10 candidates put forward for vacancies on International Court of Justice

In the coming months, the Security Council and the General Assembly will elect five judges out of that pool to serve nine-year sentences on the Court beginning next February.Two of the candidates listed in a note by the Secretary-General to the Council and the General Assembly – Shi Jiuyong of China and Abdul G. Koroma of Sierra Leone – currently serve on the Court, although their terms are set to expire.The other candidates include Hans Corell of Sweden, Vojin Dimtrijevic of Yugoslavia, John Dugard of South Africa and Walter J. Kamba of Zimbabwe. The remaining nominees are Arthur J. Manase of Zimbabwe, Hisashi Owada of Japan, Bruno Simma of Germany and Peter Tomka of Slovakia.The new judges will fill vacancies created by the expiration of the terms of Mr. Shi and Mr. Koroma, as well as Shigeru Oda of Japan, Géza Herczegh of Hungary and Carl-August Fleischhauer of Germany. read more

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Global Compact agrees on historic plan for employers workers to combat HIVAIDS

The Global Compact convened a policy dialogue on HIV/AIDS in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday, which was attended by more than 100 representatives from business, labour, civil society, academia, government and multilateral organizations, and which focused on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Code of Practice dealing with HIV/AIDS and work.At the meeting, the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) – the most representative employers and workers’ organizations in the world – announced an agreement to cooperate in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and they issued a joint statement calling on their affiliates and members around the world to give HIV/AIDS the highest priority. As part of their joint commitment – “Fighting AIDS Together: A Programme for Future Engagement” – the IOE and ICFTU said they would explore opportunities to identify and develop joint action programmes in partnership with their national members. The agencies stated that their cooperative efforts would be built around the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS. In addition to promoting common efforts to increase the global adoption of the ILO Code, the two organizations said they would encourage governments in developing and developed countries alike to address the scourge of HIV/AIDS through a comprehensive approach to the pandemic. read more

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Dow Jones industrial average closes at record high after Fed maintains stance

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at a record high after the Federal Reserve maintained its stance on record-low interest rates.The Dow rose 24 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 17,156 Wednesday, surpassing its previous high from July by 18 points. The blue-chip average rose as much as 89 points after the Fed kept the phrase “considerable time,” in referring to how long it would wait before raising interest rates.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up two points, or 0.1 per cent, to finish at 2,001. The Nasdaq rose nine points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,562.The Fed has held the short-term rates it controls close to zero for more than five years, which has helped stimulate the economy and fueled a bull market for stocks. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2014 2:23 pm MDT Dow Jones industrial average closes at record high after Fed maintains stance on rates read more

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Amazingly The Indians Are Even Better Than They Seem

Batting average.2618.2633 The Cleveland Indians are officially on baseball’s greatest hot streak in more than eight decades.With 21 consecutive victories, they’re now tied for the longest winning streak in MLB history with the 1935 Chicago Cubs, moving one game ahead of the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland A’s for the American League’s all-time record.1These records don’t include games that were unofficial ties (sorry, 1916 New York Giants). If the Indians tack on another win, they’ll break a record older than the franchise’s World Series drought — perhaps a portent of more history to be shattered next month.And yet, even after all that winning, the Indians’ record still (still!) masks a much better ballclub underneath it. That’s right, the team that has won 21 straight is better than you think.Back in early July, we noted that Cleveland’s then-mediocre record belied the team’s stellar underlying stats, including its outstanding run differential and expected record from BaseRuns (a formula that predicts how many games a team “should” win, given neutral luck within innings and late in close games). At the time, the Indians were struggling to fend off the upstart Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals in the AL Central, despite vastly superior metrics. Common sense said Cleveland’s record was bound to catch up with its stats eventually, but in a sport like baseball, you never know.By now, of course, the Indians have erased all doubt about their standing within the division; they lead the Twins — who are themselves clinging to the AL’s final wild-card spot — by 14 games. (Twenty-one straight wins do have a tendency to boost a team’s division lead.) But according to BaseRuns, Cleveland still should have more wins than they do. In fact, the Tribe’s six-win shortfall between their predicted and actual records2As of Sept. 12. Unless otherwise indicated, all numbers in this story do not include stats from Cleveland’s game against Detroit on Wednesday afternoon. is the second-biggest such margin in baseball behind the Yankees (who should have nine more wins).3The Rockies and Royals by this measure should have seven and eight fewer wins, respectively. The same story goes for Cleveland’s record as predicted by run differential; they’ve fallen six wins short in that department as well.In other words, as good as the Indians have looked this year, they’ve also been incredibly unlucky. Yes, this is akin to saying the person who drew an ordinary straight flush really deserved that royal flush.Which brings us back to that 2002 Oakland A’s squad. As the subject of Michael Lewis’s book (and, later, its movie adaptation), their chase for 20 straight wins got the Hollywood moment it deserved:Ironically enough, however — for a team deeply associated with the spread of advanced metrics across baseball — that team’s stats couldn’t really hold a candle to those of this year’s Indians. The 2002 A’s ranked fourth in MLB with a .598 BaseRuns-predicted winning percentage, and also came in fourth with 49.7 total wins above replacement (WAR).4Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs’s versions of WAR. The 2017 Indians, meanwhile, lead the league in both BaseRuns winning percentage — Cleveland’s .654 clip is well clear of the second-ranked L.A. Dodgers’ .622 mark — and WAR (with 59.3, prorated to 162 games). Base running+10.15+9.43 Winning percentage.6362.6141 Slugging percentage.4327.4502 Adjusted FIP883761 Pythagorean winning percentage.5914.6571 On base percentage.3395.3402 Defense-26.811+20.63 METRICVALUEAL RANKVALUEAL RANK Wins above replacement49.7359.31 2017 Indians vs. the 2002 A’sKey metrics and American League ranks for both teams, as of Sept. 12 Counting stats for 2017 Indians prorated to 162 team games.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 2002 ATHLETICS2017 INDIANS Weighted Runs Created Plus10641062 Adjusted ERA843751 On offense, the two clubs were roughly equivalent; Oakland ranked fourth in the AL with a weighted runs created plus (wRC+) of 106, while Cleveland currently ranks second with an identical 106 wRC+. But in terms of pitching and defense, the Tribe dominate. They easily lead the 2017 AL in earned run average5Adjusted for park effects. and fielding independent pitching, and are third in FanGraphs’ defensive value metric. (By contrast, the 2002 A’s ranked third in ERA, third in FIP and 11th in defense.) That’s why the Indians have already allowed 217 fewer runs than an average team would in the same park, through 145 games; by comparison, Oakland “only” allowed 115 fewer runs than average in a full 162-game slate.These are all reasons to think this year’s Indians can fare better in the postseason than the Moneyball A’s, whose season ended with a heartbreaking five-game division series loss to the Twins. The Indians had their own share of heartbreak last season (to say nothing of 1997), but they’ll be back again and even better than before. The win streak has only helped validate what was always a scary talented team underneath, waiting to break out. read more

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Bob Dylans most famous lyrics they are achangin

The changes show that Dylan – who was awarded the Nobel…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– But, in keeping with his mercurial reputation, Dylan has made significant changes to the lyrics of previously familiar songs, in some cases extensively rewriting the words of tracks such as Tangled Up In Blue and Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. As part of an exhibition in London, Dylan has written out many of his most famous lyrics by hand, accompanying them with sketches to illustrate their content or meaning. For decades, fans and academics alike have pored over the lyrics to the songs of Bob Dylan. Now the singer himself has reopened the debate over the meaning of his work, by changing key words and entire lines to some of his best-known songs.

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Clariant reviews phosacid esters for copper oxide recovery at Flotation 17 conference

first_imgClariant, a world leader in speciality chemicals solutions the mining industry, participated in the 8th International Flotation Conference (Flotation ’17). The conference took place from November 13 to 16 at the Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. Clariant Metallurgist for Sub-Sahara Africa Mining Solutions, Linda Mahlangu, presented the research paper: A Revıew of Phosphoric Acid Esters for the Flotation of Oxidised Copper Minerals. The paper featured a research study on phosphoric acid esters as potential alternatives to the sulphidiser-xanthate method currently used by most operations to recover oxide copper. In addition to the presentation, technical experts and business leaders from Clariant Mining Solutions were on site to showcase Clariant’s contribution to froth flotation and mineral processing.Low-grade oxide copper mineral flotation dates back roughly 70 years. Over the years, using fatty acids to concentrate copper oxides lost popularity, with most operations preferring the controlled potential sulphidisation (CPS) method. In her presentation, Mahlangu demonstrated how Clariant Mining Solutions embarked on a campaign to review phosphoric acid esters as alternative collectors. Phosphoric acid esters are used in iron, titanium, and tin oxide flotation. The specialised collectors are also effective in selectively floating carbonates in the reverse flotation of phosphates, and since malachite is a carbonate mineral, in theory, these collectors will effectively recover copper oxides. Additionally, Mahlangu discussed the flotation performance obtained with three such collectors highlighted within the paper.Clariant Mining Solutions says it is the only supplier in the mining industry to offer customised chemical solutions for the end-to-end mining process, including leading technology in froth flotation chemistry and explosive emulsifiers. “Clariant’s in-depth technical expertise has over 50 years of proven mining experience concentrating on specific ore applications such as iron ore, phosphate, potash, copper and other sulphide ores, calcite, silica sands and many other industrial minerals, as well as explosive emulsifiers for mining customers worldwide.last_img read more

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American tourist beaten to death on Zakynthos

first_imgAn American tourist was brutally beaten to death outside a bar in Lagana on the Greek island of Zakynthos early on Friday.The victim identified by his family as Bakari Henderson, 22, from Texas, was in Greece for a photo shoot as part of the launch of his new clothing line.“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, travelling and meeting new people,” read a statement from Henderson’s family.“He was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”According to Greek police, on Friday a 34-year-old Greek and a 32-year-old British man of Serbian origin, both of whom are said to be employees of the bar, were arrested.Meanwhile video surveillance obtained from shops nearby the crime scene show the suspects beating the victim well after he was unconscious, reports ANA-MPA.Six other Serbian men were identified from the footage and arrested as part of the investigation, the Serbian Foreign Ministry reporting on Saturday that they would be appearing before a judge.Autopsy results are still pending and officials have yet to release a statement about the possible motive for the attack.Friends of the victim have since set up a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised over US$31,000 (AUD$40,715) to bring his body back to the United States and cover the funeral costs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LISS visible dans le ciel dès ce soir

first_imgL’ISS visible dans le ciel dès ce soirTournant autour de notre planète, la Station spatiale internationale reflète la lumière du Soleil et est à certaines périodes visible dans le ciel la nuit. La Cité de l’espace de Toulouse a identifié les dates et heures des prochains passages spectaculaires de l’ISS.”Un spectacle à ne pas manquer”, c’est ce qu’annonce pour les prochains jours le site Internet Enjoy Space de la Cité de l’Espace de Toulouse. En effet, il semblerait que la période soit en ce moment favorable pour regarder passer dans le ciel la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Sur le site, les scientifiques ont ainsi identifié pour les internautes les dates, heures de passages ainsi que la direction dans laquelle il faut regarder. Des informations essentielles à quiconque voudrait observer le plus grand objet artificiel jamais placé en orbite par l’Homme.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAComme la plupart des satellites artificiels, l’ISS reflète vers la Terre la lumière du Soleil, lui donnant l’apparence d’une étoile alors qu’elle voyage sur son orbite. “Selon les périodes, la Station est parfois l’étoile la plus brillante du ciel qu’elle parcourt en quelques minutes à près de 28.000 kilomètres par heure”, explique Enjoy Space. La nuit on peut alors assister à un spectacle extraordinaire, à condition de regarder au bon endroit et au bon moment.La Cité de l’Espace a donc décidé de fournir un coup de pouce en calculant elle-même les informations nécessaires pour observer l’ISS. Ainsi, on apprend que la Station spatiale sera visible dès ce soir à Paris à 21h14 et 22h50. Mais on pourra également la contempler à peu près à la même heure de Toulouse, Nice ou encore Montpellier. Par ailleurs, le site fournit pour chaque passage une petite carte du ciel afin de distinguer les constellations et bien identifier l’ISS qui restera visible jusqu’au 29 ou 30 avril en fonction des villes. Il faudra ensuite attendre fin mai ou début juin pour pouvoir observer la Station en Europe selon Enjoy Space.Le 22 avril 2011 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man City must win more titles to be alltime greats –

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola reckons that they had the “best year in the Premier League ever” but feels even more titles are required before they can be considered one of the all-time greatsCity had a record-breaking title-winning campaign by becoming the first English team to have reached the 100-point mark and having finished a comfortable 19 points ahead of the nearest challengers Manchester United.In only Guardiola’s second season in charge, City also broke nine Premier League records on their way to a third league crown.“I would say we made the best year in the Premier League ever,” Guardiola told the Premier League’s official season review, via the official website.“The numbers say that. We are the best? I’m not sure.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I’m completely with the people who say that to be considered the best team in the history of English football you have to win more. We won one Premier League [title].”The Catalan credited the team spirit as the key reason for their success this term.“Last season and this season one of our strong points is our locker room,” he said.“The quality of the human beings they are, how they connect with the rest of the staff, that is I would say the main secret, that counts a lot to me.”last_img read more

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Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his emotions about making his professional debut at the age of 16 with Feyenoord.The Holland international became the youngest player to play for the Dutch club when he featured against Groningen in April 2007.“The game was on Sunday and Erwin told me on Wednesday that I would be playing,” Wijnaldum said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.“That was a really special moment. I realized that not every trainer has the balls to let a 16-year-old play in the first team and things were not going so well for the team at that time so they didn’t want to take the risk with young players. He asked me not to tell anyone at school. It was difficult to concentrate in class.”Speaking about joining Newcastle in 2015, Wijnaldum also said:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I admired a number of other competitions when I was playing in Holland. The Bundesliga is a wonderful competition and La Liga too. But I think the Premier League is the most attractive competition in the world. I’ve always thought that. It’s so competitive.“There are so many teams who can beat each other, so many teams who can compete for the title.”“It’s so difficult to win games. When I was in Holland, a lot of times when you played against the lower teams you won comfortably. In the Premier League the competition is much bigger. You have to fight for every point.”“They are a club which is in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. The fee was a lot of money at the time. A lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took. I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.“It was a big disappointment that we got relegated but I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me.”last_img read more

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Newsstand Sales Slip Another 14 Percent in Q3

first_img Wenner Media: 25.98 million (– 0.03 percent) Time Inc.: 181.5 million (+ 2.1 percent) Resisting the otherwise ubiquitous erosion, general interest magazines have become a consistent bright spot in MagNet’s quarterly reports. The category jumped 8.2 percent year-over-year in terms of units sold, although that figure represents a bit of a cooling-off from the 23.6 percent gain observed in the first half of 2016. Hearst: 151.7 million (+ 4.4 percent) MagNet Convenience stores and traditional newsstands were hit the hardest, down 29.0 and 20.4 percent in units sold, respectively. As a category, convenience stores have been by far the most aggressive in eschewing magazines to give shelf space to other products, receiving 23 percent fewer units from distributors than in the same period last year. The average magazine reader, who has a 51.7 percent chance of being female, is slightly older than he or she was last year (median age: 47), and has a higher household income ($65,516, a 4.9 percent increase over 2015). On the coveted other end of the spectrum, Teen Vogue has the youngest audience, with a median age of 24 years and one month, putting it ahead of Seventeen (28 years, 2 months), Game Informer (29 years, one month), and Bridal Guide (35 years) A few other notes of interest from the data: The situation on the North American newsstand continues to deteriorate, according to the latest data from MagNet, which reports that just 92.7 million magazines were sold at retail in Q3 2016 — a 13.9 percent tumble compared to the same period last year. Across nearly every category, publishers continue to hike cover prices in order to mitigate the bottom-line impact of waning sales. Average cover price climbed to $5.76 in Q3 — a 9.1 percent year-over-year hike — yielding a still-dramatic but comparatively less-dire 8.8 percent drop in dollar sales. Some of that hike may also be attributed to the comparative success of higher-priced “bookazines” or SIPs — more collectible, enduring print products, often priced at $10 or more, which likely represent the way forward for many newsstand-dependent publishers.  When breaking down the data in terms of retail outlets, bookstores and club stores continue to outperform industry averages — down just 3.2 and 7.6 percent year-over-year in units sold, respectively — but those classes make up only 14.2 percent of all newsstand sales. Supermarkets, with a market share of 35.4 percent, saw the number of units sold fall 13.9 percent compared to Q3 2015, mirroring the industry-at-large. Particularly alarming is the continued downward spiral of sell-through efficiency — that is, the portion of magazines distributed to retailers that actually end up being purchased by consumers. The industry-wide sell-through rate fell to 25.1 percent, down from 26.6 percent a year ago and 30.8 percent in Q3 2013. In keeping with recent trends, the high-volume celebrity and women’s categories — which together account for 39 percent of overall market share — continue to plummet, down 19 percent and 18.3 percent in units sold, respectively. Meredith: 110.4 million (– 3.5 percent) GfK MRI reports increase in print readership Even as producers and purveyors of print magazines may struggle to make ends meet, especially at retail, their readers don’t appear to be going anywhere. Rodale: 34.6 million (+ 5.6 percent) MagNet All of the aforementioned companies saw double-digit drop-offs in terms of units sold, with Wenner down a whopping 21.8 percent year-over-year.  The women’s category saw the highest sell-through rate (33.9 percent), perhaps thanks to a steep pullback from publishers in the number of units distributed to retailers (-18.7 percent). The entertainment segment continues to experience the lowest sell-through rates, coming in at just 18.1 percent in Q3. Condé Nast: 79.5 million (+ 4.2 percent) Bonnier: 34.2 million (+ 10 percent) That’s the upshot of GfK MRI’s latest magazine audience figures, which suggest that total print readership for 167 of the top consumer-facing magazines in the U.S. rose to 244.5 million adults in Fall 2016, a 1.7 percent increase over last year. MagNet Bauer: 16.84 million (+ 2.3 percent) Here’s a look at how the largest publishers fared in terms of overall portfolio performance: Despite selling significantly fewer units in Q3, Time Inc. and Condé Nast both saw dollar sales increase, up 3.0 and 1.6 percent year-over-year, respectively. Other major publishers didn’t fare as well, with Bauer (-15.3 percent), Hearst (-15.3), and Wenner Media (-16.5), all down double-digits in dollar sales. American Media Inc. and Meredith Corp. saw slightly less dramatic dollar-sales declines, down 9.3 and 8.3 percent, respectively, while Rodale’s dollar sales were flat compared to the same period last year.  Reminisce, a monthly magazine dedicated to (you guessed it) nostalgia, beat out Consumer Reports, Birds & Blooms, Guideposts, and AARP The Magazine for oldest average audience. Its readers have a median age of 68 years and 11 months.last_img read more

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Senator Status quo on voting machine security is a danger to our

first_img Black Hat Defcon Tags 7 2:19 Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Politics Security Black Hat Defcon Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, spoke on election security issues at Defcon in Las Vegas.  Getty Images In the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, lawmakers have seen little change in security for voters. But if voting machine security standards don’t change by the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Ron Wyden warns, the consequences could be far worse than the cyberattacks of 2016. The Democrat from Oregon, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, told the Defcon hacking conference that US voting infrastructure is failing to keep elections secure from potential cyberattacks. He made the comments in a Friday speech at the Voting Village, a special section of the Las Vegas conference dedicated to election security.”If nothing happens, the kind of interference we will see form hostile foreign actors will make 2016 look like child’s play,” Wyden said. “We’re just not prepared, not even close, to stop it.” Election security has been a major concern for lawmakers since the 2016 election, which saw unprecedented interference by the Russians. Though no votes are believed to have been changed, the Russians targeted election systems in all 50 states, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.Legislation to protect elections has been trudged along in Congress. Multiple members of Congress were at Defcon to discuss the issue, as well as to learn about cybersecurity policy. In 2018, Wyden proposed an election security bill requiring paper ballots. The House passed its own, similar election security bill, with input from Wyden, but it was blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, called it partisan legislation. On Friday, Wyden blasted McConnell, calling him the reason why Congress hasn’t been able to fix election security issues. “It sure seems like Russia’s No. 1 ally in compromising American election security is Mitch McConnell,” Wyden said. McConnell didn’t respond to a request for comment.Wyden added that voting machine makers shouldered much of the blame over election security issues and he called out lobbyists representing the vendors. Voting machine makers haven’t addressed all the vulnerabilities that hackers at Defcon found in models currently in use during the 2017 and 2018 conferences. He noted that lawmakers faced a deadline to pass election security legislation by fall of 2019 to ensure the 2020 US presidential elections are safer. If they don’t, Wyden says public trust in the outcome could be compromised, regardless of the results.”Business as usual with the voting machine is an imminent threat, a clear and present danger to our democracy,” Wyden said. “2016 should have been a wake-up call. But the companies are not changing.” Wyden ended the panel by calling for public pressure on Congress and McConnell to pass an election security bill. He wasn’t the only person from Capitol Hill at Defcon calling for changes in election security.At an earlier session, a Department of Homeland Security representative said it was expanding its outreach to ensure election security with local voting officials. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs said his group’s top priority for the 2020 election is reaching out to as many local officials as possible, and encouraging paper auditable ballots. Krebs also reflected that Congress needs to take action to provide election security nationwide. “I don’t know where some of these other states that have [voting machines] without a paper trail, I don’t know where they’re going to get their money,” Krebs said. “But they need it. Their state needs to step up, their legislators need to step up.” Here’s why global election hacking is on the risecenter_img Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers reading • Senator: Status quo on voting machine security is a ‘danger to our democracy’ See All Now playing: Watch this: Comments • Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Share your voicelast_img read more

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Supreme Court refuses stay on Maratha quota

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court refused to stay the Maratha quota and sought a response from the Maharashtra government on a plea challenging the reservation to the community in jobs and education. The Martha quota was introduced in November 2018. The Bombay High Court upheld it and ordered its implementation. Maharashtra standing counsel Nishant Katneshwarkar told IANS: “It is a big relief for the government as the apex court did not stay the Maratha quota. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us And the quota will be applicable from November 2018.” The court refused to give any retrospective effect of the quota before November. The quota will be applicable in connection with reservation in jobs and educational institutions. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also issued notice returnable in two weeks wherein the parties will file more documents. This observation came as the court agreed to hear an appeal for quashing the reservation for Marathas for admission in educational institutions and government jobs and then issued notice to the Maharashtra government.last_img read more

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Kargil heroes remembered in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: The employees of School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) of the Kakatiya University (KU) on Friday paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers to mark the 20th anniversary of the successful culmination of Operation Vijay against Pakistani infiltrators. The employees said that 1999 Kargil War is considered as a turning point in the history of Indian armed forces that gave a befitting reply to Pakistan’s misadventure and won back all the high outposts. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna said: “Salute to Kargil heroes who secured the country’s frontiers by displaying courage and valour.” SC/ST SDLCE Employees Union president Dr Kotte Bhaskar, Vice-President Dr Sangala Ephraim Raj, AIUEC Vice-President Dr Pulla Srinivas, TKTU president Mettu Ravi, MEF president Y ravi Kumar, Pulla Kumar, K Shankar, K Ramchander, B Madhu and M Ranjith were among others present.last_img read more

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AL leader beats up cop

first_imgA local leader of ruling Awami League on Saturday allegedly beat up a police official in Gauripur police station of Mymensingh for not releasing three people arrested in a narcotics case.The AL leader is Rokonuzzaman Pallab, general secretary of Gauripur sadar union parishad and the victim is assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Hasanuzzaman.“Rokonuzzaman asked me why I arrested the three people on allegation of smoking cannabis. He said I didn’t have the authority to arrest them and hit my chest,” ASI Hasanuzzaman told Prothom Alo yesterday afternoon.“Several police members of the station rescued me when he started pulling my shirt collar. My shirt was torn,” he added.Police arrested Pallab immediately after the incident and filed a case against him with the station station for beating a cop.ASI Hasanuzzaman has filed a case accusing Rokonuzzaman of beating him, said Gauripur police station officer-in-charge Delwar Ahmed.Members of Gauripur police station and locals said several police men led by ASI Hasanuzzaman were on patrol in the Gabhishimul village adjacent to the upazila health complex around 2:30am on Friday.At that time three locals — Manawarul Sifat, Habibur Rahman and Abu Hanif — were smoking cannabis. The police team detained them and filed charges.AL leader Rokonuzzaman went to the police station with a request to release them when the law enforcement was preparing to send those accused to court.Rokonuzzaman was furious when the police did not respond to his request and he started beating Hasanuzzaman.“We have heard about the matter. The party hasn’t confirmed the incident until now. We shall look into the matter,” said Gauripur upazila unit Awami League general secretary Bidhu Bhusan Das.Several local people alleged that Rokonuzzaman used the influence of the ruling party to force police release people detained on various charges.last_img read more

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Researchers suggest Greenland ice shelf melting faster due to embedded dust particles

first_img Citation: Researchers suggest Greenland ice shelf melting faster due to embedded dust particles (2014, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-greenland-ice-shelf-faster-due.html Scientists have known for some time that the edges of the Greenland’s ice shelf are slowly melting due to global warming, but recently, they’ve begun to uncover evidence that suggests the interior of the shelf is melting too—a worrisome finding because it could mean higher ocean levels sooner than most models have predicted. Greenland’s interior is both mountainous and is located at a high latitude, which means temperatures remain below freezing all year around. But, that’s not enough apparently, to keep the ice from melting anyway. This, the researchers on this new effort, claim, is because dust from parts of the arctic that have seen ice disappear over the past decade blows onto the ice shelf and becomes embedded in the ice. When the sun shines on the ice, more of the heat is absorbed by the dust particles and held, causing some of the ice on top of the shelf to melt.Prior to this new effort, scientists have attributed a darker looking Greenland, as seen from satellites, to an increase in ice crystal granule size, which they note, comes about due to slightly higher temperatures, as the atmosphere over the island, like the rest of the planet, slowly warms. This new research contradicts that theory and suggests Greenland’s ice shelf is melting faster than anyone else has predicted. As the ice covering melts, sea levels rise—just how fast has been a matter of opinion, with different models offering different estimates. The researchers on this new effort suggest that as the arctic warms, and more ice near the edges melts, exposing bare ground, more dust will settle inland, causing more warming, and on and on creating a cycle that likely will only end when the entire shelf is bereft of ice. If that happens, sea levels would rise as much as 24 feet, inundating many coastal urban areas and completely covering many islands that are now inhabited by people. Journal information: Nature Geoscience More information: Contribution of light-absorbing impurities in snow to Greenland’s darkening since 2009, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2180AbstractThe surface energy balance and mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet depends on the albedo of snow, which governs the amount of solar energy that is absorbed. The observed decline of Greenland’s albedo over the past decade1, 2, 3 has been attributed to an enhanced growth of snow grains as a result of atmospheric warming1, 2. Satellite observations show that, since 2009, albedo values even in springtime at high elevations have been lower than the 2003–2008 average. Here we show, using a numerical snow model, that the decrease in albedo cannot be attributed solely to grain growth enhancement. Instead, our analysis of remote sensing data indicates that the springtime darkening since 2009 stems from a widespread increase in the amount of light-absorbing impurities in snow, as well as in the atmosphere. We suggest that the transport of dust from snow-free areas in the Arctic that are experiencing earlier melting of seasonal snow cover4 as the climate warms may be a contributing source of impurities. In our snow model simulations, a decrease in the albedo of fresh snow by 0.01 leads to a surface mass loss of 27 Gt yr−1, which could induce an acceleration of Greenland’s mass loss twice as large as over the past two decades5. Future trends in light-absorbing impurities should therefore be considered in projections of Greenland mass loss. (Phys.org) —A team of planetary scientists with members from several research centers in France, has developed a theory that suggests that one of the reasons that Greenland’s ice shelf is melting faster than models suggest, is because of embedded dust particles that hold more heat. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how an analysis of satellite data over a several year period (2009-2013) convinced them that dust particles in the ice are responsible for the accelerated loss of ice covering the island. Albedo measurement at Summit, Greenland. Credit: Florent Dominé Melting snow containing light absorbing impurities. Credit: Florent Dominé Study suggests large waves may have bigger role in breaking up polar sea ice than thought 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. © 2014 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

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HC directs trial court to dispose applications of Mayors wife

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court directed on Monday a trial court hearing a divorce suit of Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to dispose of two applications by his wife seeking cost of litigation and maintenance for their minor daughter within two months.Directing the Alipore trial court to dispose of the two applications within two months of communication of his order, Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya set aside the lower court’s earlier direction in this matter. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn June 29, the trial court had directed that it will hear the two applications by Ratna Chatterjee seeking cost of litigation and maintenance of their minor child from her husband along with the divorce suit. Challenging this, the Kolkata mayor’s wife had moved the high court on July 4 claiming that the two applications should be decided first and then only the divorce suit can be heard. Sovan Chatterjee’s lawyers submitted that Ratna’s claim for hearing of the two applications first were only to delay the hearing of the main divorce suit. Passing the order, Justice Bhattacharya said it is a well-settled judicial decorum that interlocutory applications are to be disposed of before taking up the suit. He directed the trial court to hear the divorce suit as early as possible following disposal of the two applications of Ratna Chatterjee.Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the state Fire Services minister, had filed the divorce suit against his wife claiming irreconcilable differences and incompatibility.last_img read more

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Tears of joy The Cubs win the pennant

first_imgThe Cubs will face the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series in Cleveland on Tuesday night. The precise weather forecast is unknown, but clearly hell has officially frozen over. Memories of Billy Goats and Leon “Bull” Durham are fading. Somewhere, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks is smiling. The Cubs are headed to their first World Series since 1945, where they’ll meet the slightly less historically challenged Cleveland Indians in a battle of downtrodden fanbases suddenly infused with an unfamiliar emotion called “hope”.The Cubs last NLCS Game 6 at Wrigley with a chance to clinch a trip to the World Series was the infamous “Steve Bartman” game in 2003. It ended in disaster, a Game 7 loss to the Marlins, and familiar heartbreak for Cubs fans.Last night, any anxiety that the historically astute fans of the North Side had that history would repeat itself was eliminated when the Cubs jumped Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for two runs in the 1st inning. The early lead took the edge off like a six pack of Old Style.The all-consuming anxiety Cubs fans have been conditioned to anticipate over generations was never to come. This night was destined to be a celebration, fully absent of arrhythmia. Advertisement Cubs win pic.twitter.com/CHYoJXjBSp— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 23, 2016center_img The scene on the streets outside of Wrigley, as one would expect after ending a generational drought, was joyfully chaotic (don’t try this at home kids).That time you entrusted random #Cubs fans with your life… pic.twitter.com/U3ObhGB4LQ— Mike McNamara (@findmac) October 23, 2016 The Cubs jumped on Kershaw for 5 runs, 4 earned, over 5 innings, including solo shots by Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras. Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks handcuffed the Dodgers for 7 1/3 of shutout baseball and cemented his place in Chicago sports lore.Closer Aroldis Chapman officially closed the door on the World Series drought, with the final outs coming on a 6-4-3 double play. Celebration on.? DOUBLE PLAY y FINAL en Wrigley Field – @Cubs ganan el banderin de la #LigaNacional por primera vez desde 1945 – #SerieMundial vs. @Indians pic.twitter.com/m1ip0Rc4I7— Mauricio Andres Luna (@M_A_Moon_) October 23, 2016last_img read more

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Turkey couples IS bombing runs with striking Kurdish targets

first_imgOn Friday, three F-16 jets struck Islamic State targets that included two command centers and a gathering point near the Turkish border in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine Islamic State militants were killed in the raids. The extremists have yet to comment on the strikes.The Syrian government has so far refrained from commenting on Turkish strikes inside Syrian territory, but Syria’s main political opposition group, which is backed by Ankara, welcomed Turkey’s move.___Associated Press writers Gregory Katz in London, Bram Janssen in Irbil, Iraq, Vivian Salama in Baghdad, Josh Lederman in Washington and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.___(An earlier version said the Turkish strikes targeted five areas in northern Iraq. Seven areas were targeted.)Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s sudden willingness to join the fight against the Islamic State group is a sign that it’s afraid of losing clout with the U.S., but its second front against Kurdish rebels in Iraq on Saturday could complicate Washington’s war.For months, Ankara had been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against IS despite gains made by the extremist group on Turkey’s doorstep. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The PKK said the strikes spelled the end of the peace process aimed to end three decades of conflict in Turkey’s mainly-Kurdish southeast that has killed tens of thousands of people.“Turkey has basically ended the cease-fire,” Zagros Hiwa, a PKK spokesman, told The Associated Press.Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, the People’s Democratic Party, also said the strikes amounted to an end of the two-year-old truce. It called on the government to end the bombing campaign and resume a dialogue with the Kurds.While conducting raids, Turkey has simultaneously been clamping down on suspected IS and PKK militants and other groups inside the country. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday nearly 600 suspects were detained in two days of raids in 22 provinces.“Turkey’s operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations’ command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed,” Davutoglu said.In other attacks, seven police officers were wounded after suspected PKK militants hurled a small bomb at a police station in Bismil, near the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, the Dogan news agency reported Friday. Now, Turkish warplanes are directly targeting IS locations — the latest bombing run coming early Saturday for a second straight day. Turkey then opened a second front on Kurdish rebel sites.The strikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led fight against IS. The United States has relied on Syrian Kurdish fighters affiliated with the PKK while making gains against IS.Late Saturday, the White House said Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels. Spokesman Alistair Baskey strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks by the PKK, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist group, and said the PKK should renounce terrorism and resume talks with Turkey’s government.But Baskey also said both sides should avoid violence and pursue de-escalation.The Turkish jets hit shelters and storage facilities belonging to the PKK in seven areas in northern Iraq, including Mount Quandil where the group’s headquarters are located, authorities said. It was Turkey’s first aerial raid in northern Iraq against the PKK since Turkey embarked on peace talks with the Kurds in 2012. The PKK declared a cease-fire in 2013. Image from aircraft cockpit video released by Turkey’s state-run agency Anadolu Friday, July 24, 2015, of what they report to be Turkish warplanes striking Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria. Earlier a government official said three F-16 jets took off from Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey early Friday and used smart bombs to hit three IS targets across the Turkish border province from Kilis. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules requiring prior authorisation for comment, said the targets were two command centres and a gathering point of IS supporters. The official said the Turkish planes had not violated Syrian airspace. (Anadolu via AP Video) TURKEY OUT TV OUT Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk In addition, Islamic State has grown substantially more powerful in the last year, and controls a wider swath of the Turkey-Syria border, leading Turkish intelligence to change its assessment so that it now views the militant group as an imminent threat to Turkish security, said Hakura.“The use of the Turkish air base is extremely important,” he said. “Before, the U.S. had to traverse 1,000 miles to target IS in Syria. Now it will be much less, so naturally the air campaign will be far more intense and far more effective.”The attacks against PKK positions in Iraq comes amid signs of trouble in the peace process, with Turkey accusing the Kurdish rebels of not keeping a pledge to withdraw armed fighters from Turkey’s territory and to disarm. Turkey is also concerned that gains made by Kurds in Iraq and in Syria could encourage its own minority to seek independence.Tensions have been flaring with the Kurds in recent days following the IS suicide bombing in the southeastern city of Suruc on Monday. Kurdish groups have blamed the government for not doing enough to prevent IS operations. On Wednesday, the PKK claimed responsibility for the killing of two policemen in the Kurdish majority city of Sanliurfa. Sponsored Stories Turkey’s shift in policy toward the fight against IS also comes amid closer cooperation between Iran and the U.S. following a recent nuclear agreement. An analyst said the agreement threatened to lessen Turkey’s strategic importance, prompting it to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition against the extremists.Turkey launched the raids on the IS following a suicide bombing by the extremist group, which killed 32 people, and an IS attack on Turkish forces, which killed a soldier. It also declared that it had reached an agreement with Washington to open up its southern air bases to coalition aircraft, giving itself a front-line role in the fight against IS.A senior Obama administration official said there was no connection between the move to deepen U.S.-Turkish cooperation against IS and the airstrikes that Turkey is currently carrying out against the PKK. The official wasn’t authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity.Fadi Hakura, a Turkey analyst at Chatham House in London, said Turkish leaders feared that the increased cooperation between Iran and Washington in the battle against IS would sideline Turkey from U.S. calculations, providing one impetus to allow U.S. fighter jets to use Turkish air bases near the Syrian border. Check your body, save your life 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Refinance Applications Spike as Investors Leave Europe MBA

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing May 23, 2012 429 Views Refinance Applications Spike as Investors Leave Europe: MBA Investors fleeing Europe once more helped drive mortgage refinance applications to 3.8 percent this week, up from the week before, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]U.S. Treasury debt remains a draw for overseas investors as debt-saddled European countries grapple with a shakeup in their domestic politics over tough austerity measures. Lenders benchmark interest rates for mortgage loans against Treasury yields, which fall when investors sop up bonds.””Continuing negative developments in the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, particularly in Greece and Spain, as well as the recent French elections, which have shifted political power in a manner that will likely show less support for European austerity, helped push the US 10 Year Treasury yield below 1.7 percent last week,”” “”Michael Fratantoni””:http://www.mbaa.org/files/SpeakersBureau/FrantantoniM.pdf, VP of research and economics with the trade group, said in a statement.The MBA’s Refinance Index climbed 5.6 percent from the week before, [COLUMN_BREAK]signaling a rise for the third consecutive week and helping reach highs not seen since February earlier this year. The four-week moving average ticked up by 4.83 for the index.The refinance share of mortgage activity leapt to 76.6 percent of total application volume, up from 74.9 percent the week before, making it the highest refinance share since March. He said that the Home Affordable Refinance Program had less to do with a surge in refinance applications than investor interest, with government share of applications nearly unchanged over the last week as it hovered at 28 percent.The MBA noted mixed results across much of the rest of the board for mortgage applications. Application volume went up 3.3 percent on a seasonally unadjusted basis. Purchases went down. The Purchase Index saw declines of 3.6 percent, 4.2 percent lower than figures for applications seen at the same time last year.The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity fell from 5.4 percent to 5 percent from the week before, with government purchases waning over the week to account for 36.2 percent of all purchase applications, down from 36.3 percent, the second lowest share since March 2009.Ongoing turmoil in Europe may slash exports jobs stateside and expose U.S. financial institutions to the credit crisis, but helps keep the housing market near all-time highs for affordability.The “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx found last week that 77.5 percent of all new and existing homes were affordable to families with median incomes of $65,000. The trade group said that the figures set a new record, beating a previous one from the fourth quarter last year.center_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Bonds Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders Politics Processing Refinance Service Providers Treasury Yields 2012-05-23 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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