Overseas Indians in 208 countries, Zero in Pakistan

first_imgThere are only three countries where there are no Indians: right across the border in Pakistan, San Marino and in the Holy See in Vatican City.The islands of Micronesia has a lone person of Indian-origin citizen out of a population of 1.05 lakh in 2016, according to the World Bank.Read it at Connected to India Related Itemslast_img

‘It would hurt’ – Alena hoping Neymar chooses Barca over Madrid

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Carles Alena admits it would hurt to see Neymar join fierce rivals Real Madrid, amidst reports Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking to sign the Paris Saint-Germain star.Goal recently revealed that Los Blancos are preparing to make a bid in the region of €100 million for Neymar and could even send Luka Modric to Paris as part of a deal.While no official bid has been made, PSG director Leonardo confirmed talks over a potential transfer of their Brazilian attacker are advancing as Neymar looks to secure a move away from the Ligue 1 champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Exactly where the former Barcelona star ends up remains to be seen with current Blaugrana midfielder Alena conceding it would be difficult to see Neymar move to Madrid. “It would hurt if Neymar went to our eternal rival, especially after playing [for Barcelona],” Alena told reporters on Saturday after Barca defeated Napoli 4-0 in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup.”We hope that he comes back. He’s a spectacular player, one of the best in the world.”If he comes back it would be an amazing signing, it would be an incredible way to close the transfer window. He would make us all better.”Alena isn’t the only Barca player hoping to see Neymar return to Camp Nou this season with Gerard Pique also recently declaring he’d be delighted to see the Brazilian back. The veteran defender however stressed that the current PSG player must seize some iniative to make a possible transfer happen. “I think Neymar’s a great player that knows the dressing room, the city and the club,” Pique said. “There are people that weren’t happy with how he left, but there are a lot of people who were very happy with his performances.”If the opportunity comes up, you know the relationship I have with him. I would be delighted if he came back, but he’s a PSG player. A personal opinion doesn’t change anything.”It has to be Neymar who speaks out. Of course we speak with him, but it’s not right to reveal private conversations. If he wants to speak out or give his opinion, he has to come out and say it.”Barcelona kick off their latest La Liga season on Friday against Athletic Bilbao and appear likely be missing Lionel Messi for the occasion.last_img read more

Spring 2015 Trend: Statement Whites

first_img Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir Editors’ Recommendations 1. Statement Whites 2. Saturdays 3. Todd Snyder x PF Flyers 4. The White Briefs 5. Todd Snyder 6. Uniqlo 7. Zanerobe 8. Zespa What is White IPA? Here’s Everything You Need to Know (Plus 6 Beers to Try) center_img The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels Chill Out in the Best Summer T-Shirts for Men Certain trends live and die on the catwalk, others like white never go out of style particularly for spring. There is, after all, no better cleanser for the wardrobe after a brutal winter than basic white. So how are designers making the message seem less redundant? Statement whites. An idea percolating for several seasons now, these boldly designed white pieces were, until recently, executed predominantly in the wintertime as an antidote to the season’s traditionally somber and monochromatic palettes. This season you needn’t look far to see the color white not only across every clothing category but also interpreted with deliberate flourishes. To be sure, there’s a lot that harkens back to old-school street styling here, but the streamlined shapes and elegant fabrications give these pieces a wholly contemporary feel. Here, our favorite standouts, from the wedding-appropriate white linen suit to must-have low-top sneaker, that work every which way—separately or even altogether—for a singularly slick modern look.Main image. Left: Linen outfit, Zara. Jacket, $169. Banded collar shirt, $59.90. Trousers, $79.90. Center: “Scar” tank in cotton-modal, John Elliott + Co, $72. Right: New boxy, looser fit “Edo” pant, I Love Ugly, $109.“Goose” cotton-blend bomber jacket, Saturdays, $225.“Perforated Rambler Lo” sneaker, Todd Snyder + PF Flyers, $179.“Earth” mesh cotton tee, The White Briefs, $92.Japanese selvedge cotton oxford shirt, Todd Snyder, $195.Skinny fit tapered cotton jeans, Uniqlo, $49.90.“Gridlock” white cotton sweatshirt with front pouch, Zanerobe, $129.Suede sneaker, Zespa, $365.last_img read more

Drewry Spot Container Rates Surge after Hanjin Collapse

first_imgzoom Spot container freight rates on the major routes from Asia soared by up to 42% on September 1 following the collapse of South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping, according to data provided by Drewry’s World Container Index.Rate assessment increased by 42% to USD 1,674 per 40ft container on the Shanghai-Los Angeles route, by 19% to USD 2,151 on the Shanghai-New York route and by 39% to USD 1,826 on the Shanghai-Rotterdam route.“Unpredictable freight rates are not new phenomenon in the container industry, however a major upheaval of supply like this is likely to cause extreme short-term price volatility. Shippers should expect increasing freight costs and tight allocation for several weeks at least,” said Richard Heath, general manager of WCI.“The Hanjin bankruptcy means a shock to the market – some of our shipper customers are making contingency plans and asked us to assess the impact of this on their supply chains,” said Philip Damas, director at Drewry, which jointly owns WCI alongside Cleartrade Exchange.last_img read more

Police dog easily tracks down steak thief after New Brunswick grocery larceny

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A police dog had an extra edge tracking down an alleged thief on Tuesday: The suspect was carrying stolen steaks.Police in Saint John, N.B., say they responded to a theft call at a local store and spotted a man in his mid-20s running away.They said he was wearing a dark toque, grey jacket “and carrying three club packs of steaks.”Police deployed a service dog, Diesel, to search for him.A man was soon found and arrested for theft.The 29-year-old man is to appear in provincial court to answer the charges.“The steaks were recovered from the suspect. Probably not the best thing to be carrying when a determined police service dog is tracking you down,” the Saint John police said in a release Wednesday.last_img

Police confirm man in custody after Winnipeg couple found dead in Jamaica

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police in Jamaica say they have made an arrest in the deaths of a husband and wife from Winnipeg a month ago.Melbourne Flake, who was 81, and 70-year-old Etta Flake were found dead in their Saint Thomas vacation home on Jan. 9.Their daughter, Debbie Olfert, says she and her four siblings are happy a man is in custody, but she cautions he is only a suspect.Olfert has previously said that her mother was suffocated and her father was beaten in an apparent botched robbery.Their funeral is in Winnipeg on Saturday.The Flakes had lived in Winnipeg for 53 years after immigrating to Canada.Melbourne Flake worked for 38 years as a carpenter for the Department of National Defence and his wife retired after years as a nurse.Olfert faced several challenges bringing her parents home from Jamaica. She had to wait for a signature from the coroner’s office to release her parents’ bodies. She also had to work to expedite their death certificates — which she said usually aren’t issued for up to a year or more in the Caribbean country.Another challenge was the cost — $13,000 plus airfare — to transport the couple to Winnipeg.Her mother’s body just arrived on Wednesday and her father’s remains came on Thursday.Olfert said her grief over her parents is renewed as each of her siblings arrives in Winnipeg for the funeral.“I find myself sharing their pain because they are just, for the first time, coming into a place where their parents were. Where they lived. Where they worked. And it becomes more real.”She said it does help that someone is in custody.“In any family who’s gone through this, to have that person floating around, laughing it up, enjoying life while the families are still suffering is injury upon injury. It’s like heaping coals on our heads.”Police are not releasing the man’s name pending further investigation.(CTV, CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

The New Théâtre GillesVigneault is Inaugurated in SaintJérôme

first_imgAdvertisement “We know that investing in cultural infrastructure builds stronger communities. I am delighted that regional institutions such as the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme can become a reality and provide audiences with bold arts programming.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, which proudly bears the name of the great Quebec poet, will be a creative and inspiring gathering place. The performing arts will thrive there, and there is no doubt that audiences will be treated to innovative professional performances.”—Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles)“We thank the government for its contribution for the construction of the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault and for its valuable operational support, which will provide audiences with a new state-of-the-art concert hall and further strengthen Diffusion En Scène’s role as a multidisciplinary cultural presenter.”—Jean Beauséjour, Chair of the Board of Directors, Diffusion En ScèneQuick FactsDiffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord, established in 1988, is a multidisciplinary cultural presenter whose mandate is to promote and develop the performing arts in Saint-Jérôme. The organization presents a variety of shows in comedy, theatre, music and children’s entertainment, and offers nearly 175 performances annually to a total audience of over 80,000.The construction of the new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault started in October 2015, and the official opening—originally scheduled for September 2017—will finally take place on January 18, 2018.With the project to put a theatre in the heart of downtown Saint-Jérôme, Diffusion En Scène is planning to bring creators and audiences together and present diverse programming for all tastes in theatre, music, dance, comedy and more.Associated LinksDiffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord (French only)Canada Cultural Spaces Fund This support, which the Government of Canada provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, made possible the construction of the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, an 860-seat performance venue in downtown Saint-Jérôme.Quotes Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook SAINT-JÉRÔME, QC – Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), attended today’s opening of the new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme. In October 2016, her colleague, Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament (Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation), announced $3.6 million in funding for Diffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord to build the performance hall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Proud to be video tries to get Washington DC team to change

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile Superbowl 48 is in the books one issue in football isn’t going away anytime soon.Another organization is piling on the pressure to try and get the Washington D.C. team to change its name.There’s a new video that is going viral and is encouraging people to get in the action against it.last_img

George Weston to close unprofitable bakery in US amid frozen food challenges

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the United States by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business.The underperforming frozen foods segment contributed to a decline in earnings at the company’s Weston Foods division, which saw its adjusted EBITDA fall to $80 million in this year’s third quarter from $101 million last year.Overall, the company says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $420 million or $3.25 per diluted share in the quarter ended Oct. 7, up from $254 million or $1.97 per diluted share a year ago.That was primarily because of its Loblaw business, which accounts for the bulk of George Weston’s overall sales of $14.65 billion, which were up from $14.61 billion.Weston Foods accounted for just $668 million of the total revenue, down from $673 million a year earlier.The parent company said in a statement Tuesday it doesn’t expect the food processing division’s performance will improve in the fourth-quarter, and its earnings will be down year-over-year by a similar magnitude.Galen Weston, who is executive chairman of both George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), said that problems within some of its frozen foods operations were bigger than anticipated.“Our fresh, artisan and biscuit business units performed on plan. However, the frozen business fell significantly short due to continuing operational issues in two cake facilities and one pie plant,” Weston told analysts Tuesday.“The team has been working around the clock to resolve the issues. We’ve announced the closure of the Creative Occasions iced-cake facility and are beginning to see improvements in operational productivity.”He said some of the work from Creative Occasions — a Nashville, Tenn.-based business acquired by a Weston Foods subsidiary in 2015 — will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Galen Weston stressed that some of the frozen foods business segments — particularly un-iced cakes and doughnuts — have been growing.But he added that “it is going to take us some time to get the business back onto a satisfactory trajectory and the team is focused on doing that now.”A strategic review by Weston Foods president Luc Mongeau, who joined the company in January 2017, is expected to be announced in March with George Weston’s fourth-quarter financial report.Galen Weston said Mongeau was asked to “significantly change the historical trajectory of the Weston Foods business.“He has delivered to us what we think is a very promising medium-term plan that will involve some changes to the business and we will comment on that in Q4.”Weston declined to elaborate when questioned about possible closures and divestitures.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities, however, said in a note that “we expect WN Foods to sharpen its focus within the frozen category on value-added, margin accretive categories and customers with growth potential, which likely implies exiting products/categories that don’t meet the criteria.”George Weston’s third-quarter results include $11 million year-to-date in depreciation costs related to the planned closures of bread, pie and cake manufacturing facilities.Still, its overall third-quarter profit was up from a year ago, boosted by the Loblaw business.On an adjusted basis, George Weston says it earned $277 million or $2.14 per share, up from $266 million or $2.06 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Last month, the company confirmed it was aware of an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau into price-fixing related to packaged bread products.George Weston says court filings by the regulator remain sealed while searches are completed, but it expects to be able to comment further after those filings are unsealed.last_img read more

Sceptical argument

first_imgOn Saturday, the government filed its response to petitions seeking review of the Supreme Court’s December 14, 2018 order upholding the Rafale aircraft deal. Though the government had sought four weeks time, the court had only allowed four days before the matter was due to be taken up today. Four week’s time seems like an inflated request especially when the government managed to deliver its response in just four days as per the directive of the apex court. In its affidavit, the government argued that “the monitoring of the progress made by the PMO of this government-to-government process cannot be construed as interference or parallel negotiations”. Now the government cited a supervisory provision as exercised by the Prime Minister’s Office which cannot be considered, say by any stretch of the imagination, as parallel negotiation. A straight answer to allegations citing active involvement of PMO in the fighter-jet deal corroborated by MoD (Ministry of Defence) notes which were published by The Hindu and clearly outlined how “parallel parleys” had “weakened the negotiating position of MoD and the Indian negotiation team”. So if the review petitioners had a leaked MoD note, on which the government made several attempts to prevent its admissibility, it was only natural for the government to put forward the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s words that “it appears that PMO and French President’s office are monitoring the progress of the issues, which was an outcome of the summit meetings”. In a way, both of these pieces of literature are mere “selective” remarks. But the government asserted that these “selective” reports, based on some “incomplete internal file notings, procured unauthorisedly and illegally”, did not reflect the final decision of the competent authority. Well, it is definitely up to the apex court bench to decide how incomplete the internal file notings are, or seek the remaining part which would aid in establishing the complete note. The final decision of the competent authority would only be revealed once the complete notings are available and since part of those has already been admitted by the court for the review petition, legally or illegally at this point is irrelevant, there should not be any trouble in submitting the entire of it on government’s part. Also because it is the government who has argued that incomplete notings did not reflect the final decision. But it further asserted that the incomplete notings could not form the basis for a review petition. While it is invited to submit anything it has to, reminding the apex court of what ‘could not’ form the basis for a review petition currently remains out of the government’s hands. That is for the bench to decide. Further, the government, specifically disappointed due to its unsuccessful repeated attempts to prevent the court from admitting Rafale purchase documents published in the media for review petitions, cited the broader picture. It said that the April 10 order of the apex court to hear the review petitions based on media publishings of leaked documents implies that any secret document can be obtained through any means and put in the public domain without attracting penal action. The government exemplified its understanding by citing how “this could lead to the revelation of all closely guarded State Secrets pertaining to space, nuclear installations, strategic defence capabilities, operational deployment of forces, intelligence resources in the country and outside, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency measures, etc. This could have implications in the financial sector also if, say budget proposals are published before they are presented in Parliament.” It cautioned that “such disclosures of secret government information will have grave repercussions on the very existence of the Indian State”. The government’s apprehensions regarding the misuse of the court’s action in Rafale review petition hearing which set a specific precedent might be real, but not relevant. The learned bench in the April 10 order had clearly outlined that “there is no provision in OSA and no such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice by which Parliament has vested power in the executive arm to restrain the publication of documents marked secret or from placing such documents before a court of law which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue”. In simple terms, it meant that the court is simply facilitating the matter which, much to the government’s discomfort, falls under legal purview. The media publishings have been included to aid in the judicial proceedings and not because a secret had to be disclosed to the general public. There is no reason for people to steal secret state documents and publish them unless those are controversial and involve instance of corruption or any other illicit activity, which then deserves to be in the public light. As for penal action, stealing is in itself punishable and hence stealing secret documents, in any case, attracts penal action without denial. The government can go ahead and investigate how the MoD documents got leaked to media but again, that remains irrelevant to the case. There has been no such recorded instance of disclosures of secret government information being procured through illicit means to be published in the media or produced before a court without any controversy swirling around it like in the case of Rafale. Also Read – A strong standpointWhile citing that the scope of the review petition is “extremely limited”, the government apprised the apex court that its December 14 judgement has no apparent error warranting its review. Having objected the admissibility of the leaked documents, the government had brought OSA to its rescue. When the court sidelined any privilege that the government might be seeking under OSA, the government’s latest response views it as “incomplete internal file notings” and points to the “selective” reports that the petitioners have used in the review petition, citing how the complete picture is not clear through those. It also cautions ramifications of allowing such documents to be considered for the case. Arguments made by the government, while not being wrong, sounds mere wordplay. From OSA to “incomplete” documents, the point has been to not allow review petitions on SC’s December 14 order which gave Rafale deal a clean chit. The government is viewing the court as someone who, through the review petition, is allowing people to take advantage of the provisions that remain exclusive to Rafale case. The government has for long objected the leaked documents instead of explaining those. Even in its affidavit, it cites what the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had noted in context to PMO and French President’s office monitoring the deal but not what the leaked documents stated about “parallel parleys”. One wonders what the entire picture is regarding the competent authority because bits and pieces of something will not help in procuring truth. Today’s proceedings will definitely throw light on the incomplete file notings or the entire thread of exchanges between MoD and PMO if the government finds itself ready to apprise the court.last_img read more

Sri Lanka determined to continue to borrow from China

Many of its financial problems stem from the decision by former President Mahinda Rajapaska to borrower heavily from Chinese development banks — and use that cash to build vast infrastructure projects, many of which, including new airports and highways in the south of the island, remain unfinished, or largely unused.Other challenges lie ahead, many of which are out of the country’s control, most notably the pace at which the US Federal Reserve plans to hike interest rates in the months and years ahead. “We are at the mercy of the Fed,” Karunanayake said. Once the fiscal discipline the minister yearns for is in place, the government will, he adds, “focus on boosting inward foreign direct investment, which has eluded us for too long.” (Colombo Gazette) “So long as we don’t sell our soul we will be fine. The problem with the capital raised by the [previous government] is that it was [channelled into] questionable investments, meaning that we ended up with unused convention centres and underutilised ports.” Official government data places Sri Lanka’s total debts at $64.9bn — of which $8bn is owed to China — and the nation’s debt­to­GDP ratio at 75%, more than Germany and on a par with Hungary and Canada. The same data reveal that more than 95% of all government revenue is being used to cut the colossal debt pile. Sri Lanka is determined to continue to borrow from China despite racking up a debt pile worth 75% of its economy, the country’s finance minister told GlobalMarkets.Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lanka would continue to do business with China. “Sure [Chinese FDI] concerns us — but China has deep pockets, and it’s better to have some investment than no investment at all,” he said. read more

Daredevils leave out Brathwaite and bat

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2017: Delhi keep Pune waiting for playoff spotMay 12, 2017In “Sports”Daredevils bowl, Brathwaite replaces RabadaMay 10, 2017In “latest news”Dhoni not part of T20I squad to face West Indies and AustraliaOctober 26, 2018In “latest news” Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Delhi Daredevils v Rising Pune Supergiant, IPL 2017, DelhiFor only the fourth time in as many seasons, an IPL captain chose to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Delhi Daredevils’ Zaheer Khan took the decision in the hope that a dry and cracked pitch might offer some turn in the second innings. To exploit that, they brought Shahbaz Nadeem back and were happy to go into the match with only three overseas players. Seam-bowling allrounder Carlos Brathwaite was left on the bench.Rising Pune Supergiant, who need a win to bolster their claim for a top-two finish, were without their most successful bowler in the tournament. Imran Tahir has left to join the South Africa squad ahead of their one-day series against England, and his place was taken by Adam Zampa, who has not played a match for a month.Delhi Daredevils: 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Karun Nair, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Shahbaz Nadeem, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Zaheer Khan (capt)Rising Pune Supergiant: 1 Rahul Tripathi, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Adam Zampa. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Nintendo wants iOS apps comics magazines ebooks for Wii U

first_imgWhen Nintendo announced the Wii U there was a lot of head scratching and confusion as to what they were actually offering. The console consists of two parts: the main box holding the Wii U’s hardware, and then a tablet controller sporting a 6.2-inch touchscreen. Surprisingly only one tablet can work with the Wii U, although Nintendo is thought to be working on adding compatibility for two tablets.The latest rumors suggest that Nintendo is going to position the Wii U as more than just a replacement for the Wii. Alongside games that require both the main box and tablet to be used together, the tablet will be a media and app device. Nintendo is thought to be courting iOS developers and helping them port apps to the Wii U tablet and associated app store. If successful, it could mean a healthy selection of touchscreen games available for the launch of the console.But it’s not just games Nintendo is focusing on. Apparently the Wii U tablet is set to get a whole range of additional content including comics, e-books, and magazines. If true, the Wii U will be competing not only with Sony and Microsoft, but also Amazon, Apple, and others in the tablet market.Nintendo has a wealth of content and IP it can call upon to help sell a product, and the Wii U will benefit from that. In terms of pushing the tablet as a media device, Nintendo is expected to offer up digital issues (and back issues) of Nintendo Power. We can also expect to see game manuals and guides made available for viewing, no doubt in enhanced form. Nintendo has yet to confirm this strategy, but it could potentially make the Wii U a more desirable purchase. It would no longer be just a games console, but a way to surf the web, read digital books, comics, magazines, as well as play apps. Parents are going to appreciate that wider feature set for their kids.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

Explosive devices sent to Londons Heathrow Airport and Waterloo Station were posted

first_img 78,678 Views https://jrnl.ie/4525150 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Explosive devices sent to London’s Heathrow Airport and Waterloo Station were posted from Dublin Three devices were posted to locations in London this morning. Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 6:20 PM Earlier today we responded to reports of an incident at a building near the airport boundary. Emergency services attended the incident quickly and staff were evacuated safely.At around 11.40am the British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo Station. The package was not opened. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. No one was injured.The station was not evacuated, but cordons are in place at a small area outside the station on Cab Road. Train services are continuing to operate as normal.At 12.10pm the Met Police were called to a report of a suspicious package at offices at London City Aviation House in Newham.The package was not opened and no one was injured, but the building was evacuated as a precaution. The building has since been reopened.DLR services to London City Airport were also suspended as a precaution but are now fully operational. Flights to and from the airport have not been affected.The Met Police has issued advice to transport hubs across London to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police.The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation; no arrests have yet been made.With reporting by Garreth MacNamee 102 Comments Breaking: at least two of the #London explosive devices were posted with Irish stamps. Gardaí confirm they are assisting the @metpoliceuk with enquiries pic.twitter.com/YdtnbcI667— Stephen Murphy (@SMurphyTV) March 5, 2019 Updated Mar 5th 2019, 6:20 PM Source: Stephen Murphy/Twitter THE MET POLICE has launched a terrorism investigation after three small explosive devices were reported at three public transport locations in London this afternoon.The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices. These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.Gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie this evening that they are helping the Met Police with their investigations.Pictures obtained by Sky News show two of the packages which were sent. They had An Post stamps on the front and the return address can be seen as Dublin. The stamps which can be seen were issued at Valentine’s Day last year.At around 9:55am police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, which is a building near Heathrow Airport.The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate. This resulted in part of the package burning. No one was injured.The building was evacuated as a precaution. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. The building remains closed as enquiries continue.Police and Heathrow Airport clarified that flights were not impacted by the incident. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share171 Tweet Email2 Mar 5th 2019, 4:28 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Security fear at Muslim Assoc

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Muslim Association of Greece (MAG) is going to step up security at its premises in Athens after receiving a threatening letter last week, its president, Naim Elghandour, told Kathimerini on Tuesday.The letter, written on paper bearing the Golden Dawn symbol but not necessarily sent by the far-right party, warned Muslims to leave Greece or “from July 1 onwards those who are still here will be slaughtered like chickens on the road.”Elghandour said MAG would place CCTV cameras at its headquarters and rely on police to guard outside the building. He said the letter could be a hoax but the language used suggested it was written by an adult.“It is the first time there has been a threat against Muslims and not immigrants,” Elghandour said.last_img read more

Katrantzou sued over copyright infringement

first_imgUK-based Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has come under fire over allegations she copied an image by Korean photographer Lee Myoung-ho.During a press conference on Monday in central Seoul, the photographer disclosed that he has taken legal action against the designer.“Katrantzou plagiarised my photograph ‘Tree…#3,’” said Mr Myoung-ho. “I learned about this from an acquaintance last April and filed a complaint with the California District Court last October.”The photograph taken by the photographer at Sihwa Lake in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province in 2011, has allegedly been used as a print on both a t-shirt and tote bag in Katranzou’s Mary A to Z collection.“I wasn’t able to see the t-shirt and the bag in person, but it appears the designer stretched the photo horizontally and deleted the tree’s branches to dodge copyright infringement allegations,” said Mr Myoung-ho.The t-shirt was being sold for $520 and the bag for $1,070, though according to reports, the items have now been removed from the online product list.In an interview with The Korea Times, Mr Myoung-ho said he decided to file the lawsuit in the United States, based on the premise that the products have mainly been sold there.The photographer has put forward a request for $2 million in compensation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Cachalot du Miocène le fossile du superprédateur livre ses secrets

first_imgCachalot du Miocène : le fossile du super-prédateur livre ses secretsPérou – Récemment publiée dans le journal Nature, l’étude des restes fossilisés du cachalot archaïque découvert au Pérou en 2008 nous livre l’image d’un carnassier hors norme.Avec des dents de 36 cm de longueur pour un diamètre de 12 cm, Leviathan melvillei, le cachalot fossile vieux de 12 millions d’années, était sans doute un mangeur de baleines. Le crâne, la mandibule et les dents de ce cétacé, mis au jour en 2008 à Cerro Colorado (Pérou), continuent d’être étudiés par une équipe internationale de chercheurs, notamment au musée d’histoire naturelle de Lima et au muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris.À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuAvec un corps de 13,50 à 17,50 mètres et une mâchoire de 3 mètres garnie de dents puissantes, l’animal était équipé pour saisir et tuer de grosses proies, peut-être des baleines à fanons, particulièrement bien représentées à cette époque du Miocène et dont plusieurs squelettes fossiles ont été retrouvés sur ce même site. Le cachalot devait être en compétition avec le Megaselachus megalodon, un requin géant vivant à la même période, dont on a également retrouvé plusieurs dents lors des fouilles. Contrairement aux cachalots mangeurs de calmars, dont les descendants comme le grand cachalot vivent encore, la lignée du Leviathan a disparu vers la fin du Miocène ou au Pliocène. Les scientifiques ignorent pour l’instant pourquoi, mais évoquent une baisse de la diversité des espèces de baleines (les proies du géant ?), ainsi que des changements climatiques.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des clichés de la NASA montrent les traces laissées par lhomme sur

first_imgDes clichés de la NASA montrent les traces laissées par l’homme sur la LuneLe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) de la NASA a photographié les terrains d’atterrissage lunaire des missions Apollo 12, 14 et 17. Les traces laissées y sont encore visibles.Si cela fait longtemps que l’homme n’a pas posé de pied sur la Lune, il semblerait qu’il reste encore bien des traces de ces précédents passages. En effet, Le Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) de la NASA a pu prendre des clichés des zones sur lesquelles ont atterri les missions Apollo 12, 14 et 17 sur la Lune. On peut y apercevoir les zigzags et les virages effectués quand les astronautes exploraient la surface lunaire. Sur le site où a atterri Apollo 17, les traces laissées par le rover derrière lui sont même parfaitement visibles le long des empreintes de pas, les dernières laissées par l’homme sur la Lune.Sur ces images, on peut également découvrir où les astronautes avaient placé leurs instruments de mesures scientifiques destinés à explorer l’environnement lunaire aussi bien que sa structure interne. “Nous pouvons retracer avec précision le chemin parcouru par les astronautes et déterminer à quels endroits ils ont effectué leur prélèvements”, explique Noah Petro, un géologue lunaire à la Nasa, membre de l’équipe scientifique du LRO.Les nouvelles images haute résolution prises par les appareils à basse altitude permettent ainsi de voir la surface du satellite comme jamais auparavant. “Le meilleur exemple est la précision avec laquelle nous pouvons observer les traces laissées par le rover sur le site d’Apollo 17”, indique Mark Robinson, chercheur principal en charge du projet. “Sur les premières images en notre possession, les traces étaient déjà visibles mais maintenant elles sont d’une telle qualité qu’il est possible de distinguer les lignes parallèles qu’elles ont dessinées”.28 jours pour photographier la Lune À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour parvenir à un tel résultat, les scientifiques ont manœuvré le LRO de façon à diminuer les 50 kilomètres auxquels l’engin se situe habituellement pour s’approcher de la Lune à 21 kilomètres de distance seulement. Le vaisseau est resté positionné 28 jours au-dessus de la surface, suffisamment pour que la Lune fasse un tour complet. Le LRO a ensuite rejoint son orbite ordinaire.”Ces images nous rappellent la fantastique histoire d’Apollo et nous encourage à continuer d’avancer dans l’exploration de notre système solaire”, a commenté Jim Green, directeur de la division de Science planétaire au siège de la NASA à Washington. Découvrez en images les traces laissées sur la Lune par les missions Apollo et les astronautes Le 8 septembre 2011 à 12:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Turkey Trot plunge to benefit Food Bank

first_imgThe 13th annual Turkey Trot along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail is set for Thanksgiving morning, and registration is open now through Nov. 21. Volunteers are welcome, too; 75 are needed.What began as a couple of families coming together for an informal run on Thanksgiving morning has grown into a big, successful charity event that benefits the Clark County Food Bank. There’s now a registration limit at 1,200 runners for the two main events, a 5K walk/run and a 10K run. Both begin at 9 a.m. at Klineline Pond, 1112 N.E. 117th St. There’s also a Polar Bear Plunge into Klineline at 10 a.m.; if you register for the Plunge as well as the race, you’ll receive an official Turkey Trot towel to help you warm right back up. And, there’ll be a kids’ piñata and post-race treats including donuts, bagels and bananas.People who come dressed in festive Thanksgiving costumes can win prizes.Visit www.turkey-trot.org to learn more and register. Registration costs $25.last_img read more