BEIJING — Chinese nationalists are accusing a McDonald’s advertisement in Taiwan of supporting independence for the self-ruled island.The advertisement for a breakfast sandwich, broadcast only in Taiwan, shows a two-second glimpse of a woman’s identity card that lists her nationality as “Taiwan.”Comments on internet bulletin boards accused McDonald’s of violating Chinese law by supporting independence for Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.Some called for a boycott. Others said McDonald’s, whose mainland franchises are owned by a group that includes the Chinese Cabinet’s investment arm, should be expelled from China.“McDonald’s this is what you want to do? Help Taiwan independence?” said a posting on the portal signed “Good Knife Still.”The Associated Press read more

Norfolk residents got a blast of winter weather on Tuesday — snow, rain, wind and ice pellets.The mix made for poor travelling conditions on area roads. Buses were cancelled and schools were closed. Several other programs and services such as Ride Norfolk were also impacted.And it’s not over yet.Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Norfolk County on Tuesday afternoon.Winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour may last into Wednesday afternoon. Areas near Lake Erie could experience gusts of up to 100 km/h on Wednesday morning.“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds,” aid the national weather agency.  “Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.” read more

Two vehicles had their windows smashed and valuables were removed from inside at a Haldimand Road 9, Cayuga, address.Police responded to the report of broken windows around 8 p.m. on  April 16, later discovering that belongings were removed from the vehicles.The victims had parked their vehicles in the area while they walked on a nearby trail. While the vehicles were unattended, suspects smashed the windows to gain entry and removed cell phones, a wallet and a purse containing currency and personal identification.A witness reported hearing an alarm activate on one of the vehicles and a black Dodge Ram Hemi pickup truck with black rims leaving the area, east bound on Haldimand Road 9. A male wearing a grey hoodie was observed seated in the passenger seat of the pickup truck.Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident are being asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122. read more

The United Nations Security Council today wrapped up two days of open debate on Iraq, with over 40 countries – including all 15 Council members – participating in the discussions, which began yesterday and included widespread calls for Baghdad’s compliance as well as numerous pleas to avoid a violent confrontation.Addressing the Council today on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Mokhtar Lamani, the Permanent Observer for the group, hailed Iraq’s decision to re-admit UN weapons inspectors, calling this a “first step” towards a settlement of the issue leading to a lifting of the sanctions.He recalled that numerous speakers had stressed during the Council’s meeting that there should be no double standards in term of non-compliance with UN resolutions. “The history of the United Nations testifies to the fact that some of its Member States have shown defiance of its resolutions – Israel is a clear example,” he said. “However, the United Nations, including the Security Council did not resort to the use of force against these countries.” Citing academic research, he said that countries other than Iraq were currently violating more than 90 Security Council resolutions, including 31 dealing with Israel.Mr. Lamani also voiced strong support for calls for a peaceful solution to the Iraq issue – one that preserved the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the UN’s credibility. Iraq’s decision to cooperate with the inspectors unconditionally, coupled with recent talks in Vienna on practical arrangements for achieving that end, were positive developments that should allow the Security Council to “play its mandated role in the maintenance of international peace and security, spare the region the catastrophes of war and destruction, and alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people – a suffering that has endured far too long and must be ended.”Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, the first of the Council’s 15 members to take the floor, said his country had condemned the continued non-compliance by Iraq with the international obligations imposed upon it by the Council. That country’s failure to comply regarding disarmament under Chapter VII represented potential threats to peace and regional stability, he stressed, appealing to Iraq to accept the inspection activities to ensure the destruction of all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons it might have. Acceptance by Iraq of the return of inspectors without conditions and restrictions would constitute a first step towards restoring confidence of the United Nations.The Permanent Representative of Syria, Mikhail Wehbe, said he was pleased with the assertions made by the majority of speakers of the need to resolve the Iraqi situation by peaceful means through the Security Council, as well as the need to respect the political integrity of Iraq. Negotiations should continue through the United Nations toward the resolution of the situation and the lifting of sanctions. In spite of bitter feelings toward the double standards of the Council, however, he called for Iraq to fulfil its obligations under relevant resolutions. UN weapons inspectors should resume their work without delay, and the question of Kuwaiti prisoners could also be resolved.Sir Jeremy Greenstock stressed that while the United Kingdom’s first objective is the complete disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction by peaceful means, it would be an “abdication of responsibility” to ignore Iraq’s repeated defiance of Security Council decisions. The Council must now express its will and unity in a clear, strong resolution, one that gives the regime in Baghdad an unequivocal choice – complete disarmament of its weapons of mass destruction and normal membership of the international community, or refusal and the inevitable consequences. “If we fail to send that tough signal, we shall be ignoring the realities,” he said. “The weaker we collectively appear, the more probable it is that military action will be the outcome.”Zhang Yishan, the Deputy Permanent Representative of China, told the Council that the question of disarmament was at the core of a solution. Iraq should destroy all weapons of mass destruction in its possession and refrain from using them. Only when inspectors returned to Iraq and conducted effective inspections, could the truth be found out. Mr. Zhang said he was pleased with the unconditional acceptance of inspectors by Iraq, and hoped that Baghdad would honour the agreed to practical arrangements of inspections. The inspectors should return to Iraq as soon as possible and then return to the Council with their results. Under such circumstances, he said, could he consider a new resolution of the question.Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States said there could be no more “business-as-usual” or toothless resolutions that Iraq will continue to ignore. The Council must meet this challenge, and stand firm, resolute and united in adopting a resolution that holds Iraq to its commitments, that lays out clearly what Iraq must do to comply and which states that there will be consequences if Iraq refuses to comply. “We expect the Council to act, and when the Council adopts a resolution that sends a clear and united message to Iraq that it must fulfil its obligations, Iraq will have a choice,” he said. “It will have to decide whether to take this last chance to comply. If it does not, we will seek compliance and disarmament by other means.” Ambassador Negroponte said the United States believes that the best way to ensure Iraqi compliance is through one resolution that is “firm and unambiguous in its message.” The US will be introducing a text that contains “clear and immediate requirements” – requirements that Iraq would voluntarily meet if it chooses to cooperate.For his part, Ambassador Jean-David Levitte said France proposed a two-stage approach in which the Council should first adopt a resolution clearly specifying the “rules of the game” by defining the inspectors’ regime and ensuring that they could fully accomplish their mission without hindrance. That resolution should also send a clear warning to Iraq that the Council would not tolerate new violations. During the second stage, if the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) observe that Iraq was refusing to cooperate fully with the inspectors, the Council should meet immediately to decide appropriate measures to take – ruling out no alternatives. That approach, which had also been proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was the only one that could offer unity, cohesion, fairness and legitimacy to the Council’s work, he said. Any automatic decision on the use of force would profoundly divide the Council, and only a united front would convince Iraq not to repeat its error.Taking note of the progress made in arranging the return of inspectors to Iraq, Mamady Traore of Guinea said that the Security Council must ensure that Iraq’s commitments were fully kept to avoid the bad precedents of 1998, and there must be a precise, updated mandate given to inspectors. The objective was the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction. All other related questions must be resolved as quickly as possible, allowing inspectors to begin their work. In addition, he called on Iraq to work toward a resolution of the question of missing persons and goods confiscated from Kuwait, in conformity with relevant Council resolutions.Norway’s Permanent Representative, Ole Peter Kolby, said the message that must emerge from the meeting was full Iraqi compliance with Security Council resolutions. The Council should in the immediate future adopt a clear and unambiguous resolution and timetable for the new inspections. UN inspectors must also have free and unconditional access to all of Iraq. This meant the need to repeal the 1998 agreement between Iraq and the United Nations on special procedures for inspecting the so-called presidential sites, which include several hundred buildings, unless Iraq declares its disregard of the agreement. No building or site should be given immunity from inspections, he said, stressing there could be no loopholes in the inspection regime.Meanwhile, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore said that although sanctions were imposed to punish the Government of Iraq, the highest burden had been borne by the ordinary Iraqi. The people of Iraq had suffered enough, he said, urging the Government “to make the right decision” and give UN inspectors unrestricted access to all sites, including presidential palaces. He said agreement on a new resolution might be wise before the return of the inspectors – the stakes were high and the difference between successful and unsuccessful inspections might be the difference between war and peace.Ireland’s Ambassador, Richard Ryan, said it was a matter of grave concern when any UN Member State ignored the will of the international community and continued over many years to disregard the resolutions of the Council. He urged Iraq to make it clear that the inspectors would be allowed immediate and complete access to all parts of the country, including presidential sites. Such access was necessary if the inspections were to have the necessary credibility among the international community. Meanwhile, a new Security Council resolution must insist on unfettered access for the arms inspectors and make it clear that the Council will take any necessary decision to enforce compliance, if Iraq does not cooperate as required.Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said that the current impasse on Iraq had its roots not only in Iraqi intransigence, but also in the Council’s inability to objectively assess the situation. Now, the only way of making sure that weapons of mass destruction were eliminated in Iraq was by returning UN inspectors to the country, as Iraq had agreed to. Everything was now in place for a diplomatic resolution of the crisis. No new decisions were needed by the Security Council, as the inspectors did not need new decisions but clarity. If UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix thought that achieving such clarity required new resolutions, the Russian Federation would be prepared to work on that. However, the Security Council could not give its consent to a new resolution for the purpose of the use of force for regime change. The vast majority of the international community had been calling for the return of inspectors and a diplomatic resolution of the conflict.Colombia’s Ambassador, Alfonso Valdivieso, said it was urgent that UN weapons inspectors finish the work that UNSCOM was unable to complete, examining and verifying the information the Iraqi Government must provide in compliance with Council resolutions. “We are sure that there will be credible, serious, respectful, professional and firm inspections, for which purpose we need genuine cooperation on the part of the Iraqi authorities,” he said. UNMOVIC, however, must be deployed on the ground with a renewed mandate from the Security Council, which will validate its determinations and adapt them to the new realities. The greatest challenge is striking a balance between the willingness of the Baghdad Government to fulfil its obligations and the steadfastness and determination the international community must maintain to prevent a repetition of the challenge faced by the Council during the last four years.Stefan Tafrov, the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, said that had Iraq conformed to relevant resolutions, there would be no sanctions against that country in effect now, and urged Baghdad to immediately comply, fully and unconditionally with the Council’s decisions. Yesterday, the representative of Iraq had said that his country had no weapons of mass destruction, he said. If that was the case, nothing should stop Iraq from immediately providing access to inspectors to all cites. Given the difficult relations between the Council and Iraq, it was clear that UNMOVIC would not be able to fulfil its mandate without a clear new resolution.Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius said there was a convergence of views on the need for Iraq to dispose of all its weapons of mass destruction in compliance with Security Council resolutions. He welcomed Iraq’s new position to allow the return of UN arms inspectors. Full cooperation should be given to them in order to have the issue resolved and sanctions reviewed. No new resolution was needed to deal with the matter; however, if Iraq proved uncooperative, Mauritius would be willing to support a new initiative to allow the inspectors immediate and unfettered access to all sites.The Permanent Representative of Cameroon, Martin Belinga-Eboutou, said he regretted that the Iraqi authorities had not respected the numerous resolutions of the Council either on the situation between Iraq and Kuwait or on the issue of disarmament. Iraq must show it did not have weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, the Council should reaffirm, in a new resolution, its total support for the UNMOVIC and IAEA teams before they left for Iraq. The new resolution should specify the practical modalities for the inspections to eliminate existing ambiguities. The resolution must also indicate clearly that the Council would take appropriate measures if Iraq did not comply. It must further include some provisions to suspend sanctions if Iraq complied. read more

“There will need to be a clear timetable, laid out as soon as possible, for the earliest possible restoration of sovereignty,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, told an open session of the 15-member body as he presented Mr. Annan’s latest report on Iraq. “I have made this point before but it bears repetition. Iraqis need to know that the current state of affairs will come to an end soon. They need to know that stability will return and that the occupation will end.” The head of a three-person delegation of the Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi, told the meeting the body’s primary goal was to shorten the duration of the interim administration, the US-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), in order to adopt a constitution and have free elections open to all. As Mr. Pachachi was about to speak, two people in the public gallery got up and started to protest against the US occupation and the Governing Council. They were immediately escorted out of the chamber by UN security and were later identified as members of “Occupation Watch,” a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization. Mr. Vieira de Mello endorsed the Governing Council as a valid partner for the UN. “We now have an institution that, while not democratically elected, can be viewed as broadly representative of the various constituencies in Iraq,” he said. “It means that we now have a formal body of senior and distinguished Iraqi counterparts, with credibility and authority, with whom we can chart the way forward.” That body needed the support of the international community and the faith of the Iraqi people to succeed, the UN envoy stressed. “It must be empowered to deliver tangible improvements to the welfare of the population yet not bear the brunt of criticism for what remains the legal obligation of the CPA under the current situation,” he added. “This will be a difficult balancing act to manage.” Mr. Vieira de Mello said that in his preliminary discussions with a wide array of Iraqis, they had unanimously called for an energetic, centre-stage role for the UN. A number of other consistent themes also emerged. They wanted to see themselves back at the helm of their country and wanted the arrival of security and of the rule of law. “I believe we have reason to be optimistic for the future of Iraq,” he declared. “But we have little margin for error. The situation remains fragile. Iraqis know best how and where to tread in their own country. And at what pace. Our greatest contribution will be in following their lead and, when necessary, assisting them in achieving consensus among themselves.” For his part, Mr. Pachachi said Iraqis saw his participation in the Security Council session as recognition of Iraq’s sovereignty. A draft constitution to establish a federal system would be examined by a congress representing all political and religious groups, and the UN, given its experience, could help draw up laws and legislation for the election, he added. Among the pressing issues facing the Governing Council, Mr. Pachachi noted, were the appointment of representatives to international organizations, including the UN, as well as rebuilding the economy, reforming the educational system and providing the basic needs of all citizens – in all of which the UN would have an important role to play. It also intended to establish special tribunals to bring members of the former regime to trial for crimes against the Iraqi people and humanitarian crimes, he added. Mr. Vieira de Mello said that given the gravity of the crimes in question he believed there was much merit in considering the establishment of a mixed Iraqi and international panel of experts to consider in detail the options that would best suit Iraq. Video of the Council meeting read more

“The finance community is a key player. We need trillions of dollars of investment to move from the brown to the green economy,” the United Nations chief told a session on Climate, Growth and Development, citing four areas for action.“First, we need investors, banks and other financial service providers to increase finance flows into low-carbon energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, including through setting portfolio targets and increasing the deployment of climate bonds. Second, we need to decrease the flow of finance to carbon-intensive and obsolete technologies and business practices. “Third, investors and banks should work to increase transparency regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the assets and businesses that they finance. Finally, investors and banks and regulators should work together to ensure that rules that govern financial markets are conducive to sustainable development.”As he did yesterday at several events on the margins of the Forum, Mr. Ban stressed that the summit on climate change that he is convening at UN Headquarters in New York in September will be an opportunity for global leaders from Government, business, finance, and civil society to initiate ambitious joint actions on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience, mobilizing the political will for a meaningful global legal climate accord by 2015, when States parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Paris.He highlighted the interdependence between sustainable development based on a low-carbon economy and climate change generated by high-carbon global warming emission.“Addressing climate change is also a great opportunity to support all our sustainable development goals. At the same time, the actions we take on sustainable development can help tackle climate change,” he stressed.“Investment now will result in major savings in the future, and can propel economic growth today. It can support universal energy access, sustainable cities and well-being for people and the planet.” At a Forum session on Catalyzing Green Investment Mr. Ban told business leaders the September summit “is your opportunity to show what you can and will do, and to work with governments at the highest level to address climate change.” He underscored the essential role private investment has to play in meeting the growing demand for energy in the developing world. “We need in particular to win over institutional investors that collectively manage more than 70 trillion Euros of assets,” he said. “The bulk of these investments are high-carbon assets. These investors have the power – and I believe the responsibility — to help transform the global economy.” He also highlighted the importance of the Green Climate Fund, agreed on in 2010 by States Parties to the UNFCCC as a financial mechanism for promoting a shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries.“The Fund cannot be the exclusive conduit for climate finance, but it will be an important part of a public-private framework that supports low-carbon investment and fair access to climate financing in developing countries,” he said. “We need to bring it into operation as soon as possible. “We need more public finance, more private finance and better mechanisms for channelling investments to where they are most needed. I urge public and private actors to rise to the challenge in the coming months and rally around a key number of concrete action-oriented solutions for the climate summit.” read more

Detectives have been unable to check if ‘speedboat killer’ Jack Shepherd ever left the country, Scotland Yard has admitted. Police have told the Telegraph they have no way of knowing whether Shepherd absconded abroad because there is no simple method for checking if a British citizen has left the country. Details of when a person enters and leaves the country are, according to police, not stored on a single database that can be searched by officers in the hunt for a missing person. Shepherd, 31, remains on the run, having been convicted in his absence of killing Charlotte Brown, 24, after he took her out on his speedboat on the Thames on their first date. Shepherd had been drinking heavily when… read more

first_imgCONOR MCGREGOR AND The Lions lead the way in the interest levels in sport amongst Irish people in 2013.McGregor’s popularity exploded in Ireland this year with his MMA feats and that has lead to him being the number 1 most searched for sports personality on Google  in Ireland this year.He’s one of only two Irish people on the top ten list, along with former Galway hurler Niall Donoghue who sadly passed away in 2013.The hottest transfer stories of the summer lead to Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil, Wilian, Thiago Alcantara and Wayne Rooney featuring. While the biggest managerial change of the year in England sees David Moyes and Alex Ferguson included.Oscar Pistorious is also on the Irish list and is the most searched for personality globally.The Lions lead the way in the most searched for sports team in Ireland while Dublin and Clare GAA sides also feature.The rest are all soccer teams with Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Celtic mentioned along with Airtricity League outfits Cork City, Derry City and Drogheda United.Sports Personalities in Ireland1. Conor McGregor2. Gareth Bale3. Oscar Pistorious4. Alex Ferguson5. David Moyes6. Niall Donoghue7. Mesut Ozil8. Willian9. Thiago Alcantara10. Wayne RooneyPic: INPHO/Dan SheridanSports Teams in Ireland1. Lions2. Arsenal FC3. Dublin GAA4. Spurs5. Cork City FC6. Liverpool FC7. Celtic FC8. Derry City FC9. Clare Hurling GAA team10. Drogheda UnitedPic: Alik Keplicz/AP/Press Association ImagesGlobal Athletes1. Oscar Pistorious2. Aaron Hernandez3. Adrian Peterson4. Kevin Ware5. Lance Armstrong6. Gareth Bale7. Jason Collins8. Lamar Odom9. Ray Lewis10. Chris KellyReports link Munster to former All Black Andrew HoreIs this the best crossbar challenge you’ve ever seen?last_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in Cork on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.Gardaí in Gurranabraher arrested the man over the offence of conspiracy to murder, a garda spokesperson told said gardaí arrested a male in his late 30s this morning in the Cork area. The man is being questioned by detectives in Gurranabraher and can be held for up to a week.RTÉ.ie is reporting that the man is a former politician.last_img

first_imgApple accusé de ralentir l’amélioration du webPour Haavard Moen, développeur chez Opéra Software, Apple dégaine systématiquement des brevets à la dernière minute pour ralentir la mise en place de nouveaux standards W3C.Haavard Moen ne parle pas au nom de sa société, mais en tant que développeur. Par trois fois, en 2009, 2010 et 2011, Apple a dégainé des brevets en prétendant que les nouveaux standards porteraient atteinte à leurs produits. En 2009 le brevet a été jugé sans rapport avec le standard, en 2010 il y en avait deux, l’un a été également été jugé sans rapport et l’autre inapplicable. C’est à se demander si Apple avait vraiment réfléchi avant d’exiger du W3C le gros travail de recherche et d’examen sur ces brevets. Cette année, ils présentent trois brevets et une demande d’application d’un quatrième, une fois de plus à la dernière minute. Le projet visé est la spécification des Touch Events.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le W3C, ou Word Wide Web Consortium, est une communauté internationale où l’on travaille à plein temps pour développer les standards du web. C’est une mission essentielle pour aller vers plus de stabilité, moins de différences de gestion entre les navigateurs et, de façon générale, plus de possibilités et moins de bugs.Le résultat de l’action d’Apple incertain… Mais d’après Haavard Moen, le problème n’est pas que les standards attaqués soient modifiés ou non, ce qui a finalement peu d’importance. C’est plutôt que tout le processus de standardisation est ralenti. L’acte semble d’autant plus pernicieux qu’Apple n’a pas pris part au groupe de travail sur le sujet qu’ils attaquent (les Touch Events), sans quoi il aurait dû soumettre ses brevets bien plus tôt. Le 14 décembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgX-Rite ColorMunki : effacez la différence entre l’écran et le papierLes amateurs de photos sont souvent déçus du rendu après impression de leurs œuvres. Pour que le rendu papier ressemble aux visuels sur l’écran, celui-ci doit être calibré avec un outil comme le ColorMunki de X-Rite.Calibrer les couleurs d’un écran est un art subtil. Il y a des réglages préenregistrés comme le mode cinéma, qui sature les couleurs, et par ailleurs les écrans d’ordinateur sont souvent bleutés pour paraître moins agressifs… Ces nuances nous influencent surtout au niveau de l’immersion dans les visuels ou de la fatigue oculaire. Souvent, c’est lors de l’impression sur papier d’une photo que l’on réalise la dégradation. Pour en savoir plus sur le sujet, on peut lire le « Complete guide to color management. »Ainsi Ilene M.Hoffman, sur le site, a-t-il décrit sa quête d’un outil accessible pour que son écran lui montre le véritable rendu que l’imprimeur aurait en tirant ses photos. Après test de plusieurs outils, elle a jeté son dévolu sur X-Rite ColorMunki.Deux obstacles s’opposent à la calibration d’un écran : la pauvreté des outils disponibles et l’absence de références. Pour le premier par exemple, sur Mac, le réglage en luminosité n’est pas réellement effectif.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ?L’idée d’un outil comme ColorMunki est d’avoir un appareil pour mesurer la couleur à l’écran, mesurer la couleur sur le papier, et un logiciel pour ajuster l’écran au papier. Il est suffisamment simple pour que tout le monde parvienne à s’en servir. Trois versions sont en ventes : Munki Display (189$-145 euros), ColorMunki Photo (499$- un peu plus de 380 euros) and the ColorMunki Design (499$). Seules les versions Photo et Design permettent de faire la référence au papier, tandis que le Display suppose une imprimante moyenne.L’investissement est plus que conséquent, mais pour celui qui a déjà dépensé un millier d’euros dans un appareil photo sérieux, il est sans doute indispensable… Le 20 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry is unsure if he will be continuing with his career at the end of the season with current club Aston Villa keen to retain his services for next seasonThe former England captain left his beloved Chelsea, last season, after falling down the pecking order under new manager Antonio Conte and, after refusing offers from other Premier League sides, Terry signed for Aston Villa in the Championsip.Terry has promptly named the new captain of Steve Bruce’s side and has become an integral part at Aston Villa with the club currently aiming to return to the Premier League this season.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But despite Villa’s intentions to keep him for another season, Terry (who turned 37 in December) is unsure whether he will continue playing for another season and has told Bruce that he will make a final decision in May.Daily Star has reported that Terry is concerned that he may no longer have enough stamina to endure a another season of top-flight football and finds the prospect of facing Chelsea to be unappealing.At the end of last season, Terry turned down Swansea City due to not wanting to line-up against his former club and it is believed that the defender may be looking at a prospective move to either America or China at the end of the season.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.Serbia has announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, including several Serie A star such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Football Italia.Coach Mladen Krstajic has named the group that will follow him to Russia for the tournament which kicks off in 13 days.Those on the list are Roma full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic and Torino talent Adem Ljajic.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…Marija Nastasic was ruled out because of injury, with Mijat Gacinovic, Nemanja Maksimovic and Aleksandar Jovanovic cut from the long-list while Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic are goalkeepers.For defenders, Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic will lead the team, while midfielders are Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem LjajicForwards are Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka JovicThe 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.last_img read more

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The Chamber of Commerce had formally expressed its willingness to work toward an IR bid for Yokohama in the past and has also announced that its policy is to launch a promotion council in September. In July, it submitted a request to Mayor Hayashi that she exercise “urgent political judgment.”In response to naysayers, the Chamber of Commerce has vehemently denied that an IR is defined as a casino or that casinos are defined as problem gaming. Vice President Morihiko Kawamoto has said, “It is necessary to know more about casinos in the context of an IR.”On the other hand, Yokohama Port Association, a new organization created by Yokohama businesses around the ptoposed Yamashita Wharf location, have expressed their opposition, so it seems that the road ahead will not be a smooth one. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The President of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Takashi Ueno, has expressed his support for the city’s impending IR bid, stating, “We are very pleased about this news and we will be evaluating it.”His comment follows revelations this week that Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi will imminently announce an IR bid.last_img read more

first_imgThe broadcast rights for the Indian subcontinent is valid for 10 seasons — from 2018 to 2027.The IPL digital rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022.The international media rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022. Future gems of India cricket team Features of the IPL media rights The BCCI, reportedly, is willing to accept a “consolidated bid” from the TV broadcasters, where they need to put forward a one-bid figure for all three rights packages.Companies currently in frayStar India Pvt Ltd, Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, Reliance Jio Digital, Yahoo, Followon Interactive Media, Times Internet Ltd, Gulf DTH, SuperSport International, GroupM Media India, beIN IP, Econet Media Group, Sky UK, ESPN Digital Media, BTG Legal Service, BT Sport, Twitter, Facebook, Discovery, Airtel, Yahoo, DAZN Perform Group. In India, Sony Pictures Network has held the broadcast rights since the inception of the IPL in 2008.Come 2018, the cash-rich BCCI-organised cricket competition in India will see a new set of digital and broadcast partners. That pits Star India and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) in a level playing field. Even reports claim that these two are frontrunners to bag the IPL broadcast rights.Question is who wins in the end.The submissions of the Invitation To Tender (ITT), made available for purchase by the BCCI, is scheduled for September 1.Dish doesn’t want StarDish TV, one of India’s biggest Direct-to-home (DTH) operators, meanwhile has shot a letter to the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators, the Competition Commission of India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, reasoning why Star India should not get the rights, when the bid documents are opened.Auditors Deloitte and legal firm Amarchand Mangaldas will look into the tenders.Jawahar Goel, the chairman and managing director of Dish TV, argued that the consumers stand to lose a hefty pocket money if Star TV are given the IPL broadcast rights, starting 2018.”The cost for the consumers is likely to increase manifold because of the creation of ‘sole supplier’ monopoly in the market,” wrote Goel.Possible monopoly in sports broadcasting businessGoel mentions that a possible monopoly situation would not only lead to cricket fans paying more for subscriptions but also pressurise the DTH service operators to shell out exorbitant rates to acquire the channels.”STAR is aiming to acquire the IPL cricket telecast rights also and thereby attain the status of ‘sole holder’ of the telecast rights of all the major cricketing events,” continued Goel in the letter, accessed by Indian Express.Read the full contents of the letter”The history of the media industry is witness to the fact that all the actions initiated by STAR till date have always been to economically concentrate the power through acquisition of cricket broadcast rights and thereby create a monopoly in the market to gain huge commercial advantage at the expense of the consumers and the distribution industry.”Such a situation would not only be anti-competitive but also anti-consumers.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

first_imgMain opposition leader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia (C) looks on as she is escorted back to prison from a hospital visit in Dhaka on 8 November, 2018. Photo: AFPBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the Niko deal was signed when Awami League was in power and the BNP government just maintained its continuity, reports UNB.Khaleda came up with the remarks when she was produced before a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail in the Niko graft case, said Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah.“Sheikh Hasina was an accused in the same case; she got acquittal, but not me. If I’m produced before the court then prime minister Sheikh Hasina should also be produced before the court in the graft case,” Sanaullah Miah quoted her as saying.In response to Khaleda’s statement, Dhaka Special Judges’ Court-9 judge Mahmudul Kabir said Sheikh Hasina has already been acquitted from the graft case by the High Court, so there’s no question of producing her before the court in the case.The court also set 14 November for the next hearing in the case.Earlier, Khaleda Zia was discharged from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment, said BSMMU director brigadier general Abdullah-Al-Harun.Later, a black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, according to jail sources.Several police vehicles escorted her to the jail from the hospital in the morning.Following the hearing, she was taken back to the jail, they said.Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at the makeshift court in the abandoned central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room No. 7 of the old central jail’s administrative building will be the venue for the makeshift court.A large number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members was deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order.On 6 October, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from jail for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February last.last_img read more

first_img Searching for defects in space Citation: String Theory Gets a Boost (2008, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This models a small region of the observable universe right after strings have formed, at around 10^{-36} sec, when the distances between them were still only a few times their thickness. Credit: Mark Hindmarsh Cosmic strings are present in many high-energy physics theories. They are thought to be spaghetti-like structures, each mile weighing perhaps as much as our entire planet. Despite the weight, widths are thought to be significantly smaller than an atom. However, their existence has yet to be detected. Now, though, a team of cosmologists has discovered some hints that cosmic strings exist. “At the moment,” Martin Kunz, a scientist at the University of Geneva when the paper was written, tells, “what we have found slightly prefers, or at least does not disfavor, cosmic strings.” Kunz is part of a team led by Mark Hindmarsh of the University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K., using measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation to search for evidence of cosmic strings. This team, which includes Neil Bevis at Imperial College in London and Jon Urrestilla at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, have reported their findings in Physical Review Letters: “Fitting Cosmic Microwave Background Data with Cosmic Strings and Inflation.”“As these strings move around,” Kunz explains, “they will cause perturbations, attracting matter behind them. These perturbations become visible in the comic microwave background radiation. If there are cosmic strings, they induce extra perturbations that could be indirectly detected.” In order to determine whether cosmic strings might be possible, Kunz and his peers factored a variety of parameters into a supercomputer and created different models. “We made new simulations of traces of cosmic strings,” Kunz says. “We calculated perturbations from standard inflation and calculated them from cosmic strings. We did model comparisons.” The result was that, after predictions were compared to cosmic microwave data from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, it appeared that theories including cosmic strings offer the best explanation for the pattern of microwave radiation present in the universe.Kunz cautions that cosmic strings are far from an absolute. “We need more data,” he insists. “While this result slightly favors cosmic strings, it isn’t conclusive.” Kunz says that better data may come from the Planck Satellite mission, which is due for launch this year by the European Space Agency.“If we could detect strings,” Kunz points out, “it would tell us a lot about particle physics, and help us understand more about the fundamental structure of physics at very high energies, much higher than what can be probed in particle accelerators. Finding strings would be very helpful in areas of fundamental theory.”Until more data is gathered, and more work done in the field, cosmic strings are likely to remain a subject of scientific debate. But this latest work on cosmic strings is encouraging for those who subscribe to string theory – a theory that could possibly tie quantum physics and gravity together, as well as provide a fundamental understanding of high-energy and condensed matter physics.“What this does is show that cosmic strings could account for what we can detect in the universe,” Kunz says. “It doesn’t prove anything, and we do need more data. But it does show us that cosmic strings are worth looking at again. We haven’t detected them yet, but it’s something to watch for.”Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Among the scientific theories that excite a great deal of controversy are those theories that deal with strings. And the idea of cosmic strings gets as much play as any in scientific circles.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, James Bennett, a software developer and an active contributor to the Django web framework issued the summary of a proposal on dissolving the Django Core team and revoking commit bits. Re-forming or reorganizing the Django core team has been a topic of discussion from the last couple of years, and this proposal aims to take this discussion to real action. What are the reasons behind the proposal of dissolving the Django Core team? Unable to bring in new contributors Django, the open source project has been facing some difficulty in recruiting and retaining contributors to keep the project alive. Typically, open source projects avoid this situation by having corporate sponsorship of contributions. Companies which rely on the software also have employees who are responsible to maintain it. This was true in the case of Django as well but it hasn’t really worked out as a long-term plan. As compared to the growth of this web framework, it has hardly been able to draw contributors from across its entire user base. The project has not been able to bring new committers at a sufficient rate to replace those who have become less active or even completely inactive. This essentially means that Django is dependent on the goodwill of the contributors who mostly don’t get paid to work on it and are very few in number. This poses a risk on the future of the Django web framework. Django Committer is seen as a high-prestige title Currently, the decisions are made by consensus, involving input from committers and non-committers on the django-developers list and the commits to the main Django repository are made by the Django Fellows. Even people who have commit bits of their own, and therefore have the right to just push their changes straight into Django, typically use pull requests and start a discussion. The actual governance rarely relies on the committers, but still, Django committer is seen as a high-prestige title, and committers are given a lot of respect by the wider community. This creates an impression among potential contributors that they’re not “good enough” to match up to those “awe-inspiring titanic beings”. What is this proposal about? Given the reasons above, this proposal is being made to dissolve the Django core team and also revoke the commit bits. Instead, this proposal will introduce two roles called Mergers and Releasers. Mergers would merge pull requests into Django and Releasers would package/publish releases. Rather than being all-powered decision-makers, these would be bureaucratic roles. The current set of Fellows will act as the initial set of Mergers, and something similar will happen for Releasers. As opposed to allowing the committers making decisions, governance would take place entirely in public, on the django-developers mailing list. But as a final tie-breaker, the technical board would be retained and would get some extra decision-making power. These powers will be mostly related to the selection of the Merger/Releaser roles and confirming that new versions of Django are ready for release. The technical board will be elected very less often than it currently is and the voting would also be open to public. The Django Software Foundation (DSF) will act as a neutral  administrator of the technical board elections. What are the goals this proposal aims to achieve? Mr. Bennett believes that eliminating the distinction between the committers and the “ordinary contributors” will open doors for more contributors: “Removing the distinction between godlike “committers” and plebeian ordinary contributors will, I hope, help to make the project feel more open to contributions from anyone, especially by making the act of committing code to Django into a bureaucratic task, and making all voices equal on the django-developers mailing list.” The technical board remains as a backstop for resolving dead-locked decisions. This proposal will provide additional authority to the board such as issuing the final go-ahead on releases. Retaining the technical board will ensure that Django is not going to descend into some sort of “chaotic mob rule”. Also, with this proposal the formal description of Django’s governance becomes much more in line with the reality of how the project actually works and has worked for the past several years. To know more in detail, read the post by James Bannett: Django Core no more. Read Next Django 2.1.2 fixes major security flaw that reveals password hash to “view only” admin users Django 2.1 released with new model view permission and more Getting started with Django and Django REST frameworks to build a RESTful applast_img read more

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