Woman who orchestrated Rengel killing to appear before parole board

first_imgKITCHENER, Ont. — A young woman who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl she saw as a rival more than a decade ago is set to appear before the Parole Board of Canada today.Melissa Todorovic was convicted in 2009 for masterminding the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but who became the focus of her jealousy.Rengel had briefly dated Todorovic’s then-boyfriend, David Bagshaw, years earlier and Todorovic threated to break up with him or withhold sex unless he killed his former flame.He eventually carried out her command, stabbing Rengel six times and leaving her to die in a snowbank outside her house on New Year’s Day, 2008.Todorovic was sentenced in 2009 as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years, the maximum adult sentence for someone her age. She challenged the ruling but it was upheld on appeal.Bagshaw is also serving an adult life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.At a hearing late last year, the parole board granted Todorovic three unescorted three-day absences from prison, saying she had made progress in handling her emotions but still needed to work on her self-esteem and other issues.Todorovic said at the time she planned to use the absences to continue therapy after her sessions were discontinued in prison, and work with an employment counsellor to see what she could do once released.During that hearing, Todorovic said the plot against Rengel was fuelled by intense jealousy and rage, as well as a desire to exert power over Bagshaw.Todorovic also told the panel she had asked him to kill at least two others she considered rivals, and said she had made a similar request of a previous boyfriend, which caused him to end the relationship.Todorovic, who for years insisted she didn’t believe Bagshaw would go through with the killing, said during the hearing that she now felt like a “monster” for telling him to do it.She also said she didn’t want anything to do with Bagshaw anymore, despite a recent attempt he made to reach her.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US longterm mortgage rates little changed 30year at 382

WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 per cent, its lowest point since September 2017. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.62 per cent.The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped this week to 3.26% from 3.28%.The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season, and the number of prospective buyers seeking mortgages jumped last month.The Associated Press

Somali radicals loot UN buildings forcing some operations to close

20 July 2009Somali militants raided two United Nations compounds today, stealing equipment and vehicles and forcing the world body to close down one of its operations in the violence-wracked country. Al Shabaab militiamen looted UN facilities in the towns of Baidoa and Wajid, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York, adding that the UN Office in Somalia “deeply regrets having to relocate staff and temporarily suspend its operations in Baidoa.”Ms. Okabe said that the UN will continue working in Wajid, where the minimum security measures remain intact, and it is optimistic that a reassessment of safety conditions on the ground will allow critical humanitarian work to resume in Baidoa and elsewhere in Somalia. The looting occurred as the top UN envoy to Somalia warned that extremist rebel groups are threatening to overthrow its legitimately recognized Government, while calling on the international community to intervene.“While the world focuses elsewhere, groups of foreign extremists are trying to take control of a strategically placed country,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, wrote in an opinion piece published today in The Washington Post.A fresh wave of fighting, which broke out in Mogadishu in May, has driven 200,000 people from their homes, in addition to the more than 400,000 already displaced near the capital and along the Afgooye corridor, west of Mogadishu.“Those who attacked Mogadishu in May are extremists with no common agenda except to seize power by force,” said Mr. Ould-Abdallah. “They include individuals on the UN Security Council’s list of al-Qaida and Taliban members and a few hundred experienced fighters from other areas of Africa, as well as Arabs and Asians.”He noted that Somalia has “the longest coastline in Africa and borders international maritime routes as well as regional powers Kenya and Ethiopia,” stressing that foreign fighters are using the impoverished country “to further their agenda of spreading international violence.”The Special Representative said that the “credibility of the United Nations and others is threatened if they stand by and allow such a takeover in Somalia.”Last year’s UN-brokered Djibouti Agreement ended the long-running conflict between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed taking office in January and a new unity Government being formed in February. “I saw what a tremendous effort his government is making… organizing an effective administration that is working for the people,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah wrote, referring to a recent visit to President Sheikh Ahmed. “But how can they defend against determined suicide bombers such as those who killed the extremely able internal security minister and dozens of innocent civilians in May?”Mr. Ould-Abdallah urged donor countries to fund African Union peacekeeping troops who need better equipment, improved living conditions and logistical support, and to provide urgent life-saving aid and assistance to the suffering population. Highlighting the Security Council’s declarations to act against those “attempting to disrupt the peace process and create anarchy,” he noted that a list “is being compiled for the UN sanctions committee of those who may find their assets frozen and face a travel ban.”He said that businessmen gaining from the continuing conflict and others who support extremists, whether out of conviction or in pursuit of profit, should be hit in their wallets. “Some are working in Kenya, Congo and south Sudan, but they are known. Likewise, those extremist leaders who have sent their families abroad while they destroy innocent lives here should understand that these family members will no longer be welcome.”Mr. Ould-Abdallah said that the situation in Somalia should concern the international community and that, with help, the conflict can be stopped as other seemingly endless internal wars have been brought to a close. read more

Panamanian jazz composer Danilo Pérez to become UN Artist for Peace

The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage today announced its move to appoint renowned Panamanian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez as an Artist for Peace for his efforts to promote music programmes for children living in extreme poverty in his country. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the designation of Mr. Pérez as an Artist for Peace by the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova – which will take place at the agency’s headquarters in Paris on Tuesday – will be in appreciation of his work as President of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, as well as “his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.” UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message, according to the UN agency. They include Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, musician Gilberto Gil of Brazil, Portuguese actress and singer Maria de Medeiros, British singer Sarah Brightman and author Frankétienne of Haiti. Mr. Pérez has influenced contemporary music through his distinctive Pan-American jazz, UNESCO noted in a news release. In addition to his work providing outreach music programmes for children through his foundation, he directs the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the Artistic Director for the Panama Jazz Festival. read more

Syria UN agency ready to expand aid work in Yarmouk if reported

It has been more than two weeks since the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to distribute any aid to the estimated 18,000 civilians trapped “in desperate conditions” in the camp.Spokesman Chris Gunness today confirmed that the agency has received “credible information” about an agreement signed between Syrian authorities and armed opposition groups inside Yarmouk. “We would welcome any durable and binding agreement that achieves a cessation of hostilities, full humanitarian access and an end to the suffering of civilians in Yarmouk and all of Syria,” Mr. Gunness said.He underscored that the UNRWA is urgently seeking the immediate resumption and expansion of its humanitarian activities inside Yarmouk to enable it to offer a full range of humanitarian supplies, services and programmes to the civilians.“UNRWA stands ready to implement a rapid humanitarian response so that the immediate and longer term needs of Yarmouk’s civilian population can be met,” said Mr. Gunness.Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk, which is based in Damascus, was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery. read more

New Allison Transmission OffHighway Series introduced at Bauma

first_imgAllison Transmission introduced the 6630ORS, its newest Off-Highway Series™ model, and highlighted new applications with Bell Equipment at Bauma 2016 this week in Munich. The 6630ORS fully automatic transmission is an evolution of the 6000 Off-Highway Series, offering increased durability and performance. It contains a new internal damper and updated torque converter turbine with improved vane geometry and anodized surface treatment.Responding to growing customer demand for articulated haulers with larger payloads, the 55 t capacity Volvo A60H has been developed incorporating the Allison 6630ORS, which was on display at Bauma 2016. “Renowned worldwide for working hard over a long service life with minimum downtime and high productivity, Allison transmissions are an ideal match for vehicles in this demanding application.”Additionally, Bell Equipment showcased its first B45E with an Allison 4700ORS model, which along with its B40E and B50E models, will be moving from a 6-speed to the 7-speed transmission. “This brings improved gradeability due to the deep first range and smaller ratio steps, resulting in even better performance and fuel efficiency.” Bell also presented the new B60E articulated dump truck with the Allison 4800ORS model and B30E with the Allison 3500ORS with retarder.Allison’s booth featured a MAN TGS 40.480 60W 6×6 mining truck with a 4500 model transmission, which was built for a construction end-user in Russia. Bauma 2016 attendees also had the opportunity to see a number of Allison-equipped vehicles on display. Among these trucks are a Terex TR70 rigid hauler with the Allison 6620ORS and TA400 articulated hauler with the Allison 4500ORS. Additionally, KH Kipper displayed a MAN TGS 40.480 60W 6×6 with mining body and an Allison 4500 model transmission.last_img read more

Martin ONeill burned Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira on ITV tonight

first_imgMARTIN O’NEILL WAS in fine fettle on the ITV panel for this evening’s France versus Switzerland World Cup Group E clash.The Republic of Ireland manager joked with presenter Adrian Chiles that Fabio Cannavaro, the former Italy captain, doubted his playing credentials. O’Neill told Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira not to underestimate him because he was at an advanced age and wearing glasses.O’Neill remarked, “Despite the fact that there are two World Cup winners [here], actually when it comes to the Champions League, which used to be the European Cup, I’ve won two of them. I’d just like to know, how many have you lads won?”Neither answered. Indeed, despite 25 club honours between them, neither Cannavaro or Vieira ever won a Champions League. Source: KorEire/YouTubeFirst Robbie Williams [back in 1998], then Vieira and Cannavaro. Martin O’Neill is punditry gold.Things got heated between Kenny Cunningham and Eamon Dunphy on RTE earlierWe’ll Leave It There So: England crash out, McDowell in the mix and today’s sportlast_img read more

Suffer from lower back pain Paracetamol might not be effective in relieving

first_imgTHE PRACTICE OF using paracetamol to treat lower back pain has been called into question after a study found it was no more effective than a placebo.No difference was found in terms of pain levels, function, sleep, quality of life, or speed of recovery from an acute episode between patients using the drug and another group using a placebo.The study, published in The Lancet, consisted of over 1600 patients in Australia being  randomly assigned into three groups – one received three doses of paracetamol per day (3990mg), one who could take the drug as needed (4000mg), and one who was assigned a placebo.Researchers found no difference in recovery times between the groups – the placebo group actually recovered one day quicker on average.The findings led to lead author Dr Christopher Williams, from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, to suggest that analgesics “might not be of primary importance in the management of acute lower back pain”, and suggested that further research should be pursued into whether ‘advice and reassurance’ would be more effective“The results suggest we need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol as a first-line treatment for low-back pain,” Williams said, “although understanding why paracetamol works for other pain states but not low-back pain would help direct future treatments.Other professionals in the field were quick to warn against this single study, while it was of high-quality with clear results, from prompting doctors to alter treatment guidelines, and said that other analgesics could result in more favourable results.A 2012 study in Ireland found that as many as 250,000 people in Ireland suffering from nerve-related back pain do not seek medical assistance for their condition because they do not believe it is “serious enough” to warrant treatment.Read: Pharmacists want migraine medicine taken off prescription >last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine le Japon accusé davoir corrompu des États

first_imgChasse à la baleine : le Japon accusé d’avoir corrompu des ÉtatsJapon – Alors que débutera le 21 juin prochain au Maroc une session de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI), le Sunday Times affirme que le Japon aurait corrompu certains États pour obtenir leur soutien au sujet de la chasse à la baleine. Une pratique à laquelle le pays refuse catégoriquement de renoncer.Le journal indique en effet avoir mené une enquête et disposer de preuves au sujet de ces pratiques, assurant notamment que les États insulaires de Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès, Grenade, Kiribati, ainsi que la Guinée et la Côte d’Ivoire, ont accepté d’engager des négociations pour adopter une position pro-chasse. Des représentants de ces États auraient admis avoir voté en faveur de la chasse à la baleine en échange de divers cadeaux du Japon, sous forme d’argent versé lors des réunions de la CBI, de voyages, ou de prostituées.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLe Japon qui devrait plaider lors de la prochaine réunion de la Commission pour une levée du moratoire sur la chasse commerciale à la baleine, dément fermement ces allégations. Mais des reporters du Sunday Times se sont fait passer auprès des représentants de plusieurs pays pour les représentants d’un écologiste milliardaire suisse souhaitant les convaincre de changer leur vote. Le responsable de la pêche pour la Guinée a ainsi révélé que le Japon offrait 1.000 dollars en liquide par jour au ministre de la Pêche pour ses dépenses personnelles pendant toute la durée des rencontres de la CBI. De son côté, un responsable de la pêche pour les îles Marshall a confié que son pays “soutenait le Japon à cause de ce qu’il leur offrait”. Et le représentant de la Tanzanie d’évoquer des “gentilles filles” mises à disposition du ministre du secteur de la Pêche lors de séjours tous frais payés au Japon.La Commission baleinière internationale interdit la chasse commerciale depuis 1986, mais autorise toujours une chasse scientifique à laquelle s’adonne le Japon, dans l’espoir de parvenir à faire lever le moratoire sur la pêche commerciale.Le 17 juin 2010 à 16:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Soldotna Approves Name Change Of Kleeb Loop to Whistle Hill Loop

first_imgThe City of Soldotna received a request from commercial property owner Mary Krull to rename the road back in September. Whistle Hill is home to a mixture of vintage train cars, with the Brew@602 coffee shop, and the newest addition Addie Camp food and wine bar that will be opening fall of 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council voted to approve the name change of Kleep Loop to Whistle Hill Loop at its meeting on Wednesday. The new name matches that of the recent ‘Whistle Hill’ commercial development along the road, and according to the request will help aid commuters in navigating to businesses within that development. According to Krull research was done on the history of the Kleeb Loop name but there was no history found on it by either herself or the city.last_img read more

AMI Bankruptcy Not a Hurdle to Playboy Agreement

first_imgThrough the first half, Playboy Enterprises reported that the magazine generated $17.3 million in revenue domestically through the first half (down from $29.9 million during last year’s period) while digital pulled in $16.5 million, down slightly from $18.2 million. The company overall realized a $6.4 million net loss. (Playboy is expected to report third quarter revenues on November 9.)In addition to Star, AMI publishes several magazines including Country Weekly, Men’s Fitness, Shape and the National Enquirer. Earlier this week, Star magazine publisher American Media Inc. announced its intention to file a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan, as soon as it gets the required number of bondholders to approve. The company did not indicate how much debt it intends to eliminate in the process but said it would aim to emerge from Chapter 11 within 60 days.In making the announcement, AMI chairman and CEO David Pecker said the bankruptcy process should not affect American Media’s operations, and that its publications “will function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the reorganization and customers should not notice any difference.”One of those customers/publications is Playboy magazine. Last November, Playboy Enterprises agreed to farm out the magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to AMI. Under terms of the contract, AMI said at the time that it would be paid “potential fees” in the range of $5 million for advertising, circulation, production and related services. This, the company said, would result in profitability of approximately $2 million.According to a spokesperson for Playboy, AMI’s pending bankruptcy filing does not jeopardize its agreement with Playboy. “We are pleased with our existing relationship, and we don’t think that these financial proceedings will have any impact on our agreement,” the spokesperson says.last_img read more

Jaiprakash Power Ventures shares gain on debt restructuring plans

first_imgJaiprakash Power Ventures (JP Power) shares gained as much as 13.5 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday in response to the company informing about plans to restructure debt.The stock with a face value of Rs. 10 each rose to an intraday high of Rs. 4.70 and was trading at Rs. 4.50 at around 3.02 p.m.In a regulatory filing to the BSE, the company had said on Wednesday its board will meet on Thursday to consider debt restructuring plans for the company.”Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd has informed BSE that meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on October 06, 2016, inter alia, to consider the recommendations of Committee of Directors (for Restructuring) regarding proposals of restructuring including divestment of one or more units and review the progress made in the reduction of Company’s debt,” the Noida-based company said.The 22-year-old company is a part of the Jaypee Group and has interests in various thermal and hydropower projects in India.For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the company reported standalone net loss of Rs. 196 crore on total income of Rs. 753.77 crore.last_img read more

EC sides with govt on electoral frauds Odhikar

first_imgThe country has seen a jump in extrajudicial killings this year that created an atmosphere of fear ahead of the next general elections, says a human rights body.Odhikar has recorded as many as 274 such incidents in the first six months of 2018, much higher than 85 extrajudicial killings in the corresponding period of 2017.At least 165 persons were reportedly killed between 15 May and 30 June, in the raids carried out under an anti-drug drive alone.“Under the cover of such operation, a fearful environment was created through the killing of some opposition party leaders, and activists and putting democratic principles in further crisis,” Odhikar observed in its half-yearly human rights monitoring report released on Sunday.There were political figures including the opposition members and left political activists, in the list of persons killed extrajudicially.Dwelling on the recent local government elections including in Khulna and Gazipur city corporations, the rights group pointed out that there were reported incidents of various irregularities, including ‘capturing’ polling stations, casting fake votes, forcibly ousting the polling agents belonging to the opposition party candidates by supporters of the ruling Awami League-nominated candidate.“Despite such facts, the election commission sided with the government and claimed that elections were held in a free and fair manner,” it regretted.Odhikar mentioned that the year 2018 is considered to be “very significant year for Bangladesh” as the 11th parliamentary election is expected to be held in December 2018. “But the government has created a difficult situation for the opposition by suppressing them and taking their political rights away,” it added.When the extrajudicial killing rose alarmingly, the number of enforced disappearances came down to 16 in six months this year from 57 during the same period of the previous year.However, incidents of attacks on journalists increased in six months this year to 40 from 22Deaths in political violence remain steady, 49 this year compared to 47 in six months last year.There is no improvement in the situation plagued by high rates of rape as 363 rape incidents were recorded this year as against 371 in six months of 2017.last_img read more

Nation pays rich tributes to Bangabandhu

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mubijur RahmanThe nation paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mubijur Rahman with a renewed pledge to materialise his dream to build a “Sonar Bangla” thwarting conspiracies of the anti-liberation and communal forces, reports BSS.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the 43nd anniversary of his martyrdom.The president and the prime minister paid homage to the architect of the independence by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital Wednesday morning.As part of the state programme, the president and the prime minister laid wreaths separately at the portrait of Bangabandhu.After placing wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime showing respect to the great leader.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while bugle played tune of grief and somber to the last post.Munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the 15 August carnage.Sheikh Rehana, youngest daughter of Bangabandhu, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, prime minister’s advisors, chiefs of three services, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, flanked by party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the prime minister along with her sister Sheikh Rehana visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 43 years ago.Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana stayed for some times in the house which now has been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.Later, the prime minister went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of 15 August were laid to eternal rest.Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves.She also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of 15 August.People of the capital and its adjacent areas paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The day was also observed with a fresh vow to bring back the fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu to execute verdict of the murder case.Apart from Awami League, its front and associate bodies, different political parties, socio-cultural organizations, trade unions, professional organisations and district administration organised separate programmes of the day.Wearing black badges, people in thousands from all walks life thronged the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the historic house at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the morning to pay their profound homage to the architect of independence of the country and the nation by placing wreaths at his portrait there.On this very day in 1975, the self-confessed killers brutally assassinated Bangabandhu and other members of his family and relatives. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, escaped the planned assassination with her sister Sheikh Rehana as they were staying overseas then.The nation recalled the most brutal killings of history with profound and heartbreaking grief while refreshed their pledge to uphold forever the spirit of the War of Independence and protect the sovereignty of the country and the nation.The month of mourning, however, began on 1 August through holding of various programmes including discussions, photo exhibitions and screening of documentaries on the life and works of Bangabandhu.The state programmes for the National Mourning Day began with hoisting of the national flag at half-mast and raising of black flags atop public and private buildings, including Bangabandhu Bhaban as a mark of respect to the martyrs of 15 August 1975 carnage.The day was public holiday.President and prime minister gave separate messages on the eve of the day, urging the nation to uphold and follow the ideals of the architect of independence who devoted his life for the well-being of the people and the country.In Tungipara, Gopalganj, prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his mazar this morning on the occasion of his 43rd martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some times as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the dreadful night of 15 August 1975 along with most of his family members.A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugle played the last post. Chiefs of the three services were present at that time.Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, and other family members, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of 15 August 1975 massacre.Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday hosted a milad and doa mahfil at Darbar hall of Bangabhaban after Zohr prayers marking the National Mourning Day and the 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.A special munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and other family members, who faced martyrdom on the fateful 15 August in 1975, and the martyrs who made their supreme sacrifice during the 1971 Liberation War and different other democratic movements in different times.Family members of the President, Secretaries concerned to the President, civil and military officials and employees of Bangabhaban attended the milad- mahfil and munajat.Bangabhaban Jame Masjid Pesh Imam Maulana Muhammad Saiful Kabir conducted the munajat.Earlier, a documentary on the life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, produced by the Department of Film and Publications, was screened at the Darbar Hall.last_img read more

Dengue snatches two more lives 2093 others hospitalised in 24 hrs

first_img2 year and 9 month-old girl Ariba, hospitalised in a Dhaka hospital with dengue fever, expresses her joy after getting her Eid dress on 12 August, 2019. Photo: Dipu MalakarTwo more persons died of dengue and 2,093 new patients have been admitted to different hospitals across the country, reports UNB.The new deaths were recorded in the capital and Rajshahi on Monday while the new infections in 24 hours till Monday morning.The deceased were Akram Hossain, 40, son of late Abdul Wahab of Jatrabari in the capital, and Abdul Malek, son of Golam Nabi of Bahram Housenagar in Sadar upazila of Chapainawabganj district.Akram succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 5:00am, said constable Raju Ahmed of the DMCH police camp.Quoting his relatives, he said Akram was admitted to the hospital 5-6 days ago with dengue.In Rajshahi, Malek breathed his last at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) at noon, said its deputy director physician Saiful Ferdous.He said Malek who used to work as a mason in Dhaka returned home recently with dengue and he was taken to the RMCH early Monday.As his condition was serious, he was taken to the intensive care unit where he died, Saiful said.Of the new infections, 842 were reported from the capital city, which has been at the centre of the outbreak.Since January, 43,271 people were hospitalised with dengue, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).Of them, 35,225 had made full recovery. Currently, 8,006 patients, including children, are being treated at hospitals across the country.The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 40 people from dengue although the unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.last_img read more

United Apologizes After Giving Away Toddlers Purchased Seat

first_img Share United Airlines has apologized to a Hawaii teacher who was forced to hold her 2-year-old son on her lap for three-and-a-half hours after an employee gave the toddler’s purchased seat to a standby passenger.Hawaii News Now reports that Shirley Yamauchi says she paid almost $1,000 each for two tickets because children over the age of 2 are required to have their own seat.She boarded the plane in Houston with her son, Taizo, and they took their seats.The Kapolei Middle School teacher says a flight attendant came to check if Taizo was present before a standby passenger showed up with a ticket with the toddler’s seat number.Yamauchi says she told a flight attendant about the problem, but the woman just shrugged, said the flight was full, and walked away.The company issued an apology five days after the incident.last_img read more

Democrats Unveil A Blueprint For Battling Putin Daring Trump To Act

first_imgMikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017A strange twist of national security politics in Washington, D.C., has meant the United States isn’t responding seriously to the ongoing threat of foreign interference, Senate Democrats charged in a new report.The study, about Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s international crusade against democracy, is expansive, at more than 200 pages. It documents Russian offensive efforts in 19 different countries. But what it doesn’t include is any optimism that President Trump might act to push back against the Kremlin’s aggression.“Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president,” the report’s preface reads.Democratic staff members in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee laid out a detailed list of government and private sector recommendations, accompanied by an exhaustive breakdown of how Putin’s Russia has sought to “undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States.”The Kremlin uses well-known avenues such as disinformation and military invasions and less-publicized tactics such as the weaponization of energy resources and support for fringe political groups within healthy democracies.The Foreign Relations Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, rolled out the study during a week in which he and compatriots are taking the offense against Trump amid the sprawling Russia imbroglio.Cardin sought to make a splash with the study one day after his colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., made one by releasing the transcript of a key interview given by a witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia investigation.Cardin’s Russia study is also one of the first out of the gate in a year that’s sure to yield an avalanche of paper on Russia, between the numerous congressional probes and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.Trump and the White House deny they played any role in the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election. The president tried to drive that point home in a news conference on Wednesday.“There has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians or Trump and Russians,” he said. “No collusion. When I watch you interviewing all the people leaving their committees, I mean, the Democrats are all running for office, trying to say this, that — but bottom line, they all say there’s no collusion. And there is no collusion.”Democrats complain that the president’s focus on his own political predicament and attacks by Republicans on the FBI and Justice Department are stealing focus away from the ongoing peril of foreign interference and the need to secure American elections this year. These issues shouldn’t be partisan, they argue.“We’ve had Republicans work with us to implement many of the recommendations we’re making,” Cardin told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Wednesday’s Morning Edition. “I am confident that this report will be embraced by Democrats and Republicans. We know we need to protect America’s security.”The report details the multi-pronged Russian strategy, known by intelligence professionals as “active measures,” that have been well publicized: the use of social media by Russian agents to stoke conflict in American society in 2015-16, plus cyber-theft targeting politicians in the U.S. and abroad — most notably, in France, leading up to that country’s election in May 2017.Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, spoke with Cardin at an event unveiling the report at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which houses the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an initiative meant to combat Russian anti-democracy efforts.Hurd served as an undercover CIA officer overseas before being elected to Congress, and he said countries in Europe and Asia are less likely to be affected by Russian disinformation techniques.“The closer you are to Russia, the less likely you are to believe their nonsense,” Hurd said.The report also touches on ideas that haven’t received so much focus.Notably, it recommends the U.S. find ways to help Europe, and especially eastern Europe, wean itself off being so dependent on Russia for energy. The report says Putin has worked to develop such key dependencies to make countries vulnerable to political manipulation.“The past decade-plus has seen Putin and the Kremlin pursue this ‘energy superpower’ strategy with extreme vigor, not only using energy supplies as leverage, but also accumulating large stakes in energy infrastructure throughout Europe,” the report says.Many countries in Europe are either largely or completely dependent on Russia for natural gas, and as the continent seeks to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, it will likely only become more reliant on Russia.On Wednesday, Trump did seem to be receptive to the idea of cutting into Russia’s energy dominance, saying he was in favor of “massive oil and gas and everything else and a lot of energy.”“Putin can’t love that,” he said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Vevo Is Killing Off Its Mobile Apps Website to Refocus on YouTube

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Major-label owned Vevo is giving up on plans to build its own music video platform outside of YouTube’s control: Vevo is shutting down its mobile apps and consumer-facing website, the company announced Thursday morning.“We will phase out elements of our owned and operated platforms,” the company said in a blog post Thursday. “Going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities.”In other words: The company is refocusing on YouTube.Vevo has long reached most of its audience through a distribution deal with YouTube, whose corporate parent Google also owns a minority stake in the company. But in recent years, Vevo had tried to lessen its dependence on YouTube with the launch of a number of slick apps for mobile and TV-connected devices.center_img This strategy was primarily driven by former CEO Erik Huggers, who at one time also toyed with the idea of launching a paid subscription service for music videos.However, Huggers left the company in December, signaling a change in direction. His departure was followed by the exit of the company’s head of product Mark Hall, who left for a new job at Bandcamp.This was followed by the departure of Vevo CTO Alex Nunes this spring, and the layoff of a significant part of the company’s product and engineering team, as Variety was first to report in April.Vevo will now sunset its Android, iOS and Windows Mobile apps as well as its consumer-facing website. The company will give users of its service a playlist tool to import their Vevo playlists to YouTube. However, it will apparently continue to operate select smart TV apps for the time being.Vevo will also continue to sell its own advertising against its videos, in addition to the ads that YouTube is already selling. And the company plans to keep investing into original content, including its dscvr and LIFT programs which highlight emerging artists.Ironically, Vevo’s retreat from the app space comes just as YouTube is doubling down on mobile music: The Google-owned video service relaunched its paid YouTube Music subscription service this week. With new apps, YouTube Music now aims to take on Apple Music and Spotify with a combination of on-demand listening and millions of music videos, many of which are being supplied by Vevo.last_img read more

New fundamental limitation restricts position accuracy of quantum objects

first_img Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. 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. Quantum no-hiding theorem experimentally confirmed for first time 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. This expectation has been confirmed and made precise by the Wigner-Araki-Yanase (WAY) theorem, which was developed in the early 1960s. In a new study, researchers have extended this theorem by showing that the conservation of the total momentum of a quantum object and measuring apparatus places a fundamental limit on how accurately the object’s position can be measured.Professor Paul Busch and Ph.D. student Leon Loveridge, mathematical physicists at the University of York, UK, have published their study on this previously unknown fundamental limitation in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The scope of the original WAY theorem was limited in that its proof only applied to a restricted class of physical variables and conserved quantities. Ever since the discovery of the theorem, researchers have wondered whether it might extend to the important case of the position of a quantum particle. In 1991, Japanese physicist Masanao Ozawa, then at Harvard University, developed a model which seemed to suggest that the position can be measured with arbitrary accuracy and repeatability using an interaction that leaves the total momentum of the quantum object and apparatus conserved.In the new study, Busch and Loveridge have analyzed Ozawa’s model and found that, contrary to Ozawa’s conclusion, momentum conservation does in fact limit the accuracy and repeatability of position measurements: they have shown that good accuracy and repeatability of a position measurement can only be achieved by using a sufficiently large apparatus. The researchers also developed an alternative model that identifies a particular condition underlying the WAY theorem: the so-called Yanase condition, which stipulates the compatibility of the indicator variable of the apparatus with the conserved quantity. This alternative model shows that, if it were allowed to disregard and violate the Yanase condition, position measurements could be done with arbitrary accuracy, even with a small apparatus. However, if one tries to exploit this escape route from the WAY theorem, one is only faced by the puzzling prospect of the same limitation reappearing for the apparatus indicator variable.“This is perhaps surprising for a number of reasons,” Loveridge told PhysOrg.com. “Firstly, it is exponentially more accurate than an old model of von Neumann which did not obey the conservation of momentum – one might have thought that by including the conservation law things should get worse. Secondly, in the discrete and bounded case one has to give up repeatability and the Yanase condition for accurate measurements with no size constraint. In this model, we can still have arbitrarily good accuracy and repeatability, without any constraint on the size.”As Busch and Loveridge explain, understanding these kinds of quantum limitations on measurements is important for developing a more complete description of physical reality. In addition to being of theoretical interest, such limitations must also be taken into account in the engineering of single quantum objects.“On a fundamental level, it is important to understand any physical theory as thoroughly as possible, and in turn to understand how nature behaves or at least manifests itself through observation,” Busch said. “Some would say that this is the primary goal of scientific investigation. On a more practical level, as discussed in our paper, there are potential ramifications for the processing of (quantum) information in which the information is encoded in a continuous variable.”center_img (PhysOrg.com) — Although the uncertainty principle is probably the most well-known example of a fundamental limitation of measurement precision in quantum mechanics, it is not the only one. In fact, every physical system is characterized by a number of variables that do not change their values as the system evolves over time; such variables are called conserved quantities and they are said to obey a conservation law. The fact that some quantities cannot change their values suggests that there might be restrictions on the possible ways in which a measurement device can interact with a quantum object and extract information from it. Citation: New fundamental limitation restricts position accuracy of quantum objects (2011, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-fundamental-limitation-restricts-position-accuracy.html More information: Paul Busch and Leon Loveridge. “Position Measurements Obeying Momentum Conservation.” Physical Review Letters 106, 110406 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.110406last_img read more

GTA to allot land right papers to forest villagers

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has initiated the process for allotting land right documents (patta) to forest villagers residing in the GTA area. “In the first phase, we will hand over land documents to 168 forest villagers in Darjeeling and Kalimpong district” stated Binay Tamang, Chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA.Tamang was addressing media persons after a meeting between the GTA and state government officials at Lal Kothi, the GTA Secretariat in Darjeeling on Friday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe meeting was attended by district administration including the District Magistrates of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, Land and land Reforms officials; Forest Department and GTA officials. “The meeting discussed in depth the process of handing over land right documents to forest villagers,” stated Tamang.Incidentally, Forest Rights Act came into force in the country in 2006. Despite being implemented in different districts of the State, it is yet to be implemented in the GTA area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”This is owing to the fact that the Panchayat system has been nearly defunct since 2005 owing to some constitutional complications. However, the GTA will be implementing the Forest Rights Act and handing over land right documents to forest villagers, which is the first step in this direction,” added Tamang.The district administration will soon hold meetings with forest villagers. “The forest villagers will be sensitised on how to apply for the land documents along with the documents they need to submit with their applications. They have to apply within three months,” stated Tamang.last_img read more