Rob Lowe is obsessed with the Halifax Explosion

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HALIFAX — Actor Rob Lowe has declared himself “obsessed” with the Halifax Explosion, telling late-night host Jimmy Kimmel he successfully had his character in a new movie named for the deadly blast.Lowe appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night to promote his new movie, “Super Troopers 2,” in which he plays Guy Le Franc, hockey-star-turned-mayor of a Quebec town at the centre of a U.S.-Canadian border dispute.Kimmel and Lowe — who has filmed several projects in the Halifax area — discussed the explosion with a mix of awe at its impact and irreverent humour of a sort rarely heard in the city where about 2,000 people died. Rob Lowe attends the LA Premiere of “Super Troopers 2” at ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Lowe has declared himself “obsessed” with the Halifax Explosion, telling late-night host Jimmy Kimmel he successfully sought to have his character in a new movie named for the deadly blast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/APlast_img read more

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Document reveals exLiberal minister Daoust opposed sale of Rona shares

first_imgQUEBEC – Ex-Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Jacques Daoust wrote in a political document before his death last year he was opposed to the sale of Rona shares to U.S. interests in 2014.The document, obtained by Quebecor Media, indicates Daoust was furious his own government wanted him to say publicly he agreed with the sale of 11 million shares by Quebec’s investment agency, when he did not.Daoust wrote that the decision to authorize the sale was made by a senior staff member behind his back when he was economy minister.He said he was caught in a behind-the-scenes game between his chief of staff, Pierre Ouellet, and another person with more authority than a minister — pointing a finger at Premier Philippe Couillard’s then-chief of staff.Daoust was elected to the national assembly in 2014 and named economy minister before he took the transport portfolio in January 2016.He kept the position until he stepped down as a member of the legislature in August 2016 after he landed in hot water for his alleged role in Investissement Quebec’s sale of the 11 million Rona shares to Lowe’s, a U.S. renovation companyDaoust, who was head of the province’s investment agency between 2006 and 2013, always insisted he did not know about the sale until it was a done deal.In March 2016, Rona shareholders overwhelmingly approved the sale of the hardware chain to Lowe’s as part of a $3.2-billion friendly bid announced two months earlier.Sebastien Daoust, one of Daoust’s sons, told Montreal radio station 98.5 FM on Wednesday that some of the passages in the document were in keeping with what his father told him.The younger Daoust added that while he talked about politics daily with his father, the former minister did not like to discuss the sale of Rona.Couillard, meanwhile, denied he or his staff played any role in the sale of Rona shares to Lowe’s.“It’s been clearly established, because all that was checked at the time, that neither I nor anybody in my staff was aware of this deal,” the premier said in the legislature.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee latched on to the brouhaha to describe Couillard as “anti-nationalist” in economic matters.“(For Couillard), the Quebec economy is up for sale,” Lisee said. “And there are fewer head offices in Quebec than when he came to power (2014).“Mr. Daoust thought it was important that Rona stay in Quebec and that’s really the crux of the matter.”Daoust died last August at the age of 69.Companies in this story: (TSX.QBR.B)last_img read more

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Macys and Kohls slump while Bed Bath Beyond jumps

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:Macy’s Inc., down $5.61 to $26.11The department store cut its annual forecasts and said sales weakened in mid-December.American Airlines Group Inc., down $1.38 to $32.04The airline said its fourth-quarter revenue will be at the low end of its estimates.Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., up $2.03 to $14.29The home goods retailer gave a more optimistic forecast, saying it expects earnings to start growing in 2020.NRG Energy Inc., up 86 cents to $40.41Utility stocks rose as companies with businesses more closely tied to economic growth took losses.Exxon Mobil Corp., down 37 cents to $72.05Energy company stocks dipped as the recent rally in oil prices lost steam.Kohl’s Corp., down $3.36 to $66.54The retailer said its holiday season sales grew at a slower pace than they did a year ago.L Brands Inc., down $1.24 to $26.99The retailer said sales at Victoria’s Secret slumped in December.Pfizer Inc., down $1.03 to $42.31Pharmaceutical company stocks slid as congressional Democrats introduced a plan to reduce drug prices.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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RCMP arrest 14 people in northern BC over anti LNG pipeline protest

first_img“We would like to clarify that both of these allegations are incorrect,” the statement says. “The area is extremely remote and even police had limited access to communication.”Mounties said earlier Monday they would enforce the interim injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court in mid-December. The court ordered the removal of any obstructions interfering with the Coastal GasLink project.The injunction gave protesters 72 hours to remove obstructions and the police say that had not happened, preventing Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Ltd. from being able to do any work in the area.The pipeline by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink would carry natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat. The company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.A news release issued Sunday on behalf of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says all five Wet’suwet’en clans, including the Gidimt’en, oppose the construction of oil and gas pipelines in their territory.“The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met,” Phillip says in the release.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility.Construction on the $6.2-billion pipeline, which is 670 kilometres long, is scheduled to begin this month.B.C. Premier John Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision would help an economically deprived region of the province and bring in an estimated $23 billion in provincial revenue.Around 2012, the Unist’ot’en camp set up a blockade by constructing a gate and other obstacles to the area, and a second gate was recently constructed at the Morice River Bridge, the company said in a document filed with the court.TransCanada has said it is not asking for the camp at the bridge to be dismantled, only for access to its pipeline right of way.Marches were planned across the country on Tuesday to support members of the Gidimt’en clan who oppose the pipeline project. HOUSTON, B.C. – RCMP say they arrested 14 people from a blockade to a forest service road in northern British Columbia that is preventing access to a pipeline project.Mounties say the arrests took place at the Gitdumt’en checkpoint on Morice West Forest Service Road for various offences, including alleged violations of an injunction order against the blockade.They allege officers saw a number of fires being lit along the roadway.center_img Members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp and a checkpoint in the area, southwest of Houston, which they said was to control access.In a statement, RCMP say officers spoke with representatives of the camp about the removal of a road block along the roadway, and set up a meeting between hereditary chiefs and Coastal GasLink.But police say at about 3 p.m., they realized the matter couldn’t be resolved and they took action.The statement says a temporary exclusion zone has been set up in the area where the police do not allow access to anyone who is not part of the enforcement team.The RCMP says the zone remains in place and will be consistently re-assessed.The statement also addressed what police called “erroneous” reports that RCMP jammed communications in the area, and that the military was present during the police enforcement operation.last_img read more

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Morocco Football Coach Calls Up 26 Players for Critical Gabon Face-Off

Rabat- The Morocco national football team coach, Hervé Renard, has called up 26 players for their decisive match against Gabon on October 7.The game, due to be held in Casablanca’s Mohammed VI stadium, will mark the fourth round of the African World Cup qualifiers. Group C, where Morocco is competing along with Ivory Coast and Gabon, is witnessing an intense competition between the three teams. Mali, having lost chances to qualify, will also be facing Ivory Coast on October 8.The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Tuesday the list of the 26 players selected by Renard for the upcoming game. The Atlas Lions will seek to defeat the Panthers to get one more step closer to booking their ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.The list of the selected players included some surprises. Amine Harit, the young French-Moroccan talent who freshly announced his decision to play for his country of origin, has been called up by Renard.The Shalcke 04 winger is a rising talent. He was called up to be part of the Moroccan squad just a few days after he announced his choice to play for Morocco. Other more experienced players such as Mehdi Carcela and Adil Taarabt, who was expected to make his come back to the team, were not picked by the French coach to be among the 26 players list.While most called-up names play for European clubs, a few from the local Moroccan football league were also selected. Among them is the talented left-winger of Wydad Casablanca’s Ismail El Hadad, who will be making his comeback to the national team following an absence due to injury.Notably, the 26 players list picked by Renard include 10 attacking midfielders, wingers, and strikers.The Frenchman will have to choose between four players, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Rachid Alioui, and Mamoun Mahi, to select the striker to start the game against Gabon.Morocco has six points from four games. Ivory Coast is still the group’s leader with seven points. The Moroccan squad, which missed a golden opportunity to become the group’s leader in their last game against Mali earlier in September, will have to win their upcoming game and hope that their main rival loses against Mali or at least scores a draw.The clash with Gabon will not be an easy walk for Moroccans either, as the Panthers, being in third place with five points, will be looking for victory in Casablanca. read more

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Crane falls off Italian gas platform, leaving worker missing

ROME — Italian energy company Eni says a crane fell off a methane gas extraction platform, plunging into the Adriatic sea and leaving the crane’s operator missing.Eni says the crane also struck a supply vessel, injuring two crew members aboard.The Italian coast guard says the accident happened Tuesday morning in international waters, 32 nautical miles (60 kilometres, 40 miles) offshore Ancona, an Italian port, when platform infrastructure gave way.Coast Guard Rear Adm. Enrico Moretti told Sky TG24 TV it appeared the operator was trapped in the cabin of the crane, which had been loading a 7-ton canister.An Italian air force helicopter, fire department divers and coast guard boats searched for the 63-year-old operator of the crane, which ended up some 30 metres (100 feet) under water.The Associated Press read more

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Jerry Sandusky Jurors Want Him To Get Life In

Jurors of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case say they want the convicted former Penn State assistant coach to be sent to prison for life.They told  The Associated Press they have not had second thoughts about their June verdict, and several plan to attend the sentencing.“There isn’t a sentence that I believe is harsh enough for what he has done and how it has affected the university,” said Joan Andrews, a juror who has worked for Penn State for 41 years and held football season tickets since 1969. “I don’t think there’s been one individual in this entire campus that has not been affected by this.”Four jurors said they plan to be in the courtroom when Sandusky, 68, learns the penalty for sexually abusing boys he met through a charity for at-risk children. Sandusky’s own attorney expects his client to be handed a long sentence from Judge John Cleland after conviction on 45 counts.Although a list of jurors has not been released by Cleland, the AP was able to contact five of them. They said they recently received a letter from the court informing them about the sentencing and offering to have a court official meet them outside the courthouse.A court system spokesman said the jurors are guaranteed a seat but won’t necessarily be sitting together.Only one of the five, retired Penn State soil sciences professor Daniel D. Fritton, said he would not attend.“I’d just like to stay out of the limelight, for one thing,” Fritton said. “I figure I could read in the paper what happens.”Gayle Barnes, a homemaker and former school district employee, said she thinks a lot about the victims, particularly the eight who testified against Sandusky and provided what she considers the critical evidence of guilt. She said he deserves life in prison.“I do still feel good, what we as jurors did,” Barnes said. “I didn’t go there saying off the bat he’s guilty. I needed to listen to every single thing that was said.”Barnes said she has been in touch with a fifth juror and an alternate juror who also plan to attend the sentencing.High school science teacher Joshua Harper, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State, said that he takes pride in having served on the jury, and that the guilty verdict was not a close call. He wants Sandusky “put away for the rest of his life, really.”“This is what prisons are for, you know,” Harper said. “I mean, I don’t think you let a guy loose like that.”He also felt the victim testimony was pivotal.“It was such a consistent pattern of behavior,” Harper said. “It was just so solid. The defense was just so thin. There was no evidence that these kids were lying. Even the minor inconsistencies that the defense tried to bring up — and did bring up — that made it more convincing.” read more

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Google Doodle celebrates Mr Men creators birthday

first_imgRecent Google Doodle‘s have offered up animation and video, but today’s doodle reverts back to a static image with good reason: it celebrates what would have been Roger Hargreaves’ 76th birthday.While the name may not be familiar to everyone, his creations most certainly will be. Hargreaves is the British author and illustrator behind both the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. You, like I, may have grown up reading the little books and watching the cartoon charting the adventures of such characters as Mr. Tickle, Mr. Forgetful, and Little Miss Chatterbox.AdChoices广告Hargreaves started the Mr. Men series in 1971 with 6 books initially being released for Mr. Tickle, Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Sneeze, and Mr. Bump. Over subsequent years throughout the 70s the number of characters and books increased and today stands at 48 titles. In 1981 Hargreaves also started the Little Miss series of which there are 42 titles.The popularity of both series is demonstrated by just how many books have sold around the world. Sales currently stand at over 85 million, with most books being translated into 20 different languages making for a truly worldwide success and recognition for both the author and the characters.Roger Hargreaves died in 1988 of a stroke, but his son Adam continued creating new stories and illustrating new books until 2004 when the rights were sold. All the books remain a favorite with young children and will surely continue to sell for many years to come.Additional information via Wikipedialast_img read more

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Chine la licence dexploitation de Google est renouvelée

first_imgChine : la licence d’exploitation de Google est renouveléeLe gouvernement chinois a annoncé mercredi qu’il avait renouvelé la licence d’exploitation de Google. Le géant américain de Mountain View sera donc consultable pendant un an en Chine continentale.Les internautes chinois ne seront pas privés de Google. C’est ce qu’a annoncé mercredi le gouvernement chinois qui a indiqué avoir renouvelé la licence d’exploitation du géant américain. Grâce à cet accord, la firme de Mountain View pourra donc continuer à travailler pendant un an sur le plus gros marché internet du monde, relaye l’AFP.À lire aussiOcéans, bonobos et Mars, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 mai”Nous avons franchi avec succès la révision annuelle 2011 de la licence”, a ainsi commenté Marsha Wang, porte-parole de Google en Chine. Mais le géant américain n’est pas la seule société à avoir vu sa licence renouvelée. Au total, 137 entreprises ont bénéficié d’un tel renouvellement, après un ajustement demandé par les autorités chinoises, selon le ministère de l’Industrie et des Technologies de l’information  Ces ajustements avaient été exigés par les autorités après que certaines entreprises eurent changé leurs structures d’actionnariat sans permission officielle, offert des services dans des domaines pour lesquels ils n’étaient pas autorisés à le faire, ou encore manqué de rigueur en matière de sécurité. Toutefois, le ministère n’a pas précisé quels types d’ajustements avaient été exactement demandés à chaque entreprise, précise l’AFP.Depuis mars 2010, Google transfèrait automatiquement les requêtes des internautes chinois vers son site de Hong Kong, non soumis à la censure contrairement à son portail chinois. Le 7 septembre 2011 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Clark County Fire District 3 offering free smoke detectors

first_imgClark County Fire District 3 is offering free smoke detectors to owners of single-family homes in its service area.Residents can apply by filling out a form online at www.fire3.org.A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant helps pay for the fire district’s free smoke detectors program.Statistics show that families are 50 percent more likely to escape a house fire with a working smoke detector, the fire district said in a news release. However, many homes don’t have working smoke detectors.“More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. And, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms,” the news release says.If approved, an applicant will receive an email or phone call to let them know their smoke detector can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Station 31, 17718 N.E. 159th St., in Brush Prairie. The fire district will install the device for elderly or disabled recipients.last_img read more

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Rodgers tips Kilmarnock to emulate Leicesters heroics

first_imgLeicester City’s historic Premier League title-winning season can be an inspiration for Kilmarnock according to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.Aberdeen clinched the league title in 1985 and that was the league was won by a team other than Celtic or Rangers, but Kilmarnock are one point ahead of Celtic and Rodgers believes they can emulate the Leicester City of 2015/2016 season.“They deserve all the credit that they get. It is not by accident. It has been a real consistent run now over the last year or so,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.“Steve has done a brilliant job in terms of how he organizes them, the way they want to play and consistently they have got very good results.“Okay they have played two more matches than us but they are still in a position where some people wouldn’t expect them to be.“But if you watch them clearly, closely over the last year or so Steve and the players have done a great job in term of how they have worked.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“They are a very difficult team to beat so we know we have to be at our best to get a result we want.“They will feel why not. I think what Leicester have done to probably every team other than a so-called big club is they have made the impossible possible.“But like I say it is still very early. We have played 14 games. Get down to when there are 10 games to go and then we will see where we are at. But what they have shown is the level of consistency.“They are a very good side. They have got good players, some experienced players there and obviously, Steve and his staff have done a great job so I am sure they will be up there throughout the season.”last_img read more

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Kesha Sets 2019 Cruise With Superfruit Betty Who More

first_img Twitter Come Sail Away With Kesha In 2019 kesha-sets-2019-cruise-superfruit-betty-who-more Kesha Sets 2019 Cruise With Superfruit, Betty Who & More News Facebook center_img Email The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter invites you to join her Weird & Wonderful Rainbow RideRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 14, 2018 – 4:09 pm Kesha’s going on a Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride in 2019, and you are invited.On June 13 the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter announced her Rainbow Ride cruise, which is slated to set sail Feb. 17–21, 2019, and its lineup. Not only will fellow sea travelers be treated to two “unique” performances from Kesha herself, but they’ll also have the chance to see Betty Who, Superfruit, Jonathan Van Ness, Big Freedia, Wrabel, Bob The Drag Queen, Detox, and Thorgy Thor up close and personal. Additional performers will be announced.The four-day cruise will also feature dance parties, lip syncing, pool activities, and other musical shenanigans. The cruise will begin in Tampa, Fla., and make its way “to the dark side of the moon with a stopover at the crystal-clear waters of Nassau, Bahamas.” Along the way, passengers “will let go of the worries in our lives together on the open sea.” The only rules? “Bring some glitter and be yourself unapologetically.”  “We will let go of the worries in our lives together on the open sea,” Kesha wrote. “I’m bringing some of my most fabulous friends and fellow performers to make sure your boogie feet never stop. Throw out everything you think you know about cruising and let your freak flag fly.”Fans can register for the cruise presale via the festival’s website. The high seas will never have experienced anything so fabulous.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for October 4 Hit Run Copper Stolen From Business Cat

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, October 4, 2018:A property owner on Research Drive reported wires cut and copper taken over the past two weeks. (12:52pm)A caller reported a hit & run at Salem Street and Ring Avenue. Caller followed the vehicle down Salem Street to Tewksbury’s 7-11 where a verbal altercation ensued. Police responded and cited the driver for operation after a license suspension, operating to endanger, and leaving the scene of property damage. (3:00pm)Animal Control Officer advised cat owner who had a cat stuck in a tree on Westdale Avenue. (3:13pm)An Action Medic truck was rear-ended on Lowell Street enroute to a call on 93. (10:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Punjab police officers visit Command Control Centre

first_imgHyderabad: Three senior police officers of Punjab State visited Command Control Centre of Hyderabad Commissionerate on Wednesday. City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar welcomed Kuldeep Singh, Additional DGP IT, Pradeep Kumar Yadav, DIG IT and Vikram Jeet Duggal, SSP of Punjab police and explained them about the Technology initiatives being implemented in the centre.last_img

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Man sent to 10 years in jail for raping 6yearold

first_imgNew Delhi : A Delhi court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 10 years in jail for kidnapping and raping a six-year-old girl in 2013, observing that the “cruel” society would not let her forget the incident and she would never be able to erase from her psyche the memories of the sexual assault. Special Judge Seema Maini convicted the man under Section 6 (committing aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, and section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. The court also imposed Rs 15,000 fine on him. Also Read – Kamal Nath states that there is no struggle over leader’s post in MP Advertise With Us It said, “In this happy world of the child victim in the instant case, convict has barged in like a giant Ogre. He broke her trust, duped her with a false promise of samosa and thereafter mangled her body. The victim child, oblivious of the terms ‘sex, sexuality, sexual assault, and the sexual act’, was brutally exposed to the same at such a tender age.” Also Read – Amrapali case: List of aggrieved homebuyers submitted to Supreme Court Advertise With Us The child was left bewildered, though not knowing the full impact of the penetrative sexual assault, knew this much that it caused her suffering and she started weeping, the court said. It, however, added, “Nevertheless, keeping in view that the penetrative sexual assault was not a penile one but an oral one and also that this is the first offence of the convict, who is also a young man of 28 years, the minimum sentence prescribed for the said offence under section 6 of the POCSO Act shall suffice…” Advertise With Us According to the prosecution, the man, who lived in the neighbourhood of the child, came to her house in the evening on January 17, 2013 and asked her mother if her husband was at home. The girl’s mother said he was not, after which, without informing her, he took her daughter with him on the pretext of buying him something to eat. When the victim did not come back home for a considerable period of time, her mother started searching her and saw her coming from the front street crying. On asking, she told her mother that the accused had taken her to a room situated on a roof near the water tank and raped her. The girl’s mother called the police and he was arrested. During the trial, the man claimed innocence and that he was falsely implicated in the case. The court said the child was likely to lose her faith, trust and carefree attitude for all times to come. “She will be haunted midst the unpleasant memories for her life to come and the cruel society, in which she lives, will not let her forget it. This penetrative sexual assault is one memory which she will not be able to erase and the same is likely to become a never willing move in her entire psyche,” the judge said.last_img read more

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Freshworks becomes latest entrant in Indian unicorn club

first_imgTech startup company MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesCustomer engagement software maker Freshworks has become the latest company to enter India’s unicorn club – a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion. The company rose a fresh funding of $100 million to become $1.5 billion-valued company.The current round of funding was led by Sequoia and Accel Partners which will be used to explore the global markets. The capital will also be utilised in its integrated Software-as-a-Service platform.The company CEO, Girish Mathrubootham, told The Economic Times, “We will continue our worldwide expansion. Being a SaaS company, geography has never been a limiting factor. At this time, we are expanding in the US, Australia and New Zealand, EMEA, APAC and Europe markets.”The company has plans to go for a public listing and before that, it is expecting another round of private funding from Alphabet’s CapitalG which also participated in the current round of funding.Interestingly, the Chennai-headquartered Freshworks is among the first pure-play India-based SaaS companies to have entered the unicorn club.Last month, Freshworks had reported the annual recurring revenue of $100-million which was supported by growth in the company’s flagship customer support product, Freshdesk. Its IT services management product, Freshservice also registered a growth in revenue along with its customer relationship management product, Freshsales.The company was focussed in hiring right talents and in that direction it hired Suresh Seshadri, former vice-president of finance and treasury at AppDynamics, as the new chief financial officer.Seshadri had an impeccable record at AppDynamics where he greatly contributed towards preparing its IPO. The company was eventually taken over by Cisco in 2017. GoogleFreshworks has some major clients’ viz. Honda, Bridgestone, Hugo Boss, Toshiba, Cisco and global small and medium business (SMB) including 150,000 additional businesses and organisations. The company was involved in nine acquisitions to this date.Freshworks has more than 150,000 businesses and organisations as clients, including enterprises such as Honda, Bridgestone, Hugo Boss, Toshiba, Cisco and global small and medium business (SMB) customers. The company has also made nine acquisitions to date.Recently, education Technology start-up BYJU and online insurance company, Policy Bazar also made an entry to this elite club before Swiggy. OYO Rooms and Pine Labs are also expected to cross $1 billion valuation mark when they close their next investment round towards the end of the year.last_img read more

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US considering sanctions over Myanmars Rohingya treatment

first_imgThe United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the state department said on Monday.“We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement.It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.”Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in large numbers since late August when Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a ferocious military response, with the fleeing people accusing security forces of arson, killings and rape.Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s military leadership responsible for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.Tillerson stopped short of saying whether the United States would take any action against Myanmar’s military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, mostly to neighboring Bangladesh.The State Department made the announcement ahead of US president Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the region early next month when he will attend a summit of ASEAN countries, including Myanmar, in Manila.It marked the strongest US response so far to the months-long Rohingya crisis but came short of applying the most drastic tools at Washington’s disposal such as reimposing broader economic sanctions suspended under the Obama administration.Critics have accused the Trump administration of acting too slowly and timidly in response to the Rohingya crisis.The state department said on Monday: “We are exploring accountability mechanisms available under US law, including Global Magnitsky targeted sanctions.”Measures already taken include ending travel waivers for current and former members of the military in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and barring units and officers in northern Rakhine state from US assistance, it said.“We have rescinded invitations for senior Burmese security forces to attend U.S.-sponsored events; we are working with international partners to urge that Burma enables unhindered access to relevant areas for the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission, international humanitarian organizations, and media,” the statement said.In addition, Washington is “consulting with allies and partners on accountability options at the UN, the UN Human Rights Council, and other appropriate venues,” it said.AIMED AT TOP GENERALS?Interviews with more than a dozen diplomats and government officials based in Washington, Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, and Europe have revealed that punitive measures aimed specifically at top generals were among a range of options being discussed in response to the Rohingya crisis.Such measures could include the possibility of imposing asset freezes and prohibiting American citizens from doing business with them.Washington has worked hard to establish close ties with Myanmar’s civilian-led government led by Nobel laureate and former dissident Aung San Suu Kyi in the face of competition from strategic rival China.Forty-three US lawmakers urged the Trump administration to reimpose US travel bans on Myanmar’s military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for the crackdown.The Magnitsky Act, originally passed in 2012, imposed visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death in prison of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian whistleblower. It has since been expanded to become the Global Magnitsky Act, which could be used against the generals in Myanmar.last_img read more

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Govt asked to issue red alert at borders to bar Rifat killers

first_imgRifat killersThe High Court (HC) on Thursday ordered government to issue red alert at all the borders of the country to prevent escape of people those killed a youth in broad daylight in Barguna.A High Court division bench comprising justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order.“The incident is very sad. Tell inspector general of police to issue red alert at borders, so that they (killers) cannot cross the borders,” the court told deputy attorney general Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar.“A man was hacked to death in broad daylight on the street. None but his wife came forward to stop the killers. They were making videos, but did not come forward. It is the failure of people. None protested. If five had come forward, killers would not get such guts,” the court observed.The court came up with the observations as Supreme Court lawyer Ruhul Quddus Kazal drew court’s attention to this barbaric incident that took place on 26 June.The court also asked the state counsel to inform it the government steps taken after that incident.The deputy attorney general then said already an accused have been detained and operation is going on to arrest the rest.last_img read more

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Design chosen for British 1000 mph car w Video

first_img The driver of the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car), Andy Green, set the world land speed record of 763 mph (1,228 km/h) in Thrust SSC in 2007. Green said he hoped the car would be ready to try to beat the record in 2011. The record attempts will be made in South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape Province. Wing Commander Green, an RAF fighter pilot, said the pan is perfect because the surface of the dried-out lake can support the car but is soft enough to allow the titanium or carbon-reinforced aluminum wheels to sink perhaps one centimeter, which would give the car needed damping or compliance to help him to steer the car at lower speeds. (At higher speeds it steers more like a speedboat than a car.) The track will be 10 miles (16 km) long. Nissan’s new concept car ‘feels like flying’ (w/ Video) More information: www.bloodhoundssc.com/© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Design chosen for British 1,000 mph car (w/ Video) (2009, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-chosen-british-mph-car-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — A British team hoping to be the first to get a car to 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h) has made its final design selection. The six-tonne car, known as the Bloodhound, will be powered by a Eurofighter jet engine mounted above a hybrid rocket, and will be built in Bristol, UK. 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

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The dance of hot nanoparticles

first_imgHeated nanoparticles “shine” in their solvent. Image credit: Daniel Rings Citation: The dance of hot nanoparticles (2010, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-hot-nanoparticles.html Explore further Physicists prove Einstein wrong with observation of instantaneous velocity in Brownian particles Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — “Brownian motion is a very old concept,” Klaus Kroy tells PhysOrg.com. “The laws explaining it were formulated more than a century ago by Albert Einstein. However, we are finding some interesting divergences from what has been known for all these years.” Brownian motion is the random movement of small particles dissolved in a liquid or gas. It is the result of the particles’ collisions with the solvent molecules. Kroy is a theoretical physicist at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Together with his experimental colleague, Frank Cichos, also at the university, he investigated the non-equilibrium Brownian motion of hot nanoparticles, so-called “Hot Brownian motion”. The team’s work has been published in Physical Review Letters.When Einstein wrote his seminal paper in 1905, he assumed that a particle would be at the same temperature as the solvent. However, this doesn’t take into account how a heated particle affects the surrounding solvent. For anyone interested in trapping or tracking nanoparticles with light, this idea of Einstein’s has to be reinvestigated because the particles heat up due to optical absorption.Kroy, Cichos and their colleagues used a focused laser to heat gold nanoparticles suspended in water and observed what happened. The result of the experiment showed that the viscosity and temperature “felt” by the heated nanoparticle are not the surface conditions. Instead, the values that relate to the hot Brownian motion need to be calculated over the whole solvent, as predicted by the new theory put forward by the team.Using this theory, it becomes possible to precisely control and manipulate the way the nanoparticles move in the liquid. “We show how to use the temperature to speed the particles in the liquid. Brownian motion is doing all the action, but we can use a laser aimed at the particles to change how fast they are moving,” Cichos says.One of the ways to direct the motion is to prepare asymmetric particles that have gold on only one side. “A heat kick comes from the one side,” Cichos explains, “and this can be exploited for moving particles around with a laser.” Similarly, other groups have exploited the heating of nanoparticles stuck in a biomembrane to mobilize them. “The trick will also work with other frozen matrices that can be molten by the heat emitted from the nanoparticle,” he explains.Biology offers ample opportunities for applications of new photothermal technologies. Many researchers in biology use nanoparticles as markers. They can be attached to biomolecules and cell organelles, and their transport can then be tracked inside a cell, or anywhere else in a living organism. “However, you need to be able to see these tiny particles,” Cichos says. At Leipzig University, the team modulated the heat of the laser to make the nanoparticles “shine” periodically. It works like a lighthouse, so that the nanonparticles can be detected virtually without perturbing background noise, offering an alternative to some of the current methods used to make biomarkers visible.Another benefit of the new developments from Germany includes the fact that they provide the basis for a quantitative analysis of all experiments that use light to confine particles. “The trapping of nanoparticles with optical tweezers has become indispensible for many experiments and applications,” Kroy points out. “But to gain a precise control over this technique, we first need to understand how hot particles move. This is why we are shedding some more light on Brownian motion, showing that there is still more to learn.” More information: Daniel Rings, Romy Schachoff, Markus Selmke, Frank Cichos, and Klaus Kroy, “Hot Brownian Motion,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.090604 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

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