Turks vote in test for Erdogans AKP as recession hits home

first_imgIstanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads into local elections Sunday fighting for what he says is Turkey’s survival, with his party risking defeat in the capital amid an economic slowdown. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have won every vote since the party first came to power in 2002 but this time, analysts say the party could lose Ankara and even Istanbul. It is the first municipal poll since Turks approved constitutional reforms in 2017 to create an executive presidency that gave Erdogan wider powers, and follows general elections last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Erdogan, whose ability to win continuously in the ballot box is unparalleled in Turkish history, is more vulnerable with the country’s economy in recession, unemployment up and inflation in double digits. Much of the AKP’s success has been down to his perceived economic prowess, but days before the vote, the Turkish lira has been sliding again, provoking memories of the 2018 currency crisis that badly hurt Turkish households. Erdogan, who is aware of his potential weakness and was previously the mayor of Istanbul, has campaigned across Turkey every day though he is not on the ballot. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSince Friday, he has held more than a dozen rallies in different Istanbul districts. Voters are to elect scores of mayors, municipal councils and other local officials. Polls open at 0400 GMT in eastern provinces and 0500 GMT elsewhere in the country. “Citizens are suffering because of the economic problems,” Dervis Dikmen, 60, told AFP at an opposition rally in the southern city of Mersin. “Citizens cannot buy anything.” “I’m a trader, I’m retired but I’ve never seen a downturn like this,” he said. For his supporters however, Erdogan remains the strong leader Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development in the decade and a half that he and the AKP have been in power. But rights activists and even Turkey’s Western allies say that under his leadership the government has steadily eroded democracy, especially after a failed 2016 coup that led to tens of thousands of people being arrested. The vote will be the first time since 2002 that the AKP is fielding candidates with its alliance partner, the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has refused to field candidates in several cities, saying the elections are unfair. Some of its leaders have been jailed on terror charges, accusations they reject. Critics say that with most media either pro-government or controlled by Erdogan supporters, opposition parties campaigned at a disadvantage because Erdogan’s rallies dominated TV coverage. For Gareth Jenkins, a non-resident senior research fellow at the Silk Road Studies Programme, regardless of what happens on Sunday, “it has been several years since we have had anything resembling a fair election in Turkey. “What has happened during the campaign for Sunday’s local elections is unprecedented and demonstrates that — unlike during its first years in power — the AKP is no longer confident of being able to win a fair election. And it is almost certainly right.” The AKP aims to win Istanbul and Ankara, with Erdogan fielding his ex-prime minister and loyalist Binali Yildirim for the country’s biggest city and economic hub. But in Ankara, Mansur Yavas — candidate for the opposition Republican People’s Party CHP and the nationalist Good Party — might have a stronger chance of winning, according to recent polls. Looking to rally conservative Turks, Erdogan’s message targeted opponents as enemies of the country, tying them to PKK Kurdish militants. But with inflation at just under 20 per cent and unemployment at a near 10-year high in December, he has also sought to reassure voters the economy is under control. “I am the boss of the economy right now as the president of this country,” Erdogan told a rally on Saturday. “We are in charge of the economy.” He has described the lira’s fluctuations as part of a plot led by the United States to “corner Turkey”. Ayse Ayata, a political science professor at Middle East Technical University, said that after the vote, “the economy will take precedence and there will certainly be significant austerity measures”.last_img read more

Cardale Jones to pick up the rifle with Barrett out for season

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is carted away after suffering a right ankle fracture during the 4th quarter of a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorFor the second time in less than four months, the Ohio State football team will have to turn to its backup quarterback.Redshirt-freshman quarterback and Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett suffered a broken ankle during the second half of OSU’s 42-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon, forcing redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones into action in The Game.Barrett is scheduled to have surgery Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the season.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said after the game he did not envision losing two possible Heisman candidates at the same position to injury in the same year.“I wouldn’t have asked for that,” he said. “This game is very crazy at times, throws you a lot of curveballs and you have to be able to adapt and adjust and I am sure we will be able to do that.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who was on the field when Barrett’s injury occurred, said, at first, he didn’t think the injury was severe.“I heard him yell, and I looked over…at first I thought he just got his bell rung (but) as soon as everyone got off of him, I just went over there and as soon as I saw his ankle…he (Barrett) didn’t realize it at first,” Heuerman said. “That is when I told him ‘you need to stay down for a second.’”With Barrett out for the season, Jones is set to make his first career start as a Buckeye next week in the Big Ten Championship Game.The Glenville High School product entered Saturday having attempted just 14 passes, eight of which were completed for 111 yards and two scores through the air.Jones finished the win over Michigan two for three on pass attempts for seven yards and added another 18 yards rushing on two carries.Herman said he was pleased with how Jones responded in such an intense atmosphere.“Great mentally. He missed the one pass to (redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael) Thomas, but mentally he was very in tune,” Herman said. “He keeps a headset on the entire game so he is in tuned to everything we are talking about. He is very engaged in everything that goes on in terms of in-between series adjustments, halftime adjustments, so he was ready to go.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said following the win that the Buckeyes will start preparing for the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, adding that the game plan won’t be adjusted that much with Jones at the helm.“We gotta go and we have a lot of confidence in the guy that’s going to be doing it, his name is Cardale Jones. He’s been here I think for 120 years,” Meyer said jokingly. “The good thing is they (Barrett and Jones) have a similar skill set and so it’s not like we’re going to have to drastically change things.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell, who started the game with an interception on the second play from scrimmage, said the Buckeyes will continue to move forward with Barrett out.“We lost one of our soldiers today,” Bell said after the game. “Somebody has to pick up the rifle and keep on going.”Herman said after the game that although Barrett is out for the season, he does not want to discount the win over Michigan.“We are really, really happy for this team. You are happy for what we have accomplished in the regular season, you are happy to beat our rival at home and get a third pair of gold pants,” Herman said. “At the same time, your heart goes out to J.T. because he has not only meant so much to this team, but this team has meant so much to him and his growth as a young man. We will keep him involved as much as we can, and move forward.”Herman said that he believes the Buckeyes can still be successful with Jones, OSU’s third-string quarterback coming into the season.“The quarterback doesn’t have to win games for us anymore. The quarterback has to manage games, distribute the football and lead,” Herman said. “We have seen that throughout this season and so as long as he is mentally prepared…I have nothing but the utmost confidence that he (Jones) can get the job done because of what we have got around him.”One of those players will be sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 121 yards and two scores against Michigan Saturday on just 17 carries.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Jones replaced an injured redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett in the fourth quarter of OSU’s 42-28 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorElliott said after the win that he believes Jones’ experience in the off-season will help him moving forward.“He got a lot of reps in the spring, he got plenty of reps this fall, I think he is ready,” Elliott said. “I don’t think there will be a drop-off.”As another one of the offensive weapons, Heuerman said he believes Herman will be able to coach Jones to success.“Coach Herman has obviously already been through this. Offensively man, we have a lot of talented guys that have played a lot of football this year. They are going to have to step up and make up for lost ground,” Heuerman said. “Cardale is an outstanding athlete, has a super strong arm. He can make the big plays we need to get this team rolling. We are going to have to rely on him, offensively and as a team.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 6. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Godin praises Atletico team

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Godin refuse to carried away with his own stellar performance in their semi-final victory against Arsenal and instead chose to praise the efforts of the team as they made their third final in the past eight yearsThe Uruguayan defender produced a magnificent display for Atletico as they kept their 12th consecutive home clean sheet against an Arsenal side that was desperately trying to find a way back into the tie for their departing coach Arsene Wenger.However, Los Rojiblancos were able to hold on and will now meet Marseille for the final of the Europa League on May 16 at Lyon.“My job is to defend and to organise others,” Godin told BeIn Sports (via Football-Espana).Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Tonight we were able to defend well but I only want to speak about us collectively and not individually and tonight the work rate was very important.“Our concentration was really strong and we helped each other out but our performance was well-balanced because we also had a danger in attack.“We have always said we want to win another European trophy this season and we have the same attitude as in the Champions League, these competitions are of the same importance.“We know we are capable of winning the final and we hope our fans, who were magnificent tonight, will show again why they are the best in the world.”last_img read more

A fantastic experience – Ranieri in an emotional encounter with former

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has expressed his emotions after facing former club Leicester City last night in a league encounter.Claudio Ranieri who acknowledged Fulham’s fixture against his former club Leicester City was an emotional occasion said he had to concentrate on the game after a few minutes.Ranieri is great at the King Power Stadium, having guided Leicester to their remarkable Premier League title in 2015/16 season, before being sacked midway through the following season due to a poor run of form.The Italian went up against his former employers for the first time at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, with James Maddison’s late goal securing a share of the spoils for the Foxes following Aboubakar Kamara’s opener.With a win, a defeat and a draw from his opening three fixtures as Fulham boss, Ranieri claimed neither side did enough to clinch victory, and agreed the occasion was a memorable one.“It was a very emotional match for me,” he told a news conference obtained by FourFourTwo.“Both Fulham and Leicester fans sang my name in the beginning and end of the match.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The experience was fantastic from the beginning.”“The emotion was just at the beginning. When the game started, I just concentrated on my team – it’s normal.”“I think the draw was right, because they created one great chance at the beginning and Sergio Rico made a fantastic save.”“In the second half we started much better, we had chances to score. Suddenly, they made a good combination and drew the match.”“One point is much better than nothing. Well done to both teams.”The draw leaves Fulham at the bottom of the Premier League table with nine points while Leicester are ninth with twenty-two points.last_img read more

SHORE CLUB and LONG BAY make the cover of Travel Leisure Special

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#happeningnow, #magneticmedianews, #shoreclubongracebay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 -SHORE Club, is featured as a leading Caribbean vacation resort in the magazine, which is distributed worldwide.The February issue is on stands now and the reveal was made to developer Stan Hartling, CEO,  Hartling Group TODAY.  Hartling was surprised and thrilled at the accolade; dancing at the news which came in one of the penthouse suites at TCIs newest resort.#happeningnow#shoreclubongracebay#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

A Guide to Adding Video to Your Site

first_imgWhile making money on video is elusive for many of us, beginning to post video is not. Early this year the IAB released a terrific basic guide to the emerging video ad market. While “In-Stream” linear video ads are the most common revenue generator, the guide shows the amazing tech advancement that have created a wide variety of ways to deploy video advertising on the Web. There is also some advice on pricing:”Prices in digital video suggest that the medium is quickly maturing. CPM-based pricing is the predominant model for buyers, particularly the In-Stream, Linear Ad format (pre-rolls, post-rolls, etc). CPMs can span a wide range and are based on a number of factors including the quality of the site’s content and users, targeting capabilities, and individual programming.”Here is a chart from the report describing the different ways to add video ads to a Web site:last_img read more

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid shoots for extreme range at Detroit Auto Show

first_imgAvailable as a Limited Hybrid trim, it’ll come with leather seats, navigation, a 14-speaker B&O premium audio setup and wireless charge pad. Standard safety tech will include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, evasive steering assist and speed sign recognition.The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid arrives in dealers this summer along with the rest of the new Explorer lineup and likely will carry a price premium over the regular gas version that begins $33,860. Exactly how much remains to be seen. For reference, the Highlander Hybrid starts at about $37,000. See All Fuel economy figures aren’t yet available, but will surely be measured against the 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway EPA estimates of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Japanese automaker’s hybrid crossover comes only with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. The Explorer, on the other hand, is standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.The Explorer Hybrid will be capable of pure electric motoring of speeds up to 30 mph for two miles on a fully charged battery, with an expected EPA-estimated total range of more than 500 miles for rear-wheel models. Ford says the hybrids will not suffer from any off-road limitations compared to its pure gas counterpart, and is only slightly slower than the 2.3-liter turbo model to 60 mph.Enlarge ImageThe Explorer Hybrid will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Ford Tow capacity does take a small hit, however. Properly equipped gas Explorer models with the 2.3-liter engine pull up to 5,300 pounds, while the hybrid is rated at 5,000, which to its credit still betters the Highlander Hybrid by 1,800 pounds.Inside, the hybrid doesn’t suffer from any space penalties thanks to the liquid-cooled battery pack being built into the chassis below the second-row seats. Cargo space mirrors the normal model with 18.2 cubic feet of room behind the third row and grows to 87.8 with both rows of rear seats folded. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ford More From Roadshow 40 Photos reading • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid shoots for extreme range at Detroit Auto Show Crossovers Hybrids SUVs 1 Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is a green, family-carrying… Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Tags Now playing: Watch this: Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comment While Ford is promising fuel economy improvements to the 2020 Explorer with the standard 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder and new 10-speed automatic transmission over the previous model, those in search of max efficiency will likely want to check out the new hybrid model. The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The first Explorer Hybrid is just one part of the new sixth-generation model that will also include a performance-focused ST model. In the hybrid, the drivetrain combines a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6, traditional torque converter 10-speed automatic transmission and electric motor with a 1.5-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. Total output punches in at 318 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque with a top speed of 123 mph. 2:15 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: A no-compromise hybrid crossover Ford Toyotalast_img read more

Saudi king reshuffles cabinet

first_imgSaudi Arabia announced the second significant government change since the appointment of prince Mohammed bin Salman. File photo of prince Mohammed bin SalmanSaudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul.This is the second significant government change since the appointment of prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region’s most powerful throne. Prince Mohammed serves as deputy prime minister under his father, King Salman.State news agency SPA announced King Salman had replaced the country’s labour, Islamic affairs and culture ministers.The kingdom also announced it had set up a royal commission for the holy city of Mecca, which is expected to welcome millions of Muslim pilgrims for the annual hajj in August, to be chaired by prince Mohammed.The powerful prince Mohammed has consolidated his grip on power since side-lining his cousin as crown prince last June.He has since spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive.He was also seen as the driving force behind the detention of 200 royals and businessmen at the Ritz Carlton in November in what the government said was a crackdown on corruption. Most have since been released, after reaching settlements with the state.On Friday, the crown prince earned a harsh warning from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the jihadist group’s Yemen branch, over his “sinful projects”, which AQAP said included a WWE wrestling event hosted by the kingdom in April.last_img read more

7 dead 150 missing in Brazil dam collapse

first_imgAerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil`s giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on 25 January 2019. Photo: AFPA collapse of a disused dam at an iron-ore mine complex in southeast Brazil killed at least seven people and left 150 missing, officials said, as they sought to evaluate the full scope of the disaster.The tailings dam, owned by Brazilian mining giant Vale, broke apart “very violently, very suddenly,” sending a massive torrent of mud over the complex where hundreds of employees were working, Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro.The deluge rumbled on to the nearby town of Brumadinho, located southwest of the city of Belo Horizonte, cutting a swath through vegetation, farmland and roads, and impeding access to the area.The death toll was expected to rise, as rescue teams scoured through the disaster zone overnight into Saturday. Dozens of helicopters were being used.Brazil’s new government led by president Jair Bolsonaro reacted to its first big emergency since taking office early this month by launching disaster coordination between the defense, mining and environment ministries and authorities in the affected state of Minas Gerais.Bolsonaro and his defense minister were to fly over the zone on Saturday. His environment minister raced to the area late Friday.An AFP photographer viewing the zone from the air described tractors, houses and a bridge submerged in mud, and emergency crews using earth-moving machinery to search for survivors.Television images earlier showed helicopters being used to rescue people stuck in mud.’Human tragedy’Schvartsman called the dam break “a human tragedy, because we’re talking about probably a large number of victims — we don’t know how many but we know it will be a high number.”Schvartsman, who had his two-year term renewed last month by Vale’s board, said it was an “inactive dam” that was in the process of being decommissioned that burst apart.Its contents — tailings, or mining byproducts mixed with water — cascaded into another dam, which overflowed, he said.The liquid, brown mass barreled on towards Brumadinho, population 39,000, but did not deal it a direct hit.The Minas Gerais government statement said 427 people had been working at the Vale mine at the time of the dam collapse, and 279 were recovered alive. The others were listed as missing.”Where are our relatives?” wailed Raquel Cristina, one of several people demanding information in Belo Horizonte about their kin in the mud-hit area.”My five-year-old nephew is asking me if his dad died. What do I tell him?” asked another, Olivia Rios.Romeo Zema, the governor of Minas Gerais state, told reporters that, while all was being done to find survivors, “from now, the odds are minimal and it is most likely we will recover only bodies.”Vale shares plunge Shares in Vale plummeted eight percent in New York trading Friday. The Sao Paulo stock market was closed for a holiday.The disaster recalled trauma from a 2015 dam break in a different part of the same state of Minas Gerais, in Mariana, in which 19 people died.That accident three years ago released millions of tons of toxic iron waste along hundreds of kilometers (miles), causing what is considered the country’s worst environmental disaster. Vale was joint operator of that dam, along with the Anglo-Australian group BHP.The Brazil office of Greenpeace, the environmental activist group, said Fridays dam break was “a sad consequence of the lessons not learned by the Brazilian government and the mining companies.”It said that the incidents “are not accidents but environmental crimes that must be investigated, punished and repaired.”Civil defense officials said people living in low-lying areas of Brumadinho had been evacuated after the collapse.Vale issued a statement saying it had set up shelters for residents left homeless.Brumadinho’s municipality issued an alert on social media warning residents to move away from the Paraopeba river that the dam had been holding back.The town is best known to tourists for Inhotim, an outdoor contemporary art museum, which was evacuated as a precaution. The venue receives 35,000 visitors a month.last_img

Two teams independently find that adding vibration helps couple light to graphene

first_img It’s very common and relatively easy to use light or electronics as a means of carrying data—what’s difficult is using both in the same device. The problem is getting photons converted to electrons and vice-versa. Recent research has found that using two dimensional graphene as a means for doing so might be feasible, but up until now, scientists have only been able to achieve efficiencies of approximately 2 percent. In this new effort, both teams were able to increase the efficiency to 50 percent by causing the graphene surface to vibrate in a tunable way as it was being hit with light.Graphene is used because of its unique honeycomb structure that allows for long duration plasmons—quasi-particles which have an oscillation property—that can be tuned to desired frequencies. Current methods of coupling that rely on shaping the graphene into ribbons have been found to be highly inefficient due to scattering at the edges (and that the approach does not allow for tuning patterns.)To reduce scattering, both teams applied a vibrating force to the graphene sheet. The Saudi team attached an actuator—the Spanish team added piezoelectric material as a base to the graphene. Both resulted in the same outcome, namely, causing the electrons in the surface of the graphene to vibrate as they were being struck by photons—tuning the vibrations allowed for rousing the conduction electrons into plasmons, which thereafter could be processed by electronic components.The results by both teams are just the first step in creating mechanisms that are able to join electronic functions with photons which may one day lead to devices such as exotic super-sensitive chemical detectors, new kinds of photovoltaic cells or general purpose nano-optoelectronics devices. Citation: Two teams independently find that adding vibration helps couple light to graphene (2013, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-teams-independently-adding-vibration-couple.html (Phys.org) —Two teams of researchers, one working in Saudi Arabia, the other in Spain, have discovered independently that adding vibrations to a graphene surface allows for more efficient conversion of photons to plasmons. In their papers, both published in the journal Physical Review Letters, each team describes how they found that causing a two-dimensional graphene surface to vibrate (using two different methods) led to a huge increase in light energy being coupled. Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2013 Phys.org Explore furthercenter_img More information: Exciting Graphene Surface Plasmon Polaritons through Light and Sound Interplay, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 237404 (2013) prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v111/i23/e237404Coupling Light into Graphene Plasmons through Surface Acoustic Waves, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 237405 (2013) prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v111/i23/e237405 Credit: J. Schiefele et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013) 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. ‘Tense’ graphene joins forces with gold nano-antennaslast_img read more

Briton Krishna Maharaj framed by Columbian drug lord

first_imgKrishna Maharaj, a self-made millionaire who moved to Florida in the mid-1980s, spent 15 years on death row for the killing of his business partner Derrick Moo Young, of Jamaican-Asian descent, and his son Duane before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997. He has always maintained he is innocent. The 75-year-old’s lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, of human rights organisation Reprieve, says evidence suggests the execution style murders at a downtown Miami hotel in 1986 were ordered by Escobar, the former head of the infamous Medellin cartel. His defence team are now hoping new evidence at the three-day hearing will be enough to persuade Florida circuit court judge William Thomas to overturn Maharaj’s conviction. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenA former American pilot who flew cocaine shipments for the cartel told the court on Monday that during a conversation with Escobar at his Colombian ranch in 1986 he heard the drug lord admit to having killed ‘los chinos’ (the Chinese) at a downtown Miami hotel. Maharaj had gone to the hotel that day and waited in room 1215 for a business associate who, he says, never turned up. His legal team claims Maharaj was lured there to leave his fingerprints at the scene, and left before the Youngs arrived. Stafford Smith claims Maharaj, who was suing Young for fraud at the time, was framed to cover up Colombian cartel murders.  Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut prosecutors claimed he lay in wait for Young, 53, and his son Duane, 23, confronted them about missing cash – then shot them both dead. Maharaj was arrested while eating dinner at a Miami restaurant later that evening with his wife, Marita. A retired DEA agent, Henry Cuervo, also testified that the initial 1986 investigation by Miami police ignored ‘red flags’ pointing to the involvement of Colombian drug traffickers, including documents that indicated the Moo Youngs were involved in money laundering. Brenton Ver Ploeg, a lawyer who investigated a $1.5 million life insurance policy held by the  Youngs, told the court that financial records suggested the family company was involved in illegal activities including drug money laundering. He said he stored the documents in the case for 28 years because he felt there was ‘something wrong’ with the case, and was surprised that investigators never asked to see his files until years later. Prosecutors sought to block Monday’s testimony saying the defense case consisted of hearsay.last_img read more

New bus taxi fare to be effective from June 11

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government today announced the increased fare chart of public transport system in the state which will be effective from June 11. A Transport department notification said, the existing fares of non-AC stage carriages run by private operators and state transport undertakings shall be effective from June 11. As per the new fare chart, the minimum fare for ordinary bus services will be Rs 7 up to 4 km, followed by Rs 9 for a distance of 4-12 km, Rs 10 for 12-16 km, Rs 11 for 16-20 km. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights For 20-24 km the new fare will be Rs 12 for ordinary bus services. For mini bus and special buses, the increased fare will be Rs 8 up to 3 km, Rs 9 from 3-6 km, Rs 10 from 6-10 km and Rs 11 from 10-16 km, the notification said. According to the notification, the minimum taxi fare has been fixed at Rs 30 from Rs 25 earlier. For every additional 0.2 km (200 metres), the taxi fare will be increased by Rs 3. For AC taxis, the proposed rates will be an additional 25 per cent on all the rates proposed for ordinary metered taxis. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed For Tramways, fare has been fixed at Rs 6 for a distance up to 4 km and Rs 7 beyond 4 km. Fare charts have also been announced for the districts, intra-state express bus services and inter-state express bus services and inland waterways. Earlier on June six Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari announced the decision to hike the bus fare by Rs one in every stage and put the onus on Centre for “causing the additional burden on common people by increasing the price of petrol and diesel.” This is the first time that the bus fares in the state is being increased after 2014. At present, a passenger has to pay Rs 6 for the first stage of four km in an ordinary bus, while travelling in a mini-bus cost Rs 7 for the first two km.last_img read more

Shift in venue Presidency decides to conduct Convocation at Nandan

first_imgKolkata: The Convocation of Presidency University will be held at Nandan III auditorium on Tuesday and the chancellor of the university, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will not be present at the programme.The honorary degrees along with honorary D Litt and DSc will be conferred in the programme of half an hour. The degrees of the students will be handed over to them personally later.The uncertainty over the venue of convocation began right from Monday morning after a section of agitating students prevented the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar of the varsity from entering the institute’s campus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe two returned after waiting for sometime. Initially with the consent of the Chancellor, Raj Bhavan was selected as the venue. However, suddenly in a dramatic turn of events, the Governor in a written communication to Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia said he would not be able to preside over the programme. Following this, the varsity had to shift the venue and in the late evening, registrar Debajyoti Konar said it will be held at Nandan III.The agitating students had blocked the main entrance of the university demanding immediate accommodation in the adjacent Hindu Hostel. Students have been demanding accommodation in the Hindu Hostel for more than a month now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Education minister Partha Chatterjee hit out at the agitators and said they had inherited the legacy of raising slogans from the erstwhile Left regime in the state. “These agitators have inherited the legacy of raising slogans and campaigning at factory gates from the 34 years of Left rule. But Presidency University is an educational institution, not a factory,” the minister asserted.V-C Lohia expressed her doubts over holding the convocation on the varsity campus while speaking to the reporters after being stopped at the gate. “There are so many students in the university and only a section of them are involved in such activities (protests). I don’t want tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Convocation ceremony to get affected in any way,” she said. The V-C made it clear that she would not seek police help in this regard.”We are not against the convocation ceremony as it involves the prestige of Presidency. We want it to be held smoothly. However, it is the responsibility of the varsity authorities to ensure its safe conductance,” one of the agitating students said.last_img read more

Ethnic wear trends to watch out for in 2017

first_imgSlit kurtas: capes and asymmetric hemlines will make a flattering trend in 2017, says an expert who feels that ethnic wear will get a makeover in the coming season when stylised differently.Slits: Extended slits are all set to make ethnic wear newer and modern. Adding to this, chic designs merged with the bold slits are taking fashion one step further. Slit kurta is a bold choice for women and is the right combination of modern, edgy, regal and traditional fashion. Slit Kurtis incorporating geometric patterns are much in vogue. You can give these a contemporary twist by teaming them up with bottoms such as trousers, a pair of jeans palazzos and even with churidars and leggings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCapes: This style is now making its way in Indian ethnic fashion. Easy to wear, Capes can be embraced by every body type. Opt for a simple kurti and a fancy cape to clad in an uber cool indo-ethnic look.Asymmetric hem: Asymmetric patterns with distinctive cuts have recently become a personal favourite of designers with more and more upcoming artists embracing this style in their new collections. You can team asymmetric kurtis with Patiala, leggings and palazzos for some trendy style. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHigh neck and collar: Kurtis with high neck and collar add a formal touch to the attire. You can flaunt this gorgeous style at corporate meetings, conferences as well as at casual gatherings.  If you desire for unconventional appeal you can try out high neck kurti with retro prints, hardcore geometrical influences and rough edged silhouettes and make heads turn.Light fabrics: Fabrics play a crucial role to define trends in ethnic fashion. With extensive amalgamation of modern silhouettes with the traditional handloom, feminine designs along with light fabrics will be on trend this year. You can expect cotton, chiffon and silk with captivating patterns and playful prints.last_img read more

Dont snack mindlessly

first_imgSnacking is not a mindless pursuit. And unlike universally thought, it is not devoid of any benefits. In fact, if done right, it can be a perfect way of incorporating important, often missed out nutrients to our daily diet. Nutritionists lay down the rules of healthy snacking: Ensure that you choose to eat only those snacks that are made from right ingredients. This in fact is an accurate way of ensuring that the nutrients we need are added to our diet. A few of my favourite ingredients include kaala Channa, nuts and seeds, olive oil and whole grains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKala Channa, a nutrition powerhouse, delivers a lot of fibre that helps regulate our blood sugar and is also loaded with nutrients that help save us from seasonal disorders by boosting our immunity. The easiest way to get a stockpile of multiple vitamins and minerals, even difficult to find trace minerals is to eat snacks that have nuts and seeds added liberally to them. Besides they also deliver high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs), wholesome fibre, and much needed good quality protein (with all essential amino acids). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePick up snacks made in olive oil, as this is the smartest way to ensure omega 3 and to correct the good versus bad fat imbalance in our diet. It is the best way to keep our digestion humming along, keep constipation and cravings away. A snack made with whole grains is the best way to add nutrition to our diet. Make snacking a conscious activity. Snack mindfully, not mindlessly. It is essential that we not only snack smart but we also pick and select our snack smartly. Avoid snack packs that don’t deliver what is promised on the face of their pack. Look out for promises and phrases like Fat-Free, Low in Calories, High in Protein. Don’t take them on face value. All it takes is flipping the pack to the back and reading all ingredients, their proportions, style of making to understand the health and calorie quotient of the snack you are picking up. It is always better to opt for truly baked, healthy and wholesome snacks as they will actually be good for you. In fact, one of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried snacks to baked snacks as they will help you keep both the calories and fat consumption down easily. Don’t think of snacks as extras. Instead, consciously work healthy bites into your diet, and make some smart snacks a part of your food plan for the day. This way they will work for you constructively. Finally, always focus on eating snacks that deliver something extra (yes more than just satisfaction and calories). Focus on clean label. Consumers and regulators continue to put new pressures on food manufacturers, asking for even more information on the label. Consumers want to know the origin of their food. Food transparency strategies are now critical elements of the industry. Many varieties of snacks and breads sold in supermarkets have taken a huge hit in recent years. Their part of the myriad products are struggling as consumers shift to more health and wellness foods. Despite this, more gluten-free, and clean-label baked formulations are cropping up in stores.last_img read more

Why You Dont Need a Digital Detox to Loosen Technologys Grip

first_imgAugust 7, 2013 Do you find yourself checking your smartphone constantly? Do you look at your email and Twitter feed even before your morning shower? If you answered yes to these questions, Psychologist and California State University Professor, Dr. Larry Rosen says you may have an iDisorder — an addiction to technology. In his book iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) Rosen says our over-reliance on technology induces behaviors similar to those of anxiety-based psychological disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder.While we may assume technology is making us more productive, Rosen says tech-related anxiety (that feeling that you can never be without your smartphone) is counterproductive, not to mention bad for our emotional and physical health. “If we’re anxious, that means the brain doesn’t have enough processing power to really do a good job at what we’re supposed to be doing,” says Rosen.But you don’t have to give up technology completely to recover from your overdependence. Restoring balance to your overloaded, tech-obsessed brain can be achieved with a few simple steps.1. Give your brain a break. Just as a computer can overheat, our brains can get overloaded by our use of technology. To calm down the brain, Rosen recommends taking a break every 90 minutes. A ten-minute walk outdoors, meditation, exercise, listening to music or even having a laugh with a colleague is enough to reset your brain.2. Implement “tech breaks” into meetings. More often than not, we’re obsessively checking our smartphones because we’re anxious about missing something, not because we need to urgently respond to something. The key to overcoming this tech-related anxiety, according to Rosen, is to implement “technology breaks” in meetings. Begin by allowing everyone to check their devices for one to two minutes, then put the devices on silent, placing them screen-down on the table and set a timer for 15 minutes.Related: The 18-Minute Ritual That Will Boost Your ProductivityHaving the device within visual range is critical as it sends a signal to the brain to not be anxious. Rosen says simply knowing you will be able to check the device in under 15 minutes seems to relieve anxiety. When the alarm rings, everyone is allowed one to two minutes to check their devices before repeating the process. The 15 minute timer can gradually be increased to 20, 25 and eventually 30 minutes. “The idea is you’re trying to train the brain not to release those neurotransmitters that signify anxiety,” says Rosen, who has used this technique with great success in classrooms, boardrooms and even family dinner tables.3. Minimize distractions. “Electronic communications tend to distract people every three to five minutes,” says Rosen. He says checking email and social media repeatedly are anxious responses that cause us to lose productivity. To minimize these distractions, Rosen recommends checking email every 15 or 30 minutes and turning off notifications in the times in between. Having set times during the day for checking email or social media updates helps to minimize distractions and helps ease tech-related anxiety throughout the day.Related: 5 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min readlast_img read more

Reduced deposit promotion for Jamaica with Air Canada Vacations

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations Share Posted by Reduced deposit promotion for Jamaica with Air Canada Vacations Travelweek Group center_img MONTREAL — Jamaica package bookings made through Air Canada Vacations through Feb. 25 for departures March 3 – April 30 now require a deposit of just $25 per person.The offer is also applicable to group bookings, and the full payment is required 21 days prior to departure.ACV reminds agents that its CareFree plan allows clients to benefit from free seat selection, the year-round Price Drop Guarantee, StormGuard and a $50 waiver on administrative change fees, for combined savings of $339. The CareFree plan is priced at $49 per person.CareFree includes StormGuard and the Price Drop Guarantee, both of which can also be purchased separately. The year-round Price Drop Guarantee is a one-time, cash back offer of maximum $200 if the price of a package drops after booking, while StormGuard lets clients rebook their vacation if the US National Hurricane Center declares a tropical storm warning within 72 hours of their scheduled departure. CareFree is also commissionable at 5%.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionWith the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels, cruises and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for Air & Cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or Visa gift cards. Monday, February 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch More than half of all Skys

first_imgSky CEO Jeremy DarrochMore than half of all Sky’s customers have now connected their Sky+HD box to broadband, giving them access to the UK pay TV operator’s full range of on-demand services.Sky said the total number of connected Sky+HD boxes has more than doubled in less than a year, and now stands at 5.4 million of Sky’s 10.6m TV customers.It said that the customer gains amount to 56,000 new households getting connected every week and that the new milestone follows the launch last summer of Sky’s “big push to drive take-up and usage of connected TV services.”The news was announced at the EY Sustaining Digital Leadership conference in London this morning, where Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said: “We see a widening and growing opportunity for Sky. Our market is opening up, getting bigger and broader. By innovating across different platforms, and adopting new technologies, we can create more ways to reach more customers than ever before.”“Our job is to offer customers the best possible TV experience, making sure that they can watch what they want, when they want, wherever they want. We aim to put Sky at the heart of the ‘digitally connected household’ – to meet customers’ growing desire to consume content on their terms.”Sky said that in its most recent quarter, on-demand accounted for more than 5% of viewing in connected homes – equivalent to the third most popular linear channel in those homes. On-demand downloads have also more than tripled in the last year.Sky’s connected customers can access catch-up TV content, watch box sets of series like Game of Thrones, Prison Break and 24, and can also rent or buy recent blockbusters and classic movies through Sky Store.last_img read more

Freesat the UKs subscription free satellite TV s

first_imgFreesat, the UK’s subscription free satellite TV service, has added STV Player from Scottish commercial broadcaster STV to its on-demand line up. Freesat viewers will be able to catch up on shows such as Taggart and Rebus as well as STV’s flagship programmes, including STV News at six and Scotland Tonight.Available to Freesat viewers in Scotland from today and the rest of the UK on Thursday, STV Player offers catch up and live streaming access to programmes from ITV, including Coronation Street, The X Factor, and Victoria, as well as dramas from the STV archive.STV linear channel is currently available in HD and SD on FreesatJennifer Elworthy, director of marketing and communications at Freesat, said: “We’re really pleased that Freesat viewers in Scotland can now enjoy STV Player through our On Demand service, giving them even more ways to watch the best programmes from STV.”Remi Brunier, product owner at STV, said: “STV is committed to giving viewers access to first class programming, both live and On Demand. With STV Player available on Freesat, we can now offer our audience convenient online access to shows on catch up so they can watch their favourite TV whenever it suits them.”last_img read more

Rock Stock Stats Last One Month Ago One Year Ago

first_imgRock & Stock StatsLastOne Month AgoOne Year Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,231.0611,759.9413,401.48 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)26.3726.3036.45 Silver Stocks (SIL)22.1021.5023.90 Dear Readers,Mining companies are starting to release Q411 production figures, soon to be followed by earnings. It will be an interesting time. Gold is still well off its recent peak, so expectations may be realistic for a change, and that would be a good thing. On the other hand, costs – particularly royalties and taxes – are rising all over the world, and mining is always a messy, difficult business, so we’re expecting a mix of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in the weeks ahead. This can create buying opportunities, so we’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for good bargains put on sale for the wrong reasons. Gold1,635.501,672.501,381.50 Silver29.6431.3429.22center_img Oil99.03100.1491.39 Gold Producers (GDX)54.0554.0456.05 TSX Venture1,536.031,458.432,289.00 Copper3.633.434.37 Meanwhile, Andrey Dashkov has followed Jeff Clark’s lead on looking at gold corrections and done similar work for silver, which already seems to us to be offering the market good opportunities.Remember, there’s more volatility ahead, so keep some powder dry – that’s the way you make volatility your friend.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey ResearchWhen Will Silver Make a New High?By Andrey Dashkov, Research AnalystIn last week’s Metals, Mining, and Money, Jeff Clark estimated that given the magnitude of the correction that started last September, it may take until May 2012 for gold to reach a new high. This week let’s take a look at how long it may take for silver to rebound.It’s a commonly known fact that silver is more volatile than gold. Already in this decade, silver has risen by a factor of 12 from its ten-year low ($48.70 vs. $4.07), while gold has seen about a sevenfold climb ($255.95 vs. $1,895).This volatility – as you’ll see in a minute – holds for corrections as well. On average, silver’s retreats have been deeper and longer than gold’s. The three big gold corrections we looked at last week averaged 22.8%. Take a look at the three biggest for silver, along with how long it’s taken to recover and establish new highs.(Click on image to enlarge)The three biggest silver corrections in the current bull market average to 42.1%.Our recent correction is the second biggest on record since 2001, but what really makes it stand out is the duration. The 2004 and 2006 declines took only five and four weeks respectively to reach their low points. And it was 31 weeks after the crash of 2008 that silver bottomed. Our current decline, measured from the peak reached on April 28, 2011 to its December 29, 2011 low, spans 35 weeks… quite the determined downtrend.It also takes silver longer to recover than gold: gold’s three biggest corrections required an average of 57 weeks and 6 days to regain their old highs, while it’s taken silver’s three biggest falls an average of 98 weeks and 4 days to catch up.So how long will it take to recover from the 2011 slump? We don’t know the future, of course, but the current correction is close to the average of the three in the chart, so let’s apply the average recovery time to our current situation. The average 42.1% correction took 98 weeks and 4 days to recover; using the same ratio, a 46.3% correction would take 108 weeks and 3 days. Counting from the previous peak of April 28, 2011, we wouldn’t break the $48.70 high until May 26, 2013 (based on London PM Fix prices).[Ed. Note: Last week, we inadvertently reported the recovery period from gold’s low instead of its previous high, which is how all recovery periods in both that and this chart were measured. Thanks to reader John D for catching this. The good news is that gold could hit new highs sooner than the August date we originally projected.]It shouldn’t come as a surprise that silver will take longer to return to its old high than what we found with gold in last week’s article. Why? Half of silver’s use is industrial, so a weak economy can drag down its demand. We certainly saw that in 2008.And an exact date is pure conjecture, of course, and ignores fundamental factors that directly influence the price. 2011 is not 2008. In fact, we’ve already seen an interesting shift in investment activity in both gold and silver markets. The Silver Institute pointed out in a recent market report that “investor activity” was the biggest contributing factor to both last April’s rally as well as September’s selloff. Meanwhile, demand for physical metal has not only held firm but was projected by GFMS to reach a new record high in 2011.Investment demand is rooted in the metal’s monetary characteristics. It’s not a stretch to say that we expect silver to regain its currency appeal soon, given the amount of worldwide fiat currency destruction. This will be perhaps the strongest catalyst for prices going forward. We wouldn’t want to be without any silver.Take-AwaysIf there’s anything that sticks out from this bird’s-eye view of the past ten years of data, it’s that corrections are normal. And just as obvious is the fact that corrections end.As with gold, the silver bull market is far from over, regardless of any weakness we may see in the near term. Don’t be the impatient investor who gives up too early. And trying to time the market for a short-term profit shouldn’t be the strategy in the midst of a long-term bull market. Instead, keep silver’s fundamentals in mind: its industrial uses are growing and, like gold, silver is money.That said, we believe that the window for buying silver at $30 won’t be open for too long. The profit you someday realize from silver will be made buying now, when the price is low.[Holding your assets in dollars, euros, or other paper currencies is like giving the government permission to rob you. There’s a better way to store your wealth.]Gold and Silver HEADLINESDon’t Believe In Gold? That’s Okay, Just Leave It To The Chinese (Forbes)The latest data on Chinese gold imports look very bullish for the yellow metal. A record 102.2 tonnes (3.3 million troy ounces) were imported into China in November 2011, up 20% from October and an incredible 483% over November 2010. Preparation for the Lunar New Year is the likely factor for much of this activity, but given the opaque nature of the Chinese gold market, it’s difficult to trace the buyers.Meanwhile, a representative of People’s Bank of China stated that the current weakness in price should be used to further diversify the country’s foreign exchange reserves into gold. We believe that a significant portion of the world’s gold bullion is currently undergoing a shift in ownership, from West to East.Hecla Must Shut Down Lucky Friday for Entire Year; Stock Down 20% (Mining)After an accident at its Lucky Friday mine in Idaho, Hecla Mining was forced to shut down the mine for the entire year. The accident occurred on December 14 and involved seven miners who received minor injuries. Two miners also died last year. The tragedies led to an investigation, which in turn resulted in a decision that the built-up material in the shaft should be removed, a costly and lengthy job. Lucky Friday represents about 30% of the company’s silver output. Unsurprisingly, the share price plummeted 21% on the day of the news, with some dubbing it the “Unlucky” Friday mine.We don’t follow Hecla in any of our paid newsletters, but we’ll admit the potential contrarian opportunity raised our eyebrows. That said, it’ll be 2013 before the mine is back in operation, so there’s time to see if the stock gets cheaper and offers better entry points.From Gold Bras to Gold Bars (Wall Street Journal)Jean-Paul Gaultier – a famous French fashion designer – has created a one-ounce 24-karat gold bar that’s engraved with rays, a heart, and Gaultier’s name. Would we buy it? It sells for 10% over spot – less than we thought it would, but we’ll let those with a taste for luxury and tolerance for high premiums take it. That said, it could expose gold to a customer base that hadn’t considered it before.What forms of gold do we buy? We interviewed some of the top bullion dealers in the industry in the current issue of BIG GOLD and got their recommendations on what forms of gold will someday be easiest to sell, what forms to avoid, and even which product currently has no reporting requirements when it’s sold. Get these experts’ insights along with a special discount on a Buffalo coin you can’t get anywhere else with a risk-free trial subscription to BIG GOLD.last_img read more