Trudeau not among world leaders meeting with Saudi Crown prince at G20

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Justin Trudeau will meet today with two world leaders who spoke directly to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince at the G20 summit, but the prime minister has not had direct contact with Mohammed bin Salman himself.Trudeau is set to hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President French President Emmanuel Macron at the meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.All eyes have been on the Saudi crown prince during the trip, which marks his first major overseas appearance since the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.May’s office says the prime minister stressed to Salman the importance of ensuring those responsible for the “appalling murder” of Khashoggi are held to account.Macron also came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince, and an official said the tense exchange captured on video shows the president’s firm stance.On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Canada was imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi Arabian nationals the government deems linked to Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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US officials in Jaffna

It cited an example where on March 4, EPDP member Kanthasuwamy Jagadeswaran sexually abused and killed 13-year-old Jesudasan Lakshini. On March 16, the Kayts Magistrate Court remanded Jagadeswaran to the Jaffna Prison.(Colombo Gazette) It also said that the reintegration of former combatants released from rehabilitation remained challenging due to intensive surveillance by the military, social stigma (some people were afraid to associate themselves with ex-combatants who regularly had to report to the army), employment difficulties, and psychological trauma. Several released ex-combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual harassment, by government officials while in rehabilitation centers.It also said that although the number of killings associated with progovernment paramilitary groups declined from previous years, there were persistent reports that the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), led by Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare Douglas Devananda, engaged in intimidation, extortion, corruption, and violence against civilians in Jaffna. The visit comes just days after the annual human rights report released by the US State Department had claimed that in the east and the north, military intelligence and other security personnel, sometimes allegedly working with paramilitaries, were responsible for the documented and undocumented detention of civilians suspected of LTTE connections. Detention reportedly was followed by interrogation that sometimes included mistreatment or torture. There were reports that detainees were released with a warning not to reveal information about their arrest or detention, under the threat of rearrest or death. “There were reports that individual cases of gender-based violence perpetrated by members of the security forces occurred in areas with heavy security force presence, but others stated that military officials were responsive to reports of such incidents and showed a willingness to prosecute the offenders. Some observers suggested that there was reluctance by victims to report such incidents in northern and eastern areas where security forces were prevalent. There were a number of credible reports of sexual violence against women where the alleged perpetrators were armed forces personnel, police officers, army deserters, or members of militant groups. A number of women did not lodge official complaints due to fear of retaliation,” the US report said. A US delegation is in Jaffna for talks on the ground situation and to assess the latest developments.US Embassy staff are in Jaffna meeting with civil society as part of its normal bilateral engagement with the people of Sri Lanka, a US Embassy spokesman told the Colombo Gazette. read more

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Acting UN rights chief condemns suicide bombing of Russian military hospital

Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement issued today that there was no justification for the terrorist bombing of a Russian military hospital in Mozdok, North Ossetia, in which 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured. The Acting High Commissioner called all terrorist attacks “reprehensible and criminal” and also lamented the terrorist attacks on places of worship, such as the recent bombing in Pakistan. The statement also called for a rallying of public opinion against terrorism and a strengthening of resolutions to bring terrorists to justice in accordance with the principles of international human rights law. read more

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Suspect who snatched 17monthold girl may have given her extra clothes before

“He jumped up in the driver’s side and – boom – straight away he went with the car,” Gheorghe Stelica said.Nazneen Saleh, a 25-year-old teacher visiting her parents in the street, said a woman she believed was Maria’s grandmother was in a “frenzy”.The car, listed on Gumtree for £4,650, was found abandoned in Hathaway Crescent but Maria was absent. Scotland Yard announced at 8pm that she had been found in the nearby Ruskin Avenue area.”God bless,” the 25-year-old uncle said. “I feel born again. I feel over 1,000-times relief.”(My brother) he’s happy. He thanks so much the police for their service.”Police are still hunting the suspect, who they described as a slim Asian man dressed in black clothing. The toddler went missing from this east London street Delighted to report that missing child Maria Tudorica aged 17months has now been found safe and well in the Ruskin Avenue, E12 area. Thanks to media and all members of the public who have helped with this appeal.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) January 6, 2019 “I put the car on sale today and one guy called me on my phone,” the trader said.”He didn’t seem suspicious on the phone, he was talking very nicely. I said to him, ‘If you don’t want to wait for me, no problem.”‘The father met the stranger outside his brother’s home in Nine Acres Close, Manor Park, and placed the girl in the black car as he demonstrated the engine. But then the supposed customer asked to try it. A 17-month-old girl who was snatched along with the car she was sitting in may have been given extra clothing by the suspect before she was abandoned, police said.Maria Tudorica was sitting in a passenger seat of an Audi A5 when a man – purporting to be interested in buying the vehicle – took the car from an east London street.The car was ditched without the child as police searched frantically, but police said at about 8pm on Sunday that she had been found “safe and well”.Officers said on Monday that Maria was last seen wearing a white top and red trousers, but was found wearing “an additional item of clothing”.Scotland Yard said: “Officers believe that either the suspect put the clothing on the child before abandoning her, or that a member of the public dressed her due to the cold, but who at the time did not wish to contact police.”Her car trader uncle, Gheorghe Stelica, said he felt “born again” after learning she had been located. Earlier that day, he had asked his brother, 35-year-old Claudia Stelica, who is Maria’s father, to show the car to the prospective buyer as a favour because he was out of London. 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. The toddler went missing from this east London street read more

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So GoPros first day on the stock market got off to the

first_imgGOPRO’S FIRST DAY on the stock market went better than expected after it saw its share price rise by 30%.Shares for GoPro started off at $24 a share and quickly rose to $30 in early trading, meaning the company is worth more than $3 billion. It raised $427 million after it sold 17.8 million shares.The company, which is best known for capturing the first-person perspective of those participating in extreme sports, is hoping that its success will provide it with a second business in digital media.Not only does it have a large presence on social media, it recently added a dedicated channel of GoPro videos to Microsoft Xbox.Its cameras were the top selling camcorders in the US by sales and units in 2013, according to its IPO filings. However, concerns about its finances surrounded the IPO after the company revealed its first quarter revenue in 2014 was down roughly 8% compared to the same time in 2013.The company plans to use the money raised to pay down debt and run the company. Source: GoPro/YouTubeRead: Google is wasting no time getting Android Wear out to the public >Read: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat >last_img read more

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Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine Kate McCanns son asked her about

first_imgKATE MCCANN’S SON asked her if she had anything to do with the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, a court in Portugal was told today.The UK Independent reports that her son Sean asked her whether she had a role in the disappearances after hearing allegations made by the former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral on the radio, while he was travelling on the school bus.“Sean asked me in October, ‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’. I just said that he said a lot of silly things”, McCann told Lisbon’s Palace of Justice.McCann also told the court that they fear their daughter’s kidnapper may “strike again” and believe that he or she will have been “laughing” at claims that they hid her, according to The Guardian.The claims comes as part of libel case the McCann’s are taking against AmaralAmaral, the police officer who led the initial investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, published a book on the case in which he claimed the couple hid the girl’s body and faked an abduction after she died accidentally.McCanns’ lawyers are trying to show that Amaral’s book, “The Truth Of The Lie”, had hampered the search for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.The couple are seeking €1.25 million in damages.Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014Read: Madeleine McCann: Police conclude search with no significant finds >Read: Madeleine McCann: Police to question several suspects in the “very near future”, reports >last_img read more

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More cuts for pensioners families and students

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following new cuts introduced into federal parliament earlier this week, Australia is likely to see people of pension age who have been born overseas living on a Special Benefit. Around 2,400 migrants each year could be forced to wait 15 years for the Age Pension at the same rate as Newstart. On top of that, pensioners are bound to lose their Pension Supplement if they spend more than six weeks overseas. Meanwhile, as of 1 July 2018 apart from the ongoing changes to penalty rates, new cuts to Family Tax Benefits mean couples with children are expected to be up to $2,000 worse off. The government is also pushing to extend the liquid assets waiting period from 13 weeks to six months forcing people to draw down on their savings before being eligible for income support in the event they lose their job. Students are not escaping unscathed either with support being cut by more than $90 million as a result of changes to the eligibility of the relocation scholarship.last_img read more

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Testers wanted for the worlds biggest bouncy castle

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Applicants are being asked to rise to the challenge of testing the biggest bouncy castle in the world.Any job has its ups and downs, but none more so than this: official bouncy castle testers are being sought to try out the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, which is on tour in the UK.Over 300 metres long, the Monster features 42 obstacles, including the ‘mega slide’, the ‘tunnel of love’ and the ‘bouncy cage of doom’.Successful candidates will be presented with an official Monster uniform and given the privilege of putting the course through its paces before members of the public jump into the fray. The job advert emphasises the need for applicants to be “puncture-al”.Prospective Monster testers must provide their CV, with a paragraph explaining why they think they should be considered for the opportunity. The organisation then states that each candidate will undergo a rigorous selection process, testing all of their abilities to manage the demands of the course.The role is rewarded with a pay rate of £250 per day, which, Monster states, will remain in line with inflation.The advertisement reads: “Our official inflatable obstacle course tester will be in charge of making sure the Monster is as fun as possible, and will be responsible for testing every square metre of it before we open to the public in each city.“It’s a big job, with big responsibilities…and probably the best job in the world! We can’t wait to find our new bouncy colleague!”The Monster, strictly for adults, is currently on the final leg of its UK tour at Birmingham NEC.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this gives a new meaning the phrase ‘workplace flexibility‘. Plenty of job adverts are full of hot air, but we wonder how many applicants will take a leap of faith with this one.last_img read more

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Police ask for publics help in locating missing 19yearold from North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a 19-year-old man from North Miami who went missing.Kenel Metayer was last seen on Thursday in the area of Northeast 125th Street and Sixth Avenue wearing a navy blue shirt, black shorts and brown shoes.Officials said he ran away from his parents and texted his mother to tell her he was on the MetroMover in Downtown Miami.Metayer suffers from schizophrenia and is said to have the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact the North Miami Police Department at 305-891-0294.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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MilitaryVA Subcommittee to KickOff Spending Bill Markups Weds

first_imgArmy Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez The House Appropriations Committee will begin markups of fiscal 2020 spending bills next week including the Military Construction-VA spending bill, Roll Call reported Friday.A separate statement released by the House Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee said it plans to mark up its draft fiscal 2020 spending bill at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.After subcommittee markups, the full appropriations committee could mark up the Military Construction-VA spending legislation May 6, though the schedule is expected to be flexible, according to the Roll Call report.The Appropriations Committee is also expected to take up the full defense bill soon, though no date has been set.The major appropriations bills are being written by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey, who has said she will adhere to the current $664 billion defense limit and $631 nondefense limit, as ADC has reported.The full defense bill has not been brought to the floor. Earlier in April the House adopted a “deeming” resolution that establishes an overall spending topline of $1.295 trillion, a move that skirted differences between House Democrat progressives and moderates on defense and nondefense spending. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend June 1June 3

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE events happening in Wilmington this weekend:Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Parent Night Out & Cornhole TournamentThe Wilmington Youth Soccer Association is holding a Parents Night Out and Cornhole Tournament on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street).The event will feature music and karaoke from Two Cousins DJ; raffle table; 50/50 raffle; dancing; finger foods; cash bar; a cornhole tournament; and more.Tickets cost $20 each. Tables for $200 are available.  Entry in the Cornhole Tournament, which begins at 8pm, costs $10, with “rebuttals” costing $5.To purchase tickets, contact Jessica Scanlon (jcscanlon09[at]gmail.com), Emily Broussard (emilybroussard2002[at]yahoo.com), Megan Howie (Meganhowie5[at]gmail.com), or Alison Zaya (ali.zaya[at]gmail.com).Wilmington’s 38th Annual Art ExhibitionArtists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition.The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge.Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.Wilmington Household Hazardous Waste DayThe Town of Wilmington will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, in the parking lot of the West Intermediate School (22 Carter Lane).The event is FREE for Wilmington residents. (There is a fee for disposal of tires.)  Proof of residency is required.View the event flyer for more information. Contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 with any questions.What To Bring From The Workbench: Oil Based Paints, Stains & Varnishes, Wood Preservatives, Pain Strippers/Thinners, Solvent Adhesives, Lighter FluidWhat To Bring From The Yard: Weed Killer, Chemical Fertilizers, Flea Control Products, Moth Balls, Poisons, Insecticides, FungicidesWhat To Bring From The Garage: Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene, Engine Degreaser, Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner, Transmission Fluid, Car Wax, Polishers, Driveway Sealer, Antifreeze, Roofing Tar, Swimming Pool Chemicals, Motor Oil, Car Batteries, Tires (fee apply)What To Bring From The House: Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue, Fiberglass Resins, Aerosol Cans, Photo Chemicals, Furniture Polish, Floor & Metal Polish, Oven Cleaner, Drain & Toilet Cleaner, Spot Remover, Rug & Upholstery Cleaner, Hobby Supplies, Artist Supplies, Chemistry Sets, Fluorescent BulbsWhat NOT To Bring: Empty Containers/Trash, Latex Paint, Commercial or Industrial Waste, Radioactive Waste, Smoke Detectors, Infectious & Biological Wastes, Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives, Fire Extinguishers, Prescription Medicines/Syringes, Propane & Helium TanksHow To Safely Transport Hazardous Materials: Leave materials in original containers, Tighten caps & lids, Sort and pack separately: oil paint, pesticides, and household cleaners, Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes & pad with newspapers, NEVER MIX CHEMICALS, NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous materialsWilmington’s 36th Annual Fishing DerbyThe Wilmington Recreation Department is sponsoring the 36th Annual Fishing Derby at Silver Lake on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9am to noon at Town Beach.Participants must register in the Bath House. Prizes will be awarded for the Heaviest Bass and Heaviest Non-Bass in both age groups.The cost to participate in the Derby is $5 for those ages 18 and over, and $2 for anyone age 17 and under. Worms will be available for purchase. There will be shore fishing only – no boats. No fishing license is required for this event only. Rain date is Sunday, June 3.This multigenerational event for youth and non-professional adults began in 1983. The Derby allows the Town to showcase its finest natural resource while participants have a chance to learn or improve their fishing skills.Wilmington Boy Scout Car Wash FundraiserBoy Scout Troop 126 of Wilmington is holding a Car Wash on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue). A $5 donation is suggested for each car wash.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… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night Out & Cornhole Tournament On June 7In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night & Cornhole Tournament On June 1In “Community”last_img read more

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Thousands of Alaska university students notified that millions in scholarships and grants

first_imgThe issue is nearly $350 million in Alaska’s Higher Education Investment Fund. Each year, funds from nearly every state program get swept into a constitutionally mandated savings account. Typically lawmakers vote to put the money back into the programs it was designated for. But, that process requires a supermajority of the Legislature — three-quarters of them — to vote to put the money back. This year, that didn’t happen. The commission is a state corporation tasked with planning for higher education and administering financial aid programs.   According to data from the University of Alaska, nearly 1 in 5 students gets a merit-based Alaska Performance Scholarship. Altogether, the performance scholarships and education funds support more than 5,000 students with more than $15 million in financial aid each year. Alaska State Capitol in February. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Funds for a program that provides money for students from Alaska to attend University of Washington School of Medicine is also unavailable. center_img But, it’s not because the funds were vetoed from the budget. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education wrote in the message that funds for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grants aren’t currently available and require legislative action to be restored.   It’s also unusual for the Higher Education Fund to be included in the funding sweep; historically that hasn’t happened.   Notices went out to 12,000 Alaska students on Tuesday afternoon that money for their grants and scholarships isn’t currently available for the next school year. last_img read more

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APSCTOSEA election new body unanimously

first_imgOngole: The Andhra Pradesh State Commercial Tax Office Subordinate Employees Association (APSCTOSEA) conducted the election for its state executive body in NGOs Bhavan in Ongole on Sunday. The cooperative service association president Phani Perraju acted as the chief election officer while the cooperative service association secretary M Mohan Babu and Prakasam district president K Venkateswarlu acted as the assistant election officers and they received 16 nominations for the 10 posts. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us But after the withdrawals, they received only 10 eligible nominations and announced that all contestants are elected unanimously.P Govindarajulu Naidu of CTO office Tadepalligudem is elected as the chairman, Bapatla Gopalakrishnaiah of Vijayawada as co-chairman, R Satyanarayana of Visakhapatnam, R Ramachandra Prasad of Rajamahendravaram, Subrahmanyam Murugesan of Chittoor elected as the vice-presidents, Chandolu Venkataramana of Addanki as general secretary, T Tirupati Rao of Guntur as the office secretary, K Leela Saikumar of Narasannapet, Gottipati Anandababu of Chirala elected as the secretaries, Valluru Subbarao of Vijayawada elected as the treasurer. Govindarajulu Naidu thanked the committee members and other members of the association for keeping confidence in him giving another chance to serve as chairman. He assured them that he will do justice to his position by working without any partiality and will be instrumental in redressing any issues of the members.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones showrunners confirm this fan theory about Jon Snow and

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 is going to air on April 14 and ahead of the release of the first episode, GoT’s showrunners talked about their experience writing and filming the last season of HBO’s epic fantasy drama series. The acclaimed showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, also talked about the Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s relationship.In Game of Thrones season 7, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) met Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) for the very first time. From their first meeting in the Dragonstone, it was clear that there was some sort of sexual tension between the two. In the later episodes, when Daenerys rescued Jon and his men and agreed to join him against the Night King, it became clear that she sees Jon as a partner.In the very last episode of season seven of Game of Thrones, we saw Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen getting involved in a sexual relationship. However, it was around the same time when Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly found out that Jon is really a Targaryen, which makes him Daenerys’ nephew. Daenerys and Jon in conversation.Game of Thrones/ TwitterEver since then, fans were wondering how Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will handle the news when they will find out about the true nature of their relationship. Ahead of season 8’s premiere, Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the final six episodes. When asked about Jon and Daenerys, the creative minds behind Emmy-award winning show responded by saying this:”Jon and Dany are obviously together now. We didn’t have much time, or any time, to explore that relationship as a real relationship in the seventh season. It came to fruition at the end. It was a lot of fun to write them meeting each other, and now there’s a new kind of relationship between them. And here they’re together from the beginning.”So, here you go friends! Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are officially together. It looks like Jon might have pushed aside the thought that he is Daenerys’ nephew as he has to focus on the fight with the Night King or he might have accepted the fate that he loves her and his true parentage does not matter to him anymore.Game of Thrones season 8 will air uncensored in India and other regions. You can check out here to know how you can watch it online. Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pagelast_img read more

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Gulf tensions flare as US shoots down Iranian drone

first_imgAn image grab taken from a video released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on 18 July 2019, reportedly shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, that was detained by Iran`s Revolutionary Guards, in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz. Photo: AFPTensions in the Gulf region mounted Thursday as US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an Iranian drone that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz.It was the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents.Trump announced that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, “took defensive action” against the Iranian drone as it was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”The drone was “immediately destroyed,” Trump said, after it approached within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the Boxer, Trump said.”This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran, against vessels operating in international waters,” he said.”The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”Tehran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told reporters he had “no information about losing a drone today,” as he arrived at the United Nations headquarters for a meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.The apparent confrontation came as Iran defended its detention Sunday of a “foreign tanker” believed to be the Panamanian-flagged vessel Riah and its 12 crew for allegedly smuggling fuel.”The vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted,” Revolutionary Guards’ Sepahnews website said.First US military actionThe drone shootdown comes after a series of low-level attacks in the region blamed on Tehran’s forces, including placing limpet mines on several tankers and actions by what Washington calls Iranian proxies in Syria and Yemen.In May the Pentagon announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to waters near Iran in response to “indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.”Tehran downed an American surveillance drone in June, prompting Trump to order air strikes against Iran. But he called them off at the last minute, saying the plan was not “proportionate” and casualties would have been too high.On 4 July Britain seized a fully loaded Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, allegedly headed for Syria in violation of sanctions.Iran furiously branded the seizure “piracy, and one week later armed Iranian boats menaced a British tanker in the Gulf, before they were driven off by a Royal Navy frigate.That led to US calls for an international flotilla to escort hydrocarbon-laden vessels from Gulf oil fields through the Hormuz Strait.US Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie pledged Thursday to work “aggressively” with partners to ensure freedom of navigation in Gulf waters.Broader conflict fearedThe incidents have raised fears of a regional conflict involving the US and its allies in the Gulf region, through which nearly a third of the world’s oil is transported.It comes amid a threatened breakdown of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with Washington steadily ratcheting up economically debilitating sanctions on Tehran a year after unilaterally quitting the deal.Earlier this month Tehran purposely surpassed the deal’s caps on uranium enrichment, aiming to pressure the other parties — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — to break with the US sanctions escalation and defend the economic benefits Iran was promised for agreeing to drastic limitations on its nuclear program.On Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, Zarif accused Washington of waging “economic terrorism.”The “unlawful, extraterritorial” sanctions “represent the greatest threat to the achievement of sustainable development goals of Iran and many of our neighbors,” he said.Washington nevertheless announced fresh sanctions Thursday on what it called a “network” of companies in Iran, Belgium and China supplying crucial materials to Tehran’s enrichment program.Door open for negotiations?Yet both sides kept open the possibility of talks. The Guardian reported Thursday that Zarif said he had offered a new deal for enhanced inspections of Iran’s nuclear program, if Washington agrees to remove sanctions.Trump appeared to be receptive as well to negotiations.He told reporters that the pressure on Iran had forced the country to reduce regional activities and suggested that could lead to negotiations.”You look at them pulling back, and they’re not pulling back because they love us. They’re pulling back because they don’t have money,” Trump said.”All we want to do is have a fair deal. The deal that was made was a bad deal… We can do something quickly or we can take our time. I’m in no rush.”last_img
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Signs With Watching Eyes May Reduce Illegal Dumping Say Rice Researchers

first_img Share Courtesy Anson FungThe signs with “watching eyes” placed at a frequent illegal dump siteA research team at Rice University looked at Houston’s trash dumping problem and found that signs with stylized drawings of eyes reduced illegal dumping.The team of undergraduates said they chose to include eyes on the signs because of the well-documented “watching eye” effect.“When we were looking at the literature, we found that similar signs that had eyes watching people typically produced positive effects in changing people’s behavior,” team member Noah Mengisteab said.The team chose 16 sites in high-trash areas in the Third Ward, Northline and the Near Northside. They randomly assigned nine lots to receive signs. At the other seven, the researchers simply monitored trash levels.The team returned to the sites a month later, and found lots of new trash at three of the seven sites without signs. Where there was signage, only one lot was in much worse shape than before.“For the most part, areas where we set up the signs typically had a decrease in the amount of illegal dumping,” Mengisteab said.The researchers said signs provide a low-cost way to fight dumping.“Obviously, signs are cheap,” researcher Nick Silber said. “That’s kind of the main reason we decided to use signs.”Silber said that other enforcement mechanisms — drones, cameras and the like — are much more expensive. Background research for their study found that these methods only catch around one percent of violators.By contrast, team member Anson Fung said their signs function as a proactive deterrent.“Signs are unique in that it stops behavior that you don’t want to happen prior to it actually happening,” Fung said.Mengisteab cautioned that their team’s results are not conclusive — the team only studied sixteen sites in a few geographic areas, and they could only study them for one month. The team would like to see more research in the area — and they’d also like to see local governments implement the idea.“This could be a real solution that the city could implement in the future,” Silber said.last_img read more

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Apple scores patent for iPad cover with builtin flexible touchscreen

first_imgApple’s Smart Cover and Smart Case really aren’t that smart. They can act as stands, put your iPad to sleep and it lets you peek at things, but this new patent shows that Apple wants to make a cover that’s really smart.The U.S. Patent Office just published a treasure trove of patents that had been granted to Apple, and this one for a “cover attachment with built-in flexible display” was among them. If you’ve been reading Geek.com for a few years, you might remember it: the patent application got our attention when it surfaced way back in 2012.You can see one of the applications Apple envisioned above — a secondary display that could allow you to trace or draw objects using a stylus (which, of course, they’ve already started selling as the $99 Apple Pencil).  Other drawings in the patent show the cover display performing a different (but familiar) role:Apple is already selling a keyboard attachment for the iPad Pro that they claim is a totally new type of keyboard, but it’s really a totally new type of iPad keyboard. The one on their adaptive touchscreen cover, however, truly would be something new.The patent shows the cover display being used for more than just touchscreen input. The portion at the back that’s allowing the iPad to stand, for example, is shown at one point displaying track information for songs as they play. Another image shows the cover doing its part to keep the iPad powered — thanks to the addition of solar cells.Apple may never release a cover with a flexible display or solar cells, but hey, they already released a stylus like the one shown in this patent and the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector was shown here, too. Perhaps they’ll circle back for another new product.last_img read more

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With less than 300 in the world Mexico zoo breeds first white

first_imgAltiplano Zoo, Tlaxcala — The first white lion ever born in captivity in Mexico has arrived. Officially three months old, the rare lion was hidden away until now to increase his chances of survival.The Altiplano Zoo in Tlaxcala has a pair of adult white lions that successfully reproduced. The female gave birth October 28, saying they did not disclose birth immediately, but waited until specialists were sure that the animal was not at risk.Two hours after being born the mother, Metztli (meaning Moon in Nahuatl), abandoned him, “so zoo experts intervened to feed him and protect him.”“In addition to a special formula, the newborn was able to feed during its first two months, strengthening more and more,” said the Government of Tlaxcala.Later he began to eat chicken, which helped him polish his teeth and complete the missing nutrients.Currently, the lion cub weighs 9 kilos and each day its weight increases between 90 and 100 grams.The lion still has no name, so the government has launched a contest where all children of the state can make a name suggestion for the new cub.The white lion, originally from southern Africa, is considered in danger of extinction. According to Whitelions.org, there are approximately 300 of these animals in the world.The adult lions at the Tlaxcala zoo, Metztli and Tonatiuh, arrived in 2015 when they were six years old.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Traffic and travel news for StokeonTrent North Staffordshire and South Cheshire

first_img Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comA number of traffic accidents have caused delays across the area today. The A523 between Leek and Macclesfield has reopened at Bosley Crossroads following a serious accident just before 5am this morning. Elsewhere Basford Park Road in Basford was partially blocked due to an accident near the A53. Out in the Staffordshire Moorlands Park Lane in Rock End was partially blocked by an oil spillage at New Street/Crowborough Road. All these incidents have now cleared. Earlier disruption on the railway network in Cheshire following a train fire has now cleared. Further afield Storm Brian is expected to cause delays on major road and railway networks – with a Met Office Yellow Warning for wind in effect for much of the country. We’ll be bringing you the latest traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire throughout the day – check the live feed below for the latest updates.17:37A50 busy but moving A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 17:36No current disruptionWe currently have no reports of disruption on the roads.We will keep you updated.16:41Accidents cleared in Basford and Rock EndEarlier accidents and oil spillages have been cleared.16:28Train hits tree in WalesStorm Brian has brought down a number of trees on railway tracks in Wales – leading to a train hitting a tree.16:24Motorists warned to be careful as Storm Brian approachesNorth West Motorway Police, who cover Cheshire and other parts of the North West, are asking motorists to be careful as Storm Brian approaches.16:20Incidents at local railway stationsThe Cheshire Branch of British Transport Police, who also cover railway stations in North Staffordshire, seem to be having a busy afternoon.These incidents are not reported to have had an effect on rail travel in the region so far.16:0815 minute delays on M6 due to congestionThere are delays of 15 minutes against normal traffic on the M6 this afternoon.Highways England say the delay is due to congestion on the northbound carriageway between Junction 16 and Junction 17.15:52Heavy traffic cleared on A50The heavy traffic on the A50 has now cleared.15:44Heavy traffic on A50 A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:23Heavy traffic coming into Hanley Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 10 driving offences you didn’t know were illegal The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Motoring offences you didn’t know were illegal Motoring offences you didn’t know were illegal Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/0:55Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailablecenter_img Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Watch Next Share this videolast_img read more

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