading to a collapse in the city’s main industry. The mine, according to AFP, was judged uneconomical. read more

Moroccan Activists Rally in Solidarity with Palestine

Rabat – With the US-sponsored economic forum in Manama, Bahrain set to begintoday, tens of thousands of Moroccans have taken to the streets across the country in protest against the so-called “Manama betrayal conference.”On Sunday, May 23, Moroccan intifadists marched from the gates of Rabat’s medina to the square in front of the Parliament building. As Palestinian and Moroccan flags flew side-by-side above demonstrators, chants of solidarity with Palestine rang through the streets of the city.Read Also: Morocco Confirms Participation in US-Sponsored Economic Forum in BahrainTrampling torn Israeli flags and brandishing signs condemning the occupation of Palestine, protestors demanded that the US end its ongoing interference in the Middle East, and that Israel end its dominion over the Palenstinian territories. Moreover, as protestors burned Israeli flags in collective opposition to the American vision for the MIddle East, shouts of “Death of Israel” and “Death to the United States” became deafening cries of Moroccans’ solidarity with the Palestinian people.With recent events such as White House adviser Jared Kushner’s suggestion that the US would be abandoning plans for a two-state solution, protests against Israel have consequently become protests against the United States. This has become especially true following the reveal of Washington’s plan for achieving peace in the Middle East, with several protests over the last month being sparked from the announcement of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”Developed over the course of the last two years by the Washington administration, the Middle East Peace Plan has routinely been touted as a panacea for the complex issues currently facing the Middle East.However, the American dream of bringing peace to Middle East has been received as a nightmare by millions across the Arab world, who see the plan as a plot to further entrench the Israeli government as a regional influence, at the expense of the Palestinian people.The first stage of the so-called “Deal of the Century,” an upcoming economic forum in Manama, continues to be at the center of this controversy, over a month after initial plans for the forum were revealed in May.In an attempt to rally support for the plan and reduce opposition to the conference, Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of American President Donald Trump, visited several Arab countries last month, including Morocco.Despite this, the Arab World remains firmly opposed to the forum, with reactionary protests against the Bahraini conference continuing to increase in both severity and frequency with each passing day.Condemning the proposed plan, as a “consecration” of Palestinian suffering, the Palestinian Authority vowed to boycott the forum, and encouraged other nations to follow suit.“The US ‘deal of the century’ is the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice,” said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.“And if they do not think that this situation will have an impact on the future of Israel and the region, one way or the other, they are the ones that are delusional, not us.”Standing behind the Palestinian Authority, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans have rejected the plan, viewing the conference as an attempt from the West to undermine the territorial legitimacy of Palestine.United under the slogan “For Palestine, against the deal of shame, against the treachery workshop in Bahrain,” demonstrators from several of Morocco’s civil organizations voiced their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for independence in the face of continued Israeli occupation.A “consecration” of Palestinian sufferingIt has been barely more than a month since Washington announced its long-awaited Middle East Peace Plan, spearheaded by American President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, on May 19.However, time has had little to no effect in raising support for the plan across the Arab World, which remains fervently opposed to the “Deal of the Century.”The first stage of the plan, beginning on June 25 with a forum in the Bahraini capital, is focused on improving the economic conditions in the Middle East. The conference is planned to promote investment and development in the West Bank and Gaza, funded by wealthier Gulf and Arab states.Despite a focus on improving the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned the workshop, claiming that the Palestinian Authority had not been consulted during its planning.Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ John Lystad“The cabinet wasn’t consulted about the reported workshop, neither over the content, nor the outcome nor timing,” Shtayyeh said on Monday.The Palestinian Authority has also protested against the exclusively economic focus of the conference, arguing that the meeting is merely an attempt to have Palestinians sell their independence to Israel.“We will inform Bahrain that we will not take part in such a conference,” said Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas. “We will not sell our country based on an economic project.”As a result, the Palestinian Authority has refused to take part in the workshop, and has encouraged other Arab countries to follow suit and oppose the so-called “Deal of the Century.”Protesters wearing masks to protest against Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, and US.“There will be no Palestinian participation in the Manama workshop,” said Ahmed Majdalani, Palestine’s Social Development Minister. “Any Palestinian who would take part would be nothing but a collaborator for the Americans and Israel.”Brotherhood with PalestineAlthough Morocco will reportedly be attending the conference, Moroccans continue to maintain strong, brotherly ties with the Palestinian people, which has driven thousands across the country to take issue with the government’s decision to participate in the forum.Last year, in response to Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Morocco condemned America for its support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In a letter to the American president, King Mohammed VI said: “The city of Al-Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”“The city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its ancient identity, and its great political symbolism,” he added.More recently, in May, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti, expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for his unyielding support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for independence.Morocco was also praised by Palestine earlier this year following a substantial donation from the king towards restoration work in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in East Jerusalem.With the brotherhood between Morocco and Palestine remaining among the strongest bonds in the Arab world, thousands of Moroccans will continue to oppose the US-Israeli “Deal of the Century,” so long as Palestine’s independence is not guaranteed as part of the plan.Meanwhile, as other so-called “Arab Traitor Regimes,” such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, plan to attend the conference, protestors remained adamant that every country in the Arab world stand with Palestine in opposition to the “Deal of the Century,” Morocco included.The self-styled “sons and daughters of the free Moroccan people” voiced their solidarity with the Palestine Authority in a statement condemning Israel and the so-called “Manama betrayal conference,”“We, the undersigned of the sons and daughters of the free Moroccan people, declare to the local and international public opinion our complete rejection of the terms of the Deal of the Century, and our boycotting of the Manama betrayal conference, which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause,” the statement read.The signatories also rejected “normalization with the racist Zionist entity” and called for Moroccans to “continue to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.”Concluding with “Long live free Palestine” and “Death to Israel, the enemy of the people, the warmonger,” the statement has sent an unignorable message to the world that Moroccans, in every corner of the country, continue to stand alongside the Palestinian people in their fight for independence. read more

UN confirms rising number of influenza AH1N1 infections in more countries

1 May 2009The United Nations health agency – the nerve centre for the global response to the recent outbreak of influenza A(H1N1) infections – today confirmed that over 300 people in almost a dozen countries have contracted the new flu strain. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that it is “prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention,” the agency considers the imposition of travel restrictions or border closures as ineffective in halting the spread of the virus.“The focus now is on minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally,” WHO said in its latest update concerning the outbreak.As of 14:20 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) today, laboratory confirmed cases of the virus rose to 331 worldwide, up from 236 yesterday, with Mexico reporting 156 infections and nine deaths, as well as the United States reporting 109 confirmed A(H1N1) cases and one death. According to WHO, the other countries reporting laboratory confirmed infections with no deaths are Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).For the third consecutive day, WHO places its pandemic alert at Phase 5 – of a six-level warning scale – which means that sustained human to human transmission had been confirmed, with widespread community outbreaks in at least two countries in one WHO region. Acknowledging that there was very little chance that current vaccines used against seasonal influenza could be effective against the new A(H1N1) flu strain, Marie-Paule Kieny, Director of WHO”s Initiative for Vaccine Research, noted that the agency is in discussion with manufacturers to produce an inoculation as soon as possible. “We have no doubt that making a successful vaccine is possible within a relatively short period of time,” said Ms. Kieny. However, the first dosage to leave factories available for immunizing people will take four to six months. read more

Kollonawa tense Parliament erupts over fuel issue

A tense situation arose in Kollonawa today as trade unions attempted to prevent the military and police from carrying out the distribution of fuel with the assistance of some petroleum employees.Meanwhile Parliament was also suspended after a heated exchange took place between the Government and the Police on the strike by petroleum trade unions. Several people who attempted to prevent fuel distribution from taking place were arrested by the Police. Fuel storage and distribution was declared an essential service today and the army had been deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery.The move followed a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country. (Colombo Gazette) The Army said that 15 bowsers had been dispatched from Kollonawa with the assistance of troops to distribute fuel to fuel stations. read more

Special Panels judges convict Timorese man for murder of two UN employees

The Special Panel of two international judges and one East Timorese judge convicted Salvador Soares, a former Dadurus Merah Putih militia member, of one count of murder as a crime against humanity for the stabbing death of Ruben Barros and it held him responsible for the death of Domingos Pereira on 2 September 1999.Mr. Soares was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison, with time deducted for time already spent in detention since June 2002.He was acquitted of one count of torture for the beating of Ruben Barros in front of the Barros family home in Maliana town.Nine others who were indicted with Mr. Soares, including the former Indonesian military (TNI) intelligence chief of Bobonaro district, Lieutenant Sutrisno, and TNI intelligence member, Sergeant Asis Fontes, remain at large in the Republic of Indonesia, the UN Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) said.INTERPOL arrest warrants have been issued for five of the nine, it said.Since 2001 the Special Panels have convicted 41 defendants and acquitted one. It has also indicted a total of 360 persons on charges in connection with the murders or disappearances of 10 East Timorese UNAMET staff, the SCU said.It said 281 of the accused are, however, outside the jurisdiction of Timor Leste, including 37 TNI officers, four Indonesian chiefs of police and 60 East Timorese TNI members. read more

Ontario added 19800 jobs in January only province to show gains

TORONTO – Ontario led Canada in job creation in January, adding a net total of 19,800 jobs, most of them full-time, but there are still stubborn pockets in the province where work remains scarce.Despite the gains, Ontario’s unemployment rate last month held steady at 6.7 per cent, below the Canadian average of 7.2 per cent.“The majority of the jobs being created in Ontario by far are full-time, good paying jobs,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa. “Many of the sectors of the economy that are growing are high end, highly skilled, more technical areas like bio-tech, clean-tech, agri-food processing and financial services.”The jobless rate in Windsor remains the highest of any major city in Canada at 9.3 per cent, down from 9.7 per cent in December, while the rate in St. Catharines-Niagara and Sudbury increased to 8.6 per cent.“While economic growth and job creation are excelling in many parts of the province, some regions are still hurting,” admitted Sousa. “We also recognize that while some sectors are leading the economy, others are still going through transition changes, including parts of the manufacturing sector.”The New Democrats were “cautiously optimistic” about the overall job numbers, but said unemployment increased in eight Ontario cities and youth unemployment remains higher than the rest of the country.“Ontarians are worried, and they’re hurting,” said NDP finance critic Catherine Fife. “Good stable jobs are disappearing, and people are feeling more and more worried about their family’s future.”The Liberal government should treat companies equally but instead it privately decides which firms should benefit financially from programs such as the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, added Fife.“That is not a jobs’ strategy that is working for the people of this province, and it certainly doesn’t instill confidence,” she said. “There’s a lack of a level playing field. Businesses do not see this government as on their side.”The Progressive Conservatives said people in many parts of the province have no confidence they will be able to find a good job.“If you drill down into the regions and start asking questions about whether people are employed or whether they’re precariously employed or under-employed, that’s when you get to the nitty gritty of what’s really happening,” said PC critic John Yakabuski. “We think there’s a lot more work that needs to be done to create the sustained growth that Ontario requires.”Sousa agreed some sectors of the province’s economy are growing because of the falling value of the Canadian dollar.However, he said many Ontario manufacturers invested in new technology when the loonie was closer to par with its U.S. counterpart, and are able to grow now and export products around the world.“It’s really given them the ability to seize on these opportunities because of the investments they made to improve their productivity during times when we didn’t have a buyer State-side,” he said. “Now they’re bearing the fruits of those investments.”Both the Tories and NDP cited a Chamber of Commerce report showing that only 30 per cent of Ontario’s businesses have confidence in the Liberal government’s handling of the economy.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Ontario added 19,800 jobs in January, only province to show gains by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2016 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Paraguays Foreign Affairs Minister at UN urges collective strategies to overcome global

He noted that traditional armed conflicts have practically disappeared, while cowardly acts of terrorism have reached a global scale, characterized by a rise in groups that are each time more cruel and inhumane, and which do not respect fundamental rights and liberties. Added to that are problems of climate change and contamination, which continue to grow, as well as pandemics that threaten the planet, he said. “These global challenges, which transcend physical boundaries and from which no State can escape, cannot be overcome individually; it is necessary to promote collective strategies with a common responsibility,” Mr. Loizaga said. “Also, we can’t lose sight of other challenges, such as eradicating poverty, fighting inequality and assuring a dignified life to all.” For its part, the United Nations requires a reform that will bring it up to date and allow it to offer appropriate and effective responses to the complex scenarios the world faces, he said. The General Assembly should be strengthened, as the body represents the highest democratic expression of the nations that comprise it. “It is the Parliament of the world,” Mr. Loizaga said, adding that the executive branch of the Organization – the Security Council – should also be strengthened. Turning to his country, the Minister said Paraguay has given a strong impetus to infrastructure and is taking measures to improve the transparency and accountability of public institutions. In addition, with one of the greatest populations of young persons in Latin America, Paraguay is convinced that it should prepare them for the challenge of continuing to create a better and more just society. For this reason, the Government of Paraguay has instituted a national programme for postgraduate scholarships, he said. read more

Bright future for Maptek mining technology solutions

first_imgMaptek Managing Director Peter Johnson chairs an Innovations and Opportunities session today, the first day of the Third International Future Mining Conference in Sydney, Australia. He said the conference would provide a terrific platform to discuss ways the industry can innovate to overcome challenges and develop in line with industry needs.“The mining industry is at the vanguard of technology in so many areas and it is crucial to look outside our own backyard to consider how we can improve. We encourage innovation at Maptek – innovation is the key to unlocking competitive advantage. There’s a lot to learn from other disciplines that can inspire innovation in our own field.”The Innovations and Opportunities session includes discussion around the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in mining.“This is of great interest to Maptek,” he said. “Our airborne mapping software processes photogrammetric data, producing accurate results for mapping stockpiles, highwalls, pit surfaces and topography. Integration with laser scan survey, design conformance and mine planning software ensures a cost effective and time saving solution for rapidly mapping and analysing change in mining, geospatial and infrastructure applications.“Combining aerial mapping with 3D laser scanning will help further our ultimate goal of enabling a continuous mine model – the real-time representation of a mine site – which will be of enormous value to operations.”last_img read more

A look at the mysterious pins on the bottom of the Surface

first_imgSurface Pro and Surface RTThe Surface Pro is a few days away from retail availability in the US and Microsoft has given a select few a look at the hardware. While at first glance it looks nearly identical to the months old Surface RT, there are a pair of pins on either side of the cover port that Microsoft isn’t currently willing to talk about.The Surface Pro has a few more bells and whistles than the Surface RT, including a DisplayPort and USB 3. Those are immediately clear, and explained in any dive into the Pro’s specifications, but tucked away on the bottom of the tablet PC are four pins that you won’t find on the Surface RT. In fact, you won’t find them on the renders Microsoft provided for the Surface Pro advertising either. If you look at the specs sheet on Microsoft’s website, these pins aren’t mentioned at all.Surface Pro on the left, with two inset connectorsThe extra four pins sit nestled inside the grooves that otherwise exist to allow the Touch Cover/Type Cover lock into place. On the Surface RT the plastic nubs on the covers don’t interact with bottom of the tablet — there are pins for that. The same would would seem to be true for the Surface Pro, until we noticed these two sets of dual connectors while examining the hardware.In order to interact with these pins, the nubs that fit into those grooves need to be roughly three times the size they are now. There’s no reason for the existing covers to use these ports anyway, since they have their own connectors — the six gold pins on the bottom of each device. Furthermore Microsoft has made it clear the covers are interchangeable from the Pro to the RT, and the new covers that were release with the Pro featured only aesthetic changes from the older models.Microsoft didn’t make any mention of these pins until a recent AMA on Reddit, marking the first time these pins were acknowledged. During the AMA, Panos Panay, a member of the Surface team, noted that the pins are an addition to the accessory spine that will allow for high-current transfer between the accessory and the battery.It’s not hard to imagine why Microsoft would want an extra port like this on the bottom of their tablet PC — the pins could be used for an extended battery that clips into place or for a keyboard that includes an extra battery. This design would be similar to a hybrid, like the HP Envy x2, which mates a tablet with a battery-packed keyboard.It could be that Microsoft is waiting to see how successful the Surface Pro is before releasing any additional accessories. This sort of hedging would not be in keeping with Microsoft’s all-out release of the Surface or Windows 8, but they may be cutting their potential losses after weak Surface RT sales.And if that if the case, why not include the pin on the Surface RT? It could be a cost-cutting measure and the fact that the SRT would not benefit from a desktop replacement dock nearly as much as the Pro would, but it would certainly use an external battery for extended on-the-go situations.There is currently no further word from Microsoft but we should know more soon enough — likely by the time the first teardowns land on February 9th.last_img read more

CTran makes extra space at Fishers Landing

first_imgCommuters, rejoice. The morning hunt for a parking space at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center in east Vancouver will soon be a lot less difficult.C-Tran added 198 parking spots — including several for disabled motorists and five electric-vehicle charging stations — to the transit center, boosting parking capacity from 561 spaces to 759. Lighting in the parking lot also was improved as part of the expansion.“C-Tran is so proud and excited to unveil these updates to Fisher’s Landing Transit Center,” the transit agency’s spokeswoman Christine Selk said. “As southeast Clark County continues to grow, we remain committed to helping our riders navigate that growth, getting them where they need to go quickly and efficiently. This expansion helps us do just that.”On Tuesday, just before the regular C-Tran Board of Directors meeting, local officials and a few community members celebrated the transit center’s expansion with a ribbon-cutting.“The discussions about the Fisher’s Land Transit Center have been going on for many years, and what to do here,” said Tim Leavitt, Vancouver mayor and former C-Tran board member. “C-Tran is in the enviable position to evolve very quickly and adapt and adjust to the growth that is occurring in our communities.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Employee Benefits Live 2017 launches Consulting Clinic

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: HR, reward and benefits professionals attending Employee Benefits Live 2017 will be able to attend free one-to-one consultancy sessions with leading employee benefits providers in a new Consulting Clinic.The Consulting Clinic, launching at Employee Benefits Live this year, will allow delegates to book on-the-day slots with employee benefits providers and consultants, enabling them to gain free professional advice on specific reward and benefits issues or challenges their organisation may be facing.The private one-to-one meetings will be held across both days of the annual two-day event, which will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London, in association with Simplyhealth.Attendees will be able to quiz experts one a variety of industry hot topics, for example financial wellbeing, health, motivation and reward, and pensions. Organisations such as Lorica, Neyber, Jelf Group and Wealth at Work will be taking sessions on financial wellbeing-related queries, while healthcare providers Cigna and Simplyhealth will be among the organisations offering guidance on employee health.Representatives from Personal Group, Reward Gateway, Red Letter Days Motivates and Sodexo will be providing advice on delegates’ various employee motivation questions, while Zenith and Careline will also be available to offer expert opinions.Alongside the Consulting Clinic, Employee Benefits Live, which is Europe’s largest dedicated event for the HR and reward industry, will also host a Relaxation Room, in recognition of World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Designed to promote positive and proactive mental health activities, attendees will be able to participate in group meditation sessions, or enjoy a shoulder massage, away from the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition floor.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Events Advocates CEIR and IAEE Consolidate Governance

first_imgThe unofficial alliance between two iconic event-industry organizations strengthened this week with the announcement that CEIR and IAEE will combine their top management at the end of January. Over the past decade, CEIR and IAEE have maintained a strategic relationship, so this move mostly formalizes and streamlines a longstanding partnership. Breden has worked as managing director of CEIR since 2006, when IAEE took over the day-to-day operations of the foundation from outside contractors. The chairperson-elect of IAEE — soon to be Daniel McKinnon — will serve as the chairperson of the CEIR Foundation board of directors. Aaron Bludworth, the current chair of CIER, will serve on the IAEE board for at least one year to help with the transition. CEIR CEO Brian Casey will leave the organization, and CEIR operations will be headed up by Cathy Breden, COO of IAEE. The move was made to “simplify governance, fundraising and administrative responsibilities,” according to a statement from the two organizations.  center_img Despite the unified governance, the two organizations will remain financially sovereign, and CEIR will retain its nonprofit status. Research director for CEIR, Nancy Drapeau, will remain in her position, and a CIER project manager will be hired to work with Drapeau and Brenden. CEIR — the Center for Exhibition Industry Research — long noted for its deep library of event-industry trends and economic research, will now share a board of directors with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the largest association for the tradeshow industry. last_img read more

PSC to take decision on 37th BCS today

first_img.Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) is likely to take decision about publishing the final results of the 37th Bangladesh Civil Services (BCS) exams today (Tuesday), according to some officials.They said a special meeting was convened in PSC office at 12:30pm to fix a date for publishing the results.Another official said the result might be published today.The PSC has called off the processes of 36th BCS on Monday after recommending 23 non-cadre candidates for headteachers of primary schools.The results of the written exam of 37th BCS was published on 25 October. A total of 5,379 candidates passed the exam. Initially 8,523 out of 243,476 passed the preliminary test held on 30 September.In all, 1,226 first class gazetted officers will be appointed through this BCS exam.last_img read more

Fill in Chuck Palahniuks nightmares in a disturbing new adult coloring

first_imgColoring books are back! That is, if you’re a grown-up. There are a few reasons why adult coloring books keep popping up on shelves. They’re funny. They’re ironic. They help us infantilize ourselves, and publishers love that you can’t buy them on Kindles.The adult coloring book craze doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon, and now one of the most adult authors around is getting in on the action. Chuck Palahniuk, author Fight Club, is releasing his own adult coloring book.Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color is a short story collection written by Palahniuk and made up of almost 50 pieces of colorless, original artwork waiting to be filled in. Palahniuk collaborated with a team of artists including Lee Bermejo, Kirbi Fagan, Duncan Fegredo, Alise Gluškova, Joëlle Jones, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear, and Marc Scheff. But of course the beauty of coloring books is that the final artist is you.Short descriptions of Bait’s stories reveal just how “adult” this adult coloring book will be. Are you ready to illustrate a tale about “A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of women and children first?” How about a pleasant yarn about “Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event?”It makes you wish Palahniuk would look into the augmented reality tech Disney is pursuing for its coloring books. What good are nightmares if they aren’t living?Bait releases October 26, not too long after Palahniuk’s other upcoming illustrated tome: the Fight Club 2 graphic novel. Bring down capitalism by consuming these products.last_img read more

Researchers create 3D stereoscopic color prints with nanopixels

first_img The researchers, led by Professor Joel K.W. Yang, at A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) in Singapore, the National University of Singapore, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, have published a paper on the new technique for realizing 3D full-color stereoscopic prints in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”We have created possibly the smallest-ever stereoscopic images using pixels formed from plasmonic nanostructures,” Yang told “Such stereoscopic images do not require the viewer to don special glasses, but instead, the depth perception and 3D effect is created simply by viewing the print through an optical microscope coupled with polarizers.”The work is based on the concept of surface plasmon resonance: metal nanostructures can scatter different wavelengths (colors) of light due to the fact that the tiny nanostructures themselves resonate at different wavelengths. If a nanostructure is circular, its resonance is polarization-independent because the diameter of the circle is the same from all directions. However, if a nanostructure is biaxial (such as an ellipse or rectangle), its resonance will depend on the polarization of the incident light. By tailoring the exact dimensions of the biaxial nanopixels, researchers can generate different colors under different polarizations.Building on these ideas, the researchers in the current study have demonstrated that polarization-sensitive nanopixels that encode two sets of information can be used to produce 3D stereoscopic microprints. To do this, the researchers created nanopixels out of tiny pieces of aluminum a hundred or so nanometers across. The scientists experimented with nanopixels in two different shapes: elliptical and coupled nanosquare dimers (a pair of squares separated by a very small gap). 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. To demonstrate how these nanopixels could enable high-resolution 3D color microprints, the researchers designed a stereoscopic image containing stars on a 2D sheet by overlaying two slightly displaced views of the same image onto the same area. Then they added an x- and y-polarizer to the eyepieces of a microscope. Viewing the microprint through this stereomicroscope reveals a different image for each polarization, and the combined images appear as a 3D image.In addition to 3D prints, the polarization-sensitive nanopixels could have several other applications.”One can envision application of these prints to high-density optical information encoding or holography,” Yang said. “3D security elements that are difficult to replicate, and which offer different levels of authentication, could also be generated for anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery technologies.”The researchers also note that it’s possible to make pixels that can encode not just two, but three or more images in a single pixel. For example, nanostructures that have circularly asymmetric shapes could have more than two polarization-dependent resonances due to the additional circularly polarized dimension. The researchers also plan to take steps toward commercialization.”Moving forward, there is much interest in developing techniques for creating such prints with significantly lower cost and higher throughput, both of which are imperative for this technology to be implementable at an industrial level,” Yang said. More information: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. “Three-dimensional plasmonic stereoscopic prints in full color.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6361 Because these shapes are biaxial, they exhibit plasmonic resonances at different wavelengths for each axis, with the colors determined almost entirely by the dimension of the axis parallel to the polarization direction. For example, a 130-nm x 190-nm elliptical pixel appears green under y-polarized light and purple under x-polarized light. Comparing the two pixel shapes, the researchers found that the elliptical pixels have a broader range of polarization-dependent colors, while the nanosquare dimer pixels have lower levels of cross-talk, minimizing unwanted mixing of colors. Microprints of a square and cross printed onto the same area formed from (a) elliptical nanopixels and (b) coupled nanosquare pixels under x- and y-polarized light. (c) SEM image of the region indicated by the dotted box in (b). (d) Images decoupled by polarizers. (e) Overlay of images in (d) to form a stereoscopic image with depth perception. (f) SEM image of the region indicated by the dotted box in (e). Credit: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: Researchers create 3-D stereoscopic color prints with nanopixels (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Meta-hologram produces dual images and multiple colors (w/ Video) Explore further ( —By designing nanopixels that encode two sets of information—or colors of light—within the same pixel, researchers have developed a new method for making 3D color prints. Each pixel can exhibit one of two colors depending on the polarization of the light used to illuminate it. So by viewing the pixels under light of both polarizations, two separate images can be seen. If the two images are chosen to be slightly displaced views of the same scene, viewing both simultaneously results in depth perception and the impression of a 3D stereoscopic image. © 2014 (Left) Elliptical and coupled nanosquare pixels scatter different wavelengths of light depending on polarization. (Right) The stereomicroscope setup uses different polarizers on each eyepiece to image two superposed microprints which contain pixels that present two laterally displaced images to the left and right eyes of a viewer, resulting in depth perception. Credit: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limitedlast_img read more

Pocketfriendly stop for students

first_imgOne of the oldest lane surrounding the north campus – ‘Hudson Lane’ – has stood the test of time, competing with fancy restaurants and cafes in the Capital. But what is so special about this place that people choose it over lavish restaurants?With a plethora of hangout options that are not only easily accessible but exceptionally budget-friendly, it is an ideal place for foodies. Lying close to the Kamla Nehru College, the place is highly popular among the students. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I went to this place on the first day of my college and haven’t been able to get enough of it,” said Harshit Jain, a student of Kamla Nehru College, adding, “This is one place where all my friends meet every single day. Besides offering myriad flavors from different cuisines, the aura of the place is amazing. It’s a stop where can just sit and chill for hours, without any sort of restriction.”Despite the sudden rise in cafes and changing food scene of the lane, this place stays true to its roots. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I have seen this place grow and change. When I was a student, I used to be excited all the time for Charan Singh’s food van or Surinder’s chole bhature. Eating shahi paneer and rajma chawal over a few laughs was one of those memories I still cherish. The best part was interacting with the cooks in the food joint while learning how to make our favourite dishes. People in this area have always been extremely friendly and cheerful. We feel at home when we come here,” said Tanmay Goel, student from Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Though Satya Niketan – the area surrounding south campus, is equally popular among the college goers, Hudson lane gets an upper hand when it comes to a society meeting or a casual lunch gathering. One of the major reason for people choosing Hudson over Satya Niketan is the open space it has. Hudson is designed over a big place and the cafes are widely spread. People don’t have to necessarily to go and sit in cafes. They can eat street food or sit in parks in this area. On the other hand, Satya Niketan is congested and has cafes next to each other, making it extremely crowded. Even though new restaurants are opened on a daily basis in this cute-little lane, people preferably sit and eat in their favorite old restaurants. “I personally love trying new cuisines and places. But even though there are quite a few nice cafes that have opened up in this area, Ricos, Hudson Cafe or BYD will always remain my favourite. It’s not that I don’t like the new cafes, but the old ones have a homely feel to it. We are accustomed to the ambiance and are really not over it yet,” said Anushi Arora, Miranda House.If you haven’t visited the area yet, go and check out. It has a number of options which will convince you to come back again.last_img read more

Woman sexually assaulted on train from StokeonTrent to Manchester

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted on a train. The woman was on a train travelling between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly railway station when she was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her. British Transport Police have today issued a public appeal for information following the incident, which took place at around 10.40am on Saturday November 10. A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers believe the man in CCTV images may have information which could help them investigate. “If you recognise him, or have any information, please contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 302 of 10/11/18. “Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Colombian exlawmaker arrested in alleged betrayal

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Authorities have not mentioned a possible motive.Lopez has said he survived because he was at a different but nearby location when the rebels committed the killings, mistakenly confusing for a military patrol another rebel group that neared the camp without notification.Rebels of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had standing orders to kill their hostages rather than allow them to be rescued.Lopez has said he was held by himself for the next two years until February 2009, when he became the last politician freed by FARC.He said at the time that he owned his survival “to a miracle of God.”“I hope that there is some confusion, or this is a mistake,” Diego Quintero, the brother of one of the slain deputies, said on Thursday.He said he was led to believe from comments in a proof-of-life video of his brother, Alberto Quintero, that his brother and Lopez were never held together.Lopez was arrested in Colombia’s third-largest city of Cali, where he and the other were seized in 2002 from the provincial assembly building by rebels disguised as security force members.Officials in Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said Lopez had helped the FARC plan the mass kidnapping. Associated PressBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – One of a dozen provincial lawmakers kidnapped by the country’s main rebel group a decade ago has been arrested for allegedly helping the insurgents plan the daring daylight abduction.Colombians were stunned Thursday by the arrest of Sigifredo Lopez, 48, on suspicion of murder, treachery and hostage-taking. The news was especially alarming because he was the only one among the 12 who escaped execution by rebels in 2007 under circumstances that remain unclear. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths They said various former guerrillas had provided testimony that Lopez participated. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make public statements.One official said prosecutors had video of a man believed to be Lopez offering detailed instructions on how to perpetrate the crime.In the video, the man’s face is not fully visible in the video but his voice can be heard, according the radio station, La FM.It said the video came from computers seized in November when the military killed the rebels’ top leader, Alfonso Cano.La FM said the man appearing in the video explains where each deputy would be, the hours they came and went, and where the building’s security cameras were located as well as also noting that none of the deputies carried weapons.Lopez unsuccessfully ran for Colombia’s Senate and Cali’s mayor’s office last year on the Liberal Party ticket.The party’s chief, Simon Gaviria, called the accusations against Lopez “macabre” and said he would ask the party’s ethics committee to suspend Lopez.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   last_img read more

Mexican drug lord had at least 18minute head start

first_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 18 minutes passed before anyone was alerted to the escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, two Mexican lawmakers said Thursday.Deputy Aleida Alavez of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party told The Associated Press that National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido reported during a tour of the maximum security prison Wednesday that Guzman had an 18-minute head start. She said Rubido hesitated when asked how much time elapsed, but eventually answered. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility It was the second time Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, escaped from a maximum security prison. The first was in 2001, when in one of several versions, Guzman was allegedly smuggled out in a laundry cart.Documents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration obtained earlier this week by The Associated Press showed that U.S. agents had collected intelligence suggesting planning to spring Guzman began almost immediately after his arrest in February 2014.Discussing her tour of the prison, Alavez said investigators had found pieces of tortilla in the grating covering a light above Guzman’s sink. Lawmakers were told the pieces were used to count days, but Alavez said it was not clear if it was the days Guzman had been imprisoned or the number he had left before his escape.An official with the Attorney General’s Office said one hypothesis was that Guzman used the grating and tortilla pieces as a kind of calendar, but said another was that it was a game he created for himself. The official agreed to discuss the matter only if not quoted by name because he was not authorized to speak publicly.Alavez also said she was awaiting an explanation of why Guzman had been allowed to grow out his hair when it was clear from their tour that other prisoners had shaved heads. This photo shows the shower area and opening to a tunnel, where authorities claim drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, slipped into the tunnel to escape from his prison cell, at the Altiplano maximum security prison, in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Experts have said the tunnel would have been more than a year in planning and building. The digging would have caused noise. The entrance was in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico’s toughest prison. They also said it was clear the escape by Mexico’s most powerful drug lord must have involved inside help on a grand scale. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Officials had not said publicly how much time passed from when Mexico’s most prized prisoner slipped into a mile-long tunnel Saturday night and when authorities became aware he was gone.The National Security Commission did not immediately respond to questions about the time.Deputy Adriana Gonzalez of the conservative National Action Party, who was also on the tour, said she did not hear Rubido give that time, but added that she asked by personnel monitoring the cameras and was told about 20 minutes.Gonzalez said she was also told there was not a single person exclusively dedicated to monitoring Guzman. One person monitored two screens that each show images from 20 cameras. She was shown about five minutes of additional video footage after Guzman disappeared in his cell — more than has been released publicly — and all that was visible was an empty cell.“The image stayed the same and time is passing and minute 56, 57 and no one appears,” she said.The video released to the public Tuesday showed Guzman disappearing at 8:50 p.m. behind a half wall that blocked the camera’s view of his shower.The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the escape itself as well as looking at whether prison personnel followed protocols or intentionally caused the delay in issuing an alert. Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of __E. Eduardo Castillo on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more