Vela Pulsar Explore further The Vela pulsar, a neutron star corpse left from a titanic stellar supernova explosion, shoots through space powered by a jet emitted from one of the neutron star’s rotational poles. Now a counter jet in front of the neutron star has been imaged by the Chandra X-ray observatory. The Chandra image above shows Vela as a bright white spot in the middle of the picture, surrounded by hot gas shown in yellow and orange. The counter jet can be seen wiggling from the hot gas in the upper right. Chandra has been studying this jet so long that it’s been able to create a movie of the jet’s motion. The jet moves through space like a firehose, wiggling to the left and right and up and down, but staying collimated: the “hose” around the stream is, in this case, composed of a tightly bound magnetic field. Credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/G.Pavlov et al. More information: Temporal Evolution of the Vela Pulsar’s Pulse Profile, arXiv:1602.01899 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1602.01899AbstractThe mechanisms of emission and changes in rotation frequency (‘glitching’) of the Vela pulsar (J0835-4510) are not well understood. Further insight into these mechanisms can be achieved by long-term studies of integrated pulse width, timing residuals, and bright pulse rates. We have undertaken an intensive observing campaign of Vela and collected over 6000 hours of single pulse data. The data shows that the pulse width changes with time, including marked jumps in width after micro-glitches (frequency changes). The abundance of bright pulses also changes after some micro-glitches, but not all. The secular changes in pulse width have three possible cyclic periods, that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet that are interpreted as free precession. Citation: The ‘glitching’ of the Vela pulsar (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-glitching-vela-pulsar.html © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of Australian astronomers has conducted an intensive observation of a curious young pulsar to investigate changes in its rotation frequency known as ‘glitching’. Located about 910 light years from the Earth, the Vela pulsar is very young in astronomical terms, only 11,300 years old, and has captured astronomers’ attention with its ‘glitching’ nature. In a paper published online on Feb. 5 on arXiv.org, Jim Palfreyman of the University of Tasmania, together with his teammates, try to provide more insights on the pulsar’s violent behavior. The astronomers conducted a long-term and single pulse study of Vela, using a 26 m radio telescope at the Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory, located near Hobart, Australia. The observation campaign, lasting 18 months, began in March 2014 and collected over 6,000 hours of single-pulse data. A total of 1.5 petabytes of data were collected, describing about 237 million single pulses.It is known from previous studies that Vela regularly speeds up in rotation frequency, approximately every three years and also experiences ‘micro-glitches’ a number of times per year. The new research showed Vela’s pulse width change over time, as it changes sharply after a micro-glitch, and that the rate of bright pulse activity also changes with micro-glitches.”What is affecting pulse width is affecting the entire pulse shape. Our observations show that after the second and larger micro-glitch, the pulse has decreased in width,” the scientists wrote in the paper.What puzzled Palfreyman’s team is that the first micro-glitch coincides with a sudden increase in bright pulse rates, with no change in pulse width, while the second micro-glitch coincides with a reverse situation, showing sudden decrease in pulse width with no change in bright pulse rate. “Our data shows a pattern of pulse width increase and then decrease following the small micro-glitch. After the much larger micro-glitch, we see a sharp decrease in pulse width followed by a steady increase,” the researchers noted.To explain this phenomenon, the scientists suggest that the pulsar’s emission zones might be mathematically chaotic in nature and note that width changes could also be caused by a change in the width of the emission cone. However, this theory relies on the emission zones occurring in the cone, whereas young pulsars like Vela should have main core emission rather than conal emission.The astronomers also found out that secular changes in Vela’s pulse width have three possible cyclic periods that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet, implying free precession. The helical X-ray jet streaming from the rotational axis of the pulsar, potentially caused by precession, has periods of 122, 73 and 91 days, what was revealed in previous research papers.”We see three definite periods in our pulse width data and the ranges of these fall within the ranges of the ‘acceptable’ periods,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that their study is crucial for the understanding of Vela’s daily integrated pulse profile width, which is changing both slowly over time and has a discontinuity after a micro-glitch. According to the new findings, these micro-glitches also affect bright-pulse rates, but in an inconsistent manner. Palfreyman and his colleagues hope that their results might shed some new light on the pulsar emission and glitching process. They also intend to produce further research papers from the large data set acquired during the 18-month intensive observing campaign. 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.
A team of researchers from the University of Münster, the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter has built an all-optical neural network on a single chip. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their chip, which has no optical-to-electronic conversions, and how well it worked. Geoffrey Burr with IBM Research – Almaden has published a News and Views piece discussing the work by the team in the same journal issue. More information: J. Feldmann et al. All-optical spiking neurosynaptic networks with self-learning capabilities, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8Press release Modern computers run on electricity—it powers devices and serves as a storage and data medium. But for several decades, scientists have wondered if it might be possible to use light as the data medium—crunching photons instead of electrons. Engineers have many hurdles in attempting to create such a device, however, most prominently the bottlenecks that arise when converting between optical and electrical systems. In more recent times, there has been a renewed interest in building an optically based computer—but now, the focus is energy conservation. Big modern computers used for heavy-duty applications require a lot of electricity. Logic suggests that computers based on light should be less energy intensive, most particularly because they would not generate as much heat, making cooling systems obsolete. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step toward the creation of optically based computers by building an all-optical neural network on a single chip.The researchers noted that one type of computer system seemed most amenable to optics—deep neural networks. This is because such networks rely on artificial neurons with synaptic connections that can be weighted based on past learning experiences. They noted also that crystalline phase change materials could also serve such a purpose. They are materials that experience a change in structure when heated—in this case, by a laser. Using such a material, the team built a chip with four neurons connected with 60 synapses using waveguides to control the flow of information represented by light. Testing showed the chip was capable of learning, recognizing patterns and performing computations. Explore further Citation: An all-optical neural network on a single chip (2019, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-all-optical-neural-network-chip.html Light-based computer hardware that can compete with silicon Journal information: Nature 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. All-optical spiking neuronal circuits. a, b, Schematic of the network realized in this study, consisting of several pre-synaptic input neurons and one post-synaptic output neuron connected via PCM synapses. The input spikes are weighted using PCM cells and summed up using a WDM multiplexer (MUX). If the integrated power of the postsynaptic spikes surpasses a certain threshold, the PCM cell on the ring resonator switches and an output pulse (neuronal spike) is generated. c, Photonic circuit diagram of an integrated optical neuron with symbol block shown in the inset (top right). Several of these blocks can be connected to larger networks using the wavelength inputs and outputs. d, Optical micrograph of three fabricated neurons (B5, D1 and D2), showing four input ports. The four small ring resonators on the left are used to couple light of different wavelengths from the inputs to a single waveguide, which then leads to the PCM cell at the crossing point with the large ring. The triangular structures on the bottom are grating couplers used to couple light onto and off the chip. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8 © 2019 Science X Network
Anirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
Get your monthly dose of the newest music with artists launching their LPs, EPs and albums. Hauz Khas social’s Social Spotlight gives artists all the ingredients for an ideal launch – a jam-packed space with mind-blowing energy complete with top-notch production. A platform to display an artist’s creativity, it seeks to showcase the mad musical output and bring music enthusiasts together every month. The purpose of Social Spotlight is to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being made in the country. Social Spotlight will take off with MalcolmBraff’s immensely talented band – Greenwoman on 26 November. Malcolm Braff’s new Jazz Pop Electro project is kicks off in Delhi at Hauz Khas Social. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has never been a better time to be an independent musician in India. There’s an influx of untapped musical talent across the country waiting to be explored, and the current Indian music scene has a larger following than ever before. With regular gigs becoming an urban fixture as well as the outburst of music festivals, the audience suddenly has access to different platforms to experience various genres and exploding talent. With live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and the emergence of experimental music. The much-awaited India tour is in collaboration with ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council. Greenwoman is a band led by pianist Malcolm Braff, featuring Claire Huguenin on vocals, Björn Meyer on electric bass, Lukas Koenig on drums and Alexandre Gaeng on video.
BALURGHAT: A Trinamool worker was attacked by alleged BJP activists with sharp weapons on Sunday night. The incident took place in Dangi Kalaibari area under Bhatpara Gram Panchayat of Balurghat block. A seriously injured Sanjay Das (38), who is the husband of former Bhatpara GP member Jyostna Das, was rushed to Balurghat Super-Specialty Hospital. He had received head injuries. Hospital sources said that around 12 stitches had to be made on his head. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHis condition is still critical. A written complaint has already been filed with the police against BJP activist Sujay Das and his co-workers. Police said the accused and his followers have been absconding. The BJP activists led by Sujay had attacked the victim with sharp weapons on Sunday night, while the latter was on his way back home from a fair. Sources said immediately after winning Bhatpara GP in the rural polls, BJP activists have started attacking Trinamool workers. “Sujay and his followers are the ones who have attacked my husband. The BJP goons have started terrorising locals after capturing power in Bhatpara GP. Police must arrest the culprits,” said Jyostna Das.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday.Clearing misconception, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clearly explained in the state Assembly that the Chief Minister is not at all out of the purview of Lokayukta, apart from the matters “relating to public order”. She assured that within 10 days after the Bill is signed by the Governor, a former judge will be appointed as Lokayukta.Stating that it is wrongly said that the Chief Minister is not under the purview of Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “the Prime Minister is not under its purview in connection with the matters related to defence, external affairs, internal security and space. In our case, the exemption is broadly related to executive decision and approval in exercise of maintenance of public order, which is understood to include deployment of police forces under the control of the state government, modernisation of police forces and capacity building of the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe maintained in the same breath: “As per the Constitution, there are Centre, State and Concurrent lists and there are 58 subjects under the state list that include matters related to agriculture, land and Panchayat. One must go through the law properly instead of wrongly explaining it.”It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MLA Tapas Roy has brought amendments to the provision that “Lokayukta shall investigate any complaint relating to other matters involved in, arising from, or connected with any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister, with the approval of the state Assembly by a majority of two-third of its members present and voting…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said: “I have been in politics for so many years and till date, no one has raised question on my credibility. Credibility is my accountability.”ISpeaking on the misconception that Chief Minister will not be under the purview of the Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “There can be discussions on different issues in a democracy, but there cannot be any misconceptions. It is also not right if any group controls the Assembly from outside. After a news is published, it is being told over phone to share the same in the Assembly.” While speaking about the Bill, she said: “We have maintained parity with the Bill that was introduced by the UPA government in 2013 and with that of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state. But it is not exactly a copy of the same.”All MLAs are under the purview of Lokayukta. With the amendment of the Bill, the Parliamentary Affairs minister will also be consulted for appointment of Lokayukta. Earlier, one had to be a Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as Lokayukta. Now, a High Court judge can be appointed as Lokayukta as well.The Chief Minister attacked the Left Front, saying that their party would have survived if they had taken care of it instead of unnecessarily continuing to criticise her. She took a dig at the party, saying: “Your goraksha friends are buying your party and you cannot do anything.”
The findings in a study of nearly 3,000 people contradict the notion that the older the people get, the sicker they become and the greater is the cost of taking care of them.“Most people struggle with an ever-increasing burden of disease and disability as they age,” said study leader Nir Barzilai, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “But we found that those who live exceptionally long have the additional benefit of shorter periods of illness – sometimes just weeks or months before death,” Barzilai said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The data for the study was collected from two studies with participants from North America, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Analysis revealed a consistent pattern of delayed onset of illness in the centenarian groups compared to their respective comparison groups. The findings suggest that discoveries made in one group of centenarians can be generalised to diverse populations.
Kolkata: A mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted on Monday at NSCBI Airport, Kolkata, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.The anti-hijack mock exercise was conducted by creating a situation akin to a plane hijack. The entire operation lasted for about an hour. The drill was successfully conducted without causing any inconvenience to airport operations. Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgencies like the National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), police, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other units associated with flight operations took part in it. The event was followed by an Aerodrome Committee Meet (ACM) under the chairmanship of Hari Kishore Kusmakar, Secretary (Coordination) Home Department, of the state government. Another Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) meeting was also held at the Airport Director’s office under the chairmanship of Kusmakar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSeveral points such as waste disposal system, drainage system, open meat shops around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion as they are the primary causes of attracting birds in and around the airport. The forest department officials were also requested to take appropriate steps in order to curb the menace of wild animals around airport premises. Representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CISF, Irrigation Department, Forest Department and local administration were also present.
Kolkata: Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s apex cultural body, has nominated Kolkata’s Durga puja to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the year 2020. It may be mentioned that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had prodded the state Tourism department to make a serious pitch to have the Durga Puja festival listed by UNESCO.The department made a presentation to a team from UNESCO to have the festival listed in the latter’s ‘List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team had visited the city in January and in a meeting with representatives from across the country as well as the South Asian countries, sought preliminary applications from all of them them about the tangible and intangible heritage of their respective states and countries. The meeting was hosted by the state Tourism department. Bengal’s Durga Puja has been showcased in a big way across the globe with Banerjee ushering in a grand end to the Puja by organising a stunning Red Road carnival where as many as 70 of the city’s best-known Durga idols paraded this year. The he extravaganza, touted to be second only to the renowned Rio Carnival stepped into its third year in 2018. In its nomination of Durga Puja for the Representative List, the SNA stated that: “Durga Puja is the best instance of the public performance of religion and art in the city. It witnesses a celebration of craftsmanship, cross-cultural transactions and cross-community revelry. …….The exemplary character of Durga Puja lies in its ability to not temporarily bind itself to the ritual occasion. Its dynamism lies in it being a constantly mutating event – in its fusion of tradition with changing tastes and popular cultures, and in the adaptation of the iconographies of Durga and the styles of her temporary abodes to cater to new regimes of art production.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that every year, UNESCO adds to its list of ICH cultural traditions and arts from around the world, either as ‘In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ or in its ‘Representative List of ICH of Humanity’. India’s nominees are proposed by the SNA which was appointed as the nodal agency for ICH by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011. India currently has 13 ICH on the list, including the Kumbh Mela, the dance forms of Chhau, Kalbelia and Mudiyettu , Vedic and Buddhist chanting and the tradition of brass and copper utensil making in Punjab’s Jandiala Guru.
Imagine an exhibition that inspires you to pick up a book and read. Opening at the Alliance Francaise on September 20 is Jean-Marc Godes enchanting exhibition. Inspired by the world of Jacques Prévert, Jean-Marc Godès is a photographer who specializes in the images of books as an instrument for reading. For ten years, his photographs have been exhibited all over the world: from France to Guinea, through Ireland, Canada, Lithuania, China, and Portugal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBorn in Guadalupe but a citizen of the world, Godès has focused on the universe of books as a form of homage to both his father – who was a writer – and poet Jacques Prévert. He describes himself as ‘director of still images’. In fact, each scene depicting the living books in action is carefully staged before taking the picture so that we get a series of stunning still lifes with a modernist message. The artist’s tireless work is inspired by the passionate belief in the power of books intended as a living organism carrying personal and collective histories. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn an interview, Godes says: “As a visual photographer, director of still image, I realise an artistic work dedicated to the promotion of the book and writings. My approach is part of a photo-poetic perspective. My objective, by challenging the imagination, is to arouse the desire to continue or go back the course of ephemeral stories that I tell, the time of a freeze frame, the time of a photograph. The singularity of my artistic research is to question norms by producing staged photographs located on either side of the borders of reality.” “The subject of my representations is the book object, in various forms. Living books, escaped books, they are the memory and the vehicle of our personal and collective stories, of our identities as well as the words and the desire of the “other” lying on a paper box. Libraries and centuries are abolished for the benefit of a fluidity of space and time. The heart of the book, from image to image, without noise.”All of Godès’ mises en scène are pervaded by a sort of magic realism. His photo-poetic celebration of books calls for interpretation of simple things in troubled times. At times they trigger the need to ‘decode’ the situation behind them but each image is an equivocal lesson in learning and the beauty of books that runs as a thread through the universe. Advocating a poetics of the image, he does not impose a pre-established meaning by its author. His images become universally accessible because he gives us a variety of interpretations through human cultures.”In a world dominated by the image, by a gallery of portraits, along a dreamlike journey, I build uncertain worlds that participate in the reading of reality. At the crossroads of photography, literature, and poetry, my digital constructions are a tribute to the music of time and the colours of life,” adds Godes.Godes unites borders of the real and the imaginary, he piques the interest of audiences of all ages. His photographs arouse strong desires to continue the course of stories that are stopping on the images. Starting from these moments suspended in time, each image is like an educational echo. Evocative elegance flows out from these images. My favourite is the mountain sheep and master looking at the pages of a book. Indeed a book is the window to a world. At the crossroads of art, photography, poetry, and literature, the social and cultural utility of Godes photographs underline and affirm the importance of literacy.
Kolkata: Celebrating the traditions of Bengal’s royalty, ITC Royal Bengal is a visual treat to the guests looking to soak themselves into premium luxury facilities. The latest addition to the ITC’s premium luxury segment combines the unique fervour of the state through its contemporary architecture and culinary offerings. Apart from the 374 rooms and suites, the hotel offers 82 serviced apartments with a common open space for the guests looking for long Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataduration stay options. Packed with state-of-the-art gym and elegantly designed furniture, the Grand Presidential Suite and the Presidential Suite are spread across an expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. With luxury wafting through its spaces, ITC Royal Bengal presents an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and warmth of old hospitality. The hotel offers an exquisite rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Special care has been taken to add the imprints of local drawings on the carpets, reinforcing the Responsible Luxury element that promotes regional heritage and tradition via all aspects of the hotel, be it decor, interiors, hotel facade design or food. The hotel enables a sense of destination through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. The sprawling property boasts of a culinary fare tempered with the touch of local delicacies. The three buffet restaurant Grand Market Pavilion presents a unique fare of dishes from the seven sister states of the North-East. Diners can choose from the spicy dishes of Nagaland, Nepalese-inspired dishes from Sikkim, and a blend of tribal and Bengali cuisine from Tripura. Experimental in its culinary delights, the restaurant, which is reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market, also features popular local dishes as well as the international ones. The critically acclaimed ‘honestly vegetarian’ Royal Vega with its careful selection of seasonal delicacies and spices from across the country, presents a vegetarian treat to the non-meat eaters. This signature restaurant also features ‘Sherherwali’ the royal vegetarian cuisine of Murshidabad town of West Bengal. The hotel also houses a lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room which brings the city’s fondness for live music to life, Darjeeling Lounge, which is based on the city’s adda culture, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world and Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” With a height of 133 meters, the 27 stories ITC Royal Bengal has been built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore. The 14th addition to the ITC’s luxury segment seeks to redefine the city’s hospitality and tourism landscape. Located adjacent to ITC Sonar, both the properties will together offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of MICE -banqueting space for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. ITC Royal Bengal is truly emerging as the gateway of East India.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing lakhs of rupees from a car by distracting the driver.According to police on May 21, around 7:30 pm, a few persons threw engine oil on the bonnet of a car in front of a building on Ballygunge Circular Road. When driver of the car got down and an altercation ensued with a miscreant, during that time another miscreant took away a bag from inside the car containing money worth Rs 1.8 lakh. After the driver found the bag was missing, he informed his owner and lodged a complaint at the Ballygunge police station. During the probe, driver was interrogated but nothing suspicious was found. While checking the CCTV footage in the area, police identified two suspects. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing that sources were shown the CCTV camera footages and instructed to gather information. During the past month, investigating officials came to know from their sources that a person identified as Bhola Das is connected with the incident. The source also informed that another case against him was found at the Shakespeare Sarani police station. Based on the information, a police team went to Dr Ambedkar Nagar in New Delhi and nabbed Das. During search of the place where he was staying, police recovered huge amount of looted cash and gold ornaments. After he was brought to Kolkata and remanded to police custody, he mentioned that a person identified as Vijay Indrapuri in New Delhi was arrested on Tuesday from Bandel.
Kalinga Literary Festival has announced its annual awards to recognise brilliant literary work at different levels. Kalinga Literary Annual Awards have four segments: ‘Kalinga Literary Award’, ‘Kalinga Karubaki Award’, ‘Kalinga International Literary Award’, and ‘Kalinga Literary Youth Award’.Veteran writers Pavan K Verma, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Paro Anand to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Awards of 2019’. Young and dynamic writer Kedar Mishra to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Youth Award of 2019’. This was informed by the Kalinga Literary Festival, Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the last six years, Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has set a national benchmark in literary festivals. The sixth Kalinga Literary Festival is here. More than 250 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the Central theme of ‘Gandhi’s Idea of India: Truth, Non-Violence, Harmony”, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from July 19-21, at KIIT Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKLF has emerged as one of the leading literary platforms in India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs. Bigger than ever before, the sixth edition of the festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed names on one platform to discuss, debate and explore commonalities in the diverse voices in literature, justice, equality, equity and humanity. “After the blistering heat of the Indian Summer, it’s refreshing to welcome the monsoon rains, and along with it, the KLF. Poet Kalidasa would have been pleased. Arguably, KLF is one of the best known literary – cultural extravaganzas that brings under one roof some of the best minds of the cultural world from India and abroad. This year, the 6th edition of KLF will be held for three exciting days from July 19 to 21, at an important cultural landmark of Bhubaneswar, bringing together artists, writers, singers and connoisseurs of the arts, across class, caste, ethnic and gender divides, in a truly democratic spirit,” said KLF Founder and Director Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Kalinga Literary Award 2019 – Rajendra Kishore Panda Kalinga International Literary Award 2019 – Pavan K Verma Kalinga Karubaki Award 2019 – Paro Anand Kalinga Literary Youth Award 2019 – Kedar Mishra
Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Ever get so exasperated with a malfunctioning computer that you literally want to hurl it across the room? Thirty-seven-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Lucas Hinch did one better.When his Dell XPS 410 desktop, which had been plaguing him for months, lapsed into a blue screen of death last Monday evening, Hinch took the machine out to an alley near his home and shot it eight times with a handgun.Readers, do not try this at home. Or in the office. Thanks.”It was glorious,” Hinch told The Los Angeles Times. “Angels sung on high.”Related: Playing With Fire? Oklahoma City Shooting Range Granted Liquor LicenseThat is, until police arrived, responding to the sound of gunshots. As it is illegal to fire within city limits, Hinch’s 9-mm pistol was confiscated, and he now faces a possible fine, police said.Nevertheless Hinch, who runs a homeopathic herb store, told police he has no regrets. “That computer had a bad day,” he said.Hinch’s meltdown reminded us of another epic office-tech meltdown:Related: Angry at Work? Have a Snack. April 23, 2015
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. When a machine is in prime working order, its parts hum in literal harmony. And when that hum turns to whirring or clicking? That’s what Augury is for. The Israel- and New York–based startup’s device can listen to any machine — from a jet engine to a household appliance — and identify what’s wrong, or even predict what’ll break next.Here’s how it works: Augury’s ultrasonic sensor plugs into a smartphone. (The company provides it for free; it charges only for usage.) A technician — someone at your company, say, or the repair person you called — places the device on a machine; audio data is relayed to Augury’s servers, and a diagnosis is made. Then the fixing can begin.Hartford Steam Boiler definitely likes the sound of that. The $1.2 billion company, which provides equipment-breakdown insurance and other specialty coverage, is now a partner. “What’s most exciting to us is the deep knowledge they will ultimately have about patterns in equipment failure,” says Jacqueline Lesage Krause, managing director of HSB’s strategic corporate ventures. “Their tagline is ‘Machines talk, we listen.’ We’ve been waiting for this day for a while.” 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 8, 2016 This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Enroll Now for Free
Two new Canadian BDMs added to Back-Roads/Topdeck team Share Tuesday, September 11, 2018 LONDON — Back-Roads Touring and Topdeck Travel have welcomed two new Canadian members to its team: Isabella Borowiec and Miles Walker.Borowiec, a travel agent from Toronto with over six years’ experience, has been appointed Business Development Manager – Eastern Canada and the Maritimes. After planning dream holidays for clients with a specialty in groups and wellness tours, she jumped at the chance to move to the ‘supplier side’, said the two sister companies.Walker, meanwhile, has been brought on as Business Development Manager of Western Canada and Pacific Northwest USA. He joins Back-Roads/Topdeck after nine and a half years with On The Go Tours as its Western Canada Sales Manager, where he helped establish its Canadian arm after bringing the brand over from the U.K. in 2008.Back-Roads, now in its 28th year, has won ‘Best Small Coach Tour Company’ for three years running at the British Travel Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Topdeck, with over 45 years’ experience, offers unique tours in five of the seven continents to the youth market (18-39 years old).More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIsabella Borowiec can be reached at [email protected] and at (519) 500-4624.Miles Walker can be reached at [email protected] and at (778) 788-3470. Tags: Back-Roads Touring, New Hires, Topdeck Travel Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. SEATTLE, Washington – Microsoft’s Windows Azure software and related programs have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time, a sign of progress in the effort to challenge Amazon.com in cloud computing.The sales milestone for Azure – which stores business information and programs on remote servers and lets customers access them over the Web – was reached in the past 12 months, said Curt Anderson, finance chief for Microsoft’s server and tools unit.Microsoft, the largest software maker, is counting on Azure and other Internet-based business programs to bolster growth as a global personal-computer slump erodes demand for Windows software installed on desktop machines. About 20 percent of companies tapping the cloud use Azure, compared with 71 percent usage for Amazon, according to James Staten, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. Within a year, Microsoft can command as much as 35 percent, he said.“I expect them to double annually from here,” Staten said of Microsoft’s Azure revenue. “Microsoft probably has more net new growth opportunity sitting in front of them than probably anyone in the market.”Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure includes Azure, as well as software provided to partners to create related Windows cloud services, Anderson said in an interview.Azure subscriptions have risen 48 percent in the past six months, said Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s vice president for marketing for the server and tools division. That unit, which encompasses Azure, has posted nine straight quarters of sales growth of at least 10 percent, he said. Windows sales were $18.4 billion last year, down 5.7 percent from a peak in 2010.Gaining ground against Amazon won’t be easy. Microsoft will need to do a better job of convincing existing customers, as well as newer companies seeking to reduce computing costs, why they should opt for Azure, Staten said.“The majority of people thinking about cloud weren’t thinking of Azure first,” Staten said. “That’s been an uphill climb for them, and even though Microsoft is now matching the prices of Amazon and some of the capabilities, they haven’t really answered the question of ‘Why Azure?’”Startups, which tend to be early adopters of new technology, may be an especially hard sell, he said.“They haven’t excited the front-line developers — the ones who made Amazon who they are,” he said. “Those will be hard to influence.”Take Forest Key, an ex-Microsoft manager who is now chief executive officer of hotel-software startup Buuteeq Inc.Even after Key’s firm participated in a Microsoft program that gives free software to startups, he chose Amazon’s cloud service two and a half years ago. Now that Azure is more on par with Amazon, Key said he doesn’t want to switch.Anne Temme, a spokeswoman for Seattle-based Amazon at Weber Shandwick, didn’t respond to a request for comment.Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out new set of cloud services designed to more directly challenge Amazon and vowed to match the online retailer’s lowest prices for competing products. Since then, Azure added 10,000 customers, Numoto said. Azure lets companies store information and run software on Microsoft’s servers and access it over the Internet.With the latest offering, Microsoft entered a niche known as Infrastructure as a Service, which lets companies move applications to the cloud by renting storage and servers — instead of older versions of Azure that required customers to write programs from scratch.It’s the fastest-growing part of the cloud market, according to Gartner Inc., which estimates that sales of infrastructure services will surge by an average of 38 percent annually to $30.6 billion by 2017 from $6.17 billion last year.“Not that many people have quite figured out that the Azure of today is not the same as two years ago,” David Smith, an analyst at Gartner, said in an interview. “It’s changed a lot and the issue is getting people to give it a second look.”One early convert is Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which last year moved a North American program that tracks tire performance and wear to Azure from an internal system. The application, which has almost one million data points on various tires for vehicles ranging from trucks to school buses, helps Goodyear catch safety issues and propose the best products for typical road conditions in a specific region at a given time of year.Goodyear, the largest U.S. tiremaker, opted for Azure over Amazon because it already used Micosoft’s database and programming tools, said Johnny McIntosh, director of Goodyear’s fleet headquarters in North America.When Goodyear wanted a similar system in Singapore, it took less than an hour to set up, he said.“It’s not all been rainbows and sunshine – we were an early adopter so you know there will be some growing pains,” he said. “But overall it’s heavily used and it’s held up well.”The total cloud market, which includes categories like advertising, where Azure and Amazon don’t compete, is expected to rise to $237.2 billion in 2017 from $108.9 billion last year, Gartner forecast. Amazon Web Services’ annual revenues could reach $20 billion by 2020 from $1.8 billion last year, Carlos Kirjner, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., estimated in a research report earlier this month.One area where Microsoft has an edge over Amazon is in the so-called private cloud, which lets customers run Web-based programs via their own data centers. Microsoft also links Web- based applications to its traditional software. Amazon hasn’t focused much on the private cloud, Staten said.Microsoft’s flexibility helped win over Xerox Corp, which is barred by some government customers from running its programs in the public cloud. Azure enables Xerox programmers in Bangalore, India, to coordinate with users in the U.S., said Raman Padmanabhan, chief information officer for Xerox’s business services unit.Under the old system, U.S. customers often discovered bugs when it was the middle of the night in India. Now, Indian engineers run virtualization software that replicates systems running in the U.S. to speed development and test new software, he said. The result: costs were cut by 30 percent, productivity improved by 40 percent and 70 percent fewer engineers quit in frustration.“The biggest advantage I have with Microsoft is I don’t have to go to any other vendor for any solution – I can go to one partner for all of my operating systems, all of my development environment and all of my infrastructure tools,” he said. “Why would I waste time looking at another third-party solution?”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments
Related posts:On 35th anniversary of Romero’s murder, Salvadorans remember him finally as a martyr Four arrested in protest against El Salvador abortion laws Romero: The long journey to martyrdom, a timeline El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — María was in her second year of university. She had a boyfriend and used the pill. Nevertheless, she missed her period for a month so she bought a test, which confirmed her pregnancy.Her relationship wasn’t a serious one, and her studies were very expensive. She wasn’t sure she wanted a child so, ashamed, she told her parents what happened.Her father had a clear opinion about it: she had to get rid of the child, no matter what. But as María lives in El Salvador, this meant going to a clandestine clinic and risking up to 40 years in prison for murder — of a 6-week-old fetus.El Salvador is one of the few countries worldwide where abortion is forbidden in every possible case — even when the pregnancy is the result of a rape or when the mother’s life is in danger. The country’s anti-abortion law dates back to 1997.According to the Salvadoran group Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion, 129 women were put on trial for abortion in El Salvador between 2000 and 2011. Most of them had their charges upped to murder, according to the group, and many were convicted.Because of the serious penalties against abortion, María didn’t dare talk about it with anyone beyond her family. The more people knew about her pregnancy, the greater risk she ran that authorities would find out and she’d be prosecuted.In the end María went to a clandestine clinic in a residential house. She was given Cytotec pills, which stimulate contractions of the uterus that can cause a woman to abort. In María’s case, the pills also gave her chronic pain in her digestive system.According to the World Health Organization‘s most recent report on the issue, 21.6 million women had unsafe abortions in 2008. Of them, 47,000 women died as a result of the abortion, and 5 million were left disabled.Nine years after her abortion, María still suffers the physical and psychological effects of the ordeal. She’s afraid to tell her story using her real name. In a country where women can wake up chained to their hospital bed after a miscarriage, you don’t talk about the illegal abortion you’ve had.Which is not to say that it doesn’t happen frequently.Abortion laws in El Salvador, Nicaragua disproportionately affects the poorPro abortion rights groups and Amnesty International have teamed up to campaign for the freedom of 17 women, known as “Las 17,” who have been imprisoned in El Salvador for ‘murdering’ their fetuses. And they’ve had one big success.In January, one of the 17, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, was granted clemency after seven years in prison. Vásquez had been raped by her employer when she was 18. She had a miscarriage that resulted in heavy bleeding, which sent her to a hospital — against her employer’s will.There, the doctors suspected an abortion. After an operation, Vásquez woke up handcuffed.Vásquez was a domestic servant, living with the family she worked for and the man who raped her. With an average salary of $250 a month, domestic servants are unlikely to have the means to fund a safe abortion.In Nicaragua, where, like in El Salvador, politics are strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, abortion has been officially outlawed since 2006, even if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger.Ruth María Matamoros, a psychologist who works with the Nicaraguan women’s organization Grupo Venancia, said that the abortion ban creates a divide between rich and poor.“In our eyes the abortion law mainly creates discrimination against the poor,” she said. “Those who have the money just fly to Miami to go to a private clinic. The poor will always look for clandestine clinics, where (practitioners) don’t always know what they are doing.”Women in Nicaragua don’t get jailed for clandestine abortions as they do in El Salvador. But women’s organizations fear this could be the next step. And the abortion ban does put women’s lives in danger.Grupo Venancia’s staff regularly hears stories from women who sought abortions and were treated with bent clothes hangers, which can perforate and infect the uterus. Following such abortions, women often wait to see a doctor until the infection is life threatening.“We see this as a human rights violation,” said Matamoros. “Being pregnant after a rape is a form of torture. Plus, you don’t change anything about the amount of abortions (that take place) when you prohibit them. You only move the abortions to obscure places.”New pressure on El Salvador in roll on U.N. Human Rights Council?The 2013 case of another woman, who goes by the pseudonym Beatriz, brought international attention to El Salvador’s anti-abortion laws. Doctors determined that Beatriz’s fetus was not viable. Beatriz also suffered from the autoimmune disease lupus, which made every day of pregnancy a serious and painful danger to her health. So Beatriz sought legal permission to abort.She was initially denied permission to have an abortion, but the Inter-American Court of Human Rights intervened and ordered El Salvador’s high court to reverse its decision.Human rights lawyer and judge Florentín Meléndez, was the only one of five judges on the initial Salvadoran Supreme Court panel to vote in favor of granting Beatriz an abortion. He remains staunch in his position.“We are not only a tribunal for justice,” he told the Tico Times. “We deal with human lives, so it is important to be reasonable when we look at a case like Beatriz’s, and establish firm legal grounds for the future.”Following El Salvador’s decision to pardon Guadalupe Vásquez in January, a special U.N. panel applauded the decision but urged El Salvador to pardon the other women jailed under similar circumstances and to repeal its anti-abortion legislation.Abortion rights activists hope that El Salvador’s newly-won seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council could pressure the country to change the law. In its petition for a seat on the council, the country stressed the strides it has made in making amends for human rights abuses committed during the country’s civil war, which ended in 1992.The country promised to “continue to promote legislation and administrative and other measures in order to advance the goal of ensuring that public policy guarantees the full exercise of human rights” on the domestic front.But apart from Vásquez, El Salvador’s Supreme Court has not conceded pardon for any of the other 16 women for whom requests for clemency have been submitted. Facebook Comments
Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – The sugarcane on Rama Velip’s farm is darker than it should be, stained by the iron dust that blows from hundreds of mining trucks that pass through the south Indian village every day.“I see red everywhere,” said Velip, whose village lies along the transport route from a series of iron and manganese mines to a cluster of smelters and refineries. “It’s not just the dust. Mud from these mines gets washed down the Zuari River and trickles into my fields.” Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The report studied communities in Goa and Karnataka but said the troubles there reflected problems in the mining industry across India. Government authorities did not reply to questions seeking comment about the report’s findings Thursday.“Mining operations often cause immense destruction when government doesn’t exercise proper oversight,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “India has laws on the books to protect mining-affected communities from harm, but their enforcement has essentially collapsed.”Ritwick Dutta, a lawyer who heads the EIA Response Center, an environmental group, noted that all mining assessments must be cleared by the federal Ministry of Environment and Forests’ appraisal committee _ until recently headed by M.L. Majumdar, who sits on the board of at least four mining companies.“There are glaring conflicts of interest throughout the system,” Dutta said. “For instance, these assessments are conducted by hired consultants (paid by the mining companies). That’s why no mining project in this country has ever been rejected.”Experts have also questioned the criteria for environmental assessments. For now, many farmers like Velip are considering going into the trucking business.“Our fields keep drying up, and so many people in my village have switched from farming to trucking for the mines,” said Velip, speaking over telephone from Goa.“But what will I do if I take a loan of 1.5 million rupees ($27,000) to buy that truck and the government finally agrees to shut down these mines?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories The 49-year-old farmer has lost more than half his harvest every year since India’s mining boom began in the early 2000s, watching helplessly as iron dust leeched moisture from his cane plants and mining mud dried up the springs on which he depended.Over the past 10 years, he has seen the price of iron go from $10 per ton to $130. He has also watched as his wife and two of his three children have become asthmatic.The plight of Velip’s family is shared by thousands of people in the states of Goa and Karnataka, where irresponsible mining has damaged the health of thousands of people, interfered with their livelihoods and poisoned the water, according to a human rights group that blamed the troubles on a systematic failure of governance.In a report released Thursday, New York-based Human Rights Watch blamed the Indian government for failing to enforce key human rights and environmental safeguards in the mining industry.The 70-page document found that existing laws have “effectively left mine operators to supervise themselves” and described in detail how regulations rely heavily on dubious assessments of the environmental impact proposed mining projects would have. “They are based on data collected over just three months,” said Sujeet Dongre, head of the Center for Environment Education, which is studying mining in Goa. “For mining operations that will last several decades, seasonal changes at the site need to be incorporated _ which is not possible without at least a year’s data.”Both Dongre and Dutta say environmental assessments contain either incorrect or fraudulent information regarding proximity to water bodies, wildlife or other natural resources.“The data has never been consistent with what we have seen on the ground,” Dongre said.Chris Albin-Lackey, author of the Human Rights Watch report, says the overarching problem is that the government has not dedicated enough resources to regulators.“A few dozen government officials are tasked with overseeing the impacts of every mine in India,” Albin-Lackey said. “This makes in-field monitoring impossible, and regulators end up with no idea of how many mining firms are complying with the law or how many communities are being harmed by illegal practices.”The Indian mining industry, which produced about $44 billion of minerals in 2010-11, has been overrun by corruption scandals in recent years. 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Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Children pedaled around on tricycles at a playground in Caracas, while joggers ran past on a winding pathway, then slowed down and paused to gape at the unfolding scene on a recent morning.Next to the concrete playground, a young woman in tight shorts and an athletic top gripped and climbed a vertical pole, holding her muscular legs out from her body and doing the splits while holding herself in place. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, it’s become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, it’s hit the streets and at least one playground in Venezuela, a country that’s made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States.The public emergence of pole dancing would seem a natural for this flesh-obsessed country. But its new visibility has stirred controversy and tut-tuts from some who say such behavior should remain out of public sight. Meanwhile, the sport was featured in an exhibition event held in London last month ahead of the Olympics, with some lobbying for its inclusion as an official sport.Elba Moya, a 76-year-old nurse in Caracas, said she frowns on the idea.“That’s a bad spectacle for children,” she said. “That should be for nightspots and the places where it has to be.”Dancers such as Franleska Garcia, a 28-year-old business manager, said they hope to turn around such attitudes in a country where Catholic-inspired social conservatism remains alive.“We wanted to lift the taboo,” Garcia said. Pole dancing “isn’t sensual. What we do is fitness. It’s acrobatics.” Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Venezuela was a relative latecomer to the sport, which started drawing a following four years ago while also coming into fashion in other Latin American countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia. Now, some 10 gyms and schools in Venezuela offer classes in pole dancing.Garcia and eight other women started a “street pole dance” initiative about three months ago, with their performances drawing the attention of the Venezuelan press and the disapproval of some readers, who posted online comments criticizing them for performing in public around children.During a recent practice, interior decorator Jesus Echevarria paused to watch while keeping an eye on his playing kids. If anything, the roots of the sport and its current incarnation didn’t faze him.“It has an impact on people the first time they see this kind of sport,” he said. “But afterward people are amazed.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
BERLIN (AP) – A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has reached an agreement with the German government for Berlin to provide some $1 billion in homecare for victims.A spokeswoman for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said Tuesday that about 56,000 survivors in about 46 different countries will receive financial support under the agreement for a four-year-period from 2014-2017. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Hillary Kessler-Godin, speaking by phone from the fund’s New York office, said the amount of financial aid for each person will depend on individual needs and circumstances.The agreement was negotiated Thursday in Jerusalem with the German Ministry of Finance, which could not immediately be reached for comment. The fund also provides survivors worldwide with other welfare services such as food, medicine or transportation.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “For France to have the contrary view now, it shows just how far Iran’s nuclear program has advanced,” he said.U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, who has taken a tough stand against Iran’s nuclear program, applauded France’s position, telling CNN: “Thank God for France and thank God for pushback. … The French are becoming very good leaders in the Mideast.”___Brian Murphy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The bite of sanctions against Iran in recent years has left dangling billions of dollars worth of French investment there, including from companies like oil giant Total and car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Meanwhile, France has been cozying up to rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional archrival.This month, French President Francois Hollande travels to Israel. In his radio appearance, Fabius said that French officials have been in contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Geneva talks.Criticism of France emerged on a Twitter account widely believed to have the approval of the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader _ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “(hash)French officials have been openly hostile towards the (hash)Iranian nation over the past few years; this is an imprudent and inept move,” wrote (at)khamenei_ir.Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, pointed to a French role reversal from a decade ago when Hassan Rouhani _ now Iran’s president _ was its nuclear negotiator. France led a drive for a deal to sharply limit Iran’s nuclear program, but it was scuttled by allies who felt it did not go far enough. After the Geneva talks ended early Sunday with no deal, diplomats including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that progress was nonetheless made and negotiations will continue Nov. 20. He said the U.S. was “grateful” to the French and shared some of their concerns.After the failure of European-led talks with Iran over the nuclear program in the mid-2000s _ when America gave Iran the silent treatment _ Paris has staked out a hard-line stance. While President Barack Obama has recently sought a breakthrough, France has little to gain politically from an accord, and that gives Paris a freer hand to stick to strategic and security concerns.In Geneva, the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia, China and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton were looking for initial caps on Iran’s ability to make an atomic bomb, while Tehran sought some easing of sanctions stifling its economy. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius broke the near-uniform silence of the diplomats during the talks by using French radio to express reservations about Iran’s enrichment of uranium and prospects of producing plutonium.“You know, the French are very irritating. When the Americans absolutely want to do something, the French have this terrible habit of somewhat disagreeing,” said analyst Francois Heisbourg of the Foundation for Strategic Research think tank in Paris. “We actually have experience in dealing with the Iranians directly. There used to be negotiations between the Europeans (and the Iranians) between 2003 and 2005.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share “The Americans haven’t spoken to the Iranians since 1979. And the Americans are telling us how it should be done,” Heisbourg said. As for the Americans, “maybe they just want a deal _ it happens all the time in history: People badly want a deal and end up by negotiating against themselves.”Kerry said the United States has “serious and capable” experts who have dealt with Iran for years.“We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid,” he told NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. “I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests in our country, and of the globe, and particularly of our allies, like Israel, and Gulf states, and others in the region.”France has had deep ties to Iran over the years, notably striking business deals and hosting reformist former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in the late 1990s _ when the biggest sticking point was whether to serve wine at dinner. (It was not.)France was a major partner of the shah, and also harbored Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei in exile before he returned home to lead the Islamic Revolution. Today, the outspoken opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has its base in the Paris suburbs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PARIS (AP) – When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast _ a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue.France, analysts say, was motivated by factors including its tough stand against the spread of nuclear weapons, skepticism about Tehran’s trustworthiness, and the longstanding French tradition of speaking out on the world stage. Critics faulted France for alleged grandstanding and seeking closer ties with Iran’s foes.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOSCOW (AP) — A state-of-the-art Russian tank, which was shown to the public for the first time earlier this month, on Thursday ground to a halt during the final Victory Day rehearsal.The tank, T-14 Armata, is said to surpass all Western versions because of its remotely controlled cannon and the protection it offers to its crew. The T-14, which replaces the T-72 and T-90, is set to undergo trials next year.Weaponry was rolling across central Moscow Thursday morning in the dress rehearsal of the military parade on Red Square on May 9 as Russia commemorates the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement One of the eight T-14s suddenly stopped while others drove on. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it failed, the T-14 rolled away under its own steam about 15 minutes later.While the tank was stranded on the cobbled Red Square, the presenter commenting over the PA system said it was part of the training to “evacuate weaponry” and had been planned.The tank’s producer insisted that the T-14 did not break down.Alexei Zharich, deputy general director of the Uralvagonzavod factory, said on Twitter that the military were responsible for the way the rehearsal was held but insisted that the tank “was functioning properly and left on its own power.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Russian army officers discuss a situation with a crew member of the new Russian T-14 Armata tank at the Red Square during a preparation for general rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 70 years after the victory in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2015. One of the tanks moving on Red Square suddenly stopped while others drove away. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it away the T-14 rolled away about 15 minutes later.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that the first official face-to-face discussions between Afghan government officials and the Taliban have made progress, with the two sides agreeing at a meeting near Islamabad to work on confidence-building measures and hold more such talks after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The statement by the Foreign Ministry came after Islamabad hosted the landmark, one-day talks Tuesday at the hilltop resort of Murree, close to the Pakistani capital. The meeting, supervised by U.S. and Chinese representatives, ended with both sides agreeing to meet again, the Foreign Ministry statement said. “Our political office has complete authority and capability … to hold or suspend talks whenever or wherever it wants,” Mujahid said.Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif described the talks as “a major breakthrough.”Sharif’s close aide, lawmaker Abdul Qayum told a local TV station the latest round was a continuation of an earlier one held in China in February, though Beijing and other officials have not confirmed this. “There’re some Taliban who still don’t want peace. There’re others who want to reconcile,” said Qayum.The Pakistan and the Afghan government statements did not mention any of the participants by name.But a Pakistani intelligence official familiar with the meeting said the Taliban delegation was led by Mullah Abbas Stanekza and also included Mullah Jalil, both considered important Afghan Taliban leaders.Afghan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai led President Ghani’s team, which also included a member of the High Peace Council, Haji Din Mohammad, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.He said Tuesday’s meeting took place at a government rest-house and lasted for hours, starting with an iftar — the evening meal with which Muslims break the daytime fast during Ramadan — and ending with a pre-dawn meal in the early hours Wednesday. The participants talked about working on minimizing civilian casualties at their next meeting, the official added. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Still, Islamabad’s hosting of the talks has raised suspicion among some Afghan politicians, who believe Pakistan is interfering and seeking dominance over their country.Nasrullah Sadieqizada, an Afghan parliament member, called the talks “Pakistani propaganda.”The White House praised the Pakistani government for helping facilitate the meeting.“This is an important step in advancing prospects for a credible peace,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The United States commends the government of Afghanistan’s prioritization of peace and reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.”___Associated Press Writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The talks came after several informal contacts between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives, most recently in Qatar and Norway. The fact that Tuesday’s talks were the first formally acknowledged by the Afghan government and the semi-public nature of the meeting suggested possible progress, after years of frustration in trying to bring the two sides together.The Islamabad statement said the participants recognized the need to “develop confidence-building measures” and exchanged views on ways to bring peace and reconciliation to Afghanistan, where fighting has continued since the Taliban were removed from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001.Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement for his war-battered country. He has sought Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiations, since Islamabad is believed to wield influence over the group.Afghan forces are now bearing the brunt of the insurgency after the U.S. and NATO forces reduced their combat role in Afghanistan at the start of the year, with Washington cutting its troop presence in the country.The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the development, praising Pakistan and thanking Washington and China. “We believe that if there is a good and strong intention in the peace process, there will be good results,” Kabul said. Previous efforts to start a dialogue had stalled. Also, there have been differences among the Taliban over the talks in the past. It was not clear whether the Taliban representatives who attended the Pakistan meeting had the green light from their supreme leader, Mullah Omar, or the insurgents’ political office in Qatar, which was specifically set up to work toward a peace deal.Mullah Omar has not been seen in public for over a decade and the Taliban themselves are divided among various factions and groups. Some of the Afghan insurgents have also recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.Analysts believe there is no guarantee all factions would fall in line — even if the talks made significant breakthroughs. Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington told a local TV station that with so many groups in the mix, it is likely each would question what it could gain from peace.“I don’t see a ceasefire anytime soon, say in next six months,” she added.A Taliban statement emailed to the media in Kabul by the insurgent group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid did not provide clarity on whether the talks were fully endorsed by the Taliban leadership. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has hired ex-Virgin Blue/Australia chief operating officer Andrew David to head the carrier’s operations down under.Stepping into the chief executive (CEO) position from 17 October this year, Mr David replaces ex-CEO Crawford Rix, who left the company in July after the carrier was grounded by Civil Aviation Safety Authority due to safety concerns.Having previously worked with then Virgin Blue between February 2005 and November 2005, Tiger Airways Holdings Limited acting chief executive Chin Yau Seng explained Mr David will contribute an array of information and knowledge.“We are pleased to welcome Andrew David as the new CEO of Tiger Airways Australia,” Mr Seng said. “He brings a wealth of airline business experience and a proven leadership track record.” Mr David’s resume also includes chief information officer positions at Air New Zealand as well as consulting roles at British Airways and IBM. Group president Tony Davis stepped into the chief stepped into the CEO role on a temporary basis after Mr Rix’s resignation in July.
Source = MTA Travel Jessica Watson, 2011 Young Australian of the Year and youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world, now adds the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) to her impressive resume after being recognised by the Order of Australia Association in the Australia Day honours for her services to sailing and to youth.Of the award she said “It’s very humbling because there are so many other incredible Australians. Sometimes I kick myself, thinking: ‘what am I doing here? I’m just me!’”Jessica, was officially inducted into the MTA – Mobile Travel Agents team in front of 120 Travel Agents and Head Office staff at their brand launch celebration on the 19 November 2011. Co Managing Directors Roy and Karen Merricks couldn’t be more proud and pleased for Jessica’s recognition “She is young, adventurous and inspiring and such a fantastic representation of MTA in all aspects”.
Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program, Virgin Velocity, has become the first such scheme to partner with mortgage broker Aussie.The new partnership means that Virgin Australia customers will be awarded points to the value of their home or personal loan when their loan is with Aussie.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson said that the new partnership will enhance the frequent flyer program’s offering.“We are continually looking at ways to enhance the program and our portfolio of partners. Finding new opportunities to reward our members on their everyday spending is a priority and today marks the next chapter for Velocity in extending Velocity Points earn to new home loans and personal loans,” Mr Thompson said. “We know how important it is to choose the right loan, and our members will now be rewarded when seeking high quality assistance from Aussie whether they are moving, investing, refinancing or buying their first home through Aussie, all with the added benefit of earning Velocity Points.”Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
TripAdvisor Source = TripAdvisor TripAdvisor announces instant bookings with Langham HospitalityTripAdvisor today announced a partnership with Langham Hospitality Group to add its hotel inventory to the TripAdvisor instant booking platform. Travellers shopping for hotels on TripAdvisor will soon be able to conveniently book Langham hotels without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience.“We are excited to join TripAdvisor’s new instant booking distribution channel,” said Nick Cohen, Global Director of E-Commerce for Langham Hospitality Group. “It gives our customers the opportunity to make a seamless reservation on TripAdvisor, powered by our own direct inventory. Our partnership with TripAdvisor is focused on providing guests with the ideal set of options as they research and book their trip.”TripAdvisor first launched its instant booking platform to U.S. consumers in June 2014, with a phased roll out to other international markets, including Australia and New Zealand, expected over time. The platform provides a more efficient hotel booking experience for travellers.Hotels available through TripAdvisor instant booking receive a prominent booking button that travellers may click to easily complete their reservation on the site. As with other instant booking partners, the transaction and customer care are handled by the hotel.“Our partnership with Langham Hospitality Group is another milestone in our expansion of the breadth of trusted hotel brands bookable through TripAdvisor instant booking,” said Robin Ingle, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, TripAdvisor.
Aussie hotels shine at awards dinner in Hobart CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, Trent Fraser (far right) and Mark Pearce, Senior Vice President, International Division, Choice Hotels International (far left) with recipients of the Franchisee of the Year awardAussie hotels shine at awards dinner in HobartChoice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, has recognised 26 Australian hotels for their superior hospitality performance, each taking out a coveted Gold Award at the 2016 Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Awards, held last night in Hobart, Tasmania.Trent Fraser, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Chief Executive Officer, announced this year’s winners in front of more than 240 guests and praised the extremely high level of quality and service exhibited by each of the award-winning properties.“Gold Awards are given out to a small number of hotels in each of our brands that receive the highest satisfaction rating by guests and who are highly engaged with all of Choice Hotels programs,” Mr Fraser said.Choice Hotels represents the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality and Clarion hotel brands, as well as members of the Ascend Hotel Collection.“It’s truly inspiring to work alongside hoteliers that are committed to evolving with the industry yet continue to remain focused on delivering the best possible experience for every single guest,” Mr Fraser added.The biggest announcement however was saved for the end of the night when the Franchisee of the Year for each brand was announced.The coveted winners for 2016 were; Econo Lodge Alabaster in Cowra, NSW, Comfort Inn Parkes International, Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Clarion Hotel Townsville, and Oceans Resort Hervey Bay, an Ascend Hotel Collection member.“We’re really proud to be able to recognise the outstanding efforts of each of our Franchisee of the Year award winners”, said Mr Fraser.Mr Fraser continued “These five properties deliver an amazing guest experience, equal to some of the best in our industry and the commitment they make to their respective brands is truly humbling. Each of these winners are truly deserving of this acknowledgement and we look forward to continuing to work with each of them, to further grow their businesses in the future.”The award-winning hotels are located in all regions of Australia, further emphasising that Choice Hotels has some of the best accommodation options available across the entire country.Choice Hotels Asia-Pac is one of the largest hotel franchisors in Asia Pacific, with more than 270 hotels across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Franchisee Gold Awards winners in Australia were: Ascend Hotel Collection Oceans Resort (QLD) (Ascend of the year)The Riversleigh (VIC)ClarionClarion Hotel Townsville (QLD) (Clarion of the Year)Clarion Hotel City Park Grand (TAS)Quality Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway (VIC) (Quality of the Year)Quality Hotel Gateway (TAS)Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes (VIC)Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong (VIC)Quality Hotel Platinum International (QLD)Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton (QLD)Quality Inn City Centre (NSW)Quality Hotel NOAH’s On the Beach (NSW)Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth (NSW)Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale (NSW)Quality Suites Pioneer Sands (NSW)Comfort Comfort Inn Parkes International (NSW) (Comfort of the Year)Comfort Inn Capital HorshamComfort Inn Richmond HentyComfort Inn Deakin PalmsComfort Hotel Adelaide Riviera (SA)Comfort Inn & Suites Blazing Stump (VIC)Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens (QLD)Econo Lodge Econo Lodge Alabaster (NSW) (Econo Lodge of the Year)Econo Lodge Moree Spa Motor Inn (NSW)Econo Lodge Beachside (QLD)Econo Lodge City Star BrisbaneAbout Choice Hotels A good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed is something we all look forward to whilst travelling. And at Choice Hotels Asia-Pac this is a priority for us. We have more than 270 hotels across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, with more than 11,000 rooms. We are a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, Inc., a publicly listed (NYSE: CHH) company in the United States with more than 6,300 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 35 countries and territories. With Choice Hotels, you always have a choice. All hotels are individually owned and operated.Source = Choice Hotels
You can have the crazy rich Asian Experience in SingaporeYou can have the crazy rich Asian Experience in SingaporeChangi International Airport, SingaporeSingapore’s airport is a tourism destination in its own right, if only to find out why it’s been ranked world’s best airport for the 6th consecutive year. No layover will feel too long when you are spoilt for choice with incredible activities that include: butterfly and sunflower gardens, two movie theatres, rooftop pool, video game consoles, sleep pods, free WiFi and more. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is not missing your flight!www.changiairport.com/The street food: Singapore’s famous Hawker CentresStraight off the plane, Nick and Rachel tuck into some of Singapore’s famous street food, found at any of the city’s 100-plus hawker centres. The ‘richness’ of the city truly comes from its people, a harmonious melting-pot of cultures that includes people of Chinese, Indian, Malay, Eurasian and Peranakan backgrounds. Do as the locals do and head to the longest queue to experience popular dishes such as satay, laksa, chilli crab and chicken rice.You don’t have to break the bank to eat like a king in Singapore, with two hawker stalls awarded Michelin stars – Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, both selling traditional dishes starting from SGD$3. This makes Singapore home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world!www.visitsingapore.com/dining-drinks-singapore/local-dishes/Raffles Hotel: Rachel and Nick’s hotel choiceAs famous as Singapore herself, the iconic Raffles Hotel is an embodiment of Singapore’s colonial history and the famous birthplace of the Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. The hotel was opened in 1887 and its name was chosen to pay homage to British Statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Singapore’s founder. The 103-room hotel is currently undergoing major restoration work and will re-open later this year, with three new suite categories ready to welcome a celebrity clientele that in the past has included: Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and, more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.www.rafflessingapore.comCHIJMES: Araminta and Colin’s wedding chapelIn Singapore, the incredible architecture tells the many stories of its past lives. The historic building complex in downtown Singapore, CHIJMES (pronounced “chimes”), was a former Catholic convent and girls school. The neoclassical building harks back to a more gracious bygone age, with green lawns, marble waterfalls and courtyards now surrounding buzzing restaurants and bars; acting as an inner-city oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. It is here that Araminta Lee and Colin Khoo choose as the location of their wedding, fitted out with a garden-city theme.www.chijmes.com.sg/Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay: wedding receptionSingapore is full of passionate people who make the impossible possible; combining their expertise, creativity and hard work to create unforgettable experiences. The “only in Singapore” attraction Gardens by the Bay is a great symbol of this ‘crazy’attitude, reclaiming land from the sea to build a 101 hectare green oasis right in the heart of the city that includes two large, free-standing domes: the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. In 2015, Guinness World Records listed the Flower Dome as the largest glass greenhouse in the world, that is home to vegetation from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.Outside the domes is Supertree Grove, home to 12 picturesque trees that range in height between 25 to 50 metres. The fantastical trees act as vertical gardens, providing shade during the day and come alive at night in an extraordinary explosion of sound and light, as part of the twice-nightly Garden Rhapsody Sound & Light Show (7.45pm and 8.45pm). It’s no surprise that Araminta and Colin choose it as their unique wedding reception location!www.gardensbythebay.com.sgCocktails in ChinatownRachel and Peik Lin made the most of the year-round tropical weather by enjoying a catch-up over alfresco cocktails at a bar on Bukit Pasoh Road in Chinatown. Singapore has quickly become the ‘cocktail capital of Asia’ with six of its bars featuring in the world’s top fifty list. Within traditional restored shophouses, behind hidden doors, or on hotel rooftops with panoramic skyline views – the bars are a great place to feel the city’s infectious energy and meet kindred spirits who call the city home. The 24/7 city doesn’t have lock-out laws so pace yourselves!www.visitsingapore.com/en_au/editorials/cocktails-with-a-local-twist/Marina Bay Sands: the ultimate engagement party setting!Singapore is known for breathtaking architecture that juxtaposes ‘old and new’ and ‘east meets west’. The Marina Bay Sands building has quickly become an iconic symbol of the city, soaring 57 levels above the heart of the Marina Bay area. The infinity pool that is available to all hotel guests is the world’s largest, stretching 150-metres long. Travellers can access the observation deck or have a cocktail at CÉ LA VI, the brag-worthy venue that elevated the party vibes for Nick and Rachel’s engagement party.www.marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark/observation-deck.html Source: 2018 World Airport Awards, announced on Thursday (Mar 22) 2018. Peranakans refer to early Chinese migrants who settled in the region, inter-marrying with local Malays. Peranakan cuisine blends Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques of the Malay people.Source = Singapore Tourism Board
A Manhattan real estate attorney was sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in a $9 million mortgage fraud scheme, “”Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara””:http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/October12/FingerEricSentencingPR.html announced Friday. [IMAGE] U.S. District Judge Naomi R. Buchwald sentenced Eric Finger, 47, of Mineola, New York, in Manhattan federal court. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to give up $7.2 million.Through Finger’s scheme, he and his co-conspirators obtained more than $9 million in mortgage loans to purchase dozens of residential properties throughout New York City and Long Island, with most of the loans going into default, according to a release. “”Eric Finger’s sentence is a fitting conclusion for a man who abused his license to practice law and disgraced the bar by helping to facilitate a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. He has now lost his liberty and will forfeit millions in ill-gotten gains,”” said Bharara. According to the indictment and statements made in court proceedings, Finger and his co-conspirators used “”straw buyers”” to fraudulently obtain mortgages from lenders. Finger was retained to act as the lender’s counsel on many of the fraudulent transactions, but instead of representing the lender’s interest at closing, he disbursed fraudulently obtained mortgage proceeds to co-conspirators and lied to his clients about the transactions. The identities of those who received the loan proceeds and the amounts received were also misrepresented. The co-defendants in the case, Jeffrey Larochelle, Denise Parks, Frederick Warren, Joell Barnett, Foriduzzaman Sarder, Sakat Hossain, Mikael Huq, Fritz Bonaventure, Dorian Brown, and Reginald Johnson, pled guilty previously.Sarder was sentenced to 78 months in prison; Hossain was sentenced to 29 months in prison; Huq was sentenced to 42 months in prison; Parks was sentenced to time served; Warren was sentenced to 51 months in prison; Bonaventure was sentenced to three months in prison; Brown was sentenced to four months in prison; and Johnson was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Larochelle and Barnett are still awaiting sentencing. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share October 15, 2012 406 Views Real Estate Attorney Sentenced to 51 Months for Mortgage Fraud Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-10-15 Esther Cho
FBI Justice Department Mortgage Fraud 2014-03-14 Colin Robins An audit performed by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that mortgage fraud wasn’t prioritized as highly as claimed in public statements by the Department of Justice.The audit, led by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, found instances of a low prioritization of mortgage fraud: “For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Investigative Division ranked mortgage fraud as the lowest ranked criminal threat in its lowest crime category.”According to the FBI, loan origination scams used to be the most prevalent type of mortgage fraud, due to the ease of getting a loan. With tightened restrictions on lending, foreclosure rescue scams, loan modification schemes, and short sale frauds have displaced loan origination scams.FBI field offices visited by the OIG, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, listed mortgage fraud to be a low priority—if it was listed as a priority at all.”We also found that while the FBI received $196 million in appropriated funding to investigate mortgage fraud activities from fiscal years 2009 through 2011, in FY 2011 the number of FBI agents investigating mortgage fraud as well as the number of pending investigations decreased,” the audit said.Additionally, a press conference held by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) was held to report the results of the Distressed Homeowner Initiative. The attorney general announced 530 criminal defendants had been charged in 285 criminal indictments, as well as 110 federal civil cases were filed against more than 150 defendants involving over 15,000 victims, for losses totaling at least $37 million.The attorney general concluded that these cases involved more than 73,000 homeowner victims for losses estimated at more than $1 billion.However, the audit by the OIG found these numbers to be inaccurate.”Based on a review of the case list that was the basis for the figures, the then-Executive Director of the FFETF told us that numerous significant errors and inaccuracies existed with the information,” the audit reported.The audit also remarked, “We also found that neither DoJ nor the FFETF had an established methodology for obtaining and verifying the criminal mortgage fraud statistics announced during the press conference on October 9, 2012. We found this process to be disturbing, and it led the Department to report inaccurate information to the public.”In a later statement, the DoJ amended its results, noting the initiative charged 107 defendants, and not 530. The total estimated losses were $95 million, and not the reported $1 billion.”Despite being aware of the serious flaws in these statistics since at least November 2012, we found that the Department continued to cite them in mortgage fraud press releases that it issued in the ensuing 10 months,” the audit said.The OIG offered recommendations for improvement to the DoJ including updating online materials related to the Distressed Homeowner Initiative, as well as suggesting to “[i]mplement a methodology for properly soliciting, collecting, and reviewing information before publicly reporting results.” March 14, 2014 472 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News DoJ Watchdog Finds Lax Approach to Mortgage Fraud Share
HouseCanary’s HCRI measures the Effective Gross Yield (EGY) of the single-family rental (SFR) industry as a whole to give investors, lenders and renters a health benchmark of the for-lease market by state, ZIP code and block.”Of the top 50 metros, only 3 metros have shown positive growth in yields over the last quarter,” said Alex Villacorta, HouseCanary’s EVP of Analytics. “Though the most abundant double-digit opportunities reside in the Southern region of the country, there are still several localized pockets of high-yield opportunities in most markets throughout the country.” The nationwide EGY is holding at 8.0 percent, despite the continued rise in housing prices.The top five highest MSAs by EGY as listed by HouseCanary in Q3 were Rochester, Memphis, Buffalo, Birmingham, and Cleveland. The EGY of three of the top MSAs’ decreased compared to last quarter, including Rochester at 13.9 percent which had the largest decrease of 3.3 percent. HouseCanary indicates this drop as a sign that the top MSA market may be beginning to soften. It’s also worth noting no other MSA decreased more than 0.7 percent compared to Q2.The MSAs of Memphis,TN-MS-AR, Buffalo-Cheektowaga, Birmingham-Hoover, and Cleveland-Elyria landed at 13.7, 13.3, 13.1, and 13.0 percent respectively. The HCRI analyzes 40 years of residential property data spanning over 1 billion transactions, 100 million macroeconomic and local data points, and 3 million census blocks across the country. Lenders and investors have only been able to calculate gross yields for individual properties or their own portfolio of properties in the past, but this data provides the industry with a uniform and centralized index of rental yields.The methodology and data can be viewed here. Top MSAs for SFR Homes October 19, 2017 579 Views Alex Villacorta effective gross yield HCRI HouseCanary SFR 2017-10-19 Dean Terrell
LISTEN: Drew Stanton, Cardinals quarterback Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When Drew Stanton signed with the Arizona Cardinals in March 2013, he walked into a situation where it looked like he would be the team’s starting quarterback. Just a few weeks later, though, the team traded for Carson Palmer, sending Stanton back to the bench.The veteran remained there the entirety of his first season with the team, and things were not expected to change in his second.However, Palmer was sidelined due to various injuries, leading to Stanton not only playing for the first time in four seasons, but playing a lot. In all, Stanton appeared in nine games — starting eight — completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions. The Cardinals were 6-3 in games he played, and 5-3 in games he started.He showed he could be a starter, even if there are no designs for that to be the case in Arizona.Set to enter the final season of his contract, Stanton told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday he would be open to returning to Arizona, even in a backup role.“Of course,” he said. “Talking with my agent, I’ve had many talks with him about it. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. When you find a good organization that you really like, there’s something to be said for that.”Stanton, 31, mentioned that when a player starts chasing starting jobs there’s a chance things don’t end up working out too well.“You find yourself in some difficult situations when there aren’t good pieces around you,” he said. “There’s amazing pieces here in place.”With that in mind Stanton, who has appeared in 21 career games and thrown 12 touchdown passes, said every year is unique and he takes things one season at a time. Top Stories “I went four years without touching the field and then last year I was fortunate to play a little bit and try to help this team win football games, and it felt great to be able to do that,” he said. “But at the same time, you balance all those things and you weigh all those options.“And my family will play into that as well, my son’s getting older, all of those things.”So while the allure to be a starter may still exist, it will not be the determining factor on where Stanton goes when his contract expires.Because while he would like to be be a team’s number one quarterback instead of a backup, Stanton understands a move like that does not always work out for the best.“I think it is all based on the situation you find yourself in,” he said, noting that sometimes a team just needs a quarterback while other times the organization has undergone a complete makeover. “So I think you can evaluate everything in that sense, but at the same time this is a pretty good situation here.“There’s a lot of familiarity with me and this is a place that has really opened up a lot of doors for me, and I will take all that into consideration.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Darren FellsTEShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut Maxx WilliamsTEKnee/AnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Chris CantyDECalfLimitedDNPFullProbable Comments Share Lardarius WebbCBThighLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Asa JacksonCBThighDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Cory ReddingDTShoulderLimitedFullFullProbable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) visit the Arizona Cardinals (4-2) on Monday Night Football at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Below is the official Week 7 injury report for both teams. PlayerPositionInjuryThursdayFridaySaturdaySaturday Status Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frostee RuckerDTFootLimitedLimitedFullProbable Terrence BrooksSThumbDNPDNPDNPOut
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Palmer, however, got the last laugh after that second down incompletion by throwing a touchdown pass on the next play.The 7-yard strike to John Brown put the Cardinals ahead 17-0 seconds before the first half ended and capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive.Arizona would quickly score a touchdown in the second half after safety D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble by Packers running back James Starks. Jerraud Powers recovered, and the Cardinals quickly moved down the field and scored on a touchdown run by rookie running back David Johnson for a 24-0 lead.Defensive lineman Cory Redding’s fumble recovery and rumble into the end zone soon after gave Arizona a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter. – / 36 Well, that was rude.Packers linebacker Clay Matthews laid a hit on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and extended his hand, as if he was offering to help the fellow USC Trojan off the turf. But as Arizona’s signal-caller reached for Matthews’ hand, the Green Bay linebacker rescinded the offer, leaving Palmer grasping for nothing.“I mean, it’s part of the game, you know?,” Palmer said of what happened with Matthews. “It is what it is.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Maybe the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff hopes are barely flickering. No doubt the team hasn’t played up to expectations.The Cardinals, a popular Super Bowl contender to start 2016, are 4-5-1 with the math of making a playoff run not in their favor. On a national level, the reaction has pinned much of the blame on quarterback Carson Palmer, who on Sunday completed 20-of-38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Nevermind that he was pressured more than any quarterback has been to this point in the NFL season.Fair or not, Palmer’s dwindling career has been the easy-to-run-with storyline on the Monday after Week 11’s 30-24 Arizona loss to the Minnesota Vikings.Palmer has completed 62 percent of his passes this year, which is 1.1 percent below his career average, and 7.16 yards per attempt, 0.18 below his career average. He’s thrown 13 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.Here’s a collection of opinions near and far that focus on Palmer as a talking point when discussing the Cardinals’ disappointing season.— Carson Palmer is not a quarterback you can win a title with (NFL.com)“Palmer has always been my one “yeah, but …” with Arizona. Heck, I argued for Drew Stanton a few years ago. While the Cards’ discouraging campaign isn’t all on Palmer, it’s clear that he’s not a championship quarterback. That’s been proven in playoff games. And this year, he looks done.” — Adam Schein— NFL Winners and Losers: With Carson Palmer fading, Cardinals’ championship dreams are done (Yahoo Sports) — Pressure, misses, and miscues blight Palmer’s day (Pro Football Focus)“Carson Palmer was strong between the numbers on his short and intermediate throws, but outside the numbers, struggled when he threw across the line of scrimmage; Palmer went 5-for-13 for 55 yards and Xavier Rhodes’ pick-six on throws outside the numbers across the line of scrimmage.” — Ben Stockwell – / 22 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carson Palmer is grabbed by Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss on Nov. 20, 2016. (Associated Press) Top Stories “Even though Arizona has talked up Drew Stanton as its next starter, it’s hard to buy that a 32-year-old with a 67.2 career rating is leading anyone to a championship. Palmer is still their best option right now (starting over at quarterback in the NFL is really tough to do), but it seems like he has passed the point in which he could lead Arizona to a Super Bowl, and his 2017 salary-cap number is $24.125 million according to Spotrac.” — Frank Schwab— NFL Insider notes: Carson Palmer’s window slams shut, Dak plays his best game (CBS Sports)“The offense is simply not good enough. Palmer is searching and hoping for big plays, but turning the ball over far too often. His pick-six on Sunday, which Xavier Rhodes returned for 100 yards, turned around the game for good and perhaps will go down as the crossroads of this season.” — Jason La Canfora — What do you think the future holds for Carson Palmer? (ESPN)“I look at this when I watched Carson Palmer yesterday, and the way I looked at his eyes and the just way the game unfolded for him, I saw a guy that to me looked like he’s about ready to hang ’em up. That’s clearly my opinion. He just took a beating … You just can’t allow your quarterback to ever take a beating like that.” — Mark Dominik Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Your browser does not support the audio element. (AP photos) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We are a long way away from the start of the NFL season, let alone the preseason or training camp.With that in mind, it’s never too early to start making predictions, and NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks made some by taking a swing at who will be the best rookies at each position in the 2018 season.Despite three other quarterbacks taken ahead of Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen, Brooks believes Rosen will be the rookie quarterback to make the biggest impact in year one. Despite being the last of the Tier 1 quarterbacks to come off the board, Rosen lands in the best spot to showcase his talents as a natural passer.It’s no surprise to hear that from Brooks, who is a huge fan of Rosen.In mid-March, he called Rosen “the most polished quarterback prospect I’ve scouted since Andrew Luck entered the league in 2012.”Overall, Rosen is about as complete as they come at the position with a polished game that is ripped straight from an instructional video on how to play the position. He can make throws to every area of the field with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Although there are some questions about his intangibles and commitment level from some scouts around the league, there’s no disputing his talent, game or potential.The Ringer’s Danny Heifetz dubbed Rosen “the perfect quarterback for the Cardinals to win now.”The Cardinals now have their quarterback of their short- and long-term future for the first time in a decade. He immediately puts them back in contention for the NFC West title.Rosen, of course, will have to beat out not only Sam Bradford for the starting position, but even Mike Glennon for the backup position. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bradford signed a one-year deal worth $20 million and has a team option for the next year. The 30-year-old, of course, has an extensive history of injuries and that could lead to Rosen’s emergence this upcoming season.Second-round pick Christian Kirk, meanwhile, also made the list at wide receiver.The Cardinals’ new WR2 should pile up big numbers opposite Larry Fitzgerald as the designated “chain mover” in the team’s new scheme. Kirk shows the skeptics that he is more than a slot receiver by ringing up yards and scores as a perimeter playmaker.Kirk will have an opportunity to produce right away. Jaron Brown and John Brown combined for 52 catches in 2017 and both departed in free agency. The only replacements Arizona brought in were Kirk, Brice Butler and Cobi Hamilton.2017 third-round pick Chad Williams could also emerge, but Kirk’s dependent style of play as a pass-catcher is a great fit for instant contributions.In the NFC West, San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey was the only other nominee. 1 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Bucky Brooks, NFL Media Analyst Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterSri Panwa, the pool villa resort and gastronomical destination on the south-eastern tip of Phuket, has launched a brand-new collection: The Habita. The new phase will comprise 30 Luxury Pool Suites and Penthouses, as well as a new food and beverage offering, Baba Chino, adding to its original seven suites, 52 villas and four international restaurants.The Habita at Sri Panwa follows the resort’s style of tropical modern design, with each suite and penthouse having its own infinity pool as well as panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. So as to make the most of Sri Panwa’s scenery, the new area has been carefully designed so as to create a symbiosis between natural beauty and modern architecture. The Habita’s iconic roof takes the form of an arching leaf while the interiors focus on nature with patterns resembling trees, while the natural breeze passing through the open planned design give guests the feeling of a living system.The new precinct will also house the resort’s fifth restaurant concept, Baba Chino, where renowned Thai Iron Chef, Chef Pom, has curated a menu based on his modern take on traditional Chinese cuisine with an inspired twist. The Habita will also feature Baba Shishi Lounge.Sri Panwa’s gastronomic concept, Baba, has an additional four locations situated across the resort, each providing a truly unique and exceptional international dining experience. Baba Soul Food uses only the freshest ingredients and unique cooking techniques to create locally inspired traditional Thai dishes, while Baba Poolclub boasts a more extensive menu selection offering a wide range of international cuisines, specialising in barbecued seafood and meat. Baba IKI is located on the second floor of Baba Poolclub and specialises in Japanese cuisine. Baba Nest is the resort’s premium cocktail bar, serving a selection of Mexican tapas and surrounded by unique 360-degree infinity pool and located on a platform at the top of the resort.The Habita also features the Forest Olympic-size waterfall pool and a dedicated kids’ pool, both located within a perfectly landscaped water garden, and the recently refurbished Cool Spa, with its new treatment rooms and dedicated wellness area.Go back to the e-newsletter
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The Latest: LL Cool J – winning award is ‘amazing moment.’ WASHINGTON – The Latest on the Kennedy Center Honors show (all times local):6:40 p.m.LL Cool J says it’s “an amazing, amazing moment’ for a hip hop artist who Kennedy Center officials describe as the youngest recipient ever to win an award at the Kennedy Center Honors.The 49-year-old hip hop artist made the comments as he and other honorees made their entrance to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts along the Potomac River.He says there were a lot of deserving rappers and performers from his generation but will not say that anybody deserves this over himHe said — quote — “I’m humble, but I’m not going to play pseudo-humble. I’m the one!”___6:10 p.m.Honorees and attendees are beginning to arrive at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors.Among the first to walk the red carpet was Kenny Center President Deborah Rutter, who patiently fielded questioned about a high-profile no-show.President Donald Trump announced he wouldn’t be attending this year in the face of boycott threats by some of the honorees.Rutter said the president’s attendance is traditional and important but thanked the White House for avoiding a showdown that would have overshadowed the ceremony.___12:18 p.m.This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will recognize some of the best artists and performers in the country, while skipping the political drama that had loomed over it in a divisive political atmosphere.Television producer Norman Lear is a longtime political activist who threatened to boycott over his opposition to President Donald Trump. But a showdown was avoided when Trump announced in August that he would not attend.Rapper and actor LL Cool J and Lear are among the honorees for this year. The 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Sunday night will also pay tribute to dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and musicians Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan.The recipients were honoured Saturday at a gala State Department dinner ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, talks Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein following the State Department dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2017 3:13 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 7:09 am PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby, right, arrives for his sexual assault case spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, left, at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) The Latest: Jury picked for Cosby’s sex assault retrial NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):3:55 p.m.A jury has been picked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Prosecutors and the defence have settled on the panel of 12 jurors who will sit in judgment of the 80-year-old comedian. They still have to pick six alternates.The main panel appears to have 10 white and two black jurors. Cosby’s lawyers had accused prosecutors of racial discrimination Wednesday for excluding a black woman from the panel. Prosecutors denied race had anything to do with it. Cosby is black.The jury has seven men and five women.Cosby has denied charges he drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.___3:10 p.m.Three more jurors have been selected in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Two white men and a white woman will serve on the panel.Cosby’s lawyers had tried to get the woman removed for cause after she admitted she checked off the wrong answers on her jury questionnaire because she hadn’t read the questions. The defence complained “she keeps changing her answers.”Eleven jurors have been picked so far, including nine whites and two blacks. The jury has six men and five women.The 80-year-old entertainer has denied drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.Cosby’s lawyers earlier alleged a black woman was removed from jury consideration because of her race.___1:15 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have agreed to move ahead with jury selection after alleging prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration because of her race.Jury selection in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial was halted for several hours Wednesday after the defence challenged the woman’s removal. Defence lawyers say a member of the prosecution team was overheard making a disparaging remark after prosecutors used one of their challenges to have the woman dismissed as a potential juror.Prosecutors pushed back, noting two blacks have been already been seated as jurors.Cosby’s lawyers agreed to let jury selection proceed.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___12:05 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are alleging a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration as a prospective juror in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.The 80-year-old comedian’s lawyers are trying to use the remark as evidence that prosecutors were discriminatory in wanting the juror off the case. Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss said Wednesday that a member of the prosecution team was overheard saying “something that was discriminatory and repulsive.”District Attorney Kevin Steele says “there’s absolutely no legitimacy” to the defence challenge. He says prosecutors had no problem seating the two other black people who’ve appeared for individual questioning so far.Judge Steven O’Neill has ordered both sides into chambers to talk it over.___10:35 a.m.Jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial has been halted as the comedian’s lawyers challenge the prosecution’s decision to exclude a black woman from the jury.The defence is alleging the prosecution was discriminatory in using one of its seven strikes to remove the woman from consideration. Prosecutors did not have to give a reason for wanting her removed. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden says the challenge makes no sense because they’ve already seated two black jurors.The judge says he doesn’t believe the prosecution had any “discriminatory intent” but halted Wednesday’s proceeding to read a defence brief.Eight jurors have been picked so far, including one Wednesday.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He’s pleaded not guilty. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___This item has been corrected to fix the spelling of Feden’s name.___10 a.m.A judge is giving The Associated Press and other media organizations more access to a portion of jury selection in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial.Media lawyers had challenged an arrangement that forced reporters to watch the group questioning part of jury selection on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci agreed Wednesday to move the camera to the back of the courtroom so the media can see the potential jurors.DelRicci refused to make room in the crowded courtroom for a pool reporter, but said if the jury pool did not fill the room to capacity, he’d allow reporters to attend live.Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.___8:50 a.m.Comedian Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of jury selection in his retrial on sexual assault charges.Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday where lawyers are continuing to choose the jury.One juror was chosen Monday and six on Tuesday.The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004.The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favour of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.Cosby’s lawyers scored a pair of rulings Tuesday crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar.__12:05 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have scored a pair of rulings crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar as jury selection in his sexual assault retrial continues for a third day.Seven jurors have been picked so far. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.Judge Steven O’Neill on Tuesday granted the Cosby team’s request to call a woman who says accuser Andrea Constand talked about framing a celebrity before she lodged allegations against the comedian in 2005.Constand’s lawyer has said Marguerite Jackson isn’t telling the truth.The judge also ruled that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid Constand in a 2006 civil settlement.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___The items marked 3:55 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. have been corrected to reflect year of alleged assault was 2004, not 2012.
March 6, 2000After a winter drought, the daily progress today is that it is raining! Joy, tothe rain! Allen, who cooks in theArcosanti Cafe , stands beside a water harvesting vessel. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
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Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.“I am always trying to find new and better ways to listen to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “This tele-town hall is a great way to communicate with people from a large area, and I encourage everyone to participate.”The tele-town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. Although the discussion will be centered around government fiscal responsibility, auto no-fault, and other current issues, people are encouraged to call in with any questions or concerns they may have. The initial call for the event will come from Rep. LaFave’s office, but if someone misses the call, the number to dial is (855) 756-7520 ext. 35322.For questions regarding the tele-town hall, residents are encouraged to contact LaFave’s office at (517) 373-0156 or [email protected] 06Jun LaFave sponsoring tele-town hall for U.P. residents Categories: LaFave News