17 Oct

Federal Competition Bureau calls for rethink of BC taxi regulations

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — The federal Competition Bureau wants British Columbia to re-examine its taxi regulations to permit more competition in the industry and improve services for riders and businesses.The bureau’s report says it will urge a B.C. government committee reviewing transportation network services to level the playing field for taxis and ride-hailing providers.An all-party legislative committee on Crown corporations was asked last year to provide recommendations on regulations on transportation network services for the legislature by March 31.The Competition Bureau says it will submit recommendations to the committee to ensure fair regulations that do not favour taxi providers or ride-hailing platforms.The bureau says it will urge the committee to allow drivers to have flexibility to choose their own service areas and allow market forces to determine how many drivers are available to serve passengers.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena introduced legislation last year that she said could see ride-hailing services introduced in B.C. sometime this year.last_img read more

12 Oct

Two more colossal pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

first_imgLUXOR, Egypt – Two colossal statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III were unveiled by archaeologists on Sunday in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.The temple is already famous for its existing 3,400-year-old Memnon colossi — twin statues of Amenhotep III whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation. “The world until now knew two Memnon colossi, but from today it will know four colossi of Amenhotep III,” said archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian, who heads the project to conserve the Amenhotep III temple.The existing two statues, both showing the pharaoh seated, are known across the globe.The two restored additions have weathered severe damage for centuries, Sourouzian said.“The statues had lain in pieces for centuries in the fields, damaged by destructive forces of nature like earthquake, and later by irrigation water, salt, encroachment and vandalism,” she said.One of the “new” statues — its body weighing 250 tonnes — again depicts the pharaoh seated, hands resting on his knees.It is 11.5 metres (38 feet) tall, with a base 1.5 metres high and 3.6 metres wide. Archaeologists said with its now missing double crown, the original statue would have reached a height of 13.5 metres and weighed 450 tonnes.The king is depicted wearing a royal pleated kilt held at the waist by a large belt decorated with zigzag lines.Well-preserved alabaster head Beside his right leg stands nearly a complete figure of Amenhotep III’s wife Tiye, wearing a large wig and a long tight-fitting dress.A statue of queen mother Mutemwya, originally beside his left leg, is missing, archaeologists said.The throne itself is decorated on each side with scenes from that era, showing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.The second statue, of Amenhotep III standing, has been installed at the north gate of the temple.The archaeologists also showed several other ancient pieces of what they said were parts of other statues of the ancient ruler and his relatives, including a well-preserved alabaster head from another Amenhotep III statue.“This piece is unique, it is rare, because there are not many alabaster statues in the world,” Sourouzian told AFP.The head, shown briefly to some reporters and fellow excavators, has also weathered centuries of damage.Its nose, eyes and ears are intact, and some signs of restoration centuries ago are clearly evident, archaeologists said.Close to the head lies a statue of princess Iset, Amenhotep III’s daughter.The pharaoh inherited an empire that spanned from the Euphrates to Sudan, archaeologists say, and he was able to maintain Egypt’s position mainly through diplomacy.The 18th dynasty ruler became king at the age of around 12, with his mother as regent.Amenhotep III died in around 1354 BC and was succeeded by his son Amenhotep IV, widely known as Akhenaten.Luxor, a city of some 500,000 people on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt, is an open-air museum of intricate temples and pharaonic tombs.last_img read more

8 Oct

Sri Lanka rupee hits new record low of 16100 vs USD

It crossed the 160 to the US dollar range last week but rebound later in the week.On the stock market the Colombo All Share Index was down 16.51 points (0.26 percent) to 6,359 points by mid day. (Courtesy Lanka Business Online) Sri Lanka’s stock and money markets got off to a slow start Monday with rupee dropping to a new low of 161.00 against the US dollar while stocks also showed a dip.The rupee opened at around 159.40/90 but by mid day was quoted around 161.00/05 to the US dollars in the spot market. read more

6 Oct

Israeli restrictions have had disastrous impact on Palestinian economy UN reports

Painting a bleak picture of the deteriorating conditions since the latest crisis began in September 2000, the report estimates that total losses to the Palestinian economy could reach $2.5 billion. While joblessness had been steadily declining between 1997 and September 2000, “the crisis has completely offset these gains with core unemployment reaching 26.9 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2001.” Unfavourable labour market conditions are engendering a sense of hopelessness, according to the report, which states that “increasingly, Palestinian workers are giving up all attempts of even looking for work.” The fiscal revenue base of the Palestinian Authority is also in serious jeopardy. The report blames this trend in part on the fact that Israel has refused to hand over taxes collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. Even with international support, the Palestinian Authority’s budget deficit for 2001 is anticipated to amount to $371 million. “Without the fiscal support of the international community, the Palestinian Authority institutions would not have been financially sustainable.” The crisis is also taking a heavy toll on social services, with the Palestinian health care system “under severe strain from the increased burden of caring for thousands of wounded, especially those with debilitating injuries.” At the same time, closures have limited access to health care services and impeded the flow of supplies to hospitals. Education is also hard-hit, with reports indicating that 190 schools have been temporarily closed, while 1,300 students from Gaza have been unable to reach their universities in the West Bank. According to the report, recovery will be difficult. “The rapid and sustained deterioration of the Palestinian economy suggests that recovery will take longer than after previous periods of economic recession even if the conflict is ended soon and mobility restrictions [are] lifted completely,” it states. read more

2 Oct

Ohio State mens basketball set to take on Dayton in second round

Coach Thad Matta (center) talks to his players during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State said it was ready to go up against some fresh blood and break away from the rugged Big Ten for the NCAA Tournament.Little did the team know, though, its first opponent in the Big Dance houses a former teammate, in addition to a descendent of Thad Matta’s extensive coaching tree roaming the sidelines.Meet Ohio State’s first matchup of the 2014 NCAA Tournament: the University of Dayton.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Flyers (23-10, 10-6) in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, after they were awarded a No. 6 seed in the tournament’s South region Sunday.For Matta, playing a school located a mere 72 miles away has its benefits.“For this team, it’s a great thing,” Matta said Sunday. “I like that. Because there won’t need to be a wake up call, there won’t need to be a, ‘Who is this? Who are they? What conference are they in? I haven’t heard of that guy,’ or anything like that. So I like that from that perspective.”After falling to top-seeded Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday, the Buckeyes (25-9, 12-9) were given lower than a No. 2 seed in the tournament for the first time in five seasons.Headed by coach Archie Miller — who spent two seasons as an assistant under Matta before heading to Arizona with his older brother, Sean — the Flyers are led by former Buckeye and redshirt-junior Jordan Sibert, who transferred to Dayton following the 2011-12 season.Sibert, an outside sharpshooter, leads the Flyers with 12.5 points per game while shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. He was a member of the same recruiting class as OSU senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., who both said they haven’t talked to him recently and are just excited to start the NCAA Tournament.“We’re excited, obviously, this is the time of year we want to play for and we’re in the tournament so got a great game against Dayton coming up and we’re excited about it,” Craft said Sunday.Smith Jr. agreed, but said if he put himself in Sibert’s shoes, he would be plenty excited to play against his former teammates.“At the same time, we’re both in the same boat — you lose, you go home,” Smith Jr. said Sunday. “So I think we’re both going to be jacked up for the same purposes.”Sibert left Columbus for Dayton because he wasn’t getting the playing time he wanted — he played just 481 minutes in 49 games over his two seasons at OSU.“When he left he said, ‘Look. I want to play a lot.’ And he’s definitely getting to do that, and he’s honestly having a great career there,” Matta said of Sibert. “I’m one of those guys that says, ‘Hey, as long as everybody’s happy in terms of where they are and what they’re doing, I’m happy for them.’”The Buckeyes enter the second round matchup after winning nine of their last 13 games, but failed to make the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time in six years after the loss to Michigan Saturday in Indianapolis.Although it was a little different watching the Selection Show at home instead of after playing for the championship, junior forward Sam Thompson said the mindset didn’t change too much.“The location was different but I don’t think the seeding was too much different,” Thompson said Sunday. “We know whatever seed we get, wherever we’re placed in the NCAA Tournament, there’s no such thing as an easy game, there’s no such thing as an easy opponent.”In what is now his 10th season at the helm of the men’s basketball program, coach Thad Matta had led the Buckeyes to a victory in their first game of the NCAA Tournament six of the seven times they have played. The lone loss was a 74-72 double overtime loss to Siena in 2009. OSU was on probation in Matta’s first season — 2004-05 — and won the National Invitational Tournament following the 2007-08 season.Initially, Matta said he was excited to see Dayton make the tournament because of Miller — then he realized it was his team that was matched up with Miller’s.“I wanted Arch to get in the NCAA Tournament. Then I was kinda like, ‘Huh, here we go,’” Matta said. “But I think from the perspective, I’m so happy for him in terms of getting in … the longer you do this, the more inner workings there are that it works itself out.”Tipoff Thursday between the Buckeyes and Flyers is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

21 Sep

Guatemalan mother caught with cocainesoaked shirts at Dublin Airport jailed for three

first_img 7 Comments 16,950 Views http://jrnl.ie/3869025 Image: Sasko Lazarov via Rolling News Image: Sasko Lazarov via Rolling News Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Guatemalan mother caught with cocaine-soaked shirts at Dublin Airport jailed for three years The cocaine was valued at €179,000. Feb 24th 2018, 7:01 AM A GUATEMALAN MOTHER who was caught with shirts soaked in cocaine valued at €179,000 in her luggage at Dublin Airport has been jailed for three years.Gardaí revealed a chemical process would later have been used to extract the cocaine from the shirts.Keila Pineda Lopez, aged 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on 22 November 2017. She has no previous convictions.Garda Michael Higgins told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that Lopez was intercepted by customs officers at Dublin Airport after travelling from Brazil. Her luggage tested positive for cocaine and it was found there were 20 identical shirts soaked with cocaine.Garda Higgins told the court that the cocaine could be extracted from the shirts at their intended destination using a chemical process. He accepted that Lopez would have had no knowledge of this process.The shirts were analysed and the cocaine that would have been extracted from them estimated to have a street value of €179,550.Lopez told gardaí she had been approached in her home country and offered €3,000 to transport the drugs. She said she was to be paid on her return and made some allegations of threats. Gardaí accepted there had been a mixture of inducement and coercion involved in Lopez’s participation in the offence.Lopez had little English and had been given a note to give to a taxi driver with the name of a hostel on it, where she was to wait for further instructions. She made full admissions and co-operated fully with the investigation.Garda Higgins said Lopez had been very honest about her role and was worried about her family.Padraic Dwyer SC, defending, said his client was a mother of one child who she had as a teenager and left school to support. She has worked as a waitress and cashier. He submitted that her reward for this offence was to be small and there had been some coercion.He asked the court to take into account her guilty plea, co-operation with the gardaí, her remorse and the fact she will be serving her sentence as a foreign national with little prospect of visitors.He said she was using her time in custody well to educate herself to improve her employment chances and said her prospects for rehabilitation were excellent. Counsel submitted this offence was at the lower end of the scale and asked the court to impose as light a sentence as possible to allow her to return home to her child.Judge Melanie Greally noted a letter from Lopez in which she outlined that she regretted her actions and understood the consequences of the activity in which she was engaged. Lopez said she had learned a lesson and would not re-offend.Judge Greally said the circumstances of the case allowed her to depart from the presumptive minimum sentence of ten years applicable to this offence and she imposed a three-year sentence to date from when Lopez went into custody.Read: Convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally loses appeal for reduced sentenceMore: Bill Cullen is suing Ulster Bank for €120 million over takeover strategy Share237 Tweet Email Short URL By Fiona Fergusonlast_img read more

21 Sep

Pensions audit finds major fraud

first_imgA review of all the pensions being issued by the Greek state which started two years ago in a bid to weed out false claims has resulted in savings of 42.2 million euros, Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Tuesday while presenting the findings of a General Accounting Office census which highlighted hundreds of cases of people claiming the pensions of their dead relatives.Pension payments totaling 64.4 million euros were dispensed based on bogus claims, according to Staikouras, noting that authorities had recouped 42.2 million euros of this sum and were seeking the remaining 22.2 million.Noting that the management of the Greek pension system has been made more efficient since 2012, Staikouras said, “Not one illegal pension is being paid out today.”According to the General Accounting Office, 3,423 pensioners were registered as dead at least six months before their names were removed from the state pension records.In 358 cases, pension fraud exceeded 30,000 euros and in several cases the sum pilfered from state coffers was much larger. One instance relates to the daughter of a deceased judge who is alleged to have fraudulently claimed more than 300,000 euros and the son of a deceased cleric who pocketed 147,000 euros on false pretences.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

21 Sep

FYROM replaces name sign of international airport

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has officially renamed its international airport from Alexander the Great to Skopje International Airport.In February the Turkish consortium TAV, which operates the airport removed the signage from the building in February. The letters were replaced on Tuesday with the new name.The decision to rename the airport, along with changing the Alexander of Macedonia Highway which leads to the Greek border to ‘Friendship Highway’, are seen to be goodwill gestures to neighbouring Greece, as intensive negotiations continue between the two countries’ governments regarding the official name of FYROM.Greece and FYROM have been at loggerheads over the matter for decades.last_img read more

20 Sep

Bouygues Telecom fait marche arrière sur les appels illimités vers les mobiles

first_imgBouygues Telecom fait marche arrière sur les appels illimités vers les mobilesBouygues Telecom préfère finalement mettre en place une option payante pour les appels illimités plutôt que de les intégrer directement dans son abonnement BBox.Bouygues Telecom avait annoncé il y a quelques mois qu’il emboîterait le pas à Free en intégrant les appels illimités vers les mobiles à sa nouvelle offre Internet, qui devait être lancée au prix de 37,90 euros mensuels. Aujourd’hui, l’opérateur fait marche arrière. À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Selon PCWorld, Bouygues Telecom pourrait alors mettre en place une option payante. Les rumeurs laissent penser qu’elle serait facturée 6 euros par mois. Dans ce cas, le prix pour l’abonné au triple-play (Internet, télévision, téléphone) ne changerait donc pas puisque cet abonnement coûte 31,90 par mois.La raison de ce revirement pour Bouygues ? L’attente des consommateurs ne serait pas aussi forte qu’espérée. En effet, les abonnés qui dépassent 2 heures d’appels chaque mois vers les téléphones mobiles ne sont pas très nombreux. Pour l’opérateur, il serait alors injuste d’augmenter le prix des abonnements de tous les clients. L’offre illimitée vers les mobiles incluse dans l’abonnement avait été reprise par SFR, Orange et Numéricable, après l’annonce de Free, pionnier. Il s’agissait pour les opérateurs de ne pas se faire distancer.Le 3 mai 2011 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 Sep

Le satellite UARS sest bien écrasé sur Terre mais où

first_imgLe satellite UARS s’est bien écrasé sur Terre, mais où ? Aujourd’hui, la NASA a annoncé que le satellite UARS dont la chute était annoncée depuis la semaine dernière est bien arrivé sur Terre entre 23H23 vendredi et 1H09 samedi EDT, selon ses estimations. Mais elle ignore encore où les débris sont tombés…On l’attendait depuis une semaine, il est enfin arrivé. Comme prévu, le satellite UARS de près de 6 tonnes a fait son entrée dans l’atmosphère cette nuit. Cela faisait plusieurs jours que la NASA avait annoncé la chute de l’engin mis en orbite en 1991 mais à cours de carburant. Toutefois, jusqu’à hier elle n’avait pas réussi à établir avec précision où et quand le satellite allait retomber. D’après les dernières estimations, elle prévoyait l’arrivée de l’engin dans la nuit mais sur une plage horaire large. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAFinalement, il semblerait que UARS soit arrivé entre 23H23 vendredi et 1H09 samedi, heure EDT, soit entre 5H23 et 7H09 heure de Paris. Il aurait alors pénétré l’atmosphère au dessus de l’océan Pacifique, selon les experts du Joint Space Operations Center de la Vanderberg Air Force Base en Californie. Mais où et quand exactement reste encore une fois un mystère. Durant la période établie, le satellite devait survoler “une partie du Canada et de l’Afrique, ainsi qu’une grande part des océans Pacifique, Atlantique et Indien”, a précisé la NASA. D’où une grande incertitude quant au lieu d’arrivée exact des débris dont le poids total devait avoisiner, selon l’agence, les 532 kilos. Le reste de l’engin lui a du partir en fumée en pénétrant dans l’atmosphère.Pour l’heure, aucun dégât n’a donc été rapporté dans quelconque région du monde, suite à cette chute, laissant supposer que la majeure partie des débris ont atterri dans une zone inhabitée ou en mer. De son côté, la NASA avait de toute façon souligné qu’il n’existait qu’une chance sur 3.200 que l’un des morceaux tombe sur quelqu’un.  Le 24 septembre 2011 à 13:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

20 Sep

Notre planète une bille bleue vue de lespace

first_imgNotre planète, une “bille bleue” vue de l’espaceLa nouvelle série de clichés de la NASA donne à voir des images en haute définition de notre planète, la “Bille bleue”, vue depuis l’espace.La “Bille bleue” est une célèbre image de la Terre, prise depuis l’espace le 7 décembre 1972 par les astronautes de Apollo 17. Cette photo, capturée à une distance de 29.000 kilomètres a été la première d’une série de photos satellites que l’agence spatiale américaine réalise chaque année. Mais aujourd’hui, ce sont des photos à haute résolution que les satellites sont en mesure de prendre. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour ce faire, les engins quadrillent la Terre et les traitements informatiques réalisés permettent d’éliminer une grande partie de la couverture nuageuse susceptible de fausser les données. L’ensemble des images, une fois compilées, donne alors un aperçu extrêmement réaliste de la planète vue depuis l’espace. Cette fois, c’est le plus récent des satellites américains qui s’y est collé. Ainsi, depuis le 4 janvier, le Suomi NPP prend des photos. La première série recomposée vient d’être livrée par la NASA, fournissant une vue stupéfiante de notre planète. A son bord, Suomi NPP bénéficie de 5 instruments de haute résolution dont le plus important est le VIIRS (Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite), un équipement capable de prendre des photos dans l’infrarouge aussi bien que dans le spectre de lumière visible. Grâce à lui, il est possible de scanner la surface de la Terre en mesurer les terres, la densité atmosphérique et les océans.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

16 Sep

Some buses on snow routes this afternoon

first_imgo Battle Ground Sch. Dist. – No PM kindergarten or PM pre-school at Tukes Valley or Ycolt schools. . . . Afternoon buses on snow routes from BGHS,Amboy, Yacolt, Tukes Valley Primary, Tukes Valley Middle Posted: Mon. 28th, 12:01 PMo Camas Sch. Dist. – PM Buses on Livingston snow routes. Posted: Mon. 28th, 11:29 AMo Hockinson Sch. Dist. – Buses 204, 209, 215, & 224 on Snow Route this afternoon. Posted: Mon. 28th, 12:29 PMo Washougal Sch. Dist. – pm buses 1,2,6,9,12,14,17,20,22,27,44,45,51,56,57,58,on snow routes Posted: Mon. 28th, 11:55 AMlast_img read more

11 Sep

REMINDER What To Expect At TONIGHTS Wilmington Polices National Night Out

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department:National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At the Wilmington event, we have representatives from not only the WPD, but also from local, county, state, & federal law enforcement agencies on hand to speak with community members and explain each of their agency’s role.National Night Out 2019 will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Rotary Park, located across the street from the Wilmington Public Safety building. We will have police & fire vehicles displays, equipment displays, demonstrations, crime prevention information, food, & bouncy houses.The Massachusetts National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter will be present. There will be a dunk-a-cop booth with all proceeds benefiting Cops For Kids With Cancer.  There will be an ice cream stand where donations will be taken for Special Olympics Massachusetts.  Brotherhood for the Fallen and Home Base will be present to speak with residents about their missions.The following agencies are scheduled to be present:Wilmington Police DepartmentWilmington Fire DepartmentFederal Bureau of InvestigationBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & FirearmsUnited States Postal Inspection ServiceVeteran’s Affairs PoliceFederal Reserve PoliceMassachusetts State PoliceMassachusetts Environmental PoliceReading Police DepartmentMassachusetts National GuardLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Police Department’s New Explorers Program Now Accepting ApplicationsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

6 Sep

Naranyanpet begins civic poll preparations

first_imgNarayanpet: With the municipal elections fast-approaching, the Narayanpet district administration has started early preparation for the same. In this regard, on Tuesday, District Collector S Venkat Rao, conducted a training programme for all the polling officers in the district and instructed them to get ready for the upcoming elections.Addressing the polling officers at a training camp conducted at a local private function hall, the District Collector said it was the responsibility of each and every polling officer and assistant polling officer at the polling booths to see to it that polling process was conducted in a peaceful manner without giving scope for any kind of errors. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “We have begun the polling preparation for the municipal elections and as part of that, we held a training camp for officials attending the polling duties. We have given them clear instructions as to how to go ahead with the polling process and how to issue ballot papers, mark the fingers and other procedures needed to be taken up during the polling process,” said the District Collector. As many as 19 officials from Narayanpet, 22 officials from Makthal and 12 officials from Kosgi took part in the training programme.last_img read more

6 Sep

Kesineni Travels staff stage protest demand pending salaries

first_imgVijayawada: The workers of Kesineni travels have staged a protest against TDP MP Kesineni Nani demanding to clear the pending salaries at Lenin Center in Vijayawada. The workers staged dharna, along with their family members. On the occasion, the employees expressed their anguish that four years ago the company shut down its travel agency without any prior information and that even salaries were not paid. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The workers alleged that earlier when they raised the salaries issue, they were threatened with the authorities. They also said that MP Nani had mentioned in the election affidavit that salaries are pending to the workers. The workers said that for three years they were waiting for their pending payments, and that at least now, they should clear the dues. Some employees have already approached the Labor Court on the issue.last_img read more

5 Sep

Meghan Markle turns against the Royal Palace Buckingham Palace extremely angry

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has made no secret of the fact that she wants to carve her own path as a Royal, but would the Duchess of Sussex turn against the Royal Family to do so?Reportedly Buckingham Palace has furiously lashed out at claims that Meghan Markle, told her friends to speak to US media on her behalf. The Palace refuted claims the Duchess personally sanctioned famous guests to defend her new CBS documentary, Meghan and Harry, Plus One.The show is reportedly hosted by Gayle King, who is said to be a close a friend of Meghan Markle’s. The hour-long documentary delved into the life of the former Suits actor after she was welcomed into the fold of the British Royal Family. And apparently, Meghan’s friends had nothing but good things to say about the Duchess.Meghan’s friends had nothing but praises for her, which in itself seems a little suspicious. Even the closest of friends may have a thing or two that irks them about their friends. However The Sun today reports a CBS source claims the contributors spoke “only with the blessing of Meghan.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe paper quoted a so-called “royal insider” who called the Duchess’ alleged move a breach of royal protocol. But it looks like even the hint of impropriety was enough to get Buckingham Palace angry that hit out at the press saying the Duchess “has not had any involvement” in the prime-time programme.A spokeswoman said: “The Duchess has not had any involvement in the CBS special, nor has she requested or given permission to friends to participate.”Well we have to say that Meghan’s friends may have gotten her permission to speak about her in public, which is not an unreasonable assumption to make. Especially since she is the Duchess of Sussex.last_img read more

3 Sep

Flood claims 98 lives affects 59m people so far Govt

first_imgFloodwaters enter Joypurhat’s Akkelpur town as the Tulsiganga river embankment breaks. The photo was taken on Saturday morning. Photo: Prothom AloThe Atrai River was flowing 108cm above the danger level at Baghabari point marking a fall by 1cm.The Padma water was moving 106cm above the danger level at Goalanda while above 49cm at Bhagyakul marking a decrease by 2cm. The water level of the mighty river increased 7cm at Sureswar point.In Jamalpur, a 4-year-old girl, Suraiya, daughter of Harmuz Ali of Tinarchar village in Islampur upazila, drowned in floodwater as her mother went outside for some work in the morning.Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said the government will reconstruct the damaged houses of the flood-affected people.He came up with the assurance while distributing relief materials among the flood victims at Government Pilot Primary School field in Melandaha upazila.Maya warned that no corruption will be tolerated in the distribution of relief materials.He said the government allocated 2,000 tonnes of rice and Tk 50 lakh in cash for the flood victims of Jamalpur district. The Sheikh Hasina government won’t let anyone to starve.In Kurigram, flood-hit people are in limitless miseries for lack of adequate relief materials and pure water though the water levels of 16 major rivers, including Teesta, Dharla and Brhamaputra, have started falling.Besides, waterborne diseases have broken out in the affected areas.In Chapainawabganj, the water level of the Punbhorba, Padma and Mahananda rivers saw a fall and was flowing slightly above the danger level.Meanwhile, fresh areas were flooded in Naogaon as a flood control embankment broke down in Sadar upazila, affecting over 100,000 people. People took shelter in 38 shelter centres.In Natore, the Atrai was flowing 70cm above the danger mark, flooding new areas in Singra upazila. Many flood-affected people left their houses for safe shelter.At least seven hectares of Aman paddy have already been damaged by the floodwater.Paddy on 800 bighas of land in Temuk Nowdapara beel went under water on Friday evening as gushing water was entering it through a damaged dam along the Sidhakhali River.In Sherpur, the Puratan Bhahmaputra, Doshani and Mrigi rivers swelled further, deteriorating the flood situation.A total of 80 villages in 14 unions of three upazilas were freshly flooded and vast tracts of paddy field inundated, said local agriculture officer Pikan Kumar Saha.In Sirajganj, fresh areas were flooded today as the water level of the Jamuna continued to rise.In Bogra, though the water is receding slowly, victims misery compounded for lack of food and water. There was an acute shortage of food and safe water.In Shariatpur, the examinations of 259 educational institutions were suspended due to flood in Naria and Zajira upazilas.District Primary Education Officer Abul Kalam Azad said the water is gradually increasing, inundating at least 70 schools.In Rajbari, the water level of the Padma remained static and was flowing 106cm above the danger level. Flood-affected family huddles on a makeshift platform. Photo taken Friday afternoon in Sonadanga of Bagmara upazila, Rajshahi. Photo: Prothom AloA total of 98 people were killed and 5,888,220 people affected by the sweeping flood in 30 districts across the country so far, according to the Disaster Management Department.Briefing reporters on Saturday, in-charge of department control room Naznin Shamima said 485,589 hectares of paddy field and 43,536 houses were completely damaged by the flood.Department deputy director Riaz Ahmed said the floodwater has already receded from Lalmonirhat, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts, while it started falling in Jamalpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Gaibandha and Kurigram.Meanwhile, the water level is on the rise in Manikganj, Munshiganj and Rajbari, he added.The overall flood situation in the country northern region improved further with a slight drop in the water level of the major rivers while a minor child drowned in Jamalpur on Saturday.According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the water level of all the major rivers in the northern region are falling very slowly although some of them were still flowing above the danger level.The water level of the Dharla River fell by 28cm at Kurigram point and it was flowing only 1cm above the red mark at 6:00am while the Teesta was flowing 48cm and 143cm below the danger mark at Dalia and Kaunia points shedding 3cm and 8cm respectively.The Brahmaputra was flowing 17cm above the red level at Chilmari point although the water level fell by 23cm while the Jamuna was flowing 75cm, 76cm, 116cm and 118cm above the danger level at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points marking a fall by 27cm, 24cm, 22cm and 20cm respectively.last_img read more

1 Sep

Scott Hampton Lets Us Know What its Like to Draw Gaimans American

first_imgAmerican Gods have conquered so much of media in the past year. The highly successful book with the same title by author Neil Gaiman has given way to two utterly amazing projects. The first the incredibly powerful & stunning television show on Starz from season one showrunner Bryan Fuller and Michael Green to a comic from Dark Horse, American Gods: Shadows, written by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell and drawn by the fantastic Scott Hampton with letters by Rick Parker.Now, American Gods is back! Geek had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Hampton. We discuss what it’s like being back to work on American Gods: My Ainsel, the season arc of American Gods, working with the man himself, Neil Gaiman and his inspirations.American Gods: Shadows is a hell of a ride. How does it feel coming back for a second arc after the success of American Gods: Shadows?Great! When I start a long project, it takes me a while to settle on approaches, and that’s particularly true of this story with all its tonal variety and shifts in texture. I feel very comfortable in this world now.What are you looking forward to reading seeing within American Gods: My Ainsel? What were you looking forward to doing/drawing within this second arc?Because Craig Russell is doing the layouts and scripting, I’ve tried not to get too far ahead with my thinking. It’s so nice to get a new freshly lettered issue of pages in from Rick Parker and read the story without too much forethought. That way I can be inspired by what Craig does and feel that I’m on his wavelength. That said, I’ve been looking forward to exploring more of the country geographically, and this story arc moves like lightning from place to place.via Dark HorseYou have a beautifully detailed and vivid style that weaves excellent, vibrant art to this story. How did you develop your art style? Do you have any influences?My brother, Bo, taught me to draw so he’s my biggest influence. Also, Edmund Dulac, Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Bernie Wrightson, Mike Kaluta, Robert Fawcett and Andrew Wyeth come to mind.:)It has to be a dope experience working with Neil Gaiman. What’s it like working with Gaiman? How do you guys combine forces to bring American Gods to life in comic form? Were you a fan of the book?Neil is a joy to work with. If you need his help, he’ll make the time. And if you’re cranking along and whistling while you work, he’s happy to focus on the rest of his career. True of Craig and our editor Daniel as well. This is the sort of collaboration I wish everyone could have.via Dark HorseOf all the character weaves in American Gods, do you have a character you love and/or anticipate drawing the most? Do you have one that you identify with?I’m really boring here because there are so many colorful characters in this book I can’t choose. So I’ll just say drawing Shadow and Wednesday and building their relationship is a real pleasure.Thank you so much for talking with me! Do you have any projects coming up, besides the incredible American Gods: My Ainsel, that our readers should look out for? Also, where can our readers find you? (via social media, website, etc.)Thank you! It’s a pleasure. The short story, “October in the Chair” runs about thirty pages and is another Gaiman collaboration with Craig and Rick and will come out in the next year or two. Neil dedicated the story to Ray Bradbury and I tried to channel his feel for. It’s fully painted and is a bit of a departure for me. I’m an old ruddy-ruddy so I am on Facebook. Once I get ahead of schedule I’ll actually post again!:) Oh, and they are invited to visit scotthamptonart.com.American Gods: Shadows & American Gods: My Ainsel is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

1 Sep

Activision announces 9 months of Modern Warfare 3 DLC

first_imgActivision announced today that the next 9 months of the year will see regular releases of Modern Warfare 3 DLC in what the publisher is calling a “Content Season.” The season will start on January 24 with a timed exclusive for players both on Xbox Live and enrolled in the monthly subscription Call of Duty Elite service.The 24th will see the release – or “content drop” in Activision-speak – of Liberation and Piazza, two multiplayer maps that respectively mimic New York’s Central Park and a seaside Italian getaway destination.For Elite subscribers, the content will continue to come with one release per month from January to September and will cover maps, Special Ops missions, and game modes over the course of the nine months. For the non-Elite bourgeois masses, combined DLC packs called Content Collections will get more staggered releases. The first Content Collection, covering the first five Elite “content drops,” will hit the Xbox Live Marketplace in March.“Other platforms” – namely PC and PlayStation 3 – will get the releases later, regardless of Elite status. Activision didn’t specify the lag time in its press release Tuesday. Also undetermined is the total amount of content set to release. Activision has at once promised that Elite members will “receive new content once a month” yet somehow, across nine months, that adds to “at least 20 content drops.” For now, let’s just assume it adds up to a lot.The last content, or at least on the accelerated Elite/XBL schedule, will release in September. That will presumably leave October as a cooldown month to build up hype for the inevitable next CoD release. Black Ops 2, anyone?last_img read more

31 Aug

Single nucleotide change responsible for allowing H7N9 flu to jump from birds

first_img More information: Xiaofeng Huang et al. An NS-segment exonic splicing enhancer regulates influenza A virus replication in mammalian cells, Nature Communications (2017). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14751AbstractInfluenza virus utilizes host splicing machinery to process viral mRNAs expressed from both M and NS segments. Through genetic analysis and functional characterization, we here show that the NS segment of H7N9 virus contains a unique G540A substitution, located within a previously undefined exonic splicing enhancer (ESE) motif present in the NEP mRNA of influenza A viruses. G540A supports virus replication in mammalian cells while retaining replication ability in avian cells. Host splicing regulator, SF2, interacts with this ESE to regulate splicing of NEP/NS1 mRNA and G540A substitution affects SF2–ESE interaction. The NS1 protein directly interacts with SF2 in the nucleus and modulates splicing of NS mRNAs during virus replication. We demonstrate that splicing of NEP/NS1 mRNA is regulated through a cis NEP-ESE motif and suggest a unique NEP-ESE may contribute to provide H7N9 virus with the ability to both circulate efficiently in avian hosts and replicate in mammalian cells. UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low Explore further Influenza A (H7N9) as viewed through an electron microscope. Both filaments and spheres are observed in this photo. Credit: CDC (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China has isolated a change in a single nucleotide that is responsible for allowing the H7N9 flu virus to replicate in both birds and humans. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes their efforts in searching for the factors involved when avian flu jumps to humans and what their findings could mean for reducing the spread of future flu epidemics. Journal information: Nature Communicationscenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Single nucleotide change responsible for allowing H7N9 flu to jump from birds to humans found (2017, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-nucleotide-responsible-h7n9-flu-birds.html Scientists around the world are very concerned about how viruses spread from animals to humans—the fear is that one day, a super-virus may emerge, one that is both easily transmissible and deadly, potentially killing millions of people around the globe. In this new effort, the researchers focused on H7N9, a flu virus that was first found to jump from birds (mainly chickens) to humans as recently as 2000. It has infected people mostly in China, but its recent history offered an opportunity to learn more about how a virus jumps to humans.To learn more about the virus, the researchers obtained samples and subjected them to genetic analysis looking for any differences between them and other avian flu viruses that do not spread to humans. They found a unique nucleotide (an RNA building block) substitution called NS-G540A in the NS segment—a mutation that allowed the virus to replicate in both avian and human (and other mammalian) hosts. They report that they found the mutation on some other flu variants as well, such as H9N2.The researchers note that in addition to learning more about how a virus can make the leap between species, the identification of the nucleotide also offers the medical community a biomarker—testing chickens and other fowl infected with a flu variant for the marker would allow for identifying birds carrying a flu variant that can cause infections in the people that handle them. They note also that they found no evidence that the mutation played a role in allowing the virus to spread between humans once it made the leap from an avian source.last_img read more