Sushil Kumar back in TOPS, 11 dropped

first_imgNew Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was today included in the the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the first time in two years while 11 sportspersons across archery, wrestling and athletics were dropped from the government-backed program after not being picked for the Asian Games. Champion wrestler Sushil was earlier excluded from TOPS as he was out of action. He is back to his best and after a third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games (CWG), is eyeing a maiden Asian Games title. Also included in the scheme is 24 year-old woman wrestler Pooja Dhanda, who had won the silver medal in the 57 kg category at the 2018 CWG. “She is considered a strong medal prospect for the Asian Games,” read a statement from Sports Authority of India. Sumit Malik, gold medal winner in the 125 kg category at the Gold Coast Games, has received an extension under TOPS, having originally been included only till the completion of CWG.The Mission Olympics Cell (MOC), which met today, has also decided to drop wrestlers — Lalita, Sarita, Parveen Rana and Satyawart Kadian — from TOPS as they will not compete at the Asian Games in August-September..”The committee also sanctioned the extension by one week of Bajrang Punias training under TOPS in Georgia so that he can participate in the Tbilisi Grand Prix,” the statement read further. In archery, the MOC has dropped recurve archers Jayanta Talukdar and Laishram Bombayla Devi from the scheme as they both have not been picked for the Games in Jakarta and Palembang.advertisement The 4x400m relay runner Anilda Thomas has also been dropped from TOPS, largely due to her absence from training. Compound archers — Chinna Raju Srither and Lily Chanu Paonam, Parveena and Divya Dhayal — too have been excluded as they are not part of the Games squad.. In tennis, the MOC has sanctioned Rs. 30.70 lakh plus air fare for tennis players Divij Sharan and Sumit Nagal, who both will be at the Asian Games. The committee has also cleared Rs. 4.19 lakh for long-distance para-sport runner Ankur Dhama to continue his coaching camp in Ooty for the Asian Para Games.A total of Rs. 5.22 lakh has been approved for for javelin thrower and two-time Paralympic gold medal winner Devendra Jhajaria to continue his coaching camp at SAI’s Netaji Subhas Western Centre in Gandhinagar for a period of 124 days till August 3. PTI BS KHS BS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Spanish media says ‘ciao’ to Ronaldo amid Juventus rumours

first_img\R Madrid, Jul 6 (AFP) Spanish media said goodbye to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday after persistent reports that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus. “Ciao CR7″ said the headline of Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo.”Real accepts his departure, the key day will be today (Friday) and Juve wants to wrap up the operation so it can announce it,” the newspaper said. Spanish sport newspaper AS said that the player could be unveiled to Juve supporters in Turin as early as Saturday, with the date 7/7 symbolic for number 7 Ronaldo. Juventus “hopes to announce (the news) tomorrow in its stadium,” said the paper, which had the headline “Cristiano exit imminent”. Ronaldo was applauded at Juventus Stadium by the club’s fans last season after scoring a spectacular overhead kick in the Champions League quarter-finals. Spain’s Marca newspaper claimed that Ronaldo has “already given his word to (Andrea) Agnelli” the president of Juventus. “His desire to play for Juve is strong,” Marca said, cautioning that the Turin club had not yet received a firm offer from Real Madrid. The paper also said that while Real maintains Ronaldo’s buy-out clause is 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) — which would nix any potential transfer — “the player and his representatives say there is a signed document freeing him for 100 million”. Numerous media outlets have reported since Wednesday that Juventus offered the galactico a four-year contract with 30 million euros per year. The 33-year-old, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay on Saturday, hinted after May’s Champions League victory that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.advertisement Real Madrid has won the La Liga twice and the Champions league four times since Ronaldo moved there from Manchester United in 2009. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Atlanta’s New Mercedes-Benz Stadium Would Make Even the Ancient Romans Salivate

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer For anyone who regards football or soccer as religion, Atlanta’s new mega-stadium — the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening on July 30 — is sure not to disappoint. The central design feature of the stadium, which will serve as the new home for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, will be modern take on the oculus in the Roman Pantheon.Instead of a simple circular opening, the ceiling will sport eight transparent fabric petals which will open like a camera aperture in a matter of minutes. The oculus will be ringed by a 360-degree display screen clocking in at five-stories tall, making it the largest in the world, and visible to the structure’s maximum of 83,000 fans. A glass wall along one side of the stadium — called the “window to the city” — also five-stories in height, will overlook downtown Atlanta, a design feature that would make any ancient Roman jealous. If that’s not enough, the stadium will be 30 percent more efficient than a traditional one, thanks to 4,000 solar panels and charging stations for 48 electric vehicles. Those features, along with a 1-million-gallon storm vault to collect rainwater, puts the stadium on track to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of building sustainability. A network of bike paths will complement the three rail lines accessing the stadium.Two-thousand screens around the stadium will help fans catch any action missed while in the men’s room. And a massive network of wireless connection points will allow virtually every person in the stadium to stream video simultaneously. Still not impressed? How about the stunningly-low price for hot dogs and popcorn ($2), pizza slices and nachos ($3), and domestic beers ($5). And in a twist that airports should take note of, food from outside vendors will be priced the same as they are at their other locations. With 650 different locations selling food and drinks, designers project that waiting times will be significantly shorter than at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta’s current stadium that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will replace. On July 30, the Atlanta United FC face off against Orlando City SC in the stadium’s inaugural event, eventually followed by Super Bowl LIII in 2019, as well as the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and 2020 Men’s Final Four. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Odfjell Cuts Net Loss, Continues Talks on Delayed Deliveries

first_imgzoom Bergen-based shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell has reported a drop in 2015 net loss to USD 36 million, including negative effect from bunker derivatives of USD 64 million, compared with a net loss of USD 75 million in 2014.Net loss of the quarter stayed at USD 18 million, the same as in the fourth quarter of 2014.Stable financial results come on the back of the company’s continued discussions with China’s Nantong Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering regarding the decision to delay the delivery of LPG/Ethylene carriers.Namely, four 17,000 cbm LPG and four 22,000 cbm Ethylene carriers, which were initially scheduled to join Odfjell’s fleet between October 2015 and May 2016, are now scheduled to for delivery from September 2016.“In our 50% owned gas carrier joint venture, Odfjell is committed to contribute up to additional USD 45 mill in equity for the building of eight LPG/Ethylene vessels in the 2016 – 2017 period. Due to significant uncertainty related to the yard’s ability to deliver the vessels within the contractual time frame, this commitment may be reduced. All paid yard instalments are backed by refund guarantees issued by major Chinese banks,” Odfjell said.Odfjell is also contemplating to sell its 1997-built tanker Bow Aratu in 2016, as the company said the vessel is no longer compatible with its fleet of vessels and trades.Looking ahead, the company said it expects the market to be in line with second half of 2015 for chemical tankers, but anticipates better results as loss-making bunker hedges have matured and Odfjell’s “contract nominations are generally healthy“.last_img read more

Hunter Tootoo talks about unseating powerhouse Aglukkaq

first_imgAPTN National NewsShe seemed to own the Nunavut riding.But last night Leona Aglukkaq was one of 14 Conservative cabinet ministers to get the boot from voters.In fact, Aglukkaq came in third in the race.Liberal Hunter Tootoo will now represent the largest riding in Canada.And he spoke with APTN’s Kent Driscoll.kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img

California pot taxes lag as illegal market flourishes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget is a figure that says a lot about California’s shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes.The Democrat’s proposed spending plan, released Thursday, projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June. That’s roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year.Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a sombre reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the illegal marketplace, where they avoid taxes that can near 50 per cent in some communities.Taxe collections are expected to gradually increase over time, but predicting what that amount will be remains something of a guess.Tax collections for “a newly created market are subject to significant uncertainty,” the budget said.Josh Drayton of the California Cannabis Industry Association credited Newsom with taking “a realistic look at the challenges” after a bumpy first year of broad legal sales.Newsom also recommended a sharp increase in spending for regulatory programs, although it’s an open question whether it will be enough to help steady the state pot economy. The budget recommends just over $200 million for marijuana-related activities in the fiscal year that starts July 1, which would be over a 50 per cent boost from the current year.Initially “the state was too optimistic about how the implementation of legalization was going to work. This governor has paid attention to that,” Drayton said.That said, Drayton added that legal businesses need a break from hefty tax rates that are driving consumers to the illicit economy. Various proposals have been made to cut state pot taxes.State taxes include a 15 per cent levy on purchases of all cannabis and cannabis products, including medical pot. Local governments are free to slap on taxes on sales and growing too, which has created a confusing patchwork of tax rates around the state.The state’s top marijuana regulator, Lori Ajax, has said the state intends to get more businesses licensed and operating in 2019, while cracking down on rogue operators who continue to proliferate across the state.At year’s end, California’s effort to transform its longstanding illegal and medicinal marijuana markets into a unified, multibillion-dollar industry remained a work in progress. By some estimates, up to 80 per cent of sales in the state remain under the table, snatching profits from legal storefronts.Drayton said more than half the municipalities in the state do not have laws governing the industry. That means pot businesses cannot locate there, since companies are required to have a local license before seeking one from the state.The budget also includes an additional $2.9 million for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to help chase down tax cheats.Meanwhile, the courts budget includes nearly $14 million for resentencing of thousands of drug offenders whose offences are no longer crimes since California legalized recreational pot.Newsom, an advocate for legalized marijuana, said it has long been expected the new market would take five to seven years to settle in, with twists and turns along the way.The issues he intends to look at include the distribution pipeline and claims that local governments are gouging the industry.The state will “move expeditiously at licensing more and more dispensaries, making sure we go after the bad actors,” he said.___Associated Press writers Don Thompson and Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento contributed to this report.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ju Jitsu Morocco Lines Up Its Fantastic Four to Win in

By Neaman LerhmariRabat – Four Moroccans are competing in the 2017 Ju Jitsu Championship 2017 held in the Colombian capital Bogota from November 23 to 25. The Moroccan team consists of Khayat El Mehdi (85 kg), Seif-Eddine Houmine (94 kg), Reda Hamzaoui (85 kg), and Bilal Azdad (62 kg). While the Japanese and the Brazilian variants of Jiu Jitsu are growing in popularity, Morocco’s sizeable participation is a leap forward, since Houmine was the only competitor to represent the country in the previous edition. The competitors landed in Bogota Tuesday along with Master Mohamed Targuisti, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and trainer who attends as a coach. All of the four grapplers have rolled in several prestigious competition mats where they reaped medals and stood the podium. The game will follow Ju Jitsu International Federation rules. The Federation’s channel will broadcast the much-awaited game at 5:30 p.m. GMT, which the Moroccan Royal Ju Jitsu Federation has publicized along with the competitors names and their respective weight divisions.The recently created federation, chaired by Karim Balk who took charge of the team expenses “from his own money” due to the lack of allocated budget, is the first of its kind to lead Moroccan Ju Jitsu competitors to major tournaments. read more

World Dental Federation Names Moroccan Professor PresidentElect

Rabat –  During the ADA (American Dental Association) FDI World Dental Congress, held on September 8 in San Francisco, the World Dental Federation (FDI) elected Moroccan professor Ihsane Ben Yahya as President-Elect.The FDI appointed Professor Ben Yahya during the elections held at the FDI General Assembly B. Having been an FDI Council member since 2013, she will serve a two-year term before assuming the FDI presidency in 2021.According to FDI’s press release, “Professor Ben Yahya joins newly instated FDI President Dr. Gerhard Seeberger as the leaders of FDI’s governing body.” Ben Yahya is a professor of surgical dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry of Casablanca. She is also the President of the Center for Dental Consultations and Treatments at the CHU Ibn Rochd Hospital in Casablanca.The professor is the president and a founding member of the Moroccan Dental Association (Association Marocaine de Prévention Bucco Dentaire – AMPBD). Ben Yahia and has been working on sensitizing and raising awareness of the importance of oral and dental hygiene.“Under her leadership, AMPBD has become a leader in promoting preventive strategies and offering continuing education opportunities to ensure better oral health outcomes in the country,” says the FDI.Upon her election, Ben Yahia stated, “I will spare no effort to ensure that the FDI keeps its visibility and voice and is inclusive…in order to reduce inequalities in oral health so that the most marginalized populations will not be left behind.”The FDIThe FDI is an international, membership-based organization recognized by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Founded in 1900, the FDI represents more than 1 million dentists worldwide and “active in some 200 National Dental Associations (NDAs)  and specialist groups in close to 130 countries.” read more

Spice Girls to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markles wedding Mel

first_imgAs a 13-year-old boy, Prince Harry described meeting them as the best day of his life.So who better to perform at his wedding than girl band the Spice Girls?Mel B, one of the five original Spice Girls, has hinted the band is to reunite for the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, confirming that they are to attend.The singer, known to fans as “Scary Spice”, claimed she had received a “proper” invitation, appearing to disclose the band are set to perform during an appearance on a television chat show.The Prince, now 33, first met the Spice Girls in 1997, not long after the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Prince Harry with the Spice Girls, Prince Charles and Thabo MbekiCredit:Mark Cuthbert Prince Harry with the Spice Girls, Prince Charles and Thabo Mbeki Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will marry in May During a half term trip to South Africa with his father, the Prince of Wales, the teenage Prince was “fussed over” by the lively singers and watched them at a fundraising concert.He is said to have described the meeting as the best day of his life, going on to host the band for tea at Highgrove.Ms Markle, who grew up in America, is reported to also be a fan of the band, whose 1990s motto was “Girl Power”. Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Geoff Pugh Prince Harry with Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham, as Prince Charles watches on The Spice Girls have previously confirmed that they are reforming in some form, saying in a statement: “’The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.” Other artists previously tipped to perform at the wedding include Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sophie Ellis Bextor, whose song Murder On the Dance Floor Ms Markle once cited as a favourite. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will marry in MayCredit:Getty Prince Harry with Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham, as Prince Charles watches onCredit:Reuters The Spice Girls may at first appear an unlikely match with the Prince and Ms Markle, who appeared to fit right in at a Brixton radio station better known for playing grime, hip hop, R&B and garage. Prince Harry recently praised his fiance’s taste in music, saying he could vouch for her “good tunes”.But the Spice Girls have a long record of mixing with royalty, with Geri Halliwell famously kissing Prince Charles on the cheek and appearing to pinch his bottom. Today in #GirlChatLive, Mel B shares if she is going to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, and if the SPICE GIRLS ARE PERFORMING!!— The Real (@TheRealDaytime) February 27, 2018 Throwing her cue cards in the air, her co-hosts screamed, ran around the studio and exclaimed: “Yes they are performing! Yes!”“I need to go,” said Mel B. “I’m going to be fired.”Asked for details on what the wedding invitation looked like, she added: “It’s getting too personal to describe it.It was proper. I’m not saying any more.”Kensington Palace did not wish to comment on the claims. It is understood that invitations to non-performing wedding guests have not yet been posted. Appearing on American television chat show The Real, Mel B was asked whether she knew any fellow Britons who had been invited to the wedding.Nodding, she confessed: “Yeah, I’m going… I don’t know if I should’ve said that!”Pressed further by co-hosts, she continued: “Well us five Spice Girls… why am I so honest?”The singer, who gained a reputation as the most outspoken of the group in its heyday, appeared to struggle to say nothing as she was asked outright whether they would be performing, looking down with a smile and shaking her head in mock frustration. In November 1997, Prince Harry made his first public appearance after his mother’s funeral at their charity concert in South Africa with his father.Sandy Henney, then press secretary to the Prince of Wales, has previously recalled asking the Spice Girls to meet the young Prince, reminding them that he had recently lost his mother.Then, Mel C and Victoria Beckham “fussed over him”, while Emma Bunton kissed him on the cheek, leaving the Prince “like the cat who’d got the cream”.In April 1998, band members were invited for tea at Highgrove hosted by Prince Charles and his younger son.Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle will take place in Windsor Castle on May 19th, with guests and performers as yet unconfirmed by Kensington Palace.last_img read more

Sanctuary of Artemis unearthed in Evia

first_imgGreece’s culture ministry announced on Friday that a group of archaeologists working on the island of Evia have unearthed the remains of a temple dedicated to goddess Artemis in Amarynthos village.The excavation was carried out at the foot of the Paleoekklisies hill 110 kilometres from Athens. The temple dates back more than 2,000 years while the quest to uncover it has lasted more than 100 years. The Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece had been working on the project since 2007, in cooperation with the Ephorate of Antiquities on Evia. Ten years later, and during the summer of 2017, new trenches were opened revealing the centre of the temple. More buildings dating from the 6th to the 2nd centuries BCE were also discovered, as well as a fountain. The project is led by Karl Reber professor of Classical archaeology at the University of Lausanne and director of the Swiss School in Greece, and Amalia Karapashalidou, the honorary ephor of antiquities of Evia.“Since the 19th century, archaeologists have tried to locate this sanctuary, but this has not been possible, despite many assumptions,” the ministry said. It also noted that Strabo had misled experts because he made a mistake when he referred to the temple’s distance from the nearby city of Eretria,” the Greek Culture Ministry said in a statement.Archaeologists were led to the sanctuary after summer excavations unearthed buildings dating from the 6th to 2nd centuries BCE, as well as inscriptions and coins bearing the goddess’s name ‘Artemidos’ was found written on inscriptions of pedestals and sealed ceramics, referring to offerings made to the goddess Artemis, her brother Apollo, and their mother Lito, making it possible for archaeologists to identify the temple.According to the ministry that cited ancient sources, the sanctuary was one of the most important in Evia and that it was mentioned in the 10th book of the Greek geographer Stravonas (Strabo), who died in the early first century. Previous teams of archaeologists, based their research exclusively on Strabo’s scriptures, disregarding an error in distance. “Strabo’s error had been pointed out by Professor Denis Knoepfler, a historian and epigraphist at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland and the College de France, who said that the temple was 11 kilometres from the city of Eretria, rather than 1.5 kilometres as mentioned by Strabo.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Science museum celebrates 1year anniversary in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science marked the first anniversary of its move to Museum Park in Miami.“It was a great year. A lot of excitement [at] our new home here at Museum Park,” said President and CEO Frank Steslow. “[We had] opportunities to bring in exhibitions on space, the brain, mechanics and engineering. So, now we have new offerings and exciting new programs to deliver to the public.”Since it’s grand opening, the museum has welcomed nearly 1 million guests, making it one of the most visited museums in Florida.The first 100 families in line were granted free memberships, which will allow them to enjoy even more in the coming years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BuzzMedia Continues Expansion with Four Acquisitions

first_imgBuzzMedia has added four more websites to its network of pop culture and music sites. Under the Gun Review, Alter the Press!, PropertyofZack and will be combined with existing property AbsolutePunk to create a new punk rock vertical called AbsoluteVoices. BuzzMedia made waves in July when it bought Spin Media and has since been vague about what it will ultimately do with the print title. But the deal followed BuzzMedia’s formula of acquiring assets with enough brand power to amplify the company’s network approach to marketing services for its advertising clients. With this latest group of acquisitions, about 771,000 monthly uniques will be added to the hub, which in aggregate will attract 1.35 million monthly uniques, per Google Analytics numbers, says the company.last_img read more

2020 Lexus GX 460 updates kick the can down the road

first_img 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image Tags 15 Photos 0 Lexus New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy 2019 Lexus LC 500h: Slow and steady wins the race More From Roadshow 6:53 2020 Lexus GX adds new features, doesn’t change its looks much SUVs Luxury cars Review • 2019 Lexus LX 570: Age without wisdom Enlarge ImageIt’s big, it’s capable and it’s comfortable. Lexus The current generation of the Lexus GX was introduced in late 2009. Over the years, it’s been given a couple refreshes, but its underpinnings and general design remain just about the same. Now, for the 2020 model year, there’s not much new in the looks department, but Lexus made sure to throw some new tech in the GX’s direction.Lexus on Tuesday unveiled the updated 2020 GX 460 SUV. The exterior has a few mild changes. Its grille, while still quite large, now looks a little different. The LED headlights have a new look, too. Those looking for something a little extra can add an optional Sport Design Package that adds some new body parts, including a matte black exhaust tip and different taillights. There’s also a new pair of USB ports in the second row, bringing the cabin’s total number of USB ports to four.The most notable upgrade for the 2020 GX 460 has to be its safety systems. Lexus Safety System+ is now standard, adding a suite of driver-assist systems to the fold, including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.The other big addition is a new Off-Road Package, available on the Luxury trim. In addition to beefing up the backend with a transmission cooler and a fuel tank protector, the package also adds different terrain modes that adjust the throttle and brakes for better control over atypical surfaces, like loose rocks or sand. The package also includes a suite of cameras that lets people see around and under the vehicle through the infotainment screen. Its full-time four-wheel drive system still rocks a two-speed transfer case, too, as well as a locking center differential.Otherwise, it’s the same Lexus GX as usual. Under the hood is a 4.6-liter V8 putting out 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, capable of towing 6,500 pounds. On the technology front, the GX continues to sport the same frustrating infotainment system as the rest of its siblings.  Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment More about 2019 Lexus LX 570 Lexus Share your voice 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffslast_img read more

Leaks show CIA devastating incompetence Assange

first_imgWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for failing to protect its hacking secrets and said he would work with tech companies to develop fixes for them.”This is a historic act of devastating incompetence, to have created such an arsenal and then stored it all in one place,” Assange said.”It is impossible to keep effective control of cyber weapons… If you build them, eventually you will lose them,” Assange said.Assange was speaking in a press conference streamed live from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been living as a fugitive from justice since 2012.He said his anti-secrecy website had “a lot more information” about the Central Intelligence Agency’s hacking operation but would hold off on publishing it until WikiLeaks had spoken to tech manufacturers.”We have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have so fixes can be developed and then pushed out.”Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details about what has been occurring,” he added.Commenting on the press conference, Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Assange “should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit”.”He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally to (Russian President) Vladimir Putin,” he said in a statement.- Hacking into TVs -On Tuesday, WikiLeaks published nearly 9,000 documents it said were part of a huge trove leaked from the CIA, describing it as the largest ever publication of secret intelligence materials.”This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” it said.The documents showed that CIA hackers can turn a TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control one’s car.Most experts believe the materials to be genuine, and US media said Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is opening a criminal probe into the leak.The source of the materials remained unclear.The investigation could focus on whether the CIA was sloppy in its controls, or, as The Washington Post reported, it could be “a major mole hunt” for a malicious leaker or turncoat inside the agency.WikiLeaks itself said the documents, hacking tools and code came from an archive that had circulated among US government hackers and private contractors.”The CIA has been so careless to produce this material. So do various cyber mafia already have it? Do foreign intelligence agencies already have it? It’s quite possible numerous people already might have it,” Assange said.An investigation would come as the CIA is already enmeshed in a politically-charged probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election last year in support of President Donald Trump’s campaign.- ‘Do us harm’ -WikiLeaks has stunned the US government with a series of publications of top secret political, diplomatic and intelligence materials in recent years.The CIA on Wednesday accused the group of endangering Americans, helping US rivals and hampering the fight against terror threats through its leaks.A CIA spokeswoman would not confirm the authenticity of the materials published by WikiLeaks.Nevertheless, said spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak, “The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries.””Such disclosures not only jeopardise US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm,” she said.Horniak defended the CIA’s cyber operations, which the WikiLeaks materials showed focused heavily on breaking into personal electronics using a wide range of malware systems.”It is CIA’s job to be innovative, cutting-edge, and the first line of defence in protecting this country from enemies abroad,” she said.last_img read more

34th Annual Leaders Legends Awards Ceremony and Gala

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore are hosting the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council’s 34th Annual Leaders & Legends Awards Ceremony and Gala Oct. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom, Second Floor, 401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. This event will feature a reception and awards ceremony to recognize outstanding minority businesses across the region. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Capital Region Supplier Development Council at 301-593-5860.last_img read more

First ever TSAX National Consultants Conference a triumph

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The popular TSAX ‘I Heart Travel’ merchandise stand It was overheard in the ladies’ bathroom, mumbled over lunch and squealed on the dancefloor: the inaugural Travelscene American Express (TSAX) National Consultants Conference was a success.“The feedback’s been absolutely fantastic,” Travelscene American Express General Manager Jacqui Timmins told e-Travel Blackboard.“The focus [of the conference] on real-world skills and tools to assist our consultants…has proved a winner.” Delegates agreed with Ms Timmins as they left workshops with pages of notes and met with some of the ninety plus suppliers who attended the conference.“This has been a great opportunity for both young and experienced consultants and new and old suppliers to share their knowledge and learn about the industry,” Kim Hatherly from Southside World Travel told e-Travel Blackboard. “I’ve met so many people,” Corporate Travel Management’s Emily Lalor said. With close to three hundred delegates in attendance, their experience spanning from just three weeks to 43 years, the conference was tailored to “reflect this diversity of experience,” Ms Timmins said.Consultants took part in either advanced or intermediate business workshops and received updates from global marketplace sessions and the lunchtime Flight Lounge.According to Ms Timmins, suppliers jumped at the chance to attend the conference, recognising the chance to meet, face to face, their frontline representatives.“As a supplier coming to a Travelscene American Express conference, the opportunities afforded us to network with consultants is invaluable,” Bench International National Sales Manager Martin Edwards told e-Travel Blackboard.“Travel agents are crucial to this industry and when you can join them in a conference situation you can really talk to them about what is new, what is important information for their particular clients and then take any feedback to your office.”Aside from the soft urging from Chief Executive Mike Thompson for consultants to “please do a little bit of work”, the importance of socialising was well and truly hammered into the minds of the delegates.“We want to provide you with the space to network with your peers and our preferred suppliers,” Ms Timmins told guests before ending the first day’s business proceedings.Consultants took the advice to heart and went on to party into the wee hours of the morning following an acclaimed Reef and Rainforest Dinner at Cairns Showground.Check out pictures from the dinner (and see who can stay on a surfboard) here.last_img read more


first_imgairlinesEtihadguestsmedical Etihad Airways has launched two specialised services for air travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, ensuring continuity of care and in-flight safety.The one-stop-shop services – the first in the region to be offered by an airline – will be carried out by members of the Etihad medical team, all of whom are qualified in aviation and transport medicine.The first service allows guests, who require medical clearance prior to travel, the opportunity to request an Etihad aviation doctor to visit them and conduct an evaluation in consultation with their attending physician. All medical forms and assessments will be completed by the Etihad doctor on-site, leading to a recommendation about their “fit to fly” status within one day.The second service is the introduction of an in-flight nurse who can accompany guests during their trip and provide medical support. “Etihad is delighted to be the first airline in the region to provide these new medical services which will cater for guests who require medical assistance during their travel,” said Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Medical Services. “Both services will help ensure our guests have a smooth and hassle-free journey, greatly removing unnecessary anxiety they sometimes feel when travelling.”CLICK HERE for more information. last_img read more

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Sacked BSF Jawan Varanasi Candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav Alleges Conspiracy After EC

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionselection commissionPM Narendra Modosp First Published: April 30, 2019, 6:41 PM IST New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday served notice to the Samajwadi Party’s Varanasi candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav and directed him to procure a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Border Security Force (BSF). The EC asked Yadav to file his response by 11 am on May 1. Yadav, a former BSF constable, was dismissed from service in 2017 after he released a video on the allegedly poor quality of food served to soldiers. As the candidate representing the SP-BSP opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav is locked in a high-stakes battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha constituency. Speaking to News18, the candidate alleged conspiracy, saying that the Returning Officer had found nothing wrong in his nomination when he had earlier filed the papers.Yadav alleged that the government was targeting him after he started receiving more support.In 2017, the BSF had set up a court of inquiry against Yadav after he claimed that the dal served to the jawans was watery and the chapatis were burnt. The Home Ministry had ordered an investigation into the incident, with the Prime Minister’s Office also seeking a report after the video had gone viral. Yadav was shifted out of his base at the Line of Control and was dismissed later on charges of indiscipline.The SP had earlier named Shalini Yadav as its candidate from Varanasi but later fielded Yadav in what appears to be a tactical move, turning battle into a Jawan vs Chowkidar contest. last_img read more