One unintended effect of the U.S. federal shutdown is that helpful press officers at government labs are not available to provide a reality check to some of the wilder stories that can catch fire on the Internet. They would have come in handy this week, when a number of outlets jumped on a report on the BBC News website. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, it reported, had passed a “nuclear fusion milestone.” NIF uses the world’s highest energy laser system to crush tiny pellets containing a form of hydrogen fuel to enormous temperature and pressure. The aim is to get the hydrogen nuclei to fuse together into helium atoms, releasing energy.The BBC story reported that during one experiment last month, “the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel – the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.” This prompted a rush of even more effusive headlines proclaiming the “fusion breakthrough.” As no doubt NIF’s press officers would have told reporters, the experiment in question certainly shows important progress, but it is not the breakthrough everyone is hoping for.A memo sent out on 29 September to collaborating labs from NIF Director Ed Moses—which has been seen by Science—describes a fusion shot that took place at 5:15 a.m. on 28 September. It produced 5×1015 neutrons, 75% more than any previous shot. 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The outer part of the target is a tiny metal can the size of a pencil eraser, called a hohlraum, at the center of which sits a plastic sphere smaller than a peppercorn containing frozen fusion fuel—a mixture of the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, known as DT. The ultraviolet beams are fired into the hohlraum through holes at each end but not directly at the fuel capsule. Instead they hit the inner walls of the hohlraum, heating it so much that it emits a pulse of x-rays. The x-rays cause the plastic capsule to explode, driving the fuel inward toward its center.If all goes according to plan, the fuel—compressed to 100 times the density of lead—will ignite a fusion reaction, but the laser-driven implosion does not provide enough energy to burn all the DT fuel. Some energy from the fusion reactions is needed to keep the burn going. DT fusion reactions produce two products: helium nuclei (aka alpha particles), which carry 20% of the reaction energy as kinetic energy; and neutrons, which carry the rest. For fusion to work as an energy source, the alpha particles must efficiently heat up the fuel to keep the reaction running.To achieve this, NIF researchers have been experimenting with the shape of the laser pulse to make it deliver more power near the beginning. In his 29 September memo, Moses says these improvements had led to alpha-particle heating that doubled the energy yield—”a clear demonstration of the mechanism that is needed to achieve ignition,” he wrote. Ignition is the goal of a self-sustaining, alpha-heated fusion burn producing more energy than the laser put in. Moses also says the energy yield (carried by the neutrons and estimated at 14 kilojoules) was more than the x-ray energy absorbed to implode the capsule, a milestone he refers to as “scientific breakeven.”“It is a good experiment,” says Michael Campbell, a former director of NIF who now works for Logos Technologies in Fairfax, Virginia. “From a science standpoint, the target worked well enough for alpha particles to heat some of the fuel.” But Campbell is concerned about overhyping each step in what is bound to be a long haul toward fusion as an energy source. The energy yield in last month’s experiment is still a very long way from ignition, the goal—enshrined in NIF’s name—that the facility was expected to reach a year ago. NIF is now partway through a 3-year campaign to nail down why it is struggling to reach that goal. “It’s a science-based program now. They are trying to identify some of the obstacles to getting to ignition,” Campbell says.One requirement for ignition is that energy output should exceed the energy input from the laser, i.e., that gain (output divided by input) should be greater than 1. NIF’s laser input of 1.8 MJ is roughly the same as the kinetic energy of a 2-tonne truck traveling at 160 km/h (100 miles/h). The output of the reaction—14 kJ—is equivalent to the kinetic energy of a baseball traveling at half that speed. Numerically speaking, the gain is 0.0077. The experiment “is a good and necessary step, but there is a long way to go before you have energy for mankind,” Campbell says.
Air travel is about to become even more frustrating. Warmer global temperatures will make it tougher for planes to take off, tightening restrictions on just how much luggage or how many people can come aboard, a new study suggests. Higher temperatures make air less dense, reducing the lift force on planes’ wings. Because heavier planes are harder to speed up, they’ll need more runway distance to reach their minimum takeoff speed in warmer weather. But when runways aren’t long enough, those flights will need to reduce their loads. To estimate how much of a problem this could be, researchers used a climate model to project future summer temperatures at four major U.S. airports, assuming minimal action to cut global warming emissions. The scientists compared the findings with the temperature thresholds that prompt various weight restrictions at those airports for a Boeing 737-800 commercial plane. All four airports would have 50% to 200% more days with weight restrictions by the 2050s to 2070s than they do now, the team concludes online this month in Weather, Climate, and Society. Phoenix’s airport would go from almost no days to 20 or more per year. Meanwhile, airports in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Denver that now do have a few dozen weight-restriction days every year could each have a few dozen more per year in the future, the researchers report. To compensate, airlines will have to reduce passengers or cargo, the team says, unless the aviation industry lengthens runways or designs more aerodynamic planes.
Silicon Valley University, one of the most popular institutions in California for foreign students from South India, was abruptly shut down April 5, amid rumors that it was a “visa mill.”The move came after Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter March 22 to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, complaining about the lax oversight of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, which allows students from foreign countries to enroll at accredited U.S. universities. In his letter, Grassley stated that several universities with large bodies of primarily foreign students were in fact “visa mills.”Read it at India West Related Items
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Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ “In a way this experience for me is better than winning the tournament, because like this helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned sort of what I … I can do to like improve the situation,” she said. “There aren’t many moments that I feel like that. But, yeah, I feel like today was a very valuable lesson.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening He’ll play fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 7-6 (6), 6-2 winner over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Sunday’s final, where he’s hoping to claim his first title since Memphis in 2016.Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on No. 5-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 in the night semifinal.Tsurenko had lost both previous encounters to Osaka, including their U.S. Open quarterfinal.From 15-40 down in the ninth, Osaka saved two match points with aces, got the advantage with an audacious drop shot and then held with an ace to ensure Tsurenko had to serve out.Tsurenko went on the attack, earned another two match points with a volley winner and clinched it with the second of those.She has grown in confidence since her trip to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, and is playing with more aggression.“I don’t want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level,” Tsurenko said. “I feel I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court now, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong.”Osaka is having to deal with different expectations now.“Before, I would just be nervous to be there in a way, and now I feel nervous because I think I should win … and I feel like people expect me to win,” she said. “So that’s like an added amount of nerves. But, I mean, I feel like I’m getting used to it.”Osaka will continue her preparations for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14 in Melbourne, with an emphasis on trying to not to sulk when things are going wrong. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong when her forehand skewed wide on game point.“I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that. But then the ball wouldn’t go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff,” Osaka said. “So I think like that was sort of my main problem today.“I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have — like toward the end of last year. Hopefully this isn’t like a recurring thing.”Japanese flags were still waving in the crowd at Pat Rafter Arena for the next match, when No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes.“Felt very good physically and, tennis-wise, I think it was perfect,” Nishikori said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss She has reached the semifinals or better at four of her last five tournaments but hasn’t added another title.A 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 27-ranked Lesia Tsurenko on Saturday cost second-seeded Osaka a place in the Brisbane International final and a move up to the No. 3 world ranking — which would be a record high for a player from Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“If I’m being really frank, I just feel like I had like the worst attitude today,” the 21-year-old Osaka said. “I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well.”She dropped two service games in the first and went down an early break in the second but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko held for 4-2. View comments LATEST STORIES Roger Federer wins Hopman Cup with Switzerland for record 3rd time SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine plays a shot during her semi-final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — She’s ranked No. 5 in the world, will enter the season-opening major as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and is trying not to sulk.A lot has happened for Naomi Osaka since she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final last September, and she’s still coming to terms with it. Mostly, it’s the expectations.ADVERTISEMENT
From Lalit K JhaWashington, Apr 15 (PTI) BRICS countries today discussed the efficacy of “establishing” a bank institute and a rating agency of their own following the New Development Bank (NDB) becoming fully operational.BRICS finance ministers and central bank governors met here on the sidelines of the Annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, for a discussion chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.BRICS comprises five emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.”Deliberations were held on efficacy of establishment of New Development Bank Institute and BRICS rating agency,” a media release said.”It was decided that a technical working group would examine the issues in detail,” a statement said.The findings of the technical group would be presented to BRICS finance ministers and central bank governors in their next meeting, it added.During the meeting, Jaitley complimented K V Kamath, NDB president, and his team for the quick pace with which the bank has commenced its operations, a sentiment which was thereafter echoed by other members of the Board of Governors of NDB.The Board of Governors of NDB noted that the bank has commenced operations through approval of its maiden projects on April 13.The NDB which commenced operations in July, 2015, is headquartered in Shanghai and its initial authorised capital is USD 100 billion.So far, the NDB has approved four green renewable energy projects from India, China, Brazil and South Africa entailing bank financing of USD 811 million.The project from India entails provisioning of a multi-tranche loan of USD 250 million to Canara Bank for lending to renewable energy ventures.advertisementThe project will result in generation of 500 MWs of renewable energy and savings of about 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.Jaitley also held a bilateral meeting with Lou Jiwei, finance minister of China.The two discussed areas of mutual collaboration and commonality of their positions in various multilateral fora.Jaitley is currently on an official tour to Washington to attend the annual Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, Board of Governors meeting of New Development Bank and other associated meetings.He is accompanied by RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, and Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Economic Affairs. PTI LKJ KUN
ATHENS (AP) — Sergio Araujo scored two second-half goals to give AEK a 3-1 win over Giannena in the Greek league on Sunday and a share of the lead with PAOK.Araujo struck in the 53rd and 88th minutes. He was assisted in the first goal by Marko Livaja, who had opened the scoring in the 12th.Iraklis Garoufalias equalized in the 47th for the visitors, who played with 10 men after the 61st when Apostolos Skondras was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle.PAOK had an easier time beating host Kerkyra 3-0, with goals from Leo Matos, Djalma Campos and Dimitris Pelkas.Levadiakos raced to a 3-0 lead on its way to a 3-2 victory over Panathinaikos. That game began Saturday but had been stopped in the 10th minute at 0-0 because of a waterlogged pitch and resumed Sunday.Also, Asteras beat Larissa 3-1 and Panetolikos upset host Atromitos 1-0.Defending champion Olympiakos is two points behind AEK and PAOK. It can reclaim the lead with a home victory against Lamia on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
India have announced an unchanged 12-man squad for the second ODI against the Windies which will be played on Wednesday (October 24).India won the first match in Guwahati on Sunday as they comfortably beat the Windies by 8 wickets at the Baraspara Cricket Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The Indian team management has decided not to tinker with the winning combination and named the same set of players for the next game which will be played in Visakhapatnam. The final XI however, will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss.Team India for 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam – Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Khaleel Ahmed #TeamIndia #INDvWIBCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2018The last game saw Kohli leading from the front and along with vice-captain Rohit Sharma, helped India gun down a target of 323 with 47 balls to spare.Rohit (152*) and Kohli (140) both scored centuries as India romped home with 47 balls left to spare. Rohit and India’s new No.4 Ambati Rayudu (22*) remained unbeaten to end the game a tad early than many would have expected.The loss would remind West Indies that maybe 322 is not the problem but it is the bowling that needs to fire against an Indian team that shows no mercy to average bowling.Kohli and Rohit broke a hoard of records along the way.The hundred was Kohli’s fourth in ODIs in 2018. He had earlier smashed three centuries against South Africa in January.advertisementWith the century, he reached the landmark of 60 international hundreds (36 in ODIs and 24 in Tests) and became the fastest to do so. He reached the landmark in 386 innings, taking 40 innings fewer than Sachin Tendulkar.It was also Kohli’s 22nd hundred while chasing a target in ODI cricket. He now has 14 centuries as a captain in ODIs and is second in the list behind Ricky Ponting, who has 22 while leading the side.The KING is here!This ground and the city of Visakhapatnam has a special bond. Memories aplenty. Let’s create plenty more tomorrow. #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/WfTSMvQh7x BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2018Rohit on the other hand, became the fourth Indian to score four ODI centuries. Before him, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Kohli reached the landmark in ODI cricket.Not only that, Rohit also overtook Ganguly in the list of most sixes in ODI cricket.Kohli and Rohit also recorded the highest partnership while batting second in ODIs and was also the second-highest second wicket partnership in ODIs.This was the fourth time Kohli and Rohit scored centuries in the same match in ODI cricket.While India will be hoping to continue this run, West Indies will look to find answers to their woes ahead of the second ODI at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.India 12-man squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed (12th man).
Read more Matildas name 16-year-old in squad for Tournament of Nations defence Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Women’s football Read more Matildas Share on LinkedIn features The Matildas are a representation of modern Australian. A dynamic blend of youth, diversity, enthusiasm and grit. At the Tournament of Nations they face a tough challenge with three of the four competing nations ranked above them, but they’ll demonstrate the determination which has made them one of Australia’s most popular teams. It isn’t the first time, after all, that they’ve been ranked as the underdogs and come out on top.On the horizon is another challenge the team has squarely in mind at the tournament – Australia’s 2023 Women’s World Cup bid. With a $5m investment from the federal government, Australia has not just confirmed its interest in hosting, but stamped it. FFA’s head of corporate strategy, international and government relations, Mark Falvo, indicated on Tuesday that the nation is in it to win it. “Not only will this have an impact on tourism and economics in Australia, it can transform Australian society,” Falvo tells Guardian Australia. “The Matildas are a shining beacon for gender equality in Australia. Hosting the Women’s World Cup could have an immense societal impact not just here in Australia, but in the surrounding [Asia Pacific] region.” Women’s football is one of Australia’s largest growing sports within the participation space and 2018 figures show a 10% increase from 2017 in the number of women playing football across the nation. The Matildas have been trailblazers for this significant shift, with their list of achievements in 2017 including packing out stadiums in Australia, a raft of international wins, and signing a collective bargaining agreement which ensures their salary and conditions are becoming more equitable. “[From a public perspective] I can genuinely say the Matildas receive equal attention as the Socceroos,” Falvo says. “And they have out-performed them for some time. They are an exceptional team of skill, and a reflection of Australia today.” Australia is up against some tough competitors in the Women’s World Cup bid. While the formal process hasn’t started yet, there has been significant preparation behind the scenes. Japan, Columbia and South Africa have all gone on the public record noting their interest in securing the games. “All of these countries are tough competitors, however, we believe our bid will be strong and unique,” Falvo says. “Women’s football is booming in Australia, and the Matildas have been a tremendous success. We’ve been committed to women’s football for some time, with the W-League and the professional league long established in Australia.”FFA has been working with state and territory governments across Australia to ensure their support of the Women’s World Cup bid. If Australia is to be successful, games would be held in at least six of the states and territories – ensuring a nation-wide reach. “There’s momentum behind women in sport,” Falvo says. “The talent is fierce. This is the time.” Share on Facebook Indeed it would seem that women in sport are propelled by the juggernaut of change, gaining more recognition on the national and international stage. While some might say this has been a long time coming and much more can be done from a sponsorship and broadcast perspective, others welcome the groundswell, and believe equity in the women’s game across sports is just around the corner. Hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup would be a significant celebration of women in sport, and an opportunity for Australians around the nation to get behind the Matildas as the national team aims for the top. “If we go back even a decade, women had less pathways and access to the game,” says Falvo. “The Women’s World Cup bid can unite a nation and alter Australian society more broadly from a gender equality perspective. The social impact is paramount.” Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg: ‘Girls in Norway don’t have the same opportunities as boys’ The Matildas team for the Tournament of Nations was announced on Tuesday. Added to the list that already contained 16-year-old Amy Sayer was Mary Fowler, just 15 years old, currently playing for Bankstown City in the NSW Women’s NPL and now with the chance to represent Australia. This isn’t the first time that the Matildas have demonstrated age is no barrier to opportunity – teammate Ellie Carpenter was the youngest Olympian at Rio in 2016. It’s proof that any girl across Australia, playing football at a grass-roots club level, can make it on the world stage. Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Inter Milan director Ausilio: Palmeiras wanted to sell us Gabriel Jesusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio admits they came close to signing Manchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus.Ausilio says Palmeiras were willing to sell them the Brazil international.“We were negotiating with Gabriel Jesus for a month,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.“Our offer was also better than Manchester City’s. Palmeiras preferred to sell him to us but the lad, through his agents, let us know that he preferred to play for Guardiola.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest ranked national teamsFIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams; so the number of participating teams is still not clear.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ZurichApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 12:17 IST The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2 of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September (Photo: @FIFAWorldCup)HIGHLIGHTSThe draw featured the region’s 12 lowest ranked national teamsThe 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2, in SeptemberThe draw for the first phase of Asia’s qualifying round for the World Cup in 2022 was made on Wednesday, featuring the continent’s lowest ranked nations.FIFA is still not clear as to how many teams will participate in the tournament with president Gianni Infantino keen on his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino also wants to potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.Oman and Kuwait are the other likely candidates who want to host the showpiece event and a decision will be made at the FIFA congress in Paris on June 5 over the final number of participants and format of the competition.AFC Round 1 #WCQ draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam Macau v Sri Lanka Laos v Bangladesh Malaysia v Timor-Leste Cambodia v Pakistan Bhutan v Guam Matches to be scheduled to be played June 6 and 11Read more https://t.co/cTCtYApsK5 pic.twitter.com/rQzC431PV1 FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 17, 2019Despite the uncertainty, Asian football officials conducted the draw for the first round of the continent’s qualifying tournament.The draw featured the region’s 12 lowest ranked national teams.Guam will take on Bhutan, while Pakistan are slated to meet Cambodia.Malaysia will play East Timor, while Laos take on Bangladesh, Macau face Sri Lanka and Brunei face off against Mongolia.The 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11.The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2, which will commence in September.advertisementThe six matches will be the first 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be played worldwide.Matches in Rounds 1 and 2 will double as part of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.Qatar 2022 will be the second World Cup to be played in Asia following Korea/Japan 2002.AFC Round 1 draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam; Macau v Sri Lanka; Laos v Bangladesh; Malaysia v Timor-Leste; Cambodia v Pakistan; Bhutan v GuamAlso Read | Ajax knock out Juventus to enter first Champions League semifinal since 1997Also Read | Messi fires Barcelona into Champions League semis after 3-0 win vs Manchester UnitedAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow FIFA World CupFollow World Cup qualifiersFollow Football World CupFollow Qatar 2022 World Cup Next
BRUSSELS – The Dutch defence minister on Thursday accused Russia’s military intelligence unit of attempted cybercrimes targeting the international chemical weapons watchdog and the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine.The Dutch allegations came as British officials blamed Russia’s GRU for allegedly “brazen” activities worldwide the globe and for trying to cover up its alleged participation in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-spy and the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. MH17. Russia has consistently denied involvement in the events.Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld said that the GRU’s alleged hacking attempts on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons took place in April and were disrupted by authorities. Four Russian intelligence officers were immediately expelled from the Netherlands, she said.Speaking about Russia’s hacking attempts into the MH17 crash investigation, she said: “We have been aware of the interest of Russian intelligence services in this investigation and have taken appropriate measures.”“We remain very alert about this,” she said.Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity. Britain blames the secretive military intelligence unit for the nerve agent attack in March on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the English city of Salisbury.He said Russia’s actions against the Netherlands-based OPCW came as the agency was conducting an independent analysis of the nerve agent used against the Skripals.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new accusations Thursday, calling them “big fantasies.”Earlier, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson branded a series of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia as the reckless actions of a “pariah state,” saying that the U.K. and its NATO allies would uncover such activities in the future.“Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them,” Williamson told reporters in Brussels at talks with U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and their NATO counterparts.His remarks came after British and Australian officials said the Russian military intelligence unit GRU is behind a wave of global cybercrimes. Britain’s National Cyber Security Center says four new attacks are associated with the GRU as well as earlier cyberattacks.It cites attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and others as very likely the work of the GRU.“We are not going to be backward leaning. We are going to actually make it clear that where Russia acts, we are going to be exposing that action,” Williamson said.“This is not the actions of a great power. This is the actions of a pariah state, and we will continue working with allies to isolate them; make them understand they cannot continue to conduct themselves in such a way,” he said.Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint statement that Australian intelligence agencies agreed that GRU “is responsible for this pattern of malicious cyber activity.” They said Australia wasn’t significantly impacted, but the cyberattacks caused economic damage and disrupted civilian infrastructure in other places.___This story has been corrected to show the chemical weapons watchdog is an international, not United Nations agency.__Gregory Katz in London and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report.
Rabat – “She forces me to stay, she tortures me.” the woman says, claiming her Saudi employer took her money and does not allow her to leave the house. “The Saudi woman tells me I will never leave. I warned her that I will call the police. She says: ‘I don’t care do what suits you, I am just not letting you go away’.”The maid, who says the Saudi’s woman husband live in Morocco with his second wife, claims he told her she would be free to go if she pays him money to let her go. “I gave the money to her husband. His name is Mounir Mohammed Arab, and he lives with second wife in Morocco. He wrote in a paper that once he will take the money, he will send me back to Morocco, but he took the money and left me here.”The Moroccan maid says the Saudi woman is refusing to let her go back to her country and wants her to work for her for free.“Despite paying him back, I am still under house arrest having to deal with torture and abuse.“She keeps telling me you will stay here and work for free and you will leave when I decide so,” the Moroccan woman says while in a state of despair.She says that the residential area where she leaves makes it harder for to flee and put an end to her ordeal.“There is no way for me to go to the police and denounce her. She knows that and that’s why she threatened me.”“She keeps torturing me, and the contract I have with her is a fraud, she is not the one who signed it, it is signed by her friend, a woman called Soumaya, who lives in Jeddah.”
Rabat – The investigating judge at the Court of First Instance in Sale has reportedly received the Imlil murder victims’ families. The Norwegian and Danish embassies also assigned a lawyer from Marrakech to both families.Moroccan police arrested 23 suspects who are now facing terror-related charges in connection to the double murder of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway. One of the suspects, Kevin Zoller Guervo, 25, is a Swiss-Spanish man who appeared before the investigating judge in early February. The head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, had said that Guervos was not directly involved in the murder, but he knew the primary suspects.Police also believe Guervos trained and recruited sub-Saharan Africans with whom he planned to join ISIS in northern Mali. Read Also: Imlil Murders: A Timeline of the Scandinavian Tourists’ MurdersAll of the suspects have appeared before the court.Louisa and Maren were on vacation in Morocco. They camped in the Atlas Mountains between Imlil and Mount Toubkal in an isolated area overnight.Moroccan security services found the two tourists dead, one decapitated and one with a slashed throat, the next morning, December 17.News of Louisa and Maren’s tragic death made international headlines and saddened Moroccans who were also shocked and appalled that the double murder happened in their country.Moroccans displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families, flocking to the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat to express their solidarity and signing a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects. Morocco has maintained a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993.
HALIFAX — Two Halifax-based software firms are expanding operations, with the help of about $1.7-million in payroll rebates over five years from Nova Scotia Business Inc.The province’s business development agency says Proposify would be eligible for about $1 million in payroll rebates over the length of the agreement if it creates up to 58 jobs.The online business proposal company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 58 new jobs.Introhive Services Inc., would be eligible for a rebate of up to $691,800 over five years if it creates up to 66 jobs in business development and events, data analysis and sales.Its rebate would also be smaller if it creates fewer than 66 jobs.Introhive’s cloud-based software platform analyzes relationships between an organization’s employees and customers, colleagues, and friends, including social media, email, electronic calendars and contacts.The Canadian Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 9:12 am MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email La Presse laying off 158 workers as it ends weekday printed edition MONTREAL – Montreal La Presse is laying off 158 employees as it prepares to eliminate its weekday printed newspaper in January.The French-language newspaper says it is cutting 102 permanent and 56 temporary positions.They include 43 newsroom positions.However, La Presse says it will still have the largest newsroom in Quebec with 283 employees compared with 239 in 2011, before it began hiring to create a digital offering called La Presse Plus.The job cuts include unionized, non-unionized and management positions. La Presse says the departure of unionized positions will be determined in accordance with collective agreements, including seniority.After the job cuts, the paper will have 633 permanent positions.The print edition of the 131-year-old paper will only be available on Saturdays after Jan. 1.Publisher Guy Crevier has said that more than 460,000 people read the digital paper weekly. The number of paid print subscribers decreased to 81,000 from 161,000 when the tablet was launched. Most of the remaining readers are expected to go digital.Three quarters of La Presse’s advertising revenues are expected to flow from the tablet in December, plus 10 per cent from its other mobile and web platforms.Torstar and the parent company of La Presse hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail. A tablet is seen on the paper edition of a La Presse newspaper, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in Montreal. Montreal La Presse is laying off 158 employees as it prepares to eliminate its weekday printed newspaper in January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
US employment costs up modest 0.6 per cent in first quarter by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Employment costs paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a slightly faster pace in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, as wages and salaries gained steam.The Labor Department says overall compensation was up 0.6 per cent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 per cent rise in the final three months of 2015.Wages and salaries, which account for 70 per cent of compensation costs, rose 0.7 per cent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 per cent advance in the fourth quarter. Benefits costs, which cover pensions and health insurance, increased 0.5 per cent in the first quarter, down from a previous 0.6 per cent increase.The modest first quarter advance in compensation showed inflation pressures remain well contained.
“I am alarmed that the Supreme Court of the Maldives is interfering excessively in the presidential elections, and in so doing is subverting the democratic process and violating the right of Maldivians to freely elect their representatives,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The Supreme Court nullified the first round of the election held on 7 September on the basis of irregularities in the process, despite conclusions by national and international observers that the election was free and fair.The Court also imposed on the Elections Commission a set of guidelines for the conduct of the election which are difficult to satisfy. It was on this basis that police prevented the Elections Commission from carrying out its plan to re-run the election on 19 October. “I am normally the first to defend the independence of the judiciary, but this also carries responsibilities,” Ms. Pillay said. “Judges should act in accordance with the principles of impartiality, propriety, equality and due diligence, as reflected in the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of Judiciary, the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct, and Maldives’ own judicial code of conduct.”Ms. Pillay noted that the Supreme Court had also threatened to charge lawyers and media with contempt of court for challenging its decisions, and she expressed concern about the Government’s threats to dissolve civil society organizations for criticizing the judiciary.“The Supreme Court appears set on undermining other independent institutions, stifling criticism and public debate, and depriving litigants of the legal representation of their choice,” she said. “The Government is also taking arbitrary action against its opponents to prevent their participation in parliamentary debates at this critical juncture.”There have also been death threats and other forms of intimidations directed at members and staff of the country’s Human Rights Commission and civil society actors, including an arson attack earlier this month on an opposition television station. The High Commissioner called on the authorities to investigate properly all such incidents and ensure full protection. “All parties should seize this opportunity to restore the credibility of the democratic process,” Ms. Pillay said. “Whoever wins the election should embark on fundamental reforms to the judiciary to safeguard Maldives’ progress in democracy and rule of law.”
The announcement was issued on Wednesday from Beijing after a consultation meeting by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, which the WHO Director-General established in 1999 to provide guidance on the UN health agency’s work.Last August, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Health declared a fresh outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province.Noting that these experimental vaccines are “non-replicating or replication deficient,” SAGE concluded that “pregnant and lactating women should be included into the clinical trial protocol.”“The protocol must include provisions for safety monitoring and for documentation of EVD cases among vaccines, including follow-up of pregnant women and their offspring,” the Group stressed.According to SAGE, national authorities should choose the vaccine “based on a transparent and evidence-based process.”Meanwhile, WHO, the Health Ministry and partners continue working to establish the outbreak’s full extent.As of 16 February, 773 confirmed EVD cases have been reported in one of the country’s most populated provinces – with eight million inhabitants – as well as 65 probable others and 534 deaths.SAGE recommends that the Ebola inoculation be administered to contacts and contacts of contacts as well as geographically targeted vaccinations to prevent contracting the disease.The Advisory Group meets biannually to review and critique evidence on immunization and vaccine-related topics, after which it formulates recommendations for WHO vaccine position papers.
Wayne Elliott, the referee whose controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win at Seattle almost two weeks ago, admitted that his granting a touchdown to Golden Tate was a mistake.Packer safety M.D. Jennings appeared to have intercepted Russell Wilson’s desperation, last-second pass in the end zone, even though Tate came into the play by getting his hands on the ball. But Jennings came down with it pressed against his body.The referees came in — one signaling a touchback, Elliott signalling a touchdown. His call, remarkably, was upheld after review, causing an avalanche of criticism at the replacement referees. Two days later the sides come to an agreement, ending the three-month-old lockout. The NFL issued a statement after the game saying that Tate should have been called for offensive pass inteference, but that it stood by Elliott’s call.Elliott, interviewed by Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” said, after watching the replay of the play: “I’d probably call interception. I learned a rule by screwing up the rule.”Big admission by Elliott on a call that turned his world upside down. He said his phone constantly rang for three days. One of the calls he received was from Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, who left Elliott a message.“He called me at my house last week because he had heard I was having a rough week with all the calls and everything,” Elliott said during the segment. “Wanted (me) to know that he thought what I did — controversial and maybe he didn’t agree with it — (but he thought) I handled it with class.”In the replay of the infamous play, Tate clearly pushed off on a defender before leaping to get his hands on the ball. That penalty was in Elliott’s direct line of sight but went uncalled.Elliott said that during training he remembered being told that “you don’t really call interference on a Hail Mary. . . You just let it go.”Despite all the controversy, Elliott said being an NFL referee – if only for a short time – “the time of my life.”