Exploding flower blasts birds with pollen

first_imgHidden high in the mountains of Ecuador and Costa Rica is an unusual genus of flowers called Axinaea. When researchers scaled up and down steep mountain slopes to install video cameras in the trees in which these flowers grow, they caught the plants offering a sugar-packed reward to visiting birds: the bellows organ, a bulbous, brightly colored appendage high in sugar and citric acid, which is attached to the plant’s male reproductive organ, or stamen. But as soon as the bird’s beak clamped down, the bellows organ forced air from its spongy tissues into a pollen chamber inside the stamen. The pollen exploded outwards, dusting the unwitting bird’s beak or forehead. When the bird flitted to another tree, it passed on the flower’s pollen to the receptive female organs of other flowers. This is the first case of a flowering plant offering up a food reward on a reproductive organ, the researchers report online today in Current Biology. They speculate that even before it evolved its bellows function, the bulbous organ’s resemblance to fruit seeds may have fooled birds into eating it.last_img read more

All about the mega Maharashtra ‘coup’

first_imgAaditya Thackeray, Yuva Sena president with his father, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar at a news conference in Mumbai on November 23, 2019.  | Photo Credit: REUTERS  What led to the sudden formation of government by the BJP?​​Ajit Pawar of the NCP and other MLAs joined hands with the BJP. With the support of Independents and smaller parties, the BJP decided to stake claim to form the government.​​​Who is Ajit Pawar?​Ajit Pawar is an MLA from Baramati in Maharashtra. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Minister of the State in the Congress-NCP government and is a nephew of Sharad Pawar. He is also the leader of the NCP Legislature Party and has the power to issue orders to his party’s legislators.​Did Ajit Pawar act on his own?​​The NCP has said it was Ajit Pawar’s personal decision to join hands with the BJP and that the party did not support or endorse the decision.​​Also Read We are together and we will remain together, say Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray at joint press meet In a dramatic development on November 23, Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar of the NCP as the Deputy Chief Minister. Here is an overview of the developments in the State.​​​​Wasn’t Uddhav Thackeray supposed to become the Chief Minister?​​Yes, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on November 22 announced that the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress had unanimously agreed that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would be the Chief Minister of the new government. ​​  ​​Wasn’t Maharashtra under President’s Rule?​​Yes, it was — until November 22. President Ram Nath Kovind revoked President’s Rule with effect from November 23 through an early-morning notification.​​​​How have the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena reacted?​​​Ahmed Patel of the Congress said, “This illegitimate formation will self-destruct.”​​Sharad Pawar of the NCP said: “I am sure the Governor has given them (the BJP) time to prove majority but they won’t be able to prove it. After that, our three parties will form the government as we had decided earlier.”​​Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said: “This is a surgical strike on Maharashtra. We will not tolerate. We are together and we will remain together.”​​​What’s next for the Fadnavis government?​The newly formed government has to prove its majority on the floor of the State Assembly. According to reports, the Governor has set a deadline of November 30.last_img read more

Terrific 12: Liaoning beats Niigata, eliminates TNT in the process

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Flying Leopards topped Group D with a 2-0 record to advance semis, eliminating TNT from the tournament.The KaTropa lost to Liaoning, 96-91, Tuesday in their opening matchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Liaoning trailed 30-20 with more than a minute remaining in the first quarter, but immediately turned things around with a big 30-22 second quarter for a 57-52 leadThe Flying Leopards upped the ante, going on 18-6 run, punctuated by a bucket from Salah Mejri, for a commanding 75-58 lead with 4:53 left in the third. MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MACAU—Liaoning will take its show to the semifinals after defeating Niigata, 110-82, in the group stage of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 Wednesday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Salah Mejri and Minchen Chong led Liaoning’s offense with 26 points apiece while Lance Stephenson had 25 points, six rebounds, and six assists.Nick Perkins had 28 points and six boards for Niigata.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Egypt weightlifters out of world championships after doping ban Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect View commentslast_img read more

MVP race far from Chabi Yo’s mind as UST faces grueling road to title round

first_imgThe Growling Tigers, who are seeded fourth in the Final Four, will first face Far Eastern University, also with an 8-6 record but are seeded higher due to a better quotient, in the stepladder match.UST has to win five games for it to claim the title that it last held in 2006 and it’s Chabi Yo’s ultimate goal in his first season within the UAAP after transferring from University of San Lorenzo.Chabi Yo said he’s aware MVP Chances after amassing 82.71 statistical points, but he admitted that having all that attention on him made him a better basketball player come the second round.“I know that I’m the front runner for the MVP but ever since the start of the season my mindset was to give it all my best on defense and offense,” said Chabi Yo, who had to play center due to UST’s lack of size.“In the second round I tried to play a little bit smarter because I was on the other teams’ scouting reports.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The athletic 6-foot-4 is one of the potential MVPs of the season after finishing the elimination round with averages of 16.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.He aslo led the Growling Tigers to an 8-6 record and their first Final Four in four years, but the small forward-turned-center wants nothing more than to help UST get its first title in more than a decade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Right now we’re in the Final Four and this isn’t the time to give up. We have to double our effort and now’s not the time for mistakes,” said Chabi Yo Thursday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “I’m not looking for the MVP trophy, for me, I just want to be a champion and contribute to my team.”“We’re in a do-or-die game so we have to do our best and avoid mistakes. We have to be perfect if we really want to win and also have that mental toughness.” Elite runner’s close call inspires road safety campaign Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—Soulemane Chabi Yo has been a revelation in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament, positioning himself as the best player, numbers wise, for University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pep Guardiola’s breathtaking Manchester City out to make it 11 in a row

first_imgIt would appear to be difficult for any team to find a more daunting examination in European football at present than a visit to the Etihad Stadium where Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have come into full bloom.City’s kaleidoscopic movement and rare skill executed at breakneck speed have made Guardiola’s latest creation a familiar delight to behold but a nightmare to play against as Burnley may become the latest Premier League side to discover this weekend.City’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City last Saturday to move them two points clear of neighbours Manchester United was followed by Guardiola’s delight at seeing off “one of Europe’s best teams” Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.That was City’s 10th successive win in all competitions and now to complete their perfect week at the Etihad on Saturday, they are out to add to the 22 goals they have scored there in six matches in all competitions this term.Burnley themselves have progressed admirably under manager Sean Dyche, having gone six league matches unbeaten, but he recognises that visiting a stadium where City have won their last three league games by five-goal margins is the acid test.Reuters PhotoGuardiola was lavished with praise for his side’s brilliance last weekend as his old rival Jose Mourinho, in contrast, suffered some equally familiar criticism for his safety-first approach in Manchester United’s goalless draw at Liverpool.Not that Mourinho ever appears to worry about such barbs but on Saturday he will expect his men to get back to being flat-track bullies against a struggling Huddersfield Town who are without a win in six matches.advertisementWEMBLEY WOBBLESThe match of the weekend sees Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool meet at Wembley on Sunday with both sides buoyed by superb away-days in the Champions League — Spurs earning a draw at champions Real Madrid while the Reds put seven past Maribor.There feels a lot riding on the match with Spurs yet to convince their fans they are over their Wembley wobbles while Juergen Klopp knows his eighth-placed Liverpool cannot afford to drift further behind in the title race.Neither can champions Chelsea, currently nine points adrift of Man City, as they seek to bring Watford down to earth after the unfashionable Hornets surged into the top four last weekend with a win over Arsenal.Stung by their loss to rock-bottom Crystal Palace, Chelsea will be grateful for the return of their striking ace Alvaro Morata.Watford, whose own totemic striker Troy Deeney had taken delight in pointing out how Arsenal seemed to lack fight, can expect Chelsea to be more combative on Saturday, especially as they are smarting at losing consecutive Premier League games for only the second time under Antonio Conte.Arsenal, also nine behind City, need to rebound quickly at Everton, who are in even more urgent need of a win as manager Ronald Koeman, languishing in 16th, is now having to assert warily: “Until now it’s full, total support from the board.”Palace will hope to continue their baby steps under Roy Hodgson at Newcastle United, who could be under new ownership by Christmas if Mike Ashley can find a buyer.It is a time of flux at Leicester City, too. They are managerless for the visit to Swansea City with Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal meaning assistant Michael Appleton takes charge of the side temporarily.last_img read more

Photo Of Ohio State Football’s New Black Uniform Has Leaked

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a black Ohio State jacket.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes prior to the game Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program doesn’t have a game this weekend, as the Buckeyes are off following their surprising blowout loss to Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Urban Meyer and Co. will return to the gridiron next Saturday. Ohio State is set to host Nebraska at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.The Buckeyes will be returning to the field in style, too.Ohio State will be wearing special black uniforms for the game. The Buckeyes are calling for all of their home fans to wear black, as well.OSU insider Andrew Lind has photos of what the retail version of Ohio State’s new black uniform looks like.Check it out:First look the retail version of Ohio State’s black alternate jersey, which will be worn on Nov. 3 against Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/NEKLQO03Y8— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) October 25, 2018Ohio State has worn black uniforms before, in 2015 against Penn State. These new black uniforms look extremely similar to the ones the Buckeyes sported in that game.the same as these ? pic.twitter.com/PHmSoRe6A7— Brandon (@bthollz) October 25, 2018These new uniforms are essentially the same, except for a new template.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 3.last_img read more

Dugan’s Travels: Your Family Connection to Travel Business Success

first_imgWritten By: Melissa Land, MBA, ACC, Marketing Coordinator – Dugan’s Travels  A Mom with A Mission…When Dugan’s Travels began hosting agents 20 years ago, it as with the idea that women should be able to have it all: to raise their children while working at a job that they enjoy. A new mom at the time, Jennifer Dugan left the corporate travel agency at which she was employed, and set out to make her own way in the world – a way that would allow her to truly put her family first, while also advancing a career she loved. It wasn’t long before several other agents saw her success and reached out to follow suit. …Becomes a Family of AgentsToday, Dugan’s Travels is proud to host a community of over 400 agents nationwide: moms, dads, and grandparents that want to build a career around their love of travel. Like many families, we are an eclectic group: our agents represent a variety of niche markets and demographics. We are Baby Boomers, GenX-ers and Millennials. Some work their businesses part-time, in the evenings and on weekends, while working a traditional “9-5” job. Others have chosen to make selling travel their only career and devote 40+ hours per week to the craft. Many are home-based, while still others operate as a retail storefront. Regardless of their starting point, all the professionals that have chosen to be hosted by Dugan’s Travels are dedicated to the craft of creating and selling vacation experiences. And we are passionate about meeting their needs of support, education and mentorship in an online, on-demand environment. A Warm, Comfortable Welcome…From the very beginning, agents will notice that Dugan’s Travels conducts business a bit differently than other host agencies. Before signing up, we request that all prospective agents participate in a brief telephone call with a member of our management team. Affectionately known as the Welcome Call, this chat is an opportunity for Dugan’s to get to know each interested agent, and to fully understand their unique business goals. The chat is also a time to ask questions and receive clarification of our features and benefits. Navigating the travel industry can be a confusing task; we seek to provide clarity and openness to the process! …And Big Business Benefits…Agents hosted by Dugan’s Travels have access to a wealth of exclusive, customized tools to aid in their business growth. These include agency, industry, niche-specific and trade-specific educational options. Beginning with our New Agent Orientation Program, agents learn the preferred methods of doing business with Dugan’s Travels. While the orientation program resides on our custom Learning Management System – a 1-stop, online, on-demand portal to education and professional development content – the agent works under the careful tutelage of an experienced management team member. We understand that you wish to be in business for yourself, but never want you to feel that you are in business by yourself. You are never alone as a member of the Dugan’s Travels family! We provide ongoing support through both our agent mentorship program (STEP: Support – Tutor – Excite – Prepare) and our Preferred Supplier program. Comprised of both interactive web meetings and one-on-one chats, S.T.E.P. provides education and direct help with business-building and business support tasks. Information and feedback are provided from both the agency and from agent colleagues. In our Preferred Supplier program, agents learn how to access and use the marketing resources provided by our most trusted supplier partners, as well as receive direction on resources for creating their own content. Dugan’s Travel agents also have access to a vast range of free marketing services and an optional list of fee-based marketing services through our consortium, Travel Leaders Network. In-house, we host several agent-sourced forums, including private Facebook groups. We are an active community of travel professionals that share ideas, best practices, challenges and success stories. With these platforms our agents can forge relationships and keep in touch, regardless of geographic location. Location-independence is a major requirement for our independent agents! Dugan’s Travels answers that need by providing access to the custom CRM program, SmartAgency, for free as part of the annual support fee. Web-based and purpose-built specifically for our agency, SmartAgency allows agents to securely manage their businesses from anywhere! …Yield Big ReturnsWhen our agency members experience success, we give them the recognition they deserve! Through our Five Star Agent program, we celebrate our top performers with invitations to elite learning opportunities and live trainings, select branding materials, and access to an exclusive Five Star Agent retreat. Agents qualifying for these programs has grown each year, a testament to our mutual success! The Family DiscountOur affiliation start-up and maintenance costs remain among the lowest in the industry. There are no hidden fees or charges. We do not see agents as profit centers, but as true industry partners. Dugan’s Travels want to make money with you. Like a great uncle investing in your first start-up: we invest in our agents because our success is tied to your success! The Legacy ContinuesJennifer Dugan’s vision was for agents to exercise their passion and skill for planning travel while remaining available to their own families and commitments. Over 20 years later, her small business has blossomed into a successful enterprise that transforms the hobbyist into a travel professional. Under her guidance and direction, Dugan’s Travels continues to deliver the personalized attention and small, family-feel for which we have always been known – due in no small part to our active agent community. We are grateful to our agents for their continued affiliation, and tirelessly strive to deliver additional resources to aid in their business growth. Join Our Family Today!Our agent community is stronger than ever, but there is always room for another seat at our table. We would love to welcome you into our family of agents! For more information, and to schedule your welcome call, please visit www.travelathome.com.last_img read more

ICMR develops costeffective diagnostic test for blood disorders

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major medical development, the ICMR-NIIH, Mumbai has developed a cost-effective point-of-care (POC) rapid diagnostic test for severe Hemophilia A and von Willebrand disease (vWD).According to a senior ICMR official, the development of the rapid diagnostic test would prove to be a great boon for poor patients in general as the working cost of these kits is less than Rs 50 in comparison to existing conventional test for the diseases that cost around Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000. India has become the world’s first country to develop POC test for specific diagnosis of any common bleeding disorder, the official said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHaemophilia A and vWD are the commonest among bleeding disorders. As per the Western data, the incidence of Haemophilia A is 1 per 10,000 male births and that of vWD is around 1 per cent of the general population. “In India, there is no epidemiological data and with translation of this data with respect to the population, the country may have roughly 80,000-1,00,000 severe haemophilia cases, but the total number registered with Haemophilia Federation India (HFI) is only around 19,000,” the official said, adding that lack of awareness, lack of diagnostic facilities, high cost of tests are some of the factors for the underdiagnosis of bleeding disorders in the country. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Both haemophilia A and vWD are underdiagnosed disorders in our country and there are only a handful of comprehensive diagnostic centres for bleeding disorders,” the official said. “The newly developed rapid test kit could be used for the diagnosis of undiagnosed patients/menorrhagia cases/post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), gynaecological complications with bleeding history, recovery of factors in the transfused Haemophilia A patients and also for differential diagnosis of both the diseases,” the official said.last_img read more

SMMT statement on diesel proposals

Responding to recent media reports and campaigns, an SMMT spokesperson said:“Industry is concerned that some criticism of diesel engines fails to distinguish between decades-old diesel technologies and today’s modern, clean, diesel engines. Recent coverage also overlooks the role of policymakers, infrastructure planning, consumer behaviour, and the many other areas of society that contribute to urban air quality issues.“Vehicle manufacturers work tirelessly, and have invested over £1 billion, to reduce and eliminate emissions from diesel engines; vehicles being produced today feature filters that capture over 99% of particulates, resulting in engines that are the cleanest ever produced.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Final Thoughts on the Price American Legion Raptors Season

Photo by Jeff BarrettPrice American Legion baseball head coach Willie Ellington was proud of his team and its effort throughout the summer season, which began in May and concluded mid-July. “I am beyond proud of these guys because they were always the underdog and they never quit,” he said.As far as wins and losses go, it was not the best season for the Price American Legion team. But, as is true in life, it is not always about how one handles success but how one responds in the face of opposition. These boys showed that they have a lot of character and willingness to dig in and stay strong when things did not go their way. In the words of their coach, “It’s how you play the game. And they played the game well.”According to Ellington, Riley Smith had an excellent season on the mound. “He could pitch on any team. He’s got a great attitude, a great arm, a great bat. He’s a great all-around player,” said Ellington.Coach Ellington also went on to highlight a number of other players. Gannon Ward is a great catcher with a great arm and a wonderful bat and attitude. Wylee Sherman has really progressed in his skills and attitude. “Next year, he as the ability to be one of the best players in the league.” Chase Magann also did a wonderful job on the mound and displayed a great attitude, he said.“Thank you to the young men who finished the season,” Ellington concluded. “Thank you to assistant coach Rich Magann and a special thank you to assistant coach Gary Mott for all his help and making sure everyone was at practice. A big thank you to our sponsors: Frank’s Glass Shop, Patricia Baker and Peczuh Printing. We look forward to 2020.” read more

Prostitutes in ancient Greece led lives of slavery and poverty new book

A new book co-edited by Allison Glazebrook looks at prostitution in ancient Greece.Popular culture depicts them as richly painted courtesans of means, but the life of the average prostitute in ancient Greece was one of slavery and poverty, says Allison Glazebrook.The associate professor of Classics at Brock is co-editor of Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, which will be released Feb. 18 from University of Wisconsin Press. New research in the volume shows that even for many courtesans surrounded by wealth and connections, slavery was the norm and independence was elusive.The book – which has 10 chapters written by 11 contributors – has been in the works for four years, ever since a spirited discussion about ancient brothels at a Classics conference.“We realized we needed to take another look at prostitution and its social history,” Glazebrook said.History is predominantly written by elite men of the time, Glazebrook said. But there are glimpses into the life of the ancient prostitute. One of the richest sources of information about the ancient sex trade is Against Neaira, a famous speech delivered by the prosecution at the trial of Neaira, a hetaera (expensive prostitute). There is also visual evidence and other documents offering glimpses into the world of the prostitute in ancient Greece.The book is important, Glazebrook said, because it offers a well-rounded look at the life of the ancient prostitute. Most started as young girls in slavery, often learning a skill such as dancing or music, and serviced the male Athenian population, which could openly and legally purchase their services. Even prostitutes who gained freedom often derived their wealth from trafficking other women.“It would have been a volatile experience depending on who you came into contact with,” Glazebrook said.With the book, “we wanted to bring more of a reality to prostitution in ancient Greece. We believe the prostitute in ancient Greece was more complex than previously thought.”Studying the prostitute, Glazebrook said, is a fascinating glimpse into a society’s view of women and sexuality. In ancient Greece, girls were expected to be chaste and marry around the age of 12.“The prostitute really represented the opposite of that,” she said. “With the prostitute, we can explore the lives of ancient women. We can look at hierarchies of gender.”Glazebrook co-edited the book with Madeleine Henry from the Iowa State University. The project was supported in part with funding from Brock’s Humanities Research Institute. A number of Brock students worked on the book, including graduate students Helen Taylor and Nicole Daniel, who assisted with editing and indexing, and Tarah Csaszar and Tina Ross, who did some of the illustrations.• Past researcher profiles read more

Julian Assange charged by US for computerrelated offences after being forcibly removed

Julian Assange on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court 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. Julian Assange on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court The Wikileaks Twitter account posted: “Ecuador has illigally [sic] terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law.” One of his lawyers, Jen Robinson, tweeted her fears that he would be extradited to the US.His friend, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, posted on Twitter that she was worried about his health. She wrote: “He looks very bad.” She said of those who arrested him: “You are devils and liars and thieves. And you will rot”.The whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden added: “Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.”Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said President Moreno made a “courageous decision”, adding: “it’s not so much that Julian Assange was being held hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy, it was actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorian Embassy hostage.”It was a situation that was absolutely intolerable to them.” Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) April 11, 2019 Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) April 11, 2019 Assange being removed from the EmbassyCredit:Ruptly Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.”I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law”.Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, added: “It is absolutely right that Assange will face justice in the proper way in the UK. It is for the courts to decide what happens next.“We are very grateful to the Government of Ecuador under President Moreno for the action they have taken.“Today’s events follow extensive dialogue between our two countries.“I look forward to a strong bilateral relationship between the UK and Ecuador in the years ahead.”Sweden’s Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren said: “This is news to us too, so we have not been able to take a position on the information that is now available. We also do not know why he is under arrest. We are following the developments.”The Swedish authorities dropped their investigations into sex allegations against Mr Assange, which he had always denied.However, the Swedish woman made the allegations has welcomed his arrest.Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who represents the unnamed woman, said news of Assange’s arrest was “a shock to my client” and something “we have been waiting and hoping for since 2012”.Ms Massi Fritz said in a text message sent to the Associated Press that “we are going to do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened “so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted”. Assange being removed from the Embassy Julian Assange has been charged by the US for computer-related offences after he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police earlier today. He has now been found guilty in a UK court for skipping bail.The Wikileaks founder faces possible extradition to the US after being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he was hiding as a fugitive for seven years.The Metropolitan Police confirmed the 47-year-old was arrested in response to an extradition warrant by the US, as well as for his bail offences in the UK.Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates Court found Assange guilty of failing to surrender, calling him a “narcissist” and suggesting his representations in court have been “shameful” and that the claim he has not had a fair hearing was “laughable”. He has sent Assange for sentencing at the Crown Court, and if guilty he faces a jail sentence of up to 12 months. He will next appear in court on the 2nd of May by video link on the extradition matter. He will next appear on the bail offence at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be announced.The US department of justice confirmed he has been charged with computer crimes, and added in a statement that if convicted he will face up to five years in prison.The statement revealed criminal charges against Mr Assange linked to his role in the release of sensitive diplomatic cables in 2010. Mr Assange was accused of helping Chelsea Manning, the ex-intelligence analyst in the US Army, to break a password to a classified US government computer.  Cracking the password would allow Manning to log on under a different username, according to US prosecutors, lowering the chance of getting caught. Mr Assange is also accused of having actively encouraged Manning to leak more classified information. He once wrote to Manning that “curious eyes never run dry in my experience” when told there was no more material left to reveal, according to the indictment. US prosecutors said Mr Assange faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.For the trial to be heard in America, Mr Assange will have to be extradited from Britain to the US – a move that his legal team will likely fight. The existence of an indictment against Mr Assange had accidentally been revealed in an unrelated court filing in November 2017. In a statement, the Home Office said: “We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America.”He is accused in the United States of America computer related offences.” Assange was stripped of his Ecuadorian citizenship and asylum status and removed from the Embassy earlier on Thursday morning.The court heard the Ecuadorian ambassador called Scotland Yard on Thursday morning and said they would be withdrawing political asylum. Officers arrived at around 9.15am. Shortly after 10am, tried to introduce themselves to Assange but he barged past them and tried to hide in his room. He then resisted arrest while shouting: “This is unlawful.”Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said Assange had been “discourteous and aggressive” during his stay and added that he had broken multiple conditions of his asylum.He said:  “He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.”The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when WikiLeaks leaked Vatican documents. Key members of that organisation visited Mr Assange before and after such illegal acts.”He also claimed Assange had installed “distortion equipment” in the embassy, and that he had “mistreated guards”.Finally, he said, two days ago the 47-year-old “threatened Ecuador” through Wikileaks.The Wikileaks founder was wanted by the UK police for breaching his bail conditions, after a saga that began in November 2010, when Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange, after authorities in the country questioned him over allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he denied.He claimed he would be extradited from Sweden to the US because of his role in publishing hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.The hacker surrendered to British police in 2012 and was released on bail within 10 days, but breached his bail conditions after an unsuccessful appeal against extradition to Sweden.He was then granted asylum by Ecuador and allowed to remain in the embassy. read more

Northern Ireland is Vanity Fairs new cover star

first_img Source: Vanity FairNot content with merely capturing some stunning stills of the countryside, the team at Vanity Fair filmed a few very nice videos with the cast in Northern Ireland too.This behind the scenes short shows us how the whole thing was put together, and features all your favourite characters freezing their backsides off against the backdrop of some rather fabulous scenery. Source: Vanity Fair/YouTubeWe quite frankly don’t know HOW mother of dragons Emilia Clarke managed to answer questions in the cold.Had she no coat? Source: Vanity Fair/YouTubeMore: Sansa opens up about the Red Wedding in new Game of Thrones trailer>Read: Game of Thrones reaches out to multicultural audience with rap album… yes, really> NEVER MIND THE cast of Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland is the real star of the new Vanity Fair cover.Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz flew in to capture the province in all its glory as part of a Game of Thrones themed photo shoot for the magazine.Here is the rather glamorous result.last_img read more

We are hopeful Cochlear implants campaign gets boost

first_imgHe asked the Taoiseach to consult with the Minister for Health and the Cabinet committee on health to secure agreement for the release of the funding for bilateral cochlear implants.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Beaumont Hospital has put forward its business proposal in regard to bilateral cochlear implants.I have spoken to the Minister, Deputy Reilly, about this issue.  He will consider the business proposal that Beaumont Hospital has submitted to the HSE in the hope that these cases can be dealt with efficiently and speedily.“Beaumont Hospital and HSE management have met to discuss the proposition made by Beaumont Hospital,” said the Taoiseach. “The purpose of the meeting and others to follow was and is to identify the options for developing bilateral implementation processes for children.”There is an allocation of €4.1 million this year and the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, will follow through with the HSE and Beaumont Hospital management in developing that process and putting in place clear criteria to see whether we should follow the decision taken in 2009 by the national institute in the United Kingdom on bilateral cochlear implantation.HopefulDeanna said that she and the other parents were delighted to see their situation discussed in the Dáil – but that Billy has have an operation on his existing implant on 3 April. She believes it would be more beneficial for him to have a second implant fitted at the same time.She added:Our problem is going to be there is a good chance they are going to [provide] the newborn babies [with bilateral cochlear implants]. Our fight is going to be the kids that already have one implant.“We didn’t think it would get this far so far, and so quickly as well,” said Deanna of the campaign, adding that Fergus O’Dowd held a meeting with Happy New Ear on Monday of this week.Deanna said the group “are very hopeful” and are glad that government deputies are now supporting their cause.Read: “It’s a shame”: Parents appeal for funding for cochlear implants> A CAMPAIGN RUN BY parents to have children fitted with two cochlear implants instead of the standard one has received a new boost.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is among those who has pledged his support to the Happy New Ear campaign, and met with Deanna Cairns and her son Billy (4) last week after he brought up the issue in the Dáil.PetitionDeanna Cairns spoke to TheJournal.ie in January about the issue, explaining that around 20 parents of children fitted with the implants had joined together to campaign for bilateral implants to become routine.They handed a petition to Beaumont Hospital, which fits the implants, and have been trying to set up a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly. They have now gotten a much-needed boost with the mention of the issue in the Dáil.Deputy Adams brought up the appeal in a Dáil question, telling Dundalk native Billy’s story. He pointed out that internationally it is considered best practice to implant both ears, but that children in Ireland – except the North of Ireland – are only fitted with one as standard.The big problem as the child grows is that the nerves to which the implant should be connected die if they are not being used, which means the hope of a further implant is lost.  These children are in a race against time.last_img read more

Netflix Android app leaks but doesnt really work yet

first_imgFor all you Android phone users waiting for a Netflix app, we have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news. The APK file for the Netflix app leaked onto the Internet last night. The bad news is that it doesn’t really work.Some very resourceful people managed to get a full dump on the LG Revolution, a device that isn’t even available yet. The LG Revolution is the only Android phone with the Netflix app on it, so with the system dump floating around the blogosphere, the hackers have ripped it for all to share.Back to the bad news. The app only allows you to add videos and manage your queue, which isn’t very exciting, since there were other non-Netflix-branded apps out there that could do that before, like Movies by Flixter Inc, or QueueMan for Netflix by Eddie Webb.Android users were hoping for an app that would allow them to stream content. When you try to press “Play” in the app, it switches to landscape mode, returns to the main screen, and then informs you that it “could not reach the Netflix service.” Alas, the wait for a functional Netflix Android app goes on.Droid Life, which has the link to the APK, thinks all it takes is the Netflix team to flip a switch on their end. But other sites, like Engadget, think there’s something between Qualcomm and Netflix. Rumor has it the two companies got together for the DRM/Security setup. That means the app would require specific hardware in the phone’s chipset, and it would only work on devices Netflix intended it to work on.You’ll need Android version 2.2 or higher to run the app. Let us know if you download the APK and try out the Netflix app.Read more at Droid Life. [Image via Android Police]last_img read more

GOG slashes 50 percent off most games for the holidays

first_imgGOG is well known for having some pretty huge sales around the holidays, and this year is no exception. In their own words, the service has announced “virtually the entire catalog” of games they offer has 50% knocked off the price between now and January 2nd.There are a few exceptions, however. Codemasters and Piranha Bytes will not be participating, so games like Cannon Fodder, Second Sight, and the Gothic series will remain full price. The Witcher 2 is only getting a 40% discount ($23.99), and although Activision games are included, those titles will only remain so until December 26. So if titles like King’s Quest, Space Quest, Zork, or Gabriel Knight are on your wish list, pick them up before Christmas.With most games typically selling for between $5.99-$9.99 before the sale, you’re going to pick up a lot of titles for the cost of a single PS3 or Xbox 360 game. This definitely counts as a time to search through GOG’s catalog and pick up those gems you’ve been eyeing for weeks or months. $50 will get you at least 10 games–more than enough to see you through the holidays.As GOG have only just announced this sale, you can imagine their servers are getting hammered. I’d suggest waiting a couple of days if you have problems as the rush will have died down a bit by then.As an additional treat, GOG has also decided to offer a free game to all account holders until the end of tomorrow (10:59am GMT December 14). Log in during this period and Empire Earth: Gold Edition is free to download and play.Read more at GOG and view the full list of games on sale.last_img read more

South Caicos Missing Fishermen Found in Cuba

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cuban military crash leaves 8 dead State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Missing a month, but now found around 390 miles away in the waters of Cuba is the three South Caicos based fisherman who went missing on January 17. The men, said to be Haitian were repatriated to Haiti by Cuban authorities. The trio reportedly works for Ba Parker of South Caicos and when the report came in, it launched a seven day search operation by the marine branch of the Police Force in the White Cay and Caicos Bank areas. There is no official word on the health of the men, but all three are safe now, in their native Haiti and will return to the Turks and Caicos in a matter of days. The reunion of those fishermen and their families is expected to be emotional; one news report shares that the wife of Amos Joseph, one of the missing men who spoke to her husband on Friday night said she never lost hope. Recommended for you At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Related Items:amos joseph, cuba, fisherman, south caicoslast_img read more

Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose

first_img Complaint filed against Imperial Pacific for failure to pay US$15 million annual license fee Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Ma, a graduate of the Beijing Business Management College, is also an investor in and CEO of Beijing Yangguang Zongheng Culture Development Limited. His appointment is for an initial one year term.Ma’s arrival comes as the Commonwealth Casino Commission revealed it plans to impose a fine of US$375,000 on IPI for the late payment of its annual casino license fee.According to the Saipan Tribune, CCC executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero said the fine represents US$25,000 per day for each of the 15 days that the US$15 million payment was late. Imperial Pacific International has strengthened its board with the appointment of Mr Ma Wentao as a non-executive director.The 34-year-old already has ties to the company in his role as a director of American Sinopan LLC, the operator of Saipan’s Casha resort hotel of which IPI holds a 50% stake.last_img read more

WHS Class Of 1979 Announces 40th Reunion On September 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Class of 1979 is holding its 40th Reunion on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury-Andover (4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury). Purchase tickets HERE. Have a question? Please contact Colleen McLaughlin Flynn at 978-853-8504 or colleenroseflynn@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”Wilmington & Tewksbury High School Students To Perform Comedy Shorts On June 21 At WHSIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”last_img read more

Microsoft cancels unlimited OneDrive storage offer following excessive usage

first_imgMicrosoft has cancelled its unlimited OneDrive storage plans enjoyed by Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers over excessive and unprecedented usage by beneficiaries.The software giant offered unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers over a year ago. Earlier this year, the company offered 100GB free OneDrive storage for two years to people who signed up for the Bing Rewards Program in an attempt to take on Dropbox and Google Drive.Microsoft has now decided to drop its unlimited OneDrive storage offer and focus on “delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users”.”Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user, or 14,000 times the average,” it said in a blog post, highlighting the reason for rollback of the offer. Under the new plan, Office 365 subscribers will get only 1TB of storage (previous limit), 100GB and 200GB paid plans will be replaced by a 50GB plan at $1.99 per month, the 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will be discontinued, and free OneDrive storage will be cut from 15GB to 5GB starting early 2016.Office 365 subscribers who have stored in excess of 1TB will be informed of the change and be able to keep the increased storage for at least 12 months. Those not happy with the new plan will be offered prorated refunds. Users with more 5GB of free storage will continue to access the files for one year after the new plan comes into effect in early 2016, after which the 5GB level should be maintained.The company said current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans such as the 100GB or 200GB plans will not be not affected by these changes.last_img read more