October 20, 2019
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  • 10:57 am Govt seeks report from schools about initiative for cleaning Yamuna
  • 10:16 am Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on
  • 10:15 am Japan briefs diplomats to wipe Fukushima nuke water concern

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s embattled leader insisted Tuesday she had no intention of stepping down, after an audio recording emerged of her saying she wanted to quit and apologise for causing the unrest that has rocked the southern Chinese city. Hong Kong has endured three months of violent pro-democracy protests, triggered by opposition to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s bid to push through a law allowing extraditions to mainland China. The protests evolved into a wider democracy campaign involving violent clashes between protesters and police, in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of Hong Kong since its 1997 handover from the British. “I told myself repeatedly in the last three months that I and my team should stay on to help Hong Kong,” Lam said.last_img

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first_imgBeatrice Hunter (centre) and her son Scott Dicker (right) are among 14 Labrador land protectors who had criminal charges against them dropped this week. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Crown has dropped criminal charges against more than a dozen land protectors in Labrador who were involved with the occupation of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project site in 2016.The decision came on Wednesday, more than two and a half years after the event, when Innu, Inuit and settler Labradorians occupied the project site for four days in a last ditch effort to protect their traditional foods and way of life.Scientists and Indigenous leaders had warned that reservoir flooding at Muskrat Falls would lead to spikes in methylmercury in the aquatic food chain, including fish, seals and waterfowl.But the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and project proponent Nalcor Energy did not adequately respond to the warnings with mitigation efforts.Beatrice Hunter, an Inuk woman living in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was one of several dozen land protectors who occupied the site.In the summer of 2017 she was jailed for 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after she refused to promise Supreme Court Justice George Murphy that she would stay away from the project site.The experience has left her with PTSD and other health problems, she says.But Hunter doesn’t regret the occupation.“It was the first time in my 48 years I saw my fellow Labradorians fighting oppression [together], so I don’t regret it one bit,” she told APTN News Thursday.“I was a great moment. I was proud to be a part of it. I’m glad my son also witnessed it; I’m glad he was a part of it too,” she said.Hunter’s 25-year-old son, Scott Dicker, also had his criminal charges dropped.“For the last two and a half years, it wasn’t easy,” said Hunter. “But I guess doing the right thing, what you feel is right, isn’t easy anyway.”At least six other land protectors, including Inuk Tony Wolfrey of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, still face criminal charges.The father and grandfather was one of eight individuals arrested on Oct. 17, 2016, several days before the occupation, for participating in a blockade of the project site’s main entrance.Wolfrey’s daughter, Emily, who is now 27, was violently arrested by RCMP officers moments after her father.She had been standing in what police called a “safe zone” during the blockade in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 17.Despite obeying the police orders to stay away from the project site entrance, after yelling in distress over her father’s arrest Emily was handcuffed, arrested and charged.She filed a complaint with the RCMP over the arresting officer’s conduct, but that investigation found no wrongdoing on the federal police force’s part.“If I knew that she would be getting arrested, I wouldn’t have bothered,” Tony said of his role in the blockade.“You should have seen the bruises on her,” he added, referring to Emily’s arrest.Dozens of land protectors, including Innu, Inuit and settler Labradorians, occupied the Muskrat Falls site in 2016. Some still face criminal and civil charges. Photo courtesy TheIndependent.ca.Tony says he and Emily should not be facing criminal charges and have pleaded not-guilty.He says they will appear in provincial court again next month.“We had to bring attention to what happened, and is still happening, because they still never clearcut [the reservoir],” Tony added. “The only way to get attention was to get arrested, I think, and for people to see what was going on.”During the occupation provincial and Indigenous leaders agreed to create an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to study the methylmercury issue and make recommendations for mitigation.The committee filed its report to the government in April 2018 and recommended that more vegetation be cleared from the dam’s reservoir prior to the final stages of flooding.More than a year later, and despite pleas from Indigenous leaders and grassroots people in Labrador, the government still has not ordered Nalcor Energy, its own Crown energy corporation, to clear the reservoir.Nalcor has said the final stages of reservoir flooding will take place this summer.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts.The five names are — Delhi High Court Judge Justice S Ravindra Bhat, Kerala High Court Judge Justice P R Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice A K Mittal, Allahabad High Court Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay High Court Judge Justice A S Oka. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Bhat after noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court has fallen vacant after the recent transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to Bombay High Court. “Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made. Justice S Ravindra Bhat is the senior-most Judge from Delhi High Court and is functioning in that High Court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice S Ravindra Bhat suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”While making the above recommendation, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the national capital,” the Collegium said. It also recommended appointment of Justice Menon noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court has fallen vacant recently after resignation of Justice A K Tripathi, Chief Justice of the High Court. The Collegium said it finds Justice Menon suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and “consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be two Chief Justices from Kerala High Court”. On Justice Mittal, it noted that office of the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court would be falling vacant shortly after retirement of Justice M Y Mir, Chief Justice of that High Court. “Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice A K Mittal suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court,” it said. Following the proposed appointment there will be “two Chief Justices from the Punjab & Haryana High Court, which serves two States and is the third largest High Court in the country, with sanctioned strength of 85 Judges”, the Collegium said. On Justice Nath, it said that office of the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court which has recently been constituted as separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh, has been lying vacant right from the day of its inception.last_img read more

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Despite an arrest warrant being issued for him one year ago by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a Sudanese minister accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the war-ravaged region of Darfur is free and is a “fugitive,” the body;s Prosecutor said today.”He attacked Sudanese people, his people, those he vowed to protect as Minister; he is an indicted minister, he is a fugitive,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a press release. “He will end up in Court.”Last 27 April, the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber issued warrants for the arrest of Ahman Harun, former Minister of State for the Interior of Sudan — and current Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs — and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Al Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb.According to The Hague-based ICC, evidence collected over two years from different sources shows that Mr. Harun financed, armed and incited the Janjaweed to attack Darfurian villages from 2003-2004 and killing civilians, with Mr. Kushyab having led the attacks. Their actions have allegedly forced millions to flee their homes.No national proceedings related to these crimes have been held in Sudan, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo noted. “Brutal and massive attacks, rapes, tortures were committed 5 years ago against Sudanese citizens and their own Government promised everything and has done nothing.”The arrest warrants for Mr. Harun and Mr. Kushayb were transmitted to Sudan last 16 June, but the Government has not responded, is not cooperating and has not complied with Security Council Resolution 1593.That resolution, from 2005, calls on the Sudanese Government to “cooperate fully and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor.””Crimes are thoroughly organized. Destitution is organized. Insecurity is organized,” the Prosecutor said, noting that the focus of the second investigation will be on the “mobilization of the state apparatus to plan, commit and cover up the crimes.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo is scheduled to report to the Council on 5 June on progress made in the investigation, after which he will present his evidence to the Judge.”I urge the international community to send a strong and unanimous message to the Government of the Sudan, requesting the execution of the arrest warrants. The [Government of Sudan], as the territorial State, has a responsibility to do so. They can, they must surrender the two indicted criminals now, and break the system of violence and impunity in Darfur,” he said. 26 April 2008Despite an arrest warrant being issued for him one year ago by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a Sudanese minister accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the war-ravaged region of Darfur is free and is a “fugitive,” the body’s Prosecutor said today. read more

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Mr. Doss, who is also head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC – known as MONUC – conducted a joint mission to the area on Sunday, along with the country’s Defence Minister, Tshikez Diemu, to assess security in the wake of the fighting.The clashes that broke out on 28 August between the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congress for People’s Defense, known by its French acronym CNDP, was some of the worst fighting since a peace deal was signed by the parties in January. Following last week’s incident, MONUC had called on the parties to exercise restraint, return to their original positions and avoid any action that could lead to a further escalation of violence, and had dispatched patrols to the area. Accompanied by MONUC’s Force Commander, General Babacar Gaye, and the Chief of Staff of the FARDC, General Dieudonne Kayembe, the two officials met yesterday with local authorities and MONUC peacekeepers in eastern DRC.They were able to assess that the situation in the area is now calm, according to a news release issued by MONUC. During the visit, Mr. Doss stressed the need to proceed as quickly as possible with the implementation of the so-called Actes d’engagement reached in January. 1 September 2008Alan Doss, the top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says calm has returned to Rutshuru in the country’s volatile North Kivu province following last week’s clashes between Government forces and armed rebel groups. read more

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Two doctors who attempted to climb a water tank at the Colombo National hospital, were arrested and later released on bail.The police said that a male and female doctor had attempted to climb the water tank.

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This early morning’s exchange comes less than 24 hours after heavy Israeli air incursions into Lebanon, Hezbollah anti-aircraft fire across the so-called Blue Line, which marks the border between Israel and Lebanon after the withdrawal of Israeli troops, and an Israeli air strike on Hezbollah positions.According to the Israeli army, one Israeli soldier was killed and five others wounded, while there are conflicting claims by both sides as to how the incident started, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said.A spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan “is greatly concerned about this new escalation along the Blue Line and strongly urges both parties to exercise restraint.”

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OSU then-sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey (23) during a game against California on Oct. 25 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Lantern File PhotoA late rally by Ohio State (2-1) in the second half wasn’t enough to make up for early missed opportunities as the Buckeyes suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday to Kent State (2-4), 2-1.Coming into the match, both teams had faced Louisville in their last respective matches. Ohio State beat the Cardinals 2-0, while Kent State was blown out in a 5-1 loss.Ohio State got off to a quick start, dominating possession by forcing turnovers and connecting on several challenging passes.Early in the first half, the Buckeyes defended Kent State’s breakaway opportunity well, but it still helped the Golden Flashes gain momentum for the first time in the game.That surge in momentum led to Kent State’s first score as back Jamie Fries was able to find the back of the net with 16:02 left in the half.Senior forward Maddy Humphrey tied the game at one goal apiece as she scored, knocking the ball over the head of the goalie nearly five minutes later. As time was expiring, the Buckeyes had a corner opportunity and failed to convert, as they hit the ball off the post.Ohio State began the second half with a breakaway six minutes in but it was well-defended by Kent State to prevent a go-ahead goal. Evenly matched for the first 10 minutes in the second half, the Buckeyes were given a corner opportunity at the 23:50 mark and the Golden Flashes denied Ohio State the opportunity as the ball bounced past the net and out of play.With nine minutes to go, Kent State had a two-on-zero breakaway opportunity, but a pass was just out of the reach of the diving stick from a Golden Flashes player, preventing the potential goal.Kent State drew a pair of corner opportunities with just under five minutes left to take a 2-1 lead, thanks to the goal by senior Ines Delpech. Ohio State came short on three straight corner opportunities late in the second half ultimately giving Kent State the 2-1 victory. read more

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first_imgCoeur d’Alene Mines, Bolnisi Gold and Palmarejo Silver and Gold have entered into agreements, which have been approved unanimously by their respective boards of directors, as well as a special committee of independent directors of the Palmarejo board of directors, to merge creating the world’s leading primary silver producer. Pursuant to the agreements, Coeur will acquire all of the shares of Bolnisi and all of the shares of Palmarejo not owned by Bolnisi, in a transaction valued at around $1.1 billion.Under the terms of the transaction, Bolnisi shareholders will receive 0.682 Coeur shares for each Bolnisi share they own (or, at the election of the Bolnisi shareholder, CHESS Depositary Interests representing Coeur shares), and Palmarejo shareholders will receive 2.715 Coeur shares for each Palmarejo share they own. It is anticipated that this will result in Coeur issuing a total of around 271.3 million new shares. In addition, Bolnisi and Palmarejo shareholders will receive a nominal cash payment equal to A$0.004 ($0.003) per Bolnisi share and C$0.004 ($0.003) per Palmarejo share.Bolnisi and Palmarejo currently own 100% of the Palmarejo project in Chihuahua State, Mexico. The Palmarejo project is one of the highest-quality primary silver projects in the world today, to which Coeur believes it can create significant additional value by leveraging its extensive exploration, development and underground and open pit mining expertise.The transaction will create a combined entity that expects to realize several significant strategic benefits, including:Leading silver producer – upon completion of the transaction and following commencement of production at the Palmarejo project, Coeur will be positioned as the world’s leading primary silver producer in terms of silver production and silver resources. Based on Palmarejo mineral resource estimates and all the metallurgical and mining studies completed to date, Palmarejo is constructing a 2 Mt/y processing plant capable of producing 12 Moz/y of silver and 110,000 oz/y of gold, which Coeur expects would nearly double its current production levels. As a result of this transaction, Coeur is expected to: Well-diversified portfolio – Coeur owns and operates three silver mines in North America and South America, owns all of the silver production and mineral reserves of two operating mines in Australia, and is constructing a new silver mine in Bolivia and a new gold mine in Alaska. The addition of the Palmarejo project to Coeur’s portfolio will geographically diversify Coeur’s asset mix and provide entry into a prolific mining area of Mexico, which is the world’s second largest silver producing country Continue its no-hedge silver policy, maximizing leverage to silver prices. Sector leading liquidity – Coeur is currently listed on both the NYSE and TSX, and, in connection with the transaction, Coeur intends to seek listing of its shares on the ASX in the form of CHESS Depositary Interests. Coeur expects to remain one of the world’s most liquid publicly-traded silver mining companies Have a leading growth profile with silver production compound annual growth of about 47% between 2007 and 2009 Produce some 32 Moz of silver and around 290,000 oz of gold in 2009 – silver production accounting for about two-thirds of total production by value based on analyst consensus metal prices for 2009center_img Strong balance sheet – based on Coeur’s, Bolnisi’s and Palmarejo’s balance sheets as at December 31, 2006, the pro forma cash position of the combined company would be $382 million, which is expected to be sufficient to fund all three growth projects – San Bartolome, Kensington and Palmarejo – without further equity dilution.Dennis E. Wheeler, Coeur’s Chairman, President and CEO: “With this transaction we are establishing Coeur as the clear leader in the silver mining industry. Coeur will have an unrivaled platform of silver mines and projects, which we expect to provide substantial growth at low cost. In addition, we have performed substantial due diligence on the Palmarejo project and are pleased to be making a substantial strategic investment in Mexico. We believe that we can add substantial value, leveraging our development, operational and exploration expertise to the Palmarejo project. The Board of Directors and I are excited about the future of the combined company, and we look forward to delivering the significant benefits of the combination to all of our shareholders.”Norman A. Seckold, Executive Chairman of Bolnisi: “We are very excited about today’s announcement. This transaction provides our shareholders with immediate value for their shares as well as the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of what we believe will be the world’s premier silver producer. By leveraging Coeur’s expertise in underground and open cut project development, we expect to realize the full value of the Palmarejo project.”David Fennell, Chairman of the Special Committee of independent directors of Palmarejo: “The Special Committee has undertaken a comprehensive review of the transaction, including seeking advice from both our financial advisor and legal counsel, and has received a fairness opinion from its financial advisor. The Special Committee also retained a separate and independent financial advisor to complete a formal valuation in connection with the transaction as contemplated by Canadian securities laws. After careful consideration, the Special Committee has unanimously recommended approving the transaction to the Palmarejo board of directors, who have in turn approved entering into the agreement. Furthermore, the Palmarejo board, on the recommendation of the Special Committee has authorized the submission of the arrangement to Palmarejo shareholders for their approval at a special meeting of shareholders and the Palmarejo Board unanimously recommends that Palmarejo shareholders vote in favour of the transaction.”The Palmarejo tenement covers around 12,160 ha and the current development project is located on one of 14 silver targets identified to date on the tenement. The Palmarejo project lies in Mexico’s premier silver region, the gold-silver belt of the Sierra Madre Occidental.Construction of the Palmarejo Project began during September 2006. Based on Palmarejo mineral resource estimates and all the metallurgical and mining studies completed to date, Palmarejo is constructing a 2 Mt/y processing plant capable of producing 12 Moz/y of silver and 110,000 oz/y of gold, nearly equal to the 13 Moz of silver and 136,000 oz of gold expected to be produced by Coeur in 2007. Coeur and Palmarejo will form a joint management committee to oversee progress on the Palmarejo project pending completion of the transaction. The joint management committee will pursue an optimization scenario based on Coeur’s plan for a combined open pit and underground development targeting enhanced project economics, with first production expected in late 2008.Coeur d’Alene Mines is one of the world’s leading primary silver producers and a growing gold producer. The company has mining interests in Alaska, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Nevada and Tanzania.Bolnisi Gold is an Australia-based company engaged in mining and exploration for gold and minerals. The company’s activities are all Mexican precious metals operations with an existing portfolio of projects, which include the Palmarejo silver-gold project (including Trogan) in Chihuahua State, the Yecora gold-silver project in Sonora State and the El Realito gold-silver project in Chihuahua State.Palmarejo Silver and Gold is a silver/gold exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Palmarejo’s principal activity is to explore and develop gold and silver properties located in the Temoris District of Chihuahua, Mexico within the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. Low-cost producer – the Palmarejo project’s anticipated low operating costs are expected to materially reduce Coeur’s overall cash costs, making Coeur a competitive low-cost producer in the sector. Following the commencement of production at the Palmarejo project, Coeur anticipates that its operating costs will be below $2/oz of silver (after by-product credits) Possess a mineral resource base of over 364 Moz of measured and indicated silver mineral resources (inclusive of silver mineral reserves) and 96.6 Moz of inferred silver mineral resources and 3.4 Moz of measured and indicated gold mineral resources and 0.95 Moz of gold inferred mineral resources Increased exploration potential – the combination of Coeur’s prospective exploration portfolio and the Palmarejo properties is expected to provide considerable exploration upside potential for shareholderslast_img read more

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first_imgSince the early days of Android, the loyalists in the Google ecosystem have hoped that one day Andy Rubin would descend from the Googleplex with a series of devices that were stock Android with unlocked bootloaders. In other words, the simultaneous release of multiple “Nexus” type devices is the dream of a large part of the Android community.The core problem with the current Nexus system, in a nutshell, is that it is designed to be a reference device. It is the first device on the latest version of Android, and as such the rest of the Android OEMs will deliver vastly superior hardware to that product a month or two later. Take the recent Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was recently thoroughly trounced by the Snapdragon S4-powered HTC One X in every way but the pure Android experience.So now, at the height of the Android excitement, there comes word from on high that Google might be planning to drop five new phones and a tablet into the Google Play Store when the next iteration of Android is ready. If you’ve all finished salivating, we can take a look at why that is so unlikely.We’re still awhile away from Jelly BeanIt wasn’t but a year ago that Google said that they had plans to slow down the release cycle for Android, in order to better accommodate the ecosystem. Unlike the Chrome browser, where they can push a dozen updates a week and no one is the wiser, Android devices have shown that they take an excess of six months to catch up to a single version release from Google. On top of that, Google is now supporting a phone platform, a tablet platform, and a set top box platform that their audience will expect to be in similar standing as the entire OS evolves.As it stands right now, very few existing devices have made transition to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Over the next month that number is expected to increase, on top of the new devices coming out with Android 4.0. So, here we sit — in the middle of May — with the Android ecosystem just barely catching up to the last version of Android, which was released by Google in December. Do you really believe that Googlers thinks it’s a good idea to hop up on stage next month an announce a new update to the OS?What about developers? Most developers still haven’t rolled over into Android 4.0, in many cases because it isn’t necessary yet. Most app developers will only support the version of Android where the highest volume of users are, and right now that is Android 2.3. Supporting ICS isn’t a priority because only 1% of the entire Android ecosystem are using the latest version. If the developers are already not supporting the latest version, what incentive is there to push an update that even fewer Android users will adopt right away? Plain and simple, the entire Android ecosystem isn’t ready for another version of Android yet. I don’t think it makes any sense for the Android world to expect another version of Android next month.Misunderstanding, and the Google environmentSo, if Google isn’t dropping Jelly Bean next month, what are all of these devices we keep hearing about? Google should absolutely take the reigns and release a swath of devices to the Google Play Store, right alongside the Galaxy Nexus. No contracts, just flat out hardware. I am in full support of what is basically the original Nexus plan.Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that if you are on a CDMA carrier.You’ll notice that the Google Play Store doesn’t sell the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, or the Sprint Galaxy Nexus for that matter, at that delicious $399 price tag. Google isn’t quite as willing to threaten those relationships by hitting them in their subsidy wallet. Not to mention, you can’t have a pure AOSP build of a CDMA Android device, due to the licensing issues involved. So, if Google releases a batch of phones, expect them to be GSM.The other thing to consider is that Google might not be planning to release devices at all. If you’ve been paying attention to the speakers at this year’s AnDevCon, you’d see that there are no shortage of Googlers with beta builds of Jelly Bean. Several developers in attendance at that event have made note of it and it’s not surprising. Google tests their OS in every stage of the build process in very much the same way. In fact, Google has private developer space in Mountain View for OEMs and other partners that would like to come an work with them on the next version of Android.The cost of this? You sign a few NDAs and nothing you do inside the Googleplex is allowed to leave the building until Google says you can. The result is often devices that are ready much earlier than would normally allow. Take, for example, the HTC Flyer. Mere weeks after Android 2.3 was announced, HTC had Android 2.3 wrapped in Sense at a trade show. When asked how this was possible, HTC flat out admitted that Google gave them access to the software before it was publicly available.The future of NexusI think it is very likely that there are multiple OEMs working on hardware for the next version of Android at Google. I fully believe that Google plans to add more devices to the Play Store, and I am absolutely sure that Google is working with someone on a Nexus-branded tablet running the next version of Android as their reference device. In no way do I think any of this will be ready next month, nor do I think that Google is prepared to offer a swarm of devices on the Play Store.It seems far more likely that this rumor is the result of snippets of information from “sources in the know” that were sewn together into an elaborate construction. With the Android ecosystem the way it is right now, however, it just doesn’t seem remotely possible that such a story will come to fruition anytime soon.last_img read more

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first_imgThe discovery of a giant cockroach, Lucihormetica luckae, turned out to be a big deal when scientist realized what it could do. Lucihormetica luckae was found to be the first land-based species we know about that uses bioluminescence for defensive mimicry.Such defensive mimicry is common among marine organisms, but unheard of for “terrestrial biota.”The bioluminescence takes the form of three spots (two large, one small) on the back of the cockroach. Each is filled with bacteria that glows when exposed to fluorescent light. The effect is intensified by the fact the spots are covered by a reflective surface, making them act in similar to headlights.When viewed under the right lighting conditions the cockroach actually takes on the look of a Jawa from Star Wars and almost completely hides its own body in light. What it is actually trying to do, is defend against Pyrophorus — a toxic click beetle that shares its habitat… or at least did.Unfortunately, we may never know any more about Lucihormetica luckae. It was only ever found in Ecuador living in a very remote location around the Tungurahua volcano. After it erupted in 2010 no one has yet to come into contact with the cockroach again, suggesting it may now be extinct due to that natural event.The possible extinction of the cockroach has been highlighted recently in the journal Naturwissenschaften (Natural Science), which includes details of 13 known species of luminescent cockroaches. Among these only Lucihormetica luckae demonstrated the defensive mimicry. It was also unusual in a number of other ways, including its relatively small size (24mm long) and unique reproductive organs.The discovery (and loss) of Lucihormetica luckae should act as a reminder that there is still so much that we haven’t discovered in the world. This cockroach is one from over 644 cataloged species. How many more don’t we know about yet? Just as importantly, how many species are there yet to be discovered that could help advance both medicine and technology in some way? Lets hope we find them before they disappear.More at Naturwissenschaften and Mongabay.com.[Image credit: David Tores Costales]last_img read more

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first_img With Cllrs McCreesh, @myseamusbrowne & Cllr John Costelloe at #Limerick protest against Incinerator with @LAP_Limerick @limerickpost pic.twitter.com/ACxkEYAG8m— Maurice Quinlivan TD (@QuinlivanTD) March 11, 2017 Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 5:44 PM Over 1,000 people protest against Limerick incinerator plans Irish Cement has said the practice is safe and there will be no added emissions at the factory. 11,604 Views Mar 11th 2017, 5:44 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Image: Twitter/TaraRoonies Short URLcenter_img Image: Twitter/TaraRoonies OVER 1,000 PEOPLE turned out in Limerick city today to protest against a cement company’s plans to incinerate tyres at 1,500 degrees.The Irish Cement factory in Mungret had been burning fossil fuels but they are expected to start burning tyres and other industrial waste in the near future. Residents in the local area fear that harmful emissions from the burning tyres can cause a host of health problems. Limerick city council granted the company permission to burn the materials at a meeting on Thursday.Irish Cement has said the practice is safe and there will be no added emissions at the factory.Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) released a statement and said they are protesting the developments because they are worried for the health of the region. Source: Maurice Quinlivan TD/Twitter A spokeswoman said: “ The community-led action is being organised to raise awareness among the citizenry of the mid-western region of the potential dangers and health risks associated with this planning decision. The hasty nature of the verdict was clearly intended to unsettle any fair and transparent public consultation process.“While it is both deeply worrying and deeply undemocratic, the executive decision would indicate that LAP’s strategy is working.”Read: Puffy faces and a constant need to pee: Moon tourists may be in for a rough ride >Read: Spanish police arrest suspect in massive ‘eat and run’ case > Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3283033 47 Comments last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just a week after police smashed four major extortion and usury rackets in Thessaloniki, the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has indicated that it is on the verge of cracking similar rings in Attica and the central port of Volos. According to a source at SDOE, the new rings are smaller than the ones that have been operating in the northern port city, but they are believed to be growing rapidly. The same source advised that an increasing number of entrepreneurs are turning to such rackets for financial aid as banks are unable to give them loans amid tightening liquidity. The practice of extortion rings buying winning lottery tickets en masse as a way of laundering their profits is also gaining ground, the source said. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry inspectors have been instructed to start pursuing some 14.8 billion euros in unpaid taxes owed to the state by 4,151 individuals. The order came a few hours after the ministry published a list of the individuals, who include several household names, in a bid to shame them into paying up. The list includes veteran singer Tolis Voskopoulos, who owes just over half a million euros, and disgraced business tycoon Giorgos Koskotas, who owes 2.4 million euros (his brother, Stavros, owes about the same). Giorgos Batatoudis, the former president of Thessaloniki soccer club PAOK, is also on the list with tax debts of 2.5 million euros, as is Pavlos Psomiadis, the owner of defunct insurance firm Aspis, with debts of 1.5 million euros. Topping the list though is Nikos Kassimatis, a Thessaloniki accountant with a tax debt of 952 million euros who is currently serving a 504-year prison sentence for running a value-added tax scam. Last September, the ministry published a similar list of 6,000 companies with a collective tax debt of 30 billion euros. That list was topped by the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), which owes 1.26 billion euros in unpaid taxes, and included 13 professional soccer clubs. It remains unclear how much of the 30 billion euros has been recouped. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA just posted a picture of bright blue objects in space and they’re a creepy cosmos sight.The image, which was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the “smoking gun” of a newborn star. The blue clusters in the picture are the Herbig–Haro objects numbered 7 to 11 (HH 7–11), and they’re located within NGC 1333, a reflection nebula full of dust and gas found roughly 1,000 light-years away from our planet.#HubbleFriday Hubble has captured the smoking gun of a newborn star! These five objects, visible in blue in the top center of the image, lie within NGC 1333, a reflection nebula full of gas and dust found about a thousand light-years away from Earth: https://t.co/y9erxz69kz pic.twitter.com/CBaBreyexs— Hubble (@NASAHubble) February 15, 2019Herbig-Haro objects are transient phenomena located near newborn stars. They travel away from the star that created them at a speed up to 150,000 miles per hour and vanish into the cosmos within a few tens of thousands of years.According to NASA, the young star that is the source of these Herbig-Haro objects is called SVS 13, and in the image, the bright blue clusters are moving away from SVS 13 toward the upper left side. The distance between HH 7 and SVS 13 is roughly 20,000 times the distance between the sun and Earth.Herbig-Haro objects are developed by a complex process: Jets of ionized gas are thrown out by a young star and they bang into nearby clouds of dust and gas at high speeds, causing these eerie, bright blue clusters to form deep in the cosmos.Watch this NASA YouTube Video to see Herbig-Haro objects in action and how they’re ejected from young stars:More on Geek.com:NASA’s SPHEREx Mission Will Explore Origins of UniverseNASA’s Insight Lander Deployed Second Instrument on MarsNASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgA prosecutor on Wednesday laid out the volatile moments leading up to Todd Marjama Jr. fatally shooting his wife at their home in Five Corners.Marjama — who at the time was dating and living with another woman — was frustrated that his wife, Amanda Marjama, had refused to sign divorce papers. He was obsessed over her talking to another man and enraged to find out that man had been over at the house, Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said during closing arguments in Todd Marjama’s murder trial.Marjama, 29, retrieved a handgun, made sure it was loaded, cocked the hammer and pointed it at his head. He threatened to kill himself if his wife didn’t tell the truth.“It’s not just a scare tactic,” Vitasovic said, arguing that Marjama was manipulating his wife.When that didn’t work, he followed her to the master bedroom’s bathroom, where she had locked herself inside, Vitasovic said, and threatened to break down the door.Marjama then intentionally shot through the palm of his left hand and through the closed bathroom door, knowing his wife was on the other side, Vitasovic argued.last_img read more

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first_imgWe work in an industry filled with some begrudging, petty, spitefully competitive people. Kind of like Washington.Case in point: it may not be of Hillary-Barack proportions, but it appears that the lead-up to the Democratic National Convention is causing a bloodthirsty rivalry among the regional magazines in Denver.Just to give you an idea of how catty the magazine industry—even the relatively small, bucolic Denver, Colorado market—can be, look no further than this e-mail—anonymous of course—I received after posting a story about 5280’s August cover, one designed by Shepard Fairey, a famous street artist, for the Democratic National Convention: Mr. Stableford,Your recent blog and Google alert this morning caught me off-guard. What 5280 has done with their cover is pompous and lacks in journalistic integrity. When Dan says he shot off a blind email to Fairey to produce a cover for his magazine, he failed to mention it was after he found out the competing city magazine in town was going to have Obama on the cover. Once he and his top edit staff realized that their competitors had an exclusive interview with Michelle and Barack, and would be placing Sen. Obama on the cover, Brogan shot off that blind email to Fairey and paid him (what I’m sure was) a staggering amount to produce. Check out denvermagazine.com if you’d like to see the cover that came out a week before Mr. Brogan and his $8 million juggernaut decided to release theirs. Thank you.No, please, thank you.This is the third such toned e-mail I’ve gotten on the topic. To me, if this is true, it sounds like Brogan is guilty of … well, competing. It’s the friggin’ Democratic National Convention. Of course Denver’s regional magazines are going to go with Obama covers in August. Same thing will happen with McCain in September, when the Republicans gather in Minneapolis. (Mpls St Paul, Minnesota Monthly—that means you!)And, knowing Fairey did the iconic Obama poster earlier this campaign season, I’ll take Brogan’s word that Fairey cut 5280 a decent rate.last_img read more

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first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo expatriate Bangladeshi brothers living in Qatar were killed in a road crash while returning home from Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Salauddin, 70, and Abdul Maleque, 60, sons of Tofail Ahmed of Parshuram upazila in Feni.The accident took place in Chhoyghoria-Kurchap area of Chandina upazila in Cumilla.Monirul Islam, Eliotganj highway police camp in-charge (inspector), said the brothers were killed on the spot when a microbus carrying six passengers hit a covered van around 7am.Four of their family members were injured. They are Saluddin’s wife Nipu Akhter, 50, two sons Tahsin Ahmed, 24, Tahmid, 18, and daughter Fatima Maleque, 12.They were taken to Chandina upazila hospital and later shifted to Apollo Hospital in Dhaka, Monirul added.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen a game developer abandons a game or console, that can mean a lot of digital content is lost forever. Games are increasingly becoming an expression of art and culture, and many feel it’s wrong to allow games to simply vanish because a company shuts down their DRM server. The scourge of DRM has led to the premature demise of games in the past, but it might not be an inevitable death sentence in the future. A new ruling from the US Copyright Office has granted DMCA exemptions in several narrow circumstances that can be used to keep abandoned games alive without running afoul of copyright law. Luckily, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has a mechanism to address the changing state of technology. Every three years the Copyright Office considers exemptions from the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. This year the EFF has won two key victories for gamers. First, museums and other institutions that are trying to preserve games will be permitted to “jailbreak” or otherwise modify game consoles to run games without worrying about a long-dead DRM server. The Electronic Software Association objected to the request by the EFF, pointing out that jailbreaking a console can also be used to pirate games. The Copyright Office granted the exception, but it only applies to institutions, not people looking to pirate games. The other DMCA exemption has wider appeal. You are now permitted to bypass the lame DRM protection scheme on a single player game in the event the publisher shuts down necessary DRM servers. For example, Diablo 3 has an online DRM server that you have to authenticate with even if you just want to play the single player game. Under the new rules, you could legally crack Diablo 3’s DRM when and if Blizzard shuts down that server. These rules don’t extend to running online servers for discontinued games. So, there’s no way to archive an MMO yet. However, the EFF will get another chance to expand DMCA exemptions in three years.last_img read more

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first_img Citation: Entangled Light in Bose-Einstein Condensates (2009, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-entangled-bose-einstein-condensates.html “Each atom in the BEC, being in exactly the same wavefunction, will experience exactly the same light field,” Bose explained. “They will all thereby have precisely the same interaction with the light field, unlike the case for a thermal gas, for which different atoms will be in different velocities and positions and may interact differently with the light field. All the atoms will thus go on doing the same process, namely taking a photon from the laser and churning out two photons of different frequencies. This process makes the different frequencies of light quantum mechanically correlated or entangled.”Since detecting light entanglement inside the cavity is very difficult (and not very useful, since the entangled modes should be well separated in space), the scientists explain that it’s necessary to detect entanglement in the light leaking out of the cavity. Outside of the cavity, a prism splits the leaked light into two different frequencies. Once separated, a homodyne detection measures and verifies the entanglement. The scientists expect that their proposal could be experimentally realized with current technology.The main advantage of generating entangled light with a BEC compared with bulk crystals is the control offered by the BEC method. By adjusting the strength of the atom-photon couplings, Ng and Bose explain how to control the degree of entanglement: a large number of atoms and decreased cavity decay optimizes the entanglement.“Potentially, here the degree of entanglement could be higher and it could be less noisy,” Bose said.More information: Ng, H T and Bose, S. “Entangled light from Bose-Einstein condensates.” New Journal of Physics, 11 (2009) 043009. • Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter!Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Physicists Ho-Tsang Ng and Sougato Bose of the University College London have recently proposed a method to generate entangled light using a Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in an optical cavity. If the system works, it would enable researchers to control the degree of entanglement. Entangled light, which is regarded as the ideal entity for sharing entanglement between distant parties, has many future applications in quantum communications. Ng and Bose’s study is published in the New Journal of Physics.“I would say that the significance of the work is two-fold: firstly, it provides an immediate application of a novel setup (namely the BEC in a cavity) that has been recently realized in experiments,” Bose told PhysOrg.com. “Secondly, it is the application of a mesoscopic system to do something which is normally done using a macroscopic system such as a crystal.”A Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) is a group of atoms that are cooled to near absolute zero, which causes the atoms’ wavelengths to increase and overlap so that the group acts like a single atom. Although the atomic cluster has a relatively large size, it’s considered to be a single quantum state and it obeys quantum laws.In their study, Ng and Bose propose trapping a BEC in an optical cavity, where the ultra-cold atoms are trapped in a periodic potential. This scheme ensures that every atom will experience exactly the same interaction with the light field, resulting in very strong atom-photon coupling. As the physicists note, strong atom-photon couplings are extremely useful for performing quantum information processing before decoherence sets in, which has the potential for applications such as long-lived quantum memory and quantum networks for light-matter interfaces.In this case, the strong atom-photon coupling provides a method for realizing entangled light. In the configuration, a laser continuously emits pairs of photons of two different frequencies into the trapped BEC. Acting as a medium, the BEC mediates entanglement between the two photons’ cavity (light) modes. As the quantum-correlated light modes decay, they leak out of the cavity through a one-sided mirror. Explore further In Ng and Bose’s proposed scheme, a BEC trapped in an optical cavity is continuously driven by a laser that emits photons in pairs of two different frequencies. The BEC mediates entanglement between the two light modes, which are emitted through a one-sided mirror. A prism separates the two modes, and a homodyne detection confirms the entanglement. Image credit: Ng and Bose.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — When physicists entangle light, they usually use nonlinear crystals as the source. However, it’s difficult to control the entanglement generation process in a bulk crystal, and so scientists have been looking for a more fundamental source of entangled light. Now, they may have found a candidate: Bose-Einstein condensates. Teleportation method proposed by Australian scientists This document is subject to copyright. 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