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Domestic mobile manufacturer Zen Mobile on Thursday launched a new affordable Cinemax Force smartphone at Rs 4,290. The smartphone features 5.5inch FWVGA display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired up with1GB of RAM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.”We will continue to focus on strengthening our Cinemax portfolio by offering devices that are loaded with powerful and smart features at a competitive price point,” said Sanjay Kalirona, CEO of Zen Mobile, in a statement.The device sports 5MP auto-focus primary camera, 2MP front camera, has 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery.The company has also introduced a screen damage replacement policy which is valid for one time replacement with a labour charge of Rs 180 for smartphones and Rs 90 for feature phones, with additional government taxes as applicable.Also Read: Zen Cinemax 3 smartphone launched at Rs 5,499The company earlier this year also launched Cinemax 3 smartphone at Rs 5,499. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with games, live TV streaming app NexGenTV, music streaming service Saavn and Vuliv video player. The device with 5.5-inch FWVGA IPS display is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The smartphone sports 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 3.2MP front camera, has 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery. The smartphone also has SOS feature that allows users to send location details to five pre-defined numbers of user’s choice in case of an emergency.advertisementWith IANS inputs
India captain Virat Kohli is back to what he does best, time the ball from the middle of bat.The 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.The Delhi dasher captain ended the year as world No. 1 in ODIs world No.2 in Tests and world No.3 in Twenty20 Internationals.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYBCCI posted a video on Twitter where Kohli could be seen knocking the ball around in the team’s practice session.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/ybNqEWVKRm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara were among the first to get out on the field for the training session..@cheteshwar1 all set to hit the nets #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/1oFm5qHIfL- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017The Indian team won’t be playing any practice matches before the first Test and has instead opted for training sessions.Although, the BCCI did not give any reason officially for dropping the warm-up match, it is understood the request was made by the team management well in advance.The board was told that the team management preferred to focus on training on their own, as soon as the Indian team lands in South Africa on December 28.Kohli and his team had boarded their flight from Mumbai post midnight on Wednesday after attending the captain’s wedding reception with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at the St. Regis hotel on December 26.advertisementIndia are all set to play a series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is starting from January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa but rest assured the current team under Kohli is probably the strongest to travel abroad in recent years and has a big opportunity to come home with a series win under their belt.India however, have been dealt with a big blow even before the first ball is bowled as opener Shikhar Dhawan is a doubtful starter for the first Test. The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Murali Vijay is Dhawan fails to get fit before the first Test at Newlands.India’s last tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the series 2-0, the team under Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.India have not looked back since and have won nine successive Test series and that too with ease.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd blocked Mourinho buying Aldeweireldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United blocked former manager Jose Mourinho from signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.The Mirror says United’s board ‘vetoed’ Mourinho’s move for Alderweireld for tactical reasons.Mourinho was axed by United in December after the club recorded their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.The Portuguese was vocal throughout his final months, however, that the club needed to sign a new centre-half.Belgium international Alderweireld fit the bill with his contract nearing expiry at Tottenham.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The debate over where the best college football tailgates are is one that rages every year. SEC fans are particularly vocal about the pregame parties at their favorite program’s home games.247Sports unveiled a list this weekend of the top 10 tailgates in college football for this season. Their top choice might surprise you.It’s an SEC schools, but it’s not Ole Miss, or LSU. Instead, it is their SEC West rival Auburn.Now, 247Sports came up with these rankings by combining “what we know about the tailgating experience at various schools” along with the home schedules for each of these teams. That latter part seems to be what put Auburn over the top. It could be a great tailgating year on The Plains. Both of the SEC’s Mississippi teams will visit Auburn. The Tigers will also be home for the final three weeks of the season, as they host arch rivals Georgia and Alabama in that span.Unfortunately, while playing big games against marquee, rival opponents makes for great tailgating, it doesn’t always make for a successful outcome.Auburn will likely be a home underdog against Georgia and Alabama, its two biggest games of the year on The Plains.
The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations The Green Hell is just 15 feet and a barrier away. It’s right damn there. Why am I not on the most infamous track in the entire world? Why bring me 5,000 miles, put me up in the hotel beside the Nurburgring, and tell me my trip won’t include time on the notorious racetrack? This is a tease of the highest order for someone with my automotive proclivities. I want to scream when I first hear my route is “road only.” Yet, after a handful of miles behind the wheel of the new 2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR watching the sunny pastures effortlessly pass by and turn to medieval castles and impenetrable pine forests, I forget the nearly century-old racing surface and become one with the grand tourer.What’s truly wild isn’t the DB11 AMR’s speed or noise or ability to make me forget about a bucket list item, but rather just how compliant the DB11 AMR is over the gently undulating German roads. As my co-driver found out, the smoothness can easily lull you to sleep even when bombing across the countryside at extra-legal speeds. In Grand Tour mode, the Aston Martin wafts across countries, seemingly beating private jets in terms of comfort, speed, and exclusivity. At least that’s how it feels when behind the wheel. It is even more impressive that Aston Martin was able to keep the DB11 AMR’s suppleness, due to the fact that the company’s engineers re-tuned much of the chassis and suspension in order to make it handle better.When first launched, the DB11 was truly a great Grand Tourer. It did everything a Grand Tourer needs to do. However, though it very much is a GT, many still wanted it to handle like its sports car looks would have you believe it should. In the past, it didn’t, and would push toward understeer when you start hustling the big two-door, followed by a wild oversteer. It wasn’t balanced. Then Aston Martin launched the Mercedes-AMG V-8-powered DB11, which not only sounded more guttural than the V-12, but finally handled as everyone had wanted thanks to the four-cylinder diet. To satiate those that wanted better handling and a V-12, new to the DB11 AMR are lighter forged wheels, changed dampening, solid rear subframe mounts, and a wider and stiffer front sway bar all done to decrease the DB11’s handling issues.But did it work?Oh yeah, totally.The DB11 and DB11 AMR are night and day in the handling department. Pushing into the granite mountains that surround the Nordschleife, the roads became increasingly tight with near 180-degree corners climbing toward the clouds. With my right foot leveling the accelerator and my left foot covering the brake connected to the massive carbon ceramic rotors, the DB11 AMR came into its own. I selected the car’s Sport Plus mode, sharpening up the steering, stiffening the suspension, and adding fuel to the fire inside the 5.2-liter monster lurking beneath the sensually designed hood.I lay into the throttle at the apex of a tight forest bend and am greeted by the AMR’s new soundtrack of howls and pops. Aston Martin re-tuned the exhaust system to give the DB11 louder vocals after both customers and writers alike complained that the twin turbochargers muffled the hellacious 5.2-liter, V-12 underneath the clam-shell bonnet. In fact, I was one of those who had complained. When launched, the DB11 just didn’t have the same personality as Astons of yesteryear as a result of the quieter throttle response. Aston V-12s used to send chills down your spine. The DB11 just didn’t. But that character has returned with the AMR. Aston’s engineers went wild and brought noise and machine-gun fire back to the DB series.One change that isn’t immediately noticeable is the Aston’s bump in horsepower. From Gaydon, the standard DB11 is rated for 600 horsepower. The DB11 AMR is now good for 630, which isn’t that significant in the grand scheme of the current horsepower wars being waged. It does, however, mean that it gets new performance metrics that’ll make Aston Martin customers quite happy. Sixty mph from a standstill now takes just 3.5 seconds, while max is an Autobahn-shaming 208 mph. However, according to Aston Martin’s chief engineer Matt Becker, the V-12 can make quite a bit more if given the chance. We will get that chance when the DBS Superleggera drops later this year.From the seat of my pants though, the DB11 AMR doesn’t feel all that more quick or powerful than the standard V-12. It most definitely still pushes you back into the Brogue leather seats, which now feature Alcantara inserts. Indeed, it will cross continents like an intercontinental ballistic missile; but so did the standard DB11. It’s just not enough of a bump to truly feel the difference in power.What hasn’t been changed, at least not drastically, is the DB11’s perfectly sculpted exterior lines. This grand tourer drips sex appeal. When everyone else is looking like carbon copies in their Porsches, the person who shows up in a DB11 drops the mic. In AMR guise, the only things Aston Martin’s engineers changed is the car’s brightwork. Gone are the chrome and metallic accents; in their place are darkened and black pieces for a more sinister and purposeful vibe.Overall, the DB11 AMR looks racier than before, and you’ll be waiting to catch your reflection in a shop window whenever you go into town.Back in the AMR, I’m barreling down an unrestricted section of the Autobahn. The grand tourer is rock solid. No wiggles, shimmies, shakes, or anything that would cause me to lift my lead foot off the pedal. I silently wish my destination wasn’t some local picturesque coffee spot in some quaint German town just a stone’s throw from my start point near the ‘Ring. I want countries and continents ahead of me, not a handful of miles. I want hours inside its leather-lined cockpit, jamming to classic rock, downshifting through tunnels, and only stopping to sip espresso after my trip is done high above the Alps. I need more time — and if I had $241,000, I could have that time. But if I had that kind of cash, would I have the DB11 AMR?There are a lot of cars you could buy with near enough $250,000. There are especially some really great grand tourers in that price range, including the Lexus LC500, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT, and even Aston Martin’s own DB11 V-8. Hell, for the price of the DB11 AMR, you could conceivably have two of the three.Yet, the Aston Martin DB11 AMR delivers a resonance that, even combined, none of those cars could hope to touch. It can be quiet and supple, loud and sharp, or some combination of the two whenever asked. While my financial adviser likely wouldn’t recommend taking out a home loan to snag a set of keys, I can’t help but believe it would be totally worth the inevitable bankruptcy. This is a world-class automobile that keeps the grand touring crown at Aston Martin. As for the Nurburgring passing alongside me as I return to Aston Martin’s technical center, I’ll be back with something sharper, louder, and hopefully with a cage. Maybe Aston Martin Vantage GT3? Next time, Nurburgring, next time. 1 of 19 Next How to Support the Teachers in Your Life How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Previous
The NCB Foundation spent a total of $4.5 million to refurbish three police stations on Labour Day, including Vineyard Town, Summit in St. James, and Alligator Pond in Manchester. The projects were managed by Kaizen Development Limited. Police personnel and residents of Vineyard Town, in South East St. Andrew, are now enjoying the comfort of the renovated police station, as a result of the generosity of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation.As part of its Labour Day project on May 23, the Foundation’s volunteers painted the police station, installed air-conditioning units and grills, and did electrical and lighting installation as well as plumbing works.On Friday, June 16, the Foundation members toured the facility and unveiled a plaque. Also on the tour were political representatives and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s hierarchy.Group Marketing and Communications Manager at NCB, Nichole Brackett-Walters, told JIS News there was a shift from the Foundation’s usual education focus to national security, because of the transformation that is needed in that area.“The project is under our community development programme [and] is in keeping with our mandate to help our communities and to build a better Jamaica. It is our intention that this assistance will go towards improving national security. We really hope that this contribution will promote peace and goodwill within the community,” she said.Inspector of Police and Sub-Officer in Charge of the Vineyard Town Police Station, Mark Harris, expressed gratitude for the project, noting that it will go a far way in improving staff morale and how the community is served.“We were affected significantly because of the condition of our facility. NCB Foundation came on board to improve the facility on Labour Day and I can tell you from that day until now, the citizens are very happy, my staff is motivated and I am happy to be working in a better environment. I must say a big thank you to NCB Foundation and its volunteers on behalf of the Ministry of National Security and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and I hope you continue to serve Jamaica in this capacity,” he said.Woman Corporal, Kaedene Hendricks Williamson, also praised the NCB Foundation.“There is now more space and we are comfortable. The space is cool and this creates a different environment when you have different types of customers to deal with. We now have an interview room that is ready for persons that have queries or reports of a private nature. We are really glad that this project was done,” she said.Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, Julian Robinson, said the refurbishing will aid police in having a closer relationship with the community.“The police station has a very close working relationship with the community. The refurbishing of the station allows the police to work in a more comfortable environment and will allow them to better serve the community. As the representative, I want to thank NCB Foundation for doing this, and we look forward to a continued close working relationship [among] the police, the political representatives, the community and the business persons,” he said.The NCB Foundation spent a total of $4.5 million to refurbish three police stations on Labour Day, including Vineyard Town, Summit in St. James, and Alligator Pond in Manchester. The projects were managed by Kaizen Development Limited. Group Marketing and Communications Manager at NCB, Nichole Brackett-Walters, told JIS News there was a shift from the Foundation’s usual education focus to national security, because of the transformation that is needed in that area. Story Highlights Police personnel and residents of Vineyard Town, in South East St. Andrew, are now enjoying the comfort of the renovated police station, as a result of the generosity of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation.
zoom The Slovenian port of Koper presented studies in the framework of the European project GAINN4MOS as the port is looking to refuel vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the site.Koper port said that, although the National spatial plan for comprehensive spatial arrangement of the international port in Koper does not foresee the existence of fixed infrastructure for LNG, the port still has to guarantee support to LNG powered vessels as it is among core EU ports.Uroš Prosen, director of TGE Gas Engineering Slovenia, said that considering space limitation of the port of Koper and safety issues, “the refuel would be possible only with mobile solutions – for example through specialized feeder vessels.”He added that for now “it seems that refuelling could be done only at anchorage and not at berth.”The studies were presented as part of the Directive 2014/94/EU on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, which was adopted with the aim of minimising dependence on oil and to mitigate the environmental impact of transport.Through the Directive the European Union requested from Member States to draft national policy frameworks on alternative fuels, including LNG. Member States are also expected to ensure that an appropriate number of refuelling points for LNG are put in maritime ports to enable ships to circulate throughout the TEN-T Core Network by the end of 2025.To study adequately the field in cooperation with institutions that have experience with LNG, Luka Koper joined the Action GAINN4MOS, which is co-financed by the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility.
Madrid: UEFA’s appeal committee on Wednesday turned down an appeal filed by Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Neymar against a three-match ban imposed on him over insulting a referee during a Champions League match against Manchester United. “The appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of April 25 is confirmed,” the European football governing body said on its website. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body opened an inquiry into the Brazilian on March 22 over remarks he made on social media following PSG’s 3-1 home defeat to United in the second leg of a round-of-16 tie, which eliminated the French club from the competition. United’s victory at Parc des Princes was the result of a controversial penalty call. Going into stoppage time, United led 2-1 on the night, but PSG were still up 3-2 overall. As the match entered the 95th minute, a shot by United’s Diego Dalot bounced off the arm of defender Presnel Kimpembe out of play for a corner. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsAfter reviewing the play with the Video Assistant Referee, the official cited Kimpembe for hand ball and awarded a penalty. Marcus Rashford stepped to the spot and converted to level the aggregate score at 3-3 and give United the edge on away goals. UEFA penalized Neymar for a social media post following the contest. “That is a disgrace! And UEFA still pick four guys who know nothing about football to review the VAR decision in slow motion… that handball simply doesn’t exist!” Neymar wrote.
Shimla: Two senior BJP leaders from Himachal Pradesh, including MoS (Finance) Anurag Thakur and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, have also conveyed their opposition to defence minister Rajnath Singh over Indian Army move to shift Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut.The central minister Anurag Thakur and Prem Kumar Dhumal have written separate letters to Rajnath Singh asking him to drop the proposal as Shimla offers a conducive environment for the functioning of the ARTRAC, which faces no operational or administrative problems in its functioning from the state’s capital. “I would humbly urge you to kindly consider the request, and not shift the ARTRAC in view of the historic importance of Shimla — which had also remained the headquarters of the Army, during the British Era, also later had also headquarters of the Western command,” Dhumal reminded to Defence minister. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIn his two-page letter, Dhumal informed the Defence Minister that Shimla, before Independence, had remained headquarters of the Army from 1864 to 1939. “Needless to mention that Shimla has been a strategic location of the Indian army from about 150 years. It remained the headquarters of the Indian army during the British period. During this period two wars were brought,” he wrote. He again said that after Independence, Shimla also remained headquarters of the Western Command, during which three wars with Pakistan and one with China were also fought. Later on, this command was also shifted from Shimla to Chandi Mandir in 1983. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahAfter a few years, the ARTRAC was raised in 1991 in Mahow, a decision was taken to located ARTRAC at Shimla keeping in view the conducive environment and available infrastructure vacated by the western command. Such an organisation which is considered to be a Think Tank of the Indian Army is ideally located in Shimla, said former CM. Meanwhile, Anurag in his letter also reiterated the same demand, saying, “The Army Training Command Headquarters has been in Shimla since 1993 and sudden shift will significantly affect the officers of all ranks, large number of serving personnel, a majority of whom are locals along with an impact on the local business as well as local employment.”
HALIFAX – Less than two years after he arrived as a refugee, a Syrian chocolatier has been named to the board of Nova Scotia’s economic development agency.Tareq Hadhad is among the most high-profile of Syrian refugees in Canada — his family’s Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, N.S., has been touted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the United Nations.The provincial government announced Friday Hadhad will serve a four-year term on the board of Invest Nova Scotia, which oversees the government’s economic incentives.Hadhad’s father ran a chocolate factory in Damascus with around 30 employees that shipped specialty treats all over the Middle East.An aspiring physician, Hadhad says he abandoned his studies and fled to Lebanon with several family members after a 2012 bombing destroyed the business his father had built over the course of more than two decades.The family spent three years at a refugee camp then settled in Antigonish in early 2016, as Canada accepted a wave of more than 25,000 Syrians.Hadhad has said the family suffered some culture shock, but he said he was taken aback by how eager locals were to help him and his relatives fit into Canadian society.“Tareq’s entrepreneurial journey and unique experience building the @Peacebychoco brand will be an invaluable addition to Invest NS Board,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a tweet.Hadhad has become an in-demand speaker, and the family’s chocolate business preparing to open a new factory amid booming business.“It is my honour to serve .. and support innovative initiatives” in Nova Scotia,” Hadhad tweeted Friday.Hadhad says Peace by Chocolate was founded in part as a way of “giving back” to the country that welcomed them so readily by creating jobs in their small community.Kenneth Deveau, chair of Invest Nova Scotia, touted Hadhad’s “unique experience and perspective” in a statement Friday.The province says Hadhad will be paid $150 for each monthly meeting he attends, and will be reimbursed for his expenses.
NBA All-Star and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, Russell Westbrook, hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, to give back to the less fortunate in the Oklahoma community that has given him so much.Russell Westbrook Kicks off holiday spirit early with 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner serving nearly 1000 mealsCredit/Copyright: Layne MurdochThis is the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation has hosted with the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County and the third year Russell has co-hosted with the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen. With the help of his co-host and local caterer Ron Deak of Adventures in Catering, this year’s dinner was able to serve over 950 to members of the local Boys & Girls Club.As an alumnus of the Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles, Russell has made giving back to the organization that helped him during his youth a cornerstone of his charitable initiatives. As an extension of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, Russell’s family will host the 5th Annual Los Angeles Thanksgiving Dinner at his childhood hangout, Jesse Owens Park, on Monday November 21st, 2016.
New Delhi: Since after the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has started their initiative of rewarding the Good Samaritans for credible information regarding the child labour, they have found that calls regarding the menace have increased.According to DCPCR, before the initiative, they used to get one to two calls on monthly basis but now they are getting three to four calls. There is also a possibility that an NGO can be the first one to get reward regarding the credible information on child labour. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRoop Sudesh Vimal member of the child rights body confirmed the following information stating that there is a increase in the calls to commission related to child labour. “The initiative is fruitful to us,”said Roop. The DCPCR notice accessed by Millennium Post stated that for the rescue of one child, there is a reward of Rs 1,000 whereas rescue of two-five children Rs 2,000 is the reward whereas for six to 10 children the reward increases to Rs 5,000. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The reward for the rescue of 11 or more children is Rs 10,000,” reads the notice. According to DCPCR, in March 23, they received an information regarding child labour in Noida and with the help of other stake holders, they rescued a seven-year-old girl. “The info was regarding child labour by a child in Noida sector 110 from a flat. We conducted raid and rescued the child,”said Roop. He further stated that the minor girl claimed that she is the native of Bihar and did not get any salary for the work. Recently, as many as seven children were rescued from a placement agency in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri. In another case, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) rescued seven children from Momo making unit in Okhla Industrial area. The child rights body claimed that they were being paid meager Rs 80 per day for 13 hours of work.
Kolkata: An auto rickshaw driver was arrested at the Amherst Street police station for allegedly molesting a 13- year-old school student. The auto driver identified as Arun Kumar Das was arrested on Saturday night.According to sources, on April 22 night, the student was returning home in Manikatala from her tuition class at Girish park. From Girish Park she took an auto. As there were no seat vacant in the back, she sat beside the driver. It is alleged Das inappropriately touched her. He was reportedly moving towards Maniktala. But before approximately a kilometre he allegedly turned his auto in another direction and molested the student again. After few minutes when the auto slowed down, the student jumped off from the auto. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe told about the incident to her family. Her father along with the student went to Amherst Street police station and lodged a complaint against the auto driver. Sleuths examined the CCTV camera footage of the route which Das had availed. The student said that she had seen a tattoo on Das’s body. After examining the camera’s footage sleuths got hold of the auto’s registration number and traced Das on Saturday. Sources informed that the student has identified Das.
28 September 2009There is an urgent need for a rejuvenated fight against trafficking in small arms, a top Nigerian official said at the General Assembly today, stressing the ties between that trade and piracy and oil smuggling in the Niger Delta. “The proliferation of small arms in West Africa is fast turning the region into a major transit point for illicit drugs, thus also facilitating the growth of criminal syndicates, some with enough firepower to challenge a nation’s military force,” Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, said at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.He appealed to the international community to check the scourge by implementing existing agreements, as well as creating new and legally binding ones.Stepped-up efforts, Mr. Maduekwe said, are needed to achieve the goal of “preventing, combating and eradicating illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, and regulating the transfer of conventional weapons in general.”He expressed support for fully implementing the 2001 United Nations Programme of Action on Small and Light Weapons, which calls for international cooperation and assistance to strengthen the ability of States in identifying and tracing illicit arms and light weapons.
“I am unaware of any previous case of this kind in Afghanistan,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Tom Koenigs said in a statement on Abdul Rahman, who was brought before a court in Kabul, the capital, last week under Muslim Sharia charges.“It is my wish that Mr. Rahman’s legal and human rights will be upheld, and that this matter does not create a rift between Afghanistan and its international partners,” he added, stressing that freedom of religious worship is a founding principle of the UN, arising from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Afghanistan as a UN member has adhered to this declaration which stipulates that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the “freedom to change religion or belief,” and the declaration features in the opening sentences of the country’s constitution of 2004, Mr. Koenigs noted.“I trust that these principles will guide the judicial authorities in all cases, including this one,” he added..
by Tom Krisher And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 8:51 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.The Environmental Protection Agency issued a “notice of violation” to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups, all with 3-litre diesel engines. The California Air Resources Board took similar action.“Failing to disclose software that affects emissions in a vehicle’s engine is a serious violation of the law, which can result in harmful pollution in the air we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne denied any wrongdoing, saying the EPA was blowing the issue out of proportion. “We have done in our view nothing that is illegal,” he said Thursday on a conference call. “We will defend our behaviour in the right environment.”Marchionne said he was told by company lawyers that the Justice Department is investigating the company in concert with the EPA, raising the likelihood of an ongoing criminal probe. He said the company halted production of Grand Cherokees and Rams with diesel engines in September, but will continue to sell models manufactured before then that are still on dealers’ lots.The company said it intends to present its case to the incoming Trump administration. “We will work with the new leadership to get this issue through,” Marchionne said.A spokesman for President-elect Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The White House said Thursday that EPA makes enforcement decisions independently and that outgoing President Barack Obama wasn’t involved in the decision to cite the company.If found liable, Fiat Chrysler could face more than $4.5 billion in potential fines for violations of the Clean Air Act.EPA said it will continue to investigate the “nature and impact” of the eight software functions identified through an intensive testing program launched after Volkswagen was caught in a 2015 cheating scandal involving its “Clean Diesel” line of vehicles. Regulators were not yet defining the software found in the Fiat Chrysler vehicles as so-called “defeat devices” intended to cheat on government emissions tests.However, the agency said that numerous discussions with Fiat Chrysler over the past year had not produced any suitable explanation for why the company had failed to disclose the software, which regulators said caused the vehicles to emit less pollution during testing than during regular driving.“This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act,” Giles said. “When companies break the law, Americans depend on EPA to step in and enforce.”On Thursday California regulators also announced they were citing Fiat Chrysler for 11 violations under that state’s strict air quality standards.Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that its emissions control systems “meet the applicable requirements” and that it spent months giving information to the EPA to explain its emissions technology and proposed a number of actions including software changes to address the agency’s concerns.Regulators said owners of the affected models do not yet need to take any action and that they should continue driving their vehicles.Fiat Chrysler shares tumbled 20 per cent $9.12 Thursday morning as the EPA action was reported, wiping out about $3 billion of the company’s market value. The shares recovered a bit to $9.91 by early afternoon but still were down nearly 11 per cent.Shares of Cummins Inc. also fell just over 2 per cent to $137.59. Though the company manufactures some diesel engines for Fiat Chrysler, the company said Thursday it did not make the engines in the Jeep and Ram models cited by the EPA.The announcement comes one day after Fiat rival Volkswagen pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges related to widespread cheating involving emissions tests, agreeing to pay a record $4.3 billion penalty. Six high-ranking VW executives have been charged in the scandal, which prompted a nationwide recall of more than a half-million affected cars and SUVs.In the Volkswagen case, prosecutors alleged that top officials at the company approved of the cheating scheme, repeatedly lied to U.S. regulators and then orchestrated a mass attempted coverup that included deleting computer files and emails.EPA regulators made no such allegations against Fiat Chrysler on Thursday, though they said their investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing.This isn’t the first time the company has run afoul of a federal agency. In 2015, Fiat Chrysler was slapped with $175 million in penalties by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for mishandling recalls and failing to report safety data.Marchionne, who clearly was agitated on a conference call with reporters, expressed confidence that the EPA will find no evidence of an illegal “defeat device” in the Jeeps and Rams. He said some of the computer software on the engines was not disclosed because it’s standard among automakers and disclosure wasn’t previously required. But he said the EPA changed the rules after the Volkswagen case.Marchionne said there is no comparison between his company and VW because there was no intent by Fiat Chrysler to deceive the EPA or cheat on emissions tests.“There’s not a guy in this house that would even remotely attempt to try something as stupid as that,” he said. “And if I found a guy like that I would have hung him on a door.”___Krisher reported from Detroit. Associated Press writers Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit and Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Krisher at Twitter.com/tkrisher and Biesecker at Twitter.com/mbieseck___This story has been corrected to show that Cummins does not make engines in the affected Jeep and Ram models. US gov’t accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions FILE – In this Tuesday, May 6, 2014, file photo, a vehicle moves past a sign outside Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, the U.S. government alleged that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles failed to disclose that software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that it issued a “notice of violation” to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles, including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram pickups, all with 3-liter diesel engines. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
OSU then-freshman attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanSenior attackman Cian Dabrowski said she believes the leadership and influence of the senior class will lead the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team to reach new heights this season on the heels of a 13-8 campaign.Dabrowski enters her senior season coming off a 2015 season for the books. She is the team’s active leader with 69 goals and 25 assists and she scored a team-high four goals when OSU knocked off No. 1 Maryland in the semifinals of the 2015 Big Ten tournament. This broke the Terrapins’ 27-game winning streak and gave the Buckeyes their first win over a top-ranked team in program history.“That was my favorite moment of my career as a Buckeye,” Dabrowski said. “No one really expected us to beat them, so it made that victory so much sweeter, and we all take a lot of pride in that game.”Going into the 2016 season, Dabrowski said she wants to continue the success the team has had in the past as different people step up and fill new roles.“Our team’s goals this year revolve around trying to build off of a great season last year and continuing to grow,” Dabrowski said. “We proved to be a big threat in our conference, as well as in the country, so continuing with that elite mentality is something we work on everyday.”Dabrowski said her personal role on the squad has evolved drastically since her freshman year.“We had some phenomenal players my first few years, so it was my job to learn from them and find a way to complement them,” Dabrowski said. “Now it’s my opportunity to put everything I’ve learned to work, and I’m looking forward to having more trust and assurance from my teammates when I have the ball.”OSU then-freshman attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanCoach Alexis Venechanos, in her sixth year at the helm for the Buckeyes, said Dabrowski and the rest of the senior class have always had great leaders above them, and she expects them to carry that quality on to their younger teammates.“I think Cian is really taking on the leadership role well,” Venechanos said. “She’s taking some of these newcomers under her wing in the attacking end, and she’s working well with our returners and some players who need a little more game experience.”Dabrowski said having nine teammates in her class brings a sense of variable leadership, which is reflected throughout the entire team.“Looking at nine of us for leadership is a blessing for our team, because it allows for so much diversity, and that unifies us with the younger girls,” Dabrowski said. “Our senior class is the most determined, hardworking and passionate group of girls that I am fortunate enough to call my teammates.”Venechanos said she is excited to see how Dabrowski will influence her team this season.“In the big stage, Cian is clutch,” Venechanos said. “She will be a person we will look up to both on and off the field this year.”Growing up in a lacrosse and hockey family, Dabrowski said she has a different perception of the game, which is something that she said she can use to her advantage as a leader.“I hope to continue to use this to my advantage in the upcoming season by inspiring my teammates to approach things differently,” Dabrowski said. “This is something that the Buckeye lacrosse atmosphere motivates me to do, while continuing with our own traditions, it can be truly humbling.”Venechanos said Dabrowski is a phenomenal player and an even better person, making her the ideal leader for the team. The hype around the Canadian product led to her being one of three OSU players named to the Big Ten’s players to watch list on Monday.“She has this great sense of self-confidence and never gets flustered when she makes a mistake,” Venechanos said. “She has this poise around her, and I’m really impressed with her competitiveness and determination.” Dabrowski and the Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2016 season on Feb. 13 against Detroit at 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Firefox : nouvelle mise à jour critiqueAprès deux mises à jour sur les versions 3.0 et 3.5 de son navigateur Firefox, Mozilla publie aujourd’hui un correctif destiné à combler une faille de sécurité identifiée à l’occasion du salon Pwn2Own sur la version 3.6.Cette faille de sécurité “critique” et le correctif correspondant ne concernent pour l’instant que la dernière mouture du navigateur de la fondation Mozilla mais la vulnérabilité pourrait également exister sur Firefox 3.5. Un second patch, destiné à cette autre version, devrait donc bientôt voir le jour. Le Pwn2Own est un concours de piratage informatique réunissant des hackers de haut vol. L’édition 2010, fidèle à la tradition, a permis de révéler une multitude de failles sur les navigateurs internet les plus utilisés. La faille identifiée sur Firefox 3.6 permettrait ainsi de prendre le contrôle d’un ordinateur à distance. La mise à jour de votre navigateur devrait être automatique. Si ce n’est pas le cas, rendez-vous sur le site de Mozilla Firefox pour télécharger Firefox 3.6.3. Le 2 avril 2010 à 11:50 • Emmanuel Perrin
Astéroïde : le Cnes veut lancer une mission spatiale pour étudier ApophisL’astéroïde Apophis est passé à proximité de la Terre en janvier dernier. Son prochain passage est prévu pour 2029 et l’Agence spatiale française, le Cnes, souhaiterait en profiter pour l’étudier de plus près.Baptisé en référence à la divinité égyptienne du mal et des ténèbres, l’astéroïde Apophis d’une taille de 325 mètres, a “frôlé” la Terre le 9 janvier dernier en passant à 14,4 millions de kilomètres d’elle. Son prochain passage aura lieu le 13 avril 2029 (à 30.000 km de la Terre) et il ne sera pas plus à craindre que celui de 2036. Néanmoins, ce qui inquiète davantage les spécialistes, c’est sa trajectoire pour 2068. A cette date, un risque de collision avec la Terre n’est pas exclu.”Ça reste possible pour 2068. C’est très improbable, mais pas impossible”, a expliqué mardi Jean-Yves Prado, du Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes), membre du groupe de travail Astéroïdes géo-croiseurs des Nations unies. Pour cette raison, Apophis fait aujourd’hui partie des 1.387 astéroïdes “potentiellement dangereux” pour la Terre. Il faut savoir que s’il entrait en collision avec notre planète, au vu de sa taille, cela occasionnerait des dégâts à l’échelle d’un continent. C’est une des raisons qui pousse l’agence spatiale française à vouloir étudier Apophis de près et elle souhaite pour cela profiter de son passage en 2029. En effet, si on souhaite éviter une collision, l’idéal reste de savoir exactement à quel type d’objet on a à faire. Aussi, la connaissance de la structure interne de l’astéroïde “est cruciale pour la conception des missions de déviation”, indique le Dr Patrick Michel de l’Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur. Car parmi les nombreuses idées pour détourner les astéroïdes, outre les faire exploser grâce à une bombe nucléaire ou à des explosifs classiques, certains proposent de modifier leur trajectoire en les remorquant… Une mission spatiale vers Apophis À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais pour qu’un tel projet soit viable, il faut auparavant déterminer si la roche est solide, pré-fracturée, poreuse, ou s’il s’agit d’un agrégat. Même chose si on opte pour la solution explosive. “On a besoin de données extrêmement précises”, souligne Emmanuel Hinglais, responsable des études portant sur l’exploration de l’univers au Cnes. Pour le spécialiste cité par l’AFP, “les seuls moyens” de vérifier les modèles théoriques, ce sont les missions spatiales, comme par exemple la sonde Rosetta, qui a survolé Lutetia en 2010. Dans ce but, le Cnes envisage une mission spatiale vers Apophis, baptisée ApEx, afin d’une part d’améliorer les connaissances scientifiques, d’autre part de pouvoir, au besoin, dévier efficacement l’astéroïde en 2068 (voire plus tard encore). “Le risque est prédictif et on peut l’éviter, mais ces missions ne peuvent être réalisées que dans un cadre international”, estime Jean-Yves Prado. A priori, il faudrait un voyage de 12 à 18 mois pour qu’un vaisseau rejoigne Apophis. Il entamerait alors “une approche progressive” jusqu’à pouvoir déposer des instruments en surface (antenne radar, sismomètres…).Le 10 avril 2013 à 18:14 • Maxime Lambert