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Your Chance To Hang Out With The Stars At The 2015 Necker

first_imgA new auction hosted by CharityBuzz is giving you the chance to bid to be a part of The 2015 Necker Open with Sir Richard Branson, Greg Norman and Special Guests Chevy Chase and Dave Feherty!The winner of the auction will have the chance to play in the Necker Open Golf Pro-Am, have a half hour private lesson with Greg Norman and hop on a private jet to Necker Island with Chevy Chase.Team up with Greg Norman and other PGA Tour Legends to compete in this fun, spirited golf event across world-class golf courses and the wonderful backdrop of the British Virgin Islands.Your journey will begin with 2 nights and 36 holes and will also include a 1/2 hour private golf lesson with Greg Norman at the Lodge at Sea Island, along with Special Guests Dave Feherty and Chevy Chase.You will then be whisked away by private jet along with Chevy Chase to Necker Island for 3 nights of relaxation, parties and fun with Host Sir Richard Branson and the “Necker 9” golf challenges.Each of the 12 spots includes all-inclusive accommodations and private air transportation for two.The auction will benefit the Greg Norman Foundation and the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation.To find out more about the auction and make a bid, click here.last_img read more

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All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

first_imgAugusta (US): President Donald Trump and Barack Obama were among those hailing Tiger Woods on social media after his 11-year major drought was ended by a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday. “Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted the US president Trump, who played a round of golf with Woods earlier this year. “A truly Great Champion!” “Congratulations, Tiger!” former president Obama tweeted. “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAs Woods went on a charge on the back nine at Augusta National with birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to win by a stroke and claim his 15th major and fifth Masters, social media lit up in a frenzy of congratulations. “I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other,” tweeted 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams. “Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFellow golfers and former greats of the game were also quick to hail Woods’ achievement in returning to the summit of the sport after multiple surgeries and a string of off-course problems since his 14th major win at the 2008 US Open. Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major. “Very few people really know what @TigerWoods has been thru to get back to this point,” tweeted four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 21st on Sunday. “So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green. Couldn’t be happier for him! What a great day for golf!” added McIlroy after an emotional Woods hugged his mother, children and partner Erica Herman after his winning putt. Aged 43, Woods became the second-oldest Masters winner, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won 46 in 1986. “A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods!,” said Nicklaus on social media. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!” Woods also set a record for the longest gap between Masters triumphs, the 14 years since his last win in 2005 eclipsing the old mark set by South African Gary Player who won his second Augusta crown in 1961 and his third in 1974. “For most an impossible task. But not for you,” said South African legend Player on Twitter. “Congratulations Tiger. So special for you and your family. So great for the game of golf. Simply unbelievable.” Other US Sports stars were quick to join in on Twitter. “A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!!” NBA icon Magic Johnson tweeted. “The roar of the Tiger is back!” “Congrats Tiger! What a performance,” the New England Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady said. “Greatest comeback story in sports!” said three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. “Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!” Woods finally found time to respond to all his well-wishers late on Sunday night. “I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget,” he posted on his Twitter feed, @TigerWoods, along with a picture of him wearing his newest of five green jackets. “To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. “This jacket sure is comfortable.”last_img read more

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Needs of Pakistani flood survivors rise as winter approaches – UN

In the southern province of Sindh, stagnant water remains a major environmental and health hazard, and water-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue are on the rise. An outbreak of diarrhoeal illnesses was reported in a camp in Sanghar district yesterday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update.Access to clean drinking water remains critical and the onset of winter in mid-November in most parts of flood-affected areas means that people will require more winterized shelter.Although receding water levels have allowed some displaced populations to return to their villages, relief needs continue because of poor sanitation in areas where homes, crops and livestock were lost to the floods.Since the beginning of the latest floods, about 1.8 million people or 50 per cent of those in need have been provided with food, while 700,000 received essential medical services. An estimated 375,000 people (76 per cent) have emergency shelter and 870,000 of the affected population (35 per cent) received clean water.The rapid response plan launched on 18 September is only 23 per cent funded, with only $80 million of the requested $357 million received so far. Unless additional resources are made available, UN agencies warn that most relief stocks are likely to run out, according to OCHA.Pakistan has been severely affected by floods for the second consecutive year, leaving more than five million people in need of safe drinking water, sanitation services, food, shelter materials and other essential support. 28 October 2011The needs of people affected by floods in Pakistan are rising as winter approaches and reported outbreaks of water- and vector-borne diseases, the United Nations reported today, warning that funding for humanitarian assistance in the country remains low, with stocks of some relief items severely depleted. read more

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Hydro One buys Great Lakes Transmission in 373million deal

TORONTO — Ontario’s newly privatized Hydro One electric utility has a $373-million deal to buy Great Lakes Power Transmission, which operates north and east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Hydro One says it will acquire Great Lakes Transmission from various entities controlled by Brookfield Infrastructure, which is part of a Toronto-based asset management group.Hydro One’s ‘showcase’ IPO offered investors a slice of stability in uncertain timesAnalysts weigh in on Hydro One: Four holds, four buys and $22-$26 targetThe former provincial Crown corporation will pay $222 million in cash and assume $151 million of outstanding debt owed by Great Lakes, which has 15 transmission stations and 560 kilometres of transmission lines.Once the deal closes, Hydro One will operate about 98 per cent of Ontario’s transmission capacity. read more

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Kegalle mosque attack CM meets cops

According to reports some of the glass panels  of the mosque were damaged during the attack.The police have now strengthened security around the mosque. (Colombo Gazette) Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister Mahipala Herath has had urgent discussions with the police following an attack on a mosque in Kegalle early this morning.The Kegalle Jummah mosque was stoned by an unidentified groups early this morning, the police said.

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MR appointed UPFA election operations committee head

Rajapaksa, who also attended the meeting and was seen seated at the head table, is contesting the August 17 Parliament elections from the Kurunegala District. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been appointed as the chairman of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election operations committee for the polls next month.The appointment was made when the party leaders of the UPFA met today at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters. UPFA member, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that at the special UPFA leader’s meeting the party had unanimously elected Rajapakse to lead the UPFA’s election operations committee. “We are confident of victory and all the UPFA leader’s accepted that Mahinda Rajapakse should be made the leader of the election’s operations committee. President Sirisena’s remarks will least affect our campaigning or affect our victory at the elections,” Nanayakkara said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Government defends move to recruit foreign consultancy firm

The Government today defended the decision to recruit a foreign consultancy firm.A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) decided to engage the services of Yuvanjan Wijeyatilake, former Attorney General to draft new laws and to revise existing laws relating to the proposed Financial City. The Government says it is negotiating with India, China and Singapore to enter into economic and trade agreements. The firm is also advising the Government on the Indonesian tax laws and other similar laws.  They have not been assigned any other work.  This task will be handled by Baker and McKenzie office in Hong Kong. Further, the Government is negotiating to obtain the GSP+ concessions to re-enter the Single European Market.  The Government will also hold discussions on Free Trade Agreements with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and number of other countries next year.The Government is also discussing an Economic Cooperation programme with Japan.  The Government’s policy is to make Sri Lanka the Hub of the Indian Ocean and seek to exploit the synergies of the Indian Act East Policy for the region and the Chinese One-Belt One-Road initiative.The aim of these efforts is to expand the market for the Sri Lankan products to create one million jobs for the Sri Lankans, expand the middle class and revive the rural economy. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister’s office said that media reports have deliberately mentioned that Baker and McKenzie is having an office in Colombo and they are practicing in Sri Lanka.“This is false. Baker and McKenzie has not set up an office in Sri Lanka as a legal firm and they are not entitled to do so under the Rules of the Supreme Court. Another project undertaken by the Government is the establishment of a Central Programme Management Unit based on the PEMANDU (Performance and Management Delivery Unit) in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office. For this purpose, the Government has entered into an agreement with McKinsey and Company (Malaysian Office) the well known global Management Consultancy firm. This Malaysian Office team which has first hand knowledge of the PEMANDU will assist the Government in setting up of the Central Programme Management Unit in Colombo. McKinsey is not a legal firm and it has no connection with Baker & McKenzie,” the Prime Minister’s office said. The statement said that the services of Baker and McKenzie one of the leading global law firms specialising in financial-commercial Tax laws have been retained to advise the Government in the regard to the legal implications of the different financial models. i.e.  Ireland, UK, Channel Islands, Dubai and Hong Kong. The Government also drew attention to another false and malicious report which says that the professionals have walked out from the discussions on Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).The Government says it is having discussions with all legally recognised professional associations, business associations and trade unions and no one has boycotted or left discussions.Furthermore, the Government said that news reports that revenue proposals have been dropped from the National Development Plan is also false.  The Macro-Economic Stabilisation Programme is one of the key elements of the National Development Plan. read more

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Aboriginal Student Services hosting series of outreach events

Workshops focused on making authentic moccasins, beading delicate bracelets and creating traditional paintings are among the many outreach initiatives Aboriginal Student Services has on the horizon.The department is increasing its community engagement both on and off campus in hopes of raising awareness of the services offered to support Indigenous Brock students.As part of the University’s Student Success Centre, Aboriginal Student Services aims to provide an inclusive space while connecting First Nations, Metis and Inuit students with resources to enhance their academic success and cultural identity at Brock.Colton Clause, who has taken on the new role of Aboriginal Events Co-ordinator, said the hope is to raise awareness of those services through a variety of public and student-focused events held weekly throughout the school year.Recent response to event postings on the Aboriginal Student Services Facebook page have been overwhelmingly positive, Clause said, calling it a motivator to ensure the calendar remains packed with quality cultural events.When a moccasin-making workshop event was posted on the social media site, its 15 spaces filled up in just two days.“We’re looking at hosting additional workshops because we now have a waiting list of people from all over Niagara, as well as our students, who are interested in participating,” he said.A lunch for self-identified students is held every other week in the Aboriginal Student Services office (TH 145) just off of Market Hall. The off weeks often include a cultural event or speaking engagement on topics such as employment help and resumé development that can aid students during the summer break and after graduation.Hosting public events is an opportunity to connect with community members and local organizations. “This helps us to continue to build our network to make sure there are no gaps in our net of support.“It’s a chance for people to come in, talk with us and to see our space and the services we offer,” Clause said. “The public events also allow us to show high school students the supports and services that will be available to them if they’re looking at attending Brock in the future.”Aboriginal Student Services moved to its new location from DeCew Residence last year and has since been working to further raise its profile.“We have a bigger space, we’re more visible and we’re in a more centralized location, so we’re really stepping up our outreach,” Clause said. “There has always been a want there from the community to come in, explore and ask questions. Now we have to space to make that happen.”Aboriginal Student Services provides student advising and tutoring assistance, and acts as a liaison between Indigenous students and other parts of the University, such as Student Life and Community Experience, Career Education and A-Z Learning Services.“We really try to be a hub of assistance,” Clause said. “If students need help, we’re here to work on their behalf with the University or to direct them to a community organization that can assist with their specific needs.”For more information on upcoming events, visit the Aboriginal Student Services Facebook page. read more

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Germany and Denmark will host Mens IHF World Championship 2019

IHF Congress in Doha made decision that Germany and Denmark will be the host of the Men’s IHF World Champions 2019. Two countries with the huge handball tradition beat the rivals, Hungary-Slovakia and Poland at the battle for organizing the biggest handball event. Until the final match in Danish Herning, handball fans in Munchen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Mannheim, Cologne, Hamburg and Kiel will be able to watch best world’s handball.Congratulations! We are looking forward to another fantastic handball event… ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 11): HSV Hamburg conquer Berlin in last second! Next Story → Nikolaj Markussen to miss EHF EURO 2014 – Danish bomber out for the rest of the season!

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German Cup 2nd Round HannoverBurgdorf knocks out HSV Hamburg

Balingendormagenfriesenheimgerman cupHannover The most interesting match in the second round of the German Cup was played in Hannover, where the host team Hannover-Burgdorf with great effort and support from the home fans defeated HSV Hamburg 28:25, knocking them out from the further competition. Another small surprise was in Erlangen, where host team defeated HSG Wetzlar. As for the main favorites, Flensburg, THW Kiel and Rhein-Neckar Lowen all took easy wins.German Cup scores: Gummersbach 33:27 Bietigheim, THW Kiel 32:20 Lemgo, Leipzig 25:18 Huttenberg, Emsdetten 32:34 Minden, Flensburg 38:22 MT Melsungen, Altenholz 20:32 Goppingen, Dormagen 25:28 HBW Balingen, Erlangen 26:23 Wetzlar, Essen 21:29 Fuchse Berlin, Hildesheim 25:35 Magdeburg, Horkheim 27:37 RN Lowen, Saarlouis 29:30 Friesenheim, Rimpar 27:29 Eisenach, Wilhelmshavener 30:26 Bad Schwartau, Bergischer 26:32 Lubbecke, Hannover 28:25 HSV Hamborg ← Previous Story Asian Club League Draw took place in Doha Next Story → Kirveliavicius from Fivers WAT to SSG Bietigheim! read more

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Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Justice has announced approval for legislation that will support survivors of Magdalene laundries.Frances Fitzgerald announced that the Government has, this morning, agreed to her proposal for publication of the scheme of a new bill.Commenting in the Dáil during Parliamentary Questions, the Minister further announced that, to date, lump sum payments totalling €12.8m have been made under the Magdalene Redress Scheme to 357 former residents of Magdalene Laundries, with further offers still being made.The bill will give survivors:Access to health services;An exemption from means test criteria for certain State services and schemes (including the Nursing Home Support Scheme)Fitzgerald added that legal provision is being made for relatives to act on behalf of any of the women who do not have the capacity to act of their own behalf.Judge John Quirke, in his report on the Magdalen Laundries, had recommended that legislation be introduced to give the women the same entitlement as those under the Hepatitis C scheme, something that has been approved, Fitzgerald said.“Following the apology issued in the Dáil by an Taoiseach to former residents of the Magdalene laundries, the government committed to implementing all of the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Quirke in his report.”Fitzgerald said that 754 applications have been received to date. 357 applicants have received their lump sum payment so far, at a cost of €12.8m. A further 106 formal offers have been made and letters of provisional assessment on the length of stay in a relevant institution have issued to an additional 35 applicants.The announcement was broadly welcomed by Magdalene Survivors Together group. Spokesperson Steven O’Riordan told TheJournal.ie that they would wait until they had seen the legislation to fully welcoming it.“We welcome it in the context that it’s about time it happened. Been waiting on this over a year. Hope that what the Quirke Report promised is delivered. We will be interested in seeing the legislation.”It was also welcomed by Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFM Research), which said that it expects government to extend healthcare to women outside the jurisdiction.The government said this evening that 146 applicants to the scheme are living abroad with around 131 of these resident in the UK. It is intended that the State will cover health insurance costs for survivors living in other jurisdictions.It added that it is concerned about the situation of the many Magadalene survivors who still live in institutionalised settings.“We note that half of the women who have applied to the scheme are yet to receive compensation,” continued JFM Research. “Many of the women are experiencing distressing delays and roadblocks in establishing dates of entry and exit, because of gaps in the religious orders’ records.”It is now urging the Department of Justice to search all other relevant public records and to advertise the circumstances in which sworn affidavits will be accepted in cases of missing records.- Additional reporting Aoife Barry and Hugh O’ConnellRead: “Huge traffic” between Magdalene laundries and mother-and-baby homeslast_img read more

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Bazaar del Mundos Latin American Festival Mata Ortiz Pottery Market begins

first_imgBazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market begins Francella Perez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market returns to Old Town Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5.The annual event features more than 25 artists from all over Latin America displaying folk art, handcrafted jewelry, handwoven textiles, and more, as they provide live demonstrations of their crafts for attendees.Returning this year is Jacobo Angeles, an Oaxacan wood carver whose traditional “alebrijes” (Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures) were featured in Disney’s much-celebrated animated film, “Coco,” for which Jacobo was one of the movie’s consultants. August 3, 2018 Posted: August 3, 2018 Francella Perez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Senate Confirms Censky McKinney to USDA Posts

first_imgThe Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominations of Steve Censky as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deputy secretary, and Ted McKinney as undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Senate’s confirmation.“I commend the Senate for confirming these two experienced, prepared, and capable nominees, who will provide the steady leadership we need at USDA,” he said. “Steve Censky will help us be responsive to producers reeling from the effects of multiple hurricanes and also offer prudent counsel as Congress continues work on the 2018 Farm Bill. Ted McKinney will take charge of the newly-created mission area focused on trade, and wake up every morning seeking to sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets. We eagerly await their arrival at USDA, and urge the Senate to continue to act on other nominees who are awaiting confirmation.”ASA will have a full statement once Censky is sworn in.last_img read more

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Gov DeSantis addresses Everglades restoration protection of water resources

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tackled water woes in South Florida during a visit in Fort Lauderdale.The Florida governor announced several big changes Tuesday, including a recommendation to invest $625 million for Everglades restoration and the protection of water resources.“So I think these are going to be very positive. I think it’s a historic commitment,” said DeSantis. “We have more to talk about with our environment budget, which we’ll roll out later in the week.”Future plans include hiring a chief science officer, starting an algae task force and opposing offshore drilling.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Spiritual guru behind downfall of Fortis Singh brothers

first_imgMalvinder Singh.ReutersIn a small town of Punjab which lies on the banks of the river Beas and is named after it, is situated the headquarters of the Radha Soami Satsang, a spiritual sect which claims of having 40 lakh followers around the world.The sect is headed by Gurinder Singh Dhillon (64) and many of his followers call him an incarnation of God but, according to a Bloomberg report, he is behind one of the most dramatic collapses in the history of Indian business: The downfall of the financial and healthcare empire owned by brothers Malvinder Singh (45) and Shivinder Singh (43).The brothers’ main holding companies gave loans worth Rs 2,500 crore to the Dhillon family and property business controlled by them. A part of these was financed by borrowing from the brothers’ listed companies and when combined with other investments by the brothers that went bad, causing their empire to be snared in a debt spiral.Heirs to a business house which was worth billions not that long ago, there has been a dramatic fall in their fortunes in the last six months. Lenders have seized their shareholdings and financial authorities have launched a criminal probe to locate the Rs 2,300 crore gone missing from their listed companies.They owe $500 million over fraud allegations related to the sale of Ranbaxy Laboratories. And they have lost the family mansion where they grew up. However, they deny doing anything wrong.Dhillon is a cousin of the brothers’ mother and became a father figure to them after their father passed away in 1999. From then onwards, finances of Dhillon and the brothers have become closely connected with the latter loaning money to the Dhillon family via shell companies and opaque financial documents.After getting $2 billion from the sale of Ranbaxy, the brothers rapidly expanded their public firms − financial firm Religare Enterprises Ltd and hospital chain Fortis Healthcare Ltd – but in doing so they accumulated a huge debt and side by side they were also financing a real-estate empire owned largely by Dhillon’s family.They haven’t been charged as yet with any crimes and they acknowledge having financial ties with Dhillon and admitted they are in talks with their spiritual guru’s family to get back the money they are owed.However, both said it is not true that Dhillon was behind their financial woes as he is their spiritual master and he has always acted out of love towards them and has their best interests at heart.However, they train their guns at Sunil Godhwani, who on the recommendation of Dhillon, was appointed to lead Religare and was also headed their holding company RHC Holding Pvt.The brothers say Godhwani took decisions without consulting them and made financial decisions, including lending loans to the Dhillon family and companies, which gave rise to financial troubles they are facing at the moment.According to a Bloomberg report in early 2018, the brothers took Rs 500 crore from Fortis without the board’s approval and an investor based in New York filed a lawsuit accusing them of syphoning off Rs 1,800 crore from Religare.The brothers denied doing anything illegal and said Godhwani was in charge at Religare and RHC when the said transaction happened. In case of Fortis, they say it was normal for movement of funds at that time and only later it became related-party transactions.The brothers came out of the shadow of their illustrious father when they sold Ranbaxy, then India’s largest drugmaker, to Japanese pharmaceutical giant Daiichi Sankyo in 2008. As the sale was taking place, US Food and Drug Administration raised questions about Ranbaxy’s manufacturing practices and the safety of its medicines.Flush with cash, the brothers aggressively expanded Fortis and Religare, each topping $1billion in market value on the back of surging demand for health and financial services.In 2013, Ranbaxy faced $500 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges of a criminal felony in the US.In an arbitration tribunal in Singapore, Daiichi Sankyo accused the Singh Brothers of concealing the regulatory issues Ranbaxy was facing during the sale. A charge the brothers denied.In 2016, the tribunal ruled against the brothers and awarded Daiichi Sankyo about $500 million in damages and interest. The brothers’ are appealing the ruling.last_img read more

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On DDay US allies look for unity and fear the Trump show

first_imgUS President Donald Trump during a Memorial Day ceremony. AFP File Photo.For a sign of how far Western politics and transatlantic relations have changed, look no further than next week’s D-Day commemorations in Britain and northern France.Five years ago, for the 70th anniversary, former US president Barack Obama travelled to France to stand with America’s allies and deliver a moving tribute to their joint sacrifice and shared destiny in World War II.In what was condemned as vulgar and disrespectful by right-wing opponents at the time, he was filmed chewing gum during one of the ceremonies — apparently to stop a craving for a cigarette.Starting from Wednesday, US president Donald Trump will attend two days of memorials in Britain and France for the 75th anniversary of the world’s biggest naval operation, which signalled the start of efforts to liberate western Europe.”It’s not the same world,” Francois Heisbourg, a former French diplomat and head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told AFP.While European leaders in Obama’s era would sometimes complain privately that Europe was a low priority for the US president, none ever imagined a US leader actively working to undermine the European Union.And Trump, who has cheered Brexit and is openly hostile to the idea of the EU bloc, has ripped up postwar conventions to such an extent that chewing gum at a ceremony seems like an offence from a different era.He has publicly refused a handshake with German chancellor Angela Merkel, called Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “weak” and has humiliated British prime minister Theresa May over her strategy to negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU.On his last visit to France in November last year to mark 100 years since World War I, he left mocking the “very low approval rating” of his host, president Emmanuel Macron.Heisbourg said that “everyone will wait anxiously for the end of the ceremonies fearing a Twitter storm from Donald Trump.”Despite all this, Jeremy Shapiro, an expert on transatlantic relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that relations between the US leader his Western counterparts “aren’t disastrous”.”They still want to be allies, but there isn’t that same sense of shared destiny which is what you need to land people on a beach together. There’s a sense that they can have transactions that work,” he told AFP.”Trump has caused everyone to see him in that light, and that’s how they see him,” he added.Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on 7 May 2018. AFP- Putin absent -The commemorations of the D-Day landings, which saw 150,000 Allied soldiers storm the beaches of northern France on 6 June, 1944, will begin on Wednesday morning.Queen Elizabeth II will preside at a ceremony in Portsmouth in southern England attended by May, Macron, Trudeau, Merkel and Trump, who begins a state visit to Britain on Monday.Thousands of ships left from Portsmouth under cover of darkness 75 years ago for an invasion that signalled the start of the liberation of western Europe from Nazi occupation.British authorities have said the D-Day event will be “one of the greatest British military spectacles in recent history” involving 26 RAF aircraft and 11 Royal Navy vessels.On Thursday, ceremonies in France will continue along the wide sandy beaches where troops faced a hail of Nazi bullets and artillery shells which left 10,470 dead, wounded or missing on the first day.One notable absentee will be Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was invited to represent the Soviet Union for the first time in 2004 on the 60th anniversary of the invasion.He was also present in 2014, just as his relations with the West were collapsing over his decision to order troops into eastern Ukraine to annex Crimea.”In 2014, the attack in Crimea gave the Allies something to unite around,” Heisbourg said.The Russian leader, whose government made “sweeping and systemic” efforts to help get Trump elected in 2016 — according to an investigation by US special counsel Robert Mueller — was not invited this time.- Bridging differences -European leaders and Trump are at odds on a number of issues, any one of which has the potential to become a public source of friction at this week’s ceremonies.The US leader has repeatedly threatened to impose new tariffs on European imports, and there are also major differences on climate change, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the civil war in Syria.The sensitive issue of defence spending is seen as one possible flashpoint, given the occasion and Trump’s past comments.The US president regularly assails European leaders for their failure to spend the equivalent of 2.0 per cent of their GDP on defence.The figure was agreed by all members of the NATO alliance, which grouped the Allies together after WWII, while Obama was still in office.”There’s a high risk that Donald Trumps uses the ceremonies to remind everyone about the dependence of Europe on the United States for its security and defence,” Heisbourg said.A source in the French presidency said Macron was hoping to use the opportunity to bridge some of his differences with Washington.The D-Day commemorations are a “good opportunity to celebrate this common victory and to explore some of the priority issues between us to try to bring our positions closer together,” an aide said on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

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Greenbelt Murder Investigation Now Stretches Coast To Coast

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comLast weekend’s shooting of a woman in Greenbelt was more than just a random act of violence, authorities say.  The death of Bettie Jenifer as she was walking from work to a parking lot was intentional and has linked her to a notorius drug ring in Baltimore and an actor in Hollywood.“Somebody wanted her dead,” said George Matthews, spokesperson for Greenbelt Police.  “It happened in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. And that’s very concerning, but we do not believe this was a random act.”Bettie Jenifer, wife to Nigerian actor Chris Attoh, was killed in Greenbelt, Maryland last weekend. (Courtesy Photo)As Jenifer was leaving the office of the employment agency she owned on the 6300 block of Ivy Lane in Greenbelt around 5 p.m. Friday, Greenbelt Police say a gunman chased her down and shot several times, striking her twice before she later died.  The attack was described as “brazen” by authorities since it wasn’t staged inconspicuously. “It seems to be quite a complicated situation,” Matthews said in a broadcast report.  ““The fact this was broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses- whoever did this didn’t seem to matter to the person who committed this crime. So that in itself is extremely shocking.” As the investigation continues, Greenbelt Police are still analyzing the layers of information surrounding Jenifer’s life, her relation to Hollywood and simultaneous marriages. ABC-7 News in D.C. first reported a link between two husbands and two separate lives on both coasts.  Jenifer, who was married to Nigerian actor Chris Attoh last October in Accra, Ghana, didn’t file for divorce from her first husband Kedrick Jenifer until April 15.  Attoh is known for his role as “Kwame Mensah” in the Nigerian program “Tinsel.” He reportedly has been cooperating with local authorities although was believed to be distraught after this crime.Earlier Friday afternoon, Attoh posted a message on his social media account via Twitter which has also added to the drama of this case. Attoh tweeted, “When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever ”“(Investigators) are aware of the tweets as well and that’s all part of the investigation,” said Mathews.Meanwhile, Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 44, of Bowie, is serving a 20 year sentence after pleading guilty to his involvement in an elaborate cocaine trafficking scheme in 2015.  According to his plea agreement and court documents, from September 2012 until his arrest in October 2014, Kedrick Jenifer was the head of a drug organization.  He directed the collection and transportation of money from Maryland to Texas. The Jenifer organization would hide money in secret compartments in “courier vehicles” that were transported from Baltimore to Houston.  Jenifer would then fly to Houston and obtain kilograms of cocaine from a source of supply. The cocaine was transported from Houston to Baltimore in the courier vehicles and Jenifer would return to Baltimore via commercial air carrier.Kedrick was also ordered to forfeit four homes, seven vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari, jewelry, a boat, guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was also forced to relinquish ownership of a Rita’s Italian ice franchise in Baltimore that he co-owned, and which authorities alleged was used to launder money.No arrests have been made in this case and investigators remain perplexed by the absence of witness accounts despite the incident occurring in early evening hours before the sun went down.    Greenbelt police say they have no suspects and no motives. However, they are getting assistance from both local and federal agencies as they try to solve this crime.last_img read more

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UltraViolet to Shut Down This Wednesday

first_imgCloud movie locker UltraViolet is shutting down this coming Wednesday (7/31), putting an end to one of Hollywood’s more ambitious efforts to promote the ownership of digital content. Consumers have 2 more days to link their UltraViolet libraries to an existing retailer to make sure they won’t permanently lose access to their digital movies and TV shows.Variety was first to report on the upcoming closure of UltraViolet in January.Consumers who have an UltraViolet account should access the service’s website before Wednesday, and make sure their library is linked to a participating retailer. IN the U.S., these retailers include Walmart’s Vudu.com and FandangoNOW.Ultraviolet launched in 2011 as a cloud video locker service, with the idea to offer consumers a way to archive their digital purchases, and access them across the services of participating retailers. Users could, for example, buy a digital movie on Walmart’s Vudu service, and then access it on FandangoNow. Related Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down (EXCLUSIVE) The service had contracts with all major studios except Disney, which was developing a separate cloud locker called Disney Movies Anywhere. It also teamed up with a number of digital retailers, and even allowed consumers to upconvert their existing disc purchases for a small fee, effectively turning DVDs into downloadable digital titles.However, without Disney, UltraViolet had a hard time to get buy-in from some of the major retailers, with iTunes, Amazon and Google Play never joining the party. What’s more, with consumers embracing streaming services like Netflix over media ownership, cloud locker services became a lot less relevant. The final nail to UltraViolet’s coffin was Disney’s relaunch of its own cloud locker as Movies Anywhere, a cross-industry cloud locker with buy in from all major studios.UltraViolet’s closure functions as a reminder to consumers that ownership rules are different in the digital world. Case in point: The service is warning consumers that they may not be able to access all of their UltraViolet-linked content anymore because of changed licensing terms, or because their retailer of choice went out of business.That’s exactly the kind of issues that UltraViolet was meant to mitigate by making media portable. Now, the company has some advice on how to future-proof one’s digital media library: “You may want to make sure to link your UltraViolet Library to as many retailers as possible to maximize access,” UltraViolet’s website recommends. Walmart’s Vudu Warns Customers to Not Unlink UltraViolet Accounts Ahead of Shutdown Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Researchers Suggest Quantum Dots as Media for Teleportation

first_img 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. Quantum teleportation performed with light from a quantum dot embedded in an LED Here, researchers focus on semiconductor quantum dots containing as few as a thousand atoms of a semiconducting element, such as silicon, and having diameters as small as one nanometer. They are often referred to as “artificial atoms” because their behavior can be quite similar to a single atom. For example, a semiconductor quantum dot’s electrons can be confined in a way similar to how a single atom’s electrons are bound. Therefore, a quantum dot can be described by a single quantum state, despite consisting of hundreds or thousands of atoms.Researchers Leong Chuan Kwek and K.W. Choo of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore modeled a teleportation system consisting of two quantum dots. They first investigated how the fidelity of the teleportation process would be affected by quantum “entanglement” – when two or more quantum states have to be described with reference to each other, even when spatially separated. The model revealed that the entanglement of the dots is proportional to the fidelity: as one increases, the other increases. Kwek and Choo then developed general equations that would yield a suitable magnetic field, dot-to-dot distance, and temperature (which would all depend on the size of the dots and other variables) such that the fidelity of the system would be better than the average fidelity of non-quantum communications.“Our work provides some preliminary estimates on the way self-assembled quantum dots might be fabricated in terms of inter-dot distances for experiments at room temperature,” Kwek told PhysOrg.com.He and Choo also studied how the system would handle “decoherence,” the often unavoidable interaction of a quantum system with its environment, which compromises the transfer process. Decoherence is one major issue facing quantum computing. Two decoherence models show, however, that the quantum-dot system could still function under a moderate amount of decoherence.Finally, the researchers used the model to study a quantum-state transfer or swapping of states between two quantum dots, an ability necessary for quantum information processing. They determined that a “perfect” transfer is possible using a quantum-dot teleportation system, meaning that the transferred quantum state is exactly the same as the initial quantum state of the first dot.Citation: K.W. Choo and L. C. Kwek, “Quantum dot as a resource for teleportation and state swapping.” Phys. Rev. B 75 205321 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Researchers Suggest Quantum Dots as Media for Teleportation (2007, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-06-quantum-dots-media-teleportation.htmlcenter_img According to recent research, tiny clusters of atoms known as quantum dots may be excellent media for quantum teleportation, a physics phenomenon in which information – in the form of a quantum state, a very specific mathematical “signature” of an atom – can be transmitted almost instantaneously to a distant location without having to physically travel through space. Teleportation is one facet of quantum information science, a developing field that could have a major impact on computing and communications. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

first_imgRelated posts:Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane: prosecutor Authorities recover black box in Germanwings crash that left 150 dead in French Alps Murder-suicide by plane: What drove Lubitz to do it? Lufthansa CEO tours crash area after disclosure of pilot’s depression The leaders of France, Germany and Spain visited a makeshift rescue base near the Germanwings air crash site Wednesday, as investigators ramped up their probe into themysterious disaster that killed 150.French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew over the crash site to see the devastation for themselves before meeting rescue workers outside the crisis center set up on Tuesday after the worst crash in France in four decades.Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also visited the center to be briefed on the gruelling rescue operation in difficult mountain terrain where Flight 4U9525 crashed early Tuesday, scattering debris over a wide area.Buffeted by strong mountain winds, the ashen-faced leaders spent several minutes inspecting a line-up of blue-uniformed rescue workers, chatting intently with the help of interpreters.“My deepest sympathies with the families and all my thanks for the friendship of the people of this region and in France,” wrote Merkel in a book of condolence.Hollande wrote: “Tribute to the victims. Support to the families.”Grieving families were also gathering near the crash site, where a counseling unit has been established.Meanwhile, investigators were combing through the pulverized wreckage and examining its badly damaged black box for clues as to what caused the mysterious crash.Hundreds of firefighters and police were involved in the massive task at the rugged crash site, accessible only by helicopter or an arduous hike on foot.And in Paris, experts analyzed one of the plane’s black boxes, hoping to discover why the Airbus A320 went down in good weather — an “inexplicable” disaster according to Lufthansa, the budget airline’s parent company.Photos issued by the BEA air crash investigation office showed the mangled orange “black box”, its metal casing torn and twisted by the violence of the impact.Officials warned it would take several days to analyze the “very badly damaged” cockpit voice recorder, but hoped it might offer initial clues to the mystery later Wednesday.A second black box, recording technical flight data, has yet to be found.Authorities are scrambling to explain why the plane suddenly began a fatal eight-minute descent shortly after reaching cruising altitude on its route between Barcelona and Duesseldorf.No distress signal was sent and the crew failed to respond to desperate attempts at contact from ground control.“It is inexplicable,” Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr said in Frankfurt.“The plane was in perfect condition and the two pilots were experienced.”Officials in Spain said at least 49 Spaniards had been killed in the accident, and Germanwings said at least 72 Germans were dead.‘Horrendous’ sceneFrench police set up road blocks near the crash site, ordering all non-official vehicles to turn around, an AFP reporter at the scene said.Just beyond lay a steep and broken landscape littered with the shattered pieces of what was Flight 4U9525.“It’s a zone that is very difficult to access, very slippery. There was rain and snow overnight. So we need to secure the zone before the investigators begin their work,” a spokesman for the French interior ministry, Pierre-Henry Brandet, told reporters.“We are not in a race against time,” he said. “We need to move forward methodically.”The plane was “totally destroyed,” a local member of parliament who flew over the site said, describing the scene as “horrendous.”“The biggest body parts we identified are no bigger than a briefcase,” one investigator said.More than 300 policemen and 380 firefighters have been assigned the grisly task of searching the site.‘Darkest day’ The plane was carrying six crew and 144 passengers, including 16 German teenagers returning home from a school trip.Their high school in the small German town of Haltern was to hold a memorial event Wednesday to honor the victims.“This is certainly the darkest day in the history of our city,” said a tearful Bodo Klimpel, the town’s mayor. “It is the worst thing you can imagine.”“Yesterday we were many, today we are alone,” read a hand-painted sign at the school, decorated with 16 crosses — one for each of the victims, most of whom were around 15 years old.Opera singers Oleg Bryjak, 54, and Maria Radner, 33, were also on board, flying to their home city of Duesseldorf. Radner was travelling with her husband and baby, one of two infants on board the plane.In Spain, meanwhile, a minute’s silence was observed at noon at countless points around the country, including both houses of parliament in Madrid and public offices.As the probe gathered pace, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said investigators were not focusing on the possibility it was a terrorist attack.Germanwings, the growing low-cost subsidiary of the prestigious Lufthansa carrier, had an unblemished safety record.Weather did not appear to be a factor in the crash, with conditions calm at the time, French weather officials said.It was the deadliest air crash on the French mainland since 1974 when a Turkish Airlines plane crashed, killing 346 people.Victims were also confirmed from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Colombia, Denmark, Holland, Israel, Japan, Mexico and the United States, according to officials. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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