London: England pacer James Anderson will be looking to work his way back to the top of the ICC rankings when the Three Lions take on Ireland in their one-off Test at Lord’s from Wednesday. Anderson, who was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in November last year and subsequently by the present number one Pat Cummins of Australia, is ranked second and has a chance to bridge the 16-point gap in the one-off Lord’s Test before featuring in a potential direct contest with Cummins in the subsequent Ashes series. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Anderson’s teammate Stuart Broad (19th) will be looking to retain a top-20 place, which he has maintained since 2009, while Moeen Ali (25th, 621 points) is only 12 points behind his best ever rating points achieved in August 2017. Test skipper Joe Root is the highest-ranked batsman on either side in sixth place while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are in 26th and 27th places, respectively. In the ICC Test ream rankings, England will remain in fourth position and on 105 points if they win the match but will go down to 104 in case of a draw and to 102 should they suffer a loss. Ireland will gain 13 points with a draw and 30 if they win, but will still need to play another five matches for a full ranking.
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APTN National NewsRumours are swirling once again about the possible ousting of Chief Guy Lonechild of the federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.It’s supposed to happen next week at the summer legislative assembly on the Onion Lake First Nation.In order to legally impeach Lonechild, at least 25 First Nations have to pass resolutions to that effect and submit them to the clerk of the assembly.If that is done, a vote of non-confidence will be called.However, in a statement released yesterday, the FSIN says they have not yet received the necessary documentation.Lonechild was convicted of drinking and driving.
AURORA, Ont. – Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) says it’s joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.Magna says the autonomous driving technology will be flexible and adoptable for integration by multiple automakers.BMW says the Aurora, Ont.-based company has long-term experience in integrating complex systems seamlessly onto individual vehicle platforms.Magna has been a contract vehicle manufacturer for the BMW Group for more than 15 years.
Lisbon- Morocco assumed, on Tuesday in Lisbon, After Portugal, the rotating presidency of the parliamentary assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) for a one year mandate.The rotating presidency was entrusted to Morocco following the 11th plenary session of the assembly held under the theme “Immigration, Asylum and Human Right in the Euro-Mediterranean Region” and which was attended by MPs from over 40 UfM member states.Speaking on this occasion, speaker of the house of representatives Rachid Talbi Alami lauded the success of the 11th plenary session of the assembly which offered the occasion to debate challenges facing the Mediterranean zone. He also praised the mobilization of all UfM parliaments which attended this session and their support for the Union’s action to serve stability and peace in the region.Morocco was also represented in this session by speaker of the house of advisors Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah and a delegation representing the members of the two houses.
The Council President, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, said in a press statement that the 15-member body deplored the continuing conflict, and firmly condemned the massacres that were committed in the Gitega region.”They expressed grave concern about the continuation of hostilities in [Burundi], as a result of the obstinate refusal of the rebel groups to negotiate,” Ambassador Tafrov said. Council members “call on the rebels to seize this opportunity to achieve a negotiated settlement to the conflict, within the framework of the Arusha process.” The rebels were also called on to demonstrate good faith and the will to achieve an agreement by taking a serious approach to the negotiations.The statement also reiterated the members’ full support for the mediation efforts of South African Vice-President Jacob Zuma and President Omar Bongo of Gabon, as well as efforts by Tanzania, to achieve an end to the fighting. “They hope that the cycle of negotiations starting today at Dar es Salaam, under the chairmanship of Mr. Zuma, will finally lead to an agreement,” Ambassador Tafrov said.Council members recalled the need for increased mobilization of the donor community so that past commitments were respected, according to the statement, which called this funding an essential condition for the success of the ongoing peace process.The members also stressed the need for emergency budgetary assistance for the transitional Government in Burundi so as to enable it to cope with the exceptional situation it was currently experiencing, Ambassador Tafrov added.In a private meeting yesterday, Council members heard a briefing by Therence Sinunguruza, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burundi.
“These new funds come at a critical juncture for us,” said the Representative for Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization (WHO), David Heymann. “The goal is to finish the job by the end of 2004 – but to succeed, eradication efforts must be intensified, and this means more financial resources are urgently needed.”But the partners in the international drive – WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rotary International and the United States Centers for Disease Control – warned that a shortage of funds still stands in the way of a polio-free world, and urged the global community to follow Canada’s lead and provide the necessary resources.The Canadian contribution comes in response to an intensification of eradication efforts in the last six countries that remain polio-endemic – Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Niger, Afghanistan and Egypt – down from over 125 when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988.The partners have been working with countries to head off an outbreak of polio that has spread from Nigeria to previously polio-free areas of West and Central Africa.”Canada has been a consistent ally of African children, and this latest contribution is yet another example of Canada’s real commitment to development in the region,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “The new resources will help Africa win this fight and bring the world closer to becoming polio-free.”
The Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Josephine Ouédraogo, said the workshop aimed to help participants “re-evaluate and improve development partners’ approaches to support capacity development in Africa.”Participants in the two-day event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called “Capacity Development in Africa: Effective States and Engaged Societies,” are policymakers from Governments, multilateral institutions, universities and research institutes. Its sponsors are the ECA, the African Development Bank and the World Bank.”What is needed is to urgently bolster the quality and efficiency of the continent’s human capital, physical infrastructure and climate for business transactions, mediated by sound economic policy and effective institutions, particularly in an era when HIV/AIDS is rapidly eroding capacity in many countries,” Ms. Ouédraogo said in a speech delivered on behalf of ECA Executive Secretary KY Amoako.She recalled that in 1996 the ECA Conference of Ministers approved the “Framework Agenda for Building and Utilizing Critical Capacities in Africa” and in 1998 the African governors of the World Bank proposed establishing the “Partnership for African Capacity Building (PACT).”The overwhelming evidence from studies by ECA and others, however, showed that, despite past efforts, the lack of trained workers in state and non-state institutions continued to impede poverty eradication, she said.According the ECA’s research, incentives are needed to stem the flight of Africa’s own talent and the people involved in public and private governance “must be encouraged to be transparent in their operations and held accountable for their actions.”
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a mixed court set up under a 2003 agreement signed by the UN and the Government, ruled today that Ieng Thirith be released, provided that she inform the Court of the address where she will reside and not change residence without prior authorization. She must also surrender her passport and any other travel documents, and remain in the territory of Cambodia, as well as respond to any summons issued by the Court.The Court stated that this is a provisional measure that will remain in effect until it decides on the merits of the appeal submitted by the Co-Prosecutors last week in which they requested that conditions be placed on Ms. Thirith’s release.Ms. Thirith, who formerly served as Social Affairs Minister for the Democratic Kampuchea – as Cambodia was known during the Khmer Rouge regime’s leadership of the country – was on trial for genocide and other crimes against humanity along with her husband and former foreign minister Ieng Sary, former so-called Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, and former head of State Khieu Samphan, all leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime during the late 1970s. Expert psychiatrists who examined Ms. Thirith last year diagnosed her with clinical dementia, most likely Alzheimer’s, which would hinder her participation in court hearings. The Court, having found her unfit to stand trial, subsequently ordered her release. Nearly two million people are thought to have died during the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations.
Nigel Dyer QC, for Mr Owens, told the court that the initial divorce judge had been “entitled to reject the wife’s case”. “It might be said that elderly parties to a 40-year marriage might be more robust in their relationship with each other,” he added.He rejected calls for the law to be changed saying it was a “matter for Parliament”. On the question of what constitutes unreasonable behaviour, Lady Justice Hallett said it was an “unhappy marriage”.”What may be regarded as trivial disagreements in a happy marriage could be another piece of salt in the wound in circumstances of an unhappy marriage,” she said. The judges are expected to reserve their decision on Mrs Owens’ appeal and give their ruling at a later date. But the judge described her allegations against her husband as “exaggerated” and “at best flimsy”, claiming they were “minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage” and “an exercise in scraping the barrel”.Judge Tolson also found that Mrs Owens was “more sensitive than most wives” and that she had “exaggerated the context and seriousness of the allegations to a significant degree”.But her counsel, Philip Marshall QC, told the court Mrs Owens was now a “locked in” wife. “She cannot get divorced unless the husband changes his mind and agrees,” he said.Insisting that it was unreasonable to expect Mrs Owens to stay in the marriage, Mr Marshall added: “There doesn’t have to be violence, or threats of violence, or gambling or drinking or shouting. There is cumulative effect of what may be regarded as inconsequential conduct, which may justify a finding that it is unreasonable to expect her to stay with him.”He said it was unfair that a 65-year-old wife must, under current law, separate from her husband and then wait five years before being allowed a divorce without his consent.He also criticised the judge’s conclusion that the couple did not need to be divorced because they could afford to live in separate houses and said that the wife’s Human Rights to respect for her family life and the right to remarry are being violated. 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. The wife of a multimillionaire mushroom farmer was refused a divorce after a judge ruled that her husband’s constant berating about her affair was to be “expected in a marriage”.Tini Owens, 65, claimed she was “locked in” to the 37-year-old marriage with Hugh Owens, 78, after a divorce judge rejected her petition to leave in a highly unusual decision last year. She said his “continued beratement”, including criticising her in front of their housekeeper, rowing with her in an airport shop and not speaking during a meal, amounted to unreasonable behaviour. The details emerged at a hearing at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, where Mrs Owens is asking judges to overturn the decision. A judge described Hugh Owens’ attitude as ‘old school’Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Mr Owens has so far claimed he has moved on and forgiven his wife for her “misguided” fling in 2012, saying he wants them to remain married as they “still have a few years of old age together”.But Mrs Owens insists she feels “unloved, isolated and alone” and says her husband’s behaviour amounts to grounds for divorce.Britain’s top family judge Sir James Munby was told that the couple married in January 1978 but have been living apart since February 2015. During their time together they built up a mushroom growing business, which turns over £5million a year, amassed four houses – including a manor house in Worcestershire, plus properties in Wales and France – and lived a “genteel life in genteel company”.Mrs Owens, however, commenced a brief intimate relationship with another man, Ted Olive, in November 2012. The fling came to an end in August 2013 and Mrs Owens moved out of the matrimonial home. Judge Robin Tolson QC refused her divorce petition last year after concluding that her husband’s behaviour towards her had not been unreasonable. He also described the farmer’s attitude as “old school”.Mrs Owens had outlined her husband’s intolerable conduct, saying it included criticising her in front of their housekeeper and making her pick up bits of cardboard in the garden.They had also had a row in an airport shop in Cancun and a silent meal in local pub, while he made “stinging remarks” during another meal with a friend, she said. Minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriageJudge Robin Tolson QC Tini Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA
That didn’t take long. Apple is now shipping a gold variant of their iPhone 5S, and Samsung has started promoting two different versions of a gold Galaxy S4 on Twitter.You could probably spend an entire day listening to Android and Apple fans fire back and forth about who copies who when it comes to the smartphone game. The grudge match between these two companies has been nonstop for the last couple of years, extending far beyond the courtroom.Despite Apple’s reliance on Samsung for chips, the two companies just can’t seem to stop stepping on each others toes. The most recent transgression borders on the absurd, as Samsung announces that they are working on gold Galaxy S4s with either a brown or pink face depending on your preference.While the Samsung Galaxy S4 is still plastic as opposed to the metallic finish of the iPhone 5S, Apple opted for white in the accent pieces of their gold phone. Rather than follow suit, Samsung’s two models seem to make the entirety of the back and sides of the phone gold with the front face being either a deep chocolate brown or an almost pastel pink. The promotional shots include matching wallpapers that separate the phones from the bright and friendly wallpapers that were front and center with the original launch version of Samsung’s flagship.It’s hard to look at this and see anything other than Samsung reacting to the curious popularity of the gold iPhone 5S. The two companies have borrowed ideas from one another so many times that it’s a little hard to justify pointing a finger in one direction or the other. But this decision seems like an obvious attempt to make sure everyone knows Samsung can make a gold phone, too.
Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:43 PM By Daniel Hickey File photo. A 21-YEAR-OLD woman who pleaded guilty to having a gun at Connolly train station in Dublin has walked free after being sentenced today by the Special Criminal Court.Nikita Murtagh, who the court heard was acting out of a “misplaced sense of family loyalty” when she handed a shoebox containing a loaded gun to a man about to board the Dublin to Belfast train, was sentenced to three years in jail, the sentence backdated to July 17th last year, when she first entered custody, with the balance suspended.Murtagh, with an address at Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a CZ model 70 semi-automatic pistol at Connolly Station in Dublin on July 19th last year.During her sentence hearing, Detective Inspector Noel Browne told prosecuting counsel Gareth Baker SC that on the day in question, during a surveillance operation, gardaí observed Murtagh enter the train station shortly before 3.15pm.She was observed heading toward the waiting area for the Dublin to Belfast train, which was due to depart at 3.30pm, the court heard.She was pushing a buggy with a three year old child inside when she met her co-accused, Ciaran Ryan, and handed him a paper bag, before leaving the station.The court heard that Ryan boarded the train but was stopped by gardaí and tried to kick the bag away. When gardaí searched the bag they found it contained a shoebox with a loaded gun.JailedLast month, Ryan (24), from Summerhill, Dublin 1 was jailed for three years for possession of the firearm.Murtagh was arrested at 6pm at a bus-stop outside Dublin airport.She had a handbag containing a change of clothes and a passport.The next bus leaving was the stop was bound for Belfast.Murtagh was then taken to Store Street garda station, where she told gardaí that she did not know what was in the box.The court heard that Murtagh is from the north inner city and was not a person known to gardaí but has had relationships with people known to gardai and of interest to them on an ongoing basis.Detective inspector Browne said that her actions were “probably the result of misplaced sense of family loyalty” and that she had family members connected to violence of an extreme nature in recent years.Under cross-examination, Browne told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, that Murtagh was a courier, chosen for her role because she was not a criminal but was “naive” and a “fresh face” who had not previously come to garda attention.The inspector said that one of “unfortunate aspects” of investigating people such as the accused was that they are used by more devious people to effect actions of certain groups.Browne agreed with Mr O’Higgins that she was “not likely to reoffend”.Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge Ann Ryan, said that the court dealt with sentencing on the grounds of recklessness as opposed to intention.“Significant risk”The judge said the court was satisfied it was “clear to Ms Murtagh she was being asked to deliver something of an illicit nature, and she took the significant risk”.“There can be little doubt in relation to that,” he said.The court heard that “significant and weighty mitigating factors” were Murtagh’s guilty plea, which had some value for the prosecution and investigators, as well as her “misplaced sense of loyalty”.Mr Justice Hunt said the court respected the inspector’s assessment that she is a person “capable of staying out of trouble in the future”.The judge also said the court could not ignore that she is the mother of a three-year-old child.He said that Murtagh was in court because of misplaced loyalty but that she has a young child that should be the “focus of her loyalty”.He said that the court gave her the sentence out of consideration for her child.Murtagh wept audibly as the sentence was read out.Read: Garda who suffered PTSD after he was attacked by four men awarded €15,000 in compensationRead: Graham Dwyer’s case against the State argues his phone data should not have been collected Short URL 95 Comments File photo. Image: William Murphy Feb 19th 2018, 6:43 PM 34,324 Views Share206 Tweet Email Image: William Murphy Woman who pleaded guilty to having a gun at Connolly train station walks free after sentencing Nikita Murtagh was sentenced to three years in jail backdated and with the remainder suspended. https://jrnl.ie/3860910 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Friday 13 Sep 2019, 6:51 PM 41 Comments 22,453 Views Fri 6:51 PM A FARMER HAS been denied the opportunity to have Intel Ireland executives cross-examined over their planned $4bn Leixlip investment at a public planning forum.This follows An Bord Pleanála writing to Mr Thomas Reid, Intel Ireland and Kildare County Council to confirm that his request for an appeals board oral hearing has been denied.Reid made his request for the hearing last June.However, in the appeal board letter, the board states that it “has concluded that the appeal can be dealt with adequately through written procedures”.The letter explained that the board has absolute discretion to hold an oral hearing and generally holds one where this will help its understanding of a particularly complex case or where it considers that, in a case involving significant national or local issues, the written submissions need to be supplemented by an oral hearing of the issues.The letter states that the processing of the appeal is to continue and the board is aiming to have the case decided upon next month.Last month, Intel Ireland requested An Bord Pleanála to use rarely used powers to dismiss what it claimed is the “vexatious” appeal by Reid.The Irish arm of the chip giant made the request as it has claimed that much of the appeal lodged by Mr Reid against Intel’s new ‘Fab’ plant at Leixlip “is vexatious”.As a result, Intel Ireland requested An Bord Pleanála to invoke Section 138 of the Planning and Development Act where the appeals board can dismiss appeals if it finds that an appeal is vexatious, frivolous or without substance or foundation.Kildare Co Council gave the project the go-ahead in May but Mr Reid is single handedly trying to stop the massive investment proceeding.Reid of Hedsor House, Blakestown, Carton, Maynooth has long been a thorn in the side of the US multinational in the planning arena and this is the seventh Intel application he has brought before An Bord Pleanála since 2012.The planning permission follows three years on after Intel secured planning permission for the first phase of the ‘fab’ facility valued at $4 billion – which was also opposed by Mr Reid at An Bord Pleanála.In total, the two planning permissions represent a $8 billion (€7.15 billion) investment which will employ 6,000 construction workers at peak and 1,600 full time jobs on completion.The projects represent the largest single private investment in the history of the State on one project if given the go-ahead by Intel globally.Intel has already invested $12.5 billion on its site at Leixlip. In Reid’s five page appeal, he claimed that the proposal is contrary to the proper planning and development of the area and has requested an oral hearing.However, consultants for Intel Ireland, Jacobs Engineering told the appeals board: “As with previous objections and previous appeals made by Mr Reid, it is submitted that much of the appeal is vexatious”.The consultants stated that while the Reid appeal “cites many of the identified issues as comprising major impacts, it provides no substantiation, nor basis for such statements”.Last year, Mr Reid was subject of an award-winning documentary over his successful Supreme Court battle with the IDA concerning the use of compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers.In 2015, Mr Reid emerged victorious in his battle with the IDA where a unanimous Supreme Court found that the IDA making of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Mr Reid’s 72 acre farm adjacent to the Intel campus had been in excess of the IDA’s powers. Image: Photocall Ireland Share10 Tweet Email1 Image: Photocall Ireland https://jrnl.ie/4809150 An Bord Pleanála denies farmer the chance to cross-examine Intel executives over new site Intel has already invested $12.5 billion on its site at Leixlip. By Gordon Deegan
Meet our new Social Media Maven, Mystie Moor! And a special message from our ROYALS!!! #Pirates pic.twitter.com/Gd48jALjxB— Florida Renaissance (@flarenfest) February 10, 2018Revelers find themselves getting into character, including a woman bedecked in a black period dress and matching parasol.“Well, I think for years I used to like Halloween for dressing up and everything, and I love the medieval stories, so that’s why I ended up eventually getting outfits like this one, and I just love going around,” she said. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida Renaissance Festival is taking fun-seeking families back in time beginning this weekend.This year’s event kicked off Saturday at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach with a pirate theme.The festival is celebrating 26 years of family-friendly entertainment and historical reenactments in South Florida. The annual event features knights on horseback, kings and queens and blacksmiths, among other attractions. It runs every weekend for the next month and a half and is scheduled to end March 25.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
.Japan’s emperor Akihito will step down on 30 April 2019, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday. This is the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world’s oldest.Shinzo Abe said he was “deeply moved” at the “smooth decision” taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date for the popular 83-year-old to step down for health reasons.”The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor’s abdication and the succession of the crown prince,” added Abe.Akihito’s eldest son, 57-year-old crown prince Naruhito, is expected to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day.The emperor shocked the country last year when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades, citing his age and health problems.There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history dating back more than 2,600 years but the last one was more than two centuries ago.Akihito is the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of the legendary sun goddess Amaterasu.Emperors have played a crucial role in the country’s native Shinto religion, conducting various annual rites and prayers for the prosperity of the nation.- Female succession -There is no republican movement to speak of in Japan and the emperor and the royal families enjoy the admiration of the vast majority of the country.But Akihito’s unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the traditionally male-only throne.In June, the parliament passed a one-off rule allowing the ageing emperor to step down.The abdication must take place within three years and applies only to Akihito, who has been treated for prostrate cancer and has also had heart surgery.Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan’s defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-divine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world’s oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, Akihito expressed “deep remorse” for the country’s actions in World War II.The looming abdication has reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 11-year-old son of crown prince Naruhito’s younger brother Akishino.Japan’s centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan’s parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea — including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne — is popular with ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by the engagement of one of Akihito’s granddaughters, princess Mako, to her college sweetheart.
(Phys.org)—At a cryptography gathering in Leuven, Belgium, on Tuesday, Cambridge University researchers made it known that they do not like what they see in chip and pin systems. Banks rely on customer confidence in their word that chip and pin systems are safe, but the researchers tell quite a different story. Part of the problem has to do with the number generators, which the researchers give a failing grade. Each time a customer is involved in a chip and pin transaction, withdrawing cash or buying goods, a unique unpredictable number is created to authenticate the transaction. The unpredictable number, generated by software, is supposed to be chosen at random. But researchers say the number is highly predictable, because dates or timestamps had been used. www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/20 … the-pre-play-attack/www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/unattack.pdf Explore further © 2012 Phys.org More information: Their paper, “Chip and Skim: Cloning EMV Cards with the Pre-play Attack” presents the troubling details of weaknesses in protocol and random number generation which leave customers in the cold as fraud victims. “EMV” is the name given to the system from its original developers Europay, MasterCard and Visa. The system is also known as chip and pin, and is the leading system for card payments, in Europe, much of Asia, and starting to be used in North America. Payment cards contain a chip so they can execute an authentication protocol. POS terminals or ATMs generate the unpredictable number, for each transaction to ensure it is fresh. Some EMV implementers have merely used counters, timestamps or home-grown algorithms to supply this number. This exposes them to a pre-play attack, say the Cambridge team. The researchers find it shocking that many ATMs and point-of-sale terminals have “seriously defective” random number generators, often “just counters.”The study authors also point to a key shortcoming at the protocol level where “the party depending upon freshness in the protocol is not the party responsible for generating it.” Although the issuing bank is depending on the merchant for transaction freshness, they said, the merchant “may not be incentivised to provide it, may not be able to deliver it correctly due to lack of end-to-end authentication with the issuer, and might even be collusive (directly or indirectly).”The study team’s harshest words are for those banks that “suppress information about known vulnerabilities, with the result that fraud victims continue to be denied refunds.” The researchers argue the lack of fairness when any customer who complains of fraud may be told by the bank that since EMVs are secure, the victim is mistaken “or lying when they dispute card transactions.” And yet, said the study, “again and again, the banks have turned out to be wrong.” One vulnerability after another has been discovered and exploited by criminals. They said it has mostly been left to independent security researchers to identify what is happening and to spread the word.The researchers said that, in looking for solutions, it would not be practical to turn to what is a slow and complex negotiation process between merchants, banks and vendors. “It is time for bank regulators to take an interest,” they said. “It’s welcome that the US Federal Reserve is now paying attention, and time for European regulators to follow suit.” 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. Cambridge researchers show Chip and PIN system vulnerable to fraud Citation: Cambridge team exposes EMV card vulnerabilities (2012, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-cambridge-team-exposes-emv-card.html
… A weaker Asian market has offset high performing Australia and New Zealand, according to Wotif’s latest financial update.The online company announced a 4.6 percent dip in profit after tax for the first six months of the financial year compared to the last, a fall from AU$28.8 million to AU$27.5 million.Australia and New Zealand were among the group’s most profitable regions, with a one percent growth in accommodation revenue and an 11 percent rise in flight revenue.However, growth within Australia and New Zealand was offset by a weaker Asia market, with accommodation revenue from Asia and the rest of the world falling 19 percent over the same period.Wotif chief executive Scott Blume said further investment in the business, including increased cost in technology, staff and marketing also impacted results.Meanwhile, Mr Blume added that over the coming weeks, he will work with the Wotif team to look at new opportunities that will leverage on the company’s “internal intellectual property in the online space”.“We will continue to invest in developing our people, sites and systems to enable the next phase of our growth and continue to ensure that our customers have an outstanding onsite and support experience with our teams,” Mr Blume explained.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Weak Asia market brings down Wotif profits.
Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterAs the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Lower Manhattan now stands as a newly envisioned destination making this downtown neighbourhood a city hotspot. Over the last several years, the neighbourhood has experienced an incredible renaissance with new hotels, fantastic shopping, celebrity chef–owned restaurants and record-breaking attraction openings. A prime destination for tourism, Lower Manhattan is enjoying an extraordinary moment in time, from the opening of the luxury Four Seasons New York Downtown to the debut of the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex.“Lower Manhattan’s remarkable revitalisation over the last 15 years is a cornerstone of the ‘new’ New York City,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “With tourism reaching record levels in New York City, visitors and locals have more choices to explore, shop, stay and dine than ever before in this newly reimagined downtown neighbourhood.”HotelsWhether it’s leisure or business travel, visitors will find a wide variety of new hotel accommodation options throughout the neighbourhood. Historic Victorian architecture meets modern luxury at The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, which opened to the public on 23 August 2016. The hotel features 287 rooms, including penthouse suites and an original nine-storey glass atrium. TheFour Seasons New York Downtown, which opens late September, will feature Four Seasons’ well-known hospitality and 189 rooms and suites, situated a block away from the World Trade Center. The hotel will include an urban spa, as well as a new restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck.Business travellers and families looking for extra space can relax at the newly opened AKA Wall Street, complete with 132 fully furnished extended-stay apartments, or the all-suite Conrad New York, featuring 463 luxury suites overlooking the Hudson River.RetailThe latest fashion trends and name-brand retailers now call Lower Manhattan home. Fulton Center offers a variety of handcrafted products from retailers such as NYS Collection, Moleskine and Tiecoon. Along the Hudson River waterfront, Brookfield Place, which opened in 2015, is home to contemporary luxury brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Lululemon and Saks Fifth Avenue opening next month. The $1.4 billion Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex has just opened with around 60 stores, with 40 more stores opening by the end of the year. Shops that have opened so far include Apple, Under Armour, Kate Spade and Lacoste.DiningWorld-renowned chefs, new concepts and outposts of the city’s best restaurants are some of the new culinary experiences to be found in Lower Manhattan. At Brookfield Place, visitors can browse through a French-inspired market at Le District, featuring three restaurants and four districts selling quality meats, cheeses, breads and more. Upstairs from Le District is Hudson Eats, serving up popular dishes from city mainstays including Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and Num Pang sandwich shop. Another city mainstay, Shake Shack, has recently opened at Fulton Center.The new Eataly NYC Downtown Italian marketplace debuted at 4 World Trade Center this month and features tastings, a sit-down Southern Italian restaurant, bread bakery, Italian coffee bar and several to-go options. Pier A Harbor House, which opened last year in Battery Park, is an old immigration hall turned into a restaurant and beer hall, featuring fresh seafood and private event space with views of the Statue of Liberty.Wolfgang Puck will open his award-winning steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck next month at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, his first restaurant in the city. At The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, chef Tom Colicchio opened his signature Fowler & Wells restaurant, along with restaurateur Keith McNally and his Brasserie-style restaurant Augustine, on 23 August. Celebrity chef John-Georges Vongerichten plans to debut a food hall–style fish market and restaurant in Pier 17 at South Street Seaport in 2017. Additionally, David Chang is planning a dynamic new concept at the same location.For unbeatable views of Lower Manhattan, visitors can grab a signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail atop The Conrad New York’s Loop Doopy Rooftop Bar (open seasonally).Attractions and cultureVisitors to Lower Manhattan will find a new hub of culture and attractions throughout the neighbourhood. The crown jewel of the area’s redevelopment is One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and home to One World Observatory, opened in May 2015. To honour the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will open a new exhibit ‘Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11’ on 12 September.In spring 2015, the aqua-themed SeaGlass Carousel opened at Battery Park, as well as the expansion of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York Harbor. South Street Seaport is currently going through a transformation with a new iPic luxury cinema opening on 7 October, the reopening of the South Street Seaport Museum earlier this winter and 27,870 square metres of new retail space opening next year.Just a ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island completed its transformation mid-year into a cultural and educational hub with the opening of The Hills, four man-made hills that provide unparalleled views of the skyline, featuring the tallest slide in the City. Eataly Downtown NYc 4WTC, VIP opening – Photos by Pablo Enriquez
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