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first_imgJonathan and Drew Scott are urging support of Habitat For Humanity’s response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, the global housing nonprofit is assisting families in Texas and has begun assessing damages in Florida and the Caribbean.“We’ve seen how recent hurricanes have devastated whole communities — flooding and destroying homes,” the brothers said. “Join Habitat for Humanity as we repair and rebuild. You can help someone desperately in need of a place to call home. We will rebuild, but only with your help.”The Scott brothers are urging people to donate to the recovery at www.habitat.org/hurricanes.On this National Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity is working alongside homeowners in Texas as part of its response to Hurricane Harvey. As Irma’s storm clouds clear, local Habitat offices are beginning to assess damage in Florida and the Caribbean.In addition to long-term housing repair and construction, Habitat’s response includes organizing volunteers and resources to help with the cleanup of homes damaged by wind and flood waters. Construction plans will be determined after evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.last_img read more

Rabat – American rapper Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is set to open a club, hotel, and restaurant in Marrakesh, Morocco called Fiesta Beach.According to Irish television network Tv3, 50 Cent is opening the resort in a partnership with entrepreneur Olivier Da Silva, which is the third property of the Fiesta Group.The other two properties include a club named Fiesta in Brussels and a restaurant named Dandy in Marrakesh. The same source said that the resort was expected to open last Friday, April 29.The hip-hop mogul has posted a year-old video to Instagram, showing workers completing construction on a new mansion in Africa, with a statement that reads: “My crib is almost finished in Africa.”It turned out that the building was his new resort.The website www.fiestabeachmarrakech.com created for this resort is still under maintenance.To promote his tourist facility, 50 Cent uploaded a promotional video on media-sharing website Vimeo featuring a beautiful woman riding a camel in the desert, who becomes astonished to see a lush oasis emerge from the sand dunes which transforms into the Fiesta Beach’s logo.Marrakech, the world renowned tourist destination, has become a hub for investment from world superstars.Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo is also reportedly building the first first-class African hotel for international celebrities in Marrakech. read more

TORONTO — An energy company must immediately pay about $14 million to another company even as it seeks to fight the award before Canada’s highest court, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.In dismissing a stay of an earlier ruling, the Court of Appeal decided that allowing Alectra Utilities to hold off paying what it owes Solar Power Network would not serve the interests of justice.The issue arose in September 2016 when Alectra cancelled a financing agreement with Solar Power for the construction of solar-power projects in Ontario. Under a contract in which they had agreed to binding arbitration, Solar Power asked an arbitrator to award them $19.5 million in damages. Court records show the arbitrator concluded Alectra had terminated the deal illegally, and awarded Solar Power $12.3 million for lost profits.A lower court judge set aside the award on the basis that it might have been unreasonable or even wrong. Solar Power appealed.Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal found the parties had agreed under their deal to final and binding arbitration, which prevented one of them from taking the case to the courts except in the narrowest of circumstances.As a result, the court found, a judge had been wrong to set aside the arbitrator’s award on the basis that it might have been unreasonable or even wrong. The court ordered Alectra to pay the award plus other costs.Related Stories:Nigerian court orders firm that won $9 bln case against government to forfeit assetsNigerian court orders firm that won $9 bln case against government to forfeit assetsAlectra went back to the Court of Appeal to ask for an urgent stay of the ruling pending the outcome of its efforts to have the Supreme Court of Canada weigh in.While Appeal Court Justice David Paciocco agreed Alectra had a reasonable case and would suffer some real damage, he denied the stay.“Alectra has earnings and assets in the billions,” the Appeal Court ruled. “While there is a modest risk that, if the stay is denied, Alectra may end up losing money that it could prove to be entitled to, the intensity of that risk pales next to the risk to (Solar) if the stay is granted.”In his reasons, Paciocco noted that Solar Power was having serious cash-flow problems that were threatening its viability.“Its creditors, owed approximately $7 million, are standing down in the expectation that (Solar) can collect the damages this court has determined (it) is entitled to,” Paciocco wrote. “If this court’s decision is stayed, (Solar’s) continued viability will be placed at increased risk by those creditors.”Enforcing the court’s decision would solve the liquidity problems that are preventing Solar from competing for lucrative contracts, he said.“It is not too much to say in these circumstances that there are existential risks to (Solar) if a stay is granted,” Paciocco said. “If those risks materialize and (Solar) does ultimately prove to be entitled to the damages award this court has upheld, the damage that the stay of enforcement will cause cannot readily be undone.”Alectra will also have to pay another $7,500 to Solar for its failed stay motion. read more

TORONTO – The Hamilton, Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver markets helped push Canadian home prices higher last month, resulting in the largest March rise in a decade, according to a new report.The Teranet-National Bank national composite house price index gained 0.9 per cent for the month.Compared with a year ago, the composite index was up 13.5 per cent, the largest 12-month rise since November 2006.Toronto climbed a record 24.8 per cent, while Hamilton increased 21.5 per cent, also a record. Victoria gained 18.0 per cent, while Vancouver added 12.2 per cent.Hamilton and Toronto posted record gains for the month as they increased 2.1 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively. Victoria climbed 1.0 per cent and Vancouver added 0.9 per cent.However, five of the 11 markets tracked showed a monthly drop in the index. Ottawa-Gatineau, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton and Quebec City all took a step back. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teranet-National Bank home price index posts largest March increase in a decade read more

According to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), fighting between the DRC armed forces (FARDC) and the Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS) on Friday killed some 11 APCLS combatants and injured one FARDC soldier.Since fighting first began in February, tens of civilians have been killed, including a humanitarian worker, hundreds have been wounded and thousands have been displaced. Thousands who have fled the violence have sought refuge around the UN peacekeeping base in Kitchanga.MONUSCO said that following the fighting on Friday, the mission has provided protection to about 1,500 civilians. “The situation is reported to be calm at present but the UN mission continues to monitor the situation and patrol the area,” UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York.MONUSCO is tasked with supporting the Congolese authorities in their stabilization and peace consolidation efforts, including assisting with the holding of elections, the monitoring of human rights violations and support for Government action against armed groups operating in the east of the country.The UN Security Council last week strengthened MONUSCO’s capacity by authorizing the deployment of an intervention brigade that will carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of DRC. read more

“Car manufacturing continued to perform well, with output up more than 22% for the month and 15% for the year-to-date,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “While uncertainty in Europe remains a challenge, the £6 billion investment committed to the UK in the last two years delivers long-term growth opportunities and the latest figures show that our products have enormous global appeal.”Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release and data table for July 2012.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car output rose for the 13th consecutive month, up 22.2% in July and 15.1% for the year-to-date.CV output stabilised down 1.3% in the month with a 7.7% fall for the first seven months.UK engine production was up 0.3% over the year, with a narrow 1.9% downturn in the month. UK auto manufacturing soars 20% in July 2012 read more

first_imgMetso has signed a contract with Northland Resources for a five-year mill lining service and inspection program for the Kaunisvaara project in northern Sweden. The contract complements previous project orders by Northland Resources, announced by Metso earlier this year. The value of the order is EUR19 million. The Metso Life-Cycle Services (LCS) program at Kaunisvaara includes both the supply and installation of mill liners and technical and maintenance support for the SAG mill on the Tapuli process line. Metso’s on-site resources will also conduct liner inspections to maximise mill availability. The contract period will commence when installation of the Tapuli process line is completed at the end of 2012. “We’re pleased to have concluded this contract as it maximizes the availability of our grinding line,” says Shane Williams, Vice President, Projects, Northland Resources. “As this is a cost-per-tonne contract, we’ll be able to forecast expenditure over extended periods of time. It will be a very useful asset in view of the total investment involved.”“We embrace the opportunity to partner with Northland in a five-year LCS commitment,” says João Ney Colagrossi, President of Services business line, Metso. “The speed at which operations at Kaunisvaara are progressing is impressive and we are looking forward to a rewarding working relationship with Northland Resources.”The scope of service for the LCS program at Kaunisvaara consists of Metso Poly-Met mill liners, liner handlers and essential tools, technical assistance including maintenance and shutdown planning, as well as monthly audits and annual inspection services for the Tapuli grinding mill.Northland Resources is a development-stage mining company with a portfolio of iron ore projects in Northern Sweden and Finland. The company’s Kaunisvaara project will exploit magnetite iron ore deposits, feeding a single, multi-line processing facility in Sweden. The process yields high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate.last_img read more

Bertus Servaas ← Previous Story RK Vardar beat RK Metalurg in Macedonian derby Next Story → WISLA TV before “Holly War” series – Cadenas: Kielce have best attack in Europe Charismatic Vive Tauron Kielce boss Bertus Servaas has no doubt about the team which would like to see in the big final on the oposite side of the court at Lanxess Arena in Cologne:I really wanted to get PSG or Kiel, because I dream about a big final against Veszprem. I think that would be a great revelation, if two teams, which have never won the EHF Champions League, meet in the final. In addition, the two teams that have the best fans in Europe. This is another reason why it would be fun to play with this team in the final, so I’m glad I did not hit on them in semi-final – said Servaas for domestic media.The Polish champions will play against PSG Handball for the final on May 28. read more

first_imgThere’s been no shortage of cool videos from researchers working on small flying machines. Most of the things that have been created so far, such as the quad-copters, are able to stop in mid air. They can re-orient themselves and make decisions from a holding pattern. This is much more difficult to accomplish with a fixed wing aircraft, but that hasn’t stopped several MIT researchers from designing one such plane.The MIT Robust Robotics Group has released a video demonstrating a small airplane capable of extended indoor flight without the use of GPS. The craft uses a laser-guided system powered by an Intel Atom processor. Combined with an inertial measurement unit, the laser mapping used on the plane is able to “see” the obstacles in its immediate environment and accurately navigate around those obstacles. This system allows the plane to come within a few centimeters of obstacles while traveling at 22mph as though it were nothing. Since this is a fixed wing aircraft and does not require the same amount of constant energy as a quadcopter to stay afloat, this design allows for a much longer flight times.This project is far from over, as the MIT researchers are next to tackle the issues found in providing the on-board computer with enough information to plot trajectory on its own. During the presentation, markers were put in place to help the plane make decisions, which means this plane can’t efficiently fly into a room that hasn’t already been mapped out. The laser guidance system can only see a two-dimensional view of the world, and obviously a third dimension would make the plan significantly more capable.I feel like every day the Robust Robotics Group works on this project is another day closer to science fiction and reality, at least when it comes to tiny flying robots, merges into one thing.Read more at MITlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s another lovely day out there, but there’s wetter weather on the way Tomorrow will remain warm, with a mix of isolated showers and sunny spells. By Cormac Fitzgerald 10 Comments Monday 22 Apr 2019, 1:06 PM https://jrnl.ie/4602308 Share Tweet Email Apr 22nd 2019, 1:06 PM Image: Shutterstock/Anton Watman Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Anton Watman 41,923 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TODAY IS ANOTHER warm, bright, dry day across the country, but more unsettled weather is on the way for later in the week. Rounding off a lovely Easter bank holiday weekend, temperatures will reach as high as 18 to 21 in some areas, with good sunny spells in most places.It’s cooler along the south and southwest coast, and there is a risk of some isolated showers in the south and east later on in the evening. Tonight will start dry, but there will be some scattered rain spreading from the south and east later on.Tomorrow will remain warm, with a mix of isolated showers and sunny spells. Top temperatures will be 17 to 21 degrees. Things will start to take a turn on Wednesday, with a damp, wet start to the day. Showery outbreaks of rain will cover much of the country, with a cold front moving up from the south. There is potential for some heavy, thundery showers developing later in the evening. Thursday will remain showery, with longer spells of rain also forecast. The weekend will be a mix of wet and windy weather, with some drier spells too. Enjoy the sun while it lasts!last_img read more

first_imgFrance : 2 euros pour 1m² d’espace naturel préservé avec le WWFFrance – Avec la campagne “Chaque m² compte pour sauver la biodiversité”, WWF invite le plus grand nombre à faire un petit geste pour préserver les espaces naturels français. Ainsi, 2 euros versés au WWF permettent à l’association d’acheter 1 m² de terrain. Urbanisation, aménagements routiers ou touristiques, pratiques de chasse… De nombreux espaces naturels français sont menacés par ces activités humaines, lesquelles mettent en danger diverses espèces animales et végétales. En réponse à leur développement, le WWF a lancé une campagne au fonctionnement simple : chaque don de 2 euros permet à l’association d’acheter, et donc de préserver, un mètre carré d’espace naturel menacé. De quoi protéger, entre autres, les flamants roses en Camargue, les jaguars en Guyane française ou encore les loutres et les castors sur les bords de Loire.  A ce jour, 27.230 m² ont déjà pu être achetés grâce à ce dispositif. L’association rappelle que lorsque vous versez 2 euros au WWF, un troisième euro est trouvé grâce à différents partenariats et contrats publics noués avec elle. Sur ces 3 euros, 2,22 servent alors directement aux actions de conservation. Enfin, jusqu’à 66% d’un don peuvent être déduits de l’impôt sur le revenu : un versement de 50 euros revient donc, déduction d’impôt comprise, à seulement 17,50 euros.  Le 14 juin 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBrett Roth, a park guide at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, shifted back on his heels and took a deep breath.“There’s a reason we’re doing this,” he said, a bow drill lying before him after he failed, yet again, to start a fire with it.“It’s because it’s horrible,” he said.It was a good reminder of how far we’ve come in fire-starting technology. That was what Roth was demonstrating to a small crowd at Fort Vancouver’s kickoff to “Survive and Thrive: Lifeways of the Fur Trade,” a series of classes that will teach participants outdoor survival techniques, both historical and modern. Participants in the course Saturday learned hands-on techniques for starting fires — most of them easier than using a bow drill, Roth noted. Later classes will cover building shelters, tying knots and using tools.Saturday’s class was small. The few who attended built their own small fire-starter kits and practiced using them. They also tested more modern methods aided by 9-volt batteries and gum wrappers, or, that old standby, a lighter.Most authentic, however, were those fires started with the aforementioned bow drill and a metal fire striker with flint. Students also created char-cloth kits: cotton fibers slowly burned to pure charcoal in the fort’s replica forge.“We’re looking at it as a way of giving people a tangible connection to history,” said Roth, who launched the class series last year.last_img read more

Sarri Hazards false nine role improves Chelsea defensively

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed one of the key benefits Eden Hazard brings to them in his ‘false nine’ roleThe Belgian superstar continued his stunning form on Saturday and assisted Willian for the decisive goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Newcastle.Over the past month, Sarri has frequently chosen to start Hazard in a ‘false nine’ role and appears unlikely to make any changes soon following his latest comments.“At the moment in the defensive phase we are doing very well and one of the reasons, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position,” said Sarri, according to Sports Mole.Despite a frustrating first-half at Stamford Bridge, Sarri feels that Hazard became more involved later on and enjoyed himself.“In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed (it),” Sarri added.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I played him there because I wanted to see the solution with the three small players.“I think that at this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase.“And in the defensive phase, we are more balanced. In the last six matches, we have conceded only three goals and one was a penalty.“Now we need to improve attacking in the box when the ball is out of the box. It is impossible for Eden to stay in the box.”The Blues will next take on London rivals Arsenal, who they now sit six points above in fourth-place in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgA parks director from Modesto, Calif., has accepted an offer to lead the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department.City Manager Eric Holmes said Monday that Julie Hannon will start Dec. 3.“I’m excited to add Julie Hannon to the city’s leadership team. She has the right skills to lead our hard-working department into an exciting new era,” Holmes said. “As we look ahead to 2014 and beyond, Vancouver’s focus will be on a sustainable plan for Parks and Recreation as a city-focused department, after many years as a shared city/county agency.”Hannon has 25 years of parks and recreation experience, said Barb Ayers, the city’s spokeswoman. She has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from Ashford University. In switching jobs, Hannon will take a pay cut, as she earned $147,053 in 2012 in Modesto and will earn $133,272 a year in Vancouver. California, however, has an income tax, while Washington does not.She will oversee a smaller staff but be responsible for more parks. In Modesto she has a staff of 112 and 72 parks; Vancouver’s parks and recreation department has 44 full-time equivalent employees and 108 parks.But while Vancouver has cut the parks staff in half in recent years, worse times could be ahead in Modesto. Voters there will consider a temporary sales tax increase next week and a loss would will be “devastating” to its general fund, resulting in more parks cuts, according to the Modesto Bee.last_img read more

first_imgCalista Corp. is announcing a record dividend for shareholders of the regional Alaska Native corporation.Calista officials say the $5.6 million distribution was recently approved by the corporation’s board of directors.Each share in the payout is about $4.23. For the average shareholder with 100 shares, that will work out to $423. Checks are expected to be mailed out on April 15.Officials say the dividend is an 11 percent increase over the 2015 dividend.Calista is the Native corporation for the Bethel region. The corporation currently has about 13,000 shareholders.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska Department of Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon sits at an incident command meeting Monday, Dec. 1, 2018 — his first day on the job and three days after a massive earthquake wreaked havoc on roads in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)Something you probably wouldn’t do in a corporate setting: replace a big business’s chief executive when it’s in the middle of a crisis response.But that’s pretty much what happened Monday at the Alaska Department of Transportation, which has 3,000 workers.As Gov. Mike Dunleavy was sworn in, his new transportation commissioner, John MacKinnon, started his first day on the job, while the outgoing commissioner, Marc Luiken, packed up.It was three days after a 7.0 earthquake hit Anchorage, causing major damage to roads and other infrastructure that DOT is still trying to fix.On Monday at 7:30 a.m. sharp, DOT was having its pre-dawn incident command briefing in a conference room at its Anchorage headquarters, by the airport. The place was still kind of a mess — there was plaster on the floor that had fallen during the earthquake, piles of candy and a tray of stale tortilla chips.As people went around a huge table introducing themselves, they got to Luiken, who identified himself as the “chief observer.”“You’re still commissioner for a while,” MacKinnon quipped.Luiken was joking — he was still, in fact, the transportation commissioner. But only for a few more hours, because of Dunleavy’s impending swearing-in 500 miles away, in the Northwest Alaska hub town of Kotzebue.Monday was transition day — when Bill Walker, the governor for the past four years, was replaced by Dunleavy, a Republican.Dunleavy spent the last year on the campaign trail often criticizing Walker and his policies.So you might think the transportation department would be set up for some major changes as soon as Dunleavy takes office. But that’s not how MacKinnon sees it.“It’s like a birthday. You’re not going to feel a year older. I don’t think it’s going to feel any different – it’s just moving into it, and Marc is moving out of it,” he said. “Frankly, you’ve got an incredible department that is taking care of the business. And very important business right now, getting things back on.”At some of the other departments — there are 14 in all — major policy shifts are likely.One example: Walker’s revenue commissioners pushed for taxes, while Dunleavy ran on an anti-tax platform. Dunleavy has also asked for resignation letters from an unusually large group of state workers.But on the spectrum of executive branch agencies, DOT isn’t exactly the most political, and it’s unlikely that more than a handful of political appointees will be removed, according to MacKinnon.He also convinced the Anchorage office chief, Dave Kemp, to postpone retirement and stay on for the first part of Dunleavy’s term.And MacKinnon, 66, is more of an old hand than new blood — he was once deputy transportation commissioner, then ran a construction industry trade group that worked with the transportation department. He comes from a longtime Juneau family that moved there in the 1880s.“You would expect at the political level, in a campaign, there would be some differences of opinion. I think at the department level, though, you don’t take it apart like this and crank the rudder over hard,” MacKinnon said. “This department has a very important role in the economy of the state and public safety, and I think that role needs to be maintained and supported.”While Dunleavy’s campaign focused on budget cuts, MacKinnon said one thing he’ll be looking at closely is whether transportation spending has already been cut too far.“Have we cut too much? You know, that depends on who you ask,” he said. “But when the roads aren’t safe for school buses for the public to travel, we may have cut too much.”He added: “I wouldn’t want my grandkids going out on a school bus on roads that weren’t maintained well.”Meanwhile, in an office next door, Luiken, the outgoing commissioner, was taking care of a last few loose ends.Leading up to the transition, Luiken said, he was keeping MacKinnon in the loop through emails and text messages. And, he said, he doesn’t think a department led by MacKinnon would have done much different in the earthquake’s wake.“I think if the transition had happened Thursday afternoon that you would see probably almost identical responses,” he said. “I had my chance to do my part and I did. And after noon today it’s going to be Commissioner MacKinnon’s chance to do his part.”Luiken talked with MacKinnon before the big Monday morning meeting. He said he told the incoming commissioner that he hopes to see certain Walker administration initiatives continue – particularly when it comes to the direction of the state ferry system and the Anchorage airport.“I won’t say he’s fully on board. I’m not sure exactly where they’re going with the marine highway. But we see pretty close to eye-to-eye on what needs to be done to make it successful,” he said. “It may be a slightly different direction than what the Walker administration would have done. But I think the bottom line is that certainly in this department, we have Alaskans best interest in mind when we make decisions.”Luiken said he has a job lined up, though he won’t say what it is yet.He said his first task after leaving work midday Monday was taking his wife to lunch.last_img read more

Writ seeks preventive measures against frequent road crashes

first_imgHigh-CourtFollowing recurring road accidents due to reckless driving and operation of unfit vehicles, a writ petition has been filed with the High Court, seeking urgent steps to save life of passengers.Two students met with tragic end of their lives when a speedy bus ran over them in the city on Sunday.So far, more than 2,000 people were killed in road crashes this year following death of over 7,000 people in such incidents in 2017, according to unofficial monitoring reports.A Supreme Court lawyer, Tanvir Ahmed, on Monday filed, what is called public interest litigation (PIL).“Accidents occur frequently due to unfit vehicles. Many people die across the country every day. I have filed the writ challenging the inaction of the authorities concerned,” Tanvir said.He pointed out that looking glass, brake light and signal light of most of the vehicles are not in right shape.Tanvir said the writ is also filed seeking directives to form an expert committee to survey fitness of vehicles and recommend measures.A High Court bench comprising justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal may hear the case any time.On Sunday (29 July), two students were crushed to death on the Airport Road near the Kurmitola flyover in the capital. They were victims of reckless driving, especially competition between two buses of Jabale Nur Paribahan.The deceased, Abdul Karim, 17, and Dia Khanom Mim, 16, were class XII and XI students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College.On 1 July, Shahriar Sourav, 28, a former student of Jahangirnagar University, was killed in a road accident at the same spot. He fell down from his bike as a Bashumati Paribahan bus hit him. Another bus ran over him while he was trying to ride his bike again.The following day, on 2 July, another university student, Syed Masud Rana, was killed in Mirpur as a Dishari Paribahan bus ran over him.On 16 April, Titumir College student Rajib Hossain died after two weeks of fight for life in hospital. He lost his hand prior to his death in a race between two buses.On 17 May, an online media official Nazimuddin was injured in a race between two buses at the Mayor Hanif flyover and he later succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target E3 is over. We’re already halfway through 2019. We know about pretty much all of the biggest upcoming video games, the last wave before next-generation consoles hit in 2020. So now it’s just time to sit back and actually play them as they release throughout the summer and into the holidays. And there’s no better chair to sit back into than the new 2020 SecretLab Titan gaming chair. Instead of featuring some wild new innovation, this upgraded Titan chair largely iterates on previous models from SecretLab. But that’s fine. We figured out a long time ago how chairs work. And previous chairs in this line were far from broken, so there was little left to fix.AdChoices广告A great chair starts with premium material. The SecretLab Titan provides that with options for convincing Prime 2.0 PU synthetic leather or SoftWeave fabric depending on your budget, and faux carbon fiber side texturing or black stitching and embroidery depending on how stealthy you want the chair to look. The covering has already proven to be tougher and more durable compared to the competition. And as a testament to the build quality, SecretLab offers a relatively long five-year warranty.As for the comfort, as long as you weight under 300 pounds the chair should support you fine with firm cold-cure foam molded contour padding. There’s also a high-quality soft black velour head pillow made of ritzy memory foam with a cooling gel layer. The redesigned armrests are made of denser metal with smoother, more intuitive controls for adjusting them in various directions. It’s just a shame that lumbar support is still handled by a knob you twist to put more or less pressure on your lower back. Just throw in another pillow.For more on the SecretLab Titan check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on comfortable gaming gear check out our Geek Pick for the Respawn-900 gaming recliner as well as these custom accessories from IKEA.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: DJI Osmo Action Is an Impressive Camera DebutGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual RealityGeek Pick: JBL Endurance Peak Are Excellent Exercise Headphones Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet last_img read more

Al Qaeda suspects porn film found to contain treasure trove of secret

first_img Hide files within files for better data security Citation: Al Qaeda suspect’s porn film found to contain treasure trove of secret documents (2012, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-al-qaeda-porn-treasure-trove.html The files were hidden in the video file through a process called steganography or concealed writing. The term steganography includes methods used for centuries, such as invisible ink, but now also includes techniques such as concealing (often unencrypted) content inside a digital image, video or audio file. Steganography conceals data within “plain sight,” which makes it difficult to detect.Digital steganography can be done on audio files by manipulating the waveform to hide data, but such changes produce noise that is more obvious than changes visible to the eye. Data can be hidden in image files opened in a text editor simply by inserting text at the end of the file, but more sophisticated and effective methods use special software to manipulate individual bytes or pixels of the media file. For example, readily available software can be used to manipulate the properties of individual pixels within an image. The color of pixels is determined by vector values representing the intensity of each color (red, green and blue in RGB systems, for example), and these values can be manipulated to hide data.Other steganographic software tools convert bytes of data to be concealed into individual binary bits (0 and 1) that are then substituted for the least significant bits in the media file. The substitutions are spread throughout the media file following a sequence or algorithm, to make detection more difficult and distortion of the media file less noticeable. Another, even more sophisticated method is to manipulate the discrete cosine transform coefficients (DCTs) used to compress JPEG files to hide data into parts of an image. This method enables the hidden data to survive even if the image is later cropped, resized or compressed.The forensic task of revealing data hidden within files is complicated because the area is rapidly developing and becoming ever more sophisticated, but security programs are available that can help researchers detect manipulations within images and other digital files.The researchers from the German Federal Criminal Police (BKA), spent many weeks examining the hidden pornographic video found on suspected Al Qaeda member, the Austrian Maqsood Lodin, when he was arrested in Berlin after returning from Pakistan. The video, called “Kick Ass,” was stored in a password-protected folder and within the video they found a file called “Sexy Tanja.” Further analysis of this file eventually revealed that it contained more than 100 concealed unencrypted documents describing Al Qaeda plans and operations. A video file has ample room for concealing documents, and would be relatively easy to distribute. In Maqsood Lodin’s memory stick, the porn video contained hidden terrorist training manuals in pdf form in English, German and Arabic, along with numerous documents detailing planned future Al Qaeda attacks, and lessons learned from previous operations. Lodin is currently on trial in Berlin, and has pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism. 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 © 2012 Phys.Org A suspected member of the Al Qaeda terrorist group, arrested in May last year in Germany, was found with a memory stick hidden in his underwear. Police discovered the stick contained a password-protected folder with pornographic videos inside it, but suspicious computer forensic experts thought there must be more. After weeks of analysis, they determined that one of the pornographic videos contained concealed documents detailing Al Qaeda operations and plans.last_img read more

Africa Summit Large parts of Capital to be nogo zones

first_imgThe residents of the national Capital will face traffic diversions and jams on Wednesday and Thursday as the Delhi Traffic Police has prohibited the entry of vehicles in the Lutyens’ zone along with other major areas of New Delhi district and central district during morning and evening hours for the India-Africa Forum Summit-2015. As a result, commuters have to follow the diversions that have been made on the busiest roads of the city.During movement of visiting dignitaries, roads like Sardar Patel Marg, Teen Murti Marg, Akbar Road, Tees January Marg, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Subrahmaniam Bharti Marg, Mathura Road, and Bhairon Road will remain closed on October 28 (from 5pm to 11 pm) and on October 29 (from 8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 11 pm). Roads like Ring Road (between Bhairon Road and Raj Ghat), and Power Housing road leading to IG Stadium will also be closed. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damApart from this, in order to avoid congestion in New Delhi area, entry towards New Delhi from Ring Road will be closed on Aurobindo Marg (from AIIMS crossing/flyover) towards Lodhi Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg from Mool Chand flyover (Ring Road) up to Lodhi Road flyover.On October 28, commuters coming from South to North and vice versa can take the Ring Road from Ashram Chowk – Sarai Kale Khan – IP Estate – Raj Ghat – ISBT Kashmere Gate. These roads have been marked as green corridor and will remain open to general traffic. “From Dhaula Kuan, Ridge Road is continuously available for movement towards Karol Bagh. Similarly, Mother Teresa Crescent will remain open,” Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said. However, the movement on Sardar Patel Marg will be affected for a short duration, so the commuters will have to take upper ridge road and Park Street Road. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeFor East-West movement, Barapulla Road, Lodhi Road, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent are available. But these roads are likely to witness heavy traffic due to its vicinity to the closed roads. “Apart from the diversion boards, around 4,500 traffic policemen will be deployed in the area to guide the commuters on diversions. Usually there are 3000 traffic cops deployed in these areas but additional 1500 traffic cops will be deployed,” Chander added.North-bound traffic on Ring Road will be diverted at Nizamuddin Bridge to cross the bridge, take Pushta Road near Akshardham and re-enter Ring Road either through Geeta Colony bridge or the bridge coming to ISBT Kashmere Gate.last_img read more