first_imgMumbai: After a long hiatus, gold is likely to glitter this Akashaya Tritiya and the industry is expecting high double-digits volume growth given the positive consumer sentiment and stable prices. Retail price of gold has come down to around Rs 31,500 per 10 grams from around Rs 33,700 in mid-February. “We expect robust demand for gold/gold jewellery this Akshaya Trithiya due to price stability since the past few months and the improved consumer sentiment since Gudi Padwa. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraLooking at the current momentum we expect at least 10 percent demand growth this auspicious occasion,” All-India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council chairman Anantha Padmanabhan told PTI. Expectations are conservative as the general election is still on in some parts of the country, which will impact the overall demand. It can be noted that the Northern and Eastern states are yet to complete the polls. Of the seven phased polling, only four phases are over and across the Southern and the Western states. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEchoing similar views, World Gold Council managing director Somasundaram PR said this Akshaya Tritiya looks more optimistic than last year as the market has settled down after policy changes including note-ban and GST which had hit the industry very badly. “Organised retail players, who are gaining groun with their more targeted marketing, are having greater impact on the positive consumer sentiment,” he said. However, he admitted that places where the polling will take place during the festival (northern and Eastern states), might have negative impact with people hesitating to carry gold. India Bullion and Jewellers Association National vice -president Saurabh Gadgil said he expects 15-20 percent growth in demand this Aksahya Tritiya. “The sentiment is positive as in most places voting will be over and also the festival falls virtually at the beginning of the month when salaried people have a thicker pockets,” he added. Kalyan Jewellers chairman TS Kalyanaraman is expecting a 25 percent sales growth as a result of their planned efforts during the last two months. Kalyan Jewellers has launched a pre-booking scheme through which customers can select and place their jewellery orders in advance, and simply pick it up on Akshaya Tritiya or closer to that date, thus avoiding the rush and long wait. “We have seen a 30 percent growth in pre-booking compared to last year,” he added. Titans jewellery division chief executive for CK Venkataraman said the current sentiment and jewellery market outlook look positive. “In past five years, we have seen a double-digit growth every year and we expect this Akshaya Tritiya season to be very good and has ruled out the polls impacting sales. Last year it opened 30-40 stores with most of them covering small towns. We are hoping to see a good share of business and walk-ins coming from these markets.last_img read more

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Marrakech – Aammori Mbarek, one of the pioneers of Amazigh song and a lover and singer of freedom, alienation and continuous traveling, was born in a rural area in Taroudant, (88km southeast of Agadir), in 1951 and brought up in a very cruel environment within a charity.Mbarek’s story is like a fairy tale: he was born and raised away from the love and warmth of his family, but he discovered the world of art. He created his own way and several singers took after him, becoming the face of all Amazigh song lovers.Mbarek devoted much of his life developing the Amazigh song. After creating the Souss band, which sang not only in Tamazight but in French and English as well, he moved and took part in community service work. He joined the Moroccan Association for Research and Cultural Exchange, which was the motive behind Mbarek’s ‘Yah’ group, and which turned into the band Ussman in 1975. Ussman then became one of the first Amazigh groups that joined the world of famous groups in Morocco alongside Nass Al ghiwan ,Iznezarn and Jil Jilala. Thanks to Mbarek’s group, the Amazigh song shifted from the classical style, such as that of Rouaiss and Ahwach, to a modern style. As a result, the new style, which maintained the authenticity of Amazigh song but embraced modernity, was born. New instruments were also used for the first time in Amazigh songs, including the harp, violin, and accordion.Ussman owes a large part of its success to the Moroccan Association for Research and Cultural Exchange for training and providing space for them to meet a large audience. Moreover, thanks to their settlement in Rabat, the group started being well known all over the world, especially after their concert in the famous “The Olympic” in Paris.Since 1977, Ussman has separated into individual singers. Thus, Mbarek continued his artistic career and met several famous people in the Moroccan art such as the poets Ibrahim Akhyyat, Ali Sidky Azaiko, Mohammed Messtawi, and others.Mbarek, the owner of the song “Janbi,” which won first prize at the first Festival of the Modern Moroccan Song in Mohammedia, (31 km from Casablanca), in 1989, is now unfortunately fighting cancer. Because of his own character, Mbarek never liked to be in the spotlight. He once said to those around him in the clinic where he is being hospitalized in Casablanca, “I want to coexist with my disease alone.”Thanks to Mbarek’s creativity and talent, Amazigh songs and culture will remain always great witnesses to all his efforts towards developing and enhancing the Amazigh art.“Janbi” Song by Aammori Mberak read more

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A new study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that community-based interventions aimed at halting violence against women can yield significant results, the agency said today. Rape in Mauritania, domestic violence in Mexico and Romania, child marriage in Bangladesh, and female genital mutilation or cutting in Kenya are just a few of the abuses explored in “Programming to Address Violence Against Women,” which offers 10 case studies that show how carefully targeted and planned interventions can actually reduce gender-based violence, the agency said. “What is unusual about this manual is that we have actually demonstrated how entire communities can change their attitudes to violence against women as a result of a few, specifically targeted interventions,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid in a news release. “In many of these cases, the extent of violence against women was so prevalent and so entrenched that it first seemed impossible to budge the prevailing mindset,” she said. “What we learned is that persistent advocacy targeting community leaders and the larger public can bring about huge changes in a relatively short time.” The lessons from the 10 case studies are distilled in a companion booklet, Ending Violence Against Women: Programming for Prevention, Protection and Care, as well as an online multimedia exhibit. “Communities can and will change, but the dire consequences associated with gender-based violence constitute a human emergency that requires global and local action,” said Ms. Obaid. “We need to treat it as such.” 26 February 2007A new study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that community-based interventions aimed at halting violence against women can yield significant results, the agency said today. read more

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Professor Jean Ziegler of Switzerland, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, told a UN press conference in New York that in an era of both increased riches and increased misery, feeding the world’s people could not be left to market forces alone. “There has to be a right to food and a national and international mechanism to make it ‘realizable’ and ‘justiciable,'” he said.Mr. Ziegler said that despite estimates that enough food could be produced to feed 12 billion people, every seven seconds a child below the age of 10 died of hunger, and 815 million people were gravely undernourished to the extent that their brain functioning, growth, eyesight or other functions were permanently stunted.Such misery and inequality helped produce breeding grounds for fanaticism and terrorism, Mr. Ziegler said. While he was horrified by the atrocities of 11 September, the global coalition against terrorism needed to be complemented by a global coalition against hunger.In that regard, Mr. Ziegler said the US operation in Afghanistan was making a tragic mistake by using military planes to simultaneously drop bombs and food aid, the packets for which are coloured the same yellow as the cluster bombs and packaged aerodynamically to descend like snowflakes over the landscape.Besides the likelihood of the food aid landing in minefields or confiscated by those with the guns, Mr. Ziegler said, the credibility of all future humanitarian aid was endangered because food drops by US military planes violated most UN criteria for such actions. They must be “neutral, impartial and inspired by humanitarian concern,” he emphasized, otherwise, humanitarian workers would be falsely suspected of being associated with one of the parties in a conflict.The post of Special Rapporteur was created in 2000 with the mandate to seek, receive and respond to information on all aspects of the realization of the right to food – including the urgent necessity of eradicating hunger – and to identify emerging issues related to the right to food worldwide. The Special Rapporteur was also made responsible for establishing cooperation with governments and other institutions, particularly the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on the promotion and effective implementation of the right to food. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Singer Rihanna arrives at Givenchy’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2014 3:41 pm MDT PARIS FASHION: Kaye West and Rihanna skip Oscars for Givenchy PARIS – With top actresses away, it was music stars that came out to play at Paris Fashion Week — that fell the same day as the Academy Awards.Rapper Kanye West — who smiled and refused to talk — shared the front row Sunday evening with another singer-cum-fashion designer, superstar Rihanna. Kim Kardashian was, however, nowhere to be seen.Here are the highlights and reports from the day’s great shows — including Celine, Kenzo and Chloe.___KANYE WEST AND RIHANNA BOTH COORDINATE STYLES, SKIP OSCARS, TURN UP LATEHe skipped the 86th annual Oscars but was West trying to draw media attention away from the Dolby Theatre ceremony at by wearing a massive reflective emergency band on the back of his long black Givenchy jacket?Whatever the reason the look matched the other front row star, Rihanna, who was also in black.The “Bad Girl” singer also ditched Hollywood Boulevard — and, as it happens, a va-va-voom gown — in favour of a black street look and menswear Givenchy jacket with a turned-back cap and mesh on her face.They have one more thing in common: both turning up late for Givenchy’s warehouse show.With music and fashion already under their belts, it’s reassuring that Rihanna and West are not also delving into movies. Just yet.___GIVENCHY DESIGNER COMES OUT OF HIS COCOONThe muse was the butterfly: in its cocoon, hard edged then fluttery.With this, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci took his foot slightly of the intellectual pedal to produce a highly feminine show.Styles from the 1940s heyday of Hollywood glamor, in furs and fluttery silk dresses, were the canvasses for this insectoid-musing.Cleverly, silk ruffles and lapels in gowns or python print resembled a marbled cocoon perhaps moments before metamorphosis. While models wore black filmy stockings to mirror the delicate mesh of butterfly wings.It produced a great creative synthesis.The best bits were the luxuriant off-white furs that might well have been worn by Katherine Hepburn had it not been for one thing: their round sculptured arms, which were segmented like a bug.Old Tisci was still there, of course, in his bright stripes and menswear jackets, but this showed a whole new side to his personality.___DAVID LYNCH DESIGNS FOR KENZODavid Lynch designed the nightmarish Kenzo set — a surreal sculpture of a huge bodyless head with deformed face against a dimly-lit distorting mirror.It served to jilt tired-eyed guests back to the land of dreams after they had dragged themselves out of bed for the early Sunday morning show.(That apart from flawless, smiling actress Jessica Alba, who, as usual, didn’t have a hair out of place in bright yellow Kenzo gown.)The original retro soundtrack, mixed by the versatile film director, referenced a scene in his cult movie “Mulholland Drive,” which stars Naomi Watts as a wide-eyed wannabe Hollywood actress whose life falls apart.“I wanted to try to get a different feel for a runway show, having mystery and emotion swimming together,” said Lynch.___KENZO’S SECRET ASIAN STYLELynch’s penchant for drama clearly translated into the fall-winter clothes — which the program notes aptly describe as “amplified.”The undeniably cool styles jumped from lean and tall to high-waisted with exaggerated shoulders, alongside giant lapels and a couple of exploding full skirts.Then there were the colours: ultra-vivid prints and embroideries — as well as signature mosaics — that graced most of the looks in bronze, yellow, beige, vermillion and grey-blue.These evoked in fact the luxuriant Siamese silk couture traditions.It’s a point they don’t dwell on but Asian-American designers Humberto Leon and Carole Lim are heavily influenced by the Asian vestiary in their Kenzo designs.Here it was seen in cross-over lapels mirroring a kimono silhouette, and horizontal banding on the bust, which evoked the Far East.The rarely-seen Japanese house founder Kenzo Takada, who turned 75 this week though remains dashingly handsome, applauded from the front now.___CELINE SHOW TICKLES BUT DOES NOT NIPDesigner Phoebe Philo doesn’t put an avant-garde, pedicured foot wrong.Though her bamboo-floored catwalk collection for Celine perhaps lacked as much creative bang as last season, in almost every enviable, feminine look there was a visual surprise.The tropical foliage that lined the runway set up a theme — that was ever subtly handled — in slim “leopard print” long coats. When you looked a little closer, there was a beautiful realization: these weren’t big cat spots but look little flowers.Buttons — normally functional features — were scattered gently away from their holes to become purely decorative on beautifully soft wools in black, green and mottled grey.While, fur styles were reinterpreted as myriad and patchy single strands of feathers — that looked like porcupine spikes. But with a gentle tickle not a nip.___CHLOE TRIES TOO HARD TO PLEASEChloe, the brand who invented ready-to-wear, have a varied clientele and understandably like to please.In Sunday’s show, British designer Clare Waight Keller tried too hard — creating a myriad of styles that didn’t quite all work together.Gold Egyptian-style appliques, wide waist bands, masculine knee high swashbuckling boots mixed with colorful abstracted floral leopard.As ever for the house synonymous with “gamine parisienne” proceedings were super feminine and there were many must-have looks — like one stylish fur coat with yellow and red strips.But Waight Keller succeeded best when the Chloe girl got complex: one incredible, multi-layered marbled black and white high waisted volume skirt, and a navy dress with almost square with embroidered fabric foliage.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP read more

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A United Nations human rights expert has called on the Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), which affirms that all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory constitute a flagrant violation of international law. “The settlement announcements by the Israeli Government, only a month after the clear direction of the international community, are a defiant and troubling repudiation of resolution 2334,” said Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk, who is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.“If Israel understands that the international community will take no meaningful steps to enforce the Council’s resolution, it will continue to intensify its settlement project undeterred,” the Rapporteur warned in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “And if the international community intends to preserve what remains of a viable two-state solution, it must not assume that resolutions, critical statements and international conferences alone will change state behaviour in these circumstances,” he stressed.The human rights expert’s appeal comes as, according to the press release, the Israeli Government approves the construction of over 6,000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and as the Israeli Knesset moves closer to adopting the ‘Settlement Regularization Bill,’ which will legalize the homes of more than 4,000 settlers in dozens of illegal outposts built on private Palestinian lands throughout the West Bank.“Continued settlement activity poses a grave threat to Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” the Rapporteur noted.“The policies and practices of the Israeli authorities that suggest an advance towards de facto annexation of parts of the West Bank are increasingly alarming,” the expert said. “Annexation of occupied land likewise is a grave breach of international law,” the Rapporteur stated.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Brock University’s Campus Security Services will be conducting testing of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) on Friday, May 10 during the scheduled annual power shutdown.The shutdown, which takes place each spring, allows Facilities Management to perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the University’s electrical infrastructure and will impact Schmon Tower, Thistle Complex, DeCew Residence, Vallee Residence, Central Utilities Building, the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and Welch Hall between 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.For buildings not impacted by the power outage, such as Mackenzie Chown Complex, Scotiabank Hall and Walker Sports Complex, Campus Security Services will test the ENS after 10 p.m. Test messages shown on screens will include specific wording telling people to lock down, evacuate or stand by. These are test messages only and will be preceded and followed by announcements reminding anyone in the buildings that they’re not real emergencies. read more

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first_imgTHE COLT FAMILY lived undisturbed on their farm in New South Wales until June 2012 when social workers and police made their first visit.The checkup was warranted because of reports that there were children living ‘in the hills’ who did not attend school.What emerged was a depraved case of the most extreme child neglect, abuse and intergenerational incest any of the officials had ever seen. Some have not been able to get over what they had to document.There were 12 children – all in unwashed states with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities, physical deformities, malnutrition and dental emergencies – living on the property.Some of the youngsters and teenagers were unable to use a toothbrush, wash their hair, use toilet paper or bathe themselves.The family of about 40 people existed in two caravans, two sheds and two tents. The caravans were described as “very dirty” and in a “hazardous state”. There was mud, dirt, cigarette butts and rubbish on the floors. The children’s beds were dirty and unmade; cooking facilities were dirty and unsafe and window were broken.The fridge in the large shed contained rotten vegetables and a young kangaroo was asleep in one of the children’s beds.Caseworkers observed the children and reported that they wore dirty clothing, were shy and unable to make eye contact.Their speech was difficult to understand and they appeared to have very poor dental health and hygiene.The horrific details have emerged this week after the New South Wales Children’s Court took the unusual decision to publish its judgement with the name of the family changed.Community Services removed the 12 children from the settlement on 18 July 2012. In July, the Court said that they would not be returned to their parents under any circumstances because such a move would pose too much of a risk.The childrenJust one of the 12 children removed from the farm was found to have parents that were not related.The Colt family’s dark history starts with brother and sister, Timothy and June Colt, who were married in New Zealand in 1966 and had seven children – Rhonda, Betty, Cherry, Frank, Charlie, Paula and Martha.The family moved to Australia and lived in various properties. They were thought to relocate each time authorities would ask questions or get to close.Rhonda, Betty and Martha were all mothers involved in the Boorawa neglect case.Rhonda has six children, the youngest being Cindy who is five years old and is now in the care of the State. Her father is not related to the Colts, genetic testing showed.Betty has 13 children, five of whom are now in protection. Bobby (15), Bill (14), Brian (12), Dwayne (9) and Carmen (8) were all removed during the 18 July 2012 visit. Their fathers are all related to Betty.Betty’s daughter Raylene, who is now 30 years old, was the fourth mother involved in this year’s legal proceedings. Her only child, Kimberly, is 13 and was also removed from the Boorawa farm.Martha has had six children but Donna died when she was just two weeks old. The surviving five are aged between seven and 15. They were all removed by social services. Albert, Jed, Karl, Ruth and Nadia’s parents were all related, genetic testing showed.According to the evidence heard in court, all 12 children were “neglected in significant ways”.Most of them were discovered to be far behind age peers in terms of educational development and were functioning well below their chronological age.Albert, Jed, Kimberly, Karl, Ruth, Carmen and Nadia have particular problems with speaking intelligibly.There were other physical problems noted, including fungal infections in feet and bed-wetting and soiling.A number of the Colt children were reported to having hearing and vision impairments, as well as cognitive difficulties.The world primitive was used by the court on occasion.Cindy, the only child not born of a incestuous relationship, was described as a “well-spoken polite, bright, intelligent girl whose development was normal for her age”. Her health and hygiene were observed to be good and her clothes clean. Her mother had taken her to hospital in June 2012 to be treated for her ear infection.Sexualised behaviourThe court judgement on the children’s experiences of sex abuse makes for extremely disturbing reading.Evidence submitted revealed how the Colt children made concerning disclosures to psychologists during sessions and, they themselves, exhibited sexualised behaviour.Kimberley revealed that she had “sucked Dwayne” while Carmen watched. Her mother knew about it, she said.Other disclosures outlined in the court included incidences some of the brothers and uncles having sex with the girls, touching their breasts, licking their vaginas and placing sticks in their anuses.There were incidences of the girls being tied up to trees by the boys and other times when they watched other members of their family have sex with each other.Placement reports from carers indicated that Cindy, who is just five years old, was found masturbating on a toilet and in the shower. She said Dwayne (9) showed her how to do that.She also tried to kiss the male carer on the lips and was defiant when told this was inappropriate.Five of the boys also told their carers about how they used to torture animals on the farm, including puppies and cats. They reported mutilating the genitals of animals.Separately, Ruth told a psychologist that she lived with “two mums and two dads” but her “number one mum died because she was sick”.Tammy Colt’s EvidenceSome of the most harrowing evidence was given by Betty’s second daughter, Tammy, who revealed what had happened to her as she grew up.She told her Victorian caseworker that she had been in a relationship with her younger brother Derek for three years and that he had fathered her three children – one of whom died from a “universally lethal” condition, Zellweger Syndrome. She says she did not know they were related until recently.He has since threatened to kill her if “he couldn’t have her”.Tammy disclosed that she had been abused within the Colt family from the age of 12, when other family members began having sex with her, including Colin, Timothy, Derek and Matthew.She said that the same happened to her sisters, Raylene, Tracy, Jane and Penny.Her mother encouraged this activity. Tammy used to hide from her brothers when she could so they couldn’t have sex with her, and she secretly went on the pill at age 16, without her mother’s knowledge.She and her sisters were not allowed to see a doctor when pregnant in case someone found out what was happening.The now-27-year-old says she is aware of a number of miscarriages on the Boorowa farm.The judge’s rulingJudge Peter Johnstone said the jigsaw pieces given to him created a “very clear picture” of life on the farm. He accepted the genetic evidence, as well as Tammy Colt’s submission, stating it had probative value, and that the Children’s Court works differently to other courts in terms of strict proof and best evidence.He repeated a note from the caseworker which said Tammy’s outpourings at the courthouse were “spontaneous and voluntary”. He said he took into account the general, inconsistent and contradictory nature of her account but made allowances for her own emotional and psychological deficiencies.“Overall, however, she presented connected and credible threads that assist in completing the full picture of the Colt family and life on the farm”, he said.Judge Johnstone ruled that Betty Colt – who had disputed the court’s findings – is not willing to disentangle herself from her family and is incapable of addressing her own traumatic history.He said there is no pathway for the restoration of the children to the care of their mothers and agreed they would be wards of the State until they are 18 years old.All 12 are currently in foster care or other placements. They have some contact with each other and their parents.More: Safeguarding board has “no remit” to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroadlast_img read more

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first_imgAS JIMI HENDRIX said: “You have to go on and be crazy.”“Craziness,” he continued, “is like heaven.” Have you tasted heaven this week? If not, then you still have time. DailyEdge.ie is here to give you double helpings of the craziest news stories around, served straight. Dig in, pals.A man went on a rampage in Walmart after he was refused a return without a receipt on a printer. After being refused the return, Jose Morales cursed and allegedly smashed the printer on the floor, before throwing it at two clerks. The clerks ducked behind the counter and were not hit by the printer. He also karate-kicked an anti-theft device on his way out the door. Police tracked Morales down to his girlfriend’s apartment, where he was reportedly found hiding in a wardrobe. (Huffington Post)A grandmother found drugs worth €30,000 in her suitcase – four years after her holiday. Gillian Rodgers, from Auckland in New Zealand, was clearing out her old suitcase for a trip when she discovered the bag of amphetamines, tightly wrapped and about the size of a packet of cigarettes. She returned them to a police station and there’s no answer as to how, why or when the drugs ended up in her case. What a trip! Boom boom. (DailyEdge.ie) Source: GifrificA couple in Pennsylvania are advertising their home for sale, calling it “slightly haunted”. Homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson have experienced mysteriously banging doors, odd noises in the basement and the persistent feeling that someone is behind them in their 113-year-old Victorian home. A former resident has also claimed he found a human skull in the basement. Their ad refers to “the occasional ghostly visage” in the bathroom mirror and 3.13am screams. But forget all that, it’s in a great schools catchment area. (AP)A new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has suggested that comedians may have high levels of psychotic personality traits. Researched analysed comedians from Britain, Australia and the US and found that they scored highly on four types of psychotic characteristics, compared to those tested in non-creative jobs. “The creative elements needed to produce humour are strikingly similar to those characterising the cognitive style of people with psychosis,” Gordon Claridge, of the University of Oxford, said. I’d make a joke about this, but I’m genuinely worried. (Reuters) Source: CostumePopA woman in the UK impersonated her brother’s fiancée to cancel their wedding, insisting she was “doing him a favour”. Ann Duffy, 50, posed as Sandra Hardy to contract the registry office and call off the big day, telling her brother David: “I’ve saved you on the divorce. I’ve cancelled your wedding.” She did not like her brother’s bride-to-be due to friction over the care of the siblings’ mother. The couple managed to re-book and save the wedding. Duffy admitted harassment in court. I’m pretty shocked this story was about a British woman and not an Irish Mammy, really. (Mirror) Source: KulPhotoGalway West TD Noel Grealish is concerned impending Irish water taxes will lead to “less washing,” the Connacht Tribune reports. The TD fears that the introduction of charges for water will lead to a deterioration in personal hygiene for families. The great unwashed indeed, Noel. (Connacht Tribune)A critic of President Francois Hollande (and the ruling elite in general) has protested by dumping manure in front of the national parliament buildings in Paris. “Out with Hollande and the entire political class,” was written on the side of the man’s truck. He was intercepted before he could dump all of the manure. C’mon, pal. As if the parliament needed another load of crap to deal with. (Yahoo!)Pssst. Spotted any wacky news in your local area? Let us know on fiona@dailyedge.ie or below in the comments if you’d like to see your name in lights. It could be you!Can’t get enough of this wonderful stuff? Fear not. Blow off the dust, fling open the windows and explore the weird news archive>last_img read more

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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘A living hell’ – abuse inquiry hears of thousands of lone children shipped abroad by British government An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 children from institutions and poor families were shipped to Australia from 1922 to 1967. https://jrnl.ie/3262629 Many never recover and are permanently afflicted with guilt, shame, diminished self-confidence, low self-esteem, fear and trauma.British Prime Minister Theresa May set up the inquiry in 2014 when she was interior minister.The British Empire sent some 150,000 children abroad over 350 years, according to a 1998 parliamentary study, although the probe started today by looking at use of the practice after World War II.It was justified as a means of slashing the costs of caring for lone children and providing disadvantaged young people with a fresh start, while meeting labour shortages in the Commonwealth and populating colonial-era lands with white British settlers.Between 1945 and 1970, youngsters were sent mainly to Australia, but also Canada, New Zealand and what is now Zimbabwe – often without the consent of their families.But the promise of a good upbringing and an exciting new life in the sun was often, in reality, a world of forced labour, brutal treatment and sexual assault in remote institutions run by churches and charities.“They sent us to a place that was a living hell,” victim Clifford Walsh told the BBC.Oliver Cosgrove was sent to Australia in 1941, one of an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 children shipped there from 1922 to 1967.“Those who were abused tried in vain to tell others, who they hoped and believed might assist them. But they didn’t,” his representative told the inquiry.This was a systematic and institutional problem.‘Unacceptable depravity’Aswini Weereratne, of the Child Migrants Trust which supports victims, said there was good evidence that Britain knew of the poor standards of care in Australian institutions but failed to respond.“Some of what was done there was of quite unacceptable depravity. Terms like sexual abuse are too weak to convey it,” she said.This was not about truly voluntary migration, but forced or coerced deportation.Some children were said to have suffered “torture, rape and slavery”, she added.Professor Stephen Constantine told the hearings that royal visits to such institutions legitimised them for people who saw the photographs, believing if it was good enough for the royal family “it is good enough for us”.The hearings are being held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London. The opening phase dealing with Australia is expected to last 10 days.The inquiry was established following the death of TV star Jimmy Savile in 2011, when it emerged he had been one of Britain’s worst serial paedophiles, carrying out abuse unchecked in a range of public institutions.The inquiry will look at historic abuse in England and Wales, including in schools, hospitals, children’s homes, local authorities, religious organisations, the BBC, the armed forces and charities.It will also examine allegations involving famous people in politics and the media.The inquiry got off to a rocky start, with the first three chairs stepping down.© – AFP, 2017Read: Appeal for help finding missing Dublin teenRead: Trump proposes a massive $54 billion increase in US military spending Monday 27 Feb 2017, 11:02 PM By AFPcenter_img 16 Comments Clifford Walsh Source: Screengrab/BBCENGLAND’S MAMMOTH INQUIRY into historical child sex abuse was told of the “torture, rape and slavery” suffered by child migrants shipped to Australia, at its first public hearings today.The wide-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse opened by looking at the schemes that sent thousands of vulnerable children to far-flung parts of the Commonwealth in the decades after World War II.David Hill broke down as he told the inquiry of the “endemic” sexual abuse at the school he was sent to in Australia.“I hope this inquiry can promote an understanding of the long-term consequences and suffering of those who were sexually abused,” he said. 17,723 Views Share58 Tweet Email6 Feb 27th 2017, 11:02 PM last_img read more

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first_img Okay, so if you grew up around people who love incense (*cough cough* my mom) you might be thinking of the bubbling red resin known as dragon’s blood (that’s what I first thought, anyway), but we’re going to be talking about the Komodo Dragon. And yes, I know, this was probably just as disappointing to those who thought I meant an actual dragon but… c’mon, we all know dragons aren’t real.Tastefully vague headline aside, scientists are working on isolating a new, natural antibiotic found in the dragons’ blood. A team from George Mason University studied a powerful peptide (one of the building blocks of proteins). With some rejiggering, the group made the peptide even more powerful and gave it a new, awesome, codename: DRGN-1. That’s a lot cooler-sounding than CRISPR, even, proving that the biologists who aren’t too uptight have rightfully taken control of the field.Even better, much like the new vancomycin we have coming, DRGN-1 helps in three different ways. First, it attacks biofilms, before breaking apart bacterial membranes (their skin, essentially) causing them to burst. To top it all off, DRGN-1 also helps wounds heal, or at least it does in mice. But researchers are confident this effect will work in humans too.Biofilms are the gross slimes bacteria form when they band together, and the main reason your teeth feel gross when you don’t brush. Properly-established films can’t be busted up easily, though (which is why you need to see your dentist for regular cleanings, even if you brush/floss/mouth wash every day). Even worse, when these films form inside of tissues, they’re almost indestructible. Plus, it’s not exactly a good idea to use dental tools on anything other than… y’know… teeth. That, plus just poking holes in the skin of microbes is pretty damned brutal, but humanity’s hard-up for new discoveries that could help us combat infections, now that antimicrobial resistance is on the rise.Still, this should be another bit of hope for anyone worried that we’re about to go back to the medical dark ages. I mean, yeah critical chunks of infrastructure can be disabled with virtually zero effort, but at least we’ve got plenty of weapons to wholesale slaughter bacteria, right?The only thing this isn’t absolutely amazing here is, for right now, the researchers only recommend it for “topical wound treatment.” It’s not yet clear if there will be a systemic version, but even if there isn’t, we still have vancomycin 3.0.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsWell, That Was Probably Game of Thrones’ Saddest Death last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal have welcomed Aaron Ramsey back to training as they prepare for their mouth-watering Premier League encounter against Manchester City, according to Goal.The midfielder is understood to have overcome a calf injury that ruled him out of Arsenal’s final two preseason friendlies against Chelsea and Lazio.The Wales international could play some part in Unai Emery’s first competitive game as manager of Arsenal.There has been constant speculation surrounding Ramsey’s future at the Emirates leading up to Thursday’s England transfer deadline.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Ramsey currently has a year left on his Arsenal deal, and reports suggest the player wants around £300,000 a week deal to stay at the club.The 27-year-old was linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona but with the transfer window closed in England the player will remain at the Emirates for the time being.Arsenal are expected to be without the defensive duo of Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny for the game against City on Sunday.Kolasinac picked up an injury during the club’s International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly against Chelsea while Koscielny continues his recovery for a serious injury he picked up towards the end of last season.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday outlined new rules that could restrict the use of federal funds at for-profit colleges.The rules aim to keep for-profit colleges from saddling students with loans that their degrees will not reasonably allow them to repay.For-profit colleges now account for 11 percent of college enrollment, but 44 percent of student loan defaults, the department said.To remain eligible for federal aid grants and loans, schools must now demonstrate that graduates of degree and certification programs spend no more than 8 percent of their total earnings, or 20 percent of their discretionary earnings, on loan repayments.While the rules also apply to nondegree programs at public and nonprofit schools, the department said 99 percent of the estimated 840,000 students in programs that fall outside the standards go to for-profit colleges.“Career colleges must be a steppingstone to the middle class, but too many hardworking students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement.“That is simply unacceptable. These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes.”last_img read more

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first_imgHospitality organisation InterContinental Singapore has enhanced its employee benefits package for the organisation’s 360 employees, effective from January 2018.The benefits changes, which includes extended maternity and paternity leave, have been introduced in order to promote better work-life balance and to support employees’ personal and professional development.Under the revised benefits provision, female employees will now be able to take up to six months of paid maternity leave, and male employees, who are not eligible for paternity leave that is funded by the government, will be entitled to take up to five days of paid paternity leave.InterContinental Singapore has also introduced job-sharing, staggered work hours and telecommuting arrangements to help cater to employees’ varying needs and commitments. This will run alongside the hotel’s existing family care leave programme, which allows employees to take up to five working days of paid leave to care for immediate family members.The organisation’s current flexible benefits provision has also been extended to include union and gym membership fees, yoga and Pilates classes, flight tickets, traditional Chinese medicine treatments and outpatient expenses for immediate family members. Employees already have access to dental and optical care, health screening and a portable medical benefits scheme through InterContinental Singapore’s flexible benefits scheme.Employees can additionally encash accrued annual leave, as well as purchase extra annual leave, receive training for another job function for up to five working days a year, and take paid volunteer leave for community programmes at a choice of registered charity organisations. Employees can also use paid volunteer leave to take part in activities for the IHG Foundation, an independent charity launched by the InterContinental group.The hotel has also amended its re-employment age to 68-years-old. This is the age at which individuals can be re-hired after retiring at 62-years-old. The statutory re-employment age implemented by the Ministry of Manpower in 2017 is 67.Gabrielle Choy, director of human resources at InterContinental Singapore, said: “Hotels in Singapore have been facing a tightening supply of talent in recent years due to new hotel openings and the increase in job opportunities available in the industry has resulted in stiff competition for a limited pool of talent. It is, therefore, crucial that we develop a truly robust benefit structure focusing on the wellbeing and development of our team, and continually review and enhance our employee benefits to attract and retain talent.“Working closely with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), we strive to have at least 20% of our employees to commence on the flexible work arrangements by [the] end [of] 2018.”last_img read more

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first_imgTwo new drugs, WCK 2349 and WCK 771, developed by Mumbai based pharmaceutical company Wockhardt Ltd , received the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval on Sunday, making them the first Indian drug makers to get an assent for drugs created by their research.The two drugs developed by Wockhardt have received the Qualified Infectious disease Product (QIDP) status from the FDA, which provided quite a boost to their stocks on Monday. The two drugs created by the Mumbai based pharmaceutical firm are intended to cure infections.The new QIDP status extends Wockhardt’s drug patents in the US by five years, giving a huge support to the commercialization of the two drugs. Additionally, this status allows the pharmaceutical company to fast-track the review of all of their drug applications in the US, giving them a considerable edge over other Indian drug manufacturers.”These drugs will be entering their global Phase-3 clinical trials early next year,” Habil Khorakiwala, Wockhardt group CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and founder chairman, told Mint.As a result of this Wockhardt’s shares experienced a 6.2 percent increase in trading, when markets opened on Monday. Wockhardt started trading 4.5 per cent higher, at 9.30 am at the rate of ₹721.75, according to The Economic Times. The pharmaceutical firm hit a low of ₹716.45, while getting to the highest point of ₹733.70, before stabilizing itself at around the ₹715 mark.Compared to last week, the drug makers seem to have jumped back, after experiencing a fall since Thursday and Friday. The stock closed at ₹690.50 on Friday.There is currently a fairly large deficiency of anti-infection drugs in the global market. The drugs that have a huge need in the global market, and can act against harmful pathogens are given the QIDP status by the FDA. This criterion is determined by the US Centres for Disease control (CDC), a government organization that monitors health and safety in the country.last_img read more

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first_imgOnex Corp, the Canadian private equity firm, announced on Monday that it would be acquiring SIG Combibloc Group AG, the Switzerland-based packaging giant for a deal worth $4.66 billion.Under the terms of the deal, Onex will initially pay $4.4 billion while closing the transaction, which is slated to complete by the first quarter of 2015. It will pay the rest of the amount based on SIG’s performance in the next two years and an extra $217 million will be paid later, again based on SIG’s showing in the market, the company said in a statement.”The equity investment of approximately $1,250 million will be made by Onex Partners IV, certain limited partners as co-investors, including Onex, and SIG’s management team,” according to the company statement.SIG Combibloc is owned by Auckland-based Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. – a part of Rank Group – which is selling the packaging unit under its new strategic goals. Graeme Hart, the owner of Rank Group ran into debt following multiple acquisitions in the last few years including the $2.7 billion take-over of Alcoa Inc’s packaging unit and the $2.11 billion acquisition of SIG in 2007, The Wall Street Journal reports.Reynolds Holdings is also looking to shed more of its packaging business units including the one in North America.The sale will help Hart shore up his finances and will also give Onex wide access to the European market. SIG makes antiseptic cartons for soups, juices and other edibles and has more than 5,100 employees spread across 40 countries.”SIG’s management team has successfully proven its ability to enter and grow in new markets, while maintaining its standard of excellence in existing markets. We look forward to partnering with Rolf Stangl and his team to further build upon SIG’s impressive track record and continue its growth,” Nigel Wright, a Managing Director in Onex’ London office, said in a statement.”Our commitment to providing customers with a premier aseptic carton packaging system has made SIG a leader within our industry. We are excited about our next phase of growth in partnering with Onex,” Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG, added in the statement.According to Bloomberg, Onex is investing in the European market because of the immense untapped opportunity in the region. Most companies are shying away from an initial public offering because of the market volatility and that makes for great “acquisition” ground.More recently, it purchased York Risk Services Group Inc., a risk-management firm for $1.33 billion in July.Onex approximately manages $20 billion worth of assets, which also include $5.9 billion of its own capital in private equity and credit securities.last_img read more

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first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Barry Allen is out of jail, but after last night’s The Flash, I almost wish he would have stayed. As awkward as it was when the show rushed through The Trial of The Flash (which really felt like it should have been a bigger event), we immediately saw why. The show was better with Barry behind bars. It was fun to watch Team Flash figure out how to compensate for his absence. Barry’s story was also much more interesting and heartfelt. Now that he’s out, the season has returned to its mediocre norm.It’s not just the show though. Things aren’t going well for Barry now that he’s out. He walks back into work only to see awkward stares aimed back at him. He speaks to the captain and learns why. Most of the city still thinks Barry is a murderer. Under pressure from the new mayor, the captain suspends Barry indefinitely, until it can be proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that DeVoe is still alive. So it’s going to be a while. Before the show can really explore that though, we have a metahuman of the week to get to. With Dibny under constant surveillance thanks to Team Flash’s new buddy system, the gang looks for The Thinker’s next target. And thanks to Dibney’s useful (for once) private detective skills, they have a lead: A country singer named Izzy Bowin.Miranda MacDougall as Izzy, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This is a genderswapped version of the comics’ Isaac Bowen. In the comics, he’s an out-and-out villain named The Fiddler. This metahuman’s power is what it sounds like: The Fiddler can create powerful sonic blasts, focusing them through a violin. I like this season’s attempts at adding a little bit of complexity to the standard villain-of-the-week stories. Just like it did with Killer Frost, it’s finding different roles for these characters to play. Whether they’re oblivious to the damage they cause, commit crimes of opportunity or are just trying to live their lives, the show is finding stories to tell with these characters that don’t involve them being straight evil. I like that.  It might be the one thing this season is consistently doing well.Vibe, Elongated Man and The Flash try to warn Izzy about DeVoe, and she doesn’t believe them. Their case isn’t helped by the fact that DeVoe is now in the very un-intimidating body of Hazard. She finally starts to believe them when DeVoe uses Hazard’s powers of luck to knock out all three heroes in one blast. The good news is Izzy is more capable of handling DeVoe than any metahuman we’ve seen so far this season. She sends out a powerful blast that knocks DeVoe on her back.It’s such a shocking defeat that Marlize pulls her husband out of the fight, for which he admonishes her later. Yes, there’s still trouble in the DeVoe household, and her husband’s new body is only making matters worse. There is one interesting line where Marlize wonders whether the multiple transferrences have impaired her husband’s cognitive abilities. DeVoe angrily denies it, but I’m thinking there’s more truth to the statement than DeVoe wants to admit. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out over the rest of the season. It might even be the key to defeating The Thinker.Miranda MacDougall as Izzy (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Meanwhile, back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry is so impressed with Izzy’s abilities that he immediately wants to train her to be a hero. She’s skeptical at first, and storms out of the lab, but Ralph offers to give her one of those hallway motivational talks. Hilariously, he asks if they draw straws to figure out who’s going to do that. Hey, at least the writers know about the show’s more annoying habits. Acknowledgement is the first step to fixing them, I guess. At first,the training is just so Izzy can protect herself but the more Barry pushes, the more obvious it becomes that he wants her to join the fight. He pushes her so hard in training that she starts firing blasts wildly around the room, shattering glass and ending up with a cut in her arm that requires stitches.The injury causes Izzy to stop trusting Team Flash, and decide she’s safer on her own. That’s a big setback for the team, and an even bigger one for her. Cisco uses his Vibe powers to figure out where she’s gone. Bad news, she’s in the warehouse district. Worse news, DeVoe is there, using Hazard’s bad luck powers to snap The Fiddler’s strings at the worst possible time. The bad luck doesn’t end there, either. Everything goes wrong for Team Flash in this episode. The only bright side is we get an impressive display of all the powers The Thinker has collected. He uses Dominic’s mind-powers to make The Flash feel like he has a brain aneurysm. He uses Dwarfstar’s power to hurl a dumpster at Elongated Man.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)This is one of those episodes where even the lighter character-driven subplot moves the overall story forward. Harrison, feeling lonely, has been trying to befriend Cecile the only way he knows how. With science. She’s having trouble sleeping because Joe’s worried thoughts are keeping her up at night. He creates a cerebral inhibitor she can stick to her head to block her new cognitive powers. Once he reveals the name for it though, it triggers a memory. Barry flashes back to when his future self mentioned building a cerebral inhibitor to use against DeVoe. It seems like they have the weapon they need to defeat The Thinker… and just a few episodes into the second half of the season. Yeah, we all knew this wasn’t going to work.The cerebral inhibitor does absolutely nothing. Devoe uses Ramsay Deacon’s power to cause the machine to malfunction. Again, this scene is a cool display of superpowers, but in the end, it’s all for nothing. That’s the frustrating thing about this episode. I don’t need every week to end with The Flash saving the day, but if you’re going to give us a tragedy, make it mean something. Move the story forward somehow. Instead, we’re back to where we started. Although, nobody buys that this is the last we’ve seen of the Cerebral Inhibitor, right? It wouldn’t have been brought up a whole season ago if it was just going to be a crappy device that fails in one episode. It’ll somehow come in handy later down the road.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)I also didn’t buy Ralph’s sudden emotional attachment to Izzy. Yes, it’s sad to see someone you’re trying to save be killed and have their body taken over right in front of you. But the show was acting like he was suddenly in love with her. He went from “country music sucks” to head-over-heels, crying to her demo CD without any real transition. The emotional moment they were going for wasn’t earned, and completely missed the mark.At least the episode ended with a cool moment. Kind of. Dibny knows how hard it is to be fired from CCPD. He wants to make sure Barry doesn’t go through the same loss of identity that he did, so he offers him a job. Barry and Ralph are now partners in the P.I. game. That could lead to some cool stories if the show handles it right. It’s also a great moment of character growth for Dibny. He’s not the selfish annoyance we met back at the beginning of the season. He’s a hero in all facets of his life now. That’s cool, but man it’d be a lot better of the episode had spent more than one scene on Barry’s firing. If he was actually given the time to have an emotional reaction to losing his job, this moment would have meant a lot more. It’s a shame. DeVoe has turned into a fun villain to watch, but The Flash just drops the ball in every other area. Here’s hoping it can do better next week.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgHubble telescope picture of T Pyxidis, from a compilation of data taken on Feb. 26, 1994, and June 16, Oct. 7, and Nov. 10, 1995, by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Credit: NASA 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A massive white dwarf star in our galaxy may become a supernova several million years from now, and could damage the Earth and possibly destroy life on Earth. Scientists at the American Astronomical Society’s 215th meeting, in Washington DC, said earlier this week that new observations of T Pyxidis in the constellation Pyxis (the compass) using the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite, indicate the white dwarf is part of a close binary system with a sun, and the pair are 3,260 light-years from Earth and much closer than the previous estimate of 6,000 light-years. The white dwarf in the T Pyxidis system is a recurrent nova, which means it undergoes nova (thermonuclear) eruptions around every 20 years. The most recent known events were in 1967, 1944, 1920, 1902, and 1890. These explosions are nova rather than supernova events, and do not destroy the star, and have no effect on Earth. The astronomers do not know why the there has been a longer than usual interval since the last nova eruption.Astronomers believe the nova explosions are the result of an increase of mass as the dwarf siphons off hydrogen-rich gases from its stellar companion. When the mass reaches a certain limit a nova is triggered. It is unknown whether there is a net gain or loss of mass during the siphoning/explosion cycle, but if the mass does build up the so-called Chandrasekhar Limit could be reached, and the dwarf would then become a Type 1a supernova. In this event the dwarf would collapse and detonate a massive explosion resulting in its total destruction. This type of supernova releases 10 million times the energy of a nova.Observations of the white dwarf during the nova eruptions suggest its mass is increasing, and pictures from the Hubble telescope of shells of material expelled during the previous explosions support the view. Models estimate the white dwarf’s mass could reach the Chandrasekhar Limit in around 10 million years or less. According to the scientists the supernova would result in gamma radiation with an energy equivalent to 1,000 solar flares simultaneously – enough to threaten Earth by production of nitrous oxides that would damage and perhaps destroy the ozone layer. The supernova would be as bright as all the other stars in the Milky Way put together. One of the astronomers, Dr Edward Sion, from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, said the supernova could occur “soon” on the timescales familiar to astronomers and geologists, but this is a long time in the future in human terms.Astronomers think supernova explosions closer than 100 light years from Earth would be catastrophic, but the effects of events further away are unclear and would depend on how powerful the supernova is. The research team postulate it could be close enough and powerful enough to damage Earth, possibly severely, although other researchers, such as Professor Fillipenko of the Berkeley Astronomy Department, disagree with the calculations and believe the supernova, if it occurred, would be unlikely to damage the planet. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Massive white dwarf in our galaxy may go supernova (2010, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-massive-white-dwarf-galaxy-supernova.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Star exploding inside another star sheds light on super stellar explosionslast_img read more

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first_img Monday, August 29, 2016 SYDNEY — Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after police in Australia allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their cabin luggage.The haul valued at 31 million Australian dollars (US$23 million) was the largest seizure in Australia of narcotics carried by passengers of a cruise ship or airliner, Australian Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald said.Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were arrested Sunday after the MS Sea Princess, operated by California-based Princess Cruises, berthed in Sydney.The three did not enter pleas when they were charged in the Sydney Central Local Court with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine.They face potential life sentences if convicted.The trio will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Oct. 26.The three Canadians had boarded the ship at the British port city of Southampton.Police are investigating whether they boarded with the drugs or sourced them from one of several South American ports the ship visited on its way to Australia.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthOn Sunday, Australian Border Force officers boarded the ship when it berthed in Sydney Harbour and, with the help of detector dogs, searched a number of passenger cabins.Fitzgerald alleged 35 kilograms of cocaine were found in suitcases in a cabin the women shared and 60 kilograms of the drug were found in the man’s luggage in a separate cabin.He thanked the U.S. Department of Homelands Security and the Canada Border Services Agency for helping identify the three as “high-risk passengers” among the 1,800 on board.Clive Murray, assistant commissioner of strategic border command with the Australian Border Force, said the incident was an example of international co-operation in the fight against international drug syndicates.“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” he said.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe Australian Federal Police said the investigation is ongoing and further arrests have not been ruled out. Posted by Tags: Australia Sharecenter_img Canadian cruise ship passengers charged in Sydney cocaine bust The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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