Contract killers changed clothes and bikes to dodge police

first_imgNew Delhi: When all efforts of the Delhi Police failed to zero in on the suspect in the shooting on a woman case of Dwarka on July 11, cops resorted to CCTV for help.However, police again reached a blind road when even viewing a thousand hours of CCTV footage on the road proved futile with no trace of the criminals beyond a certain point. However, minute observation of the details on the CCTV led Delhi Police investigators to a clue. “We realised that the criminals, in order to dodge police, have changed clothes at a certain point. They also changed bikes so as to bluff the investigators in case they have left a chain of witness behind. However, our team of Dwarka district soon unearthed the plot and trailed the CCTV to village Chhota Bans, Bhati Khurd Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi,” said Madhup Tiwari, Joint CP Western range. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The criminals were seen in the CCTV footage talking to someone on phone, tough that was to bluff the police. Actually they just pretended to talk. This also delayed our investigation,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP Dwarka. The accused were later identified by local intelligence to be Pinku and Giriraj Tomar. They were found missing from their houses but were soon arrested along with the main conspirator Chandraprakash who hired them to kill Kiran Bala. Two other arrested were also made.last_img read more

Tech execs to gather at White House on Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annan informs key players of UNs intention to send team back to

Video of the press encounter [10 mins] “I have written to the Security Council and to the Iraqi Governing Council and the CPA [Coalition Provisional Authority] advising them that I do intend to send a team back to Baghdad, led by [Special Adviser Lakhdar] Brahimi, to work with the Iraqis on the political transitional arrangements leading to the formation of a government on June 30th,” Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York today. The Secretary-General’s decision came in response to letters from the President of the Iraqi Governing Council, Mohammed Bahr Al-Uloom, and CPA Administrator L. Paul Bremer, who have also requested UN assistance with the preparation of direct elections before the end of January 2005.In transmitting the letters to the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General says he will ask Mr. Brahimi and his aides as well as an electoral assistance team to return to Iraq as soon as possible.Responding to press questions today, the Secretary-General noted that several options for the political transition are under consideration. Mr. Brahimi, he said, would discuss these widely with the Iraqis in an effort to forge a consensus on the most viable course of action.The envoy, asked about the role of the United States in backing Iraq’s request, stressed that “we are not looking for a job and we are not dying to go to Iraq, and that if the United Nations is not needed, I think that is perfect from our point of view.”At the same time, he noted that, “from everything we know, the overwhelming majority of the people of Iraq, within and outside of the Governing Council, are really demanding and pressing the United Nations to come back to play a role.”In conjunction with the anniversary of the Iraq war, Mr. Annan was asked about the world body’s relevance in helping the country. “The UN has a unique legitimacy no other organization has,” he pointed out. “The UN has a capacity of bringing countries from around the world to work together and, in fact, most governments have indicated, as much as they are interested in helping see peace and stability in Iraq, would want to do it through the UN.””That’s an affirmation of their trust and belief in the Organization,” he added. Mr. Annan also stressed the capacity of the Iraqi people to help themselves. “When we talk of the UN, we’re talking of the international community, donor community, the neighbours of Iraq, all of us coming together and working with the Iraqi people to make Iraq a peaceful, stable and democratic country.” read more

Transcontinental sells all assets in Saskatchewan lays off 65 employees

A TC Transcontinental sign is pictured at the company’s annual general meeting in Montreal on March 11, 2014. Transcontinental is selling its assets in Saskatchewan and laying off 65 people, citing challenging conditions in the print industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes MONTREAL – Transcontinental is selling all of its assets in Saskatchewan, including 13 newspapers, and laying off 65 employees in the latest sign of the ongoing troubles that have beset some of Canada’s largest media empires.The company’s deal with Star News Publishing announced Monday marks an end to Transcontinental’s 14-year run as a newspaper publisher in Saskatchewan and a retreat from Western Canada altogether.“From a geographic standpoint, operating just a small number of newspapers in Western Canada was not efficient for us,” said Katherine Chartrand, a spokeswoman for the Montreal-based media giant.The transaction leaves Transcontinental with about 150 titles in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Star News Publishing acquires weekly and daily newspapers in Saskatchewan including the Moose Jaw Times Herald and the Prince Albert Daily Herald. It also gets some commercial printing equipment and a book business in the province. Both companies did not disclose the value of the sale.The purchase adds 80 staff to Star News Publishing’s workforce of about 40. It operates five community newspapers in Alberta and Saskatchewan and prints more than 60 community newspapers throughout Western Canada.President Roger Holmes said while newspapers in large cities have been struggling to stay afloat, opportunities remain strong in smaller western communities, where startups are being launched with success.“Community newspapers are healthy and strong in the small, small communities … and it seemed like a great opportunity,” Holmes said from Wainwright, Alta., where the company is based. “I believe in print.”Holmes is a third-generation printer and publisher whose grandfather founded parent company Star News in the 1920s. Last weekend, he was elected president of the Canadian Newspaper Association.Thirty Transcontinental employees will lose their jobs when its printing plant in Saskatoon closes next month and another 35 editorial positions — 23 in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., along with 12 in Quebec — are being eliminated.The job losses announced Monday are in addition to 52 advertising sales positions that Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A) cut last month in Quebec. It has more than 8,000 employees in Canada and the U.S.Canada’s newspaper industry faces deep challenges as its biggest companies continue to slash jobs amid weak advertising revenues.Postmedia is struggling with debt while some of the country’s oldest dailies, such as the Guelph Mercury, have ceased publishing print editions.The company that owns the Toronto Star has shed more than 300 production and editorial positions and Montreal’s La Presse last year sold all its French-language regional newspapers in Quebec and ended the weekday printed paper. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2016 12:51 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transcontinental sells all assets in Saskatchewan, lays off 65 employees read more

Myanmar praising Governmentled flood response UN relief official pledges support as more

In a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Ms. Dessallien recapped her travels through Myanmar’s Kale Township, where she had visited communities affected by floods and observed ongoing relief efforts.The waters are now receding, leaving behind entire communities buried under mud and debris. Crops have been destroyed, homes have collapsed, livestock have been killed and precious belongings have been swept away. In the latest humanitarian snapshot of the situation on the ground, OCHA and its partners in Myanmar report that, since mid-July, more than 1 million people have been critically affected by monsoonal floods and landslides. In addition, more than 687,200 acres of farmland has been damaged, and many roads and bridges were destroyed in the worst affected states and regions.OCHA says that the UN and its partners, in support of the Government and in partnership with local organizations, continue to scale up the humanitarian response. More than 213,000 people have been reached with food assistance, 10,000 emergency shelters are initially planned to address housing needs in the worst affected areas, and water treatment tablet and hygiene kit distribution, as well as clean-up of wells and ponds, is ongoing throughout affected areas. As water levels start to recede in some areas, the need for a rapid transition to early recovery and rehabilitation is critical, including in the areas of livelihoods and supporting the Government in restoring essential services, according to OCHA. At the same time, the UN humanitarian wing warns that a low-pressure system has formed in the north-western part of the Bay of Bengal and could bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the Ayeyarwady Region and the southern coast of Rakhine state, with widespread rain throughout the country’s states and regions. In her remarks, Ms. Dessallien underscored that the people of Myanmar are among the most generous in the world. The masses of volunteers, staff of local organizations, authorities, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), celebrities and ordinary people, in their caring and generosity, dedication and courage “are showing the true spirit of Myanmar.” She thanked the international community, particularly regional and traditional donor countries, which have been quick to fund immediate life-saving assistance and have pledged to provide support to the recovery and reconstruction efforts in the longer term. Government officials, several ambassadors, NGOs and UN colleagues accompanied the humanitarian coordinator on her visit.The UN is currently providing $10 million in flood assistance across the country, representing, thus far, half the total international response. While, to date, the basic needs of the flood-affected people are being met, the rainy season is not over. “We are concerned with reports forecasting additional rains. We must sustain our efforts both to meet immediate needs, as well as to ensure that people, whose assets and livelihoods have been lost, can quickly recover,” Ms. Dessallien concluded. read more

New UN agency guidelines aim to sustain forest benefits for future generations

The FAO is the lead United Nations agency on the sustainable use of forests, and the voluntary guidelines refer to so-called forest concessions; laws and policies that allow local communities and private individuals or businesses to use forested land in return for payment or services.The aim is to make these concessions “more transparent, accountable and beneficial to some of the poorest communities in the world”, said the agency.It is hoped that by adopting the guidelines, countries in tropical regions will be able to curb abuse of forest land due to poor management; corruption and bribery; tenure disputes, and the harassment of local communities.“If well managed, forest concessions can have multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits and increase the value of standing forests for present and future generations,” said Eva Muller, the head of Forestry Policy and Resources Division at FAO.“All in all, they can improve the lives of rural communities in some of the poorest and most isolated parts of the world.”If well managed, forest concessions can have multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits and increase the value of standing forests for present and future generations – Eva Muller, senior FAO officialForest concessions at workWhen well managed, forest concessions can curb deforestation and reduce forest degradation. They can also reduce carbon footprint and combat climate change, while increasing employment opportunities and services in local communities.Proper concessions also add to local and national revenues, which can in turn be invested in development, health and services.A good example is the Borneo Initiative, a foundation established in 2008, which has provided financial and technical assistance to concession-holders linking them to a professional network of experts to guide them through the process. It has already led to an increase of more than 2 million hectares of natural forest across Indonesia.Another example is in Guatemala, where concessions are providing direct financial benefits to local communities and have generated more than 16,000 jobs, which in turn brings additional economic benefits.VerificationThe guidelines – formally entitled: “Making forest concessions in the tropics work to achieve the 2030 Agenda” – build on best practices from around the world, and are based on consultations with more than 300 technical experts from the public and private sectors, together with civil society representatives from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.A self-assessment tool is one key recommendation, whereby concession-holders and local communities can verify if their agreements will encourage the sustainable use of forest land.The guidelines were launched on the margins of the 13th session of the UN Forum on Forests, which has been taking place this week at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Buckeyes remain confident through turmoil

As the dust settles on an off-season to forget, Ohio State players are using the events of this past spring to their advantage. They’re using it as motivation. “We’ve gotten more pissed off,” said senior center Michael Brewster in a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve gotten a lot tighter and we’re working even harder toward our goals.” Brewster believes that it is easy to become content and complacent when you’re used to winning and this “gut-check” might just be exactly what the Buckeyes needed. “(Becoming content and complacent) is definitely not going to happen now I can tell you that, just because of everything that’s gone on,” he said. Brewster and the Buckeyes expressed that they have no intentions of losing hope this upcoming season. “All we think about is winning,” Brewster said. “Getting ready to win, and doing everything to win. We’ve been a part of a winning program since we gotten here and we’re not going to let that stop just because of what’s happened.” Senior defensive back Nate Oliver said although Jim Tressel’s departure on May 30 has been tough on all Buckeye players, they must continue to move forward. “It hurts,” he said. “But it gives you an extra burst, it makes you want to work harder… And we know that he’s always a phone call away.” Oliver expressed that he is confident in Coach Fickell’s ability to lead the team. “You lose knowledge (with Tressel gone), but you also have knowledge from Coach Fickell so it’s really not going to be that big of a drop-off,” Oliver said. “(Fickell) is going to bring that toughness. His toughness, his character, and his passion about what he does—guys are going to be lined up to play just like we always are.” While Oliver is fully confident of coach Fickell’s ability to lead the Buckeyes football team, he said he has continued to maintain a close relationship to Tressel after his departure saying that he talks to coach Tressel “once a week.” Senior lineman John Simon added that the departures have given the Buckeyes something to play for, but it is up to them to turn negatives into a positive. “It’s definitely going to put a chip on our shoulder,” he said. “But we’re going to have to game plan and practice hard all week and execute or it don’t mean nothing.” After the athletic director, Gene Smith, removed the “interim” title from now head coach Luke Fickell’s name this month, Fickell made his first statement as to his starting quarterback for the 2011-12 season. “(The quarterback job) is completely wide open, and (Joe Bauserman) understands that,” Fickell said. After allegations sidelined former quarterback Terrelle Pryor indefinitely, senior quarterback Joe Bauserman expressed that the job opening didn’t change anything. “There’s no change, you prepare for the long haul.” Not known for his leadership off the field, Bauserman says it will be extremely important for him to be an example for his teammates if he wants to be a leader. “I want to show the guys that I can workout with the best of them and I can give the most effort and be one of the tougher guys and stuff so they can do the same thing and believe in me.” Brewster and the Buckeyes fully expect to continue their winning ways this season and set their standards high. “Every season we have a goal to win the Big Ten Championship and the National Championship,” he said. “We’re full steam ahead,” Brewster said. “We’re fully behind coach (Fickell). We’re not going to skip a beat. “ read more

Nintendo 3DS battery life is only 35 hours

first_imgWhen the 3DS was officially unveiled there was an extra piece of kit that Nintendo made a big deal about shipping with the handheld. It was a charging dock for your 3DS to sit in and recharge when not in use.How nice, we thought at the time, but there was a reason Nintendo decided to make charging your device as easy as possible: the battery doesn’t last anywhere near as long as a DS. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata even admitted as much back in October during a Q&A session where he stated:As for the battery, it is inevitable that Nintendo 3DS will be a device which requires more frequent recharging than Nintendo DS. This is why we are going to include the cradle, which is a dedicated battery charger. Perhaps we may need to dispatch to our consumers a message, something like, “Please place your Nintendo 3DS on the cradle as soon as you return home with it.” Nintendo has now updated its Japanese 3DS website to include a hardware page describing the different components of the system. Here’s the important bits about the battery:3DS charging time: 3 hours 30 minutesBattery life playing 3DS games: 3-5 hoursBattery life playing DS games: 5-8 hoursNintendo also state that those times are only approximate and may be shorter “depending on operating conditions”. The 8 hours upper limit stated for DS games requires the brightness of the displays be turned right down.We expected the battery life to be shorter for 3DS games due to the 3D viewing experience requiring it to dual render, and the always-connected wireless of the device for StreetPass. But for DS games with no 3D we expected a little more play time between charges.For anyone wondering what comes in the box with their 3DS, here’s the contents list also taken from the hardware page:Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS charger standAC adapter for Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS dedicated stylusSD Memory Card (2 GB)AR cards (6), reflecting the play outside the camera using the compatible softwareQuick Start GuideInstruction ManualGuaranteeRead more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Trump’s plan to cut NEA funds causes concern

first_imgIn mid-December, after weeks of conjuring up the right emotions and tone of voice, Laney Pham stepped onto the podium at Battle Ground High School to recite a poem. Though the Vietnamese-American student once struggled with English, Pham flawlessly delivered “Personal” by Tony Hoagland. She was awarded first place in the schoolwide poetry competition.Students nationwide have been doing so for the past 11 years as part of the Poetry Out Loud program. But the competition may soon disappear — along with many others federally-funded humanities program.President Donald Trump plans to cut $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. His blueprint, similar to that of the Republican Study Committee, would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. It would mean Washington and other states would lose many extracurricular arts programs. Most schools receive support from NEA funds.“It certainly would cause concern for all different types of programs that provide public access to the arts, and in particular access to arts education, as a part of basic education,” said Lisa Jaret, program manager with the Washington State Arts Commission.Jaret said that with Poetry Out Loud 95 percent funded by the NEA, she doubts it would continue to be an option in Washington schools after the cuts.last_img read more

Thomas Tuchel praises his teams performance against Lille

first_imgOn the eve of Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to the Stadio San Paolo, Thomas Tuchel has gone public to praise his team performance against LilleThe Parisians have recorded their 12th successive Ligue 1 triumph, setting a new record in top five European leagues. Led by the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the reigning French champions seem virtually unstoppable in the national championship.However, things are not going as smooth as expected in the Champions League. Apart from a devastating 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade, PSG have lost to Liverpool and barely secured a 2-2 draw with Napoli at Parc des Princes.In a post-match interview on Friday night, Tuchel has hailed his players, labeling a 2-1 victory over Lille a ‘best performance of his team this season,’ which has been broadcasted by the Sport 360.“I think it was our best match this season,” former Borussia Dortmund coach said.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It was necessary against this opponent, and it will also be necessary on Tuesday night. Napoli have a different style, and it will be a big challenge.“The team is confident after this game. It was necessary to play with a lot of quality, and we did.“It was a wonderful performance. There was a lot of structure, possession of the ball, we closed the spaces. We were very serious, very disciplined, and we have to congratulate my team.”Paris Saint-Germain will take Napoli on Tuesday, as Tuchel hopes to see his side achieving the first road points in Europe this season.last_img read more

ASA Tells White House of Support for Japans Entry into TPP

first_imgThis week, ASA and 74 other groups representing a wide range of agricultural operations in a letter to President Barack Obama expressing support for the entry of Japan into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and urging the U.S. and other members of the TPP to welcome Japan as a full member as quickly as possible.”The addition of Japan to the negotiations will exponentially increase the importance of the TPP to U.S. farmers and ranchers, processors and exporters as well as other sectors of the U.S. economy,” wrote the groups in the letter. “Furthermore, it will spur interest in the TPP among other countries in Asia and Latin America. Finally, it will send a strong signal to other nations that efforts to negotiate more open and transparent regional trading arrangements will continue, even as multilateral efforts to do so are stymied.The letter noted the potential within the Japanese market, pointing out the country’s economy is second only to China’s in the region, and it is the United States’ fourth largest agricultural export market overall, despite maintaining substantial import barriers.”Our food and agricultural exports to Japan in 2012 totaled $13.5 billion,” added the groups. “Aside from Canada and Mexico, the next most important agricultural export market among the parties to the TPP is Vietnam, ranking 16th overall and totaling $1.7 billion. Thus, Japan’s entry into the TPP as a full partner greatly enhances the overall value of this momentous regional free trade agreement.”last_img read more

Fords heavyduty trucks are set to be even more capable in 2020

first_img Ford More From Roadshow 0 Enlarge ImageI bet that 7.3-liter V8 sounds pretty great when you’re out stumpin’. Ford The world of heavy-duty trucks is just a little different than that of light-duty trucks and passenger cars. With a near-total focus on work and productivity, upgrades in this arena tend to make life easier for those at work, not those at play. To that end, two new upgrades for Ford’s 2020 F-Series Super Duty should help the workforce get through the day a little easier.7.3-liter V8One major update for the 2020 F-Series Super Duty is the inclusion of a new 7.3-liter gas V8. According to Ford, this engine offers best-in-class output for gas V8s with 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Nearly all Super Duty trucks will see the engine mated to a new heavy-duty 10-speed automatic transmission, except for the F-650 and F-750, which will still use the old (but still beefy) six-speed automatic. To get things moving more quickly, this overhead-valve V8 produces over 400 lb-ft of its max torque at just 1,500 rpm, with the peak arriving at 4,000 rpm. To aid durability, there’s a forged steel crankshaft with “extra-large” main bearings, and there are cooling jets for the pistons to help keep temperatures kosher under heavy load. The 7.3-liter will first be available on F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks. Eventually, it will expand (albeit in a slightly lower output, 350 hp and 468 lb-ft) to become standard on the F-450 chassis cab, F-550, F-600, F-650 and F-750. It’ll also show up on the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models, as well as the E-Series cutaway. Eventually, Ford will also introduce a different engine calibration that keeps fuel economy in mind, but the automaker didn’t say when that would ImageDon’t worry, those cutaway holes are only for show. Ford doesn’t give you the engine like that. Ford Standard power takeoffIf you’re wondering how truck-chassis dumpers or snowplows get their power, it’s from a device called the power takeoff, which connects to the powertrain to provide mechanical or hydraulic power to accessories like cranes, boom lifts or the aforementioned. Ford’s second heavy-duty announcement is the addition of a standard power takeoff unit, which produces up to 300 pound-feet of stationary torque. It won’t be standard on every model, though. It’s limited to the F-Series Super Duty chassis cab with the 6.7-liter diesel V8, but it’s still available as an option for Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs with the new 7.3-liter V8. It should also appear on F-650 and F-750 models with the six-speed automatic, but Ford will announce more info to that end at a later date.Whereas some power takeoff systems only work when the engine is stationary, the one bolted to Ford’s heavy-duty 10-speed automatic is a “live” setup, which means it can be used while the vehicle is in motion. A snowplow isn’t very useful if it can’t push snow around, after all. ford-10atEnlarge ImageFord didn’t supply any pictures of the power takeoff unit, so here’s a shot of the heavy-duty 10-speed automatic, instead. Ford Trucks Auto Tech 2018 Volvo XC60 T8: More hustle from a hybrid Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment Tags Ford 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’last_img read more

3month deadline set for Gollaguda 2BHKs completion in Nalgonda

first_imgNalgonda: District Collector Gaurav Uppal ordered the officials concerned to complete the construction works of 2BHK houses at Gollaguda site in the town within three months.Along with Nalgonda MLA K Bhupal Reddy, the Collector on Thursday inspected the status of 2BHK houses and held discussions with officials and respective contractors. The officials concerned explained the status of the houses. They informed that out of 560 sanctioned houses, except lighting and other minor works, the works of 336 houses were completed successfully. Also Read – Komatireddy demands funds for local bodies in Yadadri- Bhongir Advertise With Us The Collector directed the contactor to finish the rest of houses within three months by using more manpower. Local MLA Bhupal Reddy instructed the municipal officials to take necessary steps to provide drinking water to denizens under AMRUT scheme. Housing department Project Director Raj Kumar, Land and Survey department AD Srinivaslulu, Panchayat Raj department EE Tirupataiah, Municipal DE Ramulu and other officials were present during the Collector’s visit.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – New way to detect dark matter a

first_img © 2015 Journal information: Scientific Reports Trio create artificial magnetic wormhole (—It was another good week for physics as Ian Shoemaker, until recently with the University of Southern Denmark, proposed a new theory, suggesting that if we want to detect dark matter, we might need a different approach—he believes that scientists should be looking for dark radiation signals that theoretically result from dark matter collisions. Also, another trio created an artificial magnetic wormhole—a three-layered sphere that makes it appears as if a magnetic field has suddenly disappeared and then reappeared somewhere else. In other news, a team of researchers in Rome and Geneva found a way to create tiny gears that increase light-to-work conversion efficiency by five orders of magnitude—by shining an LED light on tiny pinwheel-shaped gears floating on a liquid surface. Also, an international team of researchers came up with a way to fabricate hexagonal silicon, potentially leading to light-emitting semiconductors. They believe it could lead to new kinds of optical, electrical and superconducting materials. And another team at Cornell University reported on their efforts to explore the origins of energy in chemical reactions using experimental quantum chemistry.In unrelated news, a team of paleobotanists reported that they had identified what could be the mythical “first flower”—Montsechia vidalii, a plant that once grew abundantly in the Pyrenees and in the Iberian Range. Also, another team working at the Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten dig site in Germany reported that they had found evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe. In the interesting developments file, a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reported that they had developed a drug—a regenerative peptide—that protects against the deadly effects of nuclear radiation 24 hours after exposure. And there were reports, of course, of the Ashley Madison “cheater” files hitting the dark web—the hacker group made good on its promise to release data stolen from the site that specializes in providing a way for people to cheat on their partners.And finally, if you have ever found things getting weird when gazing into the eyes of a loved one for very long, you might have a lot of company, as a team of researchers has found that staring into someone’s eyes for a long time can cause hallucinations. Apparently, it happens to most people. Citation: Best of Last Week – New way to detect dark matter, a magnetic wormhole and staring found to cause hallucinations (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further (a) The field of a magnetic source (right) is appearing as an isolated magnetic monopole when passing through the magnetostatic wormhole; the whole spherical device is magnetically undetectable. (b) The wormhole is composed of (from left to right) an outer spherical ferromagnetic metasurface, a spherical superconducting layer, and an inner spirally wound ferromagnetic sheet. Credit: Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 12488 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep12488 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.last_img read more

Contiki launches new USA Canada program with 10 EBB

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Contiki, USA & Canada TORONTO — Just in time for Canada Day, Contiki has announced the launch of its new ‘USA & Canada 2018-20’ program featuring a range of 25 adventures across the continent.The new program comes on the heels of the company’s recent studies that showed a trend towards travel to areas of natural beauty, with half of young respondents highlighting nature and the outdoors as two major factors in their travel plans. Known worldwide for its abundance of untouched wilderness, Canadians are now increasingly looking to their own “backyards” for their travels, says Contiki.To entice Canadians to explore their own country, Contiki is offering savings up to $1,319, or 10% off, if they pay in full by Sept. 5, 2018. For clients looking to road trip with their group of friends and family, everyone can save 10% when 10 or more travellers book on the same adventure, or the 11th person travels free; 7.5% when seven or more book together; and 5% when four or more book.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We’re excited to launch this new program as an ode to our beautiful country and continent,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From snow-capped Grouse Mountain, the never ending outside activities in Banff, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ at the Calgary Stampede to the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, travelling on any of our Contiki road trips are guaranteed to be packed with immersive experiences, great value and of course, delicious quintessentially Canadian food!”New for 2018-20 is the ‘Orlando Explorer’, an un-escorted three- or five-day stay that includes admission for a one (three-day version of the trip) or two-day (five-day version) park to park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with easy access to the area’s famous amusement parks. This short-stay trip does not need to be booked in conjunction with a trip and can be booked as a standalone.Also available is the 13-day ‘Canada & The Rockies (plus Calgary Stampede) itinerary, which includes highlights like the Lillooet Mountain Range, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary and Vancouver. Due to popular demand, more departures have been added during the Calgary Stampede, which features 10 days of nonstop entertainment.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthClients can also book the 20-day ‘Grand Canadian’ road trip, which takes in the sights of Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal and includes a stay in Jasper National Park.For more information go to Posted by Contiki launches new USA & Canada program with 10% EBBcenter_img Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Somalia seizes weapons said to be from alQaida

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