Moroccan hacker takes down an Investment website of South Africas government

Rabat- South Africa’s state-owned website Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has been hacked and defaced by a Moroccan anonymous hacker.PIC, which is the largest fund manager on the African continent, was hacked on Sunday morning by Moroccan anonymous hacker, going under the name J4R.The hacker replaced the content of the website with the image of a defiant cartoon character, and a message that reads, “Hacked by J4R. Gov’s Attacker! Moroccan Haxor.” The hacker, who presents himself as a Moroccan hacker specialized in attacks against government sites, did not specify his motives.PIC plays a main role in delivering investment returns in line with client mandates and creating a working environment that ensures that the best skills are attracted and retained in South Africa.Moroccan hackers’ attacks on South Africa’s official websites are not new. Last year, Anonymous Hacker group going under the name ‘Moroccan Islamic Union- Mail’ hacked and defaced The National Department of Health- Government of South Africa website.The group also left a message to the government of South Africa saying that “You should know Sahara is Moroccan & will remain Moroccan!!”© Moroco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Civilian casualties in Sri Lanka conflict unacceptably high – Ban

Briefing the General Assembly today on his recent visit to Sri Lanka and other travels, Mr. Ban said media reports alleging that some 20,000 civilians may have been killed during the last phase of the conflict “do not emanate from the UN and most are not consistent with the information at our disposal.”Last month, Sri Lanka’s Government declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was over, ending more than two decades of fighting. “I categorically reject – repeat, categorically – any suggestion that the United Nations has deliberately under-estimated any figures,” the Secretary-General underscored.“Let me also say, whatever the total, the casualties in the conflict were unacceptably high – as I have also said repeatedly,” he added.Mr. Ban told the Assembly that during his 22-23 May visit to the South Asian island nation, he pressed the Government to heed international calls for an inquiry into alleged abuses and underscored the need for full accountability and transparency.“Any inquiry conducted by the international community would require, first, the full cooperation of the host government, or, second, the support of the UN Member States, expressed through the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly or the Security Council,” he said.At the Human Rights Council’s special session on Sri Lanka last week, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that investigating abuses allegedly committed against civilians by both the Government and LTTE will help the country transition into a new future.“There are strong reasons to believe that both sides have grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians,” Ms. Pillay had stated, with the LTTE being accused of using civilians as human shields and the Government reportedly using heavy weapons on the small and densely-populated area of conflict in northern Sri Lanka.An “independent and credible international investigation into recent events should be dispatched to ascertain the occurrence, nature and scale of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as specific responsibilities,” she said.The Secretary-General today voiced hope that the authorities will follow through with a statement issued jointly with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the end of his trip, in which they stressed that addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities, as well as finding a lasting political solution, is essential for long-term development following the long-running conflict’s end.Both leaders also agreed that with the conclusion of military operations, Sri Lanka has entered a new post-conflict phase and faces many obstacles relating to relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation.“I stand ready to do whatever we can in the interests of justice, human rights and Sri Lanka’s political future,” the Secretary-General said in his address to the Assembly today.His recent travels have also taken him to Bahrain and Geneva, where he addressed the Conference on Disarmament which adopted a programme of work last Friday, breaking an impasse that had last more than a decade.Mr. Ban today also expressed his deep concern over the crisis in Pakistan, where 2 million people having been driven from their homes by clashes between the Government and militants in the past month. Some 400,000 people were uprooted in fighting last year, bringing the total number of displaced in the area to 2.4 million.“The human suffering is immense,” he said, emphasizing the need for international support to scale up the response of the international community and the Pakistani Government to the situation.The UN and its partners launched an appeal for $543 million on 22 May, of which just over one-fifth has been funded to date. “If we do not get the rest of the funds, we will have to start cutting services,” the Secretary-General warned, adding that there is a risk of a destabilizing secondary crisis. 1 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the United Nations. read more

Nets of Sri Lankan fishermen wash ashore in Rameswaram

The nets would be auctioned and added to the Customs revenue, J. Karunakaran, Inspector, said. Similarly, a team of the Marine Police, led by Sub-Inspector Jothi Basu, seized seven fishing nets, also belonging to the fishermen of northern Sri Lanka.The team seized three fishing nets from Mugamadiyarpuram seashore and four from Therkkuvadi seashore in Pamban. The Marine Police handed over the nets to the office of the Assistant Director of Fisheries,. The nets would be handed over to the Lankan fishermen if they lodged a complaint and came in search of them, Jothi Basu added. The Customs Preventive Unit (Rameswaram) and Marine Police of Coastal Security Group (CSG) have seized 15 fishing nets of Sri Lankan fishermen which were found washed ashore on the Rameswaram and Pamban seashores.Rameswaram Customs Superintendent M. Pugazhendi said Customs officials were on night patrolling on Thursday when they found eight fishing nets washed ashore on the seashore near Rameswaram fishing jetty, The Hindu newspaper reported. Initial investigation revealed that the nets, weighing about 180 kg, belonged to the fishermen of northern Sri Lanka and they could have been washed ashore due to gusty winds, he said. read more

Store employees shout for help scares off thief in Brantford

The screams of two store employees scared off a would-be thief at a Brantford business Saturday afternoon.It happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. at a business on Fairview Dr. Police say a male carrying a weapon entered the store and approached two staff members at the counter. The employees shouted for help and the suspect fled the store empty-handed. The Brantford Police K-9 unit was called in to search the area but the suspect was not found. Investigators are looking for a white male, with a slim build who was wearing a white or grey hooded sweatshirt and dark coloured sweatpants. The suspect was wearing a black mask covering his face. The Major Crime unit has taken over the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Jason Sinning at 519-756-7050, ext 2265 read more

WestJet adding dozens of domestic and international flights for winter season

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2016 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WestJet adding dozens of domestic and international flights for winter season CALGARY – WestJet (TSE:WJA) has announced it will add dozens of new flights to its domestic and international networks as part of its 2016-2017 winter schedule.Scheduled to start in late October, highlights from the airline’s new flight roster include additional domestic routes from Toronto to Vancouver, Ottawa and Moncton, N.B.New international destinations departing from Toronto include Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kingston, Jamaica, as well as cities in Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and St. Martin.Out west, the company will add 41 new weekly domestic and international flights from Vancouver to Kelowna and Prince George, B.C., Toronto, Los Angeles, Honolulu and the Mexican cities of Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.There will also be a new non-stop weekly service between Regina and Orlando, Fla.Service from Halifax will increase with seven additional weekly flights to Sydney, N.S. read more

MINI helps mark major manufacturing milestone

BMW Group UK marked 100 years of car manufacturing in Oxford today, where Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was joined by Harald Krueger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, to open a centenary exhibition at the new Visitor Centre at MINI Plant Oxford. A classic Mini and a new MINI Hatch are also on display in SMMT’s Westminster exhibition space to mark the occasion.One hundred years ago to the day, the first ‘Bullnose’ Morris Oxford was built by William Morris just a few hundred metres from where the MINI plant stands today. With a weekly production run of just 20 vehicles in 1913, the business grew rapidly and over the last century 11.65 million cars have been produced, bearing 13 British brands and one Japanese. Almost half a million people have worked at the plant in the past 100 years, with employment peaking at 28,000 in the early 1960s.Today, Plant Oxford employs 3,700 associates who manufacture up to 900 MINIs every day. It is at the heart of MINI production with the manufacture of the MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé. Since 2001, 1.7 million MINIs have been exported to more than 100 markets around the world.Congratulating the plant on its historic milestone, Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The Government is working closely with the automotive industry so that it continues to compete and thrive in the global race and the success of MINI around the world stands as a fine example of British manufacturing at its best. The substantial contribution which the Oxford plant has made to the local area and the British economy over the last 100 years is something we should be proud of.”While visiting the plant, the Transport Secretary viewed the new bodyshop and saw some of the 1,000 new robots being installed in this facility. It represents the majority of BMW Group’s £750 million UK investment programme, preparing the company’s manufacturing facilities for the next generation MINI.Harald Krueger said, “We have ambitious growth plans for MINI and are now preparing for the launch of the next generation of the MINI family. We will grow the model range in the coming years and our volume expectations in the medium term will see MINI reaching well beyond the current 300,000 annual car sales worldwide.”Commenting on the achievement, Mr McLoughlin said, “Today’s celebrations at MINI are not just an occasion to look back with nostalgia on past achievements, but an opportunity to recognise the vitally important contribution that manufacturing will continue to make to the UK’s economic future.”Visit our dedicated UK automotive investment page to find out more about recent financial and employment commitments to the industry.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Steph Curry Finally Looks Like Steph Curry Again

OAKLAND, Calif. — Many comparisons in the coming days can and will be made between this year’s NBA Finals and last year’s series. As in 2016, the Cavaliers got pasted in their first two games on the road. And similar to last time, the Cavs will try to find some footing in Cleveland in hopes of bringing the series back to Oakland for at least a fifth game.But aside from the painfully obvious observation — that Kevin Durant is an absolute monster who makes a comeback far more difficult than the one Cleveland pulled off a year ago — the Cavs have another problem: After a relatively poor showing in last season’s finals, Stephen Curry appears to have returned to form.The 29-year-old logged the first triple-double of his postseason career, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds on Sunday. His game was far from perfect, as he had eight turnovers to go with those gaudy numbers. But as reckless as he was at times, it was hard not to notice how fast and healthy he looked compared to last year’s Finals, where he didn’t have the burst to both dazzle past defenders and finish over them at the rim.In the 2015 Finals, Curry was dangerous when he controlled the ball inside the arc for seven dribbles or more, hitting 55 percent of those shots. But that number fell to 35 percent last year on the biggest stage, as he faltered late in the deciding Game 7, unable to get around Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson and Kevin Love — all respectable players, but guys that a great scorer like Curry should be able to put in the blender in 1-on-1 scenarios.That has not been a problem in this series, which is part of the best postseason of his career. He’s not only getting a step on bigger defenders, he’s also knocking down 50 percent of those looks inside the arc once he does.1Yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that Curry almost certainly double-dribbled on the jaw-dropping move he pulled on LeBron James on Sunday. Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There have been other great indications for Curry. Even with all those turnovers, he’s creating a ton of looks for his teammates — 13.5 potential assists per game in this series, up from 8.4 last year.2He also posted 13.5 potential assists per game in the 2015 Finals. A potential assist is a pass that leads to a shot attempt. He’s been the fastest offensive player on the court3Among those playing 10 minutes or more per game. by far. And, so far, he’s been getting considerably more accurate with his shot as he gets deeper into each game, much the way he did in 2015.4He’s made just 33 percent of his shots and 27 percent of his 3-point attempts in first halves of the Finals this year, but he is hitting 61 percent of his shots and 64 percent of his 3s in second halves. Last year, his shooting percentages were basically flat from one half to the next, while in 2015, they got stronger as the games wore on.Following the game, Cleveland star LeBron James was asked whether the Cavs were still trying to feel out the new-look Warriors. “They’re a different team. You guys asked me, ‘What was the difference?’ And I told you. They’re a different team.”James was referring to the addition of Durant. But with Curry playing this well too, even James might not be able to do enough to allow Cleveland to turn things around.Durant is defense-proofWhen the Warriors signed Durant, much was made about how much more space he would have to work with on offense now that he was surrounded by shooters. Game 1 showed how deadly that works out to be in practice. But the other thing Durant adds is the ability to Go Get A Bucket, to take and make tough shots when the defense tightens up in critical moments of the game. That came out in Game 2.Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and five blocks Sunday night, and he played as well defensively as he has all season. That’s an outstanding line all on its own, but he was also 10-for-15 on contested looks in Game 2, bringing him to 17-for-29 for the series. The Cavs tightened up their defense considerably from Game 1, but with Durant hitting everything he threw up regardless of coverage, it hardly mattered. And strange as it sounds in a game decided by 19 points, the Warriors needed Durant to carry them with those tough shots.“Tonight was a game based on talent,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game when asked about Golden State’s 13 first-half turnovers. “We had a lot of guys play great individually.”Durant was right in the the middle of it, especially early in the game, when he was hitting contested step-backs and keying fast breaks with his defense. And he pretty much put the game away in the fourth quarter when he blocked a Kevin Love post-up on one end and hit a twisting, falling fadeaway over two defenders to put the Warriors up 18 with seven minutes to play. It was an incredible 1-2 sequence that only a few players in the league are capable of putting together. But creating offense out of nothing is Durant’s specialty, especially on contested attempts like that.Coming into the season, our colleague Ben Morris mapped out how Durant adds as much value to the average 2-point shot as Curry does to a 3-pointer. But in Oklahoma City, Durant had generally been getting bad looks and turning them into good ones. In Golden State, he’s finally been getting good shots, but he has shown that he still has the chops to turn bad ones good.That’s a skill the Warriors don’t necessarily have. Even with Curry playing like his old MVP self, he was just 4-for-11 on contested looks in Game 1 and 2-for-7 Sunday night. But that has hardly mattered. With Durant on the roster, this is no longer the team that couldn’t find a way to score in the final 4:39 of the fourth quarter of Game 7 last year. It’s a team that can go get a bucket whenever it needs one.LeBron may be tiredIt never quite seemed like LeBron and the Cavs were about to run away with the game, but for a while at least, things looked like they were going to work. Cleveland was running and gunning, and the offense was working in all the ways it hadn’t in Game 1. James was 8-for-12 for 18 points and 10 assists in the first half, mostly on drives that produced good shots around the rim or open looks for teammates. Throw out a few what-were-they-thinking fouls on Curry in the first quarter, which gave him eight of his 10 free throw attempts in that period, and they might have taken a lead into halftime. But even when they wound up down three at the break, it seemed like we had a game on our hands. Then the Cavs ran out of gas.The first half was played at a pace factor of 119, meaning the full game would have seen 119 possessions if play had kept going at that speed. That’s staggeringly high, and while the game did slow down after halftime, the final pace rating was still 106.4, making it the second-fastest game Cleveland played all season. (The fourth-fastest was a January matchup against the Warriors that Golden State won by 35.) The pace proved to be too much.After his strong opening half, James shot just six times in the second half and just once in the fourth quarter. He was also much less involved overall, letting other players initiate the offense instead of hammering on the drive-and-kick game that had kept Cleveland in it early.But James isn’t simply carrying the offense — he’s also guarding Durant for long stretches, and that hasn’t worked out so well. When James is guarding him this series, Durant is 10-for-17 for 23 points with just one turnover. On the whole, when James is the primary defender, the Warriors are shooting 63 percent against him and scoring 21.5 points per game.James hasn’t been a disaster on defense — the highlight-reel moment where he gets spin-cycled by Curry seems likely to have been a reaction to a double dribble — but he’s also clearly no longer the man-eater he was at his height, when he both carried the offense and was one of the most fearsome perimeter defenders in the league.The Cavs are rich in top-tier role players, but they don’t have a true defensive stopper on the perimeter; Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have both looked overmatched in the series, which makes James’s job even more demanding than usual. He might just need a breather. So while it was nice to see the Cavs offense operating at a high level again, Cleveland may want to consider slowing things down. read more

Mens basketball former Ohio State commit Dane Goodwin announces intention to play

OSU commits Kaleb Wesson and Dane Goodwin battle for a rebound in a game at Upper Arlington High School on Jan. 25. Wesson had 49 points and Goodwin had 35. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter decommitting from the Ohio State men’s basketball team on June 21, four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin from the 2018 class has verbally committed to Notre Dame, the recruit tweeted Wednesday.He had committed to Ohio State — led by former head coach Thad Matta — on Dec. 1, 2014. Ready to be apart of the family!— Dane Goodwin (@danegoodwin23) July 6, 2017Previously the Buckeyes’ only 2018 recruit, Goodwin is the fourth-best prospect in the state of Ohio, 74th-best overall and 16th-best at his position, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Buckeyes have no commits in their 2018 class. The Upper Arlington native was the third prospect in his class to decommit from Ohio State, following decommitments from four-star small forward Darius Bazeley (now committed to Syracuse) on April 26 and four-star small forward Justin Ahrens on June 6. read more

EU Consumer Centre receives 72000 complaints in 2012

first_imgA SURGE IN online shopping has seen record numbers complain or make enquiries to the European Consumer Centres (ECC).Last year, more than 72,000 consumer queries were made about purchasing across borders in an EU country.From the 32,000 actual complaint cases, around 60 per cent concerned e-commerce, about one third related to the transport sector, and 22 per cent of them to air transport.Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, presented the results of the 2012 Annual Report of the European Consumer Centres and said they demonstrate the increasing tendency to shop online.Compared to previous years, a problematic area in 2012 proved to be the purchase of non-pharmaceutical medical products, therapeutic appliances and equipment. This reflects a growing tendency to sell such products online often with misleading or unfounded health claims, with slimming pills being a prime example.In 2012 more than half of the complaints requiring an intervention by the ECC towards the trader, were resolved on amicable terms or passed on to other organisations, 45 per cent of the complaints were successfully closed after the ECCs reached an amicable settlement with the trader and 13% were passed on to other organisations (e.g. Alternative Dispute Resolution entities, enforcement authorities or courts).For simpler complaints the ECCs provided advice to consumers on how to claim their rights on their own.Read: Calls for DNA meat testing to become mandatory in the EU >last_img read more

Celebrate N7 Day With The New Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer

first_img It’s November 7th, and if you’re a Mass Effect fan, you know what that means. It’s N7 day, the celebration of all things Mass Effect, and BioWare is dropping all kinds of goodies our way, including the latest trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which you can view below.It’s great to finally see a bit more of the game, which has previously been somewhat of a mystery beyond the minuscule tidbits shared with us in the form of brief clips and information leaks here and there. Additionally, voice actors for protagonist Ryder, both male and female, have been announced by way of Caroline Livingstone, voice over director at BioWare. Fryda Wolff and Taylor Son will be filling both roles, respectively.Happy #N7Day. Please welcome the voice of Ryder @FrydaWolff and @taylorson #MassEffectAndromeda— Caroline Livingstone (@CabLivingstone) November 7, 2016In addition to the new trailer, the box art has been leaked online, as well as a rundown of what buyers will get as part of the game’s Deluxe Edition, via Best Buy. The standard edition will run $59.99, while the Deluxe Edition is 10 dollars extra at $69.99. Best Buy’s product feature listing is as follows:Unravel the mysteries of the Andromeda galaxy as you discover rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity’s new homeLead the First Humans in Andromeda on a Desperate Search for our New HomeIn this new chapter of Mass Effect, meet and recruit all-new, interesting characters caught up in an epic space saga filled with mystery and galactic conflictFight with your Pathfinder Team In Battle Against Terrifying Enemies and CreaturesNew additions like destructible environments, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all-new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than everBuild a Formidable Hero With Amazing Weapons, Powers, and TechWith a much more flexible skill and weapon progression tree, you can replicate your play style to make you unstoppable against new, powerful alien enemiesFor 1 player or up to 4 in multiplayer modeYou can view the box art below.mass1mass1mass-effect-andromeda-box-art-3mass2If you still can’t get enough Mass Effect, both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 are coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility today. Make it an N7 day worth remembering!Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today. #HappyN7Day— / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) November 7, 2016There’s more gameplay forthcoming at this year’s The Game Awards, so there’s not much longer to go until we get more information about the upcoming adventure.Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay reveal at The Game Awards— Wario64 (@Wario64) November 7, 2016If you’re really itching to get even further entrenched within the world of Mass Effect, you can go ahead and take a look at the Andromeda Initiative, or the “training hub” you can check out for now. The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mock Your Friends With Spongebob Meme Toys

first_img Spongebob Squarepants first won over the hearts of children by just being a great cartoon. The surreal undersea hijinx of Spongebob and his friends delighted kids (and their parents) by just being so hilarious and weird. It shot new life in Nickelodeon at the tail end of the 90s NickToons boom and has been going strong for twenty years, even after the death of its creator Stephen Hillenburg.But as those kids matured into Extremely Online adults, we’ve gained a whole new appreciation for Spongebob Squarepants. The show is a meme factory the likes of which have never been seen before. And now Nickelodeon is giving a shout out to this part of Spongebob internet gutter subculture with these official Spongebob “Meme Masterpiece” toys.View as: One Page Slides1/51. 2. 3. 4. 5. For $21 each you can get these new Spongebob toys that, despite seeming random, are actually superstars in the meme pantheon. The lineup includes handsome Squidward, caveman Spongebob, Spongebob doing the imagination rainbow, surprised Patrick, and best of all mOckIng cHICkeN SPongEbob. It’s a glorious example of the internet leaking into the real physical world.Hopefully this is just the first generation of Spongebob meme toys and there are fantastic new Spongebob memes yet to come. They didn’t even make one for Blurry Mr. Krabs. The show’s imagery just lends itself so well to making fun of people on the internet. But these initial Spongebob meme toys are a great start.For more on Spongebob Squarepants read our review of the Spongebob musical on Broadway, something that actually exists. You can also check out these weird Spongebob/anime mash-ups with Death Note and dark anime openings in general. Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ronaldo shares snap of happy Juventus family

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo seems to have settled into life in Turin as he took to Instagram to share a photo of his “Juventus family” after making his debut for the Serie A champions.Ronaldo may have struggled in his debut game against Chievo Verona but was delighted to see his new team scrape a late winner in their 3-2 triumph on Saturday.The Portugal captain had a memorable debut, though, inadvertently knocking out Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, after which he apologized to the 39-year-old, who suffered a broken nose, whiplash, and a bruised shoulder.And former Real Madrid star Ronaldo showed he is enjoying life in Italy by sharing a family snap on Instagram.Using his new club’s motto “until the end” in the caption, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner posted a photo of himself with his four children and partner Georgina Rodriguez, all wearing Juve kits.last_img read more

Imperial Pacific to open some Saipan amenities by September as new IR

first_imgImperial Pacific International (IPI) says it will partially open the first phase of its Saipan IR either “on or before” 30 September 2019.The news was revealed in a brief Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement on Tuesday in which IPI also referred to the property for the first time as Imperial Palace‧Saipan. However, precise details on exactly which amenities will open by 30 September were not provided. Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts It was only seven months ago that IPI was granted a two-and-a-half-year extension to its 31 August completion deadline with Saipan’s Casino Control Commission agreeing to a new deadline for full completion of 28 February 2021.When complete, Imperial Palace‧Saipan will feature a 329-room luxury hotel; 14,140 square meters of gaming area; 3,870 square meters of food and beverage outlets; 186 square meters of retail space; 930 square meters of meeting space; 15 villas; and a 1,500-square meter spa and fitness area with associated infrastructure.Speaking to Inside Asian Gaming in November, IPI Chairman Mark Brown insisted the property remained on track to meet all deadlines despite being forced to lay-off staff and reduce operations in the wake of Typhoon Yutu.Brown said the company was primarily focused on completion of the facility’s Beach Resort hotel – a separate VIP building along the beach front that includes 15 Paul Steelman-designed villas – and would then turn its attention to the resort’s main tower and completion of its suites. RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more


first_imgMillard had also served as chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. There may not be many magazine deals happening right now, but M&A bankers are still looking to tap their talent.Wendy Harris Millard, the former president and co-CEO of Martha StewartLiving Omnimedia, is joining the Jordan, Edmiston Group’s advisoryboard, JEGI announced today.Millard had served as MSLO’s president since 2007 and co-CEO since2008, when she and Robin Marino replaced outgoing CEO Susan Lyne. Sheexited MSLO in April, and became president of Media Link, a strategicadvisory firm. Previously, Millard had served as the chief salesofficer at Yahoo.Wilma Jordan, JEGI’s CEO, called Millard a “true digital mediainnovator” who “helped build the model for advertising on the Internet.”last_img read more

Suicide attacks in Indonesia church kill nine

first_imgA member of the police bomb squad unit examines the site of an explosion outside the Immaculate Santa Maria Catholic Church, in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on 13 May 2018. Photo: ReutersA wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.Indonesia, which will begin the holy fasting month Ramadan this week, has been on high alert over attacks by militants, including some incidents claimed by the Islamic State group.No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Sunday bombings in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya.“Nine people are dead and 40 are in hospital,” East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters, adding that two police officers were among the injured.The official death toll climbed from an initial two killed and may include those who succumbed to injuries in hospital.Three separate locations were hit by the bombings around 7:30am (0030 GMT).Images from one scene showed a body lying outside the gate of Santa Maria Catholic Church and members of Indonesia’s bomb squad poring over the rubble.At least one of the attackers was killed when they detonated their bomb at Santa Maria. It was not clear if any other perpetrators were among those killed or injured.“I was frightened… many people were screaming,” 23-year-old witness Roman told AFP after the blast at Santa Maria church.The attacks come several days after five Indonesian police officers and an inmate were killed in clashes at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta.The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for that incident although police rejected its involvement.The Southeast Asian nation with 260 million people includes significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance and militancy.Indonesian police shot and wounded a man who attacked a church congregation in the town of Sleman with a sword during a Sunday mass in February.The radical Islamist, who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, injured four people.High alertThe archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy and has suffered a series of attacks in the past 15 years-including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, in the country’s worst-ever terror attack.A sustained crackdown weakened the most dangerous networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits could get a new lease on life.A gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta left four attackers and four civilians dead in January 2016, and was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia.The attack on a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices left around 20 others injured.Previous incidents have included a 2004 suicide car bomb that killed 10 outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, twin bomb blasts that killed 22 in a market in the Central Sulawesi town of Tentena, and a suicide bombing in 2005 that left 20 dead in Bali.Seven people were killed, six of them foreigners, and more than 40 were injured when suicide bombers targeted the luxury Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta in July 2009.last_img read more

Selfhealing catalysts make it easier to store solar energy with water

first_img(—Currently one of the most efficient ways to store solar energy is to transfer the energy to catalysts that split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then the hydrogen can either be used as a fuel or later recombined with oxygen to produce water and release electricity when needed. Explore further However, one of the problems with using water to store solar energy is that the catalysts are made of earth-abundant elements (such as manganese, cobalt, and nickel) that corrode in water with a neutral pH. To address this problem, researchers have designed self-healing catalysts that can regenerate themselves in the presence of other elements, such as negatively charged phosphate or borate ions. One of the remarkable features of the self-healing catalysts is that, as long as they are operating, there is no limit to the number of times that they can heal themselves.Now in a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, two of the researchers who have developed the self-healing catalyst, Cyrille Costentin at Paris Diderot University and Daniel G. Nocera at Harvard University, have investigated how this process works at a more detailed level.”This paper provides a quantitative model for self-healing,” Nocera told “It actually extends beyond energy and provides a roadmap for the design of any self-healing catalyst. The rule set is self-assembly and catalysis. If the energy input for operation of the catalyst is greater than that for self-assembly, then the catalyst should be self-healing. So the principles developed in this paper are general.”As the researchers show in their work, a catalyst can self-heal if the self-healing process requires less energy than that needed for normal catalyst operation. A simple way to control the self-healing process is to adjust the pH of the solution, since the amount of energy required for these two processes depends on the pH. The researchers show that there is a critical pH “zone of self-healing” that depends on various factors, in particular the geometry of the water-splitting cell and the phosphate or borate buffer concentration. Fortunately for practical applications, the researchers show that self-healing can occur over a wide range of pH values, including at a neutral pH for typical cell geometries and buffer concentrations, which allows for most natural water sources to be used to store solar energy. Since much of the future demand for renewable energy is expected to come from low-income, developing countries, the ability to use local natural water sources instead of pure water for storing solar energy will offer a big advantage for implementing the technology cost-effectively and on a large scale. The researchers plan to work toward this goal in the future.”The next stage is prototyping,” Nocera said. “We are using this catalyst in conjunction with CO2 and N2 fixing bacteria (papers from our group in Science in 2016 and PNAS in 2017) to make liquid fuels and fertilizer, renewably (using only air, water, and sunlight as inputs). These prototypes are currently being developed in India at this time.” , Science More information: Cyrille Costentin and Daniel G. Nocera. “Self-healing catalysis in water.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1711836114 Scientists produce robust catalyst to split water into hydrogen, oxygen Citation: Self-healing catalysts make it easier to store solar energy with water (2017, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The self-assembly pathway used for self-healing catalysts. Credit: Costentin et al. ©2017 PNAS © 2017 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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

TAAI Convention 2018 to be held in Srinagar from March 2719

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiThe Indian Travel Congress 2018, the annual convention of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), will be organised in Srinagar, from March 27-29, 2018, revealed Sunil Kumar R, President, TAAI at the press meet in New Delhi recently. Zahoor Qari, Chairman, TAAI Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chapter will be the Chairman of the Convention Coordinating Committee.J&K will be the partner and host state for the convention expected to be attended by 500 delegates, considering the limited room inventory. TAAI, in support with Ministry of Tourism will also host foreign buyers and international media for the event.“Agents down south haven’t been to Kashmir and TAAI has taken the responsibility to bridge the gap. Thus it’s time to showcase the crown of India’s tourism which is J&K. The destination needs assistance from all trade partners in India and the largest body of travel trade – TAAI will leave no stone unturned to enhance its visibility and products globally. A pre-convention stopover is being planned at Vaishno Devi shrine and post tours will be taken to Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam,” revealed Kumar.Qari also informed that a Golf tournament is also being worked out in support with Rajan Sehgal, Member, TAAI Managing Committee and President, India Golf Tourism Association (IGTA).We are here to welcome you into the fold of our family, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Tourism, J&K inviting TAAI members to Srinagar for the upcoming convention. “I am sure that the warm hospitality of J&K will woo the convention delegates. The spring season will be in full bloom during the month of March. I urge you people to extend your stay and visit the must-see sights of Royal Springs Golf Course and the vibrant orchards of apples, oranges and pear.”The state of J&K offers all kinds of tourism products, we just need to address the negative perception, urged Mahmood Ahmad Shah (KAS), Director Tourism, J&K. “We look forward to the support of countrymen for our tourism sector to thrive and prosper,” he urged.last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 28, 2007 We last reported on 10/3/07 about interior construction on the first floor of Unit 10 in the East Crescent. Crew leader Maggie Lamb directs a group of construction interns and workshop participants to continue interior finishing. [Photo & text: sa] Interns Daniela Cardace and Elisabetta Quaglino cut drywall exactly to accommodate a utility panel. [Photo & text: sa] Some of the November 4. workshop participants stain wooden planks. The wood will be used to cover a wall at the back entrance to this appartment. This report continues on 11/30/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Suspect in double murder says he was coerced into confessing

first_imgLoizos Tzionis, 33, one of the defendants in the murder of a couple in Strovolos in April, told Nicosia criminal court on Wednesday that he was coerced into signing documents and providing information to police at a time when his mental state was deteriorating because he was suffering from cocaine withdrawal.The defendant was called by his lawyer, Andreas Anastassiou, to take the stand and testify as a witness in the trial within a trial that is currently underway, after Tzionis’ lawyer argued that the testimony and information his client gave to police officers on April 27 should be ruled inadmissible as it was given under coercion.Tzioni’s lawyer claims that his client was also coerced when he had led police to his father’s house in Aglanjia, Nicosia, where the murder weapon (a knife) and the clothes that the suspects were wearing on the night of the murder were hidden, again because he was suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms.The main case, being tried at the Nicosia criminal court, relates to the murder of Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59. The defendants are accused of killing the couple in what appeared to be a botched robbery on the night of April 18-19. The couple were found in their bedroom stabbed multiple times.The defendants are Loizos Tzionis, 33, believed to be the mastermind of the crime; his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23; Sarah Shams, 21; and Marios Hadjixenophontos, 22.On Wednesday, Tzionis read out to the court a written statement where he listed all instances of alleged maltreatment on behalf of the police, beginning with the morning he was transferred from the Ayios Dometios police station to the crime prevention unit premises for interrogation, when he was not offered breakfast, nor was he told where he was being taken.In the police car, he was informed of the police line-up that would follow, but not of his rights.Tzionis went on to testify regarding the aggressive behaviour of one of the lead investigators, Giorgos Themistocleous, who had last Thursday denied to the court that any form of coercion was exerted on Tzionis.He stated that Themistocleous was “especially nerve-wracking”, and would hit the table with his fist when he wouldn’t respond to the questions posed.Tzionis added that they had asked him many questions, which he “responded to with nonsense so that what was happening could end”.The defendant also claimed that during his verbal and written statement, he was shaking and panic-stricken, and undergoing tremendous stress, while officers would pressure him and tell him that they did not believe him.“From the day of my arrest, (the police officers) would always aggressively tell me ‘sign’ and I would sign,” Tzionis said, adding that he was not given time to read what he was signing, nor was he informed of his right to talk to a lawyer.Tzionis alleged that from the day of his arrest, police officers were constantly aggressive against him, and this made him too scared to speak freely regarding the fact that he had taken cocaine a few hours before his arrest on April 25.The trial within a trial is set to continue on Friday.The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.Initially Tzionis pleaded guilty to all charges save for that of breaking and entering into the victims’ home. He later changed his mind, entering a new plea of not guilty to all charges. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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