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BJP Demands Rahul’s Apology After Zuckerberg’s Testimony on Facebook Data Theft

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first_imgUnion law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday demanded that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi should tender an apology and “promise not to manipulate voters in future” following Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testimony to the US Congress. “Now that Cambridge Analytica‘s role in manipulating elections is clear and Facebook has assured to stop it and maintain integrity of India’s elections, probity demands that Rahul Gandhi should apologise and promise not to manipulate voters and divide the society in future!” He tweeted.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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#KicksStalker: Irving gifts special Kyrie 3, jersey to military personnel

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img The Kyrie 3 Irving gave away was a special colorway dedicated to his mother Elizabeth and features a rose pattern and a “mom” lettering on the tongue.This wasn’t the first time Irving gave away his shoes to the members of the audience.Irving did it in the preseason when he gave his sneakers and jersey to a fan in Charlotte.He again hamnded his game-worn sneakers to a grade-schooler in the Boston’s season-opener in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa On military appreciation night in Brooklyn, @KyrieIrving wanted to thank some soldiers in attendance himself pic.twitter.com/s7Hk6D9Pog— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2017Kyrie Irving gave away another pair of his Nike Kyrie 3s, and this time both the shoes and the recipients are of utmost importance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe masked Irving, after leading the Boston Celtics to a 109-102 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets, saw two members of the military in the audience for the home teams’ military appreciation night and proceeded to make their days instantly better.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Irving gave one of the ladies his game-worn jersey while giving the other a special makeup of his Kyrie 3.last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka Slept for Just 2 Hours Before Entering China Open Final With Dominating Win

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first_imgBeijing: Naomi Osaka said that she had just two hours’ sleep before crushing title-holder Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the China Open final on Saturday. The 21-year-old Japanese will play world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia in Sunday’s championship match in Beijing — and will hope to have had a bit more rest. The Australian Open champion said that she was so hyped up after defeating Bianca Andreescu in three thrilling sets on Friday night that she barely slept.”I went to sleep at 4:00am, I woke up at 6:00am, so solid two hours, I can’t really sleep after my matches,” said Osaka.”I just feel like my adrenaline’s up more during the tougher matches so it makes it harder to sleep.”📐 Playing the angles @Naomi_Osaka_ @ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/XubSSWCttX— WTA (@WTA) October 5, 2019 “It’s definitely been a bit crazy time-wise,” she added, having returned to the court to face Wozniacki less than 24 hours after defeating Andreescu.But if the two-time Grand Slam champion was exhausted, it did not show in a 6-4, 6-2 victory in 84 minutes against the Dane.Osaka held off all seven break points she faced against Wozniacki.The world number four showed flashes of irritation as she let Wozniacki off the hook at 3-3 in the first set, tossing her racquet on the floor.But in the ninth game, the pressure on the 19th-ranked Wozniacki told, Osaka grabbing the break of service with an arrowing forehand.👏👏 Onto the finals! @Naomi_Osaka_ defeats Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-2, in two sets to advance to the last round of the @ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/T4UIjRfHt2— WTA (@WTA) October 5, 2019 Osaka, like Wozniacki a former number one, broke her opponent at the start of the second set to underline her superiority, before racing to a thumping win.The Japanese insisted that she was the underdog against Barty.They have played each other three times before with the 23-year-old Australian winning twice. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh BartyBianca AndreescuCaroline Wozniackichina open First Published: October 5, 2019, 9:36 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Euro 2012: England vs France

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Nokia 6.1 Plus goes out of stock on Flipkart in less than 3 minutes, 150 units sold every second

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first_imgThe Nokia 6.1 Plus went on sale for the first time in India today via Nokia’s online store and Flipkart at 12pm. In less than 3 minutes, the phone went out of stock on Flipkart. This is something unheard of for a Nokia phone in India, but Flipkart sources told India Today Tech that 150 units of the Nokia 6.1 Plus were sold every second for those three minutes. A rough calculation would suggest that the company sold a total of around 27,000 units on Flipkart alone, but this is just speculation until exact numbers are provided by the company.At the time of writing this piece, the Nokia 6.1 Plus was still in stock on nokia.com/en_in/phones. The response in India can be compared to China where the Nokia X6 was sold out in seconds during the first sale. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has received a lot of praises for offering a premium design, edge-to-edge notched display and impressive performance along with stock Android Oreo at an affordable price of Rs 15,999.To recall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a display notch. It sports Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back which is glossy and has a premium look to it. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One device which brings pure, stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box with a promise of timely security updates and Android 9 Pie in the near future. Cameras on board include a 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back with f/2.0 aperture and a 16-megapixel sensor on the front with similar aperture. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lenovo Z5s, Z5 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

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first_imgLenovo on Tuesday announced a few new smartphones in China. The first is a mid-range Z5s, which has been in the news for a few weeks now. This phone highlights a waterdrop display and Snapdragon 710 chipset along with a triple camera system. The company then announced its a souped up Z5 Pro that comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and is also the world’s first phone to come with 12GB of RAM.The Z5s will be shipping ahead of the Z5 Pro. The former falls in the mid-range segment, while the latter is the company’s most premium offering yet. The Z5 Pro is a top-end version of the current Z5 Pro. It is essentially the company’s first flagship for 2019 and it is set to go on sale in January, 2019. Here’s everything you need to know about the two new Lenovo smartphones.Lenovo Z5s and Z5 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Lenovo Z5s sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Z5 Pro gets a slightly bigger 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED displayProcessor: The Z5s gets a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset, while the Z5 Pro rocks a next-gen 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855 chipsetRAM: The Z5s comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM options. The Z5 Pro starts with 6GB of RAM and goes all the way up to 12GB of RAMInternal storage: The mid-range Z5s is offered with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. The Z5 Pro gets 128GB, 256GB and 512GB of internal storage options depending on the RAM variantadvertisementRear camera: The Z5s offers a triple camera setup that includes a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom, and a third 5MP sensor for depth shots. The Z5 Pro gets a dual camera setup with a 24MP + 16MP configuration, both coming with f/1.8 apertureFront camera: The Z5s houses a 16MP front-facing camera under the notch. The Z5 Pro has a slider mechanism that houses two selfie cameras with a 16MP + 8MP configurationBattery: The Lenovo Z5s houses a 3,300mAh battery while the premium Z5 Pro houses a marginally bigger 3,350mAh batterySoftware: Both the phones ship with Android 9 Pie with ZUI 10 on topLenovo Z5s and Z5 Pro features– Both the phones offer premium design, but they differ in some ways. The Z5s is the company’s first smartphone with a waterdrop display. This means it gets a droplet style notch on top of the display. It gets a 2.5D glass on the front and back as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.It comes in three colours – Honey Orange, Gray and Titanium Crystal Blue. The Z5 Pro (2019) is pretty identical to the current Z5 Pro – it gets a bezel-less display with no notch and a slider mechanism that houses the front cameras. It gets a 3D curved glass on the back that comes in a Carbon Black colour with carbon fiber finish under the glass. Lenovo Z5 Pro– The Z5s highlights a triple camera system on the back much like the Galaxy A7 (2018). The 16MP + 8MP + 5MP system promises lossless image quality thanks to an AI-powered processor. The phone promises to deliver great quality photos in daylight and low-light scenarios.– The Z5s also gets an octa-core Snapdragon 710 AIE Turbo chipset, which the company says has been optimised for improved gaming experience with improved frame rate and reduced latency. The phone also offers a Game Turbo mode that bumps up gaming performance and graphics.– The Z5 Pro, on the other hand, is the company’s most high-end offering yet. Notably, it is the first smartphone to come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 12GB of RAM. This is a 2.84GHz octa-core chipset that is based on qa 7nm process. The processor will deliver improved performance and power efficiency compared to its predecessor.– Like the current Z5 Pro, the 2019 model also comes with a near bezel-less display and no notch. The phone gets a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that offers over 95 per cent screen-to-body ratio and HDR 10 support.Lenovo Z5s and Z5 Pro price and availabilityThe Lenovo Z5s has a starting price of CNY 1398 (approx Rs 14,430) which is for the base model with a 4GB + 64GB configuration. The 6GB + 64GB and 6GB +128GB options have been priced at CNY 1598 (approx Rs 16,500) and CNY 1898 (approx Rs 19,500), respectively. This phone will go on sale in China later this month.The Z5 Pro comes in four variants. The base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage has been priced at CNY 2698 (approx Rs 27,800). The 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB variants are priced at CNY 2998 (approx Rs 30,900), CNY 3998 (approx Rs 41,200) and CNY 4398 (approx Rs 45,300), respectively. This phone will start shipping in January and there is no word yet on its global availability.advertisementlast_img read more

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Miss Universe Sushmita Sen stretches and nails back-flip midair in new workout video. Goals, we say

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first_img Next Miss Universe Sushmita Sen stretches and nails back-flip midair in new workout video. Goals, we saySushmita Sen recently posted a video of her exercising at the gym. In the video, the former Miss Universe can be seen doing power ring exercises and slaying them.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 11:17 IST Sushmita Sen works out at gymSushmita Sen is a happy girl these days and it is her personal life, her daughters and her boyfriend Rohman Shawl, who take the credit for it all.The former Miss Universe, who is known for adopting a healthy lifestyle, is not only enjoying quality time with her family but also slaying it at the gym.Her enviable figure is a dream many of us want to achieve and the diva took to Instagram to show us all how. The 43-year-old star posted a video of her exercising and we are inspired.In the video, which was captioned, “Control is an illusion, Balance is real. #fluid #flexible #strength #freewill #antigravity #mydiscipline training the mind to stay in balance…keeping it real. #powerful #lifelessons #gymnasticrings I love you guys”, Sushmita can be seen doing power ring exercises.The diva did a bunch of stretching exercises on the gymnast rings in the video, after which she nailed a turn and leg stretches.For the gym routine, Sushmita opted for a racerback black sports bra and flaunted her toned abs. She paired the bra with black gym tights, sneakers and open locks.In a recent interview, Sushmita Sen opened up on her love story with Rohman Shawl and revealed that contrary to belief, they did not meet at a fashion show.advertisementInstead, he slid into her DMs and that’s how they started talking.ALSO READ | Sushmita Sen flaunts ring in new picture with boyfriend Rohman Shawl. Fans think she is engagedALSO WATCH | Sushmita Sen gets candid about marriageGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Sushmita Senlast_img read more

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State mulls Joint Entrance exams ahead of HS results

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first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department is mulling the idea of holding West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations before the publication of results of Higher Secondary Examinations in the state.The move comes in the wake of a number of engineering seats in colleges lying vacant, with a number of students opting for colleges located outside the state. The department wants to make this effective right from the 2020 academic session. “The matter is still in the discussion stage. The final decision will be taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said, after holding a meeting with the universities and colleges that impart professional technical education. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We have proposed to advance the dates of the joint entrance examinations. We have found that within the time the higher secondary results are published, students sit for competitive examinations for admission in engineering stream in other states and venture out to study there. If we can hold joint entrance examinations earlier in our state, we will be able to have students seeking admission in colleges of our state which have good infrastructure,” said Satyam Roychowdhury, secretary of Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAPAI is the sole representative of all the self-financed engineering and technological institutions in Bengal and there are 114 private engineering colleges. “We will soon hold a meeting with officials of the Higher Education department and WBJEE Board to discuss the matter,” he added. Chatterjee also reiterated that if any official is found to be involved in any sort of irregularities related to mid-day meals, the department will take strong action. The state Education department has already suspended two teachers of a school in Chinsurah, Hooghly on Monday, for not providing prescribed mid-day meal menu for the students.last_img read more

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US Influential Congress Members Call For Consolidating MoroccoUS Exceptional Partnership

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first_imgWashington – Leading members of the US congress called in a letter addressed on Monday to President Barack Obama for consolidating the strong partnership linking the USA to Morocco, “a country deserving our support and commitment.”The letter, sent as King Mohammed VI will be paying this November 22 a working visit to the USA where the Sovereign will meet the US chief executive, expresses the US congress members’ support to efforts meant consolidate the US-Morocco strong partnership.The letter, signed by president of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and member of the commission, Ted Deutch, notes that “thanks to the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has been spared the violence and chaos spread in the region, adding that the Kingdom “stands out today as a model of stability in a region fraught with doubts and uncertainty.” The US congress members’ letter also welcomes the multi-dimensional strategy adopted by Morocco to fight religious extremism, based on security cooperation and social values, political reforms, economic development and religious education founded on moderation virtues.They also recall the US administration’s support to the Moroccan plan to grant autonomy to the Sahara, under Moroccan sovereignty, noting that Washington’s position had been repeatedly expressed by three successive administrations, including the present one.The Moroccan autonomy plan enjoys “a strong bi-partisan support at the US congress,” write Ilena Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch, who call President Obama to seize the opportunity of the King’s visit to further consolidate the strategic relationship binding the two nations and reaffirm and consolidate the bi-partisan support to the Moroccan autonomy planlast_img read more

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Qatar International Islamic Bank to Open Branch in Morocco

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Rabat – The Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) and Moroccan lender Credit Immobilier et Hotelier S.A. (CIH Bank) have reportedly signed an agreement to set up a bank in Morocco.According to Reuters, the Qatari institution said on Thursday that the bank is expected to launch in the next few months after receiving the necessary approvals from the competent authorities“QIIB will take a 40 percent stake in the new bank,” Qatari bank officials said, according to the same source.. No further details of the venture were released. After Morocco adopted a bill to regulate Islamic banks and bonds (sukuk), several Islamic banks from Gulf countries have expressed interest in doing business in Morocco.Abdul Latif Aljwahiri, Governor of Bank-Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, announced in November that Morocco was  set to begin issuing Islamic bank licenses in 2016.In a previous statement, Aljwahiri said that Bank-Al-Maghrib had received 15 requests from foreign financial institutions and three requests from Moroccan institutions requesting bank permits.The governor added that the central bank is currently in the process of studying these requests.In order to oversee the work of Islamic banks, also called participatory banks, Morocco created the “Sharia Board” for Participatory Finance.The board is composed of ten Islamic scholars and at least five financial experts, chosen by the president of the Supreme Ulema Council in Morocco.The “Sharia Board’s” main role is to make sure all the transactions of the Islamic banks are in conformity with Sharia laws. read more

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Moroccan Convicted in 11M Terrorist Attack to Be Released from Austrian

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By Julia CabreraRabat – Hamid Ahmidan, who planted the explosives used for the terrorist attack in Spain on March 11, 2004,  will be released from prison on March 21st, ten days after the 13th anniversary of the attack.Originally the Tangier native was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but according to the Spanish news outlet, El Español, the Supreme Court later changed the sentence to 10 years. Ahmidan’s cousin, Jamal Ahmida, was the leader of the group who placed the bombs on the trains the day of the attack. Due to their trustworthy relationship, Ahmidan was a key participant in very important ventures for the largest attack in Spain’s history, according to El Español. Aside from hiding the explosives, he guarded the house where the group prepared the explosives.Judicial authorities told El Español that Ahmidan is currently serving his sentence in an Austrian prison.The administration is still deciding whether or not he will be deported to his homeland of Morocco. According to El Español, Ahmidan can be expelled under the article 57 of foreign policy, which states that, “any person who is condemned of a crime that harms Spain, outside or within the country and serves a sentence that exceeds 1 year can be expelled to their country of origin.” read more

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Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Recent actions taken by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have some in the legal cannabis industry confused about his intentions.Dunleavy made new appointments to the board tasked with regulating the industry even as he has eyed repealing the board. His appointment of Vivian Stiver, a marijuana critic, has riled industry members who have cast her as a prohibitionist. The board begins a three-day meeting Wednesday in Juneau.Industry leaders say language in one of Dunleavy’s crime bills would make it a felony to possess 25 or more cannabis plants, which they say could affect legal growers.However, a Department of Law spokeswoman says the provision is not directed at legal growers and the administration is open to clarifying that.Marijuana advocate Lacy Wilcox says Dunleavy should meet with the industry.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

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Tango takes its turn on UN cultural bodys list of intangible heritage

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Together with dances of the Ainu in Japan, the Ashiqs in Azerbaijan and Korean and Tibetan ethnic groups in China, and others from Réunion island, India, Mexico and the Republic of Korea (ROK) it joined a host of cultural elements ranging from France’s Aubusson tapestries to Holy Week processions in Popayán, Colombia, to be added to the list.In all, 76 cultural elements were inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, chosen by the 24 Member States of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage at its fourth session in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The list was inaugurated last November in accordance with UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which seeks to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature.Today’s inscriptions ranged from religious ceremonies, like the Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium, the Panagyr ritual on the feast days of Saints Constantine and Helena in Bulgari, Bulgaria, and religious ritual theatre in the Garhwal Himalayas, India, to lace making in Croatia, a masked end-of-winter carnival in Mohács, Hungary, and the Voladores (‘flying men’) fertility dance of ethnic groups in Mexico and Central America.The inscriptions comprise cultural elements from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the ROK, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam. 30 September 2009The tango, spawned over a century ago in the lower class barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo before bursting on to dance floors worldwide, today danced itself on to the United Nations-endorsed list of the planet’s intangible cultural heritage. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices higher barley unchanged

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WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.70 higher $506.90; Jan. ’18 $0.80 higher $512.00; March ’18 $0.70 higher $515.60; May ’18 $0.30 higher $517.40; July ’18 $0.70 higher $519.30; Nov. ’18 $0.70 higher $485.50; Jan. ’19 $0.70 higher $486.30; March ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; May ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; July ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; Nov. ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 127,100 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 127,100. read more

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Bell Canada adding 150 jobs in New Brunswick with new national service

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FREDERICTON — Bell Canada is locating a national service centre in Fredericton that’s expected to create up to 150 jobs over the next five years.Premier Brian Gallant says it’s great news that will help strengthen New Brunswick’s information technology sector and the economy.The employees will be working with some of Bell’s largest customers across the country on technical issues and network security.Bell Canada will be eligible for up to $3.6 million from the province in the form of payroll rebates once the jobs are created and maintained for at least a year.Bell also announced it is investing $100,000 in the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick.Bell currently employs more than 1,500 across New Brunswick.

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UN launches into World Space Week highlighting contributions of space science to

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“Effective satellite navigation benefits users worldwide. While many of us are familiar with satellite navigation systems for cars, this is just one of the many applications of this technology,” said the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov, at the presentation of the satellite model. “Satellite navigation-related technology supports many civil, scientific and commercial functions,” he added. “It is widely used in the areas of telecommunications, transportation, meteorology and disaster forecasting.”Thanking Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov, and along with Anatoly Shilov, the Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency – known as Roscosmos – Mr. Fedotov unveiled the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) satellite model at the permanent Space Exhibit of the UN Vienna International Centre, in Austria.Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna Yury Fedotov (right) points to the navigation satellite model donated by Russia. UN PhotoThe donation of the satellite came on the first day of World Space Week, the largest annual space event in the world. Observed during the week of 4-10 October, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week in 1999, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.The dates recall the launch, on 4 October 1957, of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, and the entry into force, on 10 October 1967, of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.“This Week has become a world-wide celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition,” said the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Mazlan Othman.“UNOOSA, together with its partners,” she added, “has been working to bring the benefits of space to Earth, to make the seemingly remote and abstract world of outer space of concrete use to people worldwide.”In a message for the Week, the UNOOSA chief said that coupled with advances made in other fields of science and technology, space science and technology and their applications offer a wide range of specific tools and solutions that can enable and support States in overcoming obstacles to sustainable development.“To be able to benefit from all aspects of science and technology, space science and technology represent a vital component and thus it is very important to have a well-planned space and educational programme tailored to meet the requirements according to the resources available,” she said.UNOOSA, together with the International Astronomical Union, is organizing a capacity-building workshop on astronomy for secondary teachers in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Space Science Society, which will be held in the African country’s capital, Addis Ababa, next week. A similar workshop was held in 2011 in Bangladesh. The aim of the workshops is to enhance capacity of secondary school teachers in their teaching of basic and modern astronomy and introducing it to the school curricula. The workshops cover basic and modern astronomy, including hands-on sessions with access to the telescope. “UNOOSA supports countries in their actions and programmes aimed at attracting young people to this field by making them aware of the importance of space science, technology and applications and, in doing so, inspire the future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Ms. Othman said. In addition to the GLONASS satellite model on show at the permanent Space Exhibit in Vienna, UNOOSA is displaying, during World Space Week, a series of images taken by a fleet of Earth-observing satellites that form part of the so-called Landsat programme, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Landsat monitors changes caused by natural processes and human practices, for example marine algal blooms and desertification, and is managed jointly by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the US Geological Survey. read more

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Steve Nash Looks to Keep Family Away in Custody

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Lakers point guard Steve Nash is involved in a custody battle of an odd variety, as he fights to keep his ex-wife and three children from following him to Los Angeles. Nash separated from Alejandra Amarilla last year shortly after the birth of his son Matteo in 2010. Amarilla lived in Phoenix during the majority of Nash’s stint with the Suns following their 2005 marriage, but now she wants to bring Matteo and the twin daughters Nash fathered closer to their father’s new home.Despite Nash’s alleged legal action against the move, TMZ reports that Amarilla has retained divorce lawyer Lance Spiegel to combat the case in both Arizona and California. Nash has not given any public reason as to why he want to prevent his children from being nearby, but TMZ speculates that the two-time MVP could be required to pay more child support should the family move to Los Angeles.Nash, 38, has missed 15 of the Lakers’ 17 games this season after fracturing his left fibula early on in the team’s second game. The absence of the normally healthy veteran is a factor in the teams underwhelming 8-9 start. When he joined the team as a part of a sign and trade deal over the summer, Nash stated that he stayed on the west coast in order to be closer to his children. read more

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Credit card transactions go up 30 per cent

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram National Australia Bank said it put through 3,839,518 ATM, EFTPOS and debit and credit card transactions on Boxing Day, with a peak transaction rate of 100 per second. “That’s an increase of about 30 per cent from last year’s Boxing Day, when just under three million transactions were processed at a peak transaction rate of 80 a second,” a bank spokesman said. Last Thursday, December 20, was the busiest day on the NAB network, with the bank processing 7,728,359 transactions at a peak rate of 181.76 per second. Source: News.com.aulast_img

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Glyfada becomes destination for natural hot springs

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first_imgIf Glyfada didn’t have enough to offer locals and visitors already, now it also boasts its very own natural hot spring. The Municipality of Attica recognised the thermal hot spring in the area of Aixoni; the namesake spring has been on the list of the local council for decades. “The existence of hot springs in Glyfada had taken legendary dimensions. It has been a matter of debate for many generations, but no one has ever done anything to investigate the matter,” said local Mayor George Papanikolaou.He applauded the Ministry of Tourism’s decision, and added that it will have many benefits, among them a boost in development and the creation of jobs.The decision comes after the council of Glyfada ordered an examination of the Aixoni spring to assess and confirm its status as a genuine thermal spring.“It is a development that creates a unique growth perspective, unprecedented in the history of the city,” said the mayor.Hot spring waters are said to have healing properties, and can be effective against rheumatic diseases, which affect the joints and connective tissue, along with helping back pain and disorders affecting the nervous system.Mr Papanikolaou urged the city to act on the momentum of the announcement, by launching a development plan using both national and EU funds. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greater Collective Purpose Needed to Leverage Contributions of Veterans Groups Report Says

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first_imgA new study points to a “lack of collaboration, coordination and collective purpose” among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families as a significant factor in the nation’s failure to ensure veterans receive needed medical, social and financial assistance.“Notwithstanding the combined goodwill and determination across all sectors of our economy, collective efforts remain largely fragmented in addressing veteran and military family challenges,” states the report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).Researchers found that nearly 45,000 nongovernmental, nonprofit groups nationwide focus on veterans and military issues, with many “largely going it alone in their efforts” to provide services, reported Military Times.The authors make the case for a “collective impact” model — a framework for bringing diverse organizations together around complex social problems — to help communities advance the lives of veterans and military families.In late 2014, IVMF launched a pilot coordinated provider network in New York City, AmericaServes. The initiative is aimed at supporting communities committed to improving the lives of veterans and family members through the creation of comprehensive, accountable, and evidence-based service delivery networks of resources and care.“Our observations of ongoing practice in the veterans’ space are sufficient enough to understand that the single-most obvious gap in community-based services supporting America’s veterans and their families is in fact the space between providers themselves,” said Jim McDonough, IVMF’s managing director of community engagement and innovation.“Unless we address this now through these collective designs and effort, our communities will never be in a position of strength and excellence to serve the needs of veteran families,” McDonough said.The institute’s pilot will be expanded to Pittsburgh and North Carolina this summer.The report also stresses that caring for veterans is a national moral responsibility, one that extends far beyond what a single federal agency can provide.“Wellness encompasses far more than sustaining physical health and fulfilling material need,” it states. “The VA was never designed to reintegrate veterans into civilian society, repair their existing social relationships or build new ones in the communities in which they ultimately settle.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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