Penalty for cancelling Saudi arms contract in the billions Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want “to leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.”During a news conference Thursday with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trudeau was pressed to say if that was a precise figure. He said the “extremely difficult contract” signed by the Harper government included a requirement for “total confidentiality” which prevents him from disclosing details.But he added: “Suffice it to say possible penalties would be in the billions of dollars but that is something we are looking at right now.”Trudeau also said that the government is “actively reviewing existing export permits” for arms to Saudi Arabia.While that review is underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said no new export permits will be approved.Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. The suspension was lifted a few months later after the investigation found no conclusive evidence of the allegation.While suspending export permits falls short of outright cancellation of the contract, Trudeau said Thursday it would provide a lever for Canada to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean on what happened to Khashoggi.“One of the things that we are working on as an international community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world,” he said.Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia initially insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate and, on Thursday, finally admitted his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi, whose remains have yet to be found.Rutte said the Netherlands has had “a very restrictive arms sales regime” with Saudi Arabia for years and he pleaded at last week’s European Council meeting for other European countries to do the same.Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The resolution also called on member countries to halt exports of “surveillance systems and other dual-use items that may be used in Saudi Arabia for the purposes of repression.”In the House of Commons, New Democrats urged the Trudeau government to follow suit.“Everyone knows the kingdom is one of the worst human rights offender in the world. This alone should be enough (to cancel arms contracts),” said NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere.“What are the Liberals waiting for?”Transport Minister Marc Garneau, standing in for the prime minister, said the government strongly expects that “Canadian exports are used in a way that’s consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives and that fully respects human rights.”“We have frozen our export permits before when we’ve had concerns about their potential misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again.”Meanwhile, the London, Ont.-based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.In a written statement, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada said it reviewed its current business environment and work forecast and “concluded that a workforce reduction of 37 salaried positions was necessary.”The company insisted the layoffs are “part of a normal cycle of work” and have “no connection to recent events that the government of Canada is addressing.”___ with files from The Associated Press and Kelly Malone in Winnipeg.last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Monday SPTSX 1523667 up 6364 points

Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,236.67, up 63.64 pointsDow — 22,331.35, up 63.01 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,503.87, up 3.64 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,454.64, up 6.17 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 81.71 cents US, down 0.38 of a centPound — C$1.6540, down 0.01 of a centEuro — C$1.4621, up 0.57 of a centEuro — US$1.1947, down 0.08 of a centOil futures:US$50.35, down nine cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,310.80 per oz., down $14.40(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.907, down 56.7 cents$704.31 per kg., down $18.23 read more

CID records statement from IGP on plot to kill President

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recorded a statement from Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara today over the plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and other VIPs.The IGP had been issued notice by the CID to give the statement. Former Terrorist Investigations Department head, (DIG) Nalaka de Silva, is already in remand over the plot.He was arrested last month by the Criminal Investigations Department. Activist Namal Kumara had made the revelation to the media over the plot to kill the President, following a telephone conversation he had with Nalaka de Silva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Source Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide in jail

NEW YORK — Financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, a former law enforcement official said Saturday.He was found in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center Saturday morning, according to the officials, who was briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly. The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein’s death.Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.The 66-year-old had pleaded not guilty and was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted.A little over two weeks, Epstein was found on the floor of his jail cell with bruises on his neck early, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.Epstein’s arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.Federal prosecutors in New York reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.But his lawyers maintained that the new charges brought by federal prosecutors in New York were covered by the deal and were improper.They said he hasn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.Before his legal troubles, Epstein led a life of extraordinary luxury that drew powerful people into his orbit.He socialized with princes and presidents and lived on a 100-acre private island in the Caribbean and one of the biggest mansions in New York. A college dropout, he became a sought-after benefactor of professors and scientists, donating millions of dollars in donations to Harvard University and other causes.Still, it was never entirely clear how the middle-class Brooklyn math whiz became a Wall Street master of high finance.Jim Mustian, The Associated Press read more

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Blue Jackets fall to Blackhawks 43 in shootout

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered their second loss in as many days Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets got off to a slow start in the first period of their 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, allowing forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Brent Seabrook each to score a goal within the first six minutes. “We shot from the top,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “A lot of good things happened, and some things went wrong.” But the Blue Jackets seemed to refocus following the goals, using a slow tempo to control the puck and hold it on offense, giving themselves time to set up a shot on goal. Once the offense settled down, the Blue Jackets answered the Blackhawks’ two goals with one of their own by forward Maksim Mayorov, his first ever in the NHL. “I was getting played,” Mayorov said, “but I just tried to tip it in.” The Blue Jackets’ second point came in the second period, with a power-play goal by center Derick Brassard, his 16th of the season. “It’s been 11 games since our last score on a power play,” Brassard said. He attributed the goal to what the team has been working on in practice. The game was close in the third period when a goal from Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson was answered almost immediately by the Blackhawks, tying the score at 3. The back-and-forth pace kept both teams moving throughout the third period, but failed to produce anymore points for either team, causing a tie and moving the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score in overtime, despite multiple shots on goal at both ends of the ice. This sent the game into a shootout to determine the winner. Both teams went through three shooters before Chicago was able to score a goal, taking a 4-3 lead and clinching the game. The Blue Jackets will be looking for a win at 5 p.m. Sunday in a home matchup against the St. Louis Blues. read more

Princess Diana interviewer Martin Bashir lands job as BBC religious affairs correspondent

first_imgGreat to hear @martinbashir is to become the BBC’s new Religion Correspondent. Congrats on the new role!— Vicky Beeching (@vickybeeching) September 26, 2016 The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get startedMartin Bashir Congratulations to @MartinBashir on his appointment as BBC correspondent on religion and belief!— Andrew Copson (@andrewcopson) September 26, 2016 Very pleased that @MartinBashir is rejoining @BBCNews as Religious Affairs Correspondent, replacing the excellent @CarolineWyatt— Jonathan Munro (@jonathancmunro) September 26, 2016 Bashir famously interviewed Princess DianaCredit:BBC Bashir said he was “delighted to be rejoining the BBC”.He added: “The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get started.”The journalist worked as a BBC correspondent from 1987 to 1992, and appeared on Panorama until 1999. Princess Diana is interviewed by Martin Bashir In a Panorama interview in 1995, Princess Diana famously told Bashir that there were “three of us in this marriage”.In 2008 he apologised for a “moment of stupidity” after making a joke about “Asian babes” in a speech to American journalists.center_img 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. Bashir previously worked for US broadcastersCredit:Reuters Martin Bashir is to become the BBC’s new religious affairs correspondent, three years after resigning from an American broadcaster over controversial comments about former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.Bashir, 53, who is best known for his high-profile interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, replaces Caroline Wyatt, who stepped down from reporting duties after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The surprise appointment marks a move back into front-line journalism for Bashir, who left his job on US broadcaster MSNBC after labelling Palin America’s “resident dunce”, over comments the politician made about the nation’s national debt.The former governor of Alaska had likened the task of paying of America’s national debt to the plight of slaves, leading Bashir to accuse her of “rank ignorance”. He apologised but later resigned for what he said were “ill-judged comments”.Announcing Bashir’s appointment yesterday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s head of newsgathering, said: “Martin’s track record in enterprising journalism is well known and respected in the industry and amongst our audiences.“As a student of theology, Martin will bring immense knowledge of the brief to his new role, and an enthusiasm to cover the broadest range of faith-based stories.” Martin Bashirlast_img read more

Cobalt Stealing the headlines

first_imgRoskill reports sharp increases in the price of cobalt metal have driven considerable interest in the market. Metal Bulletin’s Cobalt High Grade Free Market price reached above $24/lb on February 24, up from US$17.5/lb a month previously.Many market commentators have pointed to the impact of speculative stockpiling from funds. The Financial Times reported last week that half a dozen funds have purchased and stored an estimated 6,ooo t of cobalt, worth as much as $280 million. As detailed in Roskill’s upcoming Cobalt Report, there has already been material taken out of the market in recent years. China State Reserve Bureau (SRB) has moved to purchase considerable quantities of cobalt since 2014.The cobalt market is prone to volatile prices, although the last few years have seen relative stability underpinned by oversupply despite strong demand. Significant price rises were seen over the 2003 to 2008 period, driven by undersupply, perceived fears over future supply shortages, and high levels of global economic growth underpinned by strong Chinese demand. In 2003 the price of high grade cobalt averaged just under $11/lb but grew to reach an average of over $38/lb by 2008. At the peak in March 2008, high-grade cobalt metal was sold at over $52/lb.As such, the recent price rises do not necessarily reflect the ‘new normal’ and the possibility of a correction is considerable. Importantly, concentrate supply is growing rapidly as DRC output expands and with chemical production able to meet demand the battery industry should be well supplied. Nonetheless, with strong overall demand set against a tight metal market, compounded by recent (albeit some temporary) shutdowns, Roskill anticipates higher average prices over the coming years than those seen in recent years.Roskill’s Cobalt: Global Industry, Markets & Outlook report will be published in Q2 2017.last_img read more

Ibrahim Halawas trial judge is considering releasing him on medical grounds

first_imgIbrahim Halawa’s trial judge is considering releasing him on medical grounds The trial was delayed for the 21st time today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Image: RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3325591 Short URLcenter_img Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. IBRAHIM HALAWA’S TRIAL has been delayed for the 21st time in Cairo as the judge in the case agreed to consider his release on medical grounds.The latest delay means that Halawa has now spent 44 months in prison without being given a hearing on the charges he faces.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Irish officials in court have reported that the judge is to consider the release of the 21-year-old Dubliner.“Our embassy officials were present in court to observe proceedings as they have been at each and every hearing of the case to date. And indeed before coming to this chamber I received a report on the proceedings,” Flanagan said.“Some progress was made today as 11 more witnesses were called to give evidence, which they did.”Furthermore, at the end of today’s hearing Ibrahim Halawa’s lawyers requested his release on medical grounds and the judge undertook to consider that application.Following reports that Halawa’s health has deteriorated sharply and that he had been using a wheelchair, the Irish government arranged for a doctor to visit him in prison.Exact details of his condition were not released by the government due to privacy concerns but they led to the doctor seeking his release on medical grounds. Minister Charlie Flanagan taking questions in the Dáil today. Source: Oireachtas.ie‘Extremely ill’The minister was being questioned on the Halawa case in the Dáil today by deputies Darragh O’Brien and Bríd Smith with the latter questioning the government’s priorities in its dealings with Egypt.Smith said that the Irish government should cease contributing to an EU fund for Egypt while Halawa remains in prison. She also questioned a recent agreement that saw Ireland return to selling beef to Egypt.“The 21st trial is happening today, he’s extremely ill, we’re giving money and we’re promoting a beef trade that we restarted after you visited Egypt,” Smith said.For the first time in 17 years we are beginning to export live beef again to Egypt. It’s worth about 40 million to start with, we hope it will go up to 200 million. Is the export of that beef more important than that young man’s life?Amnesty International, which says it has seen the video evidence in the case which shows no evidence against Halawa, labelled the latest trial delay as “farcical”.“It is beyond farcical that Ibrahim Halawa has now endured 21 delays in his trial, spending 1,327 days imprisoned in Egypt. Amnesty researchers on the ground at the time of his arrest confirm that Ibrahim was sheltering in the al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes he has been charged with,” said Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland.Read: ‘His life is on the line’: Vigil held in support of Ibrahim Halawa ahead of 21st trial date tomorrow >Read: Former Egyptian president who was ousted in the Arab Spring gets out of jail > Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 5:07 PM 35,827 Views Apr 5th 2017, 5:07 PM 177 Comments last_img read more

Game of Thrones Director on Upcoming Battle This Is Survival Horror

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… White Walker war is coming in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, and to set the mood, director Miguel Sapochnik said the epic showdown between Winterfell and the Night King’s army “is survival horror.”Sapochnik spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the mega Battle of Winterfell, and gave Game of Thrones fans a small sneak peek of what the long sequence might entail. Sapochnik, who directed other memorable Game of Thrones episodes such as “Battle of the Bastards,” “Hardhome,” and “The Winds of Winter,” shared spoiler-free details on the creative execution of Episode 3 and how the showdown was more like an apocalyptic struggle to live against the dead.“This is survival horror. That’s the whole episode for me,” Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly. “So, I’ve been trying to work out whose story this is. “Here, I’ve got 20-some cast members and everyone would like it to be their scene. That’s complicated because I find the best battle sequences are when you have a strong point of view, and here the point of view is objective even when you go from one person’s story to another.”For Sapochnik though, finding a way to share what each character was going through, on top of showing this massive fight, was challenging. Thankfully though, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss worked with Sapochnik to refine Episode 3, so important scenes would be highlighted and the audience wouldn’t become tired of watching soldiers and the Army of the Dead swing swords at each other.“We all want everything but we were up against the reality of what we could achieve in the time we had. The thing I’ve put the most hours into was is how, in Episode 3, how to not have an audience feel battle fatigue,” Sapochnik added. “After 20 minutes of watching a battle, you’re over it. So how do you stop it from being a battle in that sense?”Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOApparently, according to Sapochnik, balancing out genres was the best approach for Season 8, Episode 3. “One thing I found is the less action — the less fighting — you can have in a sequence, the better. We also switch genres,” Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s suspense and horror and action and drama and we’re not stuck in killing upon killing because then everybody gets desensitized and it doesn’t mean anything.”Even though Sapochnik will only be directing some episodes in Season 8, he mentioned how key Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5 would be to Game of Thrones’ final season. “What I really like about 3, 4, and 5 is they’re a complete piece with a beginning middle and end. I try to approach all these [episodes] like they’re one,” Sapochnik explained. “Like in season 6, [episodes 9 and 10, “The Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter”], were to me one thing.”No Easter eggs were disclosed here, but it looks like Season 8, Episode 3 might be the foundation for what’s to come for the rest of Game of Thrones. Fans will have to wait to see what this epic battle episode has in store for some of Game of Thrones beloved characters and how it might set the tone for the series’ final season.Watch Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 on Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kristofer Hivju Hints an ‘Intense’ Battle Is ComingFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Photos ‘Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: ‘The Dead Are Already Here’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sri Lanka Navy rescues struggling wild elephant from ocean

first_img(WSVN) – An elephant out for a swim needed the help of Sri Lanka’s military muscle to get back to shore.The Sri Lankan Navy rescued the wild elephant after it had been dragged out to sea by strong currents on Tuesday.Navy officials took action after the animal was spotted struggling to stay afloat off the country’s northeast coast.Divers and at least three vessels worked to drag the elephant back to dry land.It took about six hours for the rescue operation to complete.Veterinarians were on hand to give the animal a check-up before it was released back into the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Top picks according to Angel Broking

first_imgAngel BrokingThe above list of top picks was sent on Thursday by the brokerage. The BSE Sensex has trimmed its losses and now trading almost flat at 31,268 while the NSE Nifty was trading at 9,662. Top index gainers were Dr Reddy’s Labs, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel while losers were TCS and GAIL.Stocks that hit new 52-week highs on Thursday included PNB Housing Finance, Mahindra Holiday, MRF, HDFC, Godrej Industries, Ceat, Maruti Suzuki and Kotak Mahindra Bank.Stocks at new 52-week low included Pfizer, OnMobile Global and Videocon Industries.On Wednesday, FIIs were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 74 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). A man walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai Dec. 5, 2013.Reuters filelast_img read more

Best Shoes of 2019 So Far for Sneaker Geeks

first_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on target The link between nerd culture and streetwear is stronger than ever with releases from sneaker hubs like Nike, Adidas, and Puma paying homage to — and drawing inspiration from — pop culture favorites. We’re not even halfway through 2019, but it’s already been a great year for sneakers and collaborations.Here are the 10 best sneaker releases of 2019 (so far).Puma Palace Guard OGPhoto Credit: PumaThis one’s a killer pick for old-school sneakerheads. Puma brought back one of its old-school basketball sneakers for the first time in ages. It’s a killer retro look that looks just as good today as it did back in the day.Adidas 3MC Vulc Beavis and ButtheadPhoto Credit: AdidasI love a good pop culture crossover in the sneaker world but even I was a little skeptical when adidas first announced their Beavis and Butthead collab. I’m a huge fan of both, but it didn’t seem like the most obvious of combinations. As it turns out, it’s one of the more memorable of the year. Adidas’s skate line teaming up with one of the most aggressively ‘90s cartoons of all time made for a killer set of sneakers and apparel — none more killer than this 3MC Vulc colorway.KD12 90s KidPhoto Credit: NikeSpeaking of the ‘90s, I’ve already gushed about the recent KD12 ‘90s Kid. There’s been a slight delay in release but having already seen this pair in person, I’m totally confident in saying it’s a must-buy in 2019. Keep an eye on the Nike SNKRS app for further release information. You don’t want to miss these.Nike Air Max 720Photo Credit: NikeSimilarly, Geek featured the Air Max 720 a few weeks back. It’s easily the boldest silhouette of the year and Nike’s gamble on it has paid off — it’s a huge hit with its spacey, new wave design and massive Air Max bubble as a cushion. I’m still inclined to say the Throwback Future is the best colorway they’ve dropped so far.New Nike PG x NASAPhoto Credit: Nike2018 saw Nike athlete Paul George drop an entire range of clothing, sneakers included, in collaboration with NASA — yeah, that NASA. It was a huge success and in 2019 the collaboration is continuing with this killer new colorway for George’s signature PG3. It’s a departure from the last NASA colorway for sure but (dare I say it?) it might be better. This one in particular pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission, adding a cool layer of history to the sneaker’s storytelling.Vans x David BowiePhoto Credit: VansFor any and all space oddities, the Vans x David Bowie collection is gonna be right up your alley. Vans has supercharged a few of their classic silhouettes with vibrant new colorways that play on some of the legend’s different personas. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, the whole gang is here — though I’ve personally gotta give it up for the Aladdin Sane colorway. It’s easily the most electric of the whole lot.Adidas Nite JoggerPhoto Credit: AdidasAdidas came out swinging in 2019 with this chunky, futuristic silhouette. It features a massive Boost sole and a dope reflective upper. The whole thing resembles something out of a Warren Ellis comic — weird, futuristic, and extremely fashion-forward. There’s a variety of colorways available but I’m personally partial to the original black and orange getup.Adidas Dame 5Photo Credit: AdidasThere’s nothing inherently geeky about the adidas Dame 5. It’s just a beauty and worth checking out if you’re into sneakers. Damian Lillard’s signature sneakers might not have the hype that LeBron or James Harden’s do but look at that silhouette! It’s so sleek and elegantly designed. Any self-respecting sneaker nerd should check it out.Atmos x Nike Air Max2 LightPhoto Credit: NikeLegendary footwear boutique Atmos just dropped their latest Nike collab and it’s a real stunner. The colorway draws inspiration from ‘90s sportswear and advertising imagery. It’s a loud, vibrant silhouette for sure but those who aren’t afraid of a little bit of color are sure to look great in it.Nike Adapt BBPhoto Credit: NikeThe capstone to decades of technology and relentless research, this year Nike unveiled the Adapt BB, a fully automated self-lacing basketball shoe that runs through an app in your phone. What more is there to say? This shoe is the future and while the technology is sure to get integrated into future Nike silhouettes, getting the Adapt BB gives you the chance to say that you were there when it all went down.More on Geek.com:Adidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ CollaborationComic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas ShoeThis Cool App Lets You Try On Sneakers Virtuallylast_img read more

EAs The Sims 2 giveaway includes controversial SecuROM DRM

first_imgLast week EA decided to do something rather generous and very un-EA: they offered everyone a free copy of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection. All you had to do was download and install a copy of Origin and use the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS to secure your free copy of the game. The offer lasts until the end of July 31 if you’re interested.However, it’s not all great news. The copy of The Sims 2 EA is distributing includes the very controversial digital rights management solution called SecuROM. Gamers hate this DRM and with good reason.SecuROM has been around for years and attempts to stop the piracy of games that use it by limiting duplication and reverse engineering. But it causes a number of issues including not recognizing legitimate game discs, not working if you have certain (standard) features enabled in Windows, it causes conflicts with other software, and if you uninstall a game SecuROM hangs around in your registry and refuses to be deleted.If you’ve played BioShock, Mass Effect, Spore, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Dragon Age II, or Final Fantasy VII (re-release) on PC then you’ve come into contact with it. In fact, Spore made it into the top 10 of most pirated games in 2008 because gamers were so eager to avoid SecuROM on the legal version.So while EA’s offer of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection is generous, it may not be worth taking them up on it simply to avoid the potential nightmare that is SecuROM. If you’ve already installed the game, here’s a very useful guide on how to remove SecuROM should you need to.last_img read more

Chemist develops process that allows iron to serve as platinum catalyst

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. (Phys.org)—Paul Chirik, a chemistry professor at Princeton University has, according to a profile in the New York Times, developed a process that allows ordinary iron to be used as a substitute catalyst in certain reactions that up till now have required platinum. © 2012 Phys.org New catalyst to significantly reduce use of precious metals Citation: Chemist develops process that allows iron to serve as platinum catalyst (2012, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-chemist-iron-platinum-catalyst.html More information: www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/sci … g-like-platinum.htmlwww.princeton.edu/chemistry/fa … lty/profiles/chirik/ Platinum is very expensive, roughly $22,000 a pound and is used as a catalyst to make many popular products such as the denim in jeans and beer. The reason it’s expensive is because it is relatively rare and most of it is mined in just two countries, Russia and South Africa. For this reason, chemists have been looking at ways to use other materials as a catalyst to reduce the reliance on rare metals.Catalysts are materials that are added to other chemicals to lower the activation level of a reaction. The activation level is the amount of energy held in chemicals needed to overcome a barrier known as the activation energy. Because of its special properties, platinum, along with other noble metals such as palladium and rhodium, has been found to be an excellent catalyst in many modern day manufacturing processes, but as more is needed, the price rises, causing the need for alternatives to be found. Iron in comparison to platinum, is very cheap, going for about 50 cents a pound. But it’s not a very good catalyst, at least not in its natural form. To make it a better catalyst, Dr. Chirik has found a way to modify its outer structure to cause other chemicals to react with it as if it were platinum. His process involves wrapping iron molecules with an organic molecule known as a ligand. Doing so alters the number of electrons that become available for forming bonds and allows for more rigid structure development.This new research could have a major impact on manufacturing processes, allowing for the creation of a wide variety of products that rely on expensive rare metals, at much lower prices. There are still some obstacles in the way, however, such as figuring out how to prevent the modified iron from rusting. Native Platinum nugget, locality Kondyor mine, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. Credit: Wikipedia. Explore furtherlast_img read more

This Artist Used Tech to Control Sperm With Her Mind

first_img Art gives us the power to communicate without words, but it’s entirely dependent on the mediums around us — video was not an art form in the 1800s because it didn’t exist, and there aren’t many people making cave paintings these days.We now live in an era when new platforms and mediums pop up regularly, which brings up the question: How does art react to this unstoppable, rapid evolution? That’s the question transdisciplinary artist Ani Liu is attempting to answer. She’s a research assistant with MIT’s Media Lab, where she creates research-based art that explores the intersections between science, culture and emerging technologies.One recent piece by Liu — which combines the aesthetic, the political and the technical — has received a lot of media attention. Mind Controlled Spermatozoa is the aptly named installation in which Liu uses technology to control the motion of live sperm with her mind (yup).In the project, Liu dons a commercially available EEG headpiece that monitors electrical activity on her scalp and translates that activity into a digital signal. The signal (i.e. Liu’s thoughts) prompts a change in electronic charge around a microscope holding a sample of live human sperm. Mammal sperm exhibit a phenomenon known as galvanotaxis in which they change direction depending on the electro-magnetic fields in their environment. In a very real sense, Ani is able to control sperm with just the power of thought.”I was taking a class called ‘how to grow almost anything’ and I was learning about galvanotaxis and I was like ‘wow, I wonder if that would work with sperm and what would be the implications of a woman controlling sperm in such a way?'” Liu explained when she stopped by PCMag’s offices to shoot an episode of PCMag’s interview series, The Convo.In light of recent political events, the subtext of the piece should be pretty clear. Regardless of anyone’s personal politics, it’s interesting to note that Mind Controlled Spermatozoa would be impossible to create 20 years ago before commercially available EEGs were around; it was born from a cross section of mediums that only exist today.Similarly, in her Botany of Desire project, Liu utilized cutting-edge botanic research to “design” plants that interact with humans on an emotional level. Notably, Liu and her team at MIT engineered a plant that bloomed where she kissed it. That might sound like some IRL ancient Greek goddess magic, but it’s magic based on contemporary science. Using modern bioengineering techniques, Liu created plants that react in predetermined ways when they encounter chemicals in her lipstick.Works like Botany of Desire inevitably evoke questions about contemporary phenomenon like genetic engineering and modified organisms. These are questions an artist of a previous era would never even think to ask, and certainly wouldn’t know how to explore.In a world full of new science and technology, it’s increasingly difficult for society to contemplate what it’s doing to itself before it’s already doing it. This trend will only accelerate, though, so today’s artists should consider it their duty to utilize STEM in their work. The Convo is PCMag’s interview series hosted by features editor Evan Dashevsky (@haldash). Each episode is broadcast live on PCMag’s Facebook page, where viewers are invited to ask guests questions in the comments. Episodes are then posted on our YouTube page and available as an audio podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes or the podcast platform of your choice. June 23, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | January 21, 2014 Imaging May be Unnecessary for Some Chronic Pain Sufferers ASA releases recommendations for pain medicine, imaging News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content Avoid imaging studies for acute low-back pain without specific indications.Unnecessary imaging in the first six weeks after pain begins may reveal incidental findings that divert attention and increase risk of unhelpful surgery. 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Jobs play a thinker

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionYou’ve just received your new iPhone and its purported megabytes of empty digital space. You plan to fill it with messages and photos of your friends, family and cat, but to your surprise, your new gadget is already occupied. It contains photos of the phone’s birthplace in a Chinese factory.When monologist Mike Daisey heard that this actually happened to someone, he was intrigued, and he went to China in 2010 to investigate the source of the world’s beloved Apple products. What he found  became the subject of his play, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” After seeing the Little Theatre Group’s iteration of Daisey’s play, audience members will never look at their iPhones or MacBooks the same way.Friday night just 25 seats were filled, with double that available at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, a modern, concrete affair with a basement Shakespeare bar. As the lights dimmed and the stage lit up, five actors shuffled on stage and took seats in chairs facing the audience. Director Pilar Saavedra-Vela divided the monologue among the actors, who took turns portraying the narrator Daisey and other characters during the two-hour production.The narrators took the audience from the college-dropout days of Steve Jobs to his development of Apple, and then they explored Daisey’s own fascination with technology, experience inside Chinese factories and discussions with Chinese union organizers.“I found this piece touching, and so important to bring up,” said Saavedra-Vela, who had never before directed a play. “Everyone has so many items in their homes that are made in China. Technology is so pervasive in our lives and this piece helps us to see a side we’ve not contemplated.”Controversy around the play surfaced after the public radio show “This American Life” aired an excerpt from the monologue. A journalist in China heard the show and reported that Daisey exaggerated aspects of his play, for instance, the armed guards surrounding the factories. Only police and military personnel in China are allowed to carry weapons. Daisey later admitted to embellishing his play for theatrical effect, but the version presented by the Little Theater Group contained none of the inaccuracies.Some theater critics have defended Daisey, arguing that even if details were misconstrued, the fact remains that employees in many electronics companies overseas experience terrible working conditions to deliver the world’s hundred-dollar iPods and thousand-dollar MacBooks. One particularly egregious example Daisey’s monologue highlights is that of N-hexane,the chemical used to clean the screens of electronic devices. It causes neurological damage, which the actors portrayed with vivid and disturbing tremors.The play concludes with a call to action. Actors ask for those moved by the production to think twice about upgrading one’s electronics, to educate themselves about where products come from and to spread the messages of Daisey’s play.Tom Humes, one of the actors, said this work is more like a documentary and it has a different goal than the usual productions seen from the Little Theater Group. “Usually we want to make you laugh or cry, but with this one we want you to think,” he said. “This gives you a different look at the icon of Steve Jobs and the downside to his empire.”The Little Theatre Group is staging the play for one more weekend at the Laurence Olivier Theatre in San José, at Avenida 2, Calle 28, next to the Sala Garbo, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 8858-1446 or visit www.littletheatregroup.org Facebook Commentslast_img read more

2008 report warned of threat to highway

first_imgFrom the print editionDriving north out of San José on one of the country’s most important highways, the road suddenly narrows and steel trusses appear on both sides of the asphalt and down the center of the street. Two Bailey bridges were opened on General Cañas Highway on Tuesday, after a large sinkhole opened up on the route last week.The Roadway Safety Council (CONAVI) backtracked on earlier estimates that repairing the drainage system below the General Cañas Highway (or Route 1) would take three weeks. Now transit officials can only give a rough guess that the repairs will take “months.”The pit, now four meters deep and nine meters wide, appeared in front of the Plaza Los Arcos in Ciudad Cariari, northwest of San José, several minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. The turmoil that followed caused accidents, traffic jams and missed flights. By Tuesday, traffic flow returned to normal. However, repairing the underlying damage will not be simple.The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and CONAVI could not decide how many months the repairs would take, although they assumed it would be done by the end of the year. Construction workers have begun the preliminary steps of installing a larger drainage system below the highway, MOPT said in a press release. After the work is finished, Bailey bridges will be placed on the opposite lanes of the highway so that the entire system can be remodeled and upgraded.José Luis Salas, executive director of CONAVI, told the daily La Nación, “We could be talking about months.”CONAVI engineer Cristian Vargas told crhoy.com, “We can’t say if it’ll take more or less than six months.”Sinkhole PredictedA report Wednesday in the daily La Nación showed that the damage that occurred under the highway had been predicted four years earlier. In 2008, according to La Nación, a lawyer warned the Heredia Municipal Council that the road could be washed out. The information was based on a study commissioned by a local landowner. The lawyer said the study warned that a tree trunk could fall into the La Guaria ravine, which flows under the highway, and block the drainage system, causing a collapse of the highway. That is exactly what happened last week.The Heredia Municipal Council alerted CONAVI, but according to officials, they never received a response. CONAVI’s Salas responded that his department has conducted routine checkups along the highway. Other studies by the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute and the University of Costa Rica’s National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models concluded that urban growth in Heredia and lack of care caused the collapse of the storm drains.Through the decades, the northern province of Heredia converted its expanse of coffee plantations into residences and businesses. Rainfall in central Heredia flows out of the newly urbanized area and into the La Guaria. During heavy downpours, the ravine becomes overwhelmed by storm water, and the weak drainage system is put at risk. News station Telenoticias Channel 7 reported that the Bailey bridges on General Cañas cost 150 million ($300,000). The news report, citing CONAVI data, noted that Costa Rica has more than a kilometer of Bailey bridges installed in the country. Telenoticias concluded that the bridges, intended to be a temporary fix, remain in 80 different locations in the country.  The sinkhole area will be closed 10 p.m-5 a.m. every day until repairs are completed. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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