Smith’s classy 89 not enough as New Zealand win WC warm-up

first_imgBrisbane: Will Young stroked a masterful 130 to steer an under-strength New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Australia in a World Cup practice match Wednesday, outshining a classy unbeaten 89 from Steve Smith. The visitors chased down their 278 target with 10 balls to spare, inflicting the first one-day defeat on Australia in 10 games, although this was not counted as a full international. Young, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, was eventually run out after smacking 11 fours and two sixes in his 132-ball knock. George Worker (56) and Tom Latham (69 not out) were also among the runs as New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, made 283 for three in reply to Australia’s 277 for six. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc made his long-awaited return from injury and was the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack, taking 2-14 off five overs with trademark yorkers before being withdrawn from the action. It was his first match back since tearing a muscle three months ago. Earlier, former skipper Smith was the star attraction with his 89, including four big sixes, in only his second game in Australian colours since his one-year ban for ball-tampering expired. He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia ahead of their World Cup defence in England. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were also in form, scoring 56 and 52 respectively. But David Warner, who made 39 on his return from the “Sandpapergate” scandal in the first of the three unofficial matches in Brisbane on Monday, did not fare so well.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister Abdellah Baha Dies in Train Accident

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, died on Sunday in Rabat.The influential leader of the Party of Justice and Development was hit by a passing train while he was checking the same location where Ahmed Zaidi, one of the charismatic leaders of the USFP, died last month.Earlier in the afternoon, the same source said that the right hand of Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the government, had a serious car accident. Mr. Baha has served as deputy secretary general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), since 2004. He was MP for Rabat for three consecutive terms, beginning in the 2002 legislative elections.This native of Souss was vice-speaker of the House of Representatives (2007), Head of PJD Group (2003/2006) and President of the Commission of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights (2002/2003).Member of the Executive Office of the uniqueness and Reform Movement (MUR), he was director of publication of the daily “Attajdid”, as well as “Al Islah” and “Arraya.” He was 60 years old. read more

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would be disastrous Vancouver mayor

VANCOUVER — New evidence proves the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline presents a grave threat to the City of Vancouver’s health, economy and environment, said Mayor Gregor Robertson.The city commissioned expert reports on the potential impacts of the $5.4 billion proposal and the findings were presented to council on Wednesday.“Today we heard overwhelming evidence that the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal and the oil tankers associated with it are incredibly disastrous for Vancouver,” said Robertson outside council chambers after the meeting.“My mind is clearly made up. I think this is a bad deal for Vancouver.”The mayor entered a motion to reaffirm the city’s opposition to the project, but council agreed to defer the vote for two weeks after Coun. Elizabeth Ball requested more time to review the findings.The National Energy Board is considering Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple its bitumen-carrying capacity to 890,000 barrels a day by laying almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe near an existing line between Alberta and Burnaby, B.C.The city submitted its expert evidence to the energy board on Wednesday, including critical reports on the project’s economic viability, risk assessment and potential spill impacts.A Metro Vancouver-commissioned report on health and air quality concluded a spill could expose up to a million people to toxic benzene fumes and kill up to 100,000 birds.The report said benzene, a component of diluted bitumen, can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, respiratory problems, coma and even death. People on the Stanley Park seawall next to the water could suffer irreversible health effects, it said.Another report found that Vancouver’s “green brand” is worth about $31 billion and it’s economy could suffer a $1.2 billion loss in the event of such a disaster.Spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said Kinder Morgan shares the mayor’s concerns about spills and has proposed in its application additional measures for prevention and response.“The mayor has to remember that the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tankers have been safely operating in this community and through this harbour for the past 60 years,” she said.“We believe the expansion will bring benefits to not only Vancouverites, but to all Canadians. Safety is a top priority. None of us want an oil spill.”She said public health is also a priority and the company will carefully review and respond to the city’s evidence, in particular examining whether the spill scenarios in the reports are credible.Hounsell said Kinder Morgan is open to sitting down with Vancouver to find common solutions, as well as with North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation, which vowed Tuesday to fight the project.Robertson’s motion seeks to reaffirm the city’s stance opposing the expansion, a declaration it first made in December 2013 before the expert evidence was collected. Several councillors said the motion should be passed immediately and only reluctantly agreed  to defer the vote.Coun. Kerry Jang, a professor of psychiatry at the University of B.C., said the pipeline expansion poses an urgent public health risk to Vancouver.“In my mind it’s absolutely clear that it’s an emergency,” he said. “This is something we need to make a very clear statement on.” read more

JVP support only to reconvene Parliament

After the meeting some United National Party (UNP) members said that the JVP had extended support to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to remain as Prime Minister.JVP MP Vijitha Herath said that the JVP was only supporting calls to convene Parliament and not an individual. (Colombo Gazette) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it will only support calls to convene Parliament and not any individual.The JVP was in Parliament today and supported political parties at a meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya calling for Parliament to be reconvened immediately. read more

No more Hiroshimas No more Nagasakis Ban declares on anniversary of atomic

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world “free of the nuclear shadow,” in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. “Seven decades after their first use in conflict, this sombre occasion commemorates the tens of thousands who died that day. It honours the survivors who have suffered severe adversity in the aftermath. The United Nations stands with them, resolved to realize their vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world,” said Mr. Ban. “Your commemoration should reverberate from this city across the world, reminding all people of the need for urgent action to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all,” he added in the message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony, delivered by Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo. More than 200,000 people died of nuclear radiation, shock waves from the blasts and thermal radiation resulting from bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and of Nagasaki three days later. Additionally, over 400,000 more people have died – and are continuing to die – since the end of the Second World War from the impacts of the two bombs. Mr. Ban recalled his visit to Hiroshima five years ago, saying he will always carry the memories of meeting the survivors, witnessing the destruction and seeing the lingering effects. “The courage of those who lived through this catastrophic, man-made tragedy was deeply inspiring. The hibakusha are more than survivors – they are unparalleled champions of peace. From their searing experiences, they have forged a message of hope that someday the world will be free of these indiscriminate and destabilizing weapons,” he stated. “I pay tribute to the bravery of the hibakusha and renew my resolve to advance our common cause of achieving a safer and more peaceful world, free of the nuclear shadow.” Noting that this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the UN, the Secretary-General recalled that the first resolution adopted by the General Assembly reflected the world’s concern about the use of atomic weapons. “As you keep the memory of the bombing alive, so, too, must the international community persist until we have ensured that nuclear weapons are eliminated,” he stated. “I echo your rallying cry: No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis.” read more

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

Read full story VIDEO: UN mobilizes in response to recent attack in Somali capital. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are among the host of UN entities already on the ground. More than 100 UN staff have donated blood to help the injured. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has deployed technical advisors, medics and bomb-sniffing dog teams at the main bomb blast site near the Safari Hotel. Fire unit personnel from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Support Office in Somalia have been using specialized life-detection equipment to search for survivors. According UNSOM, youth from local universities also joined the clean-up and rescue operation earlier this week. More than 300 youth volunteers are participating in the effort and were accompanied by the Mogadishu Mayor, Thabit Abdi Mohamed, in clearing the debris and rubble. Our short video story takes you inside the post-blast recovery effort, and in a related Soundcloud, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Vincent Lelei, tells UN News that the international community’s support to Somalia is a “silver lining” in the face of the tragedy. AUDIO: Vincent Lelei, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia, provides an overview of the atmosphere in Mogadishu. The United Nations has mobilized its staff and resources to aid Somalis affected by last Saturday’s bomb blasts in the capital Mogadishu.“We have called upon our colleagues in the UN family to donate blood. At the same time, the entire UN family is also mobilizing in support for the response by the Federal Government and the local administration,” said the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga. Since last Sunday, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has deployed technical advisors, medics and explosives-detecting dog teams at the main bomb blast site near the Safari Hotel. Fire unit personnel from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Support Office in Somalia have been using specialized life-detection equipment to search for survivors. On Monday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delivered 3.8 metric tonnes of medical supplies – donated by the United Kingdom – to Mogadishu’s Medina Hospital and a newly established National Emergency Operations Centre. UNICEF also erected three large tents for personnel tracing patients’ relatives. Earlier this week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also delivered tents, a generator and 1,000 non-food item kits to Medina Hospital and the operations centre. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) contributed three tons of medicines and other emergency relief supplies on Tuesday to treat those wounded in the explosions. In addition, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has delivered radios to a local ambulance company and is planning to provide cash payments to hundreds of youth who have been participating in rubble-clearing operations at the main blast site. For its part, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is helping to synchronise the response of various UN humanitarian agencies and the massive donations of international partners supporting the recovery effort. On behalf of UN family in Somalia – 137 of whom have donated blood – Mr. Zenenga expressed deep sadness over the attacks that killed more than 300 civilians and injured hundreds more. While noting that many city hospitals had been overwhelmed by the number of people wounded and were running short of supplies, he said that the UN is working closely with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to ensure that they provide adequate support to federal and local government ministries and agencies. “Our support as the UN family will partly go through AMISOM, including some equipment and medical supplies,” Mr. Zenenga said. Alan Macdonald, Director of UNMAS Somalia, pointed out the important role played by the agency’s sniffer dogs in searching for secondary explosive devices around the perimeter area of the main blast site. “In the second day, the response changed, we have explosive detection dogs but we’ve also augmented that with combat engineering support where we are helping the AMISOM soldiers with heavy equipment for removing rubble at the site,” Mr. Macdonald noted. read more

Updated Detour Lake Life of Mine plan to add to ultraclass fleet

first_imgDetour Gold Corporation has reported the details of its updated life of mine plan (2018 LOM Plan) for its Detour Lake operation located in northeastern Ontario. The 2018 LOM Plan, in conjunction with a stronger leadership team dedicated to implementing several key operational improvement initiatives, represents an intensified commitment to optimise the Detour Lake operation.“Detour Gold is moving forward on an achievable plan to create long-term value for all of our shareholders, with whom we have always maintained an open dialogue. Our Board has made important changes and is committed to making further changes, as necessary, to ensure Detour Lake becomes a consistently profitable operation,” said Alex Morrison, Board Chairman. “With our new mine operating plan in place and a team led by our new Chief Operating Officer, Frazer Bourchier, to execute it, we are confident that we are on track to position the Company as a leading intermediate gold producer. Both management and the Board are highly focused on operational improvements. The impact of the changes we are making will not be evident immediately, but we intend to deliver consistent execution under Frazer’s leadership.”The 2018 LOM Plan includes all production and costs at the Detour Lake mine site and does not include costs for corporate, exploration and interest. Highlights are as follows:Proven and probable reserves of 16.0 million ounces of gold contained in 517 Mt grading 0.97 g/t over a mine life of approximately 23 years (as at December 31, 2017)Average annual gold production of approximately 659,000 oz over LOM at average total site costs of $843 per ounce soldFor the period 2019-2023, average annual gold production of approximately 608,000 ounces at average total site costs of $983 per ounce soldAnnual total material mined ramping up to 129 Mt by 2024Annual plant throughput maintained at 23 Mt starting in 2021Estimated LOM capital costs of $2.5 billion (excluding deferred stripping)Estimated LOM pre-tax cash flows of $8.4 billion at $1,300 per ounce and CAD/US exchange rate of 1.25After-tax NPV5% of $3.45 billion as at January 1, 2018Frazer Bourchier, COO, commented: “This updated mine plan generates a more consistent near and mid-term gold production profile with a cost structure based, in part, on realised performance to date while allowing flexibility for future permitting requirements. All input assumptions consider recent performance, current operational maturity and future planned operational improvements. It is the most prudent and achievable mine development approach for the Detour Lake operation.”The 2018 LOM Plan successfully reduces the large annual variation in projected gold production under the prior plan. Specifically, the gold production profile is more consistent over the next 12 years at approximately 614,000 oz per year and subsequently increases to approximately 725,000 oz per year for the next 10 years.The mine life of 22.6 years is based on the amended mineral reserves statement which is included at end of this news release. The mine production plan assumes the continued development of the Detour Lake pit, including successful attainment of required progressive permits, with the start-up of the West Detour pit in 2025 and the North pit in 2026. The majority of ore tonnes (88%) are sourced from the Detour Lake pit with the balance coming from the West Detour and North pits. Plant throughput capacity is maximized with the processing of LG Fines over the LOM (average grade of 0.59 g/t Au and representing less than 5% of total LOM mill feed).The mining rate for the Detour Lake pit gradually ramps up from 107 Mt in 2018 to 129 Mt in 2024. During this period, the waste to ore strip ratio will vary annually from 3.5:1 to 6.6:1. The ultra-class haulage truck fleet is projected to increase from the current 34 to 39 CAT 795 trucks in 2022 while no increase is expected for the current two electric rope shovels (CAT 7495) and five hydraulic shovels (CAT 6060).The mining phases have been subdivided into more contained geographic areas compared to the prior plan. The mining benches remain at approximately 120 m in width and 12 m in height with two access ramps for waste extraction servicing the upper portion of the pit. There is no change to the wall slope geometry and dilution assumptions. As reported on April 26, 2018, the company has already started on the mine sequencing changes with a focus on the south wall development of the Detour Lake pit.Production from the West Detour pit is scheduled from 2025 to 2036, starting at 8 Mt per year to a maximum mining rate of 31 Mt per year in 2028. It assumes a combination of small equipment (CAT 6030 excavators and CAT 777 haul trucks) and shared usage of the Detour Lake pit mining fleet. The company plans to use the West Detour pit, once depleted, for tailings and/or waste rock deposition. Production from the North pit is scheduled from 2026 to 2030, using a contractor at a maximum mining rate of approximately 6 Mt per year.The 2018 LOM Plan assumes a gradual ramp-up of the processing plant capacity, from 21.0 Mt in 2018 to 23.0 Mt starting in 2021. Overall gold recovery is expected to average 92.8% over the LOM plan.last_img read more

Greek Carer support program launch

first_imgThe Louise Multicultural Community Centre, a Victorian-based organisation that helps refugees and migrants in Australia, has launched a pilot Greek Carer Support Program to assist the Greek community in the Eastern Region of Melbourne to better understand their entitlements and the resources available to help them. The Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC) aims to provide Greek carers with information and skills they will need to minimise isolation; make available resources through partnering and collaborative arrangements with other organisations, as well as provide social outlets for carers and to empower them to be self sufficient. “Research has revealed that first generation Greeks, because of the nature of their work when they first arrived in Australia being highly physical and arduous, often experience later in life muscular skeletal problems,” said Cynthia Shaw of the LMCC. “So very often their needs for care are very specific and being aware of how to handle these specific needs is crucial.” Councillor John Koutras from the City of Whitehorse said “the Greek Australian community is too proud to ask for help” and stated that programs such as this one are a very important. He thanked the LMCC for having the courage to identify this need. More information: or call (02) 9285 4850 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police 7 wounded in shootings near Oakland park

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.Officers received reports of a shooting about a block away from a park in East Oakland shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. Police learned about a second shooting scene nearby when they arrived.Watson said Tuesday that initial reports suggest that two armed suspects approached a group of men who were celebrating a birthday and began shooting at them. One of the victims is in critical condition, down from an initial police report of two, while the other six suffered non-life threatening injuries, Watson said. The wounded are between the ages of 23 and 31.Police do not have a motive for the shooting and were still trying to determine whether the assailants were on foot or in a vehicle.Chief Sean Whent said it was possible several of the victims were not targeted.“This is really kind of outrageous,” Whent said after arriving at the scene. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night.”last_img read more

GSLV rocket glitch rectified Chandrayaan2 launch soon

first_imgChennai : The Indian space agency has rectified the fault in its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) whose Monday flight with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was called off one hour before its lift off. While there is no official word about the status of the rocket since the flight was called off due to a technical snag, it is learnt from officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that the glitch has been rectified. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Couple of dates are being looked at for the rocket’s launch. It could be between July 20-23,” an official told IANS preferring anonymity. The rocket GSLV-Mk III was supposed to lift off at 2.51 a.m. on Monday with India’s second moon mission spacecraft Chandrayaan-2. One hour before the lift-off officials detected a snag and called off the mission. “A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO tweeted and didn’t elaborate further.last_img read more

AL not fully satisfied with the verdict Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said his party is not fully satisfied over the verdict of 21-August grenade attack as the mastermind of the attack BNP’s acting vice-chairman Tarique Rahman was not awarded death penalty, repots BSS.“We are not fully unhappy and also not fully satisfied over the verdict of 21-August grenade attack as the mastermind of the gruesome attack BNP’sacting vice-chairman Tarique Rahman was not awarded capital punishment,” he told journalist in his first reaction over the verdict after signing a contract of MRT Line-1 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.The prime target of the horrible attack was the then opposition leader and incumbent prime minister Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, Quader said,adding that the plan of the attack was mapped out from the Hawa Bhaban.One of the important accused for the attack Mufti Hannan acknowledged in his confessional statement before the court that permission for carrying out the attack was taken from Tarique Rahman.The verdict, however, over the grenade attack has come after 14 years while it emerged as a topic of public discussion and criticism over the whole time, he said.A court on Wednesday handed down death sentence to 19 people including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar and life imprisonment to another 19 including ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman on 21 August, 2004 grenade attack charge.A total of 24 AL leaders and workers, including the then Mohila Awami League president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and around 500 others were injured in the monstrous attack.last_img read more

New test may provide smoking gun for modified gravity

first_img 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. © 2014 Like any scientific prediction, modified gravity must be experimentally tested in order for scientists to confirm its validity. Although significant progress has been achieved in recent years in designing observational tests of gravity’s effects in the universe that might reveal the presence of modified gravity, there is still no conclusive evidence for its existence.Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al., have proposed a new test of modified gravity that is based on measuring the tendency of well-separated galaxies to approach each other. This movement is called the galaxy pairwise velocity. The physicists show that the galaxy pairwise velocity distribution of many galaxies with a wide range of masses is expected to deviate from the predictions of general relativity by significant amounts: between 5 and 10 standard deviations or higher, depending on the model. Due to these large deviations, this proposed test could potentially offer the strongest evidence in support of modified gravity to date.”Modified gravity (MG) theories have gained a lot of attention in the last decade,” Hellwing, a researcher at Durham University in the UK and the University of Warsaw in Poland, told “Mostly because this class of theories provides an alternative explanation of the late-time accelerated expansion of the universe, while avoiding some conceptual problems related to the classical general relativity (GR) picture in which Einstein’s cosmological constant is supposed to drive this acceleration. In the classical GR picture, one needs to have a very small value of the cosmological constant, which is hard to reconcile with quantum field theory. MG theories provide an alternative explanation, but in most of these theories modifications to gravity not only can account for accelerated expansion but also can produce non-negligible enhancement to gravity at cosmic scales relevant to galaxy formation and dynamics. Therefore it is of utmost importance to find observational evidence that could distinguish between these two scenarios (GR or MG).” Study finds ‘lumpy’ universe cannot explain cosmic acceleration A thin slice of the large-scale cosmic density field (the clustering of dark matter and galaxies) is depicted for four models: GR and three different MG models. The side of the box corresponds to ~360 Mega parsecs (Mpc) or ~1.16 billion of light years. Credit: Baojiu Li, et al. “The non-linear matter and velocity power spectra in f(R) gravity. Credit: ” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 428, Issue 1, p.743-755 ( —Since 1916, general relativity has provided a description of gravity that can explain many observations, including objects in free fall, gravitational lensing by massive objects, and black holes. Despite the success of the theory for nearly 100 years, scientists have been looking at ways to modify general relativity in order for it to better explain certain observations—particularly the accelerated expansion of the universe. Although these modifications can be very different from one another, they generally fall into the category of “modified gravity.” Although one possible type of observational evidence of MG is related to the clustering of luminous galaxies, Hellwing explained that these observations have been plagued by ambiguities connected to non-linear baryonic physics responsible for galaxy formation and clustering. The complications make it very difficult to find a clear and measurable signal that could help researchers distinguish between GR and MG scenarios. Citation: New test may provide ‘smoking gun’ for modified gravity (2014, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “In our paper we have shown that the peculiar velocities of galaxies bear a significant signal of the underlying theory of gravity,” Hellwing said. “The advantage here is that the galaxy velocities are much less prone to the effects of the non-linear baryonic physics of galaxy formation. We also show this in our paper, when we present that the MG signal is present for galaxies of all masses and can also be measured both on large and small cosmological scales. Thanks to these unique features connected to the statistics of the galaxy velocity field, these kinds of observables pose a clean ‘smoking gun’-like signature of either GR or MG.”The physicists explain that the MG signal can be measured in two ways because it involves two different observational data sets. One set consists of the data of galaxy peculiar velocities, the other the clustering of galaxies in so-called redshift space. In the latter, the galaxy positions (clustering) are affected by their peculiar velocities and in the former the galaxy velocities are measured directly. “Both data sets call for a different approach,” Hellwing said. “However, the quality of the current data should allow for a clear measurement of the signal we discuss. Redshift space data is very abundant but it needs an extra theoretical effort to model properly the expected signal in GR and MG. The velocity data can be interpreted directly but it is much sparser and contained by much larger observational errors. A program aimed to extract the signal we have predicted theoretically is already in progress.”If experiments confirm that a modified version of general relativity can explain observations better than the original version, the results could shed light on some fundamental cosmological questions.”The implications of measuring the signal we have found are very profound,” Hellwing said. “Firstly the GR commonly adopted as a crucial ingredient of the standard cosmological model has only being tested at scales corresponding to the Solar System. Einstein’s theory was never directly tested on cosmological scales (relevant to galaxy velocities). Confirming that the GR is a valid theory of gravitation also on intermediate cosmological scales is very important. On the other hand, if the measured signal will indicate that GR is not enough to explain the observed motion of galaxies, then we will be dealing with a paradigm shift and a real breakthrough in modern cosmology and physics, comparable in magnitude to the accelerated expansion discovered in the late ’90s of the 20th century.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society A schematic picture of how researchers can observe galaxy peculiar velocities, “a cosmic dance of galaxies.” Credit: Wojciech A. Hellwing Explore further More information: Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al. “Clear and Measurable Signature of Modified Gravity in the Galaxy Velocity Field.” PRL 112, 221102 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.221102last_img read more

Targets Security Breach Stresses the Need for Better Cyber Security

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read January 16, 2014 Register Now » Target’s recent credit card security breach that affected 70 million customers was a huge hit to the retailing giant at the most inopportune time. To the retailer’s credit, it took this matter extremely seriously by quickly informing customers and offering 10 percent discounts to anyone who came into its stores the weekend before Christmas.The bigger issue for the retailer is everyone coming in with their two cents on what Target should have done to prevent this breach, including two U.S. senators seeking investigations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. There are also potential class action lawsuit filings against the retailer in California and Rhode Island.Yet in the ensuing and understandable media melee, one crucial point has largely been missed: the makeup of the criminals that perpetrated the act. Though not much has been disclosed, there’s little doubt in my mind that this was not the work of some part-time hacker living in his mother’s basement. While there are always lessons to be learned to make things better, we as security experts must openly acknowledge that cybersecurity is a war where the enemy is a formidable, organized and very sophisticated threat.Related: Target Says Up to 70 Million Customers Affected By HackingData breaches like the one Target suffered are typically conducted by organized crime syndicates or similar groups with a sizeable level of cleverness. They have a vast number of highly-skilled resources at their disposal from virtually every corner of the globe and strike with keen precision. They have a network like no other and when these criminal organizations hit, they hit hard. The Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study noted that the financial impact of cyber attacks is up nearly 78 percent.Corporations, security experts and consumers need to act accordingly by taking cybercrime more seriously. It’s no longer a question of if, but when an attack will occur and how best to ensure it doesn’t infiltrate sensitive accounts. The first line of defense is also no longer the individual, as it once was. That’s because consumers no longer “own” their data. Information is moving so fast that these folks have their account information, address, phone numbers and other sensitive data on many servers they neither see nor control.Organizations that house this data must recognize that they bear the responsibilities of protecting the information. It’s a daunting task to be sure, but one where investments in security will prevent costly loss of revenue and litigation in the same manner that Target is now struggling to deal with.Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksThe key is to fight the cyber enemy with the same level of sophistication and respect that they have for their intended victims. This is a clever enemy before us, but one that can be defeated if we understand the size and scale of the threat. The advantage we as information assurance experts and corporate executives have is possessing tried and true methods to thwarting such threats, with elements that include:Categorizing information for its value to others. Ensure a keen understanding of what kind of data may be of interest to would-be cyber criminals. Prioritize it by the need to protect it. This will serve as a foundation for developing strategic information assurance initiatives against a fixed budget.Fully understanding the user base. Identify people and activities to develop potential threat profiles. It will help in focusing efforts to thwart attacks that occur from or are caused by improper activities from within. Training and awareness of employees is also a key aspect here. Surprisingly, many people who hold high-level security clearances will keep their passwords on a piece of paper in their notebook, or unencrypted in a document on their phone or computer.Monitoring systems. Identify all entries and exits; be they printers, thumb drives, network boundaries, etc. Watch happenings at these key points as well as system wide. More importantly, don’t just track the raw activity levels, but trends as well. Develop baseline metrics to identify abnormalities quicker and take action in a more rapid fashion.Let’s make 2014 the year we get the upper hand in this emerging cyber war.Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Deal Alert iClever Bluetooth Headphones for Just 999 Down from 2299

first_imgiClever has discounted its Bluetooth headphones to just $9.99 from $22.99 for a limited period of time. Grab the deal today.We Have Another Bluetooth Headphones Deal from iClever But this Time it’s the Cheapest One We’ve Seen so FarWe love sharing Bluetooth headphone deals with our readers. Finding a cheap pair these days is easy but when there’s a discount on top of something that’s already cheap, then things start to get interesting.Today, iClever reached out to us and shared a deal on their Bluetooth headphones. Normally they retail for a price of $22.99, but once a discount code is applied at checkout, the price comes down to a further $9.99. Yes, 10 bucks for a pair of wireless headphones. Though we’d never see the day!The headphones feature up to 7 hours of battery life, aptX support for crystal clear sound over Bluetooth and they’re splash proof too which means they are ideal for the gym or even outdoors.In case you’re wondering, these are the same headphones which were discounted a couple of days back. But today they are down to just $9.99 instead of $11.99.Hit the link below and grab yourself a pair of these right away.Buy iClever Bluetooth Wireless Headphones [Amazon link] | Use code BFUULSAJ at checkout Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Mövenpick Resort Spa Tala Bay Aqaba practices sustainability

first_imgGreen Globe has congratulated Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba on its recent re-certification for the fourth year running in acknowledgement of its dedication to sustainable practices.Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is a 5-star resort on the shores of the southern Red Sea in Jordan. The resort has its own private beach for guests to enjoy water sports or go diving and check out the coral reefs teeming with marine life. Cultural and historical sites including the ancient city of Petra are situated nearby.Beat Peter, General Manager at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba said, “Our successful re-certification by Green Globe is an honour that underlines our full commitment to sustainability.”The property features the Hotel Optimizer management system designed by Green Globe’s Middle East Partner FARNEK, to record and monitor all energy and water consumption. There are a total of 400 solar panels installed that heats the water partially in the pools and spa. Other energy saving initiatives includes motion sensors which are utilised for outdoor lighting and at parking lots. Also, air conditioning units in guest rooms automatically switch off when balcony doors are open.The resort also has a unique ‘backwash process’ that re-uses the water of the swimming pools and Jacuzzis for irrigation. Also, native plants such as cactus are used in landscaping to minimise water usage. Furthermore, dual flush toilets and low flow aerators on faucets and showers are installed in guest rooms and public areas. While kitchens also have low flow water taps installed.To contribute to regional economic development, high demand produce such as bread, dairy products, vegetables and fruits, eggs and olive oil are locally sourced. Souvenirs are given to guests to support community based businesses and craftspeople. Jordanian tourism, culture and arts are promoted through the Info Channel in guest rooms and the Concierge Brochure.last_img read more

Quicken CEO Wont Budge on DOJ Mortgage Allegations

first_img Share May 10, 2016 582 Views Department of Justice DOJ Mortgage Fraud Quicken Loans 2016-05-10 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Quicken CEO Won’t Budge on DOJ Mortgage Allegations Quicken Loans, the largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lender in the country, is standing its ground in a government lawsuit for allegedly knowingly submitting claims  for hundreds of improperly underwritten FHA-insured loans.This is not the first time that the online mortgage lender has pleaded its case against mortgage fraud allegations from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and will likely not be the last.CEO of Quicken Loans, Bill Emerson, came forward this week to let the DOJ know that it will not settle and admit to committing fraud.According to an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Emerson said, “For us, that’s not something we can even begin to stomach,” he told ” saying he welcomes a jury trial. “[To] look our 12,000 team members in the eye and say, ‘guess what, we committed fraud against the United States government’ … we didn’t. We won’t say it.”Bill EmersonEmerson also admitted to CNBC that Quicken did make “simple mistakes,” but the DOJ is “dead wrong” in its accusations of mortgage fraud against them.The lender filed a suit in April 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, claiming the agencies have been trying to bully the company into making “blatantly false” statements and demanding the company pay “an inexplicable penalty or face legal action,” according to a statement released by Quicken.The Justice Department followed in less than a week with a suit against Quicken Loans accusing them of submitting or causing the submission of claims for hundreds of improperly underwritten loans insured by the FHA from September 2007 to December 2011. On the same type of issues, the DOJ has gone after many other lenders, which resulted in more than $100 million in mortgage settlements.The Detroit-based lender claims the government has enjoyed “extraordinary profitability for FHA’s insurance program” through its efforts, saying the company’s participation in FHA’s program will earn the government more than $5.7 billion in net profits “from the insurance premiums collected above and beyond claims made from over $40 billion in FHA home loan volume closed by Quicken Loans during the 2007 to 2013 timeframe.””After three years of struggling to understand the DOJ’s position and methodology,” Emerson noted in a previous statement, “it is time to ask the court to intervene. It’s a shame the DOJ would choose to attack the country’s largest and highest quality FHA lender … at the very time our nation needs expanded access to credit for middle-class Americans who benefit most from the FHA program.”last_img read more

While money is always involved in making deals St

first_imgWhile money is always involved in making deals, Stanton chose the right fit instead of selling to the highest bidder.“I’ve never been one that’s motivated by trying to make the most money possible,” he said. “I think if you surround yourself with good people — and we’ve got a heck of a team here. I mean you look at the depth that we have on offense sitting in that meeting room this year when we came back, second, third, fourth-string guys that are real guys that could be starters potentially in other places.”Barring an injury, Stanton may not see the field in 2016, but he feels he is in a better position than other players around the NFL.“As a quarterback, I want to be on this team,” he said. “There’s starters that don’t have the same luxury that I have.” – / 23 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Asked when the Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer might hang it up, backup quarterback Drew Stanton didn’t reveal a lot. But he did lend insight to how he feels about his position with the team.Stanton signed a two-year deal in the offseason with earning the starting job in the back of his mind once Palmer retires, but he’s not going to throw Palmer under the bus for his own personal gain.“I have too much respect for Carson and everybody else in this organization to talk about it,” Stanton said on Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “My goal is to ultimately be a starting quarterback in this league for as long as I can.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   “Now, how you get there and what that looks like is completely different and individualized to that person,” he added. “I still have that as the ultimate goal for me and when that time comes, who knows, but I know if it comes here it will be for the right reasons and a great organization.”Since 2013, Stanton has found a home with the Arizona Cardinals and has no plans to leave.“I knew I wanted to come back here,” he said. “Obviously, being a part of this organization for the past three years and knowing the type of men that are running this organization and really the direction that it’s heading, I wanted to be a part of it.”In his eight starts with the Cardinals, Stanton went 5-3 and has been a solid backup to Palmer. He’s thrown for 1,815 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions since he joined the team.Even though he isn’t the starting quarterback, Stanton feels he made the right move.“It’s easy for me to come back and walk through these halls and go back in the meeting room, and that adjustment that doesn’t need to occur like it would somewhere else,” he said. “That, from my standpoint, and then also the ease of my family, made it a decision I felt really good about as soon as I knew it was the right one.”center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Drew Stanton, Cardinals quarterback Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton throws at practice on Aug. 2, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Genoa Italy – This week Piaggio Aero Industries n

first_imgGenoa, Italy – This week Piaggio Aero Industries named John M. Bingham as President & CEO of Piaggio America Inc. the US subsidiary of the Italian aircraft manufacturer, which is responsible for the distribution of the company’s successful Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II aircraft in the Americas.John Bingham’s career spans the high luxury automobile industry, where he served as Vice- President of Rolls-Royce &Bentley Motor Cars, Inc., and most recently in General Aviation as Executive Vice President, for Cirrus Design, with the added worldwide role of Managing Director of Cirrus International.The new Piaggio America CEO has considerable professional and managerial experience also with Piaggio Aero Industries having joined the company as Piaggio America Executive Vice President, and most recently adding the worldwide responsibilities of Chief Marketing Officer Piaggio Aero in 2009. Bingham retains this position in his new CEO role.Alberto Galassi, CEO of Piaggio Aero Industries said “John is highly regarded in the aviation industry, and he brings his proven strengths to this new role in Piaggio America. Piaggio Aero has a unique product requiring unique innovations, and our company will benefit from John’s experience and strong marketing skills in both the important American and international markets”Former Piaggio America President and CEO Tom Appleton has retired but, he will remain active in the company as a consultant to Piaggio Aero“I’m very pleased to take on this new role in a company that includes as shareholders some of the most important industrial and financial groups of the world, and thank Alberto Galassi and Piaggio Aero’s board of Directors for the trust and responsibility they have put in me” stated Bingham. “. The Piaggio Avanti II has become a very successful aircraft and, with the continued support and contribution of our shareholders, our workers and all Piaggio Aero partners we can confidently seek out new market opportunities to grow the company further.Piaggio Aero also named Bingham to the Board of Directors of Piaggio America Inc. as well as Giuliano Felten – Piaggio Aero Deputy General Manager & CCO, and Marco Zammarchi, Piaggio Aero CFO.www.piaggioaero.comlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1 2018 11

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 11:58 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 10/27/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)2. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)3. “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom (Harper)4. “Ambush” by Patterson/Born (Little, Brown)5. “Holy Ghost” by John Sanford (Putnam)6. “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)7. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)8. “Vince Flynn: Red War” by Kyle Mills (Atria)9. “Alaskan Holiday” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)10. “Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)11. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)12. “The Witch Elm” by Tana French (Viking)13. “Juror ?3” by Patterson/Allen (Little, Brown)14. “Desperate Measures” by Stuart Woods (Putnam)15. “When We Were Young” by Karen Kingsbury (Howard)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)2. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)3. “Killing the SS” by O’Reilly/Dugard (Holt)4. “The Mamba Mentality” by Kobe Bryant (MCD)5. “Ship of Fools” by Tucker Carlson (Free Press)6. “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown (Random House)7. “The Whole30 Slow Cooker” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)8. “Trump, the Blue-Collar President” by Anthony Scaramucci (Center Street)9. “Cozy Minimalist Home” by Myquillyn Smith (Zondervan)10. “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Miranda/Sun (Random House)11. “Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene (Viking)12. “Fear” by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster)13. “The Happy Cookbook” by Doocy/Doocy (Morrow)14. “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking (Bantam)15. “Next Level Thinking” by Joel Osteen (FaithWords)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Fall from Grace” by Danielle Steel (Dell)2. “Not Quite over You” by Susan Mallery (HQN)3. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich (Putnam)4. “The Gift of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)5. “All I want for Christmas” by Robyn Carr (Mira)6. “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)7. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central)8. “Merry and Bright” by Debbie Macomber (Balantine)9. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Grand Central)10. “Deep Freeze” by John Sanford (Putnam)11. “Winter at the Beach” by Sheila Roberts (Mira)12. “Promise Not to Tell” by Jayne Ann Krentz (Berkley)13. “A Snow Country Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller (HQN)14. “Shadow and Ice” by Gene Showalter (HQN)15. “Covert Game” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)2. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)3. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci (Grand Central)4. “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” by Kilmeade/Yaeger (Sentinel)5. “Year One” by Nora Roberts (Griffin)6. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)7. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)8. “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris (Sourcebooks Landmark)9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web (movie tie-in)” by David Lagercrantz (Black Lizard)10. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)11. “Red Alert” by James Patterson (Grand Central)12. “The Dutch Wife” by Ellen Keith (Park Row)13. “Judge This Cover” by Brittany Renner (B. Renner Fitness)14. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)15. “Beautiful Boy (movie tie-in)” by David Sheff (HMH/Dolan)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

Cypriot sailing champion Kontides wins silver at the World Cup Series in

first_imgCypriot Laser champion Pavlos Kontides won a silver medal in the Laser Radial Medal Race at the  World Cup Series in Gamagori, Japan,Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) won the gold after battling it out with the Cypriot London 2012 silver medallist.Tom Burton (AUS) moved into the third place, securing the bronze medal streaked ahead, grabbing the lead from Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) who held the third place overnight but he finished sixth and dropped off the podium.Kontides said it was a good battle for gold until the end and congratulated Sam Meech for the victory.CNAYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more