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Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to Fed ratesAsian shares mixed as investors look ahead to Fed rates

TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Monday amid a wait-and-see attitude about the direction of interest rates and the trade dispute between the U.S. and China.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.2% to 21,157.12. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.4% to 6,530.90, while South Korea’s Kospi edged down nearly 0.2% to 2,091.96. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.7% to 27,297.42, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.3% at 2,890.90.On Wall Street, stocks ended a choppy week of trading with modest losses.The S&P 500 index fell 4.66 points, or 0.2%, to 2,886.98 Friday and ended the week with a slim gain of 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 17.16 points, or 0.1%, to 26,089.61. The Nasdaq composite slid 40.47 points, or 0.5%, to 7,796.66. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks dropped 13.30 points, or 0.9%, to 1,522.50.Earlier this month, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell set off a market rally after he signalled that the central bank is willing to cut interest rates to help stabilize the economy if the trade war between Washington and Beijing starts to slow economic growth.The Fed holds its next meeting of policyholders this week, but no action on rates is expected.Economists expect Fed officials to wait until the second week of July to indicate whether they intend to cut rates, after seeing the next government report on the jobs market and other economic data.Market watchers are also closely watching the results of the G-20 summit in late June, where U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could meet and try to negotiate a deal on trade.“Sentiments around the ability to achieve a positive turn in U.S.-China trade negotiations, should the Trump-Xi meeting materialize at the sidelines of the G-20, remain tentative,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in Singapore.“And the G-20 itself is merely a stage to kick the can down the road and a long, long way off a complete retraction of global trade tensions.”ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil added 5 cents to $52.56 a barrel. It rose 0.4% to settle at $52.51 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, added 10 cents to $62.11 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.58 Japanese yen from 108.23 yen on Friday. The euro weakened to $1.1214 from $1.1263.___AP Business Writer Damian J. Troise contributed to this report.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Dutch school threatened over death of bullied Lankan teenDutch school threatened over death of bullied Lankan teen

A school in the Netherlands is facing threats after a Sri Lankan teen committed suicide after being bullied in school.The Heerlen police have arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College’s director, teachers and students received threats in response to the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Sunday, the NL Times reported. The Sri Lankan family arrived in the Netherlands about six years ago. They fled Sri Lanka because of the conflict there at the time, but also because the children had a better future in the Netherlands, Sellathurai said. Tharukshan went to primary school in Heerlen and quickly adjusted to life in his new home. He got good grades and made friends. The Sri Lankan’ teen’s story provoked numerous threats and death treats addressed to the director of Grotius College, several teachers and students. The condolence register the school opened on Wednesday was flooded with responses from across the country. “You should be deeply ashamed, students and school”, “Bullies of Tharukshan: you should be deeply ashamed”, “How could this happen?” and “This could have been avoided”, were just some of the responses. Frank Schings, director of school organization LVO Parkstad, under which Grotius College falls, announced that the circumstances of the boy’s suicide will be investigated. Later on Wednesday the school leaders announced in a press conference that they have asked the Inspectorates for both Education and Youth Care to investigate what happened, according to NU.nl. Heerlen Mayor Ralf Krewinkel will also investigate. The Mayor’s investigation will also look into the role of youth care and other health institutions in what happened to Tharukshan.It is known that both school and municipality had contact with the Selvam family. According to Schings at the press conference, a municipal expertise center first spoke to Tharukshan on December 5th due to the bullying. After that the 15-year-old boy spoke to aid workers on December 28th. Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education responded to Tharukshan’s suicide on television program Jinek on Wednesday evening. She called the death of the Sri Lankan boy “heartbreaking” and called on everyone not to turn a blind eye to bullying. “Do not look away from abuses. If you notice something in your surroundings, report it, discuss it”, she said. “And if you can’t do so yourself, make sure that experts are involved.”Education State Secretary Sander Dekker also responded to the boy’s death. “Heartbreaking. There is no other word for the suicide of 15-year-old Tharukshan from Heerlen.” he wrote on his Facebook page. According to Dekker, Tharukshan’s death is reminiscent of the deaths of 20-year-old Tim Ribberink and 15-year-old Fleur Bloemen, who both committed suicide in 2012 after continuing bullying. “It shows again that the consequences of bullying can be enormous. We must always remain vigilant that it does not rear its ugly head. And we must continue to emphasize that bullying is unacceptable.”Tharukshan’s family describes him as a cheerful boy who always put on a brave face for the outside world, his brother in law Mayruam Sellathurai said to De Limburger, speaking on behalf of the family. At home Tharukshan liked to listen to music, talk with his family members and play some cards. The night of his death they also played cards before going to bed. “I noticed nothing wrong with him. In fact, he was cheerful”, Sellathurai said. A few hours later, Tharukshan’s family found him dead in his bedroom. Tharukshan died during the early hours of Sunday morning. His family published his suicide note, in which he described how he was being bullied at school. He was also being harassed by anonymous social media accounts, believed to be the work of his class mates. Tharukshan’s family was flooded with reactions over the past days. “We are trying to get his grandmother from Sri Lanka here for a dignified farewell. He never went back to Sri Lanka. He would have gone for the first time this year, go back and visit his family in his native country during his vacation. A trip he will now never make. That hurts. His grandmother has to instead, with the memories of her grandson. She is devastated. We are too. This should never have happened.” Sellathurai said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brock to be closed Dec 24Brock to be closed Dec 24

Brock University employees will get an early start to their 2018 holiday vacations.The University has decided to provide employees who are scheduled to work on Monday, Dec. 24 with an additional half day off with pay that morning in advance of the regular University holidays that begin at noon.Brock will shut down for the holiday season at noon on Dec. 24 and will re-open the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Celebrity on the menu at Guernsey Market ThursdayCelebrity on the menu at Guernsey Market Thursday

Chef Michael Smith (centre) was visiting Brock Thursday as an ambassador for Sodexo, the University’s food service provider. More than the usual fare was served up at the Guernsey Market Thursday.Celebrity chef Michael Smith was dishing out autographs and posing for photos with students and staff during a stop at Brock in his role as ambassador for Sodexo, the University’s food services provider.Smith oversaw General Brock’s October Soirée in 2010 and 2011 but Thursday was his first time here for “typical, average day on campus.”“This is a great opportunity to see one of the best examples of the quality of our company in serving food and customer service,” Smith said. “What works so well here is that the University’s expectations are so high. The expectation is that it’s local food and good service… .“Not every university is as enlightened as Brock is.”Chef Michael Smith signs a cookbook for a student during his visit to Brock Thursday.Smith served up smoked meat to the lunch crowd and signed copies of his cookbook Fast Flavours: 110 Simple, Speedy Recipes. He is best known for his popular Food Network cooking shows, including Chef at Home, Chef at Large and Chef Abroad.Smith, a native of Prince Edward Island, was in Niagara for two days. During his stay, he also visited with students at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. read more

Jacqui Oatley forced to call police over online threat to cut herJacqui Oatley forced to call police over online threat to cut her

first_imgThe team for ITV Sport’s Euro 2016 coverage, starring Oatley Jacqui Oatley, the broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, the sports broadcaster, had to call the police after a football fan threatened to “cut” her in abusive tweets, it has emerged.Oatley, the presenter and commentator, said she had twice taken action over online abuse during her career, after receiving shocking threats from members of the public.The broadcaster became the first female commentator of BBC’s Match of the Day in 2007, and now works with charities to promote women in sport.In an interview with the Guardian, she said she had received her first of many letters insisting she had no right to talk about football just days after her debut shift.“They just told me to watch myself,” she said of letters she would find in her BBC pigeonhole. “That I should leave it to the men.” On another occasion, she contacted a school after catching a pupil tweeting extreme insults at her.“I decided that, instead of ignoring it, I’d write to his school and speak to someone in the refereeing department at the FA,” she said.“I just wanted him to be made aware of his social media actions and how they could impact on his future career, rather than see him punished.“All I’d done was make a factual comment about Robin van Persie’s injury record at Arsenal.”Oatley spoke about online abuse at the end of Women’s Sport Week, which aims to encourage more women and girls to get involved with sport. The team for ITV Sport's Euro 2016 coverage, starring Oatleycenter_img Jacqui Oatley, the broadcaster Now working for the BBC and ITV, as well as charity Women in Sport, Oatley said she is “really keen” for young girls to focus on the “positive aspects” of the job and try it for themselves.She has also won fans for her no-nonsense Twitter presence, once telling a critic who said she should be “at home cooking tea” that she was a “bit busy doing my dream job”.She has, however, once contacted the police after a stranger on Twitter told her they would come to her house and “cut” her along with other “unmentionable” things.She told the Guardian the police had tracked the sender down to a household, but could not be sure who exactly had sent it. 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.last_img read more

Metals price volatility here to stayMetals price volatility here to stay

first_imgEquity markets need to get used to considerably more volatilty in global metals price cycles as the “norm” rather than presume sudden movements are the end or start of bull or bear runs, according to a senior resources financier. They were also told that the positions of hedge funds within the resources boom and the emergence of developing countries as major new bidders for developed resources assets globally, will increasingly impact metals market movements.The advice was issued at the Paydirt Asia Pacific Downunder Conference in Perth by German-based global project finance bank, WestLB’s Head of Metals and Mining for Asia Pacific, Rod Hill. “We have to be conscious of a number of factors now adding to the jitters in metals pricing even though I believe the demand fundamentals of the resources industry and metals prices remain extremely strong,” he said. “No doubt China is the largest influence but it also poses the biggest risk in that the Chinese economy is export led and potentially remains exposed to any shocks that arise on the broader economic picture elsewhere. Some of the mixed or uncertain economic data currently coming out of the United States is exacerbating the jitters so a consequence is that we are all watching to see how the China economy continues to build.“I expect to it to become more isolated from major external factors such as the US. I see no stoppage in its urbanisation which is gradually moving inland as everything is getting so expensive on the coast. “The final jigsaw in the metal price jitters is the current role of hedge funds,” Hill said. Their entry into the resources sector has pushed prices higher over the past several months.“However, there remains the risk that if they encounter problems in other parts of their portfolios, cash may be pulled from metals commodities quite dramatically. This is however, volatility, not necessarily the end of bulls runs and we need to get used to it.”Hill told delegates the metals sector was enjoying unprecedented times, with the 27 month copper price of around $6,000 some 150% higher than the average price over the past 20 years.He observed that recent globalisation had resulted in several major Asia Pacific projects now being held by new players. “We have seen emerging country companies, CVRD, taking over developed country companies and we can expect this trend to continue.“Within this environment, Australian equity markets are not giving as much value for their resources investments in the Asia Pacific as other overseas markets are – yet Australia is on the region’s doorstep and should be a major supporter.”last_img read more

Ultra HighDef TV moves one step closer to your living roomUltra HighDef TV moves one step closer to your living room

first_imgFive years from now, your 1080p HDTV may look just as antiquated as your old analog set does now. Ultra HDTV looks to be the next step in the evolution of displays, and its technical standards have just been laid out by the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service.If you thought our current television displays were as advanced as they will get, consider the 33 million pixel set that was demonstrated in 2008 by Tokyo broadcast NHK. That’s roughly 16 times more pixels than what a 1080p set offers. This increased count figures to be the key figure in defining ultra high-def TV (UHDTV).If that sounds like pixel overkill, there are further advantages to the boost besides offering über-sharp images. Glasses-free (stereoscopic) 3D displays currently require too many pixels to work well in a TV set. Unlike handheld devices, like the Nintendo 3DS or the EVO 3D, a glasses-free 3D TV would require a wide array of viewing angles to be covered. There are other technologies (involving face-tracking) that allow current-generation 3D TVs to go glasses-free, but UHDTV would offer a more effective solution to the viewing angle problem.The technology, however, is still years away from being widely available. Official standards being agreed upon means that it’s coming, but don’t expect to replace your current TV with a 33 megapixel set anytime soon. A UDHTV trial link was set up last month between London and Amsterdam, and plans are underway to broadcast parts of the 2012 London Olympic games in UDHTV. But as nobody will have the sets yet, only those in designated public areas would be able to feast their eyes on all of those pixels.In order for UHDTV to have any relevance, cameras will need to get some boosted specs, as well as common internet speeds. As more of our content is internet-based, the ability to stream UHDTV feeds will be crucial. We’re talking 24Gbps download speeds (potentially) needed to stream video in the new resolution. Needless to say, that’s more than a couple years away.via Engadget, B&Clast_img read more

iPhoto for iPad available todayiPhoto for iPad available today

first_imgiLife is now officially on iOS. In addition to updating Garage Band and Movie with new features, Apple today unveiled iPhoto for iPad.The app offer plenty of advanced image editing tools, including white balance, exposure, cropping, and a variety of effects (like watercolor). All of that has already been done on iOS many times over, but what’s different here is the trademark Apple simplicity that is brought to the process. Gestures take center stage in iPhoto for iPad, offering tons of customization with the simplest of taps and swipes.Another big feature of iPhoto is the ability to create iPhoto Journals. These are Flipboard-esque collections of photos that you can create and send to friends. Of course iCloud is behind all of this, making it a cinch to sync between devices and share with friends.iPhoto will be available today, for $4.99 in the App Store.Developing…last_img read more

Disgraceful and undemocratic Dublin councillors are still divided on the Obama voteDisgraceful and undemocratic Dublin councillors are still divided on the Obama vote

first_img Image: Charles Dharapak AP/Press Association Images He signed orders against torture, he opened the door for refugees coming from the Syrian crisis which is something that this country hasn’t yet opened up to. He’s done an awful lot to try and break down barriers between different communities and different religions.When it came to whether the Obamas would actually want to come and accept the award, Carr said that he had received encouraging signs so far. Lord Mayor Brendan Carr Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie“The indication we’ve been given is that they’d be more than delighted to come over,” he said. “They want to accept the freedom. They have a lot of time for Dublin.They came here before when we were in the heart of our recession and gave people a bit of hope.“I think this is a good way of welcoming two people that have done a lot to try and unite the world.”As for a timeframe on when they would come, Carr was more coy but said he is hopeful it can happen this year.A “political stunt”Several councillors walked out of the council chamber in protest at the lack of debate given to the issue.Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Michael O’Brien said: “Anticipating that a number of councillors would oppose this proposal and would seek to bring home to him some uncomfortable truths about the Obama Presidency, the Lord Mayor disgracefully obtained prior agreement from the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Féin and the Independent group that his proposal would take place without debate or discussion.Nauseated by tonight’s spectacle myself and other left councillors walked out of the chamber in protest.Labour councillor Dermot Lacey, however, accused O’Brien and colleagues of engaging in a “political stunt”. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe told TheJournal.ie: “I’ve been on the council for 23 years, and awarding the Freedom of the City has never been something that has been debated.“People who are going to get the freedom of the city may be unwilling to come and receive the award if they were aware they faced such opposition.”He added that awarding the Obamas this title was the “right thing to do” and that was demonstrated by contrasting Barack’s approach with that of his successor Donald Trump.“Disgraceful and undemocratic”On this same topic, Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn told TheJournal.ie that the Lord Mayor’s conduct was “undemocratic, outrageous and absolutely disgraceful”. Councillor Mannix Flynn Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe claimed that the motion had been “railroaded” through the council, and it had been engineered to prevent debate.He said: “This is an honorary position which 23 councillors have voted against awarding. Are they now not going to attend the ceremony? What kind of message does that send out?”He added that the motion passing in such a manner marked a “dark moment” for Dublin City Council, and that this issue was “not over yet”, before calling on Carr to step down as Lord Mayor.Read: Barack Obama will get the Freedom of Dublin award (after a heated council vote)Read: The Freedom of Dublin for Barack Obama? People are divided Share582 Tweet Email 16,327 Views Feb 7th 2017, 10:11 AM By Sean Murray Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 10:11 AM ‘Disgraceful and undemocratic’: Dublin councillors are still divided on the Obama vote Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn said that the issue was “not over yet”. https://jrnl.ie/3226658 Short URL Barack Obama when he visited Ireland in 2011. LAST NIGHT, DUBLIN City councillors decided to grant Barack and Michelle Obama the Freedom of Dublin award in a close-run, heated vote.Councillors voted 30 to 23, with four abstentions to grant the former US President and First Lady the award.The motion was put forth by Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, but faced bitter opposition from the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit and the Workers Party, among others, who walked out of the council chamber in protest after little time was given to debate the motion.Opponents to the move argued that measures that Obama had taken as president, such as the authorisation of drone strikes, large scale deportations and the support of his cabinet to overthrow the Honduran government, disqualified him from being considered for such an award.“They’d be delighted to come over”Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Carr defended the decision.He said: “There have been some failings, and Barack Obama himself has accepted these failings. He inherited a very difficult scenario coming in from George Bush which had to be cleaned up. 68 Comments Barack Obama when he visited Ireland in 2011. Image: Charles Dharapak AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Free une nouvelle box et un prix revu à la hausseFree une nouvelle box et un prix revu à la hausse

first_imgFree : une nouvelle box et un prix revu à la hausseFree a convié les journalistes du monde entier à sa conférence de presse ce matin dans le but de présenter sa nouvelle box (version 6) : la Freebox Revolution. Contrairement à ce que laissait suggérer Xavier Niel, fondateur de Free, les prix vont augmenter. La Freebox Revolution fait parler d’elle et divise depuis ce matin.  “Revolution”, car elle ambitionne de remplacer nos lecteurs DVD, tablettes, consoles de jeux, radios et même réveils : la nouvelle box intègre en effet un lecteur Blu-ray, un disque dur de 250 Go, un processeur Intel Atom de 1,2 GHz, un navigateur Internet, le Wi-Fi, des mini haut-parleurs, et permettra d’acheter des applications pour la TV via un nouveau store (voir notre article). Free a ainsi voulu frapper très fort face à la concurrence féroce. Selon le site 01net.fr, “avec 91.000 nouveaux venus nets (entre janvier et septembre 2010), SFR fait 2,5 fois mieux que Free, qui n’en a conquis que 36 000”. Free mise donc sur l’innovation à travers cette nouvelle box pour grignoter des parts de marché. Mais aussi sur une nouvelle option qui ne devrait pas laisser indifférent : l’offre inclut les appels illimités vers les téléphones fixes et mobiles, et ce 24h/24.À lire aussiSmartphone, baleine et Pornhub, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 maiMême si la Freebox version 6 promet une “révolution” comparé à ce qui se fait actuellement en matière d’offre triple-play, des questions restent malgré tout en suspens. L’offre globale paraît très alléchante. Trop ? “Et si le lecteur blu-ray ne lisait pas les pistes HD ?”, s’interroge un internaute sur PCInpact. “Il va falloir attendre le contrat pour lire les petits caractères et voir la qualité de l’image pour les jeux”, relance un autre sur le même site. En effet, la plateforme de jeu ne sera sans doute pas aussi performante qu’un ordinateur de bureau ou une console.De plus, ceux qui sont déjà équipés auront du mal à se laisser convaincre par Free : quel est l’intérêt de changer sa box pour une Revolution si on a déjà un lecteur mp3, un ordinateur de salon et une PS3 ?Augmentation de 5,99 euros… par moisMais s’il y a bien un sujet qui fâche, c’est celui des coûts. L’augmentation déguisée de six euros par mois est une réalité malgré ce que laissait croire Xavier Niel, le fondateur de Free. Celui-ci a annoncé que l’abonnement restait à 29,99 euros par mois. Cependant, il faut noter que 5,99 euros seront facturés chaque mois pour la ligne téléphonique. Auparavant l’abonnement intégrait le dégroupage total. Ce ne sera donc plus le cas lors de l’acquisition de la Freebox Revolution. Le forfait Total Freebox passe alors à 35,98 euros par mois et l’augmentation de la TVA sur le triple-play n’est pas encore prise en compte. Free prend des risques en mettant fin au forfait à moins de 30 euros qui avait fait son succès.Autre précision : la nouvelle box ne coûtera rien aux Freenautes qui ont une ancienneté de 4 ans. En revanche, les autres devront payer 120 euros, avec une réduction de 30 euros par année d’abonnement. Mais une fois la version 6 de la box acquise, le compteur des années d’ancienneté sera remis à zéro et il faudra signer un tout nouveau contrat.Déjà en précommande, la Freebox Revolution doit être livrée à partir du 3 janvier 2011. Le 14 décembre 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wilmingtons ERA Key Services Holding Sock Drive For Homeless Through June 25Wilmingtons ERA Key Services Holding Sock Drive For Homeless Through June 25

first_imgLike 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’s Naitasia Hensey Joins Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership ProgramIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s TEAM Blue with ERA Key Services (384 Middlesex Avenue) is participating in Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Annual Sock Drive (“Sox For Socks”).New white socks can reduce the risk of skin infections, prevent frostbite, and foster good hygiene. Join Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, in partnership with its largest sock driver supporter — the Boston Red Sox, in a seasonal drive to collect new white socks for men and women living in shelters and on the streets.Locally, new unopened white socks can be donated in the drop box at ERA Key Realty Services at 384 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington, from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, through June 25.last_img read more

Namakroti served as midday meal in Uttar Pradesh twoNamakroti served as midday meal in Uttar Pradesh two

first_imgMIRZAPUR: A video of children being served salt and rotis in their mid-day meal at a government-run primary school here has gone viral on social media, prompting the Congress to attack the Uttar Pradesh government. The video is of Siyur Primary School under Jamalpur block and it shows a woman distributing rotis and another woman giving salt to children as the mid-day meal. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Authorities suspended two teachers, apparently in an immediate damage control exercise. It was shared widely on social media on Thursday. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the state government on the issue, terming the incident “condemnable” and said the facilities provided by it were becoming very poor. Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Pravin Kumar Tiwari said on Friday, “Report about the incident was taken from the Block Shiksha Adhikari, Jamalpur, and two teachers found to be prima facie responsible were suspended. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Tiwari said instructions were to provide the mid-day meal as per the prescribed menu and efforts are on to ascertain whether seniors were informed that salt and rotis were being served. Those who have been suspended are a teacher in charge Murari and Arvind Kumar Tripathi, he said, adding that the incident could be an outcome of a local rivalry. Advertise With Us Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress general secretary, tagged the video on Twitter which showed the children, sitting having roti and salt. “Students are being served salt and rotis in mid-day meals in a school in Mirzapur. This is the state of affairs of BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. The facilities provided by the government are becoming poor and such treatment towards children is highly condemnable,” she said. As per norms under the Flagship Nutrition Scheme, pulses, rice, rotis, vegetables with fruits and milk on certain days are to be served to schoolgoing children to ensure necessary nutrition to them. The mid-day meal scheme is designed to provide a minimum of 450 calories per child per day, which should include at least 12 grams of protein as well. These meals should be served to each child at least 200 days a year.last_img read more

14pc pass DU Kha unit admission test14pc pass DU Kha unit admission test

first_imgLogo Of Dhaka UniversityAround 14 per cent of the total admission seekers passed the Kha unit admission test for first year honours courses of Dhaka University under academic session 2018-19. A total of 4747 admission seekers passed the exam against a total of 2,383 seats.DU vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman announced the result on Tuesday afternoon at the central admission office at the administrative building.The entry test of the ‘Kha’ unit was held on Friday where a total of 33,897 students sit for exam. Earlier, a total of 35,726 applicants applied for the test. A total of 272,512 admission seekers have applied for undergraduate courses against 7,128 seats under five units in 2018-19 academic sessions at DU.This year, Ishrat Jalil Meem of Comilla Rehana Majid College has secured first position obtaining 168.2 marks out of 200. Sajedul Islam of Sheikh Hasina Padma Pukur College under Jessore board and Rajuk Uttara Model College’s Sanjida Sharmin Godhuly have secured second and third positions respectively.Results are available at website admission.eis.du.ac.bd. Students can also get their results by typing DU<>KHA<>Roll and sending SMS at 16321 number.Passed students are asked to fill up their choice form from university website from 3:00pm 26 September to 3:00pm 10 October subject choice interview would be started from 21 October.last_img read more

Europes Oldest Human Fossil Found – 210000 Years OldEuropes Oldest Human Fossil Found – 210000 Years Old

first_imgThe oldest human fossil in Europe and the oldest outside of Africa has just been identified. Just about 210,000 years ago, an early human died in Greece — and provided 21st century scientists with the earliest evidence of human migration out of Africa. A new theory is forming, that multiple early migrations out of Africa, rather than a single event, helped early humans spread. Southeast Europe could have been a major migration corridor out of Africa. In 1978, two skulls were found in a block of breccia, or broken fragments of rock and fossil cemented together, wedged between the walls of the Apidima Cave in southern Greece. The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was conducting research.The breccia was dated to between 100,000 and 190,000 years old at the time. “The skulls were not removed from the breccia and remained at the museum,” according to CNN. “Given the fragmentary nature of the skulls, they were difficult to remove and clean, though that eventually happened in the 1990s.”Scientists say the skull fragment belonged to an early human, found in a cave in southern Greece. Photograph: Katerina Harvati, Eberhard Karls/University of TübingenThe specimen, dubbed Apidima 1, was situated nose to nose just 12 inches away from a second human-like skull known as Apidima 2.The two partial skulls were not near anything that offered archaeologists useful clues about their origin: no stone tools, no animal remains, nothing. In time, researchers figured out that Apidima 2, the more complete of the two skulls, belonged to a Neanderthal.Analysis of Apidima 1, which was in pieces, had to wait until the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Athens invited Katerina Harvati, director of paleoanthropology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, to use her expertise in imaging and 3-D virtual reconstruction to bring both of the skulls to life.Apidima 1 (left) is a modern human; Apidima 2 (right) is a Neanderthal. Photo by Katerina Harvati / Eberhard Karls UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGENApidima 1 has features that distinguish it as a modern human. Scientists say its owner lived some 40,000 years before its Neanderthal neighbor, making it the oldest human skull found outside of Africa.Smithsonian said, “Tellingly, the Apidima 1 fossil lacks a ‘chignon,’ the distinctive bulge at the back of the skull that is characteristic of Neanderthals. The posterior of the skull is also rounded, which ‘is considered to be a uniquely modern human feature that evolved relatively late,’ Harvati says.”This finding has many ramifications. “This discovery may add a wrinkle to the commonly accepted timeline of modern humans’ dispersal from Africa and arrival in Europe,” said Smithsonian.” It is widely accepted that our species evolved in Africa—the oldest known Homo sapiens fossils were found in Morocco and date back 315,000 years ago—and first ventured out of the continent between 70,000 and 60,000 years ago.  All the while, Neanderthals were evolving in Europe. Homo sapiens are thought to have arrived on the scene around 45,000 years ago, interbreeding with Neanderthals and eventually emerging as the dominant species.”Video: Hybrid Neanderthal Girl Shows Proof of Human Species InterbreedingThe study about the discovery published in Nature said that that although the two skulls were found so close to each other, they were from vastly different time periods. The rock surrounding Apidima 1 was estimated to be about 210,000 years old, while the rock around Apidima 2 was only 170,000 years old. The best explanation, said study co-author Rainer Grun, a geochemist at Griffith University in Australia, is that “Apidima 1 must come from quite a different environment originally, before it was deposited at the site.”Some scientists believe that when modern humans expanded out of Africa, their movements into Europe might have been stalled by the Neanderthals. This could explain why Homo sapiens stuck to a more southerly route into Asia, and why they left no European fossils until about 40,000 years ago. “The idea of Europe as ‘fortress Neanderthal’ has been gaining ground,” said an archaeologist from the University of Bordeaux, but identifying a 210,000-year-old Homo sapiens skull from Europe “really undermines that.”Related Article: This is What a Neanderthal’s Voice Might Have Sounded Like“It suggests that early Homo sapiens groups got farther than we may have previously thought, occasionally occupying territories that later became that of Neanderthals,” adds Shara Bailey, an anthropologist at NYU. “Findings like this are very important for informing us on the evolution of our species.”last_img read more

ICC staffers held in Libya released fly to ItalyICC staffers held in Libya released fly to Italy

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “The ICC is grateful to the Libyan authorities for their agreement today to release the Court’s staff members so that they can be reunited with their families,” Song said as the four were released.A special flight arranged by the Italian government and carrying Song and the staffers landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport late Monday. The staffers and Song took off for Rotterdam a few minutes later.The staffers did not speak to the media.“Well, I’m very happy to bring them all back to freedom,” the court president told reporters.“The Libyan government gave me their version of the investigation. We will do our own separately, so the results will be known after some weeks,” Song added.Seif al-Islam was the most senior member of the ousted Gadhafi regime to be captured in last year’s civil war. Long viewed as a likely heir-apparent to his father, he faces charges by the ICC of crimes against humanity. He was captured by a militia in western Libya after his father was taken captive and then killed last October following more than 40 years as Libya’s eccentric, authoritarian ruler.Libya’s new leadership accused Seif al-Islam of torturing and killing rebels, as well as other crimes. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Aziz said the staffers, which also include a Russia national and a Spanish national, will leave to Tripoli and then Italy later in the day.Al-Jehani, who is also the Libyan prosecutor leading the case against Gadhafi’s son, said they were in good health. He said the case has now been closed in Libya and the staffers will not return.“Definitely they are free and they will not be coming back to Libya,” he said.Al-Jehani said the detention of the ICC staff has further complicated relations with Libya.“The relationship has become more difficult and more unstable,” he said, adding that Libya would likely press ahead with its case against Seif al-Islam after the country’s first nationwide elections this week to choose a parliament.___Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy in Cairo, Frances D’Emilio and Pietro De Cristofaro in Rome and Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressZINTAN, Libya (AP) – Libya released on Monday four International Criminal Court staffers who had been held for nearly four weeks on allegations that they shared documents that could harm national security with Moammar Gadhafi’s imprisoned son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi.As they were released, ICC President Sang-Hyun Song, a South Korean judge, apologized to the Libyan government and people for the incident and promised an investigation into the allegations. Song flew to Libya for the handover. “Not only has it denied them (the ICC staffers) their liberty and stopped them from performing their functions, but it has also undermined Seif al-Islam Gadhafi’s right to an effective defense and delayed the ICC’s decision on the Libyan authorities’ recent application to bring him to trial in Libyan courts,” said Amnesty International’s Marek Marczynski.He urged the ICC to review the impact of the detention and take measures to ensure Gadhafi’s defense team has time to prepare their case.The Libyan lawyer who represents Tripoli’s interests at the ICC, Ahmed Al-Jehani, said the mission staffers were released because they have diplomatic immunity.Libyan authorities say they placed Australian defense attorney Melinda Taylor and her Lebanese translator under house arrest after they visited Seif al-Islam in prison in the western town of Zintan and allegedly shared documents that could harm the country’s national security. Seif al-Islam was captured by Zintani rebels late last year and has been held there ever since.Al-Jehani said state prosecutors accused Taylor of having Seif al-Islam sign three blank pieces of paper, but they could not press charges because she has diplomatic immunity. Al-Jehani said Libyan authorities do not know why she wanted his signature. Patients with chronic pain give advice His trial has been at the heart of a dispute between the ICC and the Libyan government. Libyan authorities have challenged the ICC’s right to try Seif al-Islam, saying the international court is a tribunal of last resort, intended to try suspects from countries that cannot or will not prosecute them.The court had expressed concern that Libya’s judiciary is not yet ready to give Seif al-Islam a fair trial. The ICC judges ruled on June 1 that Libya doesn’t have to hand over Seif al-Islam at least until a ruling on Tripoli’s challenge.Richard Dicker, international justice program director at Human Rights Watch, said the release of the ICC employees was “overdue,” and that if Libya had any concern over their conduct, it should have submitted a complaint to the ICC.“It is unacceptable that the ICC staff would be held for nearly a month when Libya had no right to do so,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.Amnesty International echoed the same sentiment and urged the ICC to investigate the legality of the detention and the allegations made by the Libyan authorities. It also questioned Tripoli’s readiness to offer Gadhafi’s son a fair trial. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Freddie 81 of Q2 Refis Upheld or Slashed DebtFreddie 81 of Q2 Refis Upheld or Slashed Debt

first_img August 1, 2012 392 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-08-01 Tory Barringer “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ released the results of its second quarter refinance analysis Wednesday, revealing that homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their housing situations.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s report showed that 81 percent of homeowners who refinanced their first-lien home mortgage either maintained the same loan amount or lowered their principal balance in the year’s second quarter. Of these borrowers, 59 percent maintained about the same loan amount (the highest share ever recorded), while 23 percent reduced their principal balance by paying-in additional money at the closing table.The median interest rate reduction for a 30-year fixed-rate [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage was about 1.5 percentage points, translating into interest rate savings of about 28 percent-the largest percent reduction recorded in the GSE’s 27 years of analysis.The net dollars of home equity converted to cash as part of a refinance (adjusted for consumer-price inflation) also fell, dropping to its lowest level in 17 years. In the second quarter, an estimated $5 billion in net home equity was cashed out during the refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages, a large decrease from the peak volume of $84 billion during Q2 2006.Freddie Mac VP and chief economist Frank Nothaft attributed the increased refinance volume to enhancements created in HARP 2.0.””The enhancements to HARP announced in October, such as removing the maximum loan-to-value limit, resulted in additional refinance volume during the second quarter,”” said Nothaft. “”HARP loans were about one-third of Freddie Mac’s refinance fundings during the second quarter, the highest share since HARP’s inception.””Property-value change and loan age varied between loans refinanced with HARP and other refinances. The median property value depreciation for HARP-refinanced loans during the second quarter was 34 percent, while the prior loan had a median age of about 5.5 years. Other loans refinanced during the same period had a median property-value decline of 2 percent over a median prior-loan age of about four years.center_img Share Freddie: 81% of Q2 Refis Upheld or Slashed Debtlast_img read more

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