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LS polls experience will come in handy during Delhi assembly election CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Preparatory work for the Delhi assembly polls will begin soon and experiences from the recently-concluded general elections will come in handy in conducting that exercise, the Delhi CEO said on Monday. Addressing a press conference here, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh also said the entire election machinery worked in tandem to conduct the Lok Sabha polls here in a “well-managed” way.”There was no challenge in conducting the elections here, and no particular biggest challenge as such,” he said in response to a question. Three things are of importance in elections –first is the voters list and and that aspect we managed well. Some issues had come up, but then we engaged all stakeholders and raised awareness in larger public interest,” Singh said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe second thing is to conduct elections as per laws and Election Commission guidelines. Since, it’s is a very technical and rigorous exercise and requires a lot of training and application, this was done with proper care, he said. “The third aspect is cooperation of other support systems to ensure a free and fair, and transparent and ethical election, through model code of conduct (MCC) enforcement, which we did. MCC enforcement was a very important element in conduct of elections,” Singh said. Asked about the preparations for the forthcoming Delhi assembly polls, the CEO said, “Our next challenge or next assignment would be the assembly polls here.”last_img read more

Iqaluit kids getting set for long winter on the ice

first_imgSteve Mongeau APTN National NewsWhile the world watches the summer Olympics unfold in Brazil, winter is moving in on Nunavut.And this week in Iqaluit, some Nunavut kids are getting a head start on the long winter days spent on te ice.last_img

Shane Watson bids adieu to Big Bash League

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Watson, who was the captain of the Sydney Thunders, has called time to his BBL career in order to spend more time with family. The 37-year-old played for the club for four years, captaining the side for the past three seasons. “I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has been involved with the Sydney Thunder over the last four seasons,” said Watson in a statement issued at the club’s website. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I have so many amazing memories that I will savour forever with the one standout being our win in 2016. I want to especially thank Nick Cummins, Paddy Upton, Lee Germon and Shane Bond who made my experience with the club so enjoyable,” he added. Watson finishes his career as Sydney Thunder’s all-time leading run-scorer with 1,014 runs from 42 games. Cementing himself as one of Sydney Thunder’s most popular players, the all-rounder also took 19 wickets for the club and helped Thunder win their first-ever BBL Championship in 2016. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Sydney Thunder head coach Shane Bond paid tribute to Watson on a career that included 307 appearances across all formats for Australia. “I played against him a little bit and he was an outstanding player, so I was really looking forward to working with him,” said Bond. “He was great to work with, he’s the ultimate professional. He cared about the team and the players and was hugely respected in the dressing room. We’re really going to miss what he brings to the team and he will be a big loss,” he added. Watson will be available for select overseas tournaments, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).last_img read more

Liverpool ‘giants’ stun Barca to make Champions League final

first_imgLiverpool: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side as “mentality giants” after producing one of the most stunning comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 and progress to the final for the second consecutive year on Tuesday. The Reds not only had a mountain to climb on the scoreboard after last week’s 3-0 loss at the Camp Nou, but were deprived of two of their most potent attacking weapons in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino due to injury. However, Divock Origi — making a rare start — and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum both scored twice as Barca surrendered a three-goal first-leg lead to exit the Champions League for the second straight season. “With any other team I wouldn’t think it was possible. They are really mentality giants,” said Klopp. “It is unbelievable the season we had, the games we had, the injuries we had now. “Going out there and putting in a performance like this on the pitch is unbelievable. I am really proud to be the manager of this team. “What they did tonight was really special. I will remember it forever.” Liverpool will face either Ajax or Tottenham in the final on June 1 in Madrid and the Reds’ stunning victory brought back memories of when they last lifted the trophy in 2005 after overturning a 3-0 half-time deficit in the final against AC Milan in Istanbul. However, Klopp underlined the importance of his side writing their own history even if their bid for a first Premier League title for 29 years falls short behind Manchester City this weekend. “We believed in this chance, we didn’t compare it with Istanbul or whatever,” added Klopp. “We want to create our own history. We need new chapters obviously and the boys did it.” Despite the despondency of losing Salah and Firmino, Jurgen Klopp’s men never lost faith and were accompanied by a typically raucous Anfield atmosphere on a European night. Origi would almost certainly not have started had Salah and Firmino been fit. But the Belgian has made a habit of scoring important goals in Liverpool’s title challenge and had his first ever in the Champions League on seven minutes on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen had denied Jordan Henderson’s initial effort. “We know this club is the mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and football quality. You cut off one and it doesn’t work, we know that,” continued Klopp. “This club has a big heart. The heart was pounding like crazy, you could hear it and feel it all over the world. I am so happy we could give the people this experience.” Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde on the other hand now has to face up to the second major European embarrassment of his time in charge. The Spanish champions blew a 4-1 first-leg lead to bow out at the quarter-finals against Roma last year. “The most hurtful thing is to repeat it,” said Valverde, who may struggle to hold onto his job despite winning two La Liga titles as Barca boss. “When you have a collapse of this nature we will have a few horrible days ahead.” Barca were left to rue not taking their chances in the first half after weathering Liverpool’s early burst. Lionel Messi had seemingly turned the tie in the Catalans’ favour late in the first leg with a brilliant free-kick and his first effort was tipped over by Alisson Becker before the Brazilian denied international teammate Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool were seemingly dealt another injury blow as Andy Robertson could not continue after half-time, but he made way for Wijnaldum with James Milner moving to left-back. The Dutch midfielder made a massive impact as he was picked out by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross and drilled under Ter Stegen. And from Liverpool’s next attack, Xherdan Shaqiri picked out Wijnaldum to head home at the Kop end. “Once again we showed that everything is possible in football,” said Wijnaldum. “I was really angry at the manager that he put me on the bench but I had to do something to help the team when I came on.” Valverde tried to restore some order as Coutinho, who cost 142 million ( 186 million) when moving between the clubs in January 2018, was replaced for the second time in the tie. The change briefly had an impact, but Barca were inexplicably caught cold from a quick Alexander-Arnold corner 11 minutes from time that picked out Origi completely unmarked to fire high past Ter Stegen. “A genius moment,” Klopp of Alexander-Arnold’s quick thinking. “I saw the ball flying in the net and had no idea who took the corner and who scored the goal.”last_img read more

China cuts benchmark lending rate takes new step to ease controls on

China cuts benchmark lending rate, takes new step to ease controls on bank deposits BEIJING, China – China has cut its key lending rate for the first time in four years and taken a small step toward letting market forces set bank deposit rates, as it tries to reverse an economic slump and put more money in consumers’ pockets.The rate cut Thursday came as Chinese leaders are reversing course and loosening lending and investment curbs they steadily tightened over the past two years to cool an overheated economy.The central bank also said China’s commercial banks would be allowed to pay higher deposit rates than those dictated by the government, though it said rates will be capped for now at 1.1 times the official level. That could help to shift money to households from China’s hugely profitable government-owned banks.The change is the latest step in reforms aimed at making China’s financial system more efficient by easing controls that forced depositors to subsidize lending to government companies by holding down rates paid on savings.Analysts said the changes and timing suggest May trade and economic data due to be released in the next few days are unexpectedly weak and have spurred authorities to take more urgent action.“Markets are bracing for a potentially bad set of May economic data for China,” said Moody’s Analytics economic Alistair Chan in a report.The slowdown, raising the risk of job losses and unrest, comes at an awkward time for the ruling Communist Party, which is trying to enforce calm ahead of a once-a-decade handover of power to younger leaders.The rate on a one-year loan was cut by a quarter percentage point to 6.31 per cent effective Friday. It was the first rate cut since November 2008.Beijing has rolled out a series of measures to stimulate the economy after growth fell to a nearly three-year low of 8.1 per cent in the first quarter and April factory output grew at its slowest rate since the 2008 crisis. Private sector analysts expect this quarter’s growth to fall further.“We expect a boost to demand for lending as a result of the cuts, although the actual impact will be limited given low demand for credit,” said Credit Agricole CIB economist Dariusz Kowalczyk in a report.The government has said it will pump billions of dollars into the economy through spending on building low-cost housing, airports and other public works. It also has approved a wave of major investments by state companies.However, communist leaders are moving cautiously after their huge stimulus in response to the 2008 financial crisis fueled inflation and a wasteful building boom.Banks might respond to the change in controls on deposit rates by boosting rates to the new cap to attract or keep deposits, analysts said. That would shift more money from banks to households.“Competition should push deposit rates higher. This too should help stimulus efforts,” said Qinwei Wang and Mark Williams of Capital Economics.The controls have given Chinese banks a margin between lending and deposit rates of more than 3 per cent — among the world’s largest — and guaranteed them fat profits.Profits for China’s banks are equal to more than 3 per cent of gross domestic product, the highest rate for any major economy and well above Japan’s 0.6 per cent and Australia’s 2.7 per cent, according to Citigroup analyst Simon Ho.This week’s change should narrow banks’ interest rate margin by 0.19 percentage point, according to Deutschebank’s Ma.Also Thursday, the central bank expanded flexibility for banks in rates they can charge borrowers. The minimum rate for commercial loans was lowered to 0.8 times the benchmark from the previous level of 0.9 per cent.More than 70 per cent of bank loans already are charged at rates above the benchmark, according to J.P. Morgan. That could help to cushion the impact of easing controls on deposit rates because banks effectively already have wider margins on those loans.On May 12, regulators cut the minimum amount of reserves Chinese banks are required to hold in another effort to boost lending. Analysts said that would have little effect because struggling businesses were unlikely to borrow.Among other measures in recent weeks, Beijing has announced 66 billion yuan ($10 billion) in spending on building affordable housing and 26.5 billion yuan ($4.2 billion) to subsidize sales of energy-efficient appliances.“Many harbour doubts about the wisdom of another credit-fuelled stimulus, but the government’s overriding objective is now to ensure that the economy is not too fragile in the final months before the once-in-a-decade leadership transition,” said Wang and Williams of Capital Economics.“With policy strongly stimulative, we expect the economy to recover in the second half of the year.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 8, 2012 4:50 am MDT read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 5 June 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     French and German Ministers plan for ‘two-speed Europe’2.     Eurostat – Eurozone inflation rises to 0.3% in May3.     MEPs give green light to TTIP4.     23rd EU-Japan Summit held5.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Nicolas Szerszen hitting his stride for Ohio State mens volleyball

OSU sophomore Nicolas Szerszen (9) prepares to spike the ball during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15. OSU won 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSUNicolas Szerszen, a sophomore on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, was named offensive player of the week by the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for the second straight week for the week of Jan. 18.The 6-foot-4 outside attacker has been dominating on the floor amid his team’s four-game win streak. In the Jan. 22 match against Coker, Szerszen finished with 21 attacks through in the match’s three sets with a hitting percentage of .333. He also scored 18 serving points, with a .944 serving percentage.  Szerszen said it “definitely feels good” to get personal titles, but he stressed that his main focus is on the team.“If I can get titles and help them win is even better,” he said.His success, according to OSU coach Pete Hanson, comes from his growth this year compared to his freshman season. Despite starting all 30 games last season, with a year under his belt, Szerszen is beginning to hit his stride as a collegiate athlete.“What is happening with Nicolas is he is maturing,” Hanson said. “He is understanding what college volleyball is all about. He’s kind of figured it out.”Szerszen first started playing volleyball with his family when he was only 6 years old and started competing on a team around the age of 12. He has been actively partaking in his family’s love for volleyball ever since. In addition to suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray, Szerszen, whose hometown is Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, is a member of his country’s national team pipeline. He had made his choice to cross the Atlantic and come to Columbus to play volleyball based on his sister. His sister suited up for the OSU women’s volleyball team when she was in college from 2006-2010. In addition to his successful year on the court, he was recently accepted to the mechanical engineering major at OSU.Szerszen said the university, from the sites he walks by on a daily basis to the place where he gives it his all for his volleyball team, already holds a special place in his heart.“I like St. John Arena because it’s the place I am when I’m doing what I like, but other than that I walk through The Oval almost every morning and I think it’s a unique place to this university,” Szerszen stated.The team’s next match is scheduled for Friday in Illinois against Quincy University. After that, the next home contest is slated for Thursday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. read more

€1 million deducted from social welfare benefits to pay property tax

first_imgUpdated 8pmOVER 15,000 PEOPLE have opted to have the property tax deducted from their social welfare payments with some €1 million collected so far this year.The figures released by Finance Minister Michael Noonan, show that owners of 15, 450 residential properties have chosen this option.In the vast majority of cases, Noonan said deductions from payments have already commenced and over €1 million has been collected by Revenue to date. It is estimated that some €2.26 million in total will be collected by Revenue in this manner.The minister revealed in September that issues arose with this payment option whereby some people had selected the wrong social welfare payment type while others were found to be in receipt of a payment type that was not covered for this option.The property tax can only be deducted from the following payments:The State Pension (contributory, non contributory and transition);Widow/widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory and Non-Contributory Pensions;One Parent Family Payment;Invalidity Pension;Carer’s Allowance;Disability Allowance;Blind Pension.People on unemployment benefits like jobseekers’ allowance cannot choose this payment option.Noonan said that the Revenue Commissioners have advised that where issues arise, they are addressed on a case by case basis.“I am further advised that there is an ongoing dialogue between Revenue and the Department of Social Protection, with a view to ensuring that this payment option operates as smoothly as possible,” he said.Earlier this week the Revenue Commissioners extended the deadline for filing your Local Property Tax deadline online following the “exceptional level” of filing and volume of calls to the helpline.- First published 8amRead: Revenue extends deadline for filing property tax returns online until Friday>last_img read more

One geeks dream An ATAT for America

first_imgIt’s been years since the United States had a massive monument that all of its people could rally around, regardless of their political, ideological, religious, or personal beliefs. Sure we have the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, but those are all old and historic. What about something new, like a fully-functional, full-scale AT-AT Imperial Walker from Star Wars? Now that would be something to rally around.Sure, America has no shortage of monuments, but how many national monuments could walk their way from coast to coast, touring the country, and stopping in cities along the way for everyone to see? Over at Tumblr, one person has called upon the nerds of America to put our collective heads together and make this a reality: a creation to give the American people something to believe in.Putting aside whether or not it’s actually possible to build something like an AT-AT Imperial Walker, and how it would be fueled and propelled if it were a real object, the project is interesting. Mike, the person behind the site, points out that he has no mechanical aptitude, and no budget to make this happen by himself, but with the power of every geek, nerd, Star Wars fan, and interested party in America, we could have a real working AT-AT strolling through the cornfields of the Midwest or watching the coast off of New York City.According to the site, the idea has already been bounced off minds like Adam Savage from Mythbusters, Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing and Make Magazine, and Ken Denmead of GeekDad, and everyone’s in agreement: this needs to happen now. So far the page has drawn well over a hundred people re-blogging the effort, a mention on G4TV’s Attack of The Show, support to raise funding at Kickstarter, and the author has posted contact information for interested parties to reach out if they want to lend their skills, resources, or money to the effort. Time will tell who’ll answer the call.Read more at AT-AT for Americalast_img read more

Tsipras meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leaders of Greece and Israel agreed on Wednesday to seek tangible ways to strengthen ties between the two countries and to bring Cyprus into their discussions, particularly regarding energy issues.On the first day of his visit to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held what seem to have been productive talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.The two leaders agreed that intergovernmental discussions between the two countries should continue, with the next meeting possibly being held in Jerusalem in January.It is also likely that Cyprus will be invited so that trilateral talks can also be held.Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was in Israel earlier this month for discussions mostly focused on energy issues.Tsipras said that the aim of the talks would be to decide on specific steps toward bolstering cooperation “and for these steps to be put into practice, not just to remain an exercise on paper.”“One of the main issues in our discussions today was the opportunities arising in the fields of energy in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said the Greek premier. “We are examining ways to cooperate in research, drilling and the transportation of gas from Israel to Europe.”Israel is currently examining ways in which to export its gas and one of the options is to build a pipeline to Cyprus, from where it will then be transported to Greece.“We’re the two democracies in the Eastern Mediterranean and we are obviously aware that we have a world of opportunities – of technology, of development, of progress – to seize and we can seize it better through cooperation,” Netanyahu said in a statement.“But equally we also understand that there are great challenges before us, especially very violent religious fundamentalism that seeks to sweep our world.”Tsipras also expressed concern about the potential spread of jihadism.The prime minister is due to hold talks on Thursday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and in comments on Wednesday said that Greece is “opposed to every terrorist act but also to violence against civilians.”Before returning to Greece, Tsipras will also hold talks with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Public Advisory Border Control now issuing passports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPRESS RELEASEOFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PREMIER REGISTRATION AND CITIZENSHIP – MINISTRY OF BORDER CONTROL AND EMPLOYMENTThe Department of Registration and Citizenship, Ministry of Border Control and Employment is pleased to announce that the issuance of Turks and Caicos Island Passports (BOTC) is now current, with few exceptions.Those persons who have applied for passports are urged to call the Customer Service Center in Grand Turk 649-338-2983/2982 or in Providenciales at 649-338-4121 commencing Monday, 17th July 2017 for collection of their documents or for further information.The Ministry apologizes to the General Public for any inconvenience that they may have experienced over the last few months with this delay and reassures the public that with the reorganization and improved measures implemented in this Unit, future delays would be at a minimum.We will continue to update the public on the various areas of reorganization and improvement on delivery of services and products. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

DOT Extends Application Deadline for Local Projects

first_imgThere are two sets of review criteria for this project nomination opportunity: 1) urban and rural, and 2) remote. Communities not connected to the road system by road or ferry are considered remote. All other communities are considered urban and rural. Project applications are now due September 15, 2019. The original due date was May 15, 2019. The total funding available is approximately $50 million in federal funds. DOT area planners are available to help prepare project nominations, develop project estimates, and answer questions. A map and list of DOT&PF area planners is available here. A biking group in Kenai and Soldotna is working with the Department of Transportation on obtaining a grant to build a bike trail on Beaver Loop Road. The money for the grant would come from the DOT, with a minimum 9.4% match from the City of Kenai. Project nominations are expected to show cost sharing. At minimum, community sponsors must provide the required minimum federal match. Communities that commit additional funds will be awarded more points in the scoring process. A resolution of support demonstrating any financial or maintenance commitments is required with project nominations. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation is extending the application period for local transportation projects for the Community Transportation Program (CTP). Additional information and applications are available on the CTP website.last_img read more

NASAs Cassini finds disappearing phantom lakes on Saturns largest moon

first_img Sci-Tech See Saturn’s secrets through NASA Cassini’s finest views NASA 34 Photos 0 Tags Post a comment Share your voice The north pole of Titan, as snapped by Cassini in 2014. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, resembles an Earth you might find in a parallel universe. It is a mysterious and intriguing moon because it’s the only other world we currently know of that has liquid on its surface. It has its own “water cycle” and its poles show an abundance of glistening lakes. It’s just that those lakes aren’t full of good ol’ H2O, like down here on Earth. Instead, they’re mostly made up of liquid methane.And weirdly enough, it seems like some of them are just up and vanishing. That’s according to a new study, published April 15 in Nature Astronomy, that assessed the lakes at Titan’s north pole, using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which was equipped with a RADAR instrument and infrared imager. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory studied images from Cassini’s flyby in 2006, noting the presence of dark patches across the northern hemisphere — the methane lakes. Titan takes almost 30 Earth years to complete one year around the sun, so its seasons are drastically longer than what we are used to on Earth. When the team went back and looked at the same region in 2013, Titan had moved on from its Game of Thrones-length winter and into spring. Three particular dark patches that signified liquid upon the surface were no longer visible. The so-called “phantom lakes” had disappeared.The research team suggests the phantom lakes could be ponds that are only inches deep and may provide an example of the seasonal cycles that Titan experiences and the way that climate changes as it makes its way around the sun. And though Titan has been floated as a potential place where life may have found a way to thrive, these short-lived lakes are, according to the paper, “nutrient-poor”. That makes a bad place for aliens to call home.The current issue of Nature Astronomy also features another paper describing Titan’s unusual methane lakes in the April 15 edition, whereby a team used Cassini’s RADAR to show some just how deep some of the northern lakes go. They found that they could exceed up to 100 meters in depthNASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which launched in 1997 and reached Saturn in 2004, observed the ringed planet and its moons over the course of 13 years. It was sent hurtling into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017, burning up in the atmosphere. The space agency is currently mulling over a new proposal to send a drone, known as Dragonfly, to study Titan in greater detail.last_img read more

Equinox Full Moon a prophetic sign of apocalypse warn Christian extremists

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe last Supermoon of the year, also known as Super worm moon appeared in the skies on March 20, 2019. The spectacular celestial phenomenon coincided with the Spring Equinox where the length of day and night was almost the same. Even though a purely natural phenomenon, a section of Christian extremists have started claiming that this Supermoon that coincided with Spring Equinox is the indication of an imminent apocalypse.Christian conspiracy theorists made these predictions on the American Evangelical Christian news website ‘Unsealed’. As per conspiracy theorists, it is the first time since 2000 that the Spring Equinox has coincided with a Supermoon. These extreme believers also argue that this Super Moon comes at a point after 70 years of Israel’s formation.”The last such occurrence happened in the year 2,000, just months after the turn of the millennium and Y2K. In and of itself, this doesn’t tell us much, but it is simply one more piece in the growing crescendo of signs pointing to the importance of 2019 for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy: historic Israeli elections, the unveiling of the Trump-Kushner peace plan. For the next nearly eight weeks, Israel remains 70 years old. In 2017 we witnessed the greatest heavenly sign foretold by John,” wrote the Christian conspiracy theorists on the website. ReutersThe website post also hinted that the second coming of Christ will happen soon.In the meantime, a section of other conspiracy theorists claims that the apocalypse on the planet will be triggered by the arrival of Nibiru alias Planet X. As per these doomsday mongers, Planet X is a killer space body that is lurking at the edge of the solar system, and once it hits the earth, massive devastation will be triggered everywhere.A couple of days back, Scott C Waring, a popular alien researcher claimed to have spotted Nibiru near the sun. After making the discovery, Waring has claimed that Planet X is actually an alien ship which is 10 to 15 times the size of earth. The self-proclaimed researcher also made it clear that this alien ship used to visit earth once in every 20,000 years.last_img read more

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day being observed

first_imgNoor HossainThe Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during a movement against the Ershad regime in the late 80s, is being observed on Friday in a befitting manner, reports UNB.Different socio-political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.Programmes include paying tributes by Awami League and BNP to the martyr by placing wreaths at the Noor Hossain Square.The ‘Zero Point’ in the capital’s Gulistan area was renamed as ‘Noor Hossain Chattar’ (square) after the young man was gunned down near it by police on 10 November 1987.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.In his message, Abdul Hamid recalled with gratitude the supreme sacrifice of Noor Hossain to restore democracy in the country.He also said the Shaheed Noor Hossian’s sacrifice did not go in vain as democracy was restored in the country in 1990.The president expressed the hope that all will continue their efforts to uphold the advancement of the country’s democracy, which was achieved through the sacrifices of lives of courageous people like Noor Hossain.In her message, Sheikh Hasina said Noor Hossain had joined a procession of the Awami League-led 15-party Okyo Jote as part of the anti-autocracy movement on this day in 1987.On 10 November 1987 Noor Hossain, a leader of Awami Jubo League, was killed in police firing when he had staged protest against the autocratic rule of then Lt Gen HM Ershad at the capital’s Zero Point near Gulistan by painting the historic slogan ‘Gonotantra Mukti Pak, Swairachar Nipat Jak’ (Let democracy be freed, down with autocracy) on his back and chest.last_img read more

US lawmakers propose new sanctions on Myanmar military

first_imgProthom Alo File Photo US lawmakers proposed sanctions Friday against Myanmar’s military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the Southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.House Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation that would curtail assistance or cooperation with Myanmar’s military and require the White House to identify senior military officials who would have US visa bans imposed or reimposed against them.A bipartisan group in the Senate, including Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain, introduced their bill Thursday.It calls for renewal of import and trade restrictions on Myanmar, including re-imposing a ban on jade and rubies from the country also known as Burma.”Our legislation would hold accountable the senior military officials responsible for the slaughter and displacement of innocent men, women and children in Burma, and make clear that the United States will not stand for these atrocities,” McCain said in a statement.The tough proposals came as US president Donald Trump departed for an extended trip to Asia, where he will attend a summit with Southeast Asian nations including Myanmar.The United States, while condemning the deadly violence that has prompted more than 600,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, has been careful to say it holds the military responsible, not Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government.House Democrat Eliot Engel said lawmakers wanted to send a “clear message” with the targeted sanctions, both to the military and the civilian leadership, about the violence that has left hundreds of people dead.”This violence must stop, perpetrators must be held accountable, and there must be meaningful civilian control over Burma’s military and security forces,” Engel said.Lawmakers also want Myanmar’s military to ensure safe return of refugees displaced from northern Rakhine state, where the military has been accused by the United Nations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing.”There will be consequences for their crimes against humanity,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a Democratic sponsor of the bill.Myanmar officials could not immediately be reached for comment.But dealers in the gem industry — a lucrative sector that was under US sanctions until last October — shrugged off the threat, saying China was still the top buyer.”If (sanctions) are reimposed, there will be no harm to us. We used to work under sanctions in the past as well,” Tun Hla Aung, secretary of Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association, told AFP.The fate of the legislation may rest in part with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime friend and ally of embattled Suu Kyi.The two politicians spoke by telephone in September, when she assured McConnell she was working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims.McConnell defended the Nobel peace laureate after the call, warning that “publicly condemning Aung San Suu Kyi, the best hope for democratic reform in Burma, is not constructive”.Suu Kyi has been hammered by the international community for failing to use her moral power to speak up in defense of the Rohingya.On Thursday she visited Rakhine for the first time.McConnell’s office said the Republican leader was reviewing the sanctions legislation. As Senate leader, McConnell determines which bills get to the floor for a vote.last_img read more

The road also taken Alternative and hidden pathways in biological electron transfer

first_img Citation: The road also taken: Alternative and hidden pathways in biological electron transfer (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-road-alternative-hidden-pathways-biological.html (Phys.org)—Photosynthesis, cellular respiration and many other biological processes have something in common: long-range electron transfer (ET), the simplest known chemical reaction that is known to occur efficiently high over distances up to 20 Å. However, determining the ways in which biological electron transfer is optimized has been a subject of considerable discussion. Recently, scientists at Universidad Nacional de Rosario and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina conducted a spectroscopic, electrochemical, and theoretical study that suggests a unique role for alternative or “invisible” electronic ground states corresponding to directional electron transfer. Specifically, they describe a biological redox metal center (CuA) in which thermal fluctuations in Thermus thermophilus may populate two alternative ground-state electronic wave functions optimized for electron entry and exit, respectively, through two different and nearly perpendicular pathways. Explore further Scientists Show How Bacteria Move Electrons Across a Membrane (Upper) Optimal ET pathway (red) from cytochrome c to CuA in the πu state, and (Lower) from CuA in the σu* state to the ba3 group of the oxidase. Rendered from the structure of T. thermophilus ba3 oxidase (PDB ID code 1XME) (41) and the model complex between the CuA domain and cytochrome c552 (PDB ID code 2FWL) (13). Credit: © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1204251109 More information: Alternative ground states enable pathway switching in biological electron transfer, PNAS ,October, 23, 2012 vol. 109 no. 43, 17348-17353, doi:10.1073/pnas.1204251109 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Protein film voltammetry (PFV) is an electrochemical technique that provides thermodynamic and kinetic descriptions of electron transfer and coupled chemistry occurring within redox proteins, and moreover has the entire electroactive sample under precise potential control at all times in an experiment.)”Of great importance is that all of the experiments and simulations were performed both for the wild type protein and for single point mutants that were specifically designed and produced in our labs,” Vila continues. “These mutations allowed us to perturb the electronic structure of the protein active site while preserving its native fold. Understanding exactly how the electronic structure was altered, and identifying the thermodynamic and kinetic ET properties that changed, were the key insights in our study.”Murgida also discussed key results suggested by the study’s findings – specifically, the role of alternative or invisible electronic ground states in directional electron transfer, as well as alternative ways through which protein–protein interactions and membrane potential may optimize and regulate electron–proton energy transduction. “At room temperature, every molecule exists in a form of minimal electronic energy that is usually called the fundamental or ground state. Promotion to quantum mechanically-allowed states of higher energy – that is, excited states – usually requires a large amount of energy that is not thermally available under these conditions.” As a result, except for light-activated processes such as photosynthesis, chemical reactions usually involve the ground state only.”In our work, we found that, for the CuA site, very small structural fluctuations and small perturbations change the nature of the electronic ground state, and that the new ground state has very different quantum properties and, thereby, reactivity,” Vila continues. “Unlike the case of electronically-excited states, the energy gap between these two ground states is small, meaning that both are thermally accessible. Moreover, it can be finely tuned either by small structural perturbations or by the presence of electric fields such as those generated by the membrane potential, thus altering the relative populations of states.”Interestingly, while one of the states is optimized for electron entry from Cytochrome c (Cyt) – a natural electron carrier in respiration – the other is optimized for electron exit, towards molecular oxygen (O2), the final electron acceptor in respiration). In its idle state, both researchers point out, the CuA site is mainly in the state not optimized for electron entry, which we therefore call invisible. However, they add, subtle perturbations that take place when forming the inter-protein Cyt- CuA complex shift the balance towards the alternative invisible state, thus facilitating electron transfer from Cyt to CuA, and subsequent transfer to the next redox center. In other words, the CuA site behaves as an electron hub, directing efficient electron flow by using these two different electronic pathways.Murgida notes that their findings have implications for areas of research beyond their own. “Both basic and applied research may find these results useful. Our research shows that there are still many aspects of biological electron transfer that haven’t been unveiled yet, and may push the study of electron/proton energy transduction further. On the other hand, our findings may exert a profound impact in the development of protein-based electronic devices such as biosensors, suggesting new ways in which electron transfer reactions may be finely tuned in order to design more efficient devices.”Not surprisingly, then, the researchers are looking at ways to extend their work. “For us, there’s not only one next step,” Vila concludes. “Forthcoming challenges involve three vital questions: Can we induce this ground state switch with even more subtle perturbations farther away from the metal site? Can we engineer a CuA site in which the naturally invisible state becomes more stable than the visible one? Can we elicit this two-state switching by protein-protein interactions? There are many things we’d like to try right now.” Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. Professors Daniel H. Murgida and Alejandro J. Vila outline the challenges they and their fellow researchers, including Luciano A. Abriata and Damián Álvarez-Paggi, encountered when conducting their study. “Perhaps the main challenge associated with our discovery was to surmount our own preconceived hypothesis of how the ET reactions of CuA-containing enzymes should occur,” Murgida tells Phys.org. “At the beginning there was no place in our minds for the picture of alternative electronic states operating for electron entry and exit. We had a large collection of experimental and theoretical results, but they just didn’t add up – evidence seemed contradictory or incomplete at best. In fact, some pieces of the puzzle that tied up everything quite nicely appeared later on in our investigation.”Their seed ideas, Vila continues, were triggered by paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations. Once they identified and characterized these two alternative ground states, and realized that thermal fluctuations and small external perturbations determined their relative populations, they began to comprehend much of their spectroscopic and electrochemical data. “Suddenly,” Murgida says, “everything fit. Then we began wondering, were we really the only ones who have seen this? We went back through the literature, and the answer was no: Many researchers before us obtained pieces of what we now know as evidence in favor of the existence of alternative ground-states in CuA centers – but just as it happened to us at first, they simply didn’t realize what the data meant.” After their findings, Murgida adds, the data can be reinterpreted in terms of the many different perturbations that may switch the population of either state, thereby reinforcing the notion of this mechanism being biologically relevant.In addressing these challenges, the researchers utilized a range of techniques. “We did lots of spectroscopy, such as NMR, UV/Vis, EXAFS and Resonance Raman,” Murgida explains. “Then we probed the redox functionality using protein film voltammetry – and, as mentioned, we also performed many computational calculations at the levels of classical and quantum mechanics. “This allows for high-resolution definition of activity across a wide and continuous potential range, complementing the information available from more traditional methods of analysis with resolution in the time and concentration domains,” Murgida details. “In addition, PFV affords high sample economy, films typically contain less than or equal to 1 picomole of protein, and simply transferring a film between solutions of different composition allows changes of reactivity, and their reversibility, to be readily established.”last_img read more

Firefox Tab Warming explained

first_imgFirefox Tab Warming explained by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: January 12, 2018 – 24 commentsTab Warming is a relatively new feature of the Firefox web browser that can best be described as preloading when switching tabs. Mozilla’s intention with the feature is to speed up the tab switching process by improvement the performance of the switching process.While Firefox does a very good job most of the time when it comes to the tab switching performance, some sites have noticeable delays between activing the tab and Firefox switching to it.A page that uses SVGs and CSS for animation may have a noticeable tab switching delay. Tab Warming works by initiating the rendering of the page the moment the mouse cursor hovers over a background tab in the Firefox browser.Firefox gains the time that it takes the user to activate the tab with a mouse-click to start the rendering early.With tab warming enabled, when you hover over the tab with your mouse cursor, the rendering of that sophisticated SVG will occur while your finger is still on its way to click on the mouse button to actually choose the tab.Here are all scenarios played out for you:Tab Switching enabledTab Switching disabledhover and clickdelays are reduced or eliminatedmay notice delays on select pageshover and no clickminimal resource usageno changeTab Warming eliminates the noticeable delay that Firefox users would experience without the feature completely in best case. It will reduce the delay at the very least if delays were noticeable on a web page. Worst case is that users hover over tabs but don’t activate them.Tab Warming is not enabled right now in the web browser. Firefox Nightly supports Tab Warming already but users need to enable the feature before it becomes active.Load about:config?filter=browser.tabs.remote.warmup.enabled in the web browser’s address bar.Double-click on the preference.A value of True means that Tab Warming is enabled, a value of False that it is disabled.A quick test confirms that Tab Warming makes a difference. You may not notice a difference on all tabs open in the browser; if a tab switch was instant, Tab Warming cannot speed that up further. Your mileage may vary as things may depend on the device as well.I did not notice a performance impact after enabling Tab Warming in Firefox Nightly.Closing WordsTab Warming is a useful feature that promises to improve the tab switching delay in the Firefox browser.Now You: What’s your take on Tab Warming? Did you try it?SummaryArticle NameFirefox Tab Warming explainedDescriptionTab Warming is a relatively new feature of the Firefox web browser that can best be described as preloading when switching tabs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Dusit Fudu Hotels and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterDusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts, the Shanghai-based hospitality management arm of Dusit International, is pleased to announce the signing of a second management agreement with Jiangsu Huaqiang Real Estate Development Company Limited to manage a 400-room international mid-scale DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province. The property is expected to open in late 2016.The DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence Jiangyin, Jiangsu will offer 150 guestrooms, 250 apartments and meeting rooms featuring the latest audio-visual equipment. Facilities will also include an all-day dining restaurant and a health club.Located on the southern bank of Yangtze River, Jiangyin is a county under the jurisdiction of Wuxi City, one of the thirteen prefecture-level cities in Jiangsu Province. Jiangyin has been a major port on the Yangtze since the Tang Dynasty and in 2014, the city’s GDP was 275 billion Chinese Yuan, topping the list of China’s Top 100 Counties. Jiangyin is conveniently only 20 minutes by car from Wuxi High Speed train station and a 2-hour drive from Shanghai and Nanjing.“We warmly welcome the DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence, Jiangyin to our growing portfolio of hotels in China. Three DusitPrincess Hotels and Residences are due to launch in 2016, in the cities of Shanghai, Panzhihua in Sichuan Province and now, Jiangyin. The DusitPrincess brand is welcoming, efficient and affordable and this hotel has been designed with the well-being of both travellers and long-stay guests in mind,” said Mr. Lim Boon Kwee, President of Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Cyprus UK sign updated double taxation treaty

first_imgCyprus and the UK on Thursday signed an updated agreement on double taxation avoidance on income and capital, which will contribute to further develop commercial and financial relations between the two countries.The agreement, signed in Nicosia by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd, is based on the OECD model convention for the avoidance of double taxation on income and capital, a ministry statement said.The agreement updates the one signed by the two countries in June 1974 and came into effect in March 1975.It includes the minimum standards of actions on base erosion and profit shifting regarding bilateral treaties — treaty abuse, and making dispute resolution mechanisms more effective.It also provides for the exchange of bank and other information in line with the same model.“Updating, maintaining, and extending the current network of treaties to eliminate double taxation, which are of utmost economic and political importance, aims at further boosting and attracting foreign investment and promoting Cyprus as an international business centre,” the statement said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more