Life Sentence for Two Moroccan Soldiers Charged with Treason

Rabat – Two Moroccan soldiers accused of inciting soldiers and civilians to join the separatist Polisario Front from military bases in the Bir Gandouz region have been sentenced to life in prison following a martial court meeting in Rabat on July 5.Arabic-language daily newspaper Assabah announced in its July 6 edition that a life-in-prison sentence had been given to the sergeant and first sergeant.The two men were arrested by military police four months ago following conversations and messages shared on social media. The police then launched an investigation, which found evidence proving exchanges with Polisario members. Article 205 of the Military Penal Code, which came into place in July 2015, says that “anybody who a military tribunal finds to have been involved in inciting soldiers or similar [people] to rally the enemy, an association, rebel group or recruits for the benefit of a foreign party, will be punished by life imprisonment.” read more

Algerian Minister Algeria May Not Be Gas Exporter by 2022

Rabat – Algerian authorities are sounding the alarm bell for the energy-rich nation, saying that the country may lose its gas exporter status as early as 2022.Mustapha Guitouni, Algeria’s energy minister, made the announcement in a speech yesterday. Guitouni said that Algeria may not be able to meet the requirements of the international market if exportation continues at its current pace. If nothing changes now, the country’s gas depletion ratio will reach “irreversible” proportions by 2022, the minister announced. The minister, who said he is “worried about the future” of the country’s gas reserves, said that the worrying developments are mainly due to excessive national consumption. The country must strike a balance between moderately satisfying its internal energy needs and keeping its stature as a leading gas exporter, Guitouni offered.“If we continue to consume [gas] as this rate, by 2022 we will not able to export to foreign markets; we will only have enough for our internal needs…. Algeria produces 130 billion cubic meters of gas and half is consumed on the national market,” he said.Meanwhile, he added that of the total volume of gas that the country produces, “30 percent have to be kept in the wells to keep the system active.” In addition, the state “heavily subsidizes” gas consumed by Algerians, putting a great financial burden on the state.read also: Morocco to Get Full Ownership of Gas Pipeline Linking Algeria to EuropeAnd bearing in mind that gas consumption on the national level has risen by 10 percent annually in the past five years, the government is spending enormous sums to maintain the consumption level of Algerian households at its current level, Guitouni suggested.Last year, Algeria produced 100 million cubic meters of gas on a daily basis. Nearly half of that number, 45 million, was used by Algerian households. The minister worried that consumption level is rising more rapidly than production level, and the government will not be able to sustain the current configuration of Algerian gas market.But what will Algiers do to both satisfy the consumption demands of its population and maintain its exporter status?The minister suggested one option is to introduce new tax measures on gas consumption. The objective is to either curb national consumption level or decrease the state’s subsidy burden. But the measure will unlikely be fully implemented, given Algeria’s “rentier regime” whose survival mainly depends on state largesse and generous tax cuts.Guitouni’s alarming predictions come a month after the publication of an equally grim study on Algeria’s economic prospects. But the report’s predictions are even more sinister than the minister’s, as the findings indicated that deep economic crises would hit the North African country as early as 2019 if bold and radical changes are not implemented. read more

Stocks tumble on trade war anxiety Dow down as much as 400

NEW YORK — Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street as investors’ anxiety over the U.S. trade spat with China increased and put the market on track for its third straight week of losses.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much as 400 points. Every sector in the S&P 500 index fell except for utilities. Investors sought safety in the bond market and the yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 2.33 per cent, the lowest level in more than a year.The market has been highly volatile this month as the U.S. and China escalate their dispute over trade. The two sides have broken off negotiations and appear set for long standoff. Investors are concerned a prolonged trade war could hurt the U.S. economy and corporate profits. The broad S&P 500 index is on pace for its worst month of 2019.Trade-sensitive technology stocks again led the losses. Many tech companies do significant business with China and this week face the additional headwind of proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies by the Trump administration. Apple fell 2.1% and Microsoft fell 1.2%. Chipmakers, including Intel, Broadcom and Nvidia, all fell broadly.Banks also fell broadly in the sell-off. JPMorgan shed 2.1% and Bank of America slid 2.5%.Energy stocks slid as the price of oil plunged 4.8% to $58.50 a barrel.Investors fled to safer holdings. Utilities were the only companies making gains. The sector is considered less of an investment risk and more money gets shifted into those stocks when people are concerned about volatility and a slowdown in economic growth.The U.S. and China concluded their 11th round of trade talks earlier this month with no agreement. Instead, the U.S. moved to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, prompting China to do the same. The trade dispute escalated further after the U.S. proposed restrictions on technology sales to China, though it has temporarily backed off.China is looking for ways to retaliate and has reached out for support from Russia and its neighbours in Asia. Both the U.S. and China have made overtures about continuing trade talks, but none are scheduled.Markets in Asia and Europe also saw steep losses.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 1.4% as of 10:20 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 370 points, or 1.4%, to 25,408. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.6%.BRAZIL CALLING: Avon shares soared 9.3% after Brazilian cosmetics maker Natura announced that it is buying the beauty products company for $3.7 billion in stock.The deal would create the world’s fourth-largest group of beauty products. Natura also currently owns retail stores like The Body Shop.ENTICING PROFIT: Victoria’s Secret owner L Brands surged 13.8% after blowing away Wall Street’s first quarter earnings forecasts.The company, which also owns Bath & Body Works, gave investors a surprise profit on better-than-expected revenue.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Security Council welcomes arrest of fugitives sought for crimes in the Balkans

Ratko Mladic, the war-time leader of the Bosnian Serb forces, was arrest yesterday in Serbia after evading capture for almost 16 years. He is awaiting transfer to The Hague, where he will stand trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).He faces numerous charges, including genocide, extermination, murder and inflicting terror on civilians, particularly in connection with the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the supposedly “safe haven” of Srebrenica in July 1995 in one of the most notorious events of the Balkan wars.Council members congratulated the Serbian authorities on the arrest, which is “a clear demonstration of cooperation from the Government of Serbia with the International Criminal Tribunal,” Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, said in a statement to the press.“The members of the Security Council welcome Serbia’s intention to ensure the swift transfer of Mladic to the Tribunal in The Hague,” he added. They also shared the hope that the detention and transfer of Mr. Mladic “will help to bring the Western Balkans region closer to reconciliation and to their European perspective.”In addition, Bernard Munyagishari, who is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, was arrested on 25 May in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Mr. Araud said Council members congratulated the DRC authorities on the arrest and their cooperation with the ICTR, which was set up in the wake of the Rwandan genocide, during which an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed, often by machete, in little more than three months.“The members of the Security Council reiterate their support for the search for the last fugitives from the ICTR and call on Member States to continue efforts to fight all forms of impunity in the Great Lakes region,” he said. 27 May 2011The Security Council today welcomed the arrests this week of two fugitives wanted by the United Nations tribunals set up to try those responsible for the worst crimes committed during the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. read more

Canadian dollar lower greenback rises in wake of strong consumer housing data

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as the American greenback gained strength in the wake of strong U.S. consumer and housing data.The loonie off 0.54 a cent to 96.2 cents US after the U.S. Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for May blew past expectations, coming in at a five-year high of 76.2, against the 72.3 reading that economists expected. The April reading was 68.1.The data was scrutinized for how it might influence the Fed, which is undertaking its third round of aggressive bond-buying to help the economy.Speculation that the U.S. central bank might scale back the program based on a recent improvement in some economic indicators has sparked jitters in stock markets and pushed the greenback higher.Traders also took in further good news from the American housing sector.The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for March rose by 1.12 per cent, higher than the 0.9 per cent pace that had been expected. The gain translates to a 10.87 per cent year over year gain — the first double-digit increase in over six years.Markets also looked ahead to the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement on Wednesday.The central bank is widely expected to keep its key rate unchanged for some time to come. Traders will look to the bank’s statement for indications on how the economy is expected to perform.On Friday, markets will get Statistics Canada’s reading on how the economy performed during the first quarter. The agency is expected to announce that gross domestic product rose by 0.1 per cent during March, adding up to an annualized rise of 2.2 per cent for the quarter.Oil and copper prices advanced after being buffeted last week after a survey by HSBC Corp. showed a decline in China’s manufacturing for May. An official report on factory production in the world’s second-largest economy will be released later in the week. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 86 cents to US$95.01 a barrel.July copper was two cents higher to US$3.31 a pound. Bullion prices slipped with the June contract in New York down $7.70 to US$1,378.90 an ounce. Canadian dollar lower, greenback rises in wake of strong consumer, housing data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 8:40 am MDT read more

SMMT response to Budget 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget in UK Parliament today. SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes has responded to the Budget 2017 on behalf of the UK automotive industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

London Bridge attacker had access to tunnels under Parliament as his 77

first_imgAbu Zeitoun, born as Khuram Butt, after being shot and killed by police at Borough London Westminster Tube StationCredit:PA London Underground staff are trusted to keep the public safe, but the attacker had links to the 7/7 bombings.The Times reports that he worked for a man accused of helping to train the July 7 bombing ringleader, and who was under investigation by police and MI5.According to the paper, Butt worked as an attendant at an all-Muslim gym in East London run by Sajeel Shahid, 41, a member of Anjem Choudary’s network, who allegedly helped to set up weapons training in Pakistan for the 7/7 bombers.The ringleader of the London Bridge massacre never bothered to hide his violent, extremist views.Khuram Butt was so brazen that he openly posed with the black flag of the so-called Islamic State in Regent’s Park in the centre of London for a Channel 4 documentary, entitled The Jihadis Next Door. As a consequence, MI5 and counter-terrorism officers began an investigation into Butt, which remained ongoing even as the 27-year-old launched his terror attack on London Bridge. Butt, who was wearing an Arsenal shirt and a fake bomb strapped to his chest, was shot dead by police on Saturday night.Butt’s known links to al-Muhajiroun will raise serious concern that he wasn’t stopped prior to the atrocity. The group, which was banned shortly after the 7/7 bombings in 2005, and its successor organisations have been connected to a quarter of all Islamist terror offences and plots.Butt reportedly arrived in the UK from Pakistan as a child refugee. His father is said to have worked at a fruit and vegetable stall in east London, but died in 2003, when Butt would have been a teenager.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Westminster Tube Stationcenter_img Abu Zeitoun, born as Khuram Butt, after being shot and killed by police at Borough LondonCredit:GABRIELE SCIOTTO In the film, screened in January 2016, Butt appears on camera, intervening when police attempt to search one of the group’s leaders. Butt raises his voice, angrily asking them: “Why are you touching him?” In another clip, he requested a compass in order that he could pray towards Mecca. Butt and other extremists linked to the banned terror group al-Muhajiroun were even detained by police for an hour over the stunt in 2015 but were released without being arrested. London terror attacker Khuram Butt reportedly worked at Westminster Tube station and had access to tunnels under the Houses of Parliament, as revelations about his alleged links to the 7/7 attacks emerge.The killer was eventually sacked by the London Underground, not for his extremist views but for poor attendance.He also worked at Canada Water station in the Docklands, according to the Mail Online.The tabloid has a photograph, taken in May 2016, which shows him during his training period.In it, he poses in an orange hi-vis jacket and blue uniform.last_img read more

Mining can be major driver of sustainable development finds new report

first_imgMining can play a vital role on the sustainable development of some of the world’s poorest countries, yet many countries that are most economically dependent on mining would benefit from improved governance according to a new report published by the International Council of Mining and Minerals (ICMM). The report ranks 183 countries according to the relative economic importance of mining. The new data shows the potential contribution mining can play in the sustainable development of many of the world’s poorest countries and also highlights the importance of governance if the economic benefits of mining are to result in broader based economic and social progress.The report presents a revised version of ICMM’s Mining Contribution Index (MCI) to rank countries. This index combines data on mining’s contribution to countries’ gross domestic product (GDP), export earnings and mineral rents that are paid to host governments. It indicates the importance of mining in the economic life of a country and the potential for this to translate into economic and social progress – although it does not tell us whether this potential has been realised. The report also looks at other factors that heavily influence whether this potential is realised. These include contributions to government revenues, employment and the role that governance plays in achieving long-term sustainable development. It also shows the importance of the work that leading international mining companies are doing through organisations like ICMM and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to improve transparent reporting and governance.Many countries’ dependence on mining has been increasing over the last two decades in spite of the recent decline in metal and mineral prices. The report also looks at how companies have been affected in terms of reductions in market capitalisation or exploration spend, and how this in turn might affect countries. It concludes that mining needs to be thought about more systematically as a crucial contributor to host countries’ economic and social development. The report also includes a guest contribution from the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Casper Sonesson on the opportunity to re-imagine mining’s role in helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Aidan Davy, ICMM’s chief operating officer said: “Mining’s role in lifting people out of poverty and furthering the sustainable development of host countries has often been overlooked. This report flags a number of countries where mining can play a major role in helping host nations meet their developmental aspirations.” Casper Sonesson, Policy Adviser at the UN Development Programme said: “Mining can play important roles in contributing to sustainable development.  It makes critical economic contributions through the government revenues it generates and the linkages it creates with local economies in many countries, as shown in this report. In addition, there is great scope in other areas ranging from leveraging mining related infrastructure and water management for local development to minimising environmental impacts. Going forward, new partnerships and good governance will be essential to fully realise mining’s role in tackling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”Sheila Khama, Director of the Africa Natural Resources Centre at the African Development Bank (AfDB) said: “In Africa, the mining industry accounts for 10% of the total value of exports, second only to petroleum, and mining and associated industries play a crucial role in several African countries’ economies, especially in foreign direct investment, public revenue and job creation. In recognition of mining’s contribution to regional economies and achieving the UN’s Sustainable development Goals, the African Development Bank works with regional countries to promote good governance of mineral resources through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) among others.”Patrick Heller, director of legal and economic programs for the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) said: “Governance is a key determinant of the long-term benefits that citizens derive from their countries’ mineral endowments, and of the nature of relationships between citizens and mining companies. Too often the relationship between governance and mining has been overlooked in assessments of the overall impact of the sector. We are encouraged that ICMM is working to direct industry and government attention to this important link.”Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford said: “While there is potential for a ‘resource curse’ to affect mineral-rich countries, ICMM’s report reinforces that mining can also be a driver of development, especially in low and middle income countries. As custodians of mineral assets, mining companies can help harness their potential for the benefit of nations and host communities. With good governance and responsible mining practices, mineral resources can be a major driver of development.”The report shows that 15-20% of revenues from a typical mine go to host governments as taxes and other payments, 10-20% is in direct employment, 15-20% are profits for shareholders (which may include governments), and 50-65% is accounted for by capital and operating expenditures. Paul Collier observes that this 50-65% represents an often untapped opportunity to increase indirect employment. “Governments are sometimes overly fixated on using the products of mining to develop domestic manufacturing, but there is a lot more opportunity in developing a home-grown supply chain for the mining industry” he added.The Role of Mining in National Economies report is available at: www.icmm.com/romine/indexlast_img read more

Viacom sells Rock Band developer Harmonix for 4999

first_imgThe gaming world’s fascination with music games that involve holding a plastic instrument has come to an end. Rock Band and Guitar Hero were worth millions at the height of their popularity and Viacom ended up paying $175 million for Rock Band developer Harmonix.But the popularity of such games has diminished, and publishers now look to be offloading assets in a desperate bid to get some revenue back and move on. Viacom is one such publisher, but it hasn’t made any money on the sale of Harmonix. In fact, it has just sold the developer for the price of a video game: $49.99.AdChoices广告The lucky buyer is investment group Columbus Nova. The deal is not as simple as it seems, though. Paying $50 for the company may seem cheap, but it comes with a number of hidden costs such as music royalty payments and remaining assets such as unsold games and peripherals. Viacom is also thought to be netting around $150 million in tax benefits, although that’s still a $25 million shortfall on what they paid for the developer in the first place.So Harmonix is now owned by an investment firm, but it looks as though the existing staff and management may retain control. A post by the developer’s manager of communications, John Drake, makes it sound like they are an indie again:We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio. As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about. Could this mean new music games on the horizon? Or has Harmonix realized that market is dying and moving on to other genres? We’ll just have to wait and see.Read more at All Things D and RipTenlast_img read more

Le gibbon dun zoo anglais atteint lâge mathusalémien de 50 ans

first_imgLe gibbon d’un zoo anglais atteint l’âge ‘mathusalémien’ de 50 ans Selon la BBC, un gibbon femelle, pensionnaire d’un zoo anglais, vient d’atteindre l’âge de 50 ans, exceptionnel pour cette espèce, et continue gaillardement d’attendrir ses soigneurs.On peut dire que Mamie Jane porte bien son nom ! Cette femelle de gibbon à mains blanches (ou gibbon lar), actuellement pensionnaire du zoo de Twycross (Leicestershire, Angleterre) vient en effet tout juste de fêter ses 50 ans : un âge ‘mathusalémien’ pour un singe de cette espèce et une véritable fierté pour les soigneurs du zoo. Il faut tout de même préciser que Mamie Jane est arrivée dans l’établissement, il y a de cela plus de 40 ans, en 1966, trois ans seulement après l’ouverture du zoo. Elle avait alors 4 ans, selon les vétérinaires de l’époque.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Décrite comme “sage et décontractée, mais souvent têtue”, Jane a donné naissance à 13 rejetons au cours de son existence, tous actuellement pensionnaires de zoos européens. “Normalement, les gibbons captifs vivent jusqu’au début de la quarantaine, donc elle ‘fait très fort’”, a confirméJulian Chapman, conservateur adjoint du zoo. Et même encore plus fort, car la femelle qui pourrait être le plus vieux gibbon du Royaume-Uni est encore en pleine forme. “Jane peut toujours être observée en train de se balancer dans son enclos, au sein de notre maison des primates, et elle est étonnamment agile pour son âge”, a t-il encore ajouté.  A l’état sauvage, le gibbon lar atteint rarement de telles longévités, notamment à cause des maladies infectieuses. De plus, de grandes menaces pèsent aujourd’hui sur les populations de cette espèce répertoriée comme “en danger critique” sur la Liste rouge de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN). Plusieurs programmes de protection sont actuellement mis en place pour tenter de sauvegarder l’espèce. Le 22 juillet 2012 à 14:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results for April 16

first_img WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Miz Google+ Twitter Videos Articles Triple H WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar The following was taped on Tuesday in London, England.WWE Smackdown tapings for April 16, 2014:* WWE United States Champion John Cena opens the taping. Cena went over the rules of a Russian Chain match where the winner must touch every corner. He is ready for his next open challenge. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Tyson Kidd walk out. Kidd said you are looking at the best champions and that London doesn’t deserve WrestleMania. WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan interrupts and heard someone talk about the best champions today in WWE. Cena and Bryan vs. Cesaro and Kidd is booked for later.* Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth.* Sit-down interview with Roman Reigns is shown.* Bad News Barrett def. The Miz.* Renee Young interview with Damien Mizdow. The Miz interrupts and calls Monday night a fluke and wants Mizdow to stop using The Miz brand. Mizdow mocks Miz and then challenges him to a match on Monday night for the rights to The Miz brand.* Neville def. Sheamus via DQ. Sheamus slammed Neville over the announce table to setup the DQ finish. After the match, Dolph Ziggler ran out. Ziggler says no one likes Sheamus – not even the Welsh. Ziggler challenges Sheamus to a match at Extreme Rules. Sheamus tells Ziggler to “kiss me arse” and that they would have a “Kiss Me Arse” match.* Kofi Kingston & Big E def. Los Matadores.* Backstage, Fandango ditches Rosa Mendes. Adam Rose gives Rosa a pep talk.* Big Show came out for a promo saying the English people suck. He calls Roman Reigns disrespectful and doesn’t see him as a threat. Big Show asks The Authority for a match with Reigns at Extreme Rules in a Last Man Standing match.* Cameron def. Alicia Fox & Natalya.* Fandango def. Adam Rose. After the match, Fandango danced with the crowd again.* Bray Wyatt backstage promo airs.* WWE United States Champion John Cena & WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan def. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd.* Post-Taping Bonus Match: Roman Reigns def. Big Show.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterest Xavier Woods Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Bruce comes out fighting after humbling defeat

first_imgAston Villa manager Steve Bruce has come out fighting after his side’s disappointing defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday.The Villans suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship and the Villa manager has backed himself to get it right at Aston Villa, insisting: ‘I do know what I’m doing’.A small section of the away end chanted words to the opposite effect as Villa were battered 4-1 by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.Bruce labelled his side’s first-half performance as ‘embarrassing’ and said, as quoted by BirminghamMail: “We were a team that was fragmented and one or two turned into a circus act.”The boss blamed himself for picking Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Jonathan Kodjia as they had been struggling with injuries in the build-up to the game.But he stopped short of making excuses and said: “Everyone wants to kick our **** and we’ve had it truly kicked today.”Steve BruceAllardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.He came out fighting, though, and insists times will get better at Villa under his leadership.“We are Aston Villa so when you get beat badly, you have to accept the consequences,” he added.“The social media dinosaur thing will be coming out and ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. But, look, I have been four times out of this league and got beaten last year in the play-off final.“I think that would encourage me that I do know what I am doing. We have had an awful beating and you have to accept the flak which goes with it. It is part and parcel of being at a great club like this one.”“If you get beat heavily and put in a performance then questions are going to be asked. The disappointing thing for me, is I always ask of my team, put your boots on. Not enough did today.”last_img read more

Luka Modric cool on Real Madrid future

first_img2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric wouldn’t say whether or not he will remain at Real Madrid at the end of his current contractThe Croatian playmaker has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2012 after completing a £30m transfer from Tottenham.Modric has since managed 13 goals and 42 assists in 277 appearances across all competitions for Real along with winning four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and a La Liga title.Come June 2020, Modric will be out of contract at the age of 34 with reports indicating that a new deal with Real is imminent.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.While club president Florentino Perez is keen to keep him, Modric refused to discuss a contract extension.“The only thing certain for now is that I’ll be with Madrid until the end of my contract,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.“Perez told me straight away in the summer – get it out of your head that you’re leaving Real, we have no theory to let you go.”Modric will likely start for Real in today’s La Liga game against 19th-place side Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student pleaded guilty today to posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account and will spend a minimum of six months in a residential treatment facility.Kevin Gregory Matlak, 21, will be sentenced Aug. 10 by Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon. He pleaded guilty to one count of making a criminal threat.Matlak will be placed on five years probation and sentenced to a year in custody, which he will be able to serve at the treatment facility. Shamoon told Matlak to become stable on his medications before he is sentenced. Shamoon told Matlak that everyone is worried about him. “Nobody wins if you go to prison,” Shamoon said. Shamoon allowed Matlak’s mother to give him a hug after the plea. Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself in to a lockdown mental health facility, defense attorney Brian Watkins said. Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco. “Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” Matlak wrote in another post. He also posted a photo of an AR-15 rifle, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Man accused or threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Gregory Matlak, Torrey Pines HS KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 11, 2018 Updated: 7:37 AMlast_img read more

Highway 14 project shifting gears

first_imgAs construction crews continue to transform state Highway 14 in Camas and Washougal, drivers can soon expect to see the area from a new vantage point.Workers plan to shift traffic back onto the mainline highway by the middle of next month, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. That will put motorists on a new, raised roadway that passes over Union and Second streets. It will also take them off the frontage road that’s carried highway traffic through two roundabouts since early this year.The shift won’t mean work is finished on the new highway surface. Crews under lead contractor Tapani Underground Inc. still have a large amount of asphalt to lay down, WSDOT area engineer Chris Tams said last week. Workers are racing to get as much done as they can this fall — while weather allows — but the process will continue in 2013, he said.“We just ran out of time to get all of that paving done this year,” Tams said.The work is part of a $50 million effort to expand Highway 14 to four lanes from the end of — but not including — the West Camas Slough Bridge to Sixth Street in Washougal. The project aims to improve safety and traffic flow in a typically crowded area.Near the Camas-Washougal boundary, the basic foundation of the elevated highway setup is already in place. Workers last week finished building the support walls made up of some 75,000 individual blocks, Tams said — each weighing about 80 pounds, and each placed manually.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Commissioners vote to continue use of electric scooters on sidewalks

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners have voted in favor of electric scooters.The vote, which happened Tuesday, allows riders to continue using the scooters on sidewalks.Officials are working on decreasing the speed limit of the electric vehicles to avoid collisions with pedestrians.They hope to reverse a state law that bans the scooters from bike lanes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Sensex Soars Over 300 points on Positive Global Cues

first_imgSnapping a three-day losing streak, the benchmark Sensex soared more than 300 points on Thursday on positive global cues as well as following relief to foreign investors on retrospective tax front.The BSE Sensex rose 311.22 points or 1.22% to close at 25,764.78 points, while the NSE Nifty ended at 7,823 points, up 106 points or 1.37%.With Tata Steel, HDFC and Axis Bank witnessing biggest gains, 27 out of 30 Sensex components ended in green.”Two reasons why the market is up: one is that it was oversold and the other being positive US cues,” Alex Mathews, head of research at Geojit BNP Paribas, told The Economic Times.Sentiment was mainly supported by expectations that the US central bank would postpone the beginning of interest rate hike cycle amid growing uncertainty in the global markets.However, markets are expected to see sell-off in the coming days, as some analysts said that today’s rally is partly led by short covering.”In the days to come the 30-share index Sensex can correct to 23,000- 24,000 and the Nifty at 7200,” Gaurav Mehta of Ambit Capital told moneycontrol.com.Banking stocks staged a recovery aftet witnessing selling pressure in the past few sessions. Realty stocks also traded higher on the growing expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September.A fall in inflation to to a nine-month low of 3.8 percent in July due to lower food prices has widened the scope for the RBI rate cut at its September policy meeting.Last wek, A Reuters’ poll showed that there is a 60 percent probability for a repo rate cut by the RBI at its meeting next month, compared to its previous poll that estimated a rate cut in the final three months of the year.Rajan had kept the repo rate unchanged at 7.25 percent at a meeting on August 4. Overall, the Central bank had the repo rate by 75bps so far this year.last_img read more

Foldable display shows no crease after 100000 folding cycles

first_img(a) The structure of the foldable AMOLED display. (b) The display folded at 180°. Image credit: Kwon, et al. ©2011 American Institute of Physics. Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The foldable AMOLED display without a visible crease. Image credit: Kwon, et al. ©2011 American Institute of Physics. As the researchers explain in their study, which is published in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters, recently there has been a great deal of interest in flexible, extendable displays. Most of these flexible displays are bendable or rollable. Fabricating a display that can fold completely in half would have the advantage of providing a large screen in a small, portable form, but so far it has been a challenge to eliminate the visible crease between panels.In the new study, the researchers have overcome this problem, demonstrating a seamless foldable active matrix organic-light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) display with no visible crease. The display consists of two AMOLED panels, silicone rubber (a hyperelastic material), a protective glass cover, and a module case. The display has a very small folding radius of just 1 mm, so that one panel lies almost completely on top of the other when the display is folded at a 180° angle. Also, the glass cover not only prevents scratches, but can serve as a touch screen, as well.The researchers tested the foldable display’s mechanical and optical robustness by performing 100,000 folding-unfolding cycles, and found that the relative brightness at the junction decreased by just 6%. Since this difference is hardly recognizable by the human eye, the deterioration is considered negligible. As the researchers explained, the key to making a display with no visible crease involved controlling the optical properties of the materials.“All the materials in a foldable window unit (glasses and silicone rubber) must have almost the same optical properties and attach to each other strongly without any optical property change,” coauthor HongShik Shim of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology told PhysOrg.com. More information: Hyuk-Jun Kwon, et al. “Mechanically and optically reliable folding structure with a hyperelastic material for seamless foldable displays.” Applied Physics Letters 98, 151904 (2011). DOI:10.1063/1.3576906 Citation: Foldable display shows no crease after 100,000 folding cycles (2011, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-foldable-crease.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — One of the most difficult problems for designing mobile devices is finding a way to minimize the size of the device while simultaneously maximizing the size of the display. To get the best of both worlds, researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea have designed and built a prototype of a seamless foldable display that folds in half without a visible crease in the middle. Flexible and transparent OLEDs from TDK (w/ Video) As for applications, a foldable display could be useful in a wide variety of small, mobile devices, such as mobile games, cellular phones, tablet PCs, and notebook PCs. The hyperelastic silicone rubber is commercially available, which could make it suitable for mass production. In addition, the researchers plan to investigate applying this design to fabricate large-size flexible displays.“Our method has the advantage that mature, high-quality AMOLED display panels already exist,” said Shim. “But for real commercialization, some new processes and new materials must be developed, which takes about 1-2 years.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Delhi schools stir

first_imgAfter Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat mission by sporting a broom, sweeping no longer held the taboo it once did. Business magnets, celebrities and political honchos have been seen sweeping floors, by-lanes, etc. It is a welcome change, considering that sweeping was once seen as the duty of the safai karamcharis only. Despite all the glamour surrounding Modi’s pet project, things have not changed much in government schools. Under the mission, the Centre had also planned on building toilets in schools for boys and girls separately, to further push the cleanliness drive. Millennium Post conducted a check at government schools in Delhi to find out whether the cleanliness drive has made any impact or not. Also Read – A vintage affair with Shyam SundarThe impact of the Swachh Bharat campaign was visible at a government school at Khichripur in East Delhi. The school looked clean and well maintained. The area where students would collect drinking water, was earlier waterlogged. However, school authorities have now managed to maintain it  better. Replying to a question  about how the cleanliness campaign has changed their condition, school headmaster Tekchand said, ‘It has made a difference. Things have changed and more importantly we have started to feel that it is for our own wellbeing. If the prime minister can take such an initiative, then why can’t we?’ Tekchand asked. Also Read – Melodious Mavericks – Jatin LalitTeaching, as well as non-teaching staff from the school, also echoed the same sentiment. However, at the same time they complained about shortage of toilets at government schools in the national capital. ‘The cleanliness initiative is all well and good. But there is an urgent need to improve toilets to student ratio in schools. For 710 students in our school, we have only two toilets-one for boys and one for girls,’ said a staff member, who does not want to be named. Similar figures came to light after Millennium Post took stock of a government school in South Extension area. The co-ed school, with a total strength of 454 students, has only one toilet for boys and one for girls. Contrary to the shortage of toilets in the school, its principal was happy to show the neat and clean premises of school and toilet. It is important to note here that she was promoted to the post recently. ‘I cleaned my office after taking charge. We have got orders to maintain hygiene in the school, and students have also contributed to maintain general cleanliness. Senior government officials have inspected our school a couple of times,’ the principal said.When Millennium Post examined the effect of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign at a government school at Vinod Nagar, the situation looked rather desperate. Most of the toilets were blocked, while classrooms were found in a mess. The school administration cited the end of the session as its reason for the poor state of hygiene. Their science lab was found in a decrepit state, with random posters of political candidates found stickled inside the lab. To address the cleanliness issue at schools, the central government has laid out a school maintenance schedule. According to the schedule, some members of the school management committee (SMC) as well as teachers will have to take responsibility for maintaining the school. Members of the SMC, as well as school teachers will have to take responsibility for maintaining the school Operation and Maintenance (O&M) schedule. The schedule refers to periodic visits by the district/ BRC/CRC staff to check if the maintenance schedule is being followed in earnest. The government has also fixed a ratio of one unit of toilet for 40 students. A unit comprises of one toilet and three urinals. A recently conducted survey titled, ‘The Delhi Story 2014’, has also highlighted the shortage of functional toilets in schools. The survey, which covered 1,823 households and 49 schools, and spread across nine districts of Delhi, was carried out by student volunteers from Delhi University in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). According to the report, 43.5 per cent of students said that they did not have functional toilets in their schools and 47.61 per cent said the drinking water facilities were not adequate.The RTE Act 2009 provides a legally enforceable framework with certain time targets that governments must adhere to. The RTE Act lays down the norms and standards, including drinking water and sanitation for a school building. A school building has to be an all-weather building comprising of at least one classroom for every teacher, barrier free access, separate toilets for boys and girls, and an adequate drinking water facility for all children. But the situation is very different on the ground. It is a fact that things will not change at one go. It needs a long term plan, which needs to be followed efficiently. Despite the shortfalls, due to limited resources, at least the desire to present an image of cleanliness has come to the fore. However, there is a long way to go before we witness tangible results on the ground.last_img read more

Ladysmith enriched with history Part 2

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite With the origins of Ladysmith done and dusted in part 1 of this series, it’s time to move on.What better place to start than the Siege Museum that is found right here in town near the municipal offices.Ladysmith Siege Museum is renowned for being one of the best Anglo-Boer War museums in the whole of South Africa.Countless tourists and enthusiasts have walked through its halls to get a glimpse of the history displayed.Initial story: Ladysmith enriched with history: Part 1The museum was built in 1884 and was at first a market house from which many civilians got their rations during the siege.There are also the original flagstone floors and cast-iron pillars that were incorporated during construction. If anyone enjoys history or is even planning a day out, this is certainly a must-see.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more