The false assertions made by Imran Khan about India in his NYT

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan penned an opinion article for The New York Times which was published on Friday, wherein he made false assertions against India while trying to rake up the nuclear bogey. “After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for a lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan, despite our difficult history, confront similar challenges of poverty, unemployment and climate change, especially the threat of melting glaciers and scarcity of water for hundreds of millions of our citizens,” Khan wrote. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details If this were so, Pakistan would not have been progressively reducing allocations for the water sector in its budgets, even under Imran Khan. “I wanted to normalise relations with India through trade and by settling the Kashmir dispute, the foremost impediment to the normalization of relations between us,” he added. This holds no truth as Pakistan, even under Imran Khan, did not move to give India Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status mandated under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and neither did it allow land transit to Afghanistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “On July 26, 2018, in my first televised address to Pakistan after winning the elections, I stated we wanted peace with India and if it took one step forward, we would take two steps. After that, a meeting between our two foreign ministers was arranged on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in September 2018, but India cancelled the meeting. That September I also wrote my first of three letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for dialogue and peace,” Khan said in the article.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Frances Dassault to acquire Medidata for 58 billion

French software company Dassault Systems says it will buy U.S.-based Medidata Solutions for $5.8 billion in cash.Dassault said Wednesday that it was offering of $92.25 for each share of Medidata, slightly less than its $94.75 closing price on Tuesday. Medidata shares dipped about 4% in premarket trading.New York-based Medidata provides cloud-based services and software to help medical and pharmaceutical companies manage data and track clinical trials.The companies said that 18 of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies are Medidata clients. Medidata, which has 16 offices across seven countries, had revenue of $636 million last year.The deal is expected to close in the last quarter of 2019 pending approval by a majority of Medidata shareholders.The Associated Press

TSX closes slightly higher after two days of losses on fiscal cliff

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher after two days of losses amid worries about the knock-on effects from the U.S. economy going over the so-called fiscal cliff.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 5.75 points to 12,196.8 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 2.24 points to 1,300.92.The fiscal cliff label refers to a string of tax increases and steep spending cuts aimed at cutting the deficit which are set to take effect at the first of the year. If they are allowed to take full effect, the cuts and tax increases will total about at least half a trillion dollars and take a big chunk out of GDP, in 2013. Failure to come up with a compromise would likely tip the U.S. back into recession and drag down other economies with it.“I think now all focus, all emphasis, all the world is watching, is fiscal cliff, said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.[np-related]“And how the U.S. is going to deal with this fiscal cliff will determine how everything goes. And there will be no new money going in (the markets) until (traders) see some sort of resolution there.”Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says the fiscal cliff is the most imminent threat facing the Canadian economy.Traders found little comfort from an early afternoon announcement by President Barack Obama that he is inviting congressional and business leaders to a meeting next week for talks aimed at finding a compromise.But he made it clear that spending cuts must be combined with new revenue, adding he would not accept any approach that isn’t balanced and does not include the wealthy paying more taxes.Republicans say raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans is a non-starter.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent at 99.87 cents US. The loonie has lost almost nine-tenths of a cent over the past two sessions as worries about the fiscal cliff pushed investors to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries.New York indexes were mostly little changed after registering their worst declines of the year over the last two sessions as investors worry that taxes on capital gains and dividends could rise substantially after the first of the year.The Dow Jones industrials were up 4.07 points to 12,815.39.The Nasdaq rose 9.29 points to 2,904.87 and the S&P 500 index gained 2.34 points to 1,379.85.The TSX ended the week down 183.61 points or 1.48% while the Dow fell 277.77 points or 2.12%.There was some positive consumer news Friday. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey index came in at 84.9 in November, the highest reading since July 2007, from a final October reading of 82.6, reflecting lower gasoline prices and the improvement in housing and labour market data. Economists had expected a decline to 81.5 because of concerns over the fiscal cliff and the effects of superstorm Sandy.Positive economic data from China also seemed to have little effect on sentiment.Auto sales, consumer spending and factory output in the world’s second-largest economy all improved in October.Also in October, inflation eased further, giving Beijing more room to cut interest rates or launch new stimulus measures to speed a recovery with less danger of igniting politically dangerous price rises.Financials led TSX advancers Friday afternoon as Scotiabank rose 29 cents to $53.80 while Manulife Financial climbed 36 cents to $12.18.The TSX telecom sector was also positive as Telus Corp. reported its net profit rose 8% to $351-million or $1.08 per share. Overall revenue was up 5.8% to nearly $2.8-billion, up about $200-million from just over $2.6-billion in the third quarter of 2011. Overall wireless revenue was up 7% from a year ago, rising by $104-million to $1.5-billion and its shares were up 96 cents to $64.49.The energy sector also advanced as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 98 cents to US$86.07 a barrel. Talisman Energy gained 34 cents to C$11.18 while Cenovus Energy advanced 65 cents to $33.79.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer as the metal is used in so many applications, dropped two cents to US$3.45 a pound and the base metals sector was lower. Turquoise Hill Resources lost 20 cents to $8.38 while Taseko Mines gained four cents to C$2.89.The gold sector was the major weight after two days of gains even as December bullion rose $4.90 to US$1,730.90 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. faded 63 cents to C$44.28.The European debt crisis also kept traders on edge as cash-strapped Greece said it would issue unusually short-term debt on Tuesday in the hope of raising enough money to make a key bond repayment days later.It will issue C2.1 billion in four-week treasury bills and C1 billion in 13-week bills.Greece is not expected to get its next batch of international rescue loans by Nov. 16, when it has to roll over C5 billion in three-month treasury bills.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Robert Dutton, the top executive at home improvement retailer Rona is leaving the company after 20 years as president and chief executive. It also comes just months after the company fended off a takeover by American rival Lowe’s. Rona shares ran ahead 77 cents or 8.24% to $10.12.The Canadian Press read more

SLPA Chairman questions proposed port deal with China

After signing a framework agreement with the Sri Lankan government in December 2016, the state-run China Merchants Port Holdings was expected to pay $1.12 billion for a 99-year lease, on an 80% stake in the Hambantota port. The port, built with Chinese loans in 2010, was part of Beijing’s plans to create a Silk Route across Asia. Finalised and completed when ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power, the port was termed a “white elephant” by his successor government that came to power in 2015.Government politicians negotiated a new deal and pitched it to the public as one aiming to reduce the burden of the $8 billion-debt Sri Lanka owes China. “Just because someone puts a billion dollars in front of you it doesn’t mean you give everything away,” said Ranatunga, brother of Ports Minister and former cricket Arjuna Ranatunga. Critics have in the past questioned his qualification to be appointed chairman. It is not just New Delhi or Washington that is worried about Colombo’s proposed deal to sell a deep-sea port in Hambantota to a Chinese company. Sri Lanka’s ports authority has “fundamental concerns” over the proposed deal, its Chairman Dammika Ranatunga said, according to The Hindu newspaper.While the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) appreciates the importance of foreign investment, it would only “go by the book”, Mr. Ranatunga told The Hindu. “We took a careful look at the [draft] agreement — it violated the SLPA Act, and the terms were not conducive to us,” he said, adding that even after 10 revised drafts of the agreement, factoring in some of SLPA’s observations, many concerns remained. Last week, the SLPA raised the matter again with a ministerial committee overseeing the agreement, flagging key clauses that reportedly ignored the Authority’s observations. The chairman’s remarks come ahead of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to Beijing. However, observing that the proposed deal gave sweeping powers to the Chinese company to handle operations near the port, Ranatunga asked: “What does that mean? Can that be a military base,” pointing to Chinese investment in African countries that had sparked “similar concerns”.Colombo and Beijing also agreed to develop a 15,000-acre industrial zone near the port, and Beijing is now willing to sign the port deal, only if land for the industrial zone is made available. However, locals have been resisting the project. read more

Kosovo UN envoy announces cash reward for leads to Serb familys murderers

“Anyone with information is encouraged to call an untraceable international telephone number to be released shortly by the police,” Michael Steiner, chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said. The telephone would be manned “24 hours a day,” Mr. Steiner said, who reassured any prospective callers that their identities would be held in strict confidence. The killing yesterday of three members of the Stolic family was a “heinous crime” directed against the efforts to create a multi-ethnic Kosovo, Mr. Steiner stated after rushing that same day to Obilic, a few kilometres outside Kosovo’s capital of Pristina.

Darfur UN envoy on sexual violence urges immediate access for probe into

In a press statement today, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura said that the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, should be given access by the Government of Sudan to investigate and verify whether the incidents reported in the town of Tabit have occurred and, if they have, to ensure accountability.Furthermore, she called on humanitarian actors to ensure “appropriate services” for any survivors.“It is critical that in the process of verifying the facts that the safety of survivors is of paramount concern,” she declared.Reiterating the support of the UN to Sudanese authorities to address any incidents of conflict-related sexual violence in a comprehensive manner, Ms. Bangura said her office stands ready to cooperate with UNAMID in line with the UN-backed African Union (AU) Framework of Cooperation on Prevention of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Africa. That agreement, which was signed at the end of January, strengthens national policies, legislation and institutions working on conflict-related sexual violence.Two days ago, UNAMID expressed deep concern about the allegations of mass rapes in Tabit, which is located 45 kilometres south-west of El Fasher, in North Darfur. UNAMID has declared that it is conducting a thorough investigation into the veracity of the claims.Tensions have been simmering across Darfur over the past few months. In October, an attack on UNAMID peacekeepers by armed militants claimed the lives of three peacekeepers.The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been displaced by the conflict between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur since the start of 2014. The world body has repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003. read more

Seismic shakeup A number of schools changed conferences but have we seen

After the Cornhuskers made the Big 12 a smaller 11, the Pac-10 snagged Colorado, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams. Many anticipated more action from the Pac-10, expecting the conference to attempt to rival the Big Ten by expanding to as many as 16 schools. But after swiping Utah from the Mountain West, the Pac-10, now with 12 teams, appears satisfied. Utah will join the Pac-10 in 2011, Colorado in 2012. “I expected that to happen — new commissioner in the Pac-10, new television agreement coming up,” Smith said. “It made sense for them, so I knew the Pac-10 was going to go that way, and I knew that it would affect the Big 12, but I just didn’t know how. When television contracts are getting ready to come up and people see the changing landscape in television, people start adding inventory.” The shakeups left the Big 12 on life support, with just 10 teams and its moneymaker, Texas, contemplating a switch itself. Texas A&M even received an invitation to join the SEC. But a new TV deal, set up to make Texas the main attraction, got all teams on board, saving the Big 12 as a league with 10 schools. But plates continued to shift and movement persisted. Boise State, a perennial BCS bowl-game contender in the last decade, parted ways with loads of inferior competition in the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada also will join the MWC in 2012, while Boise will enroll in 2011. One of the signature programs of the MWC, however, isn’t sticking around to face the newcomers. Brigham Young will become an independent in football in 2011, a title only Notre Dame, Army and Navy claim in Division I. For all other sports, BYU will join the West Coast Conference. “We’ve long sought broad, nationwide access to our games for our fans and increased visibility among those who may be less familiar with our university and athletic programs,” BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a press release. “We’ve also been looking for ways to take better advantage of our own unique broadcasting resources.” After the dust settled, there were more rumblings than actual quakes. There was never that one tremor that affected the entire nation, which many expected and some feared. Instead, we’re left with minor face lifts to several conferences, and we’re left with more questions about potential future shakeups. “I’m watching everybody else,” Smith said. “We’re (the Big Ten) basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand anymore, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape.” The rumbling started last winter, when the Big Ten announced its intentions to explore conference expansion. It culminated months later in significant, nationwide shifts. The first tremor shook the Midwest, when Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten. The reshuffling set off a series of quakes felt all around the country, from the Pac-10 to the Big 12 to the Mountain West. In the end, if we have reached the end, the landscape of college football changed, though not as dramatically as the initial quivers suggested. But have these relocations been the result of a routine shakeup, or is this the start of a major restructuring? Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the transformation results from changing revenue streams. “If you look back over the history of college sports, the one thing that’s constant is change,” Smith said. “One of the largest areas of revenue for all of us is television money. People don’t want to talk about it, but it’s true. The reality is, as television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them.” Initial rumors suggested college football could be transitioning to feature four “super-conferences,” each equipped with 12 to 16 teams — enough power and revenue to bury non-BCS leagues in the sand. “I think it’s possible because the thought is there,” Smith said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a playoff like the public wants. I see a lot of challenges with that on a lot of different levels. But do I see playoffs within a conference that could lead to something like that on a smaller scale? Yeah. So, when you get to those 16, you get to two or four conferences with 16 teams, divisions, that type of stuff. I can see that down the road.” The notion of super-conferences stemmed from indications that the Big Ten was prepared to expand to 14 or 16 teams, adding from the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, Texas and Missouri to stretch its reach across more of the country. Plucking programs from other conferences would force those battered leagues to fuse together to match the Big Ten’s muscle. “People use the term ‘arms race,’ which I really don’t think is it,” Smith said. “We’re like any restaurateur, we’re like the college of business, we’re like the college of engineering. We’re like everybody else that aspires to be No. 1. Yes, you can use the term ‘arms race,’ but frankly, we’re just strengthening the business.” The super-conference idea hasn’t panned out just yet. Instead, a series of aftershocks sent a handful of teams in and out of new conferences. read more

Cameron Underwood Face transplant means I can smile again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWill David Cameron’s six-year reign over West Indies cricket end soon?March 8, 2019In “latest news”Cameron: CWI working on model for senior playersFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”World T20 win highlights friction between players and WICBApril 11, 2016In “Sports” Cameron Underwood (NYU LANGONE HEALTH)(BBC) Cameron Underwood says he doesn’t get as many “stares or questions from strangers” since his face transplant.“I have a nose, and a mouth so I’m able to smile, to speak and eat solid foods again,” he says.Cameron was speaking two years after shooting himself in a suicide attempt in 2016.He lost his nose, most of his lower jaw and all but one of his teeth in the incident.“I am so grateful to have a face transplant because it gives me a second chance at life,” the 26-year-old said at a press conference in New York on Thursday.“I have been able to get back to many of the activities I love, like being outdoors, playing sports and spending time with my friends and family.“I hope to get back to work soon and someday to start a family.”Cameron, right, pictured here with family members on New Year’s Day in 2016 (CAMERON FAMILY)In January this year, more than 100 medical staff performed a 25-hour surgery on Cameron at the NYU Langone Health centre in Manhattan, New York, and his recovery was revealed this week.The operation took place just 18 months after Cameron’s suicide attempt – which the centre says is the shortest period of time between injury and surgery in US history.Since the first face transplant in 2005, more than 40 have been performed worldwide.The surgery was led by Dr Eduardo D. Rodriguez who says, along with medical advances, it was Cameron’s determination to survive that helped make the surgery a success.“In the end, it’s all about the patient. Cameron has put in the work and has made the necessary commitments,” he says.Cameron’s transplant was the third carried out by Dr Rodriguez and he says the relatively short time in which Cameron had lived with his injuries was also a major factor in his recovery.“Cameron has not lived with his injury for a decade or longer like most other face transplant recipients have,” he says.“As a result, he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psychosocial issues which often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviours.”During the surgery, the doctor transplanted and reconstructed Cameron’s upper and lower jaw, including all 32 teeth and gums.The roof and floor of his mouth, lower eyelids and nose were replaced and his tongue needed reconstruction.The centre says the operation was the most technologically advanced face transplant and was the first use of a 3D-printed donor facial mask in the US.‘My son is helping Cameron live a better life’The donor was 23-year-old Will Fisher, a chess champion, aspiring writer and filmmaker.“My son’s death was a tragedy,” says Will’s mum Sally.“I am thankful that, in honouring his decision, we were able to give life to others, and especially that Will and Dr Rodriguez have given Cameron and his family a chance to recapture their dreams.“Being a part of this experience has been a source of strength for me during a very difficult time.“I don’t think I would have survived Will’s death if not for Cameron. Cameron has his whole life ahead of him – and I love the idea that Willie is helping him have a better life.”Cameron paid tribute to Will and the support of the Fisher family during his speech at the hospital’s press conference.“I want Sally and her family to know how much my family and I appreciate their gift and I’ll always honour Will’s legacy,” he says.“There have been so many amazing advances in surgery. I’m living proof of that. But it only happens because of special people like Will and his family.”For information and support on issues such as suicide, visit the Radio 1 advice pages. read more


 Loading … EHF F4 IN COLOGNEhandball cologneHandball F4 WHO? The answer on simple question will wait until Sunday evenning. The fifth fantastic handball event on which level are proud the whole handball community is ahead of us – VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne. In two days, four teams will decide who is the best team in Europe this year. Four fantastic squads, legendary coaches, three handball countries.Stay with us in the upcoming days… Who will play at the VELUY EHF F4 FINAL MATCH? FC Barcelona – THW Kiel FC Barcelona – MVM MKB Veszprem THW Kiel – SG Flensburg MKB MVM Veszprem – SG FlensburgView Results  Loading … Who has the biggest chances to win the trophy? FC Barcelona THW Kiel MVM MKB Veszprem SG FlensburgView Results ← Previous Story CHAMPIONS STRIKE AGAIN: Jurkiewicz to Vive Targi Kielce! Next Story → Joan Canellas close to THW Kiel – Palmarsson between Barca and Veszprem? read more

8 types of runners youll meet at a marathon

first_img1. The genuine contenderRunning is not just a hobby but their career. No messing around here, you can put money on them crossing the line before 95% of the other competitors.James Roitich and Joel Kipsang. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Declan RoughanVira Ovcharuk. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton2. The bloke who insists on cross-dressingIt may look thrown together but they’ve been planning their outfit all year. Generally more concerned with getting papped than making an impact in the race.Credit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneCredit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan3. The groupsIt’s all about strength in numbers for this band of merry joggers. Usually wearing matching t-shirts advertising their charity name.Members of the Air Corps. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanCredit: INPHO/Donall Farmer4. The celebrityOnly after they pass you coming around St Stephen’s Green do you realise it’s ‘your man off the radio’.Second Captains host Eoin McDevitt. Credit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanRosanna Davidson. Credit: INPHO/Donall FarmerRay D’Arcy. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan5. The lad who has got no running left in himThey’ve given their all and literally can’t go on any further. Call the medics, quick!Credit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit:  INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan6. The show-offReally… There’s no need.Credit: INPHO/James Crombie7. The casual walkerNot going anywhere fast but who cares, they’re out to enjoy their Bank Holiday Monday.Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan8. The fancy dress brigadeThey come in all shapes and sizes and add colour and character to the race.Credit: INPHO/James CrombieCredit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneCredit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanHave we forgotten any? Which type are you?Golfer flips his club while juggling a ball in an incredible trick shot videoWhich of these 18 types of sports fan are you?last_img read more

Republican introduces Worlds Greatest Healthcare Plan as politicians debate Trump proposals

first_img Trump Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images By AFP Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 5:56 PM Short URL Republican introduces ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan’ as politicians debate Trump proposals Several major hospitals and medical organisations have opposed Trump’s plans. Mar 9th 2017, 5:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images 18,813 Views A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL in the US has been debating Republicans’ plans to kill Obamacare for over 24 hours, highlighting deep divisions over the proposed health reforms.Lawmakers from Republican President Donald Trump’s party hold a majority in both chambers of Congress, but many of those same lawmakers oppose the proposed legislation.After 18 marathon hours of debate the House Ways and Means Committee earlier today became the first panel to approve the bill that would repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama’s landmark health reforms.However, the House Energy and Commerce Committee — a separate panel that began reviewing the legislation at the same time yesterday — was still going strong a full day later, with no end in sight, but plenty of weary faces among its 55 Democrats and Republican members.“Tempers are probably fraying a little, and we’re all a little tired,” acknowledged Energy and Commerce chairman Greg Walden following testy exchanges over military veteran coverage in the proposed legislation.Republican leaders have forged ahead with their proposal despite mounting opposition from within the party, heaping pressure on Trump as he faces resistance to his top legislative priority.Trump has played down divisions, tweeting that the plan is “coming along great” and “will end in a beautiful picture“.One of the bills being looked at is the ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017′, which was introduced by Texas Representative Pete Sessions.Republicans split “House healthcare bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes,” Senator Tom Cotton tweeted earlier today, joining a host of other Senate Republicans opposed to the measure in its current form.While Republicans hold a strong majority in the House, they hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.“To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast,” Cotton added.Republican leaders indicate they want to pass the bill by early April.But the plan suffered a setback yesterday when several major hospitals and medical organisations — including the American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 doctors — opposed the Trump-supported American Health Care Act.Backers say the legislation guts Obamacare’s mandates to purchase health care and rolls back its taxes.Republican opponents, however, warn that the plan is too similar to Obamacare, and believe that it could cost even more.Democrats, who are expected to oppose the bill with near-unanimity, say it would leave millions of poor and working-class Americans without health insurance.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health planRead: New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US Trump 52 Comments last_img read more

Goulopoulos 52 pleads guilty to sex offence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 52-year-old Deborah Goulopoulos has pleaded guilty to one charge of persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16. The teenager, who was sexually abused by Mrs Goulopoulos – 30 years his senior – said the abuse started when he was 13. In a statement, he said, “It was just the norm of what happens. I never wanted to do it, but I felt as though I had to do it. “I knew it wasn’t right and I didn’t feel right,” he said. ”I had never had sex before this and I felt sick to the bottom of my stomach.” The statement details how Goulopoulos gave him money, gifts, alcohol and drugs during a two and a half year period of offending. It says that she met the boy at a Box Hill skatepark where she was with her son. “It was like she was a teenager, the way she used to act,” he said. “Deborah was always around and she was really easy to talk to. “I could talk to her about anything. She was more of a friend than a strict parent. She didn’t have any rules. We could do what we want.” He recalled the second or third time he stayed at her house that she “put it on me to have sex with her” before they had sex in the garage. He told police: “We didn’t speak about anything. I was in shock. This was the first time that anything like that had happened to me. “I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there still and didn’t move. I didn’t know what to say or do. It felt really awkward. “It stopped because she stopped. “I sort of didn’t believe that it had happened,” he said. “I was exhausted then after skateboarding that day and getting no sleep the night before.” The revelation of the relationship came after the boy’s father saw him counting $1000 and he confessed to the abuse but “begged” his father not to say anything. Four charges were struck out against Mrs Goulopoulos, who is on bail to appear in the County Court on November 27.last_img read more

VSL tops Premiers VCE Awards

first_imgThe Victorian School of Languages (VSL) performed well at this year’s annual VCE Premier’s Awards presentation, with 14 students recognised for their achievements. Run by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the ceremony was held at Crown’s Palladium, where Premier Daniel Andrews presented awards to 289 students from 132 schools across the state. Nominations for the Top-All Round VCE High Achievers category were based on study scores from the most recent academic year.One of this year’s successful nominees was Sofia Vamvakidou, a student of Modern Greek at the VSL’s South Oakleigh campus who managed to obtain a perfect score of 50, topping the state. The Thessaloniki-born 16-year-old is still in the process of completing her VCE at Glen Eira College, where she also received a score of 47 in French. “Studying a language is beneficial as it allows you to understand the culture and beliefs of a nation,” says the high-achieving linguaphile, who adds that by pursuing Greek studies, she has been able to stay in contact with who she was and where she came from. At the age of seven, Sofia lived in Belgium with her family, who spoke Greek at home, with a mix of French. It was in early 2015 that they made the move to Melbourne and she went on to complete VCE Greek while in Year 11. Currently her plans are to study arts and to pursue a career in acting.“I am a strong believer that people should follow their dreams, no matter what these are, and do what makes them happy,” she says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Peacocks Save Owner of Florida Wildlife Sanctuary From Fire

first_img The owner of a wildlife sanctuary in Florida was awakened early Monday by squawking peacocks, allowing him to escape a fire that engulfed his home which houses 41 animals.Firefighters say dozens of animals are dead at the Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary located near Orlando.“I looked out the window and saw the orange flames…I had no clothes on. I had no phone,” sanctuary owner Jim Bronzo told the Orlandon Sentinel. “I screamed out, ‘Somebody help me! Somebody please help me!’”#Update #workingfire Baron Rd. Fire is out at this time, numerous animals perished in the fire. The homeowner was sleeping in the upstairs bedroom when he was awakened by his peacocks. He was able to save a few of the animals that were inside.— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) February 4, 2019Orange County Fire Rescue firefighters arrived about 1:30 a.m. as flames devoured Bronzo’s two-story house, where he cares for 350 animals, including bearded dragons, snakes, llamas, goats, dogs, and other orphaned animals.On Twitter, the OC Fire Rescue said Bronzo was able to save some of the animals while a neighbor called 911.Officials say dogs, snakes, and tortoises died in the fire.#PHOTOS Baron Rd #workingfire neighbors called 911 as the homeowner, and @WildlifeOrlando founder, tried to save his animals. Yoshi was the only one of four dogs to make it out.— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) February 4, 2019Three of Bronzo’s dogs died. A fourth dog, Yoshi, was able to make it out of the home. An African tortoise, a Burmese python, a carpet python and four iguanas that lived under the house also perished in the fire. Others are missing and presumed dead.A baby raccoon named Camille was feared dead, but she emerged from the rubble unhurt, although her fur was singed.Two llamas were also able to escape the flames, and have been spotted grazing the neighborhood.#UPDATE Baron Rd. @WildlifeOrlando fire: baby raccoon, Camille, survived the fire, though singed. She emerged from the rubble. 2 llamas at-large just spotted by #PIO grazing the neighborhood. 41 animals still unaccounted for. @peta— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) February 4, 2019Only parts of the wooden frame at the sanctuary are standing, Fox35 News reported.Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1985 and located on the Big Econ River in East Orlando, according to its website. The refuge helped in safely removing and rescuing wildlife animals and would give them “a second chance” in the sanctuary.The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire.Dozens of animal-rescue volunteers showed up at the wildlife refuge shortly after sunrise to offer help, and friends have created a GoFundMe page Monday for Bronzo to help him rebuild his house and the sanctuary.More on‘Grieving’ Dolphin Carrying Dead Calf Spotted in New ZealandHidden Camera Captures Rare Footage of Siberian Tigers at PlayWatch: Puppy Born With Upside-Down Paws Recovering After Surgery Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Arthritis not stopping 20yearold nursing student

first_imgArthritis Foundation;Juvenile arthritis information.Twenty-year-old Kelly Slauson doesn’t know life without rheumatoid arthritis.Diagnosed when she was just 18 months old, Slauson’s life as she knows it has always included medications, doctor’s appointments and joint stiffness.“I thought every kid had to get shots on Friday nights and go to the doctor all the time,” said Slauson, who lives in Camas.When Slauson was only about 7 or 8 months old, she started walking. But her parents later realized something wasn’t right.Slauson would walk, but then, after napping, would wake up and revert to crawling. Or, if she did walk, it would be with a limp. Her pediatrician referred her to a rheumatologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity, according to the Mayo Clinic.Rheumatoid arthritis typically begins between the ages of 40 and 60. Among children younger than 16, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis typically begin before age 16 and can appear in children as young as 6 months, according to the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Dua Lipa To Camila Cabello Artists Celebrate International Womans Day

first_img Join In The Woman’s Day Celebration dua-lipa-camila-cabello-artists-celebrate-international-womans-day Dua Lipa To Camila Cabello: Artists Celebrate International Woman’s Day News Twitter Facebook center_img Email Also join Tina Turner, Madonna, Dolly Parton, and more as they celebrate and recognize women’s crucial role in music and culture Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2018 – 2:47 pm Each year, on March 8 we take a moment to celebrate International Women’s Day in honor of all the women who make our lives richer, who have made an indelible impact on the world around us and who persevere against all odds year-round.Join in the celebration with artists such as Dua Lipa, Remy Ma, Little Mix, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Madonna, and more. And join in our Take Note: Women In Music celebration, a series spotlighting women in music every day this month. Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Dallas Seavey Takes Iditarod Lead

first_imgDallas Seavey. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.UPDATE: Dallas Seavey overtakes Aliy Zirkle for the lead, checking out of Safety at 1:16 a.m.Denali musher Jeff King scratched near Safety at 11:50 Monday evening as he closed in on front-runner Aliy Zirkle – who remains in the checkpoint.King told race officials he was having difficulty navigating the trail due to severe wind in the area.2012 Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey has closed the distance, arriving in Safety at approximately 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Last year’s champion, Mitch Seavey currently stands in third place.last_img

Researchers use squeezed light to enhance photonic force microscopy

first_img Citation: Researchers use squeezed light to enhance photonic force microscopy (2014, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —A team of researchers working in Australia has used “squeezed light” to enhance the sharpness of images produced using photonic force microscopy. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they applied a property of quantum mechanics to microscopy to offer resolution enhancement of up to 14 percent. More information: Subdiffraction-Limited Quantum Imaging within a Living Cell, Phys. Rev. X 4, 011017 (2014) [7 pages] report both subdiffraction-limited quantum metrology and quantum-enhanced spatial resolution for the first time in a biological context. Nanoparticles are tracked with quantum-correlated light as they diffuse through an extended region of a living cell in a quantum-enhanced photonic-force microscope. This allows spatial structure within the cell to be mapped at length scales down to 10 nm. Control experiments in water show a 14% resolution enhancement compared to experiments with coherent light. Our results confirm the long-standing prediction that quantum-correlated light can enhance spatial resolution at the nanoscale and in biology. Combined with state-of-the-art quantum light sources, this technique provides a path towards an order of magnitude improvement in resolution over similar classical imaging techniques. 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. Explore further Photonic force microscopy is a type of microscopy where tiny fat granules and light are used to obtain images of objects too small to be seen with other techniques—measurements are taken of the light that is bounced back to create an image. The method suffers, however, when trying to create images beyond its scope—blurriness occurs due to noise from the light source.Blurriness from a light source occurs because of the nature of photons—they’re both wave and particle and as such don’t align with one another when traveling. When light strikes a source the photons are all at different points in their wave pattern. This diffraction is what causes the blurriness in microscopy. To get around it, the researchers with this latest effort used a technique where the light was squeezed before striking the object, guaranteeing that all the photons would be aligned.Squeezing light is based on the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but instead of trying to deal with measuring the speed or position of a photon at a given point in time, it applies to the same sort of relationship between its phase and intensity. The researchers used this relationship to cause the photons that arrived at a target to all be in the same wave alignment, thus reducing diffraction and the inevitable blurriness that occurs when normal light is used in image creation.The overall objective of the researchers in this effort was to allow for a better view of the inner workings of living cells—specifically, they’d like to get a view of the pores that exist in cell walls that allow (and prevent) material to pass in and out. Current technology allows for viewing the pores, but only those in dead cells. Photonic force microscopy on the other hand can be used on living cells—thus improving its resolution and helping the researchers achieve their ultimate goal. , Physical Review X Researchers use quantum entanglement to improve differential interference contrast microscopy © 2014 Credit: Michael Taylor/University of Queensland / via Physics Synopsis Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Notion of age being criteria for contesting elections should change

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan believe that the very perspective that one needs to be reasonably old to fight the elections should change.”When a person is at a young age he/she can stand beside a common man in crisis in an effective manner. Once you attain old age, some sort of disease may affect you in some way or the other and you cannot rush to a person in crisis. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has brought Paribartan in the state (ending the 34 year rule of Left Front) and her thought of fielding young candidates for the election might have been triggered by this perspective change,” Mimi said at a recent interview to a private Bengali television channel, with Nusrat endorsing her views. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseChakraborty will be contesting in the Jadavpur seat, while Jahan will contest from the Basirhat seat. “People of today’s young generation are well aware of politics and have their own views. Didi has surely done her calculations and has thought that both of us will be able to fulfill her expectations. Didi believes in unity in diversity and so her list of candidates has people from different fraternities,” Nusrat said. Chakraborty, who hails from Jalpaiguri, has grown up seeing her uncles who are in active politics. “I have the experience of carrying political flag seated as pillion rider on motorcycles and with Didi fielding me as a candidate I will try my best to live up to her expectations,” she added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen questioned about trolling on social media, Nusrat said that gossips and scandals have been a part and parcel of their life and they are accustomed to the same. Reacting to a poser on campaigning in the terrible heat, both of them sounded confident. “While shooting for films we have to often wear heavy dresses. Now while campaigning we can wear cotton dresses of our choice. We have previous experience of campaigns in places like Purulia, Bankura and Birbhum during summer,” Mimi said. Taking the cue from Mimi, Nusrat said that the love of people when they go for campaigning provides them with extra energy. Both the actors believe that balancing their film career with politics will not be a problem. “There are so many people from the film fraternity who are into active politics and are striking such a fine balance,” Mimi said. Both of them have already started holding party meetings with senior leaders to come out with a comprehensive strategy of campaigning and addressing the voters.last_img read more

Firefox Addons WebExtensions State July 2017

first_imgFirefox Add-ons WebExtensions State July 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on July 07, 2017 in Firefox – 56 commentsBack in March 2017 and April 2017 we published two articles about Firefox add-ons and the progress that was made towards WebExtensions compatibility.This article is a follow up to those previous articles. It analyzes the situation in July three and two months after we published the initial articles.Mozilla plans to release Firefox 57 as a WebExtensions supporting browser only in regards to add-ons. This means that any add-on that is not a WebExtension by that time will stop working. Firefox 57 will be released on November 14, 2017 according to the schedule of Firefox releases.Legacy add-ons include all classic browser extensions but also themes and some other types of add-ons for the browser.Note: While Firefox 57 is the target, the change may be postponed by Mozilla, for instance to hit the browser after the next major ESR release in March 2018.The total number of WebExtensionsBack in the end of April 2017, 2273 add-ons were listed to be compatible with Firefox 57. While the methodology may miss add-ons, it is the best indicator that we have right now.If you load right now, you get 3252 add-ons that are listed as compatible with Firefox 57, an increase of about 50% in two months.To put this in perspective, Mozilla lists a total of 19550 add-ons on Firefox AMO at the same time. The 3252 add-ons are included in the total which means that about 16% of all add-ons are compatible with Firefox 57 at this point in time. The number is up more than 4% when compared to the situation two months ago.There are several explanations for the rise. First, that some developers have ported their extensions. New APIs became available in the meantime, and that contributed to the rise as well.Another reason why WebExtensions are on the rise is that new legacy add-ons are not accepted on AMO anymore. This means that the number of legacy add-ons stagnates, or drops (considering that some add-ons may be removed eventually).Top Firefox Add-ons and their WebExtension StatusI checked the status of top Firefox in the second article. I checked add-ons with the most users, the highest rating, and the top featured add-ons for that.Note that the listing is in flux all the time. I decided to concentrate on the add-ons listed in March as it allows me to compare the progress.Firefox Add-ons with the Most UsersAdblock Plus — WebExtension is being worked on. See BuguBlock Origin — WebExtension is being worked on. See GitHub page.Easy Screenshot — Unknown.NoScript Security Suite — WebExtension is being worked on. See our article.Firebug — Will be integrated into Firefox natively.Ghostery — Already available as WebExtension.DownThemAll — Not going to happen.Greasemonkey — Unclear, design document exists, but APIs missing. Mozilla tracking bug.iMacros for Firefox — UnknownGoogle Translator for Firefox — UnknownLastPass Password Manager — LastPass 4.0 is a WebExtension. Tracking Bug.Tab Mix Plus — Unknown, tracking bugs exist.FlashGot Mass Downloader — Unknown. Developed by NoScript developer.YouTube High Definition — Unknown.Search and New Tab by Yahoo — Unknown.Top-Rated Firefox Add-onsBeyond Australis — Not going to happen.Classic Theme Restorer — Not going to happen.YouTube High Definition — Unknown.OmniSidebar — Not going to happen.Disable CTRL-Q Shortcut — Unlikely, last update in 2012.Puzzle Bars — Not going to happen.TableTools2 – Copy/Sort/Chart/Filter Table&More — Unlikely.Google search link fix — Already a WebExtension.Theme Font & size Changer — Unknown.Decentraleyes — WebExtension is being worked on. Source.Add-ons Manager Context Menu — Unlikely, last update in 2013.YouTube Plus — Already a WebExtension.Magic Actions for YouTube — Already a WebExtension.Classic Toolbar Buttons — Not going to happen.Pray Times — Unlikely, last updated in 2013.Pearltrees — Unknown.Reader — Unknown.Adblock Plus — Being worked on.QuickMark — Unknown.Top Featured Firefox Add-onsHistory Submenus II — Unknown.Gmail Notifier+ — Unknown.Copy Plain Text 2 — Unknown.Clear Console — Unknown.Dictionary (Google Translate) Anywhere — Unknown.Tile Tabs — Tile Tabs WE is a WebExtension version.Tab Scope — Seems unlikely.Private Tabs — Unknown.Weather Forecast Plus — Removed.Lightbeam for Firefox — In development.NoScript Security Suite — Being worked on.Gmail Notifier (restartless) — Unknown.Messenger & Notifier for Facebook — Unknown.Enhancer for Youtube — Seems likely, as a Chrome version exists.Torrent Tornado — Unknown.BetterPrivacy-signed — Unknown.Forecastfox (fix version) — Seems likely, as a Chrome extension exists.Emoji Keyboard — Is a WebExtension.Clean Uninstall — Unknown.Cleanest Addon Manager — Unknown.StatsWorking: 7Being Worked On: 5Unknown: 31Won’t be available: 7The overall situation has not changed much. One extension is now available as a WebExtension, and one was pulled from AMO. This means that the status of most extensions is still unknown. Some are likely being worked on, while others will probably not make the cut.There is a possibility that some add-ons won’t be ready when Firefox 57 hits, but that they will be released at a later point in time.Closing WordsAbout four months are left before Firefox 57 hits the release channel. A lot will happen in those four months, and it is quite difficult to estimate how well things will turn out for users of the browser in regards of ported legacy add-ons.Now You: Let me know what you think in the comments below.SummaryArticle NameFirefox Add-ons WebExtensions State July 2017DescriptionHow many Firefox add-ons are compatible with Firefox 57 right now? And how many featured, most users, or top rated add-ons?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more