first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsThe Liberal dominated ethics committee voted down an opposition motion that would have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak freely.This is the second committee where the opposition has failed to convince their Liberal colleagues to allow Wilson-Raybould, and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott to speak more about the SNC-Lavalin case.“The coverup continues,” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said after the meeting ended.Wilson-Raybould told the justice House of Commons justice committee last month that she was pressured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior advisers and senior ad visors to the finance minister, to overrule the decision by the director of public prosecutions not to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than proceed to a criminal trial on fraud charges.She believes she was shuffled out of justice in January because she wouldn’t change her mind.Trudeau has denied anything improper occurred but has been unable to change the channel from the saga that has badly hurt his public image. He said the whole thing boils down to a breakdown in trust between him, his aides and Wilson-Raybould.During the almost two-hour-long meeting Tuesday, Conservatives and New Democrats urged their Liberal colleagues to put partisan issues aside and agree to have the ethics committee take on the probe after the Liberals ended the justice committee’s investigation last week.Liberal MP Nathaniel Ermine-Smith, who voted in favour of an NDP motion in February to hold a public inquiry on the matter, said at the ethics committee Tuesday a new probe may only result in relitigating what has already been said at the unless the two former cabinet ministers were granted wider waivers to testify on the issue.Trudeau has not indicated any willingness to do that saying the waivers were already unprecedented and allowed for the facts relevant to the matter at hand to be made public.The justice committee heard from 10 witnesses over five meetings but opposition parties say Wilson-Raybould named 11 people who she felt crossed the line and all of them should be asked to testify. Only two of those people were among the witnesses the justice committee did hear from.Trudeau faced renewed questions about the controversy during a morning event in Winnipeg where he was trying to promote his government’s budget introduced one week ago. He would not, however, say whether he rejected Wilson-Raybould’s 2017 recommendation for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Sources told The Canadian Press that Trudeau turned down Wilson-Raybould’s recommendation that Glenn Joyal be elevated from chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench to chief justice of the Supreme Court over Joyal’s views on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Shortly after Trudeau told Wilson-Raybould he did not support her choice, the sources said Joyal withdrew his name from consideration.In a statement Monday, Joyal said he submitted an application for consideration for the Supreme Court in 2017, only to be forced to withdraw his name for personal reasons related to his wife’s health.Instead, Trudeau appointed Sheila Martin to the high court and named Richard Wagner as chief justice. Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper appointed Wagner to the high court.Trudeau said Tuesday he would not discuss the matter nor would he say whether his office was involved in the leak of what is usually a highly confidential appointments process.Trudeau said it is the prime minister’s choice of who to nominate for the Supreme Court, as well as for chief justice, and that Canadians can and should continue to have faith in their judicial system.Speaking at the ethics committee meeting, Kent said the breach of a highly confidential judicial appointment process would warrant a parliamentary investigation on its own. He also said the story could compromise the integrity of the appointment process, and possibly some sitting files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tatiana FlowersRabat – Twenty-six-year old, Anthony Sawina faces up to seven years in prison for five counts of second degree assault after he shot a group of Muslim men while they were on their way to prayer at a local mosque in Dinkeytown, Minneapolis.Just after 2 a.m. on June 29, Sawina and his friends approached five young Somali, Muslim men, all of whom were wearing traditional garb during the holy month of Ramadan.  The group had been walking toward their car and on their way to a local mosque after a basketball game when Sawina and his friends approached them. Hussein Gelle, one of the Muslim men who was shot, said Sawina and his friends had just left a bar and were visibly intoxicated when one of them screamed, “F*** Muslims,” according to Kare 11, an ABC affiliate.According to The Independent, the five Muslim men ignored them.  Sawina or one of the men in his group then screamed out again, “What’s that dress you’re wearing,” mocking the Somali men’s traditional clothing.One of the Somali men then responded, asking why they were screaming out such remarks.  This is when Sawina pulled out a handgun and started shooting at the windshield once the five Somali men were situated in their car.  Two of the men were able to run away as Sawina moved around to the passenger’s side of the car where he shot two of the other men in the leg.  The other three men were not at all injured.When police arrested Sawina they found the same 380-caliber handgun he had used to shoot the Somali men.  He is currently being held at Hannepin County jail with a 75,000-dollar bail, according to The Independent.  He also has a rap sheet with previous arrests for illegally possessing guns.Mr. Gelle told The Independent, “The rhetoric against Muslims, especially from politicians today, encourages people to believe they can exercise violence in the name of vigilante activity.”  He spoke about one of his friends that was shot that night, adding that he was still traumatized by Sawina.  “He thought he had seen someone that looked similar [to Mr. Sawina] at a gas station and he panicked, but it wasn’t the person he thought,” Gelle said. read more

“These findings underscore the importance of aligning efforts to prevent sexual violence and HIV prevention,” Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said of the report – HIV/AIDS, Security and Conflict: New Realities, New Responses – produced by the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI), a global research programme supported by UNAIDS.“These connections have yet to be well established within the global context of HIV prevention, treatment, cure and support.”Among 10 specific ways in which peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian responses may be better attuned to the risks of HIV, ASCI called for greater attention to the links between violence against women, forced sex, and increased risk of infection, citing groups of men who control sex workers and trafficking as a “core group” influencing transmission rates.It also highlights the transition from war to peace as a factor that increase transmission as refugees go hone, soldiers leave the army and relief agencies wind down, urging international donors to provide funds to cover the gap in HIV services between relief and development. HIV prevention, treatment, care and support should be integrated into disarmament and demobilization programmes, it adds.The report stresses that in many countries laws and law enforcement drive the AIDS epidemic underground by criminalizing injecting drug use, sex work and homosexuality, thus ruling out proven HIV prevention methods such as needle exchange and the promotion of condom use.It called for a new international effort involving lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to draw up HIV-sensitive laws and policing. 22 September 2009Violence against women, the transition from war to peace and the criminalization of drug use and homosexuality are among the political, economic and social factors driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. read more

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 91.01 points to 15,126.32, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 110.82 points to 21,937.88. The S&P 500 index was down 18.45 points to 2,455.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 68.32 points to 6,284.01.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.64 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 78.71 cents US.The September crude contract was up 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $12.40 to US$1,285.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the signing of the Global Compact initiative – which aims to involve businesses in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions – by five of Ghana’s leading companies and several other organizations.Alfred Sallia Fawundu, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, called the signing a “ground-breaking” initiative for pursuing strategic partnerships and creating an enabling environment for all partners to promote business growth.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched the Compact in 1999, challenging businesses and other groups to embrace its nine principles upholding universal human rights, labour rights and environmental standards to help build a social and environmental framework to sustain the new global economy.At the recent signing ceremony in Accra, Ghana’s Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, exhorted other businesses to pursue their enlightened self-interest by signing the Compact, since social responsibility was emerging as a major criterion in investment and purchasing decisions.”We live in a globalized world, and though the anti-globalization movement may seem far away, it symbolizes the potential danger for companies and other partners ignoring social responsibilities,” he said.Ashanti Goldfields, whose CEO, Sam Jonah, is a member of the Global Compact Advisory Council, was among those companies joining the initiative. Others included Barclays Bank Ghana, Domod Aluminium, Interplast, and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana.Three business groups joined, including the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Chamber of Mines, and the Private Enterprise Foundation. The Trades Union Congress and the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement, a civil society group, also signed on. read more

The measures would include “the possibility of ‘hot pursuit’ operations, joint air patrolling, shared border responsibility, the establishment of a sub-regional reserve force, the possible reinforcement of airspace monitoring and joint planning for the repatriation of foreign combatants,” Pierre-Andre Wiltzer, Minister for Cooperation and La Francophonie of France, which holds the rotating Council presidency, said in a statement adopted at the conclusion of a debate on the issue.The 15-member Council will review further recommendations from Mr. Annan after he has consulted with the governments involved and, meanwhile, encouraged States in the region to organize joint patrols along common borders, according to the statement.These countries were also urged to ensure that arms embargoes are fully implemented, Mr. Wiltzer said, voicing the Council’s intention “to continue to consider whether any further restrictive measures are necessary to stop the illicit flows of arms to conflict zones.”Recognizing the need to address both the supply and demand side of the weapons equation, the Council invited governments to take steps in response to private companies selling “illegal arms or security services.”The Council also invited the Secretary-General and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) to improve the coordination of UN and ECOWAS activities in West Africa, Mr. Wiltzer said.ECOWAS was encouraged to “name and shame” those in the region who engage in the black-market arms trade or use mercenaries and child soldiers. Video of Council meeting [3hrs 10mins] read more

Ohio State freshman wide receiver Chris Olave (17) and redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate after Olave scored a touchdown in the first half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s 62-39 win against then-No. 4 Michigan, the Buckeyes go into the Big Ten Championship with momentum — momentum that could lead the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin has thought the committee has been pretty consistent on its view of Ohio State in the playoff rankings, something that has fueled the team as a whole. “I think up until last week, I think they thought there were some inconsistencies or they want to say our defense or our offense can’t run the ball, things like that,” McLaurin said. “We’ve heard it all and we just try and focus on getting better each and every week. At the end of the day, we’ve been winning games and that’s what really matters.” But No. 6 Ohio State remains on the outside looking in, and it needs a convincing performance against No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday to earn a place in the College Football Playoff. This is something Northwestern has prided itself on all season long: playing its opponents close.The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1 Big Ten) have been within 14 points in each game it has played this season, falling to ranked opponents Michigan and Notre Dame by a combined 13 points, yet narrowly defeating Nebraska in overtime and recording one-score wins against Rutgers and Illinois. This hurt Northwestern in significant ways, losing all three of its non-conference games, including a 39-34 loss to Akron. However, head coach Urban Meyer does not view the Wildcats as a team Ohio State will play down to, something he admits happens in the program. “You watch them play. They’re very — they’re not averaging 55 points a game. But they’re very productive,” Meyer said.  “So, yeah, we play at the level of competition. That happens sometimes. You’d like to not have that happen. It does. That certainly is not this case.” The Northwestern defense brings something that will not allow for the Ohio State offense to have what McLaurin refers to as a “hangover” after putting up 62 points against the Wolverines. Despite having the 20th-worst offense in the country, the Wildcats allow 21.7 points per game, tied for No. 29 in college football. Much of this has to do with head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s pass defense strategy: perfecting the zone. “You just don’t see big hits against them,” Meyer said. “They keep the ball in front of you. And sometimes that’s — nowadays that’s harder than a team that you know is going to be man coverage across the board.” Despite allowing 238 yards passing per game, placing near the bottom of the Big Ten in pass defense, the Wildcats have allowed only 14 passing touchdowns all season, the same as Penn State and Wisconsin, who are the No. 2 and No. 5 pass defenses in the conference, respectively. With redshirt junior defensive lineman Joe Gaziano, who was named as a second-team All Big Ten defense member, and sophomore linebacker Blake Gallagher, Ohio State will have to overcome a Northwestern defense that McLaurin says is “bend and don’t break.”Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins even said his approach to the offense will have to change when facing zone coverage instead of man-to-man coverage. “With zone coverage, you have to complete 70 percent of your passes to be able to move the ball down the field against them,” Haskins said. “So you have to be able to pick them apart, dissect them and be able to see the coverages and zones and knowing that every pass is not going to be a touchdown.” While the Ohio State offense faces a defensive scheme it’s not used to, the Buckeye defense will face a Northwestern offense that does not exactly stand out on paper. The Wildcats hold the 23rd-worst scoring offense in the country, averaging 23.7 points per game. Northwestern has not found much success running the ball, recording only 114.8 rushing yards per game. However, it has found its signature back in freshman Isaiah Bowser after Jeremy Larkin announced in September that he had medically retired from football. Bowser, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, has recorded six touchdown runs this season. The Sidney, Ohio, native has also rushed for more than 100 yards in four of his past six games, recording two multi-touchdown contests. The passing game is led by redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson, who has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Even with underwhelming numbers, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano views Thorson, who threw for 256 yards and ran for 44 yards with two total touchdowns against Ohio State in 2016, as an accurate passer who understands schemes very well. “He’s an NFL quarterback,” Schiano said. “We need to make sure we understand how that all fits in their entire offense.”PredictionOn paper, it’s clear who has the advantage in this game. Northwestern’s numbers do not stand out on the page and do not have any advantages personnel-wise over Ohio State.  But that has not kept the Wildcats from playing these games close. Northwestern led then-No. 14 Michigan 17-0 prior to allowing 20 unanswered points from the Wolverines. Even with the collapse, Northwestern still had a very close deficit when the clock hit zero. Now, the Wildcats go into its first Big Ten Championship with something to prove: that it can overcome a ranked Ohio State team that has arguably the most momentum heading into a conference championship game than any other team in the country. But even if a loss is not in the future for Northwestern, it is likely the Wildcats will play a game similar to the other ranked opponents it has faced this season, keeping with Ohio State until the very end. The Wildcats can do this by limiting Ohio State’s success in the passing game, erasing any big-play ability for Haskins and his wide receivers by limiting the Buckeyes to short slant and crossing routes. This may not keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard, but would take time off the clock and take away an important part of the Ohio State passing attack. Ohio State is favored and likely will win this game. But Northwestern will not become the 59-0 example that the Buckeyes got in Wisconsin during the 2014 season. Colin Gay: 42-24 Ohio State Wyatt Crosher: 30-13 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 34-17 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 54-21 Ohio StateAmanda Parrish: 35-14 Ohio State read more

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first_imgThere are many videos of brand new gadgets getting smashed and destroyed for no reason other than to see what happens and maybe to gain a moment of fame on YouTube. It seems completely unnecessary and a total waste. The fact is, though, electronics are destroyed all the time by people who don’t really want them to be.If you are really accident-prone, then chances are you have dropped your smartphone or tablet already. When it comes to making your next purchase decision, seeing what device is most likely to hold up to your inadvertent torture is important.As such, if you are trying to figure out whether to buy a Nexus 7 or an iPad mini, there is a new video that you might want to check out above. The website Android Authority has posted a comparative look at how each tablet is able to hold up to various drops from about 4.5 feet.After the first drop on to their sides, the iPad mini held up quite well while the Nexus 7 already started to show significant damage. After the second drop, this time on their backs, the Nexus 7 became completely non-functional while the iPad mini still worked despite showing severe damage.The iPad mini also still worked after the third and most intense part of the drop test: face-down. The Nexus 7 ended up with more scratches and dents. So the moral of the story is that if you are going to drop your tablet from 4.5 feet high more than a couple of times, you are going to have a messed up tablet no matter what, but the iPad mini will be more likely to still work.The fact the iPad mini costs over 50% more than a Nexus 7, it’s not surprising to find it’s a little bit more resilient.via Android Authoritylast_img read more

first_imgThe number of people finding themselves out of work has been growing at an alarming rate over the last four years in Greece, as Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) figures for August showed unemployment exceeding the one-in-four level in the month of the year that usually sees the highest number of job opportunities. ELSTAT figures put the official jobless rate at 25.4 percent of the work force, compared with 18.4 percent a year earlier and 24.8 percent in July 2012. Data from 2009 onward illustrate that 835,648 jobs have been lost within four years, while during the same period the number of unemployed soared by 896,457. This includes the increase in the work force with the entry of young people who have failed to get a foot on the employment ladder. With the official number of unemployed at 1,267,595 in August certain to have grown to at least 1.3 million by now and with 3,375,297 people characterized by ELSTAT as financially inactive, the total number of citizens who are not involved in productive activity and have to live on pensions or unemployment and other benefits is edging close to 5 million. This figure, which stood at exactly 4,642,892 people in August, is tangible proof of the pressure the deepening recession and the rising jobless rate is putting on public finances. Young people aged up to 24 years are even more unlikely to find a job as the unemployment rate in this age group has reached a staggering 58 percent. Those aged 25-34 have a one-in-three jobless rate, while for the 35-44 age group the rate stood at 21.5 percent. Women once again face the biggest problem with a 29 percent jobless rate, but the 22.7 percent rate for men is four times as high as that in 2008. The regions that have been hit hardest are Epirus and Western Macedonia, with a 28.5 percent unemployment level, while in Attica the rate was at 25.9 percent in August, up from 18.5 percent a year earlier. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has vowed never to change his tactics despite losing two games on the spin.City are ten points behind League leaders Liverpool after suffering shock defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. But they have a game in hand with a tricky trip to Southampton the next.But Guardiola was defiant about his tactics and gameplan suggesting the poor run of form will not force his hands into changes.“That is not going to happen. It has not happened in the first years and it is not going to happen,” he said via FourFourTwo.“Why should I change? Because I lost two games? No way. That is not going to happen.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Guardiola said he understood questions would come over his style, but added he worked quickly to work out his team’s problems.“Last season, I knew that when we were going to lose, we were going to doubt again that this is the right way,” he said.“It happened in Barcelona, where it was stable, or Bayern Munich, where we won a lot of titles but I failed because I did not win the Champions League.“I know that’s how it works in that situation, but I’m not concerned.“When it happens, I’m a little sad and depressed for five, 10, 15 minutes and after I charge the batteries and discover why. Why do we lose? The same way as when we win. The game is nice for that: Why? why?”last_img read more

first_imgAnaruk continued to the area of KSR/Dogwood and again rolled, this time hitting an HEA power pole and coming to a stop. Officers located Anaruk traveling east bound on the Kenai Spur Highway and attempted to stop her. The vehicle rolled near Kenai Central High School and again recovered onto the  roadway. According to KPD, a second caller reported the vehicle recovered onto the roadway, and the female driver, Danielle M. Anaruk, age 20 of Soldotna,  appeared intoxicated. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department was notified of a vehicle entering the ditch near the Warren Ames Bridge on Bridge Access Road on September 18, at 4:48 a.m. Anaruk was arrested on charges of Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer I, DWI, Driving in Violation of Instructors Permit, and Minor Operating a Vehicle after Consuming Alcohol. Anaruk was booked into WildwoodPretrial facility.last_img read more

first_imgNext, the Sport S trim starts at $36,745 and adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, power windows, power tailgate, power locking doors, heated mirrors and remote keyless entry. A 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available. With the Max Tow Package, a 4.10 axle ratio and eight-speed automatic transmission, the Sport S achieves the Gladiator’s best-in-class, 7,650-pound tow rating, while the 3.73 axle ratio with the six-speed manual nets the 1,600-pound payload capacity.The Overland trim can be had for $40,395 and boasts side steps and body-colored fenders, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone air conditioning and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In this trim you can trade up to the larger 8.4-inch infotainment screen, with a standard Wi-Fi hotspot. The maximum towing and payload ratings for the Overland are 6,000 and 1,140 pounds, respectively.The top-dog Rubicon starts at $43,545 and adds the more robust Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system, locking differentials, a disconnecting sway bar, 17-inch wheels wearing 33-inch Falken Wildpeak tires, rock rails and upgraded Fox shocks. For truck utility, the Rubicon is still plenty useful, rated to tow 7,000 pounds and haul 1,200 pounds of payload.Enlarge ImageFinally, a Jeep that hauls. FCA US LLC The Gladiator is only available in a four-door body with a five-foot bed, and every truck comes with four-wheel drive. A similarly equipped Ford Ranger starts at $30,680, while the Toyota Tacoma SR comes in at $31,965 and the Chevrolet Colorado WT sets you back $32,795. The current bargain in the truck world, however, is the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab S for a mere $29,390.Driver’s aids can be added to any trim. The Jeep Active Safety Group includes rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring and LED tail lights, while the Advanced Safety Group adds adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will hit US dealers this spring. Be sure to read our in-depth review for full impressions. The long-awaited 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup finally goes on sale this spring. And if you fancy the truck version of the Wrangler more than the traditional SUV shape, you won’t have to pay a lot more for the privilege.The 2020 Gladiator will start at $33,545, not including $1,495 for destination, Jeep confirmed Friday. That’s for the base Sport model that comes standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A two-speed transfer case, skid plates for the fuel tank and transmission, 17-inch wheels and a 5-inch infotainment screen are also standard. Sport models are rated to tow 6,000 pounds and haul 1,105 pounds of payload. 2 Jeep 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance 2020 Jeep Gladiator is business in front, truck bed in back More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2020 Jeep Gladiatorcenter_img News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition: The order books open today Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Jeep Trucks Convertibles 57 Photos Tags Comments 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punchlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed points 191.08 down to stand at 20,734.53. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 68.65 points down to stand at 6,168.40. Aurobindo Pharma and IPCA Lab were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.35% and 2.87% along with Tata Motors and Oberoi Realty with an increase of 2.61% and 1.77% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jet Air India and Torrent Power with a decrease of 7.29% and 6.09% along with Wockhardt and Jaiprakash Associates with a decrease of 6.08% and 5.44% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 6.54 points at 12,047.11 while the banking sector is down 314.49 points at 12,953.52 and the realty sector is down 26.70 points at 1,341.86. The Indian currency is down 0.57% at Rs 62.16 per dollar.last_img read more

first_img-Bermuda-based law firm Appleby, which specialises in offshore finance, is at the centre of the Paradise Papers leak that has sent shockwaves around the world.Appleby provides investment advice to businesses and wealthy people seeking to lower their tax burden and protect their cash.The so-called Paradise Papers, half of which are from Appleby and its affiliates, have been shared with international media this week via the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.The leak of 13.4 million financial documents, which covers the period from 1950 to 2016, sheds light on the secretive world of the offshore finance industry, which seeks to use lawful means to pay less or no tax.The view on the tax affairs of the rich and powerful reveals offshore deals that, while not illegal, are embarrassing for those concerned.Appleby, created in 1898 in Bermuda, now has offices in tax havens including the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Mauritius and the Seychelles, as well as the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.The firm employs 470 staff at its 10 bases dotted around the world, offering “practical solutions” in single locations or across multiple jurisdictions, according to its website.The group’s specialities include corporate, dispute resolution, property, regulatory as well as private clients and trusts.The leaked papers have uncovered offshore tax loopholes used by household names like Apple and Nike — and also by well-known public figures like US singer Bono, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Queen Elizabeth II.According to the trove, Appleby helped iPhone maker Apple shift tens of billions of dollars from Ireland to the Channel Islands when it appeared to face a tougher stance on taxation by Dublin in 2015.Apple has however insisted that its changes did not reduce tax payments in any country, adding that it complies with all laws.Documents also show details of offshore deals involving Queen Elizabeth II, the US commerce secretary, a fundraiser for Canada’s prime minister and others.For its part, Appleby has denounced the Paradise Papers release as a “serious criminal act” and stressed that its “overriding objective” is to comply with regulations around the world.But amid ongoing state austerity and stretched public finances, the scandal has also sparked renewed debate over tax avoidance, which is legal, and tax evasion which is not.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo say “No” to Net Neutrality, wan…Get in home wake-up calls with the Telephone Alarm Clock Think about your favorite purse or bag. What’s it look like? Why is it your favorite? Is it a classic that goes with anything, or is it something clever and fun? No matter what it is, it’s probably neither as clever or fun as this purse/backpack, which is modeled after a Japanese public telephone. It’s amassed quite the following in Japan, and it looks like it’d fly off the shelves if it happened to be mass produced.Twitter denizen Yu Ogasawara, Japanese leatherworker and woodcrafter, made the creation, but this is hardly the first time something she’s made has captured the attention of the public like this. It looks exactly like a downsized version of the actual public telephone, but it’s totally wearable, made out of durable genuine leather and built to look totally awesome and striking wherever you go.このタグにぴったりかと思いまして…実寸大公衆電話型リュックサック「こうきゅうでんわ」#女の価値を決めるバッグ— おがさわらゆう(他の作品も見て!) (@yutoyou_yty) April 10, 2018AdChoices广告You can use it as a regular backpack, with the handset portion of the bag featuring enough space that it could store pencils and pens. The front panel is a nice little storage compartment for all your important things, with a smaller pocket inside for your phone and other items you want to keep safe. If you use headphones a lot with the bag, you can even pull the headphones cord through the coinslot.Best of all, the bag feels like a real phone booth. You can push the buttons, use the handset, and attach it back to the backpack which is held there by a pretty strong magnet. Of course, it’s not a functional phone, but there could probably be Bluetooth capabilities added to it to make it behave like one. That would be totally sick.What do you think of the awesome public phone bag? Would you rock it walking around the streets of your city?center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgWater purification device undergoing field trials in India and its performance evaluation. (A) Schematic diagram of the device. (B) Actual photograph of the device. Construction and assembly of the device are simple and can be done locally. The antimicrobial composition is used as granules and kept in the membrane filter. Carbon block is positioned just before the tap. Carbon block may also be used as a multilayer axial block, comprising adsorbents for specific regional contaminants such as arsenic, iron, and lead. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1220222110 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Nano-scientists develop new kind of portable water purification system (2013, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Scientists evaluate different antimicrobial metals for use in water filters ( —Researchers at India’s Institute of Technology Madras have developed a new kind of portable water purification system based on nanoparticle filtration. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains how their new device does its job—it employs nanoparticles to remove not just biological hazards, but toxic heavy metals as well.center_img The researchers note that access to clean drinking water is still a major worldwide problem—making it available to everyone, they say, would save approximately 2 million lives a year (approximately 42.6 percent of deaths are due to diarrhea alone and impact mostly children). To help reach the UN millennium development goal of doubling the number of people with sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015, the team has been applying nanoparticle technology to the problem. The system they have developed is a two-stage filtration process that provides 10 liters of clean water in just an hour’s time. The biggest challenge, the team says, was figuring out how to deliver silver ions into the water to be processed, without using any electricity. The process also had to use a minimal amount of silver ions to meet international safety standards. The answer, they say, was to use a new material that employs silver nanoparticles that are trapped in tiny cage-like structures made of other clay materials.Other nanoparticles are used to create other materials that serve as filters, killing microbes and sucking heavy metals out of the water, making it safe to drink or use for cooking. The first stage of the process kills viruses, bacteria and other dangerous micro-biota. The second stage absorbs heavy metals such as lead and arsenic.The result is an extremely inexpensive portable water purification device—the system cost is comparable to other portable filtration systems, but the processing itself comes to less than $3 per year. The filters are good for approximately one year (3,600 liters) and filtration can be run more than once per day if needed. The researchers believe their device is capable of providing all the drinking water a family of four would need.The researchers have not yet made it clear who will manufacture the new device or when it might be made available for sale. Explore further More information: Biopolymer-reinforced synthetic granular nanocomposites for affordable point-of-use water purification, PNAS, Published online before print May 6, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1220222110AbstractCreation of affordable materials for constant release of silver ions in water is one of the most promising ways to provide microbially safe drinking water for all. Combining the capacity of diverse nanocomposites to scavenge toxic species such as arsenic, lead, and other contaminants along with the above capability can result in affordable, all-inclusive drinking water purifiers that can function without electricity. The critical problem in achieving this is the synthesis of stable materials that can release silver ions continuously in the presence of complex species usually present in drinking water that deposit and cause scaling on nanomaterial surfaces. Here we show that such constant release materials can be synthesized in a simple and effective fashion in water itself without the use of electrical power. The nanocomposite exhibits river sand-like properties, such as higher shear strength in loose and wet forms. These materials have been used to develop an affordable water purifier to deliver clean drinking water at US $2.5/y per family. The ability to prepare nanostructured compositions at near ambient temperature has wide relevance for adsorption-based water purification. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgThe ongoing theatre extravaganza in the Capital city is receiving phenomenal response from the audience. Offering a variety of performances by young and old artists, the 21-day long festival will see following plays on February 8: CHHAU Bahumukh Chahmukh Open Lawn 6.00 pm Director: Sapan Kumar Acharya Group: Acharya Chhau Nrutya Bichitra, Jharkhand Language: Non- Verbal Duration: 1hr 15 mins THE OPEN COUPLE Shri Ram Centre 4.00 pm Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPlaywright: Dario Fo and Franca Rame Director: Sara Zaker Group: Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, Bangladesh Language: Bengali Duration: 1 hr PAGLA GHODA LTG 5.30 pm Playwright: Badal Sircar Director: Bipin Kumar Group: Yuva Rangmanch, Ranchi Language: Hindi Duration: 1 hr 45 mins BUXI JAGABANDHU Kamani 7.00 pm Playwright: Manoranjan Das Director: Debabrata Pattanayak Group: Dynamic Platform, Bhubaneshwar Language: Odiya Duration: 1 hr 45 mins KHAMOSHI SILI SILI Abhimanch 8.30 pm Playwright: Joseph Stein Director: Suresh Sharma Group: NSD Repertory Company, New Delhi Language: Hindi Duration: 2 hrs 20 minslast_img read more

first_imgHorticulturists, medical scientists, environmentalists, liver specialists, urologists, audiologists, speech therapists, physicians and technology, energy, finance and water experts will be among some 60,000 delegates who will visit Brisbane this year to attend conferences collaborating with colleagues and sharing their knowledge and expertise. This event provides a unique opportunity to showcase to the world the Centre’s expertise in hosting major international events and Brisbane’s standing as a leading international business destination. Australian & New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ASM) Conference 2015, 500 delegates International Society of Nephrology Nexus Symposium 2014, 600 delegates Preparations are well advanced including the hosting of more than 40 site inspections, many from participating countries. The event will benefit Brisbane and the business events industry for years into future providing significant opportunities for tourism, trade and investment. Attended by some of the most powerful leaders of the modern world, the G20 Summit will be a once in a lifetime experience. Also on the Centre’s 2014 calendar of events are nine new exhibitions across a broad spectrum of interest areas. These include AWISA (Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association) 2014, Supanova 2014, The Courier Mail Home Show 2014, Mind Body and Spirit Festival and ConveneQ – a new business events showcase for Queensland. The Centre has a busy lead-up to the G20 with more than 600 events already on the calendar including 120 conferences. Among those recently confirmed conferences set to deliver $83.3 million to Brisbane in economic benefit and 204,798 hotel room nights are: Source = Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre The Centre partners with Brisbane Marketing and Tourism Events Queensland to bring key conferences to Brisbane.   These conferences will include the 29th International Horticulture Congress 2014 for 2,000 delegates with some 17 additional symposia, XXXII World Congress of Audiology 2014 for 2,000 delegates, Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver for 1500 delegates, 5th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) 2014 for 1,000 delegates and Oz Water 2014 for 1500 delegates – to name a few. 9th World Congress of Melanoma  2017, 1,500 delegates Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO International Congress 2015, 2,500 delegates The Centre reported an impressive first six months of the 2013/14 Financial Year with 51 new convention wins bringing 41,270 delegates to Brisbane including some of the world’s leading medical and scientific experts. Conference of the International Bone & Mineral Society (IBMS) 2017, 1,000 delegates  BCEC is preparing for a momentous year, the undoubted highlight of which is hosting the G20 World Leaders Summit in November. Annual Conference of Association of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia 2017, 600 delegates Congress of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2016, 500 delegates Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Asia Pacific Region 2019, 1,000 delegateslast_img read more