UN peacekeeping chiefs in West Africa kick off twoday summit

During the two days of discussion, the Special Representatives – from UN Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) and Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA) and the UN Office for the Consolidation and Peace in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) – will examine the latest developments in the sub-region since their June meeting in Dakar. The agenda will also include a briefing on the recommendations made at last week’s meeting of Force Commanders on UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa, held in Monrovia, and a presentation from the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana. 25 August 2008The heads of United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa today start a two-day meeting in Guinea-Bissau aimed at reviewing regional and national challenges to the success of their mandates. read more

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Fire breaks out at opening of ShangriLa Hambantota attended by President

“Sparks from fireworks hit a straw-roofed beach hut at the 300-room Shangri-La following the ribbon-cutting and triggered the fire at the hotel in Hambantota in the country’s deep south,” president’s spokesman Dharmasri Bandara told AFP. A major fire broke out during the opening ceremony of Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa which was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.The fire broke out during a fire-works display at the launch ceremony damaging a pavilion in the garden of the hotel. A fire truck which accompanied the President’s convoy was used to douse the flames while the guests were taken to safety. “The president had just walked back to the hotel while the fireworks display was still on,” Bandara told AFP. “He immediately left the hotel, but a fire truck from the president’s convoy stayed back to put out the fire.”Local journalist Easwaran Rutnam, who was covering the hotel’s opening, said the president was about 50 metres from the hut that was gutted by the fire. “It took about an hour for the fire to be extinguished, but it did not spread to the main hotel building,” Rutnam told AFP. He said the president was seen being escorted out of the premises.A local police officer said no one was injured during the incident, but an investigation had been launched.There had been several breaches of security at functions attended by President Sirisena who came to power in January last year. He has dispensed with much of the tight security accorded to his predecessors. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Alzheimers disease hits close to home for Hutchings

Brian Hutchings knows all too well the toll of Alzheimer’s disease on a person and their family.He watched as the disease stole away his paternal grandmother. Over eight years, the disease robbed her of everything that made her who she was. Her memories were the first to go. Then she could no longer remember the names or faces of those she loved the most. Near the end, she did little more than stare into the distance.She was a very proud lady, reduced to a shell of what she once was.It was heartbreaking for her family.“She was a very proud lady, reduced to a shell of what she once was,” Hutchings said.Brock University’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration is the honorary chair of this year’s Alzheimer Society Coffee Break campaign, which kicks off with a special flag-raising event in front of Schmon Tower at 11:45 a.m. Thursday followed by a barbecue in Jubilee Court from noon-1 p.m.Hutchings is candid about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his family, and his own fears about it.“It does worry me,” he admits, noting his family history and time as a professional football player are potential risk factors.While there’s no absolute link between Alzheimer’s and concussions, some research suggests head trauma could be a factor.Hutchings had at least six concussions during his time on the football field. He is part of a Canadian Football League concussion study which requires him to undergo frequent memory and motor skills tests as well as MRIs. So far, he has not experienced any issues related to his concussions.Hutchings’ connection to Alzheimer’s reaches beyond his personal life, he dealt with many in the community struggling with the disease during his years as Niagara Region’s commissioner of social services.“Working in that environment, I learned a lot about the disease and dementia,” he said.Hutchings has served as treasurer of the Alzheimer Society and is one of the founders of the Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation.“They are a really lean machine, it’s a great organization,” he said. “All the money raised goes back to care in Niagara.”The Brock Coffee Break event is one of more than 10,000 that will take place across Canada that day.Teena Kindt, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Foundation, encourages people to host a Coffee Break event in support of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect more than 8,800 people in Niagara.“We are continually overwhelmed by the positive community response to this campaign,” said Kindt. “Funds raised through Coffee Break events stay in Niagara to help us provide services and support to assist individuals and their care partners through their difficult journey. Our goal is to keep them independent in their homes and communities as long as possible. With demand for our services constantly increasing, we hope communities throughout Niagara will continue to show their support and help us reach our goal of $105,000.”While Coffee Break officially kicks off Sept. 17, participants can host events anywhere during the campaign until the end of December. Register for a free kit by calling 905-687-3914 or emailing tmcdougall@alzheimerniagara.ca. read more

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Presenting The Show From the Shoe Podcast

Listen as our football analysts, Colin Hass-Hill and Daniel Herbener preview the Buckeyes highly anticipated rematch against the Virginia Tech Hokies, with special guest Editor In Chief of The Collegiate Times, Ricky LaBlue.Will the Buckeyes avenge their only defeat of the 2014 season? Or will suspensions and injuries leave the Buckeyes vulnerable to one of the best defenses in the ACC? Find out all that and more in the inaugural  episode of Show From the Shoe.

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Kristianstad and Alingsas for Swedish title

For the Swedish Championship trophy will play reigning champions IFK Kristianstad and current runners-up Alingsas, on May 22! Both teams showed their class by winning semi-final series with 3:0, so there will be a lot of time for the final preparations.IFK Kristianstad beat Savehof 3:0 (29:28, 29:35, 31:27), while the biggest rivals outplayed Ystads IF in the same manner (28:23, 22:34 and 28:26). ← Previous Story Ambitious Erlangen HC sign Isaias Guardiola Next Story → VOX POPULI: Who will win DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016? Alingsas handballIFK KristianstadSwedish handball

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Poll Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isnt fluent in Irish

first_img Poll Results: Yes (7462) No (2964) I don’t mind either way (1023)center_img THE NEW MINISTER of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs has special responsibility for the Gaeltacht.However, it emerged that Joe McHugh is not fluent in Irish – and his language skills may not quite be up to honours level.He said that he plans on immersing himself in the language. And although he was criticised in the Dáil yesterday, McHugh was defended by the Taoiseach on the matter.What do you think: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn’t fluent in Irish? YesNoI don’t mind either wayVoteRead: Gerry Adams and Enda Kenny’s ‘as gaeilge’ stand off over Joe McHugh’s Irish>last_img

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Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams face off over blackedout van driver

first_img Image: Photocall Ireland/Sasko Lazarov, Sam Boal Dec 8th 2016, 8:36 PM Image: Photocall Ireland/Sasko Lazarov, Sam Boal 263 Comments 20,850 Views Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 8:36 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3129029 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to identify a former IRA leader who met with Austin Stack to give him information about his father’s murder.Adams facilitated the meeting in 2013 when Adams and Stack were taken in a blacked-out van to meet the former IRA leader.The man told Stack that the perpetrators of the attack were still alive and that one of them had been disciplined.Brian Stack (48) was the chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison when he was shot while leaving a boxing match in Dublin in 1983. The father of three died 18 months later from his injuries.No one has ever been convicted over the attack and in recent years Stack approached Adams as part of his family’s search for answers.Stack has called on Adams to tell gardaí the identity of the former IRA leader they met and the Taoiseach has now joined those calls.“A man was murdered, his killer is known, his killer is at large,” Kenny told RTÉ’s Six One News. By Rónán Duffy I would have expected that in the statement that the President of Sinn Féin made that he would have named the driver of that blacked-out van to the garda commissioner so that that could be part of a live investigation that’s going on.“The fact is the Stacks lost their father and husband. He was murdered in cold blood, he died from those injuries and his killer is known,” Kenny added.“His statement is incomplete and he should own up and say who the driver of that blacked-out van was and give that to the garda commissioner.”Adams has said that names previously provided by him to the garda commissioner in connection with the case were given to him by Stack. Austin Stack denies this. Austin Stack confronted Gerry Adams at a press conference this morning. Source: Brian LawlessAdams has said that the meeting he arranged between Stack and the former IRA leader was done so on the basis of confidentiality.Speaking this evening after the Taoiseach’s comments, Adams repeated this claim:Why has the Taoiseach waited until now to make this call when a process was agreed between me and Austin and Oliver Stack that culminated in a meeting between the Stack brothers and a former IRA leader in 2013?“At that time the Stack family thanked me for my work on their behalf,” Adams added.“We agreed before meeting that it would be on a confidential basis, and the issue was not raised again until the general election three years later.”Adams said that the process between himself and the Stacks was carried out “on the basis of trust in the absence of a proper truth recovery process. ”He repeated Sinn Féin’s call for such a process to be put in place.Martin Ferris Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams face off over blacked-out van driver The Taoiseach called on the Sinn Féin leader to give more information to gardaí. Sinn Féin Kerry TD Martin Ferris. Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieFollowing yesterday’s speech by Adams, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell used Dáil privilege to call for Sinn Féin TDs Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis to make a statement on the 1983 murder.Ferris responded that he had “nothing to answer for” and today went on Radio Kerry to answer questions about the case.Speaking on the Kerry Today programme, Ferris said that he had information that would be “more than politically embarrassing” to some political parties.“There are things I could say about people in other parties and I have kept my mouth shut and will never betray people but I have kept my mouth shut… that would highly embarrass Micheál Martin and his party and others if I wish do so,” Ferris said.“I’ve been involved since 1969, 1970, I’ve been involved actively and over those years, I came into contact with an awful lot of people. I will take their confidence to my grave.”Read: Fine Gael TD insists he is not linking Sinn Féin deputies to Brian Stack murder >Explainer: The conflicting words between Gerry Adams and the son of a murdered prison officer >last_img read more

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Greek students receive Premiers VCE Award

first_imgThree Greek Australian students are amongst the 305 top-performing VCE students to achieve a Premier’s VCE award. Christine Demiris, Effie Markesinis, and Miltiadis Paikopoulis, were recognised for achieving a study score of 46 or higher in their VCE subjects last year. Premier John Brumby presented students with their awards on Tuesday at the Melbourne Convention Centre.Paikopoulis, who was awarded a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever award achieved a perfect ENTER score of 99.95 last year. The 2008 DUX of Xavier College received study scores of 50 in English, 48 in Classical Greek, 47 in Latin, 45 in Specialist Mathematics and First Class Honours in University Mathematics. Christine Demiris, who attended MacRobertson Girl’s High school was awarded for her academic excellence in Literature, whilst Effie Markesinis, from Balwyn High school received an award for LOTE-Greek. Markesinis was the only student to receive a perfect score of 50 in Greek.“I could not achieve what I did without my teacher, Mrs Kane’s (nee Krilis) ongoing guidance, help and belief in me,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Child labour a rising concern in crisishit Greece

first_imgWe know that hundreds, maybe thousands of children, especially Roma, are never enrolled in school and help their families by working or come to Greece from neighbouring countries in order to work, especially in the street, begging, playing music or peddling wares.Though no clear, official figures are available, child protection groups and the Greek Ombudsman estimate that up to 100,000 children have been forced into the illegal labour market since the start of the crisis. The figure does not include minors who are victims of trafficking, traffic light children or youngsters who are victims of criminal gangs or their own families, but, rather, social groups that have become marginalised by the crisis, such as families where the parents are unemployed, Roma, migrants etc. There is no hard data regarding child labour in Greece, as in most cases it concerns undocumented work, so estimates are based on information compiled from different sources. According to the Labour Inspectorate, just 562 minors were registered for legal work in 2012, while in its manpower study for the last quarter of 2012, the Hellenic Statistical Authority estimated child workers as numbering 6,238. The European statistical authority Eurostat, meanwhile, reports that 11.4 per cent of the student population dropped out of school in 2012, meaning that some 70,000 children left secondary school, raising serious concerns among child protection groups. Furthermore, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that some 139,000 young people aged 15-24 were not in school or employed in 2009, suggesting that at least a percentage of them had been absorbed by the illegal labour market. That number climbed to 161,900 in 2010, according to the ILO. As far as teenagers aged 15-19 are concerned, the ILO recorded that there were 31,400 in employment in 2009 and 25,700 in 2010. The number of unemployed young people aged up to 19 was reported to be 14,200 in 2009 and 15,300 in 2010. The Greek Ministry of Education could not provide official data regarding children who leave secondary education, though it does have data for the 2011-12 period concerning primary education, where the percentage of school leavers was estimated at 0.6 per cent, or around 3,500 pupils. While the number of children dropping out of school gives only a general indication of the number of minors working illegally in Greece, there is even less clarity to be gained from a study of the number of children who work and go to night school or vocational training schools in their spare time. These numbers, in combination with data compiled by the Greek Ombudsman from educators and other professionals, suggest that there may be as many as 100,000 minors currently employed in Greece, often part-time and mostly uninsured and badly paid. “It is estimated that around 70 per cent of children that abandon their school studies do so in order to work. It would not be excessive to say that around 70,000 to 100,000 children are working in this country,” says Ilias Lyberis, the director of Unicef Hellas. “My opinion is that the poverty that is hitting an increasing number of families with serious consequences on the children often leads many of them to seeking part-time or one-off work, often under unfavourable terms, such as low wages or substandard conditions, so that they can help supplement their family’s income,” says Giorgos Moschos, the deputy Greek ombudsman in charge of children’s rights. According to a recent report by Unicef, the reasons that lead children into the illegal labour market are directly linked to the crisis, which in many cases has resulted in one or both parents being out of work and a serious drop in families’ purchasing power. “According to the UN’s Convention on the Right of the Child, every kind of labour that puts a child’s physical or intellectual development at risk is prohibited,” says Lyberis. “We know that this is not a new problem, but one that has always been around, given that in 50 per cent of cases, it is the families themselves that push their child into the labour market. The crisis, however, has given rise to new challenges that the state must address,” he adds. The United Nations and Unicef suggest that Greece adopt a national action plan to deal with the negative impact of the crisis on children. More specifically, Unicef has called for labour inspectors to receive specialised training to tackle issues such as trafficking and child labour, the introduction of a centralized body to address these issues and a redesign of policy regarding how benefits are paid to minors. The organization also noted that Greece has one of the poorest records in the European Union in terms of policies for the protection of children. For example, in 2011, targeted policies such as tax breaks and benefits led to the child poverty level dropping from 33 per cent to 12 per cent in the United Kingdom and from 42 per cent to 8 per cent in Ireland. In Greece, however, the rate went from 40 per cent to 20 per cent in the same period. “We know that hundreds, maybe thousands of children, especially Roma, are never enrolled in school and help their families by working or come to Greece from neighbouring countries in order to work, especially in the street, begging, playing music or peddling wares,” Moschos notes. The children of migrants, who often have no health coverage, are also at risk, according to Lyberis. “Another category is children in rural areas, who are often exposed to agricultural chemicals and run a heightened risk of work-related accidents,” says Moschos, adding, however, that most children in the illegal labour market come from poor families living in cities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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WSP Truck hits male Jeep stopped for fallen tree

first_imgOne person who stopped in a traffic lane on state Highway 503 for a downed tree north of Battle Ground was injured Saturday when he and his vehicle were struck from behind by an approaching pickup, according to the Washington State Patrol.The crash occurred at 3:19 p.m. near Milepost 15 when a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Grant W. Kaski, 16, of Battle Ground came around a corner and crashed into an unoccupied 2001 Jeep Cherokee that was stopped in the southbound traffic lane in front of a downed tree.The person injured, identified only as an unknown male, was behind the Jeep and also struck, according to the WSP. No information was available on his condition Saturday night.The crash remained under investigation late Saturday.last_img

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Vigeland Impasse blocks employment growth

first_imgAmericans are frightened — often angry — and trying harder than ever to figure out where they stand after more than two years of economic uncertainty, public radio journalist Tess Vigeland told more than 530 people who attended The Columbian’s 2011 Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday.“I do not have a crystal ball; they’ve become far too expensive,” joked Vigeland, host of American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money” program. Even without detailed insight into the future, however, she felt confident predicting that the county’s and nation’s high unemployment rates are unlikely to show much improvement in 2011.“Marketplace Money,” a consumer finance-oriented show that aims to provide accessible news to people who don’t revel in the nuances of business and economics, has received as many as 400 letters and e-mails from listeners each week since financial markets crashed in late 2008 — up four-fold since before the collapse.Vigeland has heard from young people who are afraid to invest, educated people with long work histories who are struggling to find work, and a growing number of newly frugal Americans who are saving more because of concerns about the credit economy.“Unlike some previous episodes of financial collapse, this one really hit a wide swath” of the population, Vigeland said. “People who were responsible, who played by the rules, got hit just like everyone else. That tends to hit our perceptions of fairness.”last_img read more

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Oregon woman injured in HIghway 14 crash

first_imgAn Oregon woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 14 this morning. Stefanie Alexander, 34, of Scappoose, Ore., was driving a 1996 Volvo 850 four-door west on state Highway 14 when she crashed into a 2007 Silver Jeep Compass four-door that was stopped for traffic, according to Washington State Patrol. The crash was reported at about 9:20 a.m. near Interstate 5 where traffic was blocked for about 15 minutes.The occupant of the Jeep was not injured, but Alexander was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where she was listed in satisfactory condition. Troopers sited Alexander for driving too fast for the conditions.last_img

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Witness says Massachusetts man tortured kittens out of boredom

first_imgMILFORD, MA (WSVN) – A Massachusetts man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he killed at least two kittens while living on a farm.Authorities say Miguel Medina was staying in a camper on the property when the horrifying incidents were reported to police earlier this month.According to one of the farm’s owners, Medina claimed to have killed two kittens on the property.Milford Police officers say Medina was sitting outside the camper when they arrived and that he stated, “I knew you guys were coming.”A witness told police that Medina talked heavily about killing kittens daily and admitted to killing a couple a week “for fun when he is bored,” according to a police affidavit.“I had other kittens but one bit my favorite kitten, so I threw that kitten against the wall and then I put it under a table,” Medina allegedly stated to another man. Medina then showed the man bones under the table, the affidavit read.Medina’s alleged torturing of the kittens also involved burning them in a fire pit, according to the witness. The witness claimed that Medina bragged, “Check this out, I burned this one yesterday!” Police said the witness told them that he observed bones scattered around Medina’s property and a burnt kitten in the fire pit.Officers arrested Medina Tuesday on for cruelty and killing of kittens. During the booking process, Medina even said, “I killed a kitten,” according to police.It’s not clear when Medina will appear in court or if he has an attorney.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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MBPD Chief Oates to work as DOJ consultant in Baltimore

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates is retiring and heading to Baltimore to work as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice.Oates will leave at the end of June after having spent five years in the department.“I feel great of what we’ve accomplished as a police department team during those five years, but it’s time,” said Oates. “After 39 years, it’s time to do something different.”The police chief will work with Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and his staff to coordinate federal resources to reduce crime.Oates was also police chief in Aurora, Colo. during the deadly 2012 movie theater massacre.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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KRSA Asks To Halt Hatchery Pink Salmon Expansion

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) has submitted a request to the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) to halt the incubation and release of hatchery pink salmon in Prince William Sound. The BOF will be accepting written comment on ACRs through October 3 and will allow public testimony during its meeting. KRSA submitted an Agenda Change Request (ACR) to the BOF for consideration during its upcoming Fall Work Session in Anchorage October 15 – 16. Ricky Gease, KRSA Executive Director: “Given the sheer magnitude of hatchery pink salmon releases in the Gulf of Alaska, KRSA has concerns about the potential negative impacts on wild salmon. Further expansion of industrial hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound at this time may be increasing the risk to sockeye and chinook salmon stocks in Southcentral Alaska. Given the disastrous returns of these wild salmon throughout the Gulf of Alaska in 2018. A precautionary approach that implements a temporary halt to additional hatchery pink salmon production is warranted.” The request asks the BOF to “accept responsibility for oversight of hatchery egg takes and exercise its regulatory authority”. last_img read more

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Mueller report on Russia and Trump delivered to AG Barr

first_imgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Americans have a right to know what’s in it.”Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Pelosi said.Pelosi also tweeted the report should be made public using the hashtag #ReleaseTheReport. Politico shared a video on Twitter in which Sen. Schumer said public pressure will force the report to be made public. “The demand of the public is overwhelming to see the report when it’s on such a serious matter, and it will be made public,” he said. Mueller’s investigation began as a counterintelligence inquiry into whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign were compromised by a foreign power.By law, that evidence he uncovered must be shared with our Committee.And his report must also be made public. Now. pic.twitter.com/AAMsFjhZM7— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 22, 2019 Tags Politics The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 22, 2019 Sen. Mitch McConnell, the upper chamber’s majority leader, tweeted a link to a statement expressing hope Barr will provide as much information as he can “with as much openness and transparency as possible.”  My statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s announcementhttps://t.co/YBZEacosbx pic.twitter.com/FM76rVrqtJ— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 22, 2019 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement that he expects to be “briefed more thoroughly about the report in the coming days.”Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, called in a tweet for the report to be released, adding “No one, including the president, is above the law.” Alex Wong / Getty Images Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, sparking calls from prominent politicians to release it publicly. The report, nearly two years in the making, is expected to include findings on whether Trump’s campaign worked with the Russian government to help him win the presidential election in 2016. Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017.Barr informed chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees about the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation. He added that he’s committed to being as transparent as possible. “The special counsel has submitted to me today a ‘confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions’ he has reached,” Barr wrote. “I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: “The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.” Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, also called for the report to be released. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted, “By law, that evidence he uncovered must be shared with our Committee.” Reporter: How confident are you that we’re going to get the full depth of that [Mueller] report with a Trump appointed attorney general?Schumer: I think the demand of the public is overwhelming to see the report… Public pressure will force it to be pic.twitter.com/L2rYShXeBk— POLITICO (@politico) March 22, 2019 As Donald Trump said, “Let it come out.” I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller’s full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 22, 2019 Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. #ReleaseTheReport pic.twitter.com/v1ROpZBqZJ— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 22, 2019 Throughout the investigation, Mueller’s office announced multiple indictments, including charges against 12 Russian hackers tied to cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and 13 Russian nationals for spreading disinformation on social media.First published March 22 at 2:33 p.m. PT.Update, 2:53 p.m: Adds additional information. Update: 3:22 p.m.: Adds comments from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Update: 3:41 p.m.: Adds comments from Mitch McConnell and Bernie Sanders. Update, 4:06 p.m.: Adds comment from Lindsey Graham. Update, 4:58 p.m.: Adds additional comment from Schumer. Update, 6:05 p.m.: Adds comment from Adam Schiff.last_img read more

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EU set to clear Dells 67 billion deal to buy EMC Sources

first_imgDell Inc, the world’s third-biggest maker of computers, is set to gain unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $67 billion bid for data storage company EMC Corp, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.Dell unveiled the deal in October last year, the largest ever in the technology industry sector, and designed to enable Dell to better challenge rivals Cisco Systems Inc, IBM and Hewlett-Packard in cloud computing, mobility and cyber security.European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso declined to comment on Thursday. The Commission is scheduled to give its ruling on the deal by Feb. 29.”The transaction is on schedule under its original timetable and original terms,” a Dell spokesman said in a statement.EMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.EMC shares closed 0.56 percent higher at $25.12.Dell founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell took the company private three years ago with the help of private equity firm Silver Lake.The computer maker has arranged a debt package for up to $49.5 billion to help finance the EMC deal, the second-largest M&A financing on record.last_img read more

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Cardinals Fall to the Irish at Notre Dame

first_img Doubles competition1. Cameron Corse/Bess Waldram (ND) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-22. Zoe Spence/Brooke Broda (ND) vs. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) 4-4, unfinished3. Zoe Taylor/Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. Nikolina Jovic/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-4 Box Score The University of Louisville took five singles matches to three-sets before falling 7-0 at Notre Dame in ACC women’s tennis action Friday evening at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend.  Singles competition1. #58 Zoe Spence (ND) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-32. Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 7-6 (7-1), 7-53. Cameron Corse (ND) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-64. Bess Waldram (ND) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 6-3, 7-55. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-36. Zoe Taylor (ND) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) Tennis Match ResultsLouisville vs Notre DameMar 08, 2019 at Notre Dame, IN (Eck Tennis Pavilion) The Cards could not wrest the momentum away from the Irish (9-5, 3-3 ACC), who struck first in singles. Louisville’s Diana Wong was the first to fall, succumbing 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) to Zoe Taylor.  Next to fall was Raven Neely at No. 4 when Bess Waldram won 6-3, 7-5.  The match was clinched at the No. 2 spot in a heated battle between UofL’s Nikolina Jovic and ND’s Ally Bojczuk before the Irish took the match 7-6 (7-1), 7-5. The Cardinals (10-6, 2-4 ACC) return to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center to face Georgia Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Cardinals dropped the doubles point when Sena Suswam and Dina Chaika fell 6-2 to Cameron Corse and Bess Waldram at No. 1.  The point was clinched when ND’s Zoe Taylor and Ally Bojczuk downed Nikolina Jovic and Aleksandra Mally 6-4 at No. 3. Sena Suswam took ND’s No. 58 ranked Zoe Spence to three sets before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Aleksandra Mally battled Cameron Corse at the No. 3 spot before falling 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-6. Chloe Hamlin fell 206, 7-5 and 6-3 to Brooke Boda in another three-setter. Notre Dame 7, Louisville 0 Story Links Match Notes:Louisville 10-6, 2-4 ACCNotre Dame 9-5, 3-3 ACCOrder of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,2,5,1,3)T-2:50  A-94  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Reactive optical matter Lightinduced motion

first_img © 2018 Science X Network Newton’s third law dictates that forces between interacting particles are equal and opposite for closed systems. In a non-equilibrium environment, the third law can be defied, giving rise to “nonreciprocal” forces. Theoretically, this was shown when dissimilar, optically trapped particles were mediated by an external field. In a recent study, Yuval Yifat and colleagues measured the net nonreciprocal forces in electrodynamically interacting, asymmetric nanoparticle dimers and nanoparticle aggregates. In the experiments, the nanoparticle structures were confined to pseudo one-dimensional geometries and illuminated by plane waves. The observed motion was due to the conservation of total momentum for particles and fields with broken mirror symmetry (represented by a changed direction of motion). The results are now published on Light: Science & Applications. Journal information: Light: Science & Applications A schematic diagram of the experiment: a) Example trajectories for a homodimer (black) and a heterodimer (color) that are moving in counterclockwise (green) and clockwise (blue) directions. Distribution of instantaneous angular velocities (gray dots) and the mean angular velocities of the homodimers (b, black) and heterodimers (c, orange) as a function of interparticle separation. The bin size is 300 nm. The mean angular velocity value was calculated by fitting a Gaussian function to the instantaneous velocity distribution. The error bars are the 3σ confidence intervals for fitted means of the distribution. Positive velocity is defined as motion of the heterodimer toward the larger NP. d) The calculated mean square displacement (MSD) values for the homodimer data that are shown in (b) (black), the heterodimer data that are shown in (c) (orange), and the subset of the heterodimer data where the interparticle separation was ≤1.2 μm (red). Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y Video of gold (Au) nanoparticle clusters in the ring trap. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y Thereafter, Yifat et al. imaged the representative time trajectories of θc (the central angle of the pair) for the heterodimers and homodimers. In the heterodimers, motion of the pair was directed toward the larger particle and therefore could move clockwise or counterclockwise, around the ring depending on its orientation. The scientists repeated the experiments and combined the results. In the combined data with different heterodimer orientations, positive velocity was defined as the vector from the smaller sample toward the larger particle. For instance, the heterodimers exhibited a positive mean angular velocity at an optical binding separation of 600 ± 150 nm and a negative mean angular velocity when the separation was larger at 900 ± 150 nm. In contrast, the mean angular velocity for a homodimer was zero for all separations. The change in mean velocity and the motion of the heterodimer pair toward the larger, thermally hotter particle was due to the electromagnetic field and not due to heat-induced self-thermophoresis (i.e. local temperature gradient generated due to laser adsorption by the metal-coated particles). In this way, the scientists experimentally demonstrated light-driven motion of heterodimers and asymmetric scatterers in optical ring traps to quantify net nonreciprocal forces in one-dimensional plane wave-fields. Although the experiments were confined to a ring trap in this study, the strategy is transferable to any optically trapped matter structure that exhibits electromagnetic asymmetry. The optical trapping used in the study offered solutions to the experimental challenge of generating directed motion at the nanoscale. Nonreciprocal forces in the study created the self-motile particles without the use of chemical environments, chemical fuels or complex structures.The electrodynamic theory and simulations that were simultaneously conducted in the study also showed that interparticle interactions caused asymmetric scattering in the heterodimers. The work thus fundamentally followed Noether’s theorem (the symmetry of the action of a physical system contains a corresponding conservation law). Accordingly, Yuvat et al. rationalize that the observed self-motility and the quantified nonreciprocal forces followed from the conservation of total momentum of particles and fields, for systems with broken symmetry. The scientists envision the use of such light-driven asymmetric nanoparticle assemblies as active colloids with artificial chemotactic systems, and as fully operational “nanoswimmers” for research in soft condensed matter and biophysics. Citation: Reactive optical matter: Light-induced motion (2018, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-reactive-optical-light-induced-motion.html Video of the silver (Ag) heterodimer in a ring trap – motion in a counter-clockwise direction. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y Diagram of the experimental optical trap described in the text. The setup contains a spatial light modulator (SLM), dark field condenser (DF Cond.), dichroic-mirror (DM) and quarter wave plate (QWP). The trapping laser is reflected from the SLM, which is used for beam shaping. Dark-field illumination that scatters from the Ag (silver) nanoparticles is collected by the microscope objective, spectrally filtered and imaged to a sCMOS (scientific CMOS) array detector camera. b) Depicts the phase mask used to create the ring trap used in the experiments. c) Image of the ring trap on the sCMOS detector. The Gaussian spot in the center is the zero-order reflection of the trapping laser from the SLM. The spot did not affect the experiments since the trap had a larger diameter (scale bar 1 µm). Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y The ability to convert light energy into self-directed motion with light-driven nanomotors or micromachines has already attracted great interest. A variety of methods in optics can produce rotational motion or give rise to translational motion with photoreactive materials. The promise to engineer light-driven nanomotors arose from recent theoretical work, which predicted that dissimilar particles illuminated by an electromagnetic plane wave, will experience a nonreciprocal net force. The predicted nonreciprocal forces were demonstrated with simulations to vary very little with interparticle separation. However, straightforward experimental evidence on the phenomenon was not presented thus far. Exploring the reactive optical effects can open new possibilities of self-assembling, light-driven micromachines to herald a new field in optics and photonics. To fill the experimental gap, in the present study, Yifat et al. demonstrated self-motility using optically bound dimers of disproportionate metallic nanoparticles (NPs). The experimental findings were also supported by quantitative electrodynamic simulations. Aside from dimers, the scientists similarly generated and measured the motion of asymmetric nanoparticle clusters or assemblies. To perform the experiments, Yifat et al. used a standard optical trapping setup with a Ti:Sapphire laser operating at a wavelength of 790 nm. A tightly focused, circularly polarized spatially phase-modulated beam of light formed an optical ring trap. 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 Yifat et al. observed a “heterodimer” of dissimilar particles in which the directed motion of electrodynamically interacting pairs were toward the larger particle. Conversely, when two particles of the same size, termed a “homodimer” came into close proximity, directed motion was not observed. The results were in agreement with the forces calculated using the generalized Mie theory (GMT). The scientists did not observe full or free rotation in the experiment – the manifested torque and its effect will be investigated further in future work. More information: Yuval Yifat et al. Reactive optical matter: light-induced motility in electrodynamically asymmetric nanoscale scatterers, Light: Science & Applications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Londoni, Jussu Societatis Regiae ac typis Josephi Streater, 1687. www.worldcat.org/title/philoso … osephi-streater-1687 A. V. Ivlev et al. Statistical Mechanics where Newton’s Third Law is Broken, Physical Review X (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.011035 Vítězslav Karásek et al. Dynamics of an optically bound structure made of particles of unequal sizes, Optics Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1364/OL.42.001436 Hongxu Chen et al. Light-Powered Micro/Nanomotors, Micromachines (2018). DOI: 10.3390/mi9020041 , Optics Letters “Nonreciprocal” force-induced dynamics. a) Example trajectories for a homodimer (black) and a heterodimer (color) that are moving in counterclockwise (green) and clockwise (blue) directions. Distribution of instantaneous angular velocities (gray dots) and the mean angular velocities of the homodimers (b, black) and heterodimers (c, orange) as a function of interparticle separation. The bin size is 300 nm. The mean angular velocity value was calculated by fitting a Gaussian function to the instantaneous velocity distribution. The error bars are the 3σ confidence intervals for fitted means of the distribution. Positive velocity is defined as motion of the heterodimer toward the larger NP. d) The calculated mean square displacement (MSD) values for the homodimer data that are shown in (b) (black), the heterodimer data that are shown in (c) (orange), and the subset of the heterodimer data where the interparticle separation was ≤1.2 μm (red). Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41377-018-0105-y New device could help answer fundamental questions about quantum physics The findings agreed with previous publications on the asymmetry of light scattered by optically trapped objects. The simulated motion was similarly directed from the small particle to the larger particle. The scientists observed a separation-dependent imbalance of angular scattering (where more light was scattered in one direction than another). The asymmetry in far-field scattering created a force on the dimer, setting it in motion as observed. Similar asymmetric scattering was previously observed for plasmonic nanoantenna. Yifat et al. used the same experimental approach to study gold (Au) nanostar dimers and large asymmetric aggregates of gold nanoparticles. In the study, the motion of a trapped mixture of silver (Ag) nanoparticles with 150 nm – 200 nm diameter were measured using dark-field microscopy at a high frame rate of 290 fps. The particles were tracked, and their precise position used to calculate the angular position (θi) on the ring. The scientists conducted particle imaging and tracking using the mosaic particle tracking toolbox available via Image J software. , Physical Review Xlast_img read more

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In a first KMC to sell plot for private commercial venture

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) for the first time in its history will be selling a plot for private commercial venture. The land parcel of 7.44 acres for outright sale is located in the upmarket locality of New Alipore at the junction of Basantalal Saha Road and Roy Bahadur Road under ward 117.There have been a number of instances when KMC has leased out plots of land for commercial venture. However, senior KMC officials said that the civic body has never ventured into outright sale of land. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe KMC has already started an aggressive advertisement campaign in the form of hoardings at prime locations in the city, to apprise people of their venture.”The place is at a walking distance from Tollygunge Circular Road. Two Metro stations – Rabindra Sarobar and Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, are also at a close proximity. A new bridge connecting Prince Anwar Shah Road with B L Saha Road has also been proposed, which will make communication faster in the days to come,” said a senior KMC official. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe official added that the possession of the land will be faster with KMC being the agency for mutation and sanction of building plan. The land is well demarcated with a boundary wall.”Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) clearance will be given by the competent authority before initial payment. The site already has ready electric connection, water supply system and modern drainage facilities. The mode of payment will be attractive and easy to facilitate the free hold transfer of the land,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the land which the civic body is offering for outright sale, earlier housed a factory of country liquor that had closed down a long time ago.The details regarding the land parcel offer has been notified in the website of KMC- kmcgov.in. The applications will be accepted from October 26 to November 11. The e-auction will start on November 26 at 12 noon and end on November 28 at 5 pm.Special Municipal Commissioner (Development & General) will be supervising the entire process to ensure transparency.last_img read more

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