Most Aussies in Athens wont vote

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The vast majority of Australians living permanently in Athens say they are not interested in voting in today’s Federal Elections. Many claim they just don’t care, while other say they feel it is not right to participate in the electoral process given they no longer live in Australia. There are tens of thousands of Australians (mainly Greek-Australians) currently in Greece as tourists or expatriates who have returned permanently but only a few hundred of them will vote. Christine Pappas who has been living in Athens for six years, says she finds no reason to vote this Saturday. “I don’t care about it,” Pappas said. “I don’t see the reason, the Australian government has nothing to offer me and therefore I have no interest in who is running the country.” Despite not participating in the process, Pappas says there are some key issues Australians living in Greece should consider if they’re going to vote. “I think Australia needs to work closer with Greece to offer Australian citizens now living here more social security benefits.” She says many have worked and paid taxes in Australia for decades and are now living in Greece but can’t access decent health cover. “I feel there is a real lack of support for Australians living here,” Pappas said. Yiannis Triantafilidis says he definitely will not be voting. “Why would I, I mean really who cares,” said Triantafilidis, who also has two brothers, both born in Australia but now living in Greece. “None of us are interested,” he claimed. Marika Stylianou has only recently moved to Athens, but she too says she has no interest in voting. “I left Australia to move here and don’t feel any need to get involved with what’s happening there, to be blunt i just don’t care.” Kostas Karakonstandis and his family have been living in Athens for years. He says he won’t vote, but not because he doesn’t care. “Because I take democratic elections seriously, I strongly believe that only permanent residents of any nation should vote in elections because its the permanent resident that live out the consequences of their vote,” Karakonstandis told Neos Kosmos. He says only permanent residents can be truly informed of the vital daily issues. “And I’m not one to make uninformed decisions so therefore I will not be voting,” Karakonstandis said. Despite not voting he maintains a strong interest in Australia. “I have no idea who will win the Federal elections but whoever wins I hope it is the right choice for the country at this difficult and challenging time of global uncertainty.” He says as a Greek Australian he hopes the new government can form even closer bilateral ties. “In particular, closer economic ties and trade between the two countries would be of mutual benefit and has yet to reach its potential.” He says on issues of particular Greek sensitivity, such as the divided and occupied Republic of Cyprus and FYROM, Australia has largely complied with United Nations Resolutions. “And I trust that any new Australian Federal Government will not only continue to do so, but will even play a more proactive role in promoting real solutions for these problems.” Panos Arvanitis also wants further support from Australia. He has been living in Athens and says Australia owes it to Greece to give back. “Many of us Greeks helped build Australia, yes we benefited from it but so did that country, and now that Greece is in trouble they could do more,” Arvanitis said. He believes Australia could start by importing more Greek products and investing in projects in Greece. “Now is a good time to invest in this country, Greece won’t be down for long and we will not forget who did and did not support us when we were down,” he said. Maria Theodoropoulou, was born and raised in Australia but has been living permanently in Athens says she doesn’t care about what’s happening in Australia and didn’t even know Australia was holding elections this weekend. “Well of course I don’t really care and have been away for so long I don’t even know who the candidates or what the issues are, I’m more focussed on what’s happening here.” Neos Kosmos did manage to locate two Australians currently in Athens that are taking the time out to vote. Jenny Leloudas says she will visit the Australian Embassy to cast her vote because she feels strongly about who the right candidate is. “I think this could be a crucial election for Australia and I feel it’s my duty to vote, just because I live here doesn’t mean I don’t care,” Leloudas said. She says she may one day move back to Australia and feels voting is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. “Too many Greeks, and Australians that have been here for a while, have lost interest in politics because of all the corruption and mismanagement, but we can’t change a thing by sitting on the sidelines,” she said. Mathew Kamanis is currently winding up a European holiday with his last few days being spent in Greece. He took time out from sightseeing to go to the Australian Embassy and cast his vote. “To be honest the main reason I voted was to avoid paying the fine,” Kamanis said.last_img read more

North Carolina man non responsive to CPR

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beach, cpr, death, North Carolina, ocean, Snorkel, vacation, water Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Bahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supply Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice say despite CPR being administered to the 40 year old tourist man yesterday on that lower Bight beach, he died after 4pm; it was pronounced so by the medics at Cheshire Hall Medical Center by minutes to 6pm. The man, reported to Magnetic Media to be from North Carolina, complained of not feeling well to his girlfriend and was brought to shore but lost consciousness. The couple had arrived in Provo on Sunday and was out snorkeling when they abruptly ended their fun. There is no identity released as yet; Police say the man was brought to shore near the Beach House and that autopsy will say for sure how he died. Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicidelast_img read more

Thin Reads Launches to Track EBook Singles Market

first_imgA new web-based e-book singles aggregator launched this week. Called Thin Reads and started by Howard Polskin, who left his executive vice president post at the MPA in December, it’s a consumer-facing database of e-book singles available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBookstore.E-book singles, defined as works of short fiction or non-fiction that are between 5,000 and 25,000 words long, have been a burgeoning market, one that has its fingers in magazine publishing as well. The Atlantic just formed a partnership with Longreads—and Hearst, Rodale and Condé Nast, among others, have all been selling e-books and e-singles for the last couple years. So far, Thin Reads has a database of more than 700 e-book singles dating back to 2010, from more than 150 publishers. Polskin is segmenting out data including title, pub date, publisher, author, description, length and retail platform.Early findings note that 54 percent of e-singles available in the Thin Reads database are “original” works, meaning they were created originally for the electronic platform.Conversely, Thin Reads data reveals that 12 percent of e-singles are “encore” works, meaning they’ve appeared previously in another format.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Guest Service Desk Team Member at TargetPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Local Route Delivery Driver at Gordon Food ServiceFull-Time Field Service Scheduler at AGFAPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Delivery Driver at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time CNC Programmer at ConforMISFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at ConforMISFull-Time Professional Drivers & Movers at Xpress MoversPart-Time Work at Vector Marketing(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Band Parents Association is holding its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 5, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 7pm.  Trivia begins at 8pm.Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, please contact whswildcatbandparents[at]gmail.com.  (Checks can be made payable to The Wilmington Band Parents Association.)Attendees are asked to bring their own your own food for their table, and to come prepared for the raffle basket table and cash bar.Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more about them HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On March 18In “Community”last_img read more

8 apps to help plan your best Valentines Day

first_img Woo your lover in Klingon 1:41 It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day whether you’re excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Tags Get the food rightIf you’re confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you’d rather not play chef, you can book a reservation at a restaurant through the OpenTable app (download for iOS or Android). The app lets you pick a section in the restaurant when you make your reservation. As of last year, more than 46,000 restaurants had joined the service.For a more casual Valentine’s day, a food delivery app like Uber Eats (download for Android or iOS), Postmates (download for Android or iOS) or DoorDash (download for Android or iOS) would be perfect. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Stream the perfect showWhether your night is romantic or platonic, relaxing with a good movie or binge-watching a TV show is an easy win. You can pick from great titles on Netflix (download for iOS or Android) like the new psychological thriller You, or an old favorite like The Office. Don’t miss: Best Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix for 2019If you’re not subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu (download for iOS or Android) or Amazon Prime Video (download for iOS or Android), you can check out Elizabeth Olsen’s Sorry for Your Loss on Facebook Watch for free. You can always snuggle up and watch together on your phone or tablet, or use Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay to stream from your phone to your TV screen.Netflix Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order movie tickets from your phoneIf you’re not in the mood for a movie on the couch, getting out and going to the movie theater is a long-standing Valentine’s Day tradition. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, many of today’s movie theaters offer a better experience than ever with reclining seats, a variety of food and often a bar.Instead of calling the movie theater or Googling what’s playing, check out Fandango (download for iOS or Android) or one of these apps for booking your seats. The apps often show user ratings for each movie and let you watch trailers. Some even offer free snacks for registering.Fandango provides movie information and filters films based on genre, rating, film formats and more. You can watch trailers, browse ratings and pick the theater with the best amenities.Tickets for most major movie theater chains can be purchased in the apps. Pick your film, showtime, seats and more. Payment, splitting the bill and exchanging tickets is easy as well.Fandango Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Hold a vote on Google MapsDon’t get trapped in an endless cycle of, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Use Google Maps’ (download for iOS or Android) Explore feature to find the perfect activity.Your significant other or your friend group can find restaurants, events or other locations with the Explore tab. Any potential activity can be added to a short list for the group to vote on. Apps like Yelp (download for iOS or Android) and Gravy (download for iOS or Android) are also helpful in planning an evening.Google Maps Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Find a unique gift on EtsyA unique or personalized gift is a great touch for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not much of an artist, check out Etsy (download for iOS or Android) for beautiful, handmade gifts.You can specify your searches to gifts for him, for her, for spouses, for kids, decorations, cards and more.Since Etsy sells handmade goods, you’re also supporting artists. Keep in mind that because items are custom-made, they might be a bit more expensive in some cases. And make sure you give yourself enough time to have them delivered.Etsy Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order flowers from an appGetting an arrangement of flowers is always a nice surprise. If you’re planning to surprise a loved one, send some to yourself or want to drop a hint to your significant other, try the ProFlowers app (download for iOS or Android). You can order and quickly send a flower arrangement or a plant. Pick out your gift, add the recipient’s address, add a personalized message, select a delivery date and press Send. ProFlowers ships its arrangements in a free vase or pot and guarantees freshness, so they can be enjoyed longer.Proflower Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Take a relationship quizCommunication is a big factor in a healthy relationship. The Happy Couple quiz app (download for iOS or Android) can help you learn more about a new relationship or strengthen an older one. After linking the apps, partners can tap Play Quiz to start. Happy Couple adds 10 new questions daily, like “Who picked up the check the first time you ate together?” You can choose from “I did,” “He did,” “We split it” or “We argued about it.” You can compare your answers afterward and discuss where you agree or disagree. Happy couple Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Tinder, Bumble or PickableThere’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re hoping to find your true love or a simple date to a party, a dating app is as good a place to start as any. Tinder (download for iOS or Android), and its famous swipe right interface, probably comes to mind first for most. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left if you don’t. If you both swiped right, you match. If Tinder isn’t for you, there are plenty of other dating apps to choose from. Bumble (download for iOS or Android) lets women make the first move. Vibes (download for iOS) focuses on matching personalities and combats the negativity often found in dating apps. Pickable (download for iOS or Android) empowers women by letting them remain anonymous while browsing for dates. Tinder Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET 0 Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine Read moreSurvive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetWhite Castle taking Valentine’s Day reservations: Plan ahead, romanticsFor Valentine’s Day, buy this seductive heart-shaped meteoriteThe best apps for renting and buying movies in 2019 (Download.com)LGBTQ dating app HER can help you meet your perfect match for Valentine’s Day (Download.com)Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships (Download.com)Employees do not mentally start their work year until Valentines Day (ZDNet)Great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for tech and gadget lovers (TechRepublic)center_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 1:08 Post a commentlast_img read more

ATT and Comcast say theyve hit new milestone in fight against robocalls

first_img Comment AT&T Comcast Mobile Tech Industry Getty Images One way wireless carriers are working to stop the flood of unwanted robocalls is through authentication systems that verify caller IDs. One drawback so far has been that these systems work only on calls to and from the same provider. On Wednesday, AT&T and Comcast said they’ll offer call authentication between networks later this year. Customers will be able to see verified calls from all participating carrier providers. AT&T and Comcast’s authentication system is the industry’s first to verify calls between separate providers, according to the companies’ release. The two carriers verified calls earlier this month between AT&T’s Phone digital home service and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service, the companies said in the release. “While authentication won’t solve the problem of unwanted robocalls by itself,” the companies said, “it’s a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.”This comes after the Federal Communications Commission said carrier companies need to implement robust call authentication systems this year. In February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” Share your voice 1 Tagslast_img read more

Emmanuel Macrons lead in French presidential elections triggers Sensex Nifty rally

first_imgEmmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, celebrates after partial results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, at the Parc des Expositions hall in Paris, France April 23, 2017.ReutersBenchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty ended with gains of about 1 percent on Monday tracking global cues, mainly centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron qualifying for the May 7 run off in the first round of French presidential elections held on Sunday.The Sensex closed 290 points higher at 29,656 while the 50-scrip Nifty ended at 9,218, up 98 points.”France led gains in European equities as investors speculated that pro-growth centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron will win the presidential election after he made it through to the second round,”  brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.”Strong global cues and better than expected quarterly results by HDFC Bank, ACC and UltraTech lifted market. Moreover, fall in oil price, hopes of GST implementation and positive domestic cues boosted the market sentiment. Asian markets like Nikkei surged nearly 1 percent and European markets gained between 2-4 percent after French election (results),” the brokerage added. The rally was also supported by upbeat Q4 results by HDFC Bank last week, triggering a spurt in many bank stocks, including state-owned lender Vijaya Bank that hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 76.80 before closing 8.74 percent higher at Rs 75.25.   The US Federal Reserve’s observation on GST’s potential to boost India’s GDP growth by up to 4.2 percent also added to the positive mood on the exchanges.Top Sensex gainers were GAIL, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and Larsen & Toubro.  HDFC Bank shares closed 2.41 percent higher at Rs 1,533 on better business prospects. “With tier 1 capital of 13.3%, strong capacity amid the moderate growth cycle and significant digitization initiatives, the bank is well placed to benefit from the expected pick-up in the economic growth cycle,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in another note.Later in the day, Reliance Industries will be declaring its Q4 results. The stock closed 1.19 percent higher at Rs 1,416. Apart from Vijaya Bank, other stocks that hit a new 52-week high included India Cements, Hathway Cable, Dilip Buildcon, Future Retail, South Indian Bank and Piramal Enterprises.The Indian rupee closed at 64.44 to the US dollar on Monday, a gain of 0.27 percent from the Friday closing of 64.61.Gold prices lost Rs 350 to close at Rs 29,650 per 10 gm while silver ended at Rs 41,700 per kg.Among major companies, Wipro, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, IDFC Bank, LIC Housing Finance and Zensar Technologies will be declaring their Q4 results on Tuesday.last_img read more

6 get life for murder in Khulna

first_imgA court in Khulna Wednesday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for murdering a trader in a bomb attack in 2010, reports UNB.The convicts are Akter Jamil alias Boni, son of late Firoj Ahmed, Jahidul Islam alias Babu Bhuiyan, son of late Nur Mohammad Bhuiyan of Phultala upazila, M Alam Shiekh, son of late Barkat Ali of Narail district, Monirul Islam, son of Golam Mustafa, Al Mamun alias Bomaru Mamun, son of Siddikur Rahman and Bipul Bairagi, son of Debendra Nath Bairagi of the same district.The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each. In case of failure to pay the fine, they will have to suffer five years more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Azad Gazi, a trader of Phultala upazila, died after sustaining severe injuries in a bomb attack by the convicts at Uttar Aloka village in Phultala upazila on 2 February 2010 over demanding extortion of Tk 3 millions.Victim’s brother Abdus Sobhan filed a case accusing unnamed people. On 26 February 2012, police submitted a chargesheet against six accused in the case.After examining the records and witnesses, Public Safety Disturbance Crime Prevention Tribunal of Khulna judge SM Solaiman handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Commuters suffer in raindrenched Dhaka

first_imgCommuters suffer in rain-drenched Dhaka. Photo: Abdus SalamHeavy rains on Monday morning crippled life in Dhaka city as most of the roads went under ankle to knee-deep water, causing sufferings to commuters, report news agency UNB.The torrential rains lashed Dhaka leading to waterlogging in many parts of the busy mega-city.The Met office recorded 66 millimeter rainfall in three hours between 6:00am and 9:00am, said Muhammad Arif Hossain, meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.During the time, it also recorded 37mm rainfall in Comilla while 9mm in Khunla, 5mm in Tarash of Sirajganj, 2mm in Chandpur.The worst affected areas in Dhaka include Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazipara, Sukrabad, Shantinagar.Vehicles remained stranded for hours in traffic jams.Hundred of commuters especially office and school goers faced huge troubles in reaching their destinations due to water-logging and lack of transports caused by the incessant rains.Many of them were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water on the roads and bilanes.The rain may continue till Wednesday and even Thursday, meteorologist Arif added.Commuters faced difficulties due to water-logg8ing in Mauchak, Malibagh, Shatinagar and some other areas, said victims.The situation turned worse in areas like Malibagh Chowdhurypara, Mauchak for pothole-riddled road, said Ferdous Koni, a commuter from Malibagh.According to heavy rainfall warning of the Met office, under the influence of active monsoon over Bangladesh heavy (44mm – 88mm) to very heavy (>=89mm) rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions during next 24 hours commencing 9:00 am Monday.Due to very heavy rainfall landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.last_img read more

Arrest warrant issued against Khaleda Goyeshwar

first_imgKhaleda Zia and Goyeshwar Chandra RoyA Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Bangaldesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making derogatory remarks about the number of martyrs in war of liberation and martyred intellectuals, reports BSS.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed issued the warrant allowing a plea of plaintiff AB Siddiqui. The court also set 7 August for submitting report on execution of the order.According to the case documents, Khaleda at a rally of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal on 21 December 2015, had made the objectionable remarks.Her party colleague Roy too made similar remarks at another rally on 25 December 2015.Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddiqui filed the case against the duo on 5 January 2016.last_img read more

Saudis now call Khashoggi killing grave mistake

first_imgActivists and protesters march to the US Department of State building after holding a demonstration calling for sanctions against Saudi Arabia and against the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, outside the White House in Washington, US on 19 October. Photo: ReutersSaudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a “huge and grave mistake,” but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware.The comments from foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh, which has given multiple and conflicting accounts about Khashoggi’s killing on 2 October, first denying his death and later admitting it amid an international outcry.“This was an operation that was a rogue operation. This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had,” Jubeir said on the US broadcaster Fox.Related Coverage“They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it,” he said.The weeks of denial and lack of credible evidence in the face of allegations from Turkish officials that Khashoggi had been killed have shaken global confidence in ties with the world’s top oil exporter.US treasury secretary Stephen Mnuchin said Saudi Arabia’s admission that the Washington Post columnist was killed in a fistfight was a “good first step but not enough,” though he added it was premature to discuss sanctions against Riyadh.Three European powers – Germany, Britain and France – pressed Riyadh to provide facts, and chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi’s fate persisted.Late on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency said both Saudi king Salman and prince Mohammed had called Khashoggi’s son, Salah, to express condolences.Jubeir had extended condolences to Khashoggi’s family earlier on Sunday. “Unfortunately, a huge and grave mistake was made and I assure them that those responsible will be held accountable for this,” he told Fox.Jubeir said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was. He also said prince Mohammed was not responsible.Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.After two weeks denying any involvement in the 59-year-old’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, died during a fight in the building. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.“Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement.“There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened … beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.”The White House said late on Sunday that US president Donald Trump had spoken to French president Emmanuel Macron and the two had discussed a range of issues including circumstances surrounding Khashoggi’s death.Reflecting international scepticism over its account, a senior Saudi government official laid out a new version that contradicts previous explanations.The latest account includes details on how 15 Saudis sent to confront Khashoggi had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and killed him in a chokehold when he resisted. A member of the team dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.Erdogan to SpeakTurkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the Saudi agents and his body cut up. Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi’s murder.In a speech on Sunday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to suggest he was getting ready to release some information about the Turkish investigation, and would do so at his weekly speech on Tuesday to members of his ruling AK Party.Erdogan has remained largely silent on the case, although Turkey’s pro-government newspapers have released information about events at the consulate.Turkey’s Anadolu agency said early on Monday that Erdogan and Trump had spoken on the telephone and agreed that “all aspects” of the case needed to be cleared up.For Saudi Arabia’s allies – particularly in the West – the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.Trump calls Saudi account of Khashoggi death incomplete“I am not satisfied until we find the answer. But it was a big first step, it was a good first step. But I want to get to the answer,” Trump told reporters this weekend, when asked about the Saudi investigation and Riyadh’s firing of officials.In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that “obviously there’s been deception, and there’s been lies.” He had suggested last week that “rogue killers” might have been responsible for Khashoggi’s death, a comment critics called an effort to play down the crisis.A leading Republican US senator said he believed the crown prince was behind the killing, adding that the Saudis had lost credibility in their explanations of his death. “Yes, I think he did it,” Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN, referring to the crown prince.King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.The king also ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service, to be led by Prince Mohammed, suggesting the prince still retained wide-ranging authority.Some governments and prominent executives have said they would pull out of a forthcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia.According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi’s body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a “local cooperator” for disposal.last_img read more

Michael Cryor Tapped to Head Mayors OneBaltimore

first_imgMichael Cryor expounds on OneBaltimore. (Photo by Mark Dennis)In the wake of the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Michael Cryor, a well-respected civic leader, to lead the OneBaltimore effort.Rawlings-Blake announced the formation of OneBaltimore, a public-private partnership focusing on improving education,employment, minority and women-owned business opportunities, and affordable housing, among other things. In tapping Cryor to lead the initiative, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference, “As soon as we launched the OneBaltimore initiative, Michael’s name was at the top of my list as the right choice to lead this effort, and his name was at the top of the list of many, many others, too.“I know that he has the understanding and experience in our city, and the vision for what needs to be done both now and in the long-term, to lead the transformative change that OneBaltimore can create.”Cryor, with a long history of civic and political involvement in Baltimore including co-chairing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Believe campaign, said that he would first focus on increasing the number of jobs available to high-school student by 50 percent through the city’s Youth Works program.The program is for young people aged 14-21, and the city has provided funds for about 4,500 positions, Cryor said. The problem is that close to 8,000 people have registered for the program, which begins on June 25 and pays a minimum of $8.25 an hour for 25-hours a week of work. The city is looking for private donations to cover the gap.The jobs range from working in an office to working outside. “In many cases it will be work outside; gardening, cleaning up, or what have you,” said Cryor. “When I was young man I worked in the shipyards but I learning many things like getting up when I didn’t want to, following orders, and other things that make you a productive member of society.”Cryor hopes to not just focus on the short term issue of summer jobs, but also long range solutions. “Right now, we have a moment to make some rather substantial improvements not just in services but in the ways we conceive solutions to problems, many of which are long term and systemic,” Cryor said. “In addition, we have the immediate need of providing summer jobs.”Cryor is also staffing the OneBaltimore organization and figuring out where it fits in with the other services the city offers. “I don’t want to be duplicating services other organizations already provide. Right now I need to get a feel for what other organizations are doing,” Cryor said. “I’m not eager to run out and commit to a lot of things I can’t fulfill, nor do I want to sit in a room and answer to 50 or 60 people every week.”The goal of the OneBaltimore program, Cryor said, is to prove Baltimore is more than the images of rioting and fires much of America witnessed over the past few weeks. “We hope to restore some confidence in the city of Baltimore,” Cryor said.“We recognize there are some things to address but we remain a viable city. We have to pull together, we have to deliver on the things we say, and admit there are something we need to improve upon as community.”last_img read more

Indias Hotstar Belatedly Joins Original Content Race With Slate of Applause Shows

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The shows will premiere later this month and will be available in seven Indian languages. Hotstar has 150 million monthly active users.“Hotstar is the leader of the streaming services in India and a perfect partner for us. We hope to entertain their audiences, to contribute in a small way to help achieve their business objectives, and to ink a deeper, longer-term creative relationship with them,” said Sameer Nair, Applause Entertainment CEO.center_img India’s leading OTT platform, the Fox- and Star-owned Hotstar will launch its recently announced original programming slate, branded Hotstar Specials. It has commissioned four shows produced by Applause Entertainment, the content arm of the $43 billion Aditya Birla conglomerate.“Criminal Justice”, the BAFTA winning British series, the first season of which was remade as the HBO Emmy winning series “The Night Of,” will get an Indian adaptation by Tigmanshu Dhulia (“Paan Singh Tomar”) and Vishal Furia (“Lapachhapi”). Stars include Jackie Shroff, Pankaj Tripathi and Vikrant Massey.The Indian version of global cult hit “The Office,” remade by Rohan Sippy, Debbie Rao and Vivek Bhushan will also bow on Hotstar. Sudhir Mishra (“Daas Dev”) directs the Indian adaptation of hit Israeli show “Hostages.” Cast includes Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra and Parvin Dabas. Political drama “City of Dreams” by Nagesh Kukunoor (“Rainbow”) stars Atul Kulkarni and Sachin Pilgaonkar, rounds out the slate.last_img read more

Haier Exhibits A Wireless HDTV Video System at the 2010 CES w

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further 2010 CES: Haier features the “completely wireless HDTV” ABI Research (Technology Market Research Company) said last year it expected 1 million installations will be performed by 2012. Currently WHDI is supported by 40 vendors, including Broadcom, LG, Intel, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Philips and Toshiba. In 2010 and beyond we can expect to see manufactures experimenting with different wireless technology. Until consumers start seeing the sets in stores, it’s difficult to determine which manufactures will have the most innovative wire free HDTV’s on the market. Intel, Microsoft, Dell band together for WiGig By using a coil that is approximately 1 foot by 1 foot in size, at the back of the TV set, 100 watts of electricity can be supplied at a distance up to 1 meter (3.28 feet). TV images are displayed by using WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface), a high-speed communication standard for wirelessly transmitting high-definition images. This leaves the back of the TV completely wire free. The WHDI uses a frequency band of 5 GHz which is the industry standard for WHDI technology developed by Amimon Ltd. By utilizing a bandwidth of 40 MHz, data rates up to 3 Gbps can be transmitted to transfer uncompressed 1080p 60Hz video to the TV; the maximum transmission range is one hundred feet.The wireless power transfer technology, utilizing magnetic coupling, was developed by WiTricity Corp, a US base venture firm that was founded by an MIT professor in April 2007. Electricity is transferred through the use of two resonant devices of the same frequency. This enables the maximum power to be transferred. center_img Citation: Haier Exhibits A Wireless HDTV Video System at the 2010 CES (w/ Video) (2010, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-haier-wireless-hdtv-video-ces.html (PhysOrg.com) — Haier America Digital Products Group (Chinese company) demonstrated the first completely wireless 32 inch LCD TV that is powered wirelessly up to a distance of 1 meter (3.28 feet). Wireless content is transferred by a system called Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI). Using a 5GHz frequency band it can transfer uncompressed 1080p 60Hz video to the TV. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount

first_img More information: Genetic and archaeological perspectives on the initial modern human colonization of southern Asia, PNAS, Published online before print June 10, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306043110 AbstractIt has been argued recently that the initial dispersal of anatomically modern humans from Africa to southern Asia occurred before the volcanic “supereruption” of the Mount Toba volcano (Sumatra) at ∼74,000 y before present (B.P.)—possibly as early as 120,000 y B.P. We show here that this “pre-Toba” dispersal model is in serious conflict with both the most recent genetic evidence from both Africa and Asia and the archaeological evidence from South Asian sites. We present an alternative model based on a combination of genetic analyses and recent archaeological evidence from South Asia and Africa. These data support a coastally oriented dispersal of modern humans from eastern Africa to southern Asia ∼60–50 thousand years ago (ka). This was associated with distinctively African microlithic and “backed-segment” technologies analogous to the African “Howiesons Poort” and related technologies, together with a range of distinctively “modern” cultural and symbolic features (highly shaped bone tools, personal ornaments, abstract artistic motifs, microblade technology, etc.), similar to those that accompanied the replacement of “archaic” Neanderthal by anatomically modern human populations in other regions of western Eurasia at a broadly similar date.Press release (Phys.org) —A team of British researchers has published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences refuting claims made by a research team in 2007 suggesting that humans migrated to India as early as 75,000 years ago. In their paper, they say mtDNA and new archeological evidence indicates that modern humans arrived in India approximately 50 to 55 thousand years ago. © 2013 Phys.org Invisible volcanic ash gives clues to Neanderthal demise For many years scientists believed modern humans had migrated from Africa to India approximately 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Then in 2007, a team of archeologists discovered some stone tools that had apparently been made by modern human ancestors in a site in southeastern India, which appeared to have been from a much earlier time. The team reported finding such tools both above and below the ash line caused by the massive eruption of Mount Toba approximately 74,000 years ago. The explosion from the volcano is believed to have sent so much ash into the air that the planet was cooled for several years thereafter.In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle the arguments about the Indian migration timeline once and for all. To do so, they collected mitochondrial DNA samples from 817 volunteers all across the Eurasian subcontinent, while also reexamining the stone tools that had originally set off the debate. In studying the mtDNA, the researchers concluded that modern humans had settled in the area no earlier than 55,000 to 60,000 years ago. The evidence indicated that early humans had settled along the coast first, then traveled inland following rivers. Such a timeline indicates that modern humans didn’t migrate to India till well after the eruption of Mount Toba.Meanwhile, others on the team investigating the stone tools discovered by the earlier team found that they were very likely the work of Neanderthals, not early modern humans. They note that the author of the original study claiming the stones had been made by early humans had withdrawn the paper with the suggestion that the tools were likely made by an unidentified group of archaic people living in the area at the time.Taken together, the team says their findings should once and for all end the debate regarding the migration timeline for modern humans moving into India. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Citation: New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount Toba eruption (2013, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-refutes-early-humans-india-prior.html Explore further Graphic by Dora Kemp. (c)2013 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306043110 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Why You Cant Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Anymore

first_img 5 min read Though cryptocurrency and its underpinnings — blockchain technology — have gone through tough times over the last eight years, they have evolved to the point where they pose a serious threat, not only to banks, but also to other centralized control systems, such as payment systems, insurance companies, law firms, and even governments.We cannot blame top bank officials for ignoring this technology for so many years. With the massive amounts of money passing through their hands on a daily basis, they could not realistically envision that, one day, they would face competition from an unstable, digital currency that relies on some “geeky,” distributed ledger technology.Unfortunately for banks and other centralized control systems, cryptocurrencies are here to stay. While early adopters of Bitcoin and blockchain enthusiasts raise millions of dollars, those who have shown up late to the party can only talk about the shortcomings of cryptocurrency and how blockchain jeopardizes the system. Yet, even they cannot overlook the obvious benefits.Perhaps the biggest threat blockchain-powered digital currencies pose for governments and traditional financial systems is the undermining of their authority and deprivation of their long-entrenched “control and enforce” mentality. Fiat money remains valuable largely because it is backed by the state and is controlled in terms of price and availability by the central banks. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency rides on the shoulders of the supposedly impregnable blockchain to circumvent the traditional banking process in its entirety.Seen in that light, it seems counterproductive to ignore cryptocurrencies and all that they entail and promise. Governments and communities should be looking for new ways of adopting cryptocurrencies and blockchain to benefit the global economy and humanity as a whole. Here’s why.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your Business1. Most governments do not care about cryptotechnology.Many countries are still averse to the idea of using at least some elements of blockchain technology. Obviously, they are not interested in supporting cryptocurrencies, either. However, China, Russia and the Netherlands appear to be approaching the new technology more proactively.For instance, China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank Of China, is testing out a prototype cryptocurrency. While the results of their efforts are pretty much unknown, China could become the world’s first country with a full scale, government-approved cryptocurrency on board. Given all of China’s digital currency efforts, this does not sound entirely unrealistic.The Netherlands, meanwhile, have created their own cryptocurrency for internal circulation, for the purpose of critically studying the technology and how it functions in the real world. Russia has launched an Ethereum-based blockchain pilot program. The Central Banks of Europe and Japan are following the same path, but seem to be more interested in the potential benefits of blockchain technology as a means of bettering their market infrastructure.We do not yet know how governments will utilize the power of blockchain and reform their policies to address the dangers of cryptocurrencies, but one thing is sure: If they continue to ignore these cutting-edge technologies instead of putting well-defined rules of their usage in place, they will lose control over the world’s money supply.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App2. Cryptocurrencies may suffer from policy-related issues . . . for a while.Central banks still often doubt the overall stability of digital money and in the areas of value, privacy, susceptibility to cyber attacks and fraud. In March, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell voiced these policy concerns and called for them to be exhaustively reviewed.Yet, cryptocurrencies do not cease to develop. According to Coinmarketcap, cryptocurrencies account for up to $150 billion worth of digital money, with Bitcoin alone having risen more than 380 percent since the turn of the year. The exceptional growth of Initial Coin Offering (ICO) investments in 2017 have only helped to bolster this explosion.There is no doubt that, at some point, governments will have to come up with clear policies to address the use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For Free3. Blockchain is good news for small business.Although cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are pretty much in their infancy, they have the potential to become the greatest technological advances since the internet. This is good news for small and medium-sized companies who suffer intense competition from corporations.Blockchain favors small businesses by fostering a fair-field climate for every player on the market. Specifically, these benefits come into play with Ethereum blockchain. By introducing the so-called Digital Autonomous Organization (DAO), blockchain allows for smart contracts that are drawn up and executed by decentralized, self-governed communities of small-business owners. Blockchain technology cuts middlemen (e.g. courts, lawyers, insurance agents) out of the picture and allows for a considerable reduction in operational and frictional costs, dramatically simplifying business processes.While this may seem unrealistic to some, small businesses can already start using blockchain for their benefit. Startups like Opporty, Snov.io and BlockCAT have already made inroads into the technology.Opporty, for instance, is a service marketplace on the blockchain that implements strong smart contracts and the world’s first decentralized Escrow. By binding Ethereum blockchain and its own cryptocurrency, OPP token, to the on-demand business model, it allows businesses, service providers and ordinary users to enjoy the benefits of a fair-field-and-no-favor environment, wherein independent communities of experts standardize and establish rules of doing business, draw up smart contracts and protect all parties through decentralized escrow procedure.Blockchain and cryptocurrency technology can be of immense benefit to the global economy. A prime example is the trajectory on which Japan, the world’s third largest economy, has travelled since the spectacular financial tragedy of Mt. Gox back in 2014. Bitcoin is now accepted as a legal method of payment in Japan. Its largest banks have also put down money on Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin and blockchain related small-cap stocks, as the currency begins to garner favor among retailers within the country and globally. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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