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I am being hunted down by media in UK, says Mallya

first_imgNew Delhi/London, Mar 13 (PTI) As a controversy rages on over Vijay Mallya leaving the country despite huge unpaid loans by his group, the beleaguered businessman today said he was being “hunted down by media in UK” but they did not look in the “obvious place”. A miffed Mallya, who is reportedly in the UK and has been only tweeting for the past couple of days, did not disclose his exact location. “I am being hunted down by media in UK. Sadly they did not look in the obvious place. I will not speak to media so dont waste your efforts,” he said in a tweet. Mallya, who is said to have left India for London on March 2, is facing legal proceedings for recovery of over Rs 9,000 crore, including interest, from his group companies. Besides a few personal tweets, Mallya has also been re-tweeting various news reports including those about the problems in the aviation sector and about his sport and beverage ventures. He also retweeted a tweet by his son Siddharth Mallya, who had said, “People dont understand that I have nothing to do with it!” in reply to a message whether he was fed up with the Twitter backlash. Earlier on March 11, the UB Group chief had released a series of tweets saying he was not an “absconder” and keeps making frequent visits to and from India as an international businessman. The 60-year-old liquor baron left the country days before banks approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad.advertisementOpposition leaders including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi have raised questions about how he was allowed to leave the country.The government told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court. Hundreds of unpaid employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which was promoted by Mallya, have meanwhile written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the recovery of their dues which was estimated to be around Rs 300 crore. However, in a move which will provide some relief to the former Kingfisher employees, the tax department has asked its officials not to demand taxes if the TDS has been deducted and not deposited in the governments account by the deductor.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in an office memorandum has “re-emphasized that the assessing officers shall not enforce demands created on account of mismatch of credit due to non-payment of TDS amount to the credit of the Government by the deductor”. PTI NKD CS BJlast_img read more

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Mashrafe Mortaza ‘worried’ about ankle injury ahead of England series

first_imgBangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who suffered a bad fall while bowling against Afghanistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), hopes his injury is not serious.But he is “a bit worried” about whether he can be fit in time for the England series, beginning on October 7, reports bdnews24.com.The pacer dismissed Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad with the first ball of his second over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Bangladesh won the match by 14 runs.But in the next ball, his front foot got tangled with the rear one on his delivery stride and he painfully landed on his ankle.His team-mates rushed to attend to their captain but Mashrafe got treated on the field and finished his over. He then went off the field for an over and returned to bowl with a shorter run-up.Mashrafe, who turns 33 on Wednesday, limped his way in and out of the post-match press conference.”I was kind of having a feeling about the injury since this morning — anyways, there is a slight swelling. I hope the pain will go away,” Mashrafe said on Saturday.But with the England ODIs just a few days away, he will not get much time to tend to his sore ankle.”I’ve hurt this ankle before as well. That is why I am a bit uneasy. It might have been okay if I had 10 days. But we have five or six days to go before the England series. So I am a bit worried. Let’s see, I hope there won’t be any problem.”advertisementMashrafe’s career has been plagued with injuries but he has not picked up any major injury since becoming the captain almost two years ago.last_img read more

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Nelson showing Arsenal his world-class potential

first_imgSix Bundesliga goals in just seven appearances: it’s the kind of form that you’d expect to see from a seasoned professional or top striker playing for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.Instead, it’s the 18-year-old who couldn’t get a game at Arsenal who is tearing up one of Europe’s most competitive leagues with Hoffenheim.Yes, Reiss Nelson is the other revelation of the Bundesliga season so far! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jadon Sancho may be the name on every England fan’s lips right now, after his impressive international debut on Thursday night, but his compatriot and good friend Nelson is matching the Borussia Dortmund winger’s sensational start to life in Germany.Indeed, Nelson’s form has seen him voted ‘Rookie of the Month’ and prompted calls from Arsenal supporters to cut short his season-long loan spell at Hoffenheim and bring him back to the Emirates, particularly now that Danny Welbeck is set to miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.“At the moment, we don’t speak about that,” Gunners head coach Unai Emery has said. “But we are very happy with Reiss at the moment. We follow him in every match. We are thinking how he can help us in the future.”Reiss Nelson Hoffenheim Arsenal PSStill, those calls to see Nelson playing for Arsenal again before the end of the season are understandable when you look at the impact he’s making for Hoffenheim. His total game contribution still has major room for improvement but there can be no argument that his goals and creativity are hugely important to Julian Nagelsmann’s side.The Gunners are pleased with Nelson’s progress and there is genuine believe that he can go on to become a first-team regular next season. Head of football Raul Sanllehi persuaded Nelson to sign a contract extension before he left on loan this summer and it’s a decision which is proving to be an absolute masterstroke. However, those wanting to bring him back early should consider why he has been sent on loan in the first place: to play regular top-flight level, develop and mature as a player and show that he can adapt by going out of his comfort zone. So far so good on all of those fronts, so why risk stunting his growth now?Tellingly, Nelson has also played down suggestions that he could return to north London in January by hinting that he wants to stay at Hoffenheim so that he can continue to grow, thus putting himself in a better position to challenge for a starting berth at Arsenal in 2019-20.Reiss Nelson Hoffenheim Arsenal PS“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told the BBC. “I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.  “I just want to go back there stronger because, at the time I was at Arsenal, I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.  “I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me stronger and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very well there.  “I want to be an Arsenal legend.”Despite all of the hype surrounding his fine form at Hoffenheim, Nelson says he “needs to keep his feet on the ground and keep positive”, hinting at the kind of maturity required to excel at the highest level.Furthermore, Nelson’s recent brace against Nurnberg showed that he is unfazed by the big occasion and possesses the confidence to become a world-class player.Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger once said that Nelson had skills that not many other players have and tipped him as a future star of the Premier League.He’s already becoming one in the Bundesliga. If he continues on his current path, it’ll only be a matter of time before he becomes one of the Premier League’s leading lights too. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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IPL 2019 schedule for 17 matches out, CSK to take on RCB on March 23

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) released the schedule of the first 17 matches on Tuesday but they will still be subject to change. A final confirmation will be made once the dates for the general elections are announced.In a media release on their website, IPL released the dates of the matches to be played in the first two weeks from March 23.MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are set to face each other in the opener as defending champions Chennai Super Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians open their campaign against Delhi Capitals on Sunday, March 24 hours after a potential blockbuster between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata.”These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”A total of 17 matches will be played during this 2 weeks period across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play a minimum of 4 matches with DC and RCB playing 5 matches. Every team will play a minimum of 2 home and 2 away matches with DC playing 3 home matches, while RCB will play 3 away matches.”advertisementThe first two weekends will be double headers. However, the BCCI is yet to confirm the timings despite having mentioned afternoon and evening in the iternary.Full schedule of IPL 2019 (1st 17 matches)Saturday, March 23 Evening: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in ChennaiSunday, March 24Afternoon: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in KolkataEvening: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals in MumbaiMonday, March 25Evening: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in JaipurTuesday, March 26Evening: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings in DelhiWednesday, March 27Evening: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab in KolkataThursday, March 28Evening: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in BengaluruFriday, March 29Evening: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in HyderabadSaturday, March 30Afternoon: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians in MohaliEvening: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in DelhiSunday, March 31Afternoon: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in HyderabadEvening: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in ChennaiMonday, April 1Evening: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals in MohaliTuesday, April 2 Evening: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in JaipurWednesday, April 3Evening: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in MumbaiThursday, April 4 Evening: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in DelhiFriday, April 5Evening: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in BengaluruAlso Read | MS Dhoni plays charity football match ahead of India vs Australia seriesAlso Read | India, England standout contenders for 2019 World Cup: Herschelle GibbsAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more

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Messi invites call from Beckham’s Miami team

first_imgLionel Messi Messi invites call from Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise Chris Burton 22:25 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División MLS The Barcelona superstar is not planning to depart Camp Nou any time soon but has opened himself up to a possible move to the U.S. at some stage Lionel Messi has invited a call from David Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise, but plans to remain at Barcelona for “a few years” yet.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham announced Monday that his new expansion team is finally ready to be launched.The plan is for his franchise to make its Major League Soccer bow in 2020, with a soccer-specific stadium scheduled to be opened the following year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Beckham has expressed a desire to bring star names to Miami, with a number of “top players” having already contacted him regarding a possible switch.Messi could join the project at some stage, with the mercurial Argentine among those to have congratulated the team behind a Florida-based venture.In a message posted on social media, the 30-year-old forward said: “First of all congratulations.“I wanted to wish you all the best in this new project, this new role for you. “Who knows, maybe in a few years you can give me a ring.”Leo Messi felicitó a David Beckham por su nueva franquicia en la MLS y ¿se viene un llamado de emergencia baby desde Estados Unidos? pic.twitter.com/xz0H5fZgsf— Pasión Fútbol (@PasionFutbolFC) January 30, 2018Any deal for Messi remains some way off for now, with his current contract at Barcelona set to keep him at Camp Nou until at least 2021.That agreement includes a £626 million release clause, with those in Catalunya eager to ensure that a prized asset does not head the same way as Neymar did in the summer of 2017 – when Paris Saint-Germain stumped up €222m to secure his signature.Beckham, though, is likely to remain an interested observer of Messi’s situation.He could end up forming part of a star-studded regime in Miami further down the line, with Hollywood actor Will Smith having already offered his assistance behind the scenes and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt suggesting that he could fill a striking berth on the field.last_img read more

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NYK Completes 1st Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Trial

first_imgJapanese shipping company NYK has conducted the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial, making a big step toward realizing its target of manned autonomous ships for safer operations and reducing crew workload.As informed, Iris Leader, an NYK-operated pure car truck carrier (PCTC), was navigated day and night using the Sherpa System for Real ship (SSR) navigation system.The first part of the trial was conducted during the ship’s voyage from Xinsha, China, to the port of Nagoya, Japan, from September 14 to 17, 2019, and the second from the port of Nagoya to the port of Yokohama, Japan, from September 19 to 20. The vessel’s crew performed typical duties during the navigations, which included Japan’s coastal area but excluded bays.During the trial which was carried out in line with the IMO guidelines for MASS trials, the SSR’s performance in actual sea conditions was monitored as the system collected information on environmental conditions around the ship from existing navigational devices, calculated collision risk, determined optimal routes and speeds, and then automatically navigated the ship.“Using data and experience gained through this trial but not obtainable through onshore simulators, NYK was able to ensure the feasibility of the SSR and its benefit for safe and optimal operations,” the company explained.Video Courtesy: NYKNYK now plans to analyze the data and continue to develop the SSR into a more advanced navigation-support system by making adjustments to the difference between the optimal course derived by the program and that determined by professional human judgment.The SSR verified by this trial would also be applied to future coastal ships, which currently face serious crew shortages, according to the company.Read more:NYK Develops Software that Helps with Ship BerthingOne Sea Autonomous Shipping Alliance Welcomes Three New Memberslast_img read more

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MCG floats tenders for multilevel parking sites

first_imgGurugram: To decongest Old Gurugram, a challenge that has been plaguing commuters for long, The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has floated tenders to finalise concessionaires for installing and operating automated parking systems at the proposed mixed-use, multi-level parking facilities in Sadar Bazar and Kaman Sarai.On average, 28,000 cars are registered and added to Gurgaon roads per annum. The number of two-wheelers stands at 22,000, an MCG official said. Additionally, according to the NHAI, city’s arterial road, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway is accessed by 4.5 lakh vehicles every day. However, the city currently has only one multi-level parking facility near the HUDA City Centre, which was opened in May. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA parking space for approximately 1,000 four-wheelers and 200 two-wheelers is estimated to have been reserved at the Sadar Bazar multi-level parking, while in Kaman Sarai, space for accommodating 2,000 four-wheelers and 400 two-wheelers has been reserved, said, officials. MCG is looking for concessionaires who have experience in making, installing and operating stack parking facility, said an MCG official privy to the development. Stack parking is essentially a mechanical technique used for parking vehicles one above the other using hydraulic platforms to ensure maximum utilisation of space Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAs per the tender documents, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, the Kaman Sarai multi-level stack parking will cost Rs 22.32 crore, while the Sadar Bazar facility will cost Rs 10.93 crore. Each of these facilities must be built in 27 months. The estimated cost for constructing the buildings, barring the parking system, is Rs78.26 crore for Kaman Sarai and Rs 33.56 crore for Sadar Bazar MCG officials had floated e-tenders on June 15 for finalising contractors who could construct the multi-level parking facilities for each of the two locations. On July 4, the process ended and concessionaires for each of the facility were subsequently finalised. In the past, MCG has come up with schemes of free parking inside the basement of the malls to using vacant areas as parking spots. Yet, the schemes have not proved to be successful in resolving the parking woes.last_img read more

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Sajjan trumpets Canadas increased role on the geopolitical stage

first_imgHALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan opened a security conference on Friday by saying Canada is embracing a more muscular approach to international security, touting a new peacekeeping strategy and increased military spending as signs of an “increased role.”Sajjan told the Halifax International Security Forum on Friday that Canada has shown initiative in a host of international conflicts, while maintaining its multilateral approach to foreign policy.“For Canada, the development of this policy served as a tangible example of how the sharing of ideas and perspectives can translate into policy that responds to the challenges of our modern world,” Sajjan said. “We recognize that these engagements is vital not only to our own domestic security, but to global security.”Sajjan trumpeted several Canadian peacekeeping commitments unveiled during this week’s United Nations peacekeeping summit in Vancouver. They included offering soldiers, equipment and a feminist perspective on peace missions. The federal government has also promised to increase military spending by $62 billion over the next two decades.Appearing on a panel with Sajjan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Canada’s revitalized defence efforts, despite estimates suggesting its military spending still falls short of the alliance’s target of two per cent of GDP.During last year’s presidential election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump chided NATO member countries for not pulling their weight.Stoltenberg told the conference that Trump has changed his tune since the campaign. Stoltenberg said he does not have any doubts about the American commitment to the alliance.He said both Canada and the US have increased their military presence in Europe recently, showing that NATO remains strong.“Actions speak louder than words,” Stoltenberg said. “Having Canada and United States back in Europe is not a sign of fracturing. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength and a strong transatlantic bond.”Stoltenberg praised Canada for sending hundreds of soldiers to Latvia to lead a NATO battle group there.Sajjan cited Canada’s “unwavering” commitment to Ukraine as further evidence of its emerging leadership role, as well as its recent efforts to help contain the Islamic State group in Iraq.Sajjan told reporters that Canada will deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, whether they come from afar or closer to home.He said the military and other security agencies are taking measures to ensure that Canadians who fight with the Islamic State pose no threat if they return to Canada, while abiding by international law.He said returnees are being monitored to ensure they are not a threat.“We will make sure that we put every type of resource into place so that Canadians are well protected,” Sajjan said as the three-day conference began Friday. “Our main priority is making sure that they don’t become a threat to Canada.”Representatives from more than 70 countries are attending the three-day forum in Halifax, which bills itself as an annual gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity.Topics on the agenda include the role of women in peacemaking, Russian relations, nuclear weapons and climate change.last_img read more

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Finish the job NDP urges Liberals to expunge cannabis records before election

first_imgOTTAWA — The NDP justice critic is urging the Liberal government to help him improve a bill to help Canadians carrying burdensome cannabis records and ensure the legislation passes before the fall election.Murray Rankin put forward a private member’s bill last year to expunge cannabis records, to ensure past records for simple possession are wiped outright.He says the Trudeau government’s current approach to suspend records rather than expunge them is far from enough to help an estimated 500,000 Canadians carrying past offences.Earlier this month, the federal government introduced legislation designed to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions, formerly referred to as pardons, for simple cannabis possession.Rankin says he has spoken with Liberals and Conservatives who have shown an interest in allowing for expungments, noting U.S. jurisdictions where cannabis is legal are also moving forward with this approach.A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government welcomes “constructive ideas” from any MP to improve legislation and will consider proposals during the normal parliamentary process.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manchester United Seeks to Sign Alvaro Morata

Rabat – Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, is plotting a summer transfer raid on Real Madrid. The objective?  Its key player, Alvaro Morata.Several international outlets have been talking about Morata leaving his current team at the end of this season. Morata himself, however, has refuted all rumors, saying in April that he has no future designs.Morata added that he is choosing to focus on achieving his objectives as an important part of his team. “I am scoring goals and helping the team. It’s important for me personally to continue this way and support my team,” he explained.Mourinho has acknowledged that his plans for the summer transfer window have changed due to the injuries of key players including Ibrahimovic Zlatan and Marcos Rojo.According to sport platform, Goal, the Portuguese coach has admitted he does not have enough players for a long-term period, which has evidently affected his plans.Chelsea’s coach, Antonio Conte, has also expressed a keen interest in signing Morata. Conte is reportedly willing to offer GBP 65 million to make the deal happen. read more

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Lockdown Apple could make it even tougher to hack Phones

Lockdown: Apple could make it even tougher to hack Phones by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 3:01 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A pedestrian walks by the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue while avoiding a small demonstration held along the sidewalk, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in New York. Protesters assembled in more than 30 cities around the world to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December’s mass murders in California. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) SAN FRANCISCO – Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny — but it’s not the end of the story.Turns out there’s a fair bit both individuals and Apple could do to FBI-proof their phones and shield private information from investigators and cybercriminals alike. Those measures include multiple passcodes and longer, more complex ones.Of course, increased security typically comes at the expense of convenience. Most efforts to improve phone security would make the devices harder to use, perhaps by requiring you to remember more passwords.Making it more difficult for law enforcement to crack open iPhones could also spur legal restrictions on phone security, something that neither Apple nor other technology companies want to see.“They are walking a tightrope,” says Mark Bartholomew, a law professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo who specializes in privacy and encryption issues. Requiring longer passcodes might annoy most Apple users, he says, while boosting phone security “sort of amplifies the whole argument that Apple is making things too difficult and frustrating law enforcement officials.”Apple had no comment on any future security measures. In a recent letter to customers, it noted that it has routinely built “progressively stronger protections” into its products because “cyberattacks have only become more frequent and more sophisticated.”In the current fight, the FBI aims to make Apple help it guess the passcode on the work phone used by Syed Farook before he and his wife killed 14 people at an office party in December. The FBI wants Apple to create special software to disable security features that, among other things, render the iPhone unreadable after 10 incorrect guesses.Apple has resisted, maintaining that software that opens a single iPhone could be exploited to hack into millions of other devices. The government insists that its precautions would prevent that, though security experts are doubtful.Should the FBI prevail, it would take computers less than a day to guess a six-digit passcode consisting solely of numbers, the default type of passcode in the latest version of the iPhone operating system. Even with security features disabled, each passcode guess takes 80 milliseconds to process, limiting the FBI to 12.5 guesses per second.For security-conscious individuals, the simplest protective move would be to use a passcode consisting of letters and numbers. Doing so would vastly increase the amount of time required to guess even short passcodes. Apple estimates it would take more than five years to try all combinations of a six-character passcode with numbers and lowercase letters. Adding capital letters to the mix would extend that further.Changing to an alphanumeric code is as simple as going into the phone settings and choosing “Touch ID & Passcode,” then “Passcode options.”Another option is simply to pick a much longer numeric code. An 11-character code consisting of randomly selected numbers — that means no references to birthdays or anniversaries that could be easily guessed — could take as long as 253 years to unlock.But longer, more complex codes are harder to remember, and that’s probably why Apple hasn’t yet required their use. It could, however, easily do so. In fact, iPhones moved to six-digit passcodes from four last September.Apple may have other tricks up its sleeve. For instance, the company could add additional layers of authentication that would thwart the security-bypassing software the FBI wants it to make, says computer security expert Jonathan Zdziarski.Apple phones rely on a feature known as the “secure enclave” to manage all passcode operations. The software demanded by the FBI would alter the secure enclave, Zdziarski says. But the software couldn’t do so if the secure enclave required the user passcode to approve any such changes.“This is probably the best way to lock down a device,” Zdziarski says.Apple could also require a second passcode whenever the phone boots up; without it, the phone wouldn’t run any software, including the tool the FBI is requesting. “It would be like putting a steel door on the phone,” Zdziarski says. Currently, iPhones automatically load the operating system before asking for a passcode.For now, Apple CEO Tim Cook is focusing on winning the current battle with the FBI in a Southern California federal court while also trying to sway public opinion in the company’s favour. The skirmish could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.In the meantime, Apple is probably already working on security improvements for the next version of the iPhone operating system that it will probably announce in June and release in September. read more

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John Worboys Police failed victims of black cab rapist Supreme Court rules

first_imgBottles seized by police when John Worboys - who used alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims - was arrested Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of the victims Two victims of John Worboys have won a landmark court case against the police for bungling its investigation into the serial rapist.The rape survivors sued the Metropolitan Police for breaching their human rights over their failure to catch Worboys sooner.The Supreme Court – in a judgment handed down on Wednesday – “unanimously” ruled in the women’s favour. The victims – who can be identified only as DSD and NBV – are also bringing a separate judicial review of the Parole Board decision to release Worboys, dubbed the “black cab rapist”. That hearing will be heard in the High Court next month. The High Court found that the women’s rights to protection against ‘inhumane or degrading treatment’ under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated by the force’s failures.The Supreme Court has upheld the earlier court decisions. Lord Kerr said there had been “systemic and investigatory failures” in the case, as well as “serious deficiencies” in the investigation.  Lawyers believe the ruling will have major implications for victims of serious crimes.Police have argued that the case will open the floodgates for claims although both the High Court and Court of Appeal believes similar legal actions would only be triggered where officers had got it wrong in major crimes, restricting the number of future claims. Responding to the judgment, Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey  said: “There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and  prioritise our investigations.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Worboys is believed to have carried out more than 100 attacks on female passengers who were drugged before being raped and sexually assaulted. DSD, who was one of Worboys’ earliest known victims, was attacked in his taxi while being driven home. Worboys even took her to a police station after assaulting her but because she was slurring her words and vomiting as a result of being drugged, police believed she was drunk. DSD returned to the police station the next day to make a rape complaint but it emerged police had failed to take down Worboys’ details, including his name or number of his taxi. Giving the court’s ruling, Lord Kerr said that there was disagreement among them as to whether liability under the Human Rights Act arose only where there had been systemic failures or whether deficiencies in the actual investigation would be enough to make the police liable. Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of the victimsCredit:Jonathan Brady /PAcenter_img The two women were raped by Worboys in 2003 and in 2007. But due to serious police failures, which Scotland yard has acknowledged, Worboys was not finally brought to justice until 2009, when he was ordered to serve a minimum eight years in jail. One of the victims, DSD, who was at court to hear the judgment, said: “It has been an emotional day. Fifteen years.”Referring to the police, she added: “Had you done your job properly, there wouldn’t be 105 victims, there would be one. I can take the one. I can’t take the 105.”Her lawyer Harriet Wistrich said: “It’s a very, very important judgment – very important for vindicating the rights of my two clients but also for the other victims of Worboys.” Bottles seized by police when John Worboys – who used alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims – was arrestedCredit:Metropolitan Police “By a majority, we have held that failures in the investigation of the crimes, provided they are sufficiently serious, will give rise to liability on the part of the police.”There were such serious deficiencies in this case. There were, of course, both systemic and investigatory failures in the case.”But, the important point to make is that, if the investigation is seriously defective, even if no systemic failures are present, this will be enough to render the police liable.” In 2014, the High Court awarded the two victims more than £41,000 compensation but Scotland Yard – with the backing of Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – challenged the decision.Mrs May may now face accusations of hypocrisy after saying in an interview only last month that she “fully recognised the concerns” of Worboys’ victims. Mrs May intervened on behalf of the police in their attempt to overturn the High Court victory.The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has taken almost a year to make its ruling, having heard the case last March. The decision, already upheld once by the Court of Appeal, will have a far-reaching impact, opening up police to legal claims for mishandled inquiries in rape and other serious cases. 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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#FIRE: Two Irish students have been killed after a fire engulfed an Irish college in Belgium. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the two victims were 22-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford and 19-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore, Galway.2.#STORMS: Ireland is going to be hit by bad weather again this weekend. Really bad weather. Winds of up to 130km per hour are being forecast and an Orange Alert warning has been upgraded to cover the whole country. The worst of the weather is due to hit at around 3am.3.#PORTLAOISE: It has been revealed that a letter was written that expressed concerns over staffing levels at Portlaoise Hospital before the deaths of four children. On the back of the RTÉ Prime Time investigation into the hospital, RTÉ reported that 32 midwives at the hospital wrote to the then Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen and Minister for Health, Mary Harney back in 2006. They expressed a “real fear” that children could die because of inadequate staffing.4.#KNOX: Amanda Knox has told a US chat-show that she has no faith in the Italian justice system and that she will “never willingly” go back to the country. Knox was last night convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. However, she did not attend the trial and now faces being the centre of an extradition row between Italy and the US.5.#ONE MIS-DIRECTION: A man in Galway has been charged with selling counterfeit concert tickets. The fakes were for the upcoming Beyonce and One Direction concerts. Gardaí say the man was arrested while driving his car near Tuam. The haul is believed to be ‘significant’.last_img read more

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Stuff the Bus 2018

Stuff the Bus 2018

first_imgStuff the Bus 2018 Posted: August 1, 2018 Andrea Tobias, Andrea Tobias 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego (KUSI) Volunteers Pack Thousands of School Supplies for County’s 22,000 Needy Students.SDCOE’s Homeless Education Services team, in partnership with SDCCU, have worked for weeks to collect new school supplies for children experiencing homelessness across the county.Elizabeth Alvarez was live at SDCCU Stadium, helping sort and stuff school supplies into backpacks. August 1, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: stuff the bus FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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OBITUARY Janet Colucci OConnor 86

OBITUARY Janet Colucci OConnor 86

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, age 86, a life-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2019.Janet was born on October 4, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Steven and Evelyn (Ardito) Colucci. She grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High.She was the beloved wife of Alfred T. O’Connor, with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage. She met Alfred while working in Boston. They married a few years later and built a house next to her sister and father in Wilmington. A few years later, their family was complete when their son, Thomas, was born.Janet was a stay-at-home Mom and took great pride in caring for her family and home. She loved spending time with her family and was a great mother to Tom. The three of them took many family trips together in New England and spent many weekends with her sister’s family at Pawtuckaway Lake. She and her sister saw each other daily, often times going on shopping trips to the mall or garden centers. Most afternoons they enjoyed tea and cookies together.Janet loved spending time with her grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron. She never missed a dance recital or a hockey game that they were in. She was their number one fan.She was an avid knitter, and created many lovely sweaters, and personalized Christmas stockings for herself and family members. Janet loved to read and do cross stitch.Janet was a lovely lady. She touched many people with her kindness and wit. This is evidenced by her many lifelong friends in Wilmington. She loved to go out to lunch with her lady friends and never missed a high school reunion.She leaves behind her husband, Alfred T. O’Connor, her daughter-in-law, Michelle, and her grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron of Marshfield, her niece, Diane Clifton and her husband James of Wilmington, and her nephew, David Salera and his wife Lori of Nottingham, NH. Janet is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is predeceased by her son, Thomas O’Connor, and her sister Virginia (Colucci) Salera.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 9th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Community Fund, PO Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.Janet O’Connor(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Oil edges up on lower US rig count weaker dollar

first_imgOil prices rose in early Asian trading on Monday after U.S. drillers cut oil rigs for six straight weeks, while traders awaited Chinese trade data to be published following the one-week National Holiday.U.S. drillers removed nine oil rigs in the week ended Oct. 9, bringing the total rig count down to 605, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N) said late on Friday.That total was the least since July, 2010. Drillers had cut a total of 61 rigs over the prior five weeks.Since hitting an all-time high of 1,609 during this week a year ago, weekly rig count reductions have averaged 20.”Another fall in the U.S. oil rig count helped support WTI price (but) the focus will be on the release of China’s trade data, which will indicate whether low prices have kept import demand high,” ANZ said bank.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were trading at $49.79 per barrel at 0008 GMT, up 16 cents from their last settlement. Internationally traded Brent futures LCOc1 were up 11 cents at $52.76 a barrel.Oil was also supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, since it makes imports for countries using different currencies cheaper.The U.S. dollar .DXY EUR= hit three-week lows against the euro as minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September policy meeting showed the Fed in no rush to raise interest rates.Data from China in coming days is likely to point to further weakness in the world’s second-largest economy, starting with import and export data to be published on Tuesday.Some investors fear the economy is at risk of a hard landing which could jeopardize an increasingly fragile international outlook, though most analysts forecast a slow deceleration, predicting that a raft of earlier support measures will gradually kick in.last_img read more

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Two different crystals can be described by the same mathematical rules

Two different crystals can be described by the same mathematical rules

first_img Explore further 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. (Phys.org)—Scientists have found that an intricately beautiful yet poorly understood type of crystal found in soap bubbles follows the same mathematical rules as a much better understood type of crystal called martensite. Due to its extreme hardness, martensite has been used since the Iron Age to make swords and horseshoes. The soap-bubble crystals, on the other hand, which are called smectic liquid crystals (where “smectic” is derived from the Greek word for “soap”), have turned out to be what the scientists describe as “the world’s weirdest martensite.” While all crystals are known for their highly ordered, aesthetically appealing structure, smectic liquid crystals stand out because their microstructure is particularly unusual. Full of beautiful patterns of ellipses and hyperbolas that bend, rotate, and curve around each other, the microstructure of smectic liquid crystals has fascinated researchers since they first turned their microscopes upon them over a century ago. Martensite microstructure, on the other hand, is characterized by a simpler striped pattern.Discovering the connection between the two seemingly different types of crystals required the meeting of two experts in these areas: Randall Kamien, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies smectic liquid crystals, and Cornell University physicist James Sethna, who specializes in martensites.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Kamien, Sethna, and their coauthors have modified the mathematical theory of martensites so that it also explains the unusual features of smectic microstructure. It turns out that the rules that describe how all of the ellipses and hyperbolas fill 3D space in the smectic microstructure are very similar to the rules that describe the relatively simpler patterns in martensitic crystals.”I’m excited because a weird, anomalous scientific backwater with beautiful phenomena has now been fit into a standard framework,” Sethna told Phys.org. “The mathematically beautiful theory of martensites, which until now mostly predicted layered structures, now has an amazingly rich example, smectic liquid crystals.”The resulting new theory of smectic microstructure captures observations made as far back as 1922, when the French mineralogist Georges Friedel discovered that smectic layers bend in a very specific way, into so-called “cyclides of Dupin.” These layers of curved surfaces have centers of curvature that all lie along another single curve. As the curved surfaces somewhat resemble flower petals curving around the center of a flower, the cyclides of Dupin give the crystals a “flower texture.” All of this highly ordered curvature also enables the complex surfaces to pack together very tightly. (Left) Simulations of smectic liquid crystals and (right) experimental martensites, which have a characteristic striped pattern. Small images of smectic liquid crystals in the middle show close-ups of ellipses and hyperbolas, which form curved patterns known as cyclides of Dupin. The microstructure also exhibits Apollonian packing, where the small gaps between ellipses are filled with smaller and smaller ellipses. The concentric circles can be described by the same mathematics used to describe light cones in special relativity. Credit for smectic liquid crystals: Liarte, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society. Credit for martensites: Chu and James. Besides the connection between the two crystals, there is another mathematical connection in this work, which is that to special relativity. In smectic liquid crystals, the cyclides of Dupin form concentric circles of increasing size that form cones which look like the “light cones” in special relativity. Light cones represent the path of light as it broadens in all directions, like light emerging from a flashlight. Since the crystal and light models are geometrically identical, the same math used in special relativity, such as manipulating the shapes with Lorentz transformations, can be used to describe these crystals.”The links to Einstein’s relativity are both real and theoretically cool,” Sethna said.Although the new theory of smectic liquid crystals and martensites describes many characteristics of both crystals, questions still remain regarding some of the unique geometrical features, and the researchers hope to continue to investigate these tiny structures in future work.”We’re hoping to extend our tools to analyze experimental smectic microstructures,” Sethna said. “There are some new imaging methods that should allow the layer orientations to be understood in three dimensions, and we should be able to use our numerical methods to figure out how the cyclides of Dupin (each with an ellipse and a hyperbola) fit together to fill the volume, adapt to changing boundary conditions, and evolve as the smectic flows.” More information: Danilo B. Liarte, et al. “Weirdest Martensite: Smectic Liquid Crystal Microstructure and Weyl-Poincaré Invariance.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.147802 Another characteristic that results in tight packing in the smectic microstructure is called “Apollonian packing.” Since there are small gaps between the ellipses, these regions are filled with smaller ellipses, and the gaps between them are likewise filled with even smaller ellipses, all the way down to the molecular scale. Both the Apollonian packing and cyclides of Dupin occur for the same reason: they offer the most energetically favorable arrangement for this crystal. Citation: Two different crystals can be described by the same mathematical rules (2016, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-crystals-mathematical.html © 2016 Phys.org Simulations of the “topography” of smectic liquid crystals. The concentric circles on the bottom form “light cones” analogous to those in special relativity. Credit: Liarte, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society ‘Weirdest martensite’: Century-old smectic riddle finally solved Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

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Through the life lens

Through the life lens

first_imgFinal year’s master’s students of Convergent Journalism, Jamia Millia Islamia screened their documentaries at the second Ainaa Documentary Film Festival. The festival marks the showcasing of their documentaries that was made during their final year of the course under the guidance of mentors and the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) faculty of Jamia Millia Islamia.Five documentaries from the duration of five minutes to twenty minutes were screened at the spacious M A Ansari Auditorium that was brimming with students, friends, family and alumnus of the course. Teachers and students from other colleges too joined in. The screening was followed by a question answer session where audience asked questions to the directors and team involved in the film making. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The theme of the documentaries covered a range of subjects.  The first documentary was on Rohingya Muslims from Burma who have migrated to India in search of safer shelter. The documentary follows Afsa and her family who fled from Burma following violence and it shows their story of survival in a different land. Directed by Muhammad Faisal K, and titled I can’t be mad at Allah, the film talks about the spirit of resilience and faith in God that these refugees show even when facing terrible times.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA fun take on dreams, those achieved and those that died in the heart somehow, Malvika Saini’s documentary is aptly called Delhi Dreams. The documentary features many Delhiites’ who talk about what their dreams are/were, what adds music and fun to the story is how each respondent has a xylophone and can create music of their own while recalling their dream. The audience was in splits while watching this very short documentary.Memories of an Autumn was a documentary on Sikh riots of 1984 narrated through the memories. The film talks about memories of people who survived the riots and were witnesses, those who have heard about the riots and are old enough to understand what happened, reflecting selective memory and finally small children who know of the riots like a fable, learnt by heart even when the story is completely flawed, false memory. Three generations tell what they knew of the riots. Many questions followed the screening where the audience asked many question to director Sanat Sinah and his team. Aaqib Raza Khan’s Desi Angrezi was a fun take on the numerous ‘Spoken English’ courses that has sprouted in the country. It follows two characters who are struggling to learn and understand the language and master good English pronunciation so that they can succeed in achieving their dreams. Another film that drew many eyeballs was Sailabnama by Sheikh Saaliq and Qazi Zaid that traced volunteers during their rescue/aid operations during the recent floods in Kashmir. While the filmmakers focused on the feeling of brotherhood the Kashmir floods had invoked in the locals, the discussion after the film discussed the role of the Indian army in the rescue operations. They were numerous questions asked and answered. The documenatries were produced by  the course co-ordinator Richa Pant and Simon Chamber, mentor for the students and an independent documenatry filmmaker from London.last_img read more

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VIDEO Brazilian surfer sets world record by riding 80foot monster wave

VIDEO Brazilian surfer sets world record by riding 80foot monster wave

first_imgHere’s the old record 78-foot run by McNamara. Not too bad either. On November 8, 2017 at Nazare beach in Portugal, Brazilian big wave surfer Rodrigo Koxa successfully rode a massive wave in one of the more ridiculous, and dangerous-athletic feats you’ll likely ever see. Now it’s officially being called the biggest wave ever surfed.After careful deliberation, The World Surf League has announced that it’s officials determined Koxo’s wave was 80-feet, breaking the old record of 78-feet, set by American Garrett McNamara in 2011.If you haven’t seen Koxo’s record setting Nazare ride, watch it here. There aren’t many sports where the consequence of failure is certain death. It’s a different ball game. Advertisementlast_img read more

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