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AFC working to grow football in China

first_imgThe Asian Football Confederations wants to give the country a big push in order to develop the game in all its citiesChinese president Xi Jinping has put football growth as the main objective in sports in the country.And the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is happy to help.AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa got together with Gou Zhongwen, Minister of General Administration of Sport of the People’s Republic of China and President of the National Olympic Committee to discuss the future of the sport.“The meeting with H.E. Gou Zhongwen was important to hear his thoughts on the direction for football in China PR,” Shaikh Salman told the AFC’s official website.“The country has stated its ambition to host and win the FIFA World Cup and the AFC is ready to support those aims.”Marcello Lippi, China, Tottenham HotspurLippi turned down the Spurs because of his English Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 The China national team manager, Marcello Lippi, had a chance to join Tottenham Hotspur in the past but he feared his English was not good enough.“We have established a Task Force to work closely with the CFA, particularly in the areas of regional development and technical improvement and I look forward to seeing this assistance bring about some excellent results.”“China PR have also qualified for the AFC Asian Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in January next year and I am sure that the hundreds of millions of football fans in the country will be tuning in to follow their fortunes,” he added.“We are also grateful to China PR for hosting many AFC competitions in recent years including the AFC U-23 Championships earlier this year and the AFC Women’s U-19 Championships last year.”“We hope that China PR continues to put its impressive stadia forward as hosts of other major AFC competitions in the years to come,” he continued.“We thank you for all the support the CFA continues to receive and look forward to achieving our common goals together.”last_img read more

Klopp baffled by Egypt boss advice to Salah

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can’t understand what prompted his Egypt counterpart Javier Aguirre to hand Mohamed Salah transfer adviceThe Mexican coach advised his star forward to consider leaving Liverpool within the next season or two if they fail to win any major trophy.Since his arrival in 2017 from AS Roma, Salah is yet to win any silverware at Anfield with Liverpool beaten in last season’s Champions League final.The Reds also suffered early Carabao and FA Cup exits with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.But Klopp was left bemused by Aguirre’s advice and even jokingly suggested that he may need to leave Egypt if he can’t win a trophy in the next two years.“Who is the manager? Aguirre? Okay. I’ll try to be nice, eh?” said Klopp, according to the Evening Standard.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I would say if HE doesn’t win a title in the next couple of years then he has to move to another club or country, for sure. I don’t know why people say things like that. It’s not that important.“It’s the world of media, you find it somewhere in an Egyptian newspaper or somewhere. Then the next one writes that I was confronted with it.“Obviously I don’t agree with it, but it’s a free world and he can say whatever he wants. That’s good actually.“I shouldn’t have made any comment on it, so maybe we can delete what I said a minute ago!”Liverpool will face Watford away on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

New Future US Site Is Powered By Super Users Culled From Social

first_imgSuper users are slated to create content for the Web sites, answer user questions about technology and give real time feedback on content created for MaximumPC.com and Maximumtech.com. Once Maximumtech.com gains a solid audience, Phillips will launch the 300 super user initiative in that property.Expecting about 10,000 responses to this inquiry, staff will then choose 300 readers to be part of this “inner circle”. Entry includes a badge for their Facebook pages so other readers can reach directly out to them, ability to upload photos to the MaximumPC.com site and Facebook pages, discounts, coupons and first chances to purchase merchandise from the sites.Editorial staff will launch the MaximumPC.com super user search in June, with Maximumtech.com following as soon as adequate audience numbers are gained. Maximumtech.com is picking up where MaximumTech leaves off. Phillips says that the print property is higher-end, full of data entry points and photography, and aimed at “the hardcore tech enthusiast”. Maximumtech.com is positioned for early adopters, who are more confused about technology than excited by it. Maximumtech.com will not only introduce new products, but also explain exactly what to do with them. With an outpour of technology reaching into virtually every aspect of daily life, even the most technologically stinted folks are finding themselves with the newest gadgets and wondering, “What exactly do I do with this?”Maximumtech.com is hoping to answer some of these questions. The Web site is a spin-off of the quarterly print MaximumTech, which was launched in August 2010. The print MaximumTech is newsstand only, and has a sell through of 36 percent on 120,000 issues released with each new edition. A property of Future US, MaximumTech is poised to ramp up to six print issues in 2012, with monthly issues set for 2013.Currently, Maximumtech.com has a full-time editorial staff of two, a features editor and a news editor. MaximumPC.com and Maclife.com writers will contribute to Maximumtech.com, and freelancers are also used to create content. Jon Phillips, editorial director, is also tapping into their successful social media streams (MaximumPC.com currently has 35,000 Facebook fans and 14,000 Twitter followers) to create a group of 300 “super users” to contribute to the sites. Starting with MaximumPC.com, an invitation to fill out a survey will be sent out on the Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. The survey will include a brief essay question concerning why readers would want to become “super users”, what kind of equipment they’re interested in and what they’d like to cover. center_img Phillips says that Web sites like Engadget.com do an adequate job of covering the rumor and technology news mill, but lack the guidance that new consumers need. He also believes that, “People are starting to tire of ‘three and a half stars’ from CNET[.com].” To that end, Maximumtech.com will offer accurate ratings of products, as well as guidance on whether to buy a technology product now or if the consumer should wait for the next version to be released.Set to be advertisement-supported, Toshiba has already signed on, and other deals are in the works. After the “smart home” issue of Maximum Tech, Dwell sought out an advertising partnership, and talks of national syndication with content and broadcasting properties are currently underway.last_img read more

Luis Miguel Wins The Latin GRAMMY For Album Of The Year For

first_img Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY luis-miguel-wins-latin-grammy-album-year-%C2%A1m%C3%A9xico-por-siempre Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Legendary vocalist takes home one of the Biggest Night In Latin Music’s most coveted honorsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2018 – 6:06 pm Luis Miguel won Album Of The Year for ¡México Por Siempre! at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Earlier in the night, Miguel’s 20th album also took home the award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album.Miguel, a Puerto Rican-born Mexican powerhouse singer burst onto the pop music scene at a very young age, releasing his debut album at age 11. He won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” at the 27th GRAMMY Awards. An internationally acclaimed artist, Miguel went on to enjoy immense success, playing a significant role in the Latin explosion of the ’90s and bringing bolero music to a wider audience.¡México Por Siempre! marked a triumphant return for Miguel, his first new album since 2010’s self-titled release. ¡México Por Siempre! climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and even cracked into the Billboard 200. Album Of The Year is one of the most anticipated honors each year at the Latin GRAMMYs comes from the coveted category. This year’s competition was especially stiff, with nine other nominees vying for the win.Other nominees include Pablo Alborán’s Prometo, the Spanish singer/songwriter’s fourth studio album, J Balvin’s Vibras, the Columbian reggaeton star’s fifth album features an impressive list of collaborators, and Rozalén’s Cuando El Rio Suena…, which also earned a Song Of The Year nomination for “La Puerta Violeta.” Chico Buarque was also nominated for Caravanas, which won the award for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album and Best Portuguese Language Song for “As Caravanas,” as was another winner earlier in the night, Jorge Drexler, who’s Salvavidas De Hielo won Best Singer-Songwriter Album. El David Aguilar’s Siguiente, also received a nom, as did Kany García’s Soy Yo, her fifth album and only the second album to ever debut in the top five on Billboard’s Top Latin Album chart.Natalia Lafourcade was also nominated for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latioamerican En Marcorinos), Vol. 2, which won the Mexican singer/songwriter the Latin GRAMMY for Best Folk Album earlier in the evening. Monsieur Periné’s Encanto Tropical, the Columbian group who won Best New Artist just two years ago, was also nominated. Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs News Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Twitter Facebook ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Email 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talentcenter_img Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Prev Next RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Luis Miguel Wins The Latin GRAMMY For Album Of The Year For ‘¡México Por Siempre!’ Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Read more Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? 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Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Limbo Game Kit

first_img(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Wildcat Bands Parents Association’s Facebook page.)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 Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Pair Of Great Red Sox TicketsIn “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Soliciting Business & Family Donors For 2019-2020 BannerIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wildcat Band Parents are raffling off a Limbo Game Kt during the month of July.Tickets cost 1 for $5 or $30 for 10. To purchase tickets, email whswildcatbandsparents@gmail.com or stop by the Band Parents’ table at the Concerts on the Common beginning July 10.The drawing will take place on July 31. All proceeds will support the Wildcat bands.The prize was created and donated by band parent Doug Moore.last_img read more

BoycottAmazon trends on Twitter over door mats shower curtains featuring Hindu deities

first_imgMany Indians have also tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asking her to take action to put an end to these products. They are being sold on the Amazon US app.Many tweets have shown that along with Hindu religious images, Amazon has been selling shower curtains and mats of symbols from other religions like Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism. Amazon USAmazon is in quite a bit of trouble after many Indians, especially Hindus, called them out for selling bath mats, toilet seat covers and shoes bearing the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Indian flag also featured on shoes and bath mats.A hashtag, #BoycottAmazon, started trending on Twitter with many users sharing videos and photos of them deleting the e-commerce app.  last_img

Kamal unites with antiliberation forces says B Chy

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday warned that people will not forgive if any party tries to foil the election, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion at BDB’s Badda election office, he also urged the Election Commission to create a level-playing field by discharging their duties independently.B Chowdhury, also the chairman of Jukta Front, said his party did not make any coalition with those who betrayed the blood of martyrs of the 1971 liberation war.He accused Kamal Hossain of forging a coalition with the anti-liberation forces. “They’ve recognised them (anti-liberation forces).”The BDB leader said they deeply respect and remember historic leaders Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman, Moulana Bhasani, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and MAG Osmani.He bemoaned that no other parties mention the names of these leaders in their election manifestos.At the programme, Sunamganj district BNP ex-general secretary Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury formally joined BDB.last_img read more

China to announce new leadership lineup with Xi at helm

first_imgA conductor leads an orchestra as delegates stand for the national anthem during the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: ReutersChina’s ruling Communist Party reveals its new leadership line-up on Wednesday when President Xi Jinping introduces his Politburo Standing Committee, culminating a week-long party congress.A key measure of Xi’s rising influence leading the world’s second-largest economy will be how many of his allies are installed on the Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. It is currently made up of seven people, all men, and headed by Xi, who is also party and military chief.Five members are expected to retire due to an unwritten rule limiting new five-year terms to those under 68.One of the five, a close Xi ally, the anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, 69, was left off the new Central Committee, which elects the Standing Committee, but he could get another job a few months down the line, sources have said.The new line-up will be announced around midday (0400 GMT) at the first plenum of the congress. The congress itself formally ended on Tuesday, with Xi having his political theory written into the party’s constitution, putting him in the same company as the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.The world should not be worried about China’s growing confidence, the influential state-run tabloid the Global Times wrote in an editorial on Wednesday.“We are creating a strong nation that is friendly toward others and understands the importance of sharing the benefits reaped from development, a trait that has yet to emerge in human society,” it said.Who gets on the new Standing Committee remains a closely guarded secret until Xi leads them out before the media in a room inside central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where all top party events take place.Names in contention include vice-premier Wang Yang, Xi advisers Li Zhanshu and Wang Huning, Shanghai party chief Han Zheng, Guangdong province party boss Hu Chunhua and Zhao Leji, who runs the powerful organisation department that oversees personnel decisions such as promotions and demotions.Other contenders include Chen Miner, who heads the party in the southwestern city of Chongqing; Beijing party boss Cai Qi; and Jiangsu province party boss Li Qiang, all of whom are close to Xi. Chen and Cai have enjoyed meteoric rises up the party ranks.Premier Li Keqiang is the only other member of the current Standing Committee apart from Xi who will remain, unless he is unexpectedly left off, which seems unlikely.Previous party congresses have anointed successors for the roles of party head and premier, with Xi and Li both vaulting on to the Standing Committee in 2007 before they were then further promoted to their current roles in 2012.Speculation has swirled in Beijing this week that Xi may break with precedent and not appoint an obvious successor, who would have to be young enough to serve three consecutive terms in the Standing Committee.last_img read more

Thailand market bomb kills 3

first_imgA Thai forensics unit scours the aftermath of a motorcycle bombing which killed three civilians and wounded others at a market in the restive southern Thai province of Yala on 22 January, 2018. Photo: AFPA motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 22 others on Monday morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials said, the first such attack on a ‘soft target’ in the Muslim-majority region for months.A rebellion against Thai rule in the culturally distinct Thai “Deep South” bordering Malaysia has left nearly 7,000 dead — the majority civilians — since 2004.The death toll in 2017 from the insurgency was the lowest in 13 years of conflict as peace talks edged forwards and the Thai junta boosted its security lockdown on the region.But Monday’s bomb at a packed market in Yala town popular with Buddhists and Muslims suggests a return to attacks on civilian targets.Chunks of torn corrugated roofing and parts of destroyed motorbikes and stalls littered a narrow alleyway in the market, as police picked through a scene of devastation shortly after the bomb.”The suspects parked the motorcycle in front of a stall selling pork in downtown Yala… it detonated 10 minutes later killing three civilians and wounding 19 others,” the policeman told AFP, requesting anonymity.”It’s the first big attack in downtown Yala in two years and is quite serious because people died.”It was not immediately clear if the bomb deliberately targeted the pork stall — and potentially its Buddhist customers.The wounded were taken to the main hospital in Yala, which is the main town of the province with the same name.Pramote Prom-in, an army spokesman for the region, confirmed the death toll, adding 22 were wounded “mainly with minor injuries”.Thailand, which colonised the ethnically Malay south roughly a century ago, has for decades been confronted by ethnic fighters seeking more autonomy, but the conflict flared up into its bloodiest phase in 2004.Rights groups have accused both the insurgents and security forces of widespread human rights abuses.The shadowy militant cells, who operate from remote communities and the forested Malaysia border zone have in recent months stepped back from targeting civilians amid heavy criticism.Monday’s attack could mark a dangerous new turn in the tactics.”If it was the work of the insurgents, then it’s a sign of things to come — a stern message to the authorities that they will resort to hitting soft targets,” Don Pathan, a Thailand-based independent analyst, told AFP.Pathan speculated the market blast could be “retaliation” for a specific incident in a conflict defined by tit-for-tat operations by insurgents and security forces.”But over recent years the insurgents haven’t targeted civilians out right… this is a big concern.”last_img read more

Rohingya want to return to Myanmar as citizens

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis.The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement.“Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided,” it added.More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched nearly a year ago in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.UN rights officials have documented allegations of mass killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of Myanmar’s military, which the Myanmar authorities have denied.The United States, Britain and France as well as the United Nations have described the military campaign as ethnic cleansing.Schraner Burgener, who was appointed in April, said Bangladesh needs more international aid to host the Rohingya and tackle the risk of landslides from monsoons that have already killed 12 people near the camps.The envoy will deliver her first briefing to the Security Council on Monday, which will be held behind closed doors.last_img read more

Trump open to visiting Moscow after Putin invite

first_imgRussia`s president Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Germany’s Hamburg on 7 July, 2017. File Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow, the White House said on Friday after Russian president Vladimir Putin said he had invited the American leader.Despite the uproar in Washington after the two met in Helsinki last week, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on the agenda and that both leaders want additional summits.”Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what president Trump said. He has a desire to have further meetings,” Putin told reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.”I am ready for that,” Putin said. “We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries.”Following the backlash in the United States over Trump’s cordial public tone with Putin at the Helsinki summit, U.S. and Russian officials backed away from Trump’s proposal to schedule a follow-up meeting in Washington in the fall.Two days after postponing that invitation, the White House made clear on Friday that Trump remained enthusiastic about another Russia summit.”President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.The last time Trump was in the Russian capital was in 2013, to attend a Miss Universe beauty pageant.Referring to the proposal for a meeting in the United States, Putin said: “I am ready to go to Washington. I repeat once again, if the right conditions for work are created.”Putin said that, in the meantime, it was possible that he and Trump would meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina in November or at another international event.last_img

New Zealand PM apologies for death of British tourist

first_imgnew zealandNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered.Ardern spoke about the nation’s reaction to the case several hours after the man that police accuse of killing Grace Millane made his first appearance in court. Police on Sunday found a body in a forested area near Auckland which they believe is Millane’s.”From the kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality,” Ardern said at her weekly media briefing, using a colloquial term for New Zealanders.”On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace’s family,” Ardern said, her voice breaking with emotion. “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t. And I’m sorry for that.”Ardern said it wasn’t necessarily her role to apologize for individual acts of violence, but she’d sensed that New Zealanders were feeling a collective sense of shame over the case and that many were taking it personally.Earlier, the 26-year-old man accused of killing Millane stared at the floor while a judge addressed him during his brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet entered a plea on murder charges and the court has temporarily blocked his name from being published.Millane’s father, David Millane, traveled to New Zealand last week after his daughter vanished, and Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed him and other family members.”I don’t know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate,” he said, according to television station Three. “We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately bring you some peace.”As the man was led away from the dock, somebody in the public gallery yelled out “Scumbag!” Three reported.The case has riveted people both in Britain and New Zealand.Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Grace Millane had been traveling in New Zealand as part of a planned yearlong trip abroad that began in Peru. She went missing 1 December and failed to get in touch with her family on her birthday the next day, or on the days that followed, which alarmed them.Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there. Detective Inspector Scott Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours in the evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel at about 9:40pm.A week after Millane disappeared, police detained a man for questioning and later charged him with murder.On Sunday, police found a body in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Police believe Millane’s body was taken to the area in a rental car.Police said the car, a red Toyota Corolla, was rented for 24 hours and returned to an Auckland rental agency on 3 December, meaning Millane’s body could have been in the forest for six days before it was found.The suspect’s lawyer, Ian Brookie, on Monday applied for name suppression on the basis his client needed it for a fair trial, an argument that Judge Thomas rejected on the basis of open justice. Brookie appealed, triggering the man’s name to be temporarily suppressed.The man is being held in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance 23 January.last_img read more

DU senate nominates 3member VC panel

first_imgDhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.last_img read more

Pioneering Lawsuit About Human Trafficking And Sexual Exploitation Filed In Houston

first_img Share Photo via PexelsAccording to the lawyers, the plaintiff was born and raised in Houston and the lawsuit contends that around early 2014, right before her 16th birthday, she “was sexually exploited through the use of  www.backpage.com.”Two Texas lawyers filed a pioneering civil lawsuit in Houston this week related to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. It targets a multitude of companies and businesses as defendants, several of them with highly recognizable names.Annie McAdams and David Harris filed the lawsuit on behalf of a 19 year-old woman who remains anonymous at Judge Brent Gamble’s 270th Civil Court in Harris County on Tuesday.Harris noted that the lawsuit is the first of its kind because it is based on Chapter 98 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which establishes that a company can be held civilly liable for human trafficking if it benefits from it intentionally or knowingly.“We haven’t seen any other civil lawsuits of this magnitude brought under Chapter 98,” Harris underlined during an interview with Houston Public Media. McAdams and Harris explained they met the plaintiff, who is referred to as “Jane Doe # 1” in the lawsuit, when they were working on a project about human trafficking.According to the lawyers, the plaintiff was born and raised in Houston and the lawsuit contends that around early 2014, right before her 16th birthday, she “was sexually exploited through the use of  www.backpage.com.”Online facilitatorBackpage.com –which is one of the defendants— served as a facilitator between the people who forced the plaintiff to engage in prostitution and her clients, the lawsuit contends.One section of the lawsuit asserts that “(…) many men used www.backpage.com to gain access to Jane Doe #1 and sexually exploit her.”The lawsuit also says Backpage.com is the leading online marketplace for human trafficking and the sexual exploitation  of  minors  and  commercial  sex.Backpage.com did not respond to a request for comment from Houston Public Media.As for the other defendants, there are more than 20, including well-known names in the hospitality industry such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation,  along with  Palace Inn and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.The lawsuit contends the plaintiff, while being a minor, was repeatedly exploited at truck stops, motels and hotels located in the greater Houston area from 2014 to 2015.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaAnnie McAdams (left) and David Harris (right) are the lawyers representing a young woman who was the victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Houston area.The lawsuit also says there was a “constant flow of male customers” at the rooms where the plaintiff was staying and, yet, the establishments “refused to take any steps to alert the authorities, properly intervene in the situation, or take reasonable security steps to improve awareness of sex trafficking and/or prevent the sexual exploitation of minors at their properties.”The lawsuit adds that failure to act on the part of the motels and hotels listed as defendants led to Jane Doe # 1’s continued exploitation while the establishments “turned a blind eye to the plague of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors at their locations.”Moreover, that turning a blind eye was done, according to the lawsuit, with the goal of maximizing profits by “not refusing room rentals in order to fill vacant rooms, even if those rentals were to minors who were being exploited by human traffickers, including Jane Doe #1.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/24172628/HPM-Red-2018-01-24-at-4.53pm.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As for the truck stops that are listed as defendants, the lawsuit makes similar arguments as to those made against the hotels and motels and adds that they “knowingly benefit from human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors by allowing human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors to occur on their premise in order to secure the loyalty of truck stop customers who routinely seek to pay for sex.”Hyatt Hotels Corporation said in an email sent to Houston Public Media that they don’t comment on pending litigation, while Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores also communicated via email saying the company takes “these matters seriously” and is “looking into it.”McAdams detailed that the plaintiff is currently involved in “active recovery” but was a minor when the events mentioned in the lawsuit happened.  Harris noted that they are in contact with other victims.“We have a lot of other girls who’ve come forward that have expressed similar stories, horrific stories,” asserted the attorney.See a copy of the lawsuit below:last_img read more

Analyst Plummet In Oil Prices Should Be No Cause For Worry —

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:47 X Oil prices took a steep tumble this week, but some experts say the drop is neither worrying nor surprising. center_img Share The recent plunge in oil prices was bound to happen, said Jim Krane, a Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.“You know, the dam is broken, and all these compounding effects have pushed prices way back down,” Krane said. “Whether we’re gonna see a rebound like we often do in oil markets is anybody’s guess, but I think a lot of folks are going to be watching OPEC.”Krane said that factors driving oil prices down include increased U.S. oil production, a run-up in prices that occurred ahead of President Trump’s reinstated sanctions on Iran, and conflicts in the Middle East. As for Texas, Krane said people should not be worried — yet. “Oil prices affect the Texas economy sort of in the long run,” Krane said. “I think oil prices would have to go down and stay down for quite a while before you saw, you know, any layoffs or any perceptible effect on companies operating in Texas.”OPEC and partners will meet in Vienna, Austria on December 6, where they are expected to make critical production decisions. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique

first_img Cesar Monzon of Enig Associates, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, has presented this new technique in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. As Monzon explains, many (but not all) subwavelength imaging mechanisms involve a complicated implementation and offer narrowband operation, such as lenses using metamaterials. He hopes that his technique could overcome these challenges with purely resistive means, simply by using a thin electrically conducting sheet to counteract the effects of space’s filtration properties. “An important advantage of the present method is that the resolution of the image so produced is not limited by the extent of a wavelength as in a common lens, but by the separation from the image to the conducting thin sheet,” Monzon told PhysOrg.com. “In fact, the analysis presented in the paper indicates that we can easily form images 10 times sharper than a conventional lens (or 5% of a wavelength of operation). Actually, depending on the frequency of operation, achieving images that are over 20 times higher resolution than possible with diffraction limited optics seems feasible. Hence the proposed technique is that of a ‘superlens,’ because it beats the diffraction limit.”Basically, space acts like a low pass filter for highly evanescent components, and makes evanescent waves very short-lived; these waves usually decay exponentially with the distance from their light source. Monzon found that, when he placed a thin sheet of conducting material close to the light source, the sheet could restore the evanescent components of the light that had been diminished by the air in between. “Saving” these evanescent wave components results in near-field subwavelength imaging right behind the resistive sheet. The “spot size” (imaging area) depends on the separation between the light source and the sheet, meaning that extremely high resolution is possible for very small separations. As an additional benefit, the effect is found to be broadband.”An evanescent wave is essentially a near field wave component that is not propagating away from a radiator, but remains standing in its neighborhood,” Monzon explained. “Evanescent fields are responsible for the reactive energy around a radiator, and generally decay quickly with distance. Just like radiating waves, evanescent waves are a general property of wave equations, and since they basically form the near field of a radiator, they are needed for its proper reconstruction (via focusing or imaging). Now suppose we have a point radiator; if evanescent waves are not used in the reconstruction, such as done by a typical lens (which operate in the far field), then we get a diffraction limited image where the minimum spot size is commensurate with the wavelength. If on the other hand we utilize the evanescent fields, as done here, then we are not bound by a diffraction limited spot size, as the evanescent field spectrum has the ability to form the very near field. For a point radiator this means, in principle, extreme resolution, with a minimum spot size clearly a very small fraction of the wavelength, hence enabling very high resolution imaging.” (PhysOrg.com) — Since the first demonstrations of subwavelength imaging just a few years ago, scientists have been making great improvements, developing a variety of new methods for realizing high-resolution imaging. Recently, a new superlens for subwavelength imaging has been developed that offers a simplified and wide broadband operation. The superlens could potentially shrink the size of features on computer chips to make faster transistors, as well as increase the storage capacity of computer memory. Unlike in previous subwavelength imaging techniques that use surface plasmons (electron density fluctuations) and that are plagued by losses, the new technique has a different physical cause based on harnessing the spectrum of evanescent fields. As Monzon explained, the smaller wave impedance of the conducting sheet enables researchers to trade definition for amplitude.”What is shown here is that a simple conducting thin sheet acts like a special type of ‘lens’ for evanescent fields, allowing the details of a nearby image to be transferred to the other side of the sheet faithfully (this happens because accurate reconstruction of the evanescent fields of the original image takes place there),” Monzon explained. “Now, it happens that the more conducting the sheet is, the more faithful the reconstruction. However, as we know, the more conducting the sheet is, the more reflective it becomes, resulting in smaller transmitted fields, and a lower amplitude image being formed. Thus better definition can be obtained at the expense of sacrificing amplitude, and vice versa.”This technique could have useful applications, showing that micrometer or nanometer layers of resistive materials can be used to achieve subwavelength imaging in the optical and elusive infrared regions. The method could also be applied to other areas of physics where wave motion exists.”The sharper images, the simplicity of the scheme, and the broadband operation are definite advantages for applications,” Monzon said. “A superlens such as this, capable of creating images of objects or features much smaller than the wavelength of light, could be use in novel types of microscopes, of the super-resolution type. The method can also be used to shrink the size of features on computer chips, so to make smaller transistors that will result in faster computer chips. There is also potential to use this technique in computer memory technology such as read and write devices, so as to be able to access even smaller bits, which can definitely increase general storage capacity/density, and the corresponding data transfer capability.”More information: Cesar Monzon. “Subwavelength Imaging Using Conducting Sheets.” Physical Review Letters, 102, 173901 (2009).© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique (2009, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-superlens-subwavelength-imaging-technique.html 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. Explore further Goal of nanoscale optical imaging gets boost with new hyperlenslast_img read more

Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected

first_img Citation: Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected (2011, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-centers-power.html A new report commissioned by the New York Times, shows that electricity consumption used by data centers in the United States and around the world grew at a much slower pace then was predicted by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released in 2007. The slower pace is attributed to both a downturn in the economy and improved efficiency in data servers. More information: www.analyticspress.com/datacenters.html U.S. Data Centers Consume 45 Billion kWh Annually, Study The report, written by Jonathan G. Koomey consulting professor to Stanford University, shows that instead of doubling, as the EPA predicted, energy consumption by data centers (over the period 2005 to 2010) in the United States grew at just 35%, while consumption worldwide grew at the much higher rate of 56%. Koomey attributes the lower than expected results to a downturn in the global economy and to advances in server technology, the result of which was fewer new servers going online during the study period than was predicted by the EPA.Called “Growth in Data Center Power Use 2005 to 2010” the study that led to the report was designed to figure out as much about power use by data servers as is possible using publicly available records. In addition to ascertaining how many servers have been brought online in the past five years, Koomey also learned that data centers now account for approximately 1.7 to 2.2 percent of all electricity consumed in the United States and 1.1 to 1.5 for the world. In an interesting side note, Koomey also discovered that Google, the online search giant apparently accounts for just 1% of the total amount of electricity used by data centers in the United States, a figure that indicates its servers are far more efficient than the standards used by most others in the industry.Koomey notes that increased use of server virtualization (a technique whereby fewer computers are used to run the same number of programs) by many companies implementing cloud computing platforms resulted in fewer servers being installed, and thus less energy use than would have been needed had standard technology been installed. Also, increased attention to cooling methods likely played a part, as cooling typically accounts for up to half of a data centers energy use. The result of these measures, when combined with the lower demand for computing resources due to the slowdown of the economy, resulted in the lower numbers seen in the report; though Koomey points out, it’s still a lot of electricity and data server power requirements are only likely to continue growing as cloud based computing appears to be the wave of the future. One company with its eye on the problem is Microsoft who in a recent paper, proposed installing “Data Furnaces” in the basements of homes across the country.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.last_img read more

Cambridge team exposes EMV card vulnerabilities

first_img(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.htmllast_img read more

Study shows British and Japanese people have very similar touching rules

first_img Most everyone is aware of their own boundaries regarding touching. We like to be touched by people we know and love but cringe if touched inappropriately by a stranger. We also know that we have our own personal rules about who can touch us where and when. But what is not clear is the role that reinforcement of social structure by touching plays in our daily lives. People shake hands as a form of greeting, for example, and in some situations actually hug one another—even strangers. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about how social touch is involved in social network maintenance and reinforcement. To find out, they asked 386 people from the U.K. and 255 people from Japan to sit in front of a computer to answer questions about where it was permissible for people in their lives to touch them and under what circumstances.Not surprisingly, the researchers found that people from both cultures do not like to be touched by people they do not know—most reported that the only acceptable means of doing so was via handshake when meeting someone new. People of both cultures also reported being uncomfortable with seemingly innocuous touching, such as on the arm. On the other end of the spectrum, people from both cultures reported that they were comfortable with romantic partners touching them anyplace on their body. For those people who were neither strangers nor romantic partners, people from both cultures reported feeling more comfortable with touching the closer the bond was with a given individual. Also, the researchers reported that people from both cultures were more comfortable being touched by somebody female, than somebody male, in general. The one difference they found between the two cultures was British people reported feeling more pleasure at being touched socially than did the people from Japan. More information: Juulia T. Suvilehto et al. Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study shows British and Japanese people have very similar touching rules (2019, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-british-japanese-people-similar.html Explore further Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linkedcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A team of researchers with members from Finland, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Singapore has found that people from the U.K. have similar touching rules as people who live in Japan. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study that involved querying several hundred people from the U.K. and Japan regarding touching and what they found. Relationship-specific TAMs in (a) Japan and (b) the UK. The colouring displays the proportion of the sample reporting that being touched by this person in this area is acceptable to them. (c) Comparison of the proportion of participants per culture who allow touching in different areas. Red colour in the maps indicates that Japanese participants reported that area more acceptable, blue colour indicates that British participants reported that area more acceptable. The data in (c) are thresholded at p < 0.05, FDR corrected. After FDR correction, Z threshold with no correlation assumptions varied from 3.22 to 5.98, depending on the number of participants who had that particular individual in their social network. Red and blue labels indicate female and male members of the social network, respectively. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 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.last_img read more