Statements of Political Contributions Available

first_imgThe annual statements of political contributions for 2003 are nowavailable. The statements are filed by the recognized parties, theirelectoral district associations and by candidates for provincialpolitical office. These statements disclose the names andaddresses of all contributors who donated $50 or more. Disclosure is made by Judge Merlin Nunn, conflict of interestcommissioner and designated person, in accordance with therequirements of the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act. The statements are available from the office of the ChiefElectoral Officer at 3667 Strawberry Hill, Halifax, between 9a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. -30-last_img read more

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Wanted gangster held from Manipur

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 29-year-old gangster carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh , Rs 50,000 from Delhi Police and Rs 70,000 from UP Police was arrested from Manipur by Delhi police special Cell.The accused Rizwan, a resident of Seelampur in Delhi is a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. Police said he was carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh. The gang leader was involved in several cases including an attempt to murder and robbery in Delhi and UP. Police got a tip-off around a month back that Rizwan was planning to commit some crime in the trans-Yamuna area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”It was revealed that Rizwan and his associates had made Manipur their hideout and used to visit Delhi and UP to commit crimes and then go back to Manipur,” Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Cell said. The police got information that Rizwan was presently hiding in Imphal in Manipur. A police team was sent to Imphal. Rizwan was apprehended from Imphal on Friday where he was hiding for the past several months, the DCP said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe was involved in more than 30 criminal cases registered against him in Delhi and UP, he said. During interrogation, Rizwan said that in the Panchayat elections in 2004, his relative Ehsan Hafiz was shot dead in Budaun over a gang rivalry by Nawab Khan. Rizwan was the witness in that case and during trial, he fired at Nawab Khan in the court complex. Khan however had escaped unhurt. He was arrested and remained in jail for 6 months, police said. Later, Rizwan killed a woman Sitara in Islam Nagar in UP as he suspected that she had passed information of Hafiz to Khan. He was arrested and remained in jail for another eight months, Kushwah said. However, after coming out of jail, he formed a gang and started robbing people. In 2007, he robbed a petrol pump and in 2013, he robbed Rs seven lakh from a businessman in Bareilly in UP, police said. He got married to a Manipuri woman Farida in 2014 and has two sons, police added.last_img read more

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I write about my biggest fears Phoebe WallerBridge

first_imgLondon: Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she draws her characters from her personal life but it is more about being in touch with her deepest fears. The creator and star of dark comedy Fleabag said that she asks the question “what if” through the hit ‘BBC Two show’, which follows her title character, a 30-something woman and her misadventures with life, family and love. “Of course I’m drawing on really personal things and things that echo in real life, but I write about my biggest fears. I write about losing my best friend or losing my mum, or not communicating with my dad, or not getting on with his new partner, and all those things are my worst fears: whereas actually my mum’s alive and well, my best friend is alive and well and we have an unbelievable relationship, my relationship with both my siblings is incredible, I get on really well with my stepmother and my dad; but it’s the ‘what if?'” Waller-Bridge said on ‘How to Fail with Elizabeth Day’ podcast. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyWhat troubles the writer is the speculation that a female screenwriter could only have drawn such lifelike characters from real life. “Women can make things up too! It’s not all our diaries!” she said. “It might be to do with the fact I’m a woman, but it also might not be. That autobiographical assumption is something I’m asked about a lot. It is either because the show feels so raw and real that people think it’s real, or it’s because people assume there’s a limit to a woman’s imagination. I’d always rather believe the former.” Waller-Bridge also said the success of the show and the sudden fame that followed exposed her family to questions about their personal life.last_img read more

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AFN calls for immediate action over racist comments by RCMP officer

first_imgTrina Roache APTN InvestigatesAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants to see immediate action over racist comments posted on Facebook by an RCMP officer.“There is no room for this kind of intolerance in Canada, especially among those who have chosen to serve the public in law enforcement,” said Bellegarde, in a statement emailed to APTN.In a private Facebook group, an RCMP member commented on a story shared about the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, writing that Colten Boushie “got what he deserved.”Related: RCMP Facebook group claims Colten Boushie ‘got what he deserved’The 22-year old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan was shot and killed when he and four others drove onto Stanley’s farm in August of 2016.Stanley was charged with second-degree murder, but argued the shooting was an accident. He was acquitted last Friday.“The recent verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie has laid bare the issue of racial discrimination in Canada’s justice system,” said Bellegarde.“It’s evident in the over-representation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system, in the way First Nations people do not feel protected when First Nations people are victims of violence, and it is shockingly evident in online comments like this one.”Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he has talked to the RCMP about what he calls an “absolutely appalling” remark.“The facts are being determined and examined,” Goodale said. “If they turn out to be what they appear to be, this is unacceptable and there will be consequences.”APTN has confirmed the person who posted the comment is an RCMP officer in Alberta, but is not releasing her name at this time.RCMP Headquarters says it has now launched an investigation into the social media posts. Under the Privacy Act, it can’t share personal information.In an emailed response to APTN, an RCMP spokesperson said, “As a result, we cannot confirm or discuss whether Code of Conduct investigations are underway in relation to any individual.”The comments were made in a private Facebook group called “News stories that Matter to or May Impact RCMP.” The group has 1,200 members.After a tip from a source that some of posts were “shocking,” an APTN reporter asked to join the group and was added as a member.Some of the comments on posts about Stanley’s not-guilty verdict in Boushie’s murder, were alarming and racist. Ranging from, “one less thug is no loss,” to how it was “sad that Boushie died, but he made his fate.”Not every inflammatory comment is by a police officer, though some are clearly articulating that is their line of work.The group consists of current and former RCMP members, public servants, politicians, and now media.Before deleting their Facebook account, the RCMP officer in question had this photo as their cover photo on Facebook.The RCMP officer at the centre of investigation now, deleted her comments shortly after APTN was granted access to the group. And has since deleted her personal Facebook page. But not before changing the cover photo with a picture of a gun and the text ‘This home protected by the good lord and a gun. If you came here to steal or do harm you might meet them both.’APTN did reach out to the officer, but so far no files from The Canadian Press.last_img read more

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Morocco Arrests Nigerian with 72 Cocaine Capsules in Stomach at Airport

Rabat – Security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested a Nigerian with 1.325 kilograms of cocaine inside his stomach.The passenger was arrested on January 1 at Mohammed V Airport when he arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement on Wednesday.The suspect was carrying 72 capsules of cocaine in his stomach. Police transported the suspect to Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center in Casablanca to remove the cocaine from his stomach. He is currently in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, according to DGSN’s statement.Read Also: Morocco Arrests 2 Africans with 3.7 Kilograms of Cocaine in StomachsThe arrest came a week after security services at the Mohammed V International Airport caught a South African traveler and a Namibian traveler with 3.7 kilograms of cocaine inside their stomachs.On December 17, Casablanca airport police arrested a sub-Saharan passenger with nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine in 131 capsules of cocaine concealed inside her stomach.All three passengers arrested also arrived on flights from Sao Paulo.In 2018, police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis. read more

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Information technology plays key role in fostering development Ban Kimoon says

27 February 2007Information and communications technologies (ICT) are crucial in spurring “development, dignity and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told a gathering of technology experts, activists, corporate leaders and government officials. “Let us turn the digital divide into digital opportunity,” Mr. Ban said in a video message at the opening of the Steering Committee’s meeting of the Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies and Development, a UN initiative. Governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and others must join forces to “promote new business models, public policies and technology solutions in the global approach to development,” he added.Members of the Alliance will brainstorm with Silicon Valley leaders tomorrow to determine how the UN and the business world can work in tandem to bring the benefits of ICT to developing countries.“Increasing access to technology will be a critical driver of economic growth in emerging economies,” said Craig Barrett, Global Alliance Chair and Intel Corporation Chairman. “It’s time to focus on actions with results, not protocol. Our focus can improve people’s lives.”The Alliance was formed last year, and is “well placed to promote the use of ICT in fighting poverty, illiteracy and disease, in protecting the environment and empowering women and girls,” Mr. Ban said, underscoring how technology can be utilized to meet the Millennium Development Goals, a set of globally agreed targets that aim to deal with a host of social ills – including eradicating extreme poverty – by 2015.This session held in Santa Clara, California, is the third since the Alliance’s creation last year and will span two days. At least 250 people are expected to attend. read more

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Middle East diplomatic Quartet urges resumption of negotiations as soon as possible

This statement followed discussions over the weekend in Munich, Germany, by the Quartet principals – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union (EU) High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, representing the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. “The Quartet underlined the importance of the parties resuming negotiations as soon as possible,” the statement said. “A sustainable peace requires the Palestinians’ aspirations for statehood and sovereignty and those of Israelis for security to be fulfilled through negotiations based on the two-state solution,” it said.The Quartet also expressed its deep concern over “the difficult situation in Gaza where the pace of reconstruction needs to be accelerated to address the basic needs of the Palestinian population and to ensure stability” and “stressed that donor funding is critical.”Specifically, the Quartet expressed support for the recent joint letter by Egypt and Norway, as well as the joint statement by the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, urging donors to disburse as soon as possible their financial commitments made at the October 2014 Cairo Conference, including the funding of UN agencies carrying out vital operations in Gaza for both the refugee and non-refugee populations.The Quartet also recalled the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative – with its vision for a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict – and the vital role of Arab partners.And the group expressed their warm appreciation for the tireless work of outgoing UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry. read more

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Kim Dotcom decides to launch a Mega encrypted email service

first_imgAfter two high-profile encrypted email providers announced they were shutting down, Kim Dotcom’s Mega has responded by throwing its hat into the ring. The new email service is being built upon the same end-to-end encryption that Mega now uses to protect the privacy of its filesharing clients.There are some sizable hurdles to overcome in launching such a service, of course. Mega has to make sure that its new service is every bit as usable as vanilla webmail. That means making sure users can search the contents of their inboxes and that email from non-encrypted contacts is handled in a secure fashion.The boisterous Dotcom isn’t concerned. He’s as defiant as ever, and thrilled about the “exciting work” his team is doing to protect user privacy. But can Mega succeed in the wake of two big-name services shutting down?Both Lavabit (NSA leaker Edward Snowedn’s email of choice) and Silent Circle called it quits this week. Pressure from the U.S. government is believed to be the motivating factor for Lavabit. Company founder Ladar Levison blogged that he had to “walk away from nearly ten years of hard work” in order to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people.”Less than 24 hours later, Silent Circle admins decided “the writing was on the wall” and pulled the plug. Its servers have been physically destroyed. “Better to take flak from customers rather than be forced to turn it over,” said CEO Michael Janke.Dotcom says it will take a few more months to put the finishing touches on Mega’s encrypted email service. The company “will never launch anything that undermines its end-to-end encryption core,” he told ZDNet. He’s already proven that Mega could rebound from what looked like a a cataclysmic event. Surely he and his team can deliver a secure email service that can survive a little government scrutiny.last_img read more

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Téléphonie mobile les enfants sous haute surveillance grâce à Taser

first_imgTéléphonie mobile : les enfants sous haute surveillance grâce à TaserÉtats-Unis – Taser, la célèbre société qui fournit les forces de l’ordre en pistolets à impulsion électrique, s’attaque maintenant aux parents avec le lancement, cet été aux États-Unis, d’un téléphone portable “espion” permettant de surveiller les enfants.Les parents sont souvent bien inquiets de voir leur progéniture du matin au soir avec un téléphone portable à la main. Le pire, c’est qu’ils n’ont aucun contrôle sur l’appareil, notamment sur les SMS et photos envoyés et reçus, et surtout sur les appels provenant de numéros inconnus. La société Taser a profité de cette crainte pour mettre au point un logiciel qui permettra une surveillance des téléphones, voire un contrôle total.Mobile Protector permet d’envoyer sur le portable ou l’ordinateur des parents une alerte lorsque l’enfant reçoit un appel d’un numéro inconnu. Ils peuvent alors écouter l’appel, le bloquer ou répondre à la place de l’enfant pour savoir à qui ils ont à faire.Les parents peuvent également consulter tous les messages, photos et vidéos envoyés et reçus afin de vérifier leur contenu. Ils peuvent même empêcher leur envoi s’ils considèrent leur contenu inapproprié, notamment en ce moment avec la mode du sexting. À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Ce logiciel n’est pas seulement utile à la prévention : il peut servir de punition. La confiscation d’un téléphone étant quasiment impossible, les parents n’ont plus qu’à bloquer ce dernier : son usage devient alors impossible. De même, cette fonction du logiciel peut s’avérer très utile lors des repas de famille, si votre ado ne peut pas s’empêcher d’envoyer des textos toutes les 2 minutes, un clic avant de partir et vous êtes tranquilles toute la soirée.Autre fonction : les parents peuvent localiser leur enfant, si toutefois leur mobile est équipé d’un GPS. Au niveau de la sécurité, Taser a également pensé à un dispositif permettant de situer un enfant disparu ainsi qu’à un autre système, permettant de bloquer l’envoi de textos, les appels ou les 2 lorsque les jeunes conducteurs sont au volant.Le logiciel sera disponible aux Etats-Unis cet été. Il faudra souscrire à un abonnement mensuel de 10 à 30 dollars mais… la solution la plus efficace serait peut-être encore de ne pas acheter de portable aux enfants de moins de 10 ans.Le 15 janvier 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Indian National Science Academy gets first woman president in

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former director of the National Institute of Immunology Chandrima Shaha has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy (INSA), according to its website. Shaha, who will head INSA from 2020, said after taking over as president, her priority would be to make efforts to further popularise science among the masses, and she would also focus on more collaborations with foreign institutes. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “One of my goals will be to take steps to popularise science among the masses. Our local chapters have also been taking steps in this regard,” the 66-year-old said. Shaha, who returned to India after completing her post-doctoral research in 1984, is currently Professor of Eminence at the National Institute of Immunology, an institute under the Department of Biotechnology. INSA was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare. It has nearly 926 fellows. It has noted scientists like Raghunath Mashelkar as its former presidents.last_img read more

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Markets give thumbs down to rate cut by Reserve Bank of India

first_imgA man walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015.ReutersStock markets were apparently not impressed with the modest 50-point cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex gave up early gains and closed 98 points lower at 32,476 while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty also ended lower.Top Sensex losers included Dr Reddy’s Labs, Tata Motors, Sun Pharma and Kotak Mahindra Bank while stocks that bucked the trend included NTPC, Hero Motocorp and Adani Ports.Also read: RBI Monetary Policy: Repo rate cut by 25 bps, policy stance neutralAt the end of the two-day meeting, the MPC said that it has reduced the repo rate to 6 percent. The markets had factored in the 25-point cut though some analysts had pitched for a higher rate cut in view of the low retail inflation level and a sluggish industrial growth.The apex bank retained the FY2018 growth projection (GVA) at 7.3 percent.The RBI’s MPC highlighted some of the positives in the economy such as sustained inflows into equity and debt markets — net purchases of US$ 15.2 billion in domestic debt and equity markets so far (up to July 31) — and foreign exchange reserves hit a high of $392.9 billion as of July 28.On the flip side, the MPC said declining exports and rising imports resulted in trade deficit spiking to $40.1 billion in the June 2017 quarter on a YoY basis. “…import growth remained in double digits, primarily due to a surge in oil imports and stockpiling of gold imports ahead of the implementation of the GST. Imports of coal, electronic goods, pearls and precious stones, vegetable oils and machinery also accelerated,” the MPC said in its statement.Triggers for inflationThe bank expressed concern over upward risks to inflation, especially that emanating from farm loan waiver. “Implementation of farm loan waivers by States may result in possible fiscal slippages and undermine the quality of public spending, entailing inflationary spillovers,” the statement said. “If States choose to implement salary and allowance increases similar to the Centre in the current financial year, headline inflation could rise by an additional estimated 100 basis points above the baseline over 18-24 months,” the statement added.Low inflation levels unsustainable The RBI did not share the widely-held view among analysts that the fall in inflation to 1.54 percent for June is sustainable. ” This (June inflation) was mainly the outcome of large favourable base effects which are slated to dissipate and reverse from August. There are now visible signs, however, of the usual seasonal price spikes, even if with a delay and especially in respect of tomatoes, onions and milk,” the central bank’s MPC said.Real estate dynamicsReal estate developer House of Hiranandani said the current situation makes a case for a cut in lending rates by banks to spur demand. “While the demand for real estate in India remains huge, actual consumption has remained sluggish. Given the liquidity situation prevailing in the market post demonetization, there is scope for banks to cut their lending rate further. The amalgamation of lower interest rates coupled with various progressive measures taken by the government will hopefully help buyers ahead of the festive season,” Surendra Hiranandani, Chairman & MD, House of Hiranandani, said in a statement.However, Anuj Puri, chairman of consultancy firm Anarock Property Consultants, said that factors other than interest rate would determine buying preferences for home buyers. “…it must be remembered that buyer sentiment has been impacted by a number of variables, including an overall lack of affordability in the larger cities and the slowdown in IT/ITeS-driven employment. RERA has also induced a go-slow in fresh launches, which means that there will be less fresh supply on the market. Consequently, prices are unlikely to reduce further – and more than interest rates, it is property prices which affect buying decisions,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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Give polling agents full security CEC asks law enforcers

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday directed law enforcers to create a safe environment for all and foil any bid to resort to anarchy and irregularities during Sunday’s general election, reports UNB.“I’m directing the members of law enforcement agencies at all levels to ensure a safe atmosphere for all for tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) election. If any violent situation appears or act of sabotage occurs, I’m directing them to curb those with an iron hand,” he said.If any quarter tries to create anarchy at polling stations, on-duty law enforcers will have to control it, the CEC said at a briefing on election preparations at the media centre of Nirbachan Bhaban.He also warned that if anything (violence and irregularity) takes place in any place due to negligence and inaction of the members of law enforcement agencies, action will be taken against all of them following investigations.Citing media reports published on Saturday that the agents of many candidates were being harassed in various ways, Nurul Huda said, “It’s not expected.”“Police will neither arrest nor harass any agent unless there’s specific charge of criminal offence against him or her. They (agents) will have to be given full security in performing the election duty,” he said.Mentioning that the polling agents have huge responsibilities, the CEC urged them not to leave the polling stations in any way until they get the election result sheets in their hands. “If anyone illegally asks them to leave the polling booths, seek help of magistrates or law enforcement agencies,” he said.On the conclusion of the balloting, the presiding officer concerned will start counting votes inside the polling station in the presence of agents of candidates, journalists and others concerned and provide a result sheet to every agent, said Nurul Huda.He urged all the officers engaged in election activities to perform their responsibilities going beyond the partisan views. “Be careful so that no candidate is deprived of just rights and the election is not questionable only because of your role,” he added.“I request all political parties, candidates and supporters to show patience and respect to each other so that the competition doesn’t turn violent,” the CEC said.He said they noticed with sorrow that there had been violence and loss of lives and property during the election campaign, which was not expected.Nurul Huda asked the authorities concerned to investigate the criminal offences and take legal actions against those responsible for the incidents. “I would like to request all the election stakeholders to maintain the competitive environment shunning violence,” he said.Terming the election ‘inclusive’, he said all the registered political parties are participating in the election and a total of 1,861 candidates are there in the race. “A competitive situation has been created in the election,” he said, adding that a festive and enthusiastic mood prevails across the country.last_img read more

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Physicists discover magnetotoroidic effect

first_img More information: Wei Ren and L. Bellaiche. “Prediction of the Magnetotoroidic Effect from Atomistic Simulations.” Physical Review Letters 107, 127202 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.127202 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Magnetic Vortex Switch Leads to Electric Pulsecenter_img ( — For many years, scientists have known about the magnetoelectric effect, in which an electric field can induce and control a magnetic field, and vice versa. In this effect, the electric field has always been homogeneous. Now, scientists have found that a curled electric field can also be used to control magnetic fields, constituting a novel phenomenon that they call the “magnetotoroidic effect.” Citation: Physicists discover ‘magnetotoroidic effect’ (2011, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “A homogeneous electric field is one in which the electric field is a constant everywhere, as that produced by opposite static charges on two metallic capacitor plates,” Wei Ren of the University of Arkansas told “On the other hand, a time-varying magnetic field can also induce an electric field that possesses a curl according to the Maxwell-Faraday equation. However, such a curl is zero in the homogeneous electric field.”In their study, Ren and coauthor L. Bellaiche, also from the University of Arkansas, have performed atomistic simulations that have confirmed the existence of the new effect, which was previously predicted in theory. Their results are published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their simulations, the researchers applied a curled electric field to nanodots made of bismuth iron oxide (BFO), which has magnetic properties. They found that, by playing with the magnitude and direction of a vector quantifying the curled electric field, they could control both the magnitude and direction of the nanodots’ magnetization.The simulations also revealed that the effect originates from an interplay among three different components: magnetic dipoles, electric vortices, and oxygen octahedral tilts (from the BFO). When using the curled electric field to control the nanodots’ magnetization, the researchers discovered that the process involves some peculiar intermediate states. One such state, for instance, consists of pairs of electric vortices that coexist with a single antivortex.“Some of our findings are quite surprising and unexpected,” Ren said. “The coexistence of a vortex pair and an antivortex in ferroelectrics has never been reported before, although it is now known as an extremely interesting state in ferromagnetism research areas.”This understanding of the magnetotoroidic effect could enable scientists to use electric fields to better control magnetism, which could have a variety of useful applications. In their paper, the scientists mention the possibility of developing new memory devices with unprecedented storage density.“The MT effect may find applications in the field-induced controlling of magnetic orders, switching of ferroelectric vortex, and modulation of oxygen octahedral tilts,” Ren said. “More importantly, this effect can lead the burgeoning magnetoelectric research to some new arena thanks to the rapid development of nanoscience and engineering.”last_img read more

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Cat shelter findings Less stress with box access

first_img Citation: Cat shelter findings: Less stress with box access (2015, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Applied Animal Behaviour Science More information: Applied Animal Behaviour Science, … 0236-6/abstract?cc=y Out of all those cat videos that keep your eyes glued to the screen far longer than you would care to acknowledge, you may have seen some showing little and big cats trying their best to snuggle into big and too-little cardboard boxes. What makes them so content about being in a box? Scientists have spent much time looking for answers. “Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats?” That is one such exploration, published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, the journal of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE). The three authors, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, studied stress in shelter cats and found that hiding boxes reduced stress, at least on the short term. They chose shelters as their investigation site because that is where the stress levels for domestic cats can be serious. The researchers assessed the effect of a hiding box on stress levels of newly arrived cats in a Dutch animal shelter. Ten cats had a box; nine did not. They found a significant difference between the two groups on observation days 3 and 4. The cats with the hiding box were able to recover faster in their new environment.Writing in Wired, Bryan Gardiner took up the topic of why cats love boxes, discussing the researchers’ findings as well as other explorations into the way cats love scampering and even squeezing into boxes. One of the authors of the Dutch cat shelter paper, Claudia Vinke, was quoted in Wired: “Hiding is a behavioral strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors,” Vinke said in her email. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in their observations about cat shelters and stress, said that “cats benefit greatly from the ability to hide when stressed. In shelters, this can be accomplished in a variety of ways, with a range of costs and benefits.” One type of hiding spot which they recommended was a “hiding box” which they said could be “a cardboard box, a specially designed Hide-Perch-and-Go box, a sturdier plastic box or cage insert, a plastic carrier, or a commercially available “cat den.” The Cornell site said that while cardboard boxes are inexpensive, they cannot be cleaned, and must only be used for one cat before being discarded or recycled. Gardiner in Wired made the point that boxes are not the only enclosures that attract cats; bowls, a bathroom sink, or other enclosures seem to work, too. Gardiner also made the point that cats scramble for such enclosures in a fundamental search not merely to feel psychologically cozy but for heat.”According to a 2006 study by the National Research Council, the thermoneutral zone for a domestic cat is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the range of temperatures in which cats are ‘comfortable’ and don’t have to generate extra heat to keep warm or expend metabolic energy on cooling.” Corrugated cardboard, he added, is a good insulator; if the box is a tight squeeze so much the better; it may “force the cat to ball up or form some other impossible object, which in turn helps it to preserve body heat.” A cat’s game of hide and seeklast_img read more

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Florida man arrested for stabbing friend in the neck after sex

first_imgGay operator of tiger zoo arrested over alleged murder plotMan ‘nearly died’ and lost an ear in violent homophobic attackMan arrested for blindfolding straight men and tricking them into making gay pornRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Michael Drake | Photo: Facebook/Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Recently in Florida, a judge ordered the execution of Peter Avsenew. In 2010, he murdered a gay couple in Broward County. He showed no remorse during his sentencing and, in a letter, wrote: ‘It is my duty as a white man to cull the weak and timid from existence. Homosexuals are a disease to mankind and must be put down.’H/t: Tampa Bay TimesMore from Gay Star NewsBlack transgender woman Shantee Tucker shot and killed in PhiladelphiaMan charged with Blaze Bernstein murder to stand trial for hate crimeBrand new Law & Order TV series will focus on hate crimesGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Authorities in St. Petersburg, Florida, charged a man with attempted murder when he allegedly stabbed another man in the neck after they had sex. According to reports, Mark Kimball, 54, went to friend Michael Drake’s house. The two engaged in consenual sex and afterward, Drake, 38, grabbed a knife and cut Kimball’s neck multiple times.Drake then left.Kimball put a towel to his neck and wandered out onto the street, where a resident a few houses away found him and called 911. He was taken the hospital and is continuing to recover, but doctors say he’s expected to recover.Officers found Drake when they got a call about a robbery in progress at another nearby home. They arrested him there, though the caller and victim of the robbery declined to press charges.Instead, police charged Drake with one count of second-degree attempted murder after Drake admitted to cutting Kimball. They also found a 10-12 inch knife, which may have been the one used in the attack, at his home.Drake is currently being held in Pinellas County Jail. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Elderly woman hurt while fetching water from uThukela

first_imgAn elderly pensioner was hurt while collecting water from uThukela during prolonged water maintenance issues over the weekend. 77-year-old Mrs Hafiza Shaik, who lives in Khwaja Street in the Aloe Park area, is one of many furious residents who had to battle without water over the weekend while uThukela were carrying out emergency maintenance work at the Ezakheni Water Treatment Plant.To make matters worse, she ended up hurting herself badly while filling a container with water from one of the water tankers on Sunday morning.Stranded without water from Friday morning, Mrs Shaik needed water to take her medication, as well as sort out her household.Only on Sunday morning did water tankers arrive in her street, but ended up parking quite a distance away from her house. So she and her children traipsed along with buckets to fill up with water.As she was walking towards the truck, she lost her balance and fell, hitting her head on the hard road. She also bruised her knees and hands, and fractured her thumb.People who saw this immediately rushed to help, carrying her back to her house, from where her children took her to hospital. In severe pain, Mrs Shaik is still shaken up and furious.She told the Ladysmith Gazette that she believes uThukela did not think of the elderly, as they had to find their own way of fetching water to survive.“What about the older people who cannot walk, if they have no family?“How are they going to fetch water when the water trucks park so far away? This is unfair to us, especially the elderly people who depend on water.“People, including me, are furious because uThukela take their own sweet time to help us when they cut off our water supply,” fumes Mrs Shaik.Many people living in Aloe Park, as well as other areas, also complained to the Ladysmith Gazette regarding their “dry taps” and the apparent lack of interest from uThukela, who had no answers to their desperate pleas for water. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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first_imgNucletron has developed its latest innovation in image-guided adaptive brachytherapy for cervical cancer, Oncentra GYN.Oncentra GYN combines the intracavitary and interstitial technique for tumors with unfavorable topography. Oncentra GYN supports fully the GEC-ESTRO recommendations for gynecologic brachytherapy as well as all clinical protocols.The solution is designed to allow the most precise method of applicator reconstruction, anatomy-based loading and anatomy-based optimization for daily clinical practice available yet. Oncentra GYN covers simple manual adaptation of dose distributions, and inverse optimization adapted for each individual fraction and dynamic planning during the insertion of the applicator.By extending their partnership, Nucletron and AKH Vienna have set the stage for future innovations in the field of adaptive brachytherapy with the clear aim of further improving patient care. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | September 08, 2008 Nucletron Offers IG Adaptive Brachytherapy Solution for GYN last_img read more

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Boko Harams horrendous abduction of 234 teenage girls

first_imgLast Monday marked two weeks since the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been holding up to 191 teenage girls hostage with total impunity in the Sambisa Forest. The girls, aged mostly between 16 and 18 years old, haven’t been heard from since April 14, the night before their final exam at the Government Girls Secondary School in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok when they woke to the sound of gunmen bashing in windows and setting fire to their classrooms. Within hours, 234 of them were herded into trucks headed for the jungle. As many as 43 managed to escape. Some swung down from trucks in the slow-moving convoy; others ran off when they reached the forest.The fate of the rest remains a mystery. Each passing day makes it more likely that the girls have been raped, and possibly killed, in captivity. Given Boko Haram’s name, which means “Western education forbidden,” and their agenda to wipe out secular society in mostly Muslim Northern Nigeria, it’s hardly a surprise that the group locks students inside schools and sets them on fire. This, to date, is their largest mass abduction. The girls were taken into the jungle to serve as sex slaves. Yet the abduction of these girls is about much more than finding “cooks and wives.” For Boko Haram, it is about dismantling the fragile existing society by attacking its essential institutions: schools.With children as their intended victims, Boko Haram is a terrorist organization of the most vicious order. Since they began in 2002, these militants have grown increasingly aggressive. When I visited their stronghold of Maiduguri in 2007, their members pulled out machetes they called cutlasses and nearly killed a Nigerian reporter, the photographer with whom I was traveling, and me. We escaped only after a courageous local elder got into our car and drove us to safety. Today, the group wouldn’t hesitate to kill or to kidnap us.Boko Haram claims to oppose Western education because it threatens the purity of northern Nigeria’s centuries-old Islamic society. Their atrocities mask a legitimate grievance that most of Nigeria’s 177 million people share. Despite Nigeria’s vast oil wealth, its citizens enjoy few basic government services, including education. Most government schools require tuition, and only those with the means to pay can attend. Schooling is as much a symbol of the hope for a prosperous future as it is a practical means to achieve it. These institutions become easy targets for mobs of disenfranchised young men like the members of Boko Haram.Boko Haram’s tactics aren’t new. The Taliban targets girls’ schools. The echoes in Africa are equally disturbing. In 1996, Joseph Kony, the founder of the Lord’s Resistance Army who has since been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, stole 139 schoolgirls from their dormitories at St. Mary’s College in Northern Uganda. A nun, Sister Rachele Fassera, followed the girls into the bush and negotiated the release of all but 30.Eighteen years later, Kony, who has abducted 30,000 children over two decades, is at large. Despite efforts on behalf of U.S. special operations forces currently helping African militaries to track him, Kony is still somewhere between Central African Republic and Sudan in an area the size of California with roughly 250 followers who were originally his victims. Stolen from home as children, they too were raped and forced to kill family members and fellow children. Boureima Hama/AFPParadoxically, many of the young members of Boko Haram are also victims. They attack the kind of schools that they never had the chance to attend. Boko Haram’s swelling ranks are filled with boys and young men who attended almajiri schools, West African madrassas. An estimated 23 million boys and girls in Nigeria alone are educated in these Islamic schools. Unlike Nigeria’s government schools, which require payment for tuition, almajiri schooling is free, so even the poorest could attend. The northeastern city of Maiduguri, the center of Boko Haram, used to be a seat of some of the finest Islamic education in Africa. The teachers taught students in exchange for the students’ work on their farms.As a result of the expansion of the Sahara Desert and the extreme flooding and drought linked to climate change, these teachers can no longer sustain those farms in northern Nigeria where whole villages have been overrun by sand dunes. Instead, the teachers and students have been forced to move south to the slums at the edges of large cities, including Abuja, where instead of tending crops for their teachers, the students are reduced to begging on their behalf. (On April 14, the same day the Chibok girls were taken, Boko Haram killed 70 people in bus bombings in Abuja.) In the slums, many of these boys sleep with their begging bowls under their heads for safekeeping. To make money, corrupt teachers rent out their students to commit acts of violence. In this way, many have become foot soldiers for Boko Haram. Alleged leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. AFPMuch like the straggling members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram thrives in places where civil society is failing or totally absent. Both inhabit lawless zones where a combination of a failing state and a shifting climate make it nearly impossible for others to live. Both thrive in chaos and rely on fear. Menacing and destroying civil society is more than symbolic; it is a practical weapon of insurgency.Although Kony’s disparate band of wayward stragglers poses no strategic threat to the United States, Boko Haram decidedly does. So far, their attacks have been limited to within Nigeria’s borders. But that’s unlikely to remain so. Already, their ideology, funding, and foot soldiers are bleeding over the border into their northern neighbor, Niger. Boko Haram is already linked to a global network of killers, including offshoots of al-Qaida. There are eight direct flights a day from Nigeria to the United States. This time, we ignore the fate of these some 190 young women at our peril.Griswold’s most recent book is “I Am the Beggar of the World: Contemporary Landays from Afghanistan.”© 2014, Slate Facebook Comments Related posts:Nigerian president orders probe into schoolgirls’ kidnapping Obama not seeking plans for US troops to rescue Nigerian girls Bringing home Nigeria’s missing girls International effort widens for missing Nigerian schoolgirlslast_img read more

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Gunmen try to kill Libyas recognized prime minister

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said.Arish Said, head of the government’s media department, said that Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s motorcade was attacked and one of his guards was lightly wounded but that there were no fatalities. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “This prime minister must resign, if he doesn’t I will smash his head,” he said, adding that “either he leaves or we won’t let the house of representatives stay in Tobruk.”A national security adviser to the Tobruk government, who declined to comment for fear of retribution, linked the threat to powerful Tobruk businessman and oil magnate Hassan Tatanaki, a member of the same tribe who owns the Libya Awalan television station.“This morning the prime minster spoke with the head of the house of representatives regarding the pressure applied by Libyan tycoon Tatanaki who wishes to be appointed foreign minister.” Tatanaki’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.Earlier Tuesday, Human Rights Watch said civilians, including foreign nationals, are trapped in several neighborhoods in Libya’s embattled eastern city of Benghazi, urging fighters there to let them depart without conditions.In a statement, the U.S.-based group says militias and army units have surrounded the downtown areas, where several hundred people are reportedly trapped and not allowed to leave. Some of those trapped were Syrians, Palestinians, and Asian and African nationals. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Middle East and North Africa director Sarah Leah Whitson said that all forces involved must take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian property, and that the Libyan army and militias must allow civilians safe passage and facilitate access to badly needed aid.___Associated Press writer Brian Rohan contributed to this report from Cairo.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Quick workouts for men “They managed to escape,” Said said.Prior to the attack, he said armed men who had been protesting outside a session of the Tobruk government’s House of Representatives tried to storm the building, firing shots into the air and demanding al-Thinni be removed from office.They were “threatening to kill the prime minister and force the House to sack him,” Said said. He identified the men as being funded by “corrupted political financiers” linked to powerful Tobruk tribal leaders, without elaborating.The session was postponed until next week before the attempted assassination.Nearly four years after the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is consumed by chaos. The country split is between an elected parliament and weak government, and a rival government and parliament in Tripoli set up by the Islamist-linked militias that took control the capital, forcing the government to relocate to the far eastern cities of Tobruk and Bayda.The turmoil has enabled the rise of an active Islamic State branch, which now controls at least two cities along the country’s coastline.Before the assassination attempt, a leader from Tobruk’s dominant Obiedi tribe, Faraj Abu Alkhatabia, threatened al-Thanni on private broadcaster Libya Awalan. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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