10 months agoHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…” last_img read more

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Keppels BrasFELS Delivers FPSO to MODEC

first_imgzoom Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Keppel FELS Brasil’s BrasFELS shipyard in Brazil has delivered the Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes MV29, a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, to MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore), an EPCI arm of the MODEC group.After its completion, the FPSO departed the shipyard recently for the Bananal Bay in Brazil.Being the fifth FPSO project for MODEC, Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes MV29 will be subsequently deployed in the Tartaruga Verde and Tartaruga Mestiça Fields, in the Campos Basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.“This is … BrasFELS’ 9th FPSO project for Brazil and it demonstrates our commitment and reliability in supporting the country’s oil and gas industry,” Kwok Kai Choong, CEO and President of Keppel FELS Brasil, commented.BrasFELS’ workscope for the FPSO Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes MV29 included the fabrication of nine topside production modules as well as integration works.The FPSO has a production capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 5 million cubic meters of gas per day, and a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of oil.last_img read more

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GoodBulk Looking to Buy Up to 13 Capesizes

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire 7 to 13 Capesize dry bulk carriers from entities managed by CarVal Investors. Funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive for the initial 7 vessels up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under current and new GoodBulk credit facilities.Upon completion of the base transaction of 7 Capesize vessels, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 19 vessels with an average age of 9 years, consisting of 16 Capesize, 1 Panamax, and 2 Supramax vessels.Delivery of the vessels is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.GoodBulk will have the option to acquire up to an additional 6 Capesize vessels.“We are excited to partner with CarVal Investors in this transaction as we continue to execute upon the company’s strategy of building an industry leading platform for investment in dry bulk vessels,” John Michael Radziwill, Chairman and CEO, said.The transaction provides GoodBulk’s shareholders with increased Capesize exposure at “an opportune time in a recovering market,” the company said, adding that the purchase is expected to be immediately accretive to Net Asset Value per share while reducing GoodBulk’s normalized break even cost by ship ownership day and reducing the average fleet age by approximately 1.4 years.“Furthermore, with a significant share component priced at a premium to NAV this transaction underscores the value of the GoodBulk platform,” Radziwill added.The company’s leverage ratio of net debt to gross asset value is expected to remain below 30%.Following completion of the transaction, funds managed by CarVal Investors will be GoodBulk’s largest shareholder.“CarVal’s decision to partner with the company in this transaction further validates GoodBulk’s market positioning and ability to develop into a landmark dry bulk shipping platform,” Milos Brajovic, Partner of Lantern Capital Partners, said.last_img read more

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Walgreens expands prescription delivery program nationwide

first_imgWalgreens is joining drugstore competitor CVS Health in expanding home deliveries for prescriptions nationwide, as stores continue adjusting to a retail world made more customer-friendly by online competition.Walgreens said Thursday it will partner with FedEx to deliver prescriptions as soon as the next day for a $4.99 fee, and it also is providing same-day deliveries in several cities. The Deerfield, Illinois, company started offering deliveries in several markets last October.CVS Health Corp. announced similar nationwide prescription deliveries last June.Retailers have been breaking out more customer-friendly services in recent years to hold Amazon.com at bay. The online retailer offers members same-day deliveries of goods typically sold in drugstores in some places.Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and CVS Health both run more than 9,000 U.S. locations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

first_imgBrussels: The European Union presented ethics guidelines Monday as it seeks to promote its own artificial intelligence sector, which has fallen behind developments in China and the United States. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, unveiled a framework aimed at boosting trust in AI by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them. “Ethical AI is a win-win proposition that can become a competitive advantage for Europe: being a leader of human-centric AI that people can trust,” Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe guidelines list seven key requirements for “trustworthy AI” established by independent experts consulted by the Commission. Among them is one ensuring that data about citizens will not be used to harm them or to discriminate against them. The measures also call for mechanisms to ensure accountability for AI systems and for AI algorithms to be secure and reliable enough to deal with errors or inconsistencies. The Commission now aims to launch a pilot phase in which industry, research and public authorities test the list of key requirements. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt will also involve companies from other countries and international organisations. The Commission aims to improve cooperation with “like-minded partners” such as Japan, Canada or Singapore and continue working with the G7 and G20 groups of leading economies. The updated guidelines flow from the Commission’s AI strategy unveiled in April last year, which aimed to bring public and private investment in the sector to at least 20 billion euros annually over the next decade. Europe is trying to catch up with both the US and China. A study published last month showed that China is poised to overtake the United States in artificial intelligence with a surge in academic research on the key technology. A burgeoning sector, AI is already used to recognise people in photos, filter unwanted content from online platforms and enable cars to drive themselves.last_img read more

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Varun triggers yet another controversy

first_imgLucknow: BJP MP Varun Gandhi has mastered the art of creating controversy after controversy. The young Gandhi is currently campaigning for his mother Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur that goes to the polls in the sixth phase on May 12. Varun said on Monday that people should vote for ‘Bharat Mata’. “My mother is contesting from here and she is a noble soul. You all should vote for ‘Mata’ that is ‘Bharat Mata’. You are living in Hindustan and you should vote for Hindustan. If you vote for others (read SP-BSP alliance), you will be voting for Pakistan,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Earlier, Varun Gandhi had said that those who are contesting against his mother were the ones who used to tie his shoe laces. The reference was to the BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh a.k.a. Sonu Singh and his brother Yash Bhadra Singh. Sonu Singh was a staunch Varun loyalist when he held the Sultanpur seat, but is now an alliance candidate. In yet another controversy, Varun lashed out at the Yadav clan of the Samajwadi Party. “Till about 10-15 years ago, these people were making cow dung cakes in Saifai and today they are travelling in cars worth crores. Whose money is this? Is it not public money?” he asked. Varun Gandhi’s statements in the past 24 hours in Sultanpur have generated considerable heat in the constituency.last_img read more

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Hyderabad missed Warner-Bairstow magic at top vs DC

first_imgNew Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) failed to go past Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday in Vizag and while pundits spoke about how the DC youngsters put up a brilliant show, one cant ignore the fact that SRH missed the services of the duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow at the top of the innings. With both Warner and Bairstow leaving for their respective preparatory camps for the World Cup, Hyderabad were forced to open with Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha. And the duo failed to recreate the magic that saw Warner and Bairstow take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at the top of the innings. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBatting at the top for SRH, the duo of Warner and Bairstow scored 1145 runs with Warner getting 692 of them and Bairstow hitting 445 runs from 10 games. They played an integral part in SRH starting the season on a winning note. While the performance of SRH deteriorated after their exit, the early kickstart ensured the Hyderabad-based franchise qualified for the playoffs with just 12 points. Guptill and Saha failed to rise to the challenge and the responsibility seemed to be too huge for them. While Guptill could manage only 81 runs in the three matches that he played, Saha hit a dismal 53 runs in his three innings that he opened in. The result was there for all to see as SRH could manage only 54/1 in the powerplay, having lost the wicket of Saha for 8 in the fourth over against Delhi Capitals. Williamson too accepted that the team missed the two swashbuckling openers at the top of the innings. “Warner and Bairstow were brilliant when they were here and they were prolific with the bat. We were without them for the last two or three games, but we still played very well despite missing them,” he said.last_img read more

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Give information on deaths related to cow slaughter: CIC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Union home ministry to respond to an RTI applicant who wanted to know the number of people killed between 2010 and 2017 on suspicion of cow slaughter.Sameer Khan filed the RTI application with the ministry seeking to know state-wise statistics of the number of people killed and injured in incidents related to cow slaughter, their names and compensation paid by the government to the families of the victims. The ministry did not respond to the application following which Khan approached the Commission, the highest appellate authority in the matter of RTI, seeking directions to the ministry to furnish the information. The facts provided by the applicant make clear that no response has been furnished to him, Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava noted. He said under the RTI Act it is mandatory to respond to RTI applications within the given period.last_img read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball drops Big Ten opener in 5 sets to

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins faces first major opponent in No 15 TCU

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two starts for Ohio State.The redshirt sophomore quarterback combined for 546 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception while completing 79.2 percent of his throws.These eye-raising statistics came against Oregon State and Rutgers, who held the third- and 55th-worst scoring defenses in the NCAA last season, respectively.Now, with TCU, the 16th-best scoring defense in 2017, on the horizon, Haskins and the Ohio State offense will be getting their first real test of the season. For Haskins, his first real test as a starter.Besides the final 20 minutes of the Michigan game last season, Haskins’ experience came at the end of games that were decided well before he ever touched the field.Haskins will be making his first collegiate start against a ranked opponent at a neutral site 18 miles from TCU’s campus. In doing so, he has an opportunity to build on his already impressive stats.In the press conference on Monday, acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he has seen promising decision-making in Haskins’ first two starts under center. “Whether it’s before or after the snap, he has to make decisions,” Day said. “He has the ability to make a check or in the pass game, he can change the protection and slide it one way or the other. He has a good handle on that.”Day said that despite the early season success Haskins has found, there are still plenty of mistakes to be corrected, especially with TCU coming up on the schedule.“I think that, you know, when the games get tighter, every play matters even more. And so the mistakes are still there,” Day said. “The interception in the red zone two games ago, or, you know, a play with false starting or sack on third down; those plays in a big game are going to show up even more.”To avoid these mistakes, Haskins will have to rely more on the rest of his offense than he has thus far, with sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having the big-game experience to help relieve some of the pressure.“I think the combination of a great offensive line and J.K. and Mike, you have to account for them,” Day said. “You saw Johnnie [Dixon], you see Terry [McLaurin] down the field, one-on-one situations with cornerbacks and then it’s just a matter of making the throw and catch. So it all starts with running the football, and if we can force that seventh guy in the box, that opens up stuff in the pass game.”With Haskins working almost strictly through the air, Day said big games from Dobbins and Weber allow for more chances to beat safeties on deep throws “whether it’s with [a run-pass option] or play-action pass,” something made more important in a matchup that’s expected to be closer than the previous two.It might have been Oregon State. It might have been Rutgers. But Haskins has lived up to the high expectations left behind by former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.Breaking the Ohio State record for passing yards and touchdowns in a first start, then completing 87 percent of passes for four touchdowns in his second, Haskins has looked the part of a worthy successor to one of the Buckeyes’ most decorated quarterbacks.Now, coming into TCU, Haskins has an opportunity to prove his worth against an opponent that seems more fit for the challenge than any he has ever faced. read more

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Luis Enrique aims to continue the work of Lopetegui Hierro

first_imgIn his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”last_img read more

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Politicians set to hold panel at ComicCon

first_img Jessica Ranck, July 22, 2017 Politicians set to hold panel at Comic-Con Posted: July 22, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Politicians will join celebrities at Comic-Con International Sunday in San Diego as the annual celebration of the popular arts enters its third day at the convention center.A group of elected officials, generally from the left side of the political spectrum will take part in a panel that will look at what would be required to repair damage after epic battles in cities.Scheduled participants are state Treasurer John Chiang, a candidate for governor; state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; former assemblyman and county supervisor candidate Nathan Fletcher; Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez; San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez; and Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez.The 11 a.m. panel will be moderated by political activist Rena Marrocco, who goes by “The Liberal Diva” on Twitter.Also on the political front, Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, will make his annual Comic-Con appearance to discuss his graphic novel trilogy “March,” which recounts his role in the civil rights movement. He will also lead a commemorative march during the panel at 10 a.m.Leading a big-name celebrity parade will be actress Charlize Theron, who as become an action star after roles in movies such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Fate of the Furious” and atomic Blonde,” which opens next week. The spotlight on Theron will begin at 2 p.m. in Hall H.The largest of the convention center’s ballrooms, Hall H,, will also be where Warner Bros. presents upcoming films including “Blade Runner 2049” and “Justice League.” The panel, hosted by Chris Hardwick, will feature filmmaker Steven Spielberg and stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Robin Wright.Actor David Duchovny will also make an appearance at Comic-Con to discuss an Audible revival of “The X-Files.”Panels run from 10 a.m. to midnight at the convention center, Central Library, Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre and the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina.Organizers strongly suggest using public transportation.A free shuttle bus service is operating 24 hours a day, stopping at 63 locations in downtown, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island through Sunday evening.The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 and 1/2 minutes between Qualcomm Stadium and the 12th and Imperial Transit Center through Sunday. Blue and Orange line trains will increase in frequency during peak travel times, according to the MTS.The transit agency said passengers can use its new Compass Cloud mobile app to purchase ride tickets in advance. The MTS also has 22 bus routes with downtown stops.  Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter Jessica Ranck last_img read more

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Amateur astronomer spots two UFOs flying over the moon researcher suspects alien

first_imgUFO Sightings DailyConspiracy theorists all across the world strongly believe that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization is living on the moon and space agencies like NASA are well aware of its existence. Adding heat to these claims, an amateur astronomer from Turkey has spotted two unidentified flying objects (UFO) hovering low over the moon’s surface.The UFOs was later seen speeding across the lunar surface and the sighting seems to be very similar to the visuals we have witnessed in Hollywood movies. The UFOs spotted in the video are diamond-shaped and one flying object seems double the size of the other. As the video went viral, popular alien researcher Scott C Waring analyzed the clip and assured that this sighting is authentic proof of extraterrestrial presence on the moon. “This object is actually two UFOs flying side by side, like a military wingman for USAF fighter jets. Both objects are diamond shaped, yet one is twice the size of the other. If these were meteors, they would be leaving a trail of debris behind them, and there is no way they would be perfect diamond flying side by side. These are alien craft flying over our moon. This is 100% proof that aliens are actively using our moon not just as a base, but as a home,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.A few days back, after analyzing NASA images, Scott C Waring discovered a seemingly alien ship in the moon’s Waterman crater. Waring also assured that it could be a gigantic alien space vessel which might be more than 10 miles long.The self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher also urged SpaceX founder Elon Musk to salvage the ship and later paste a Tesla logo in it. Waring claimed that such gigantic ships with advanced alien technology could help humans to conduct interstellar travel with ease in the coming years.Even though many experts have dismissed the claims made by Waring stating it as a classic case of pareidolia, the researcher is continuing his search to find anomalies in NASA images. At one point in time, he had also asked United States president Donald Trump to appoint him as the head of NASA so that he can open up crucial details regarding the existence of alien life.last_img read more

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Khaleda bail petition hearing adjourned

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia (L)The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail granted by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, till Wednesday.The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, heard the case, reports UNB.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail. The SC also allowed the state and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda. On 8 February, a Dhaka court convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. She was then taken to now abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city. She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March. On 15 March, the ACC and the State filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail secured from the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the case.Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Tuesday as they went to meet her on 5 May.last_img read more

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Philippines Duterte sorry over Myanmar genocide comments

first_imgPhilippines` Duterte sorry over Myanmar `genocide` comments Photo : AFPPhilippine president Rodrigo Duterte issued a public apology to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Friday, a week after describing the military crackdown on the country’s Rohingya minority as a “genocide”.Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, has come in for intense global criticism over her public silence regarding a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingya to flee the mainly Buddhist nation for Bangladesh.Duterte’s original comments, made in a Manila speech a week ago, were a rare example of public criticism by the head of one Southeast Asian country of another.”I will apologise to you, but if you have noticed, my statement was almost a satire,” Duterte told a pre-dawn news conference Friday in the southern city of Davao.He said his original comments were intended as a dig at European countries that have criticised his deadly war on drugs, which has left more than 4,000 suspects dead at the hands of the police in less than two years.Duterte had told government officials in a speech on April 5 that European governments “can’t even solve” the problem in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.”That’s the real genocide, if I may (say) so,” he said, while qualifying that he was friends with Myanmar’s leader.Duterte also said then that he was “willing to accept refugees” from Myanmar if Europe would take in others displaced there as well.”They keep on criticising us, Aung (San Suu) Kyi and the others. Now, why did I say that? Madam Chancellor, let me confess to you publicly, I was doing a — very sarcastic….” Duterte said Friday, his words trailing off.The Philippine foreign ministry did not immediately comment on the apology when sought by AFP.last_img
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Thanksgiving Meals in the Baltimore Area

first_imgThanksgiving Meals in the Baltimore Area 11/25Lansdowne United Methodist Church. Dinner the day before Thanksgiving. 114 Lavern Ave, Lansdowne, MD 21227. 4 p.m. to 7p.m. 410-247-4624 11/26Bea Gaddy Family Center. Event will take place at Patterson Park Recreation Center. 2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 410-563-2749American Rescue Workers. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. 1401 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. (410) 566-3300.last_img

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New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Cosmologists Alan Coley from Canada’s Dalhousie University and Bernard Carr from Queen Mary University in London, have published a paper on arXiv, where they suggest that some so-called primordial black holes might have been created in the Big Crunch that came before the Big Bang, which lends support to the theory that the Big Bang was not a single event, but one that occurs over and over again as the universe crunches down to a single point, then blows up again, over and over. 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. The idea is based on the fact that the Earth, and the rest of the known universe is occasionally bombarded with unexplained bursts of gamma rays; something that could, according to Coley and Carr, be the result of primordial black holes running out of energy and disintegrating.Primordial black holes are thought to be of a different type than the regular kind that are formed when a supernova occurs, leaving a void that is filled by the entity that is commonly known as a black hole. Many theorists support the notion that there does exist other types of black holes that were formed in the first “moments” after the Big Bang; black holes that would be smaller and created by the energy of the Big Bang itself. In this new theory, however, Coley and Carr suggest that some of these black holes, if they do actually exist, might have been created by the collapsing universe as part of the Big Crunch, and then somehow escaped being pulled into the pinpoint singularity comprised of everything else. And then, after the Big Bang, they simply assimilated with the newly formed universe. One problem they agree on is that it would likely be impossible to tell the difference between pre and post Big Bang primordial black holes.It’s all purely speculation of course, as no one has ever actually seen a primordial black hole, or even offered much proof that they exist, but it does raise very difficult questions; ones that are impossible for scientists much less casual observers to answer. Questions such as, if the universe contracts, then blows up, over and over, has this gone on forever? Or is it possible that our view of the universe is so limited that we’re only seeing one tiny fraction of it, and thus, any theories or explanations we offer, are little more than guesses. And finally, maybe the hardest one of all; is it possible that the universe actually goes on forever; that it has no boundaries or borders? Which would mean the Big Bang was actually little more than one tiny event going on in one small part of an endless expanse.It’s possible that no matter how long we as a people survive, we’ll never really know the answers to such questions, which might in the end mean, we’ll just have to take our theories on faith. Citation: New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-theory-black-holes-predate-big.html An artist’s rendering of the M87 black hole. Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/Lynette Cook. More information: Persistence of black holes through a cosmological bounce, B. J. Carr, A.A. Coley, arXiv:1104.3796v1 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1104.3796AbstractWe discuss whether black holes could persist in a universe which recollapses and then bounces into a new expansion phase. Whether the bounce is of classical or quantum gravitational origin, such cosmological models are of great current interest. In particular, we investigate the mass range in which black holes might survive a bounce and ways of differentiating observationally between black holes formed just after and just before the last bounce. We also discuss the consequences of the universe going through a sequence of dimensional changes as it passes through a bounce. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Universal Orlando turns to virtual reality this Halloween

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group ORLANDO, Fla. — As you enter the dark set – an old library from the 1700s filled with ancient artifacts – at Universal Orlando Resort’s new Halloween experience, it’s obvious you’re in for a creepy time.The actor playing a librarian flips from quirky to spooky as he warns of a deadly curse if you venture into a warehouse filled with powerful, paranormal artifacts. But none of his warnings and babblings can quite prepare you for The Repository, a new virtual reality experience that opened Thursday as part of Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Halloween Horror Nights.The immersive, interactive adventure features human actors as well as first-of-its-kind virtual reality technology. Participants in groups of four follow a series of signs that must be remembered in the right order to wipe out the curse. And don’t you dare let go of the keystone you’re given. You’ll need it to finish the challenge.Be prepared for a pricey evening as well as a spooky one. The Repository, which runs select nights through Oct. 31, costs an additional $49.99 plus tax on top of the $104.99 general admission (prices can vary; details at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando).More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe experience keeps you on edge as you and your group are guided through various rooms in the warehouse where actors and props await. It’s not an experience for those who scare easily or have personal space issues. The actors come close, talk loudly and are extremely animated as they react to your words, expressions and movements.“What this place is built on is interaction,” said T.J. Mannarino, senior director of art and design at Universal’s entertainment division. “It’s all about you and what you do together and with the actors in the space and even with the objects and the props that you come into contact with.”He added: “You now have the chance to be the story and we as storytellers now interact and react to what you do as you move to through the space.”The highlight of the 30-minute show is a virtual reality, or VR, experience, while wearing goggles, that creates the illusion of being in a cemetery with paranormal activity swirling around. It will leave the bravest person afraid to move.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“We have found that a very small amount of external senses really goes a long way in VR, whether that is motion, whether that is winds or just the implication of something flying over you,” said Thomas Geraghty, advanced technology director at Universal Creative.With goggles on, participants walk around a 20-by-20-foot room as they search for symbols, Geraghty said. “So you can really have some agency and explore the whole library and find your way around the tower,” he said.Once out of the virtual reality experience, you and your group come back together. Now you must remember the symbols and their order, and align the keystones accordingly to solve the curse. You don’t get a lot of time to complete the task, but there’s a payoff, says Mannarino: “You can pretty much wipe the curse out and basically neutralize this place from all of its evil.”Travelweek also recently announced a new VR app for agents. See the details here. Universal Orlando turns to virtual reality this Halloweencenter_img Tags: Halloween, Universal Studios Friday, September 30, 2016 Posted bylast_img read more

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In This Issue… Currencies metals rally halted

first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals rally halted… * A Minsky Moment on the way? * Dr. Steve & the manipulators… * Retail Sales to print today… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Moody’s Downgrades 6 Eurozone Nations… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, I came home from unusually colder weather in Orlando , to snow and normally cold weather for this time of year here. The snowflakes were very large and wet, so it was easy to remove from the streets, etc. My darling daughter, Dawn, had to deal with taking Alex to the hospital while we were gone. Alex has a very bad case of skin herpes around his eye… This is not uncommon for wrestlers, but the big thing for him was that his wrestling season was over! Speaking of being over… Yesterday, Chris told you about how the Greek Parliament had approved the latest round of budget cuts, which should have put the next bailout payment on the greased tracks. Chris also explained how this was causing a reversal of the short positions in the euro, which really had turned the “Risk On” campers… Well, that euphoria in the currencies and metals was short-lived because just as soon as the currencies were ready to tell the “shorts” to move over Rover, and let Jimmy take over, the Ratings Agencies came swooping in, to rain on the risk assets parade. Yes, yesterday evening it was announced that Moody’s Investor Service had downgraded six European nations.. While there was nothing new here, since S&P and Fitch had already gone through this exercise last month, Moody’s did grab the markets’ attention by being the first rating agency to warn the U.K. that their rating could be at risk. So the Happy Days that Chris told you about yesterday, are now a thing of the past… and we must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get back to work today! It is Valentine’s Day, and baring a Valentine’s Day massacre in the currencies today, maybe we’ll just see the profits taken out of the currency and metals this morning, and move along to the next drama that Greece will bring us. I caught up with two of my fave people in the world in Orlando last week… Mary Anne and Pamela Aden… or as many know them, The Aden Sisters… We had a long talk about writing style… They kept telling me that I was their favorite writer, and I kept telling them that I was sure they had me mixed up with David Galland! Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that Mary Anne and Pam talked about “noise” in the markets, and how it has taken away the fundamentals of the markets… I totally agree, and this “noise” from the ratings agencies are a prime example. I just finished reading Addison Wiggin’s latest draft for a book. I’m going to do a quick review for the book… There’s so much to learn about what happened to the dollar, and what is yet to happen here… When the book gets printed and issued, I’ll let you know, because I think that everyone that thinks they know all there is about the dollar will be surprised to find out they learned something new here… One of the things that Addison talks about in the books is how Gold isn’t in a bubble… I found this to be interesting because I too, have said this over and over again about Gold… I say that my test for a bubble is to ask a group of regular people, like say, my FGB friends, if they own Gold, and until all of them raise their hands, Gold isn’t in bubble, is the best way to measure this! And then there was a great lunch with friend Dennis Miller, and Steve Sjuggerud. I’ve known Dr. Steve for some time, and he knows how much I love guitars (he’s a collector of guitars), so we always have a great conversation about them. Dr. Steve said something though that really rang a bell with me.. and that was… he doesn’t let the reports of price manipulators in Gold & Silver bother him. For he believes that if the demand remains strong, it will eventually win out… And, so with that I’m turning over a new leaf, and while I will continue to mention price manipulation when I see it, I’m not going to lose any more hair over it (not that I have any more to lose!) But you get the point… I was beginning to allow the manipulators to mess with my blood pressure, and my outlook for a day.. and no longer! Thanks Dr. Steve! OK.. I could on about the meetings I had at the Orlando Money Show, but those two were the best… So.. back to the news today… This morning, although it’s not helping the euro right now, both Spain and Italy auctioned bonds and both saw their borrowing costs decline to their lowest levels in 11 months! Once again bond buyers ignore the ratings agencies… But then, a very large chunk of any Eurozone country bond auction, is bought by the other members of the Eurozone. So, it’s like “we’re all in this together” type attitude. And don’t forget that the Eurozone debt is being underpinned by 3-year loans made in December by the European Central Bank (ECB), which will offer a second round of financing, known as LTRO, at the end of this month. There’s still a spread between German and Italian or Spanish Bonds.. and that’s the way it should be. The way it was before the implementation of the euro, and the way it will be from here on out! Long time readers might recall me saying on more than a few occasions in the past that Greece, Italy and Spain were all rogue countries with debt before the euro, and that they should get down on their knees and thank their Gold every night that they were included in the euro… The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, was kind enough to join me in one of my presentations, shows a chart of Greek bond rates that illustrates what I’m talking about here… Before 1999 (implementation of the euro) bond rate in Greece were 19-20%… but then after the Eurozone was formed, the bond rates plunged and remained low until someone said, Hey with all this debt, these yields aren’t right”… and back to 16% Greek bond rates went… Should Greece have gotten a free ride on their careless deficit spending and debt? NO… but, no one was paying attention… I wasn’t… I stopped trading foreign bonds in 1998, so I’ll use that as an excuse! I think the thing to take from this comes back to the U.S. should we be able to continue to add to our debt by 1 Trillion dollars every year with historically low bond rates? NO… But, until someone stops and says… Hey this debt is too high for bond yields this low” the Treasury Bubble will just keep building and will take a lot of investors down when it pops… it will be a Minsky Moment… For those of you new to class or Hy Minsky… A Minsky Moment is an idea that the great economist, Hy Minsky, originated… When a market fails or falls into crisis after an extended period of market speculation, or unsustainable growth. A Minsky moment is based on the idea that periods of speculation, if they last long enough, will eventually lead to crises; the longer speculation occurs the worse the crisis will be… Hy Minsky is responsible for much of my economics education, even though my time with him was brief… And 10-year Treasury yields remain below 2%… And the band Ace sang.. “How Long”? Speaking of debt, no wait, I wasn’t speaking of debt, I was talking about the Treasury Bubble, but wait… Treasuries are issuances of debt, so technically, I was speaking of debt! (Don’t question yourself, Chuck!) Did you see that the President presented his 2012 Budget, with a $1.333 Trillion Deficit… And that’s only if the ducks all get in a row… I saw this tide bit (Thanks Dennis) and it really hit home… From 7/31/11 to 1/31/12 (6 months) the U.S. National Debt grew from $14.5 Trillion to $15.4 Trillion, an increase of $1.1 Trillion… In the first 206 years of our country’s history (through 8/82) the U.S. accumulated a national debt of $1.1 Trillion… And now we do it every year? Just that the heck is going on here? Our Government is spending us into the point of no return! And that will continue to weigh heavily on the dollar folks… I told an audience last week that I know it seems a little strange taking dollars out of your dollar denominated portfolio to buy currencies and metals… But diversifications one of the ways to beat the awful things our Gov’t and Central Bank are doing to our kids’ and grandkid’s futures.. But then that’s just me.. I could end up being wrong… The U.S. data cupboard is chock-full-o-data today… But the Big Kahuna data print comes in the form of January Retail Sales … Which when I look back at the Butler Household Index (BHI) I see that there were tons of shopping bags brought into our house IN January, so look for a better than the average bear print here today… Then there was this… from the U.K. Telegraph..and before I post this, I want you to know that I don’t condone what Iran is doing.. I’m just continuing to point out how countries all over the world are tired of the U.S. debt destruction of the dollar, and are now working out ways to get around dollar use… So, here the snippet of the article… “Last week the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20. This long-planned move is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision of economic war with the West.“The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the US to use threats to protect the ‘reserve currency’ status of the dollar,” the newspaper, which calls itself the voice of the Islamic Revolution, said.“Recall that Saddam [Hussein] announced that Iraq would no longer accept dollars for oil purchases in November 2000 and the US-Anglo invasion occurred in March 2003,” the Times continued. “Similarly, Iran opened its oil bourse in 2008, so it is a credit to Iranian negotiating ability that the ‘crisis’ has not come to a head long before now.”Chuck again… India is now going to pay for their Oil from Iran with a 45% allocation of Gold. China has been signing currency swap agreements with other countries for 2 years now. So it’s going on all over… countries want out of having to hold large dollar reserve to facilitate the terms of trade with their partners.To recap… The currency and metals rally that lasted all day yesterday, ended last night with a thud, as Moody’s downgraded 6 Eurozone nations and warned the U.K. that their credit rating could be cut. The euro has lost the 1.32 handle, and the rest of the currencies have given back the gains they made yesterday. And Retail Sales headlines the data prints today… Currencies today 2/14/12… American Style: A$ $1.0710, kiwi .8325, C$ $1.00, euro 1.3165, sterling 1.5720, Swiss $1.09, … European Style: rand 7.7225, krone 5.7220, SEK 6.67, forint 221.25, zloty 3.1812, koruna 19.0575, RUB 29.95, yen 78.15, sing 1.2645, HKD 7.7535, INR 49.36, China 6.2995, pesos 12.73, BRL 1.7166, Dollar Index 79.19, Oil $101.36, 10-year 1.98%, Silver $33.45, and Gold… $1,715.10 That’s it for today… Well, Happy Valentine’s Day to all my girls… Kathy, Dawn, Rachel and Delaney Grace! Delaney was not happy about having to go home from Orlando yesterday, she really had a great time at Disney World… You should have seen her all dressed up in her princess dress for the Princess Tea Party… Simply darling! My main presentation at the Money Show was a full room and big room too! It went well… the second has just about run its course.. I’ll have to think of something else… Thanks to Chris for taking the conn on the Pfennig… just getting him ready for March! I have a new set of eyes reviewing the Pfennig each morning now, and when I went cut and paste this to them I lost it all and had to retype the whole thing! UGH! I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday, cause mine’s not starting that way! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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