Alleged clip of missing J&K boy put up online

first_imgParents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19 — who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner — asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida was reported missing on October 28by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s purported audio message,where he pledges allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.“I heard your audio message. You talk about Islam. Islam says heaven lies under the feet of mother. Islam warns against disobedience to your parents. I order you to return to your family, Your mother hasn’t eaten anything [since you went missing],” he said.On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media. “I was looking into the eyes of those 100 kufaars (non-Muslims) when they attacked me in groups like dogs. I was defending my Afghan muslim brothers. I was even then an advocate of khilaf (Islamic State)…and have chosen the path of jihad,” Bilal purportedly says in the audio.He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between local and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4. A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.“If this is genuine, it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes, seemingly small actions have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.last_img read more

Mets Rally Past Marlins, 3-1

first_imgMIAMI — Mets Manager Terry Collins came up with a headline for the New York tabloids to describe second baseman Daniel Murphy’s role in a comeback win April 27.“Murf-a-licious,” Collins said.Murphy hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and the Mets snapped the Miami Marlins’ five-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.The Marlins grabbed the lead in the eighth with three consecutive two-out singles, breaking up Dillon Gee’s shutout bid in a game that took only 1 hour, 58 minutes.It was the fastest nine-inning game in the majors since the Padres and Astros also finished in 1:58 on June 27, 2012, according to STATS.Jarred Cosart matched Gee by allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings. But the Mets rallied against closer Steve Cishek (0-1), who blew a save for the second time in three chances this year.The Mets (15-5) won with five hits, bouncing back from a sloppy loss April 26 to the crosstown Yankees. The Mets have the best record in the majors and improved to 5-0 against Miami, including a sweep of a four-game series at Citi Field.Juan Lagares doubled to start the ninth when his long drive was misjudged by center fielder Marcell Ozuna, and Lucas Duda walked. Following a flyout, Murphy hit his second homer and raised a jubilant fist as the ball landed in the seats.“I think I touched the bases,” he said. “To be completely honest, I don’t know.”Cishek, meanwhile, yanked off his cap in dismay. His ERA rose to 11.37.“It’s tough, especially since the Mets swept us last series,” he said. “We really wanted to stick it to them, and this falls on me.”Murphy and Gee both started slowly this season for New York. Murphy came into the game batting only .169, though he did have a pair of RBI doubles April 26.“I’m just focusing on the at-bat at hand,” he said. “No matter what I do, I’m not going to wake up tomorrow and be hitting .290, so one at-bat at a time is all I can control.”Gee is winless in four starts, and came into the game with a 5.60 ERA. But the right-hander took a three-hit shutout into the eighth.“We can put to rest that Dillon Gee can’t pitch at this level,” Collins said. “There has been a lot of talk, and I feel terrible for him. He went out there tonight and showed he can do what he has done in the past.”Carlos Torres (1-0) retired Giancarlo Stanton on a popup with two on to end the eighth. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading ninth save in as many chances, completing a six-hitter and breaking the team record for saves in April.Familia was helped by Murphy, who made an acrobatic play to rob Michael Morse of a hit. “It was Dan’s night,” Collins said.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australia branding Kohli a villain like pot calling the kettle black: Aakash Chopra

first_imgFormer India cricketer Aakash Chopra took a dig at the Australian cricket team and the Aussie media for making a villain out of Virat Kohli.Kohli was involved in a heated war of words with Australian captain Tim Paine during the Perth Test – the exchange culminated with Paine asking Murali Vijay how he could like his captain as a bloke.There was widespread criticism of Kohli’s behaviour. Former Australian pace ace Mitchell Johnson said Kohli was disrespectful and added his antics in Perth made him look silly.But Chopra, who had toured Australia in 2003-04 and recalled a moment he was sledged even when he was not playing a Test, said the Australians needed to look inward and figure out how they behaved in the past.”The Australian media is rallying behind their cricket team and, in fact, making India and Virat Kohli as the villains of world cricket. I am very, very surprised. It’s the classic case of pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps, it’s time for them to look inwards and just ask themselves the question, regards to how they have behaved in the past,” Chopra told India Today.Chopra said he found nothing offensive in Kohli’s behaviour and insisted India did not cross any line.”Personally, I have been watching Virat Kohli and the team’s behaviour very closely. I have found nothing that is offensive, nothing that is crossing the line.”Yes, he is getting under the skin of the Australian team but that’s how we expected it to be. I think they [Australian media] are overreacting and making a mountain of a molehill. During my time, I was sledged even when I wasn’t playing,” Chopra said. An Australian cricketer, who is a friend now, sledged me once when I walked in as a substitute fielder. Well, Australians… They shouldn’t be saying anything about it.”advertisementEarlier, speaking on India Today, Sunil Gavaskar had said India had started the sledging war and they had to be now prepared to cop some of it from the Australians.”We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it. In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Allan Border defends Virat Kohli’s antics: He feels the need to show passion and driveAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli extends dominance as No. 1 Test batsmanAlso See:last_img read more

AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 win

first_imgDangmei Grace scored a brace as the Indian women football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Wednesday.Grace (27th, 67th) scored once in each half as the team in blue took control of the proceedings right from the first whistle.”The goals were a gift for me. The team did all the hard work! “Watch @aditi03chauhan interview goalscorer Dangmei Grace after the win against Indonesia #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Speaking later, head coach Maymol Rocky said: “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points.”It is important to keep the winning momentum alive… We are taking one match at a time and our focus shifts on our next opponents Nepal (on April 6)”, she added.Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute.Some crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi caused havoc on the opposition defence that was unable to read the play of the Indian women.Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence, with one defender almost turning it into an own goal before clearing the lines.Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju, caught the Indonesian defenders napping.advertisementStellar run by SandhiyaRasping shot by SumithraEasy pickings for GraceFinal score: 2-0Watch the highlights as India get off to a start against Indonesia in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2!#IndianFootball #ShePower #BackTheBlue #INDIDN Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Her stinging shot from inside the box was saved by Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the next minute.The Indian defence made quick work of Indonesian counterattacks. Indian goalkeepr Linthoingambi Devi was not tested even once.India’s momentum continued in the second half. Ratanbala Devi’s shot from a distance in the 56th minute was thwarted by the Indonesian goalkeeper.Three minutes later, Grace failed to score from close range after Sanju found her with a rasping cross that bewildered the Indonesian defence.In the 67th minute, Dangmei Grace again applied the finishing touches to a shot from Sumithra Kamaraj that was haphazardly parried away by Riska Julianti and fell in front of her — to double India’s lead.January 27 – 3-0January 30 – 2-0April 3 – 2-0.3rd straight win against Indonesia in 2019 get the Indian Women off to a winning start in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.#BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019The midfield then dominated possession and kept Indonesia on their toes. India take pole position in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | U.S. women’s football players sue federation for gender discriminationAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl ready to sell in January

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl ready to sell in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is ready to sell in January.With the January transfer window set to open next week, Hasenhuttl will have his first opportunity to make a mark on his squad.The 51-year-old, who remained tight lipped about possible departures, was unconcerned about upsetting first-team players.“It’s not about being happy, it’s about being successful. At the moment the only goal is to be successful,” he said.“I can’t take a view of the future of every player.“For me it’s important to build something up and to bring the squad back in a successful period.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BOJ Appoints Two New Deputy Governors

first_imgThe Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) has announced the appointment of two new Deputy Governors.In a statement on Tuesday (January 29), the BoJ said Chief of its Banking and Market Operations Division, Natalie Haynes, and the institution’s Supervision Evaluation Expert, E. George Roper, have been promoted to the Executive Management Team, effective February 18, 2019.In her new position, Mrs. Haynes, who is a member of the Senior Management Team, will have strategic oversight for the BoJ’s two new portfolios – Banking, Depository and Currency Operations, and Financial Markets Infrastructure.Mr. Roper, who leads the BoJ-coordinated National Risk Assessment Programme, will have responsibility for strategic oversight of Finance and Administration, and the Information Technology and Records Management portfolios.The tenure of both appointees will each span five years.last_img read more

Afghanistan dig deep in WC clash against Oz

first_imgBristol: Afghanistan recovered from a disastrous start in their World Cup opener against defending champions Australia to post a brave total of 207 in Bristol on Saturday. Gulbadin Naib, captain of the rank outsiders, took the bold decision to bat in warm conditions in the southwest of England, hoping to amass a score his spin bowlers could defend on the small ground. But the decision backfired badly, with both openers departing for ducks as Afghanistan slipped to five for two in the second over and looked on course for a humiliation. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunMohammad Shahzad was bowled by Mitchell Starc in the opening over of the match and Hazratullah Zazai quickly followed, caught behind by wicket-keeper Alex Carey off Pat Cummins. With their team in deep trouble, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi led a fightback for the minnows, playing in only their second World Cup, putting on a gritty 51 for the third wicket. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa broke the partnership with a beautifully flighted delivery that brought Shahidi forward and beat the batsman, with wicketkeeper Alex Carey whipping off the bails. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upSteve Smith denied Shah a World Cup fifty, taking a catch at short cover off the bowling of Zampa to send him back to the pavilion for 43 off 60 balls. In the next over, former skipper Smith dived to his left to stop a drive from Mohammad Nabi, returning the ball smartly to Carey, who whipped off the bails with the batsman stranded, leaving Afghanistan struggling at 77-5. But Najibullah Zadran — ably assisted by his skipper — took the fight to his illustrious opponents, smashing 20 runs in four balls off Zampa, including successive sixes. The big hits brought the knots of Afghan supporters to their feet and a line of flag-waving fans ran along the front of one of the stands. Zadran brought up his 50 off 46 balls with an edge over the slips off a sharp Starc bouncer. But their momentum was slowed the next ball when Naib top-edged a short delivery form Marcus Stoinis and Carey completed the catch. Just four balls later another Stoinis short ball dismissed Zadran, with Carey again taking the catch to reduce Afghanistan to 162-7. Rashid Khan smashed 20 in a Stoinis over to lift the spirits of the Afghan fans and another driven six off Zampa brought up the 200. But he was lbw to the next ball and the innings ended after 38.2 overs when Mujib Ur Rahman was bowled by Cummins.last_img read more

Mueller report finds no Russia-Trump collusion

first_imgNew York: Special Counsel Robert Mueller who investigated Russian interference in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election has concluded that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and Moscow, according to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr. While the probe found that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 election, the “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, Barr said in the summary he said to Congress on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump declared that it was a complete exoneration and said the probe was an “illegal take down that failed”. On another key matter, if Trump had tried to obstruct justice by interfering with investigations into Russian interference, Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was less certain. He said that in this regard Mueller’s “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” He added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”, Barr’s summary said. The summary of the report was unlikely to quell the controversy over Russia’s interference and Trump campaign’s role that has divided the nation. The White House and Trump’ supporters exulted that it was an exoneration of the president, whose legitimacy was attacked for two years, but his opponents were questioning if the wording was ambiguous. “The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the US”, his Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. However, the Democrat head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, asserted that there were “very concerning discrepancies” and “Mueller did not exonerate the President”. He added that he would be calling Barr to testify before the Congressional panel. The Democrats demanded the entire report be published and threatened to use Congressional powers to acquire the full report and supporting documents. Legally, the Special Counsel’s report is submitted to the attorney general who has the power to withhold it or release only parts of it. Trump has also supported its release. Before deciding its release Barr will have to determine if there are any matters of national security that has to be blacked out. Mueller’s investigation conducted away from public view interviewed more than 500 witnesses, executed 500 search warrants and issued 2,800 subpoenas (demands of appearance of production of documents) over 22 months. Five important members of the Trump team, including campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, have been convicted as a result of the Mueller probe on various charges, some of lying during investigations and some like tax and financial fraud unrelated to the Russian link. The Mueller investigation was definite that there was Russian interference in the election, but in an insidious and indirect manner. Barr said that Mueller found two main Russian efforts to influence the election. “The first involved attempts by a Russian organisation, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US designed to sow social discord”, his summary said. The other was Russian government hacking of the computers and emails of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, and disseminating the information through WikiLeaks and other sources. Barr noted that Mueller brought criminal charges against several Russian citizens and entities in connection with these activities.last_img read more

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

LONDON — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into the Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think-tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a senator and the economist Paul Winfree, who is being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve.But Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn.Experts who reviewed the Jones profile’s LinkedIn activity say it’s typical of espionage efforts on the professional networking site, whose role as a global Rolodex has made it a powerful magnet for spies.“It smells a lot like some sort of state-run operation,” said Jonas Parello-Plesner, who serves as program director at the Denmark-based think-tank Alliance of Democracies Foundation and was the target several years ago of an espionage operation that began over LinkedIn .William Evanina, director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said foreign spies routinely use fake social media profiles to home in on American targets — and accused China in particular of waging “mass scale” spying on LinkedIn.“Instead of dispatching spies to some parking garage in the U.S to recruit a target, it’s more efficient to sit behind a computer in Shanghai and send out friend requests to 30,000 targets,” he said in a written statement.Last month, retired CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in prison for passing details of top secret operations to Beijing, a relationship that began when a Chinese agent posing as a recruiter contacted him on LinkedIn.Unlike Facebook’s friends-and-family focus, LinkedIn is oriented toward job seekers and headhunters, people who routinely fire out resumes, build vast webs of contacts and pitch projects to strangers. That connect-them-all approach helps fill the millions of job openings advertised on the site, but it also provides a rich hunting ground for spies. And that has Western intelligence agencies worried.British , French and German officials have all issued warnings over the past few years detailing how thousands of people had been contacted by foreign spies over LinkedIn.In a statement, LinkedIn said it routinely took action against fake accounts, yanking thousands of them in the first three months of 2019. It also said “we recommend you connect with people you know and trust, not just anyone.”The Katie Jones profile was modest in scale, with 52 connections. But those connections had enough influence that they imbued the profile with credibility to some who accepted Jones’ invites. The AP spoke to about 40 other people who connected with Jones between early March and early April of this year, many of whom said they routinely accept invitations from people they don’t recognize.“I’m probably the worst LinkedIn user in the history of LinkedIn, said Winfree, the former deputy director of President Donald Trump’s domestic policy council, who confirmed connection with Jones on March 28.Winfree, whose name came up last month in relation to one of the vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, said he rarely logs on to LinkedIn and tends to just approve all the piled-up invites when he does.“I literally accept every friend request that I get,” he said.Lionel Fatton, who teaches East Asian affairs at Webster University in Geneva, said the fact that he didn’t know Jones did prompt a brief pause when he connected with her back in March.“I remember hesitating,” he said. “And then I thought, ‘What’s the harm?’”Parello-Plesner noted that the potential harm can be subtle: Connecting to a profile like Jones’ invites whoever is behind it to strike up a one-on-one conversation, and other users on the site can view the connection as a kind of endorsement.“You lower your guard and you get others to lower their guard,” he said.The Jones profile was first flagged by Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with London’s Chatham House think-tank . Giles was recently was caught up in an entirely separate espionage operation targeting critics of the Russian antivirus firm Kasperky Lab. So when he received an invitation from Katie Jones on LinkedIn he was suspicious.She claimed to have been working for years as a “Russia and Eurasia fellow” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, but Giles said that, if that were true, “I ought to have heard of her.”CSIS spokesman Andrew Schwartz told the AP that “no one named Katie Jones works for us.”Jones also claimed to have earned degrees in Russian studies from the University of Michigan, but the school said it was “unable to find anyone by this name earning these degrees from the university.”The Jones account vanished from LinkedIn shortly after the AP contacted the network seeking comment. Messages sent to Jones herself, via LinkedIn and an associated AOL email account, went unreturned.Several experts contacted by the AP said Jones’ profile picture appeared to have been created by a computer program.“I’m convinced that it’s a fake face,” said Mario Klingemann, a German artist who has been experimenting for years with artificially generated portraits and says he has reviewed tens of thousands of such images. “It has all the hallmarks.”Klingemann and other experts said the photo — a closely cropped portrait of a woman with blue-green eyes, copper-colored hair and an enigmatic smile — appeared to have been created using a family of dueling computer programs called generative adversarial networks, or GANs, that can create realistic-looking faces of entirely imaginary people. GANs, sometimes described as a form of artificial intelligence, have been the cause of increasing concern for policymakers already struggling to get a handle on digital disinformation. On Thursday, U.S. lawmakers are due to hold their first hearing devoted primarily to the threat of artificially generated imagery .Hao Li, who directs the Vision of Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, reeled off a list of digital tells that he believes show the Jones photo was created by a computer program, including inconsistencies around Jones’ eyes, the ethereal glow around her hair and smudge marks on her left cheek.“This is a typical GAN,” he said. “I’ll bet money on it.”__Online:Test your ability to tell a real face from a fake one at: your own deepfake faces at: https://thispersondoesnotexist.com___Raphael Satter can be reached at: https://raphaelsatter.comRaphael Satter, The Associated Press read more

UN honours community projects that reduce poverty through conservation

In celebration of the International Day for Biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today will present the Equator Prize to communities from Colombia, India and Namibia for their efforts to cut poverty.The presentation of the Prize, which honours outstanding community projects that effectively reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, is part of a celebration and dialogue at Germany’s Permanent Mission to the UN.UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown and German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger were to be on hand to present the award.Colombia, India and Namibia were previously honoured along with Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania and Brazil at an awards ceremony at the Seventh Conference of Parties (COP7) to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. read more

Awards recognize leaders in Graduate Studies research mentorship

In his 15 years as an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Charles Després has supervised many graduate and PhD students over the years, and he takes pride in watching each of them progress in their own careers.“It’s very similar to being a parent,” he said. “It’s the same feeling.”Després was one of three Brock University faculty members honoured Tuesday during the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Faculty of Graduate Studies awards ceremony.Biological Sciences Associate Professor Charles Deprés addresses the crowd after winning a 2017 Graduate Mentorship Award.Després and Computer Science Professor Michael Winter won the 2017 Mike Plyley Graduate Mentorship Awards after being nominated by the students they’ve supervised.“The nomination was fantastic. You see where the students go and what they do in life, but they never tell you how you played a role in their lives. So just the fact they wrote something is well appreciated and is a testament that I had a positive influence on their life. That makes me very happy,” Després said.Applied Health Sciences Professor Nota Klentrou, meanwhile, won the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, which is given out to someone who contributes “vision and leadership in a variety of areas such as administration, academic programming, research and scholarship, student services and student experience initiatives.”Klentrou, the Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies since 2011, said she believes “the future of Brock University is bright, and grad students are our future.”Also handed out Tuesday were the 2016-17 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards. Named in honour of the Dean of Graduate Studies from 1999-2004, the awards are given to grad students who “stand out for projects that are highly original and are addressing significant questions.”This years recipients were:Angel Phanthanourak, MSc, Applied Health — Phanthanourak examines how individuals prepare for upcoming physical movement. This preparation is known as anticipatory postural adjustment – APA for short. She’s bringing new insight about APAs in relation to fall risk and advanced age.Aly Bailey, PhD, Applied Health — Bailey dissertation puts her at the forefront of body image research. She is among the first to investigate body image from a positive perspective. Her project provides a unique approach to the promotion of well-being in diverse populations.Sheri Mallabar, Master of Education — Mallabar’s thesis is a rich analysis of a peer-mediated model designed to develop social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the first to embed this teaching intensive model in the wider context of whole-class instruction.Jennifer Brant, PhD in Educational Studies — Brant’s dissertation is a rich, deep account of indigenous women’s responses to Indigenous Maternal Pedagogy, which connects maternal pedagogies with women-centred indigenous epistemologies to provide holistic supports for students.Helen Hsu, MA, Classics — Hsu’s research focuses on the characterization of sex labourers in the comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus, writing at a time of socio-economic change. Her research aims to break the traditional binary view of the women that dominates the secondary scholarship on these plays.Jill Planche, PhD, Interdisciplinary Humanities — Planche’s research project investigates the present and potential role of contemporary theatre in postapartheid South Africa where the social architecture of apartheid persists in its socio-economic, political and cultural conditions.Eric de Hoog, Master of Science, Biological Sciences — de Hoog’s studies are based on the examination of the neural effects of the Vitamin A metabolite, retinoic acid, on adult neurons. Retinoic acid has long been known to play an important role in the development of the nervous system, enhancing the outgrowth of nerve processes.Van Hung Mai, PhD, Chemistry — Mai carries out comprehensive studies on the reactivity of a chemical catalysis that serves as a key chemical phenomenon that contributes to 25 per cent of GDP of industrialized countries. He is contributing to advances in green chemistry to develop more economical and cleaner methods.Taylor Heffer, MA, Psychology — Heffer’s thesis examines coping and adjustment among university students over time. Her research encompasses a much broader investigation of coping and adjustment, with a specific interest in understanding how to promote positive adjustment.Mark Hoffarth, PhD, Psychology — Hoffarth’s thesis is truly original. He is investigating how religious attendance shapes attitudes toward gay rights, for example marriage and adoption. This project has the potential to be a game changer.Luciano Lapa, MSc, Management — Lapa is studying the potential benefits of offering a suitable mobile commerce experience to customers. His research has far-reaching contributions to the rapidly growing mobile commerce industry across the world. read more

Eurasian Resources Group launches a Smart Mine for its iron ore production

first_imgJSC Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association (SSGPO), owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources group, has launched a ‘Smart Mine’ project at the Kacharsky iron ore mine site in Kazakhstan for a total cost of $10 million. This will use cutting edge monitoring and AI technologies to integrate the iron ore production cycle at Kacharsky. It will deliver complete transparency to the mining process, enabling managers to gain comprehensive insight into site performance. Kacharsky currently produces 50% of all SSGPO’s iron ore to produce pellets and concentrate.As part of the project, a new modular automated system for production processes was integrated with Kacharsky’s existing Geographic Information System (GIS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System. The operators can build an optimal production scenario via GIS MineSched and GIS Surpac and use US Modular Mining Systems to plan the despatch and delivery of products. This development will allow the mine to be monitored in real time by sensors that can detect where changes should be made in the mining process to improve productivity. The computer system will then make the necessary adjustments, including by allocating mining vehicles and equipment. Operators will monitor the ‘Smart Mine’ to ensure its smooth operation.ERG will now be able to record live data and obtain a complete and accurate understanding of how equipment is being used at Kacharsky. These insights will support investment decision-making, minimise failures, eliminate unscheduled equipment downtime, expedite the movement and allocation of equipment and optimise costs. The Group aims to be able to increase equipment productivity by more than 10%.ERG plans to roll out ‘Smart Mine’ projects at other enterprises during the course of 2018.Commenting on the developments, Bereke Mukhametkaliyev, the President of SSGPO, said: ‘The introduction of cutting-edge technologies will enable us to implement cost-effective projects and strengthen the competitive position of Kazakhstan’s mining and metals sector. This is why we will continue to seek new ways of integrating Industry 4.0 technologies into our mining operations.”In the past five years, as part of the implementation of Industry 4.0, the Group has invested over $250 million to modernise its IT systems. Throughout its production chain ERG uses more than 90,000 sensors and 237 automated process control systems to ensure efficiency. The total investment for the implementation of Industry 4.0 at ERG plants in Kazakhstan for the period to 2025 will amount to $1.8 billion. This, it says, “puts the Group on track to increase its productivity by 10% per annum.”last_img read more

Hassan Moustafa victim of racism and jealousy

← Previous Story Champions League (M): Atletico and Medvedi share points! Next Story → Hasanefendic fired from Gummersbach! Hassan Moustafa has rejected the allegations against him on corruption, saying that it is all because of racism and jealousy. He said that he is the only Arab to lead one of the major federations in sports, and this gives headaches to many Europeans, and this is why he is being constantly a target of accusations regarding corruption. The corruption it is talked about is the television rights given to a French company in 2005. Moustafa is the first man of the IHF since 2000.

Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZion win Israeli Cup 2018

The Croatian left back and former RK Zagreb player, Josip Sandrk, have took the MVP title. The best scorer was the Serbian right back, Novak Boskovic, with 7 goals, while Sandrk netted 5. Amazing performance had Bosnian goalkeeper Pedja Dejanovic with 38,4% of saves. Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZionIsraeli Handball Cup Hapoel’s highest advantage was 23:19 in the clash which followed EHF president Michael Wiederer. ← Previous Story Olympiakos win Greek Handball Cup Next Story → Kévin Bonnefoi to join Montpellier Handball Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZion have won the 2018 Israeli handball Cup after 28:25 win against the local rival – Maccabi Rishon LeZion. PHOTO:

Geek 101 Beginners guide to IMAP vs PoP

first_imgWhile many of the email users of the world are perfectly happy to use their browser based client with whatever the pre-defined rules are for their configuration, it’s important to remember that you have control over how your email travels. The two big methods of email delivery — POP and IMAP — allow you to make sure your email is available the way you want it.Before doing all sorts of investigating about the nature of POP vs. IMAP, it might not be a bad idea to consider whether or not the default configuration you encountered before finding this article offers what you need. Most modern email clients allow you to choose which delivery method you would like to use to receive your email, while services like Gmail allow you to use a web interface, as well as POP or IMAP. These two protocols exist out of necessity, and together they support a number of workflows that allow you to choose the best way to interact with email.Using POP3The Post Office Protocol (POP) allows you to use your Inbox, as the name suggests, like a post office. The email leaves the sender and arrives in your Inbox without being stored on a server anywhere. In its default setting, you can have email live on your PC or phone and nowhere else. There are settings that allow you to store copies of the message on your email providers server, but this is often not included in the default configuration. Once you have received an email, you have the message stored locally. You could be offline, completely disconnected from the internet, and still have access to the complete message.The biggest downside to POP is if you don’t have the server configured to store your email. If you download all of your email locally and something happens to your computer, you’ve lost those messages forever. Because storage is cheap everywhere now, and email takes up very little space (for most people), there’s not a good reason not to store your messages on the server. If you’re using POP in a smartphone and storage is an issue, maybe if you’ve got an 8GB iPhone filled with music and games for example, then storage may become an issue. For most users, however, storage is something that we have an abundance, so storing your email locally is a great way to make sure you always have access to your email.Using IMAPIt’s 2013, and it seems like most of us have fairly constant access to internet. Should email be treated any differently than any other form of electronic communication that we receive? Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) allows users to access email from anything, as long as you have the username and password. With IMAP, the email lives on the server and you have access to some basic information about every email in your Inbox. When you want to see and interact with the email, the email is temporarily downloaded but not really stored on the machine you are using. The biggest benefit to IMAP is the ability to quickly access your email from just about any device — as long as you have a decent internet connection you’re never more than a moment away from your entire inbox.Unfortunately, if you’re without a fast connection or if you are somehow without internet entirely (-gasp-), you’re going to have a bad day. Most IMAP clients will grab a week or two of email headers and store that information locally, but will not grab images or attachments. If you need to search your inbox for something, and that email is more than a few weeks old, you’ll find that the headers for your email will skip entire weeks of received messages unless you’re connected to the net.Choose wisely, but switching is easyThe POP vs. IMAP debate is all about how you interact with your email. If you’re constantly in your email with attachments and use it like file storage system, POP will guarantee that you always have access to your information. If you’re constantly connected to a broadband or LTE network and you flit back and forth between a laptop, desktop, tablet, and smartphone, IMAP would most likely be the best thing for you. In most cases, especially if you have POP configured to store your email on the server instead of deleting it, you won’t normally notice a difference between the two services.There’s also nothing that says you have to pick one and stick with it. Even Gmail, one of the most popular free email services in the world, makes it easy to choose POP or IMAP and allows you to switch between them as you see fit. You can choose the service the best fits your needs, but ideally your email should exist as a service that requires very little maintenance and configuration once it has been setup and used.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund bus bomber learned to make it on Google

first_imgIn April 2017, a 29-year-old tried to blow up the team’s bus, but he only wanted to do damage to lower the club’s stock market priceFor 29-year-old Sergej W., the idea to blow up Borussia Dortmund’s bus was simply driven by the desire to make money.The man is being accused of planting and making a bomb that damaged the Bundesliga side team bus on April 2017.According to The Mirror, he hoped to make £3 million on the stock market after the team’s stocks fell because of the attack last year.Asked by judge Peter Windgaetter on how he learned to make the device he simply replied: “I just Googled it.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The defendant said that he was not trying to hurt anybody.“Well I made my explosive weaker, I only used 600 milliliters [20.28 oz].”Footballer Marc Bartra was injured during the incident.A verdict is expected in November in the German courts.last_img read more

RGB International signs agreement to distribute KL Saberi and Atlas gaming machines

first_img 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status The KL Saberi brand is owned by the only Korean casino in which locals can legally gamble, Kangwon Land, while Atlas is an Australian firm operating out of Victoria.RGB previously revealed it had signed contracts to install 1,700 units in 2019, of which 1,300 are in the Philippines.Providing an update on the company’s progress, Chuah said, “In the Philippines, some 600 gaming machines have already been installed in the casino according to the terms and conditions of the contract.”When all are installed, “these 1,300 machines will generate a yield of at least US$50 million for the group over the next five years,” he added.RGB reported a profit of MYR6.9 million (US$1.6 million) in the three months to 31 March 2019, up 7% year-on-year. RelatedPosts Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement Load More Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Malaysian gaming machine distributor RGB International Bhd has secured the rights to distribute EGMs on behalf of two new manufacturers – KL Saberi and Atlas.Group Managing Director, Datuk Chuah Kim Seah, told The Star Online that RGB was planning to launch 200 units of the new brands in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam this year via the company’s Sales and Marketing division.last_img read more

Alaska Artist Rie Muñoz Dies At 93

first_imgAlaska artist Rie Muñoz has died. She was 93.Download AudioRie Muñoz. (Photo courtesy Peter Metcalfe)A statement from her family says Muñoz was “active and independent until her last hours.”She was known for her colorful watercolor paintings of Alaska scenes, such as fishermen at work, children at play and life in remote villages. Her paintings, prints and reproductions are in galleries throughout North America.Born in Van Nuys, Calif., in 1921, Muñoz first came to Alaska in 1951, traveling by steamship up the Inside Passage. She fell in love with Juneau and decided to make it her home. She held several jobs, including journalist, teacher and museum curator, before devoting herself full-time to art in 1972.She traveled extensively in Alaska, visiting every community on the road system and several off of it.Her experience as a teacher on King Island inspired the children’s book “King Island Christmas” by her long-time friend Jean Rogers. Muñoz illustrated the book. Rogers passed away in 2013.Rie Muñoz is survived by her son Juan, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandchildren Mercedes and Matthew, and her brother Piet Mounier, as well as a niece and two nephews. A celebration of life will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at Centennial Hall.last_img read more

Newlywed housewife beaten dead

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA newlywed housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her in-laws over family feud at Deogaon village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.The deceased was Sushila Rani, 20, wife of Bipul Chandra of the village.Victim’s family said Sushila was married to Bipul barely two and a half months ago and since then, Bipul had been torturing her as she protested against his alleged extramarital affairs and drug addiction.Victim’s sister said the body of Sushila was found in a toilet of Bipul’s house in the morning. The body was bleeding and it bore multiple injury marks on her check, throat and forehead, she claimed.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said the body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The reason behind the death will be cleared after getting the post-mortem report, he said.last_img read more

Trump Names Picks For National Security Adviser Attorney General CIA Director

first_img Share Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit Rep. Mike PompeoJacquelyn Martin/APHouse Benghazi Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., questions Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 22, 2015. Pompeo, a third-term Republican congressman from Kansas, has been offered the post of CIA director.“I am honored to have been given this opportunity to serve and to work alongside President-elect Donald J. Trump to keep America safe. I also look forward to working with America’s intelligence warriors, who do so much to protect Americans each and every day,” Pompeo said.According to his congressional biography, he graduated from West Point and served as a cavalry officer. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, before entering business as an executive in aerospace manufacturing and the oil industry.He served on the Energy and Commerce committee as well as the House Intelligence Committee, and was a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.The current CIA director is John Brennan, who joined the CIA in 1980 and was a station chief in Saudi Arabia and the chief of the national counterterrorism center.Like Flynn, Pompeo — if confirmed as CIA director — would face decisions about how much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric to attempt to implement as policy.Pompeo has been as critical as Trump of the Iran nuclear deal, for example — would the two work together to dismantle it, or focus on other ways to try to punish Tehran.center_img Michael FlynnMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesThen-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee in February 2014. He was forced out of that role later that year.The brazen retired Army lieutenant general, who was also an early supporter of Trump, has been offered the position of national security adviser.“General Flynn is one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration,” Trump said in the transition team statement.Flynn said he was “deeply humbled and honored to accept the position as National Security Advisor to serve both our country and our nation’s next President, Donald J. Trump.”Flynn has a track record of sharp elbows inside the U.S. intelligence community, as NPR’s Tom Bowman wrote Friday. He was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s military-focused spy service, after pushing to send more operatives overseas and clashing with top staffers and his ultimate bosses in the White House:“Within military circles, Flynn was a highly respected — though at times controversial — career intelligence officer. He worked his way up the ranks, including stints as the top intelligence officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Gen. Stanley McChrystal‘s top aide in Afghanistan. …“Flynn, by then a three-star general, went on to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s military-centered spy service. But the workforce there complained he was trying to push through too many changes, including sending more employees overseas.“Flynn argued that he was trying to get the bureaucracy to be more efficient, to do more. Critics said he couldn’t run a large bureaucracy. He was forced out in 2014 after less than two years in the job.”Flynn’s return to government in a top administration post could enable him to settle any outstanding scores within the intelligence world, depending on the support he receives from the president and the way Trump structures decision-making inside his national security apparatus.During the Republican National Convention this summer, he joined in the chants of “Lock her up,” in reference to Hillary Clinton. “It was a strange position for someone who was a career military officer and a registered Democrat from Rhode Island,” Tom says.Flynn, who recently wrote a book called The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, has called President Obama “a liar” and has troubled some former colleagues with his partisan political work, Tom reports.The current national security adviser is Susan Rice, the former U.N. ambassador who was sharply criticized by congressional Republicans for making what she later acknowledged were “incorrect” statements after the Benghazi attack.Trump’s national security picks, including the choice of Flynn, illustrate the choices his administration will face as it translate the promises and rhetoric of the campaign into governance.For example, Flynn told NPR in August that he thought it would be impractical to impose a blanket ban on travel by Muslims from around the world to the United States. A full stop on such arrivals — which Trump later revised to a call for “extreme vetting” for those entering the U.S. — was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises. As president and national security adviser, however, Trump and Flynn must decide how much of either idea they take into the new administration and try to make into reality.Another critical issue is the U.S. relationship with Russia. Candidate Trump repeated that he wanted better ties with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, and for the two countries to work together in Syria to fight the Islamic State. (President Obama pursued such a deal but could not conclude one with Moscow.) Flynn’s situation is even more nuanced. He’s called Russia “an enemy” of the U.S. in his public comments and suggested in a book this year that it’s part of a global axis arrayed against the United States. But Flynn also traveled to Moscow last year as a guest of Putin for a banquet celebrating the Russian state news agency RT, part of the Kremlin’s propaganda operation targeting the West.RT quoted a description of Flynn as a ‘Russia-loving’ appointment in its headline on Friday. Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesAlabama Sen. Jeff Sessions pledges his commitment to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before speaking to supporters at a rally in Ambridge, Pa., on Oct. 10.Updated at 11:45 a.m. ETTrump’s selections signal that he is prioritizing loyalty as he chooses nominees for top posts — turning to people who were early and outspoken supporters of his campaign.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Sessions is a former U.S. attorney and current senator with lengthy experience with the Justice Department, but whose nomination for a federal judgeship was tanked by reports of racist comments. Flynn, a former lieutenant general, was pushed out of his role as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 after clashing with top staffers. Pompeo is a representative who served both on the House Intelligence Committee and on the Benghazi committee.The attorney general and CIA director nominees will need to be confirmed by the Senate. The national security adviser does not need Senate confirmation.Sen. Jeff SessionsThe 69-year-old Republican senator, who has been offered the position of attorney general, was one of the first lawmakers to ally himself with the Trump campaign. He embraces a forceful anti-immigration platform and a tough approach to fighting crime.Sessions “is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama,” Trump said in a statement from his transition team.“I am humbled to have been asked by President-elect Trump to serve as Attorney General of the United States,” Sessions said. “My previous 15 years working in the Department of Justice were extraordinarily fulfilling. I love the Department, its people and its mission. I can think of no greater honor than to lead them.”Sessions is a former longtime U.S. attorney in Alabama who went on to serve as the top Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Justice Department and FBI operations.But earlier in his career, that same committee denied him a position as a lifetime-tenured federal judge after lawyers testified he had used racially insensitive language. Sessions apologized for saying he thought the KKK was OK “until I found out they smoked pot,” describing the episode as a joke.His positions on social issues including same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization and funding for stem-cell research are conservative.As NPR’s Ailsa Chang reported earlier this year, Sessions had a controversial career as a prosecutor and allegations of racism have followed him for decades. He first rose to national attention when he prosecuted three black civil rights workers for voter fraud; a defense lawyer called it “voter persecution,” and the jury returned no convictions.The president of the NAACP called Sessions’ appointment “troubling,” while a legislative counsel at the ACLU called him “the senator with probably the most anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-child record in the Senate.”Former Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner, a Republican from Sessions’ hometown of Mobile, said President-elect Trump “has supreme confidence in Sen. Sessions’ judgment, his wisdom, his character and his loyalty.”California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee that will review Sessions’ nomination, said in a statement:“Senator Sessions has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for many years so he’s well aware of the thorough vetting he’s about to receive. And while many of us have worked with Senator Sessions closely and know him to be a staunch advocate for his beliefs, the process will remain the same: a fair and complete review of the nominee. While Senator Sessions and I differ on a great many issues, I am committed to a full and fair process.”The current attorney general is Loretta Lynch, the first black woman in that position (as a child, she attended civil rights rallies in the South with her parents) and the former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.last_img read more