Militants secure SIM cards in Army’s name

first_imgThe police and the Army in Kashmir are jointly investigating a major security breach after nearly 10 SIM cards procured in the name of Army units using fake documents were seized in Baramulla. At least six SIM cards had “ended up with the militants of the Lashkar-e- Taiba”.Six arrestedSenior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain told The Hindu that six persons had been arrested. They have been identified as Sajad Ahmad Baba, Gowhar Ahmad Geelani, Abid Bilal Qadri, Mushtaq Shah, alias Mastan, Azmatullah Bhat and Kanwol Jeet Singh, who runs a printing press. “Two more have been detained for questioning,” Mr. Hussain said.The racket came to light after tracking Lashkar militants for two months. “We have seized nearly 10 fake SIM cards so far. They were used for criminal activities,” he said. Initial investigation suggested that 30 SIM cards were issued on fake documents of Army units in north Kashmir.The modus operandi of the module, apparently operating at the behest of militants, was to create fake stamps of Army units and print forms.last_img read more

Finding bliss

first_imgThe dream sequence stared me in the face. And it seemed straight out my favourite Hollywood film The Last Samurai–cherry blossoms floating in the crisp mountain air as Katsumoto, the rebel Samurai warrior, lay dying in the arms of friend and trusted general Nathan Algren. The poignancy of the scene brings a lump to my throat each time I watch the film. Only this time the feelings were drastically different, much like some of the details of the bigger picture.The cherry blossoms had given way to magnolias, equally pretty in pink, beige and dazzling white. And my location was not Japan, the land of the Samurais. I was at Alishan, a hillstation on the island nation of Taiwan. It was too early to call it spring but the magnolias were there in full bloom as was the nippy cold.Neatly laid out before my eyes was a forest of cedar and cypress, and a walking trail–it also included wooden and rope bridges-beckoned me to join the scores of holidaymakers scattered across the Divine Tree Zone.I chose to punctuate the activity with some mental arithmetic. I stopped at places to admire tree trunks in curious shapes–face of a hog, bull’s head and so on–while, at times, I spent minutes in making fresh notes of all that I had seen of Taiwan since arrival. Coming from a family that greatly admires Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I had always associated the country with his untimely ‘death’. Books on history still proclaim that it was a plane crash in Taipei that ended his life. And it was as recent as 2005 that an inquiry commission challenged the theory. It was this debate that whetted my interest in Taiwan. But it’s another story that almost no one–the general public in Taiwan–has heard of Bose. Or even Mahatma Gandhi for that matter. However, India and its food is something that is much talked about. So don’t be surprised if someone comes up and shouts “samosas” at you. Or if Mohit Chauhan’s voice emanates from a music system playing at a Taipei tea room.Resilient and friendly, the Taiwanese are also one of most advanced in terms of technological development and civic infrastructure. The proof lies in the concrete road that winds its way up to Alishan. At first glance there is nothing that is out of the ordinary. Except the tea gardens that skirt the road, perhaps. But consider that it was rebuilt in less than 12 months since floods obliterated its existence last year and you know what I am talking about.Work is still under progress and very soon, the Alishan Forest Rail–a narrow gauge train, which lost its track to the floods–will be up and running. Just the thought of chugging through a forest of magnolias brought me back to the present, with, of course, a smile. I trudged along the forest trail and soon found myself at the Sister Ponds. My excitable guide plied me with tales of unrequited love and sacrifice related to the waterbodies. I smiled again, this time reflecting upon the intangible connection between hillstations and stories of love, suicide and betrayal.I left quiet and solitude behind at Alishan as I started for Chiayi City, the second largest in Taiwan after the capital. Ask tourists and chances are that nine out of ten don’t know that Chiayi exists. The city after all has little to offer to the discerning traveller. A sprinkling of swanky malls with all the high-end brands you could think of and a pottery museum is hardly meat enough for a tourist. However, I was in Chiayi for a different reason altogether. It was the first week of the new Chinese year and the city was kitted out for the Lantern Festival.Much before search engines invaded our knowledge domain, my father introduced me to colourful Chinese New Year celebrations through images in newspapers. My native city Kolkata boasts a sizeable Chinese population so I was not alien to paper dragons, gaudy masks and radiant lanterns. Strangely, however, I fell back upon the addictive search engine to do my homework on the festival before the trip. The results it threw up were enough to convince me that I was headed for a grand spectacle.And yes there were lanterns, thousands of them. Lanterns hanging at every street corner from window boxes, lamp posts, electric poles, trees, telephone wires and even billboards. The highest concentration, however, was at the main festival grounds. It was packed to the gills with not just Chiayi residents but also visitors from mainland China and other corners of the little island. I revelled in the strange beauty and also the cacophony of community celebrations as I went about the dazzling grounds. I noted that there were no security checks, no random frisking or even the sight of a metal detector. All’s not wrong with the world, I told myself gladly, before I devoted my attention to the amazing display of light.A semi-crouching tiger, the majestic beast that represents the current year, towered above everything else. Children crowded around an illuminated zoo of sorts while couples, young and old, kissed under lanterns. Some youngsters sported glowing horns. I moved closer to an army of shining warriors who reminded of my favourite samurais. Horses, palaces, gardens, monasteries and even odd geometric shapes… there were all these and much more. It seemed we were living the first day of Creation. The day a divine entity demanded, “Let there be light”.My venture towards the crowded food court was cut short by an announcement that the Vice President of Taiwan, also the chief guest at the Lantern Festival, had arrived. Clashing of cymbals, beating of drums and yodelling singers signalled the beginning of the celebrations. A series of spectacular choreography–both martial and traditional–held me and at least another 200 in the press box, in thrall for the next hour. We struggled for the best shots of the centrestage flooded with dancers in blazing red, yellow and black costumes. All around the grounds, mobile phone cameras cast a strange glow on the evening and flashbulbs blinked out darkness.The next big thing was the fireworks display, which, too, began with the clashing of cymbals. Columns of smoke arose from the base of the tiger, sending out glittering streaks across the cloudless night sky. Golden, silver, green and maroon sparkles flitted across the city’s skyline, making it a night to remember. I had heard much of fireworks at Times Square. This one, I concluded, was no less for me. When in Taiwan, you don’t miss Taipei. It was a given that my trip should end at the capital. I had only two nights in Taipei out of which I chose to spend one in Shilin, a night market that is all about food. This, of course, came only after I had paid tribute to the architect of the nation–Chiang Kai Shek–at his memorial and watched the rather meticulous changing-of-guard ceremony at Martyrs Shrine. The flavours at Shilin were too strong to induce hunger in me. But the latent shutterbug came to the fore as I captured Taipei at dinner. Rows of shops stand cheek by jowl in this crowded market. And frenetic is a sorry understatement of the pace of activity that puts Shilin in the league of Asia’s most colourful food markets. I stopped every 20 metres, trying to muster courage to bite into the fluffy oyster omelettes or the oversized pork sausages on the grill. I jostled with swelling crowds and temptations with equal gusto and decided to starve the foodie in me. And that’s a choice I don’t regret. For keepsake I have moments of the market that can take me through the blandest meal and the longest day. Fact fileGetting there: Fly Delhi-Taipei-Delhi on China Airlines. Fare: Rs. 32,000 approx. Taiwan has an excellent road network. Most places can be reached within a few hours by road from Taipei.When to go: Except peak summer, Taiwan is an all-year destination. Plus saysStayAlishan House, Prince Hotel, Chiayi City, Garden, Taipei, Steamed soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung, a restaurant in Taipei.Shop: Oolong tea from one of Taipei’s many tea houses.See: The Jadeite Cabbage at Taipei’s National Palace Museum.Biking at Sun Moon lakeA quick getaway from Taipei is the Sun Moon Lake, which encloses its own island. A popular activity at Sun Moon Lake is biking, which draws visitors from mainland China and other parts of Taiwan. The 33-km biking trail around the lake takes approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. You can hire bicycles from the Sun Moon Lake Youth Activity Centre (details on Visitors in spring and summer can expect the additional treat of cherry blossoms along the biking trail.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBecause of his high level of intelligence and ability toBecause of his high level of intelligence and ability to carry out work without supervision, the NCO had passed his promotion tests and was about to pickup ranks of a Junior Commissioned Officer, the officials said.He was married to E Jamuna Rani and has two sons six-year old E Kavirasu and four-year old E Sri Priyadarshan.Lance Havildar S Kumar was yet another highly motivated and sincere soldier who was killed in the avalanche.He joined the Madras Regiment on October 31, 1998 and had served in difficult and challenging field tenures for nine years out of his 17 years service to the nation, they said.The soldier also has rare distinction of serving in the Siachen Glacier twice.Kumar volunteered to serve in the Siachen Glacier as a young soldier in 1999-2000 and he once again chose to serve in Northern Glacier with his own paltan. He was hand picked by the Commanding Officer to be part of one of the most important post situated at an altitude of 19,600 feet.He is survived by his wife Kavita and eight-year old son Riyash.Lance Naik Sudheesh B, known as “all in one”, was also killed in the avalanche. A brave soldier, he had served in Jammu and Kashmir in Operation Rakshak fighting insurgency. During his tenure, he has been part of intelligence collection team of the Unit and also helped the Battalion carry out several operations successfully.A great sportsman, he was part of all the sports activities of the Battalion. You name a sport , and he played it. His peers called him “all in one”.advertisementHe is survived by his wife Salumul P who has been a pillar of support to him in his endeavour to serve the nation.Sepoy S Mustaq Ahmed was an ever cheerful and confident soldier of 30 years of age.He joined 19th Battalion the Madras Regiment on September 21, 2004. Ever since he joined the Battalion, he was a constant source of motivation for his peers and subordinates. His friendly and cheerful attitude gave him unflinching support from superiors and colleagues alike, Army officials said.Hailing from the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Ahmed was full of initiative and always volunteered for any opportunity.During his illustrious career spanning over a decade he had formed part of the Battalion counter militancy in the North East as also in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.In August last year, when the Battalion was to be inducted in the Siachen Glacier, Ahmed, true to his patriotic and daring nature, volunteered to be the part of one of the most crucial post in the Glacier at an altitude of 19600 feet, having sub zero temperature, they said.Ahmed has left behind his wife S Nasimun and his parents. MORE PTI SAP VMNlast_img read more

Stars Attend 5th Annual One Night For One Drop Imagined By Cirque

first_imgOn Friday, March 3, some of the biggest names in entertainment came together to support the fifth annual One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil, raising funds and awareness to benefit critical water issues worldwide.William Shatner Performs At One Night For One DropCredit/Copyright: Erik Kabik/ErikKabik.comHeld inside the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the star-studded event featured performances by multi-platinum selling vocal group The Tenors and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, with additional performances by America’s Got Talent (AGT) winner Grace VanderWaal, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Redfoo from the Party Rock Crew, AGT finalist Malevo and more.Presented by MGM Resorts International and, the electrifying, one-night-only performance captivated the sold-out audience with some of the world’s most daring circus acts, elevated by the unique talents of this year’s guest performers.Redfoo Performs At One Night For One DropCredit/Copyright: Erik Kabik/ErikKabik.comHighlights from the show included The Tenors’ explosive renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Who Wants to Live Forever” by the iconic rock band Queen, an extraordinary performance of “Light the Sky” by Grace VanderWaal and an unforgettable appearance by William Shatner and Redfoo together in the finale. Malevo also brought the heat with their sizzling Malambo choreography, while superstar aerialists Duo Sky Angels thrilled guests with their stunning aerial routine. Following the performance, guests were invited to “party rock” poolside, also enjoying a surprise performance by one of the world’s most beloved boy bands, the Backstreet Boys, who performed iconic hits including “Everybody,” “Larger Than Life” and “I Want It That Way.” Electronic music heavyweights SULTAN + SHEPARD then took the stage, ending the event with an exhilarating two-hour set featuring back-to-back hits.Other notable names in attendance included Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; beloved TV personality and judge on So You Think You Can Dance Nigel Lythgoe; world-famous actress Gina Gershon; Emmy Award-winning choreographer, dancer and actress Anita Mann; award-winning country music star Marie Osmond; GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb; world-famous magician Penn Jillette from Penn & Teller; electronic music star Ned Shepard from Canadian duo SULTAN + SHEPARD; celebrity chef Mali Hunter; president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; senior vice president, resident shows division at Cirque du Soleil, Jerry Nadal; renowned singer Scott Hoying from Pentatonix; American director, producer and cinematographer famous for his work with nature, Louie Schwartzberg; American animator and director of The Simpsons David Silverman; Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, Oscar Goodman; 2011 “Playmate of the Year” and Las Vegas Pin-Up star Claire Sinclair; burlesque performer Mosh; Las Vegas headliners Carrot Top and Blue Man Group; cast members from Las Vegas Strip shows ABSINTHE, Chippendales, FANTASY at Luxor and Tenors of Rock; choreographer and designer Kristin McQuaid; One Night for One Drop 2017 creative team including co-writers and directors Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst, One Night for One Drop 2017 performers and dancers from the Nevada Ballet Theatre.All proceeds from the event will benefit safe water access and conservation programs across the globe. For more information about One Drop’s global water initiatives including One Night for One Drop, please visit read more

Prison Break Star Dominic Purcell injured while Filming in Morocco

by Lee KainoelaniRabat – Dominic Purcell, star of Prison Break series, sustained injuries after an accident occurred while filming for Prison Break Season 5, according to Hall of Fame Magazine.Purcell share the news with his fans on his Instagram account. “Thank god my love @theannalynnemccord was there when my unfortunate accident occurred on set.” Purcell added, “She went into raging #momma mode along with #christianorthup and got me the right care.”He also told his fans not to worry and the show will go on. Purcell mentioned that he was really grateful to be doing well, despite the accident and his injures.The actor later informed his fans he was doing well and and it was his thick skull that saved him after an iron bar fell on his head. He also sustained injuries of a broken nose due to the accident.Purcell’s physician, who examined his wounds, also revealed that his tissue fiber was unusually tough, saving him from sustaining more injuries in the accident.Wentworth Miller, co-actor in Prison Break, shared his thoughts about his colleague’s accident on Instagram, reposting the picture of injuries from Purcell.Meanwhile, there have been speculations about the Scofield family in season five of Prison Break, with the chance that the producers may not opt for a happy ending on the show.Viewers can see more of Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller when Prison Break Season 5 returns in spring 2017. read more

LinkedIn posts 3rdquarter results above Wall Streets expectations stock up after hours

LinkedIn posts 3rd-quarter results above Wall Street’s expectations, stock up after hours AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2012 5:49 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – LinkedIn Corp. outpaced Wall Street’s expectations with its third-quarter results, solidifying its status as an investor favourite at a time when other Internet companies have fallen from grace.The professional networking company booked a profit in the third quarter, reversing a loss in the same period a year ago as revenue grew at a faster pace than analysts expected. Its stock climbed $6.40, or 6 per cent, to $113.25 in after-hours trading, after closing down 8 cents to $106.85 at the end of regular trading.Embraced by investors, LinkedIn has been an exception among Internet companies that have gone public in recent years. Others, such as Facebook Inc., online deals site Groupon Inc. and game company Zynga Inc. are all trading well below their initial public offering price. LinkedIn’s stock price, meanwhile, has more than doubled since its May 2011 IPO .LinkedIn said Thursday that it earned $2.3 million, or 2 cents per share, in the July-September period. That’s up from a loss of $1.9 million, or 2 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted earnings were $25.1 million, or 22 cents per share, in the latest quarter, double what analysts expected.Revenue grew 81 per cent to $252 million from $139.5 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected revenue of $244.6 million. The company gets about two-thirds of revenue from the various fees it charges to mine the profiles and other data on its website, the rest come from advertising. It saw increases in all areas.“The last few months mark the most significant period of product development in the company’s history,” said CEO Jeff Weiner in a statement. “This accelerated pace of innovation is fundamental to our goal of driving greater engagement on the LinkedIn platform.”The company has been rolling out new features and more applications for smartphones and tablets. The additions are designed to get users to visit its site — and stick around longer— even when they are not looking for a job.For the current quarter, LinkedIn is forecasting revenue of $270 million to $275 million, which brackets analysts’ expectations of $272.9 million. read more

Ohio State snaps losing streak with win against top10 opponent

Senior midfielder Max Moller shields a defender form the ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIn the midst of a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s soccer team might not have been banking on a win at No. 8 Louisville on Tuesday night.But the Buckeyes were surely glad to get it.OSU (3-3-3, 1-1-0) defeated Louisville, 1-0, to snap its losing slide on the strength of a first-half goal by senior midfielder Yianni Sarris.Sarris capitalized off a turnover by the Cardinals (5-2-1) late in the 34th minute and scored his third goal of the season, putting his team ahead for good.OSU was outshot, 15-6, in a contest that saw Louisville control the possession for most of the game. However, redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s three saves made sure Sarris’s goal held as the decider to seal the upset on the road.Ivanov keeping Louisville off the scoreboard for his fourth shutout of the season was especially impressive given the potency of the Cardinals’ offense.Louisville had scored 14 goals over a four-game winning streak coming into Tuesday night’s game, including four in a win against Pittsburgh on Friday. The Cardinals fired nine shots on goal in that game, compared to four against the Buckeyes.The win marked the first in an away game for the Buckeyes since 2012, breaking a 13-game winless streak. This season, they defeated Elon University in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 7, but that game was considered to be at a neutral site. OSU is now 1-2-1 in away matches this season.It was also the first loss at home this season for the Cardinals, who came into the game 3-0-1 in Louisville, Ky.The Buckeyes are set to take on another top-25 team when No. 14 Michigan State visits OSU on Saturday night. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Developing an African gold mining industry to deliver lasting value

first_imgBy working together, gold miners and their host country governments can build companies and industries that are sustainable regardless of the gold price cycle, Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow told the Indaba mining conference in Cape Town today. “Between the last gold boom in 1980 and the current bull run, there have been many peaks and valleys, often linked to economic or political jitters. The challenge is to create legislation and pursue business models that are not locked into this rollercoaster ride but are capable of surviving cyclicality,” he said.Bristow noted that Africa’s mineral wealth was offset by its lack of infrastructure and skills, as well as by governments’ tendency to change the rules once they had successfully solicited mining investment. “It takes only a small shift in the risk:reward equation to discourage investment, which is why many of the big international companies which were flocking to Africa at the height of the boom have suddenly developed cold feet,” he said.However, in addition to its mineral resources Africa also held a significant attraction for gold miners in the form of its gold fields’ geographic concentration, notably in the Birrimian region of West Africa, the Congo Craton of Central and East Africa and the Witwatersrand of South Africa. “If governments could get together and create enabling legislation, this aggregation does offer the potential for some very attractive synergies,” he said.Bristow said in just over 10 years Randgold Resources had discovered and developed two mines with a combined annual gold production of 700 000 oz, was building a third and had a fourth waiting in the wings. Its existing mines had created 5,000 jobs in areas where the only economic activity had been subsistence farming. It had invested substantially in the development of people and partnerships with governments, communities and local businesses, creating lasting value for all its stakeholders in the form of economic opportunities, careers and skills, improved infrastructure and a better quality of life.“If we as a company have been able to achieve this in West Africa, then surely as an industry, and in partnership with our host governments, we should be able to repeat it across the continent – building profitable mines that could support industry, attract fixed capital investment and deliver benefits to all stakeholders,” he said.last_img read more

Extra powers sought as exCRC chief puts two fingers up to the

first_imgIf Mr Conlan wants to put two fingers up the public accounts committee and say he’s not going to give any information then we will seek those powers. I’ve no doubt I’ll be asking my colleagues to do that.Conlan and the Central Remedial Clinic have been at the centre of the recent ‘top-up’ scandal after it emerged that senior staff were paid extra monies from funds raised by a registered charity.Although Conlan’s salary was in line with HSE guidelines, his predecessor Paul Kiely had received a top-up of €135,000 on a basic salary of €116,000.Ross said he was shocked that there was a reluctance for people to come before the PAC, adding that their absence forces the committee to look for powers to compel them to attend.“Mr Kiely is the biggest beneficiary of this top-up which was money which could have gone to children, which went to him,” he said. “He must answer what he was doing and why he was getting this money? And who, afterall, authorised it?”Ross also noted that the precedent in this case was set by Rody Molloy who appeared before the PAC three or four days after resigning from FÁS following the spending scandal.“I think his reluctance to come in tells a story in itself and he’s in a rather unique position because there are massive question marks in this issue about the process by which he got the job and we know the HSE issued two warning signals, what it notices to the directors of the CRC saying they were behaving extraordinarily, the phrase they use is highly irregularly.“We want to know what happened here. This is, again it’s public money paying this man and for him to say everybody else knows it so I’m not coming in, looks like a guy who is ducking the PAC.”Watch: the full show on RTÉ Player>Read: Outgoing CRC chief will not attend Oireachtas hearing on top-ups scandalRelated: CRC chief quits in the midst of charity top-up scandal INDEPENDENT DEPUTY SHANE Ross has said he will seek extra powers for the Public Accounts Committee to compel the outgoing chief executive Brian Conlan of the Central Remedial Clinic to appear at an Oireachtas hearing.Speaking on Prime Time last night, the Dublin TD explained the PAC can seek the powers under new legislation if the former CEO does not appear tomorrow with other CRC executives.“We can go to the procedural committee, the procedural committee privileges the Dáil,” said Ross. “I imagine we’ll get them judging by the very helpful words of the Taoiseach…when he said that he expected Mr Conlan to come in.last_img read more

Agloves Keep Your Hands Toasty While Using Your iPad

first_imgThere are already gloves on the market with holes in the fingertips or special material around the fingers that allow you to use capacitive touch-screens while keeping your hands nice and warm in cold weather, but what makes the Agloves special is the special silver-coated nylon the gloves are made from, and the price: they’re available now for only $17.99 per pair. The silver-coated nylon means that you don’t have to have the fingertips of your gloves exposed and you aren’t limited to only using the very tip of your fingers with your touch-sensitive display. The material makes the entire glove a conductor, so you can use multi-touch gestures with all of your fingers or your whole hand if you choose to. Best of all, the uniform knitting means your hands stay nice and warm while you use your phone.last_img read more

Sprint announces HTC EVO View 4G tablet EVO 3D smartphone June 24

first_imgBefore all of Apple’s WWDC news broke, Sprint made sure to get its announcement in that it will be releasing the HTC EVO 3D smartphone and the EVO View 4G tablet on June 24. The 4.3-inch EVO 3D is the first glasses-free 3D display on a smartphone, and the 7-inch EVO View is the first 4G-capable WiMAX tablet in the U.S. If you’re one of Sprint’s Premiere customers, you can get the EVO 3D online starting June 21 – a whole three days early.Both devices will feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The 1.2GHz dual-core HTC EVO 3D will cost you $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The 1.5GHz single-core tablet, on the other hand, will cost you $399.99 with a two-year contract. Data plans start at $35 per month for 3GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data usage.AdChoices广告The tablet comes with the nifty HTC Scribe pen that lets the user write notes, sign their signature on documents, add annotations, and so on, right on the tablet’s touchscreen. According to Sprint, this is only available for a limited time. The pen itself is worth $80.The EVO View includes 4G capability and works on Sprint’s WiMAX network. When there’s no 4G service available, the tablet drops down to the Sprint 3G network. It offers 32GB of memory, Mobile Hotspot connectivity up for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, 1GB RAM, HD video recording, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.The EVO View tablet also features Flash support, which is something the iPad is still lacking. It’s a little surprising that the View will be running Android 2.3 when the Motorola Xoom tablet is running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Sprint said in a press release that it will update the View to Android 3.0 when it’s available for a 7-inch tablet.last_img read more


first_imgorders. Some have also asked whether a person could infinitely be remanded by a court without court proceedings.Section 24 Subsection 3(a) of the Constitution states:“Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until he or she is proved or has pleaded guilty.”       It is this presumption of innocence which has also given rise to the right to a fair hearing before an independent and impartial tribunal.How should the court treat the accused person? Could the court order an accused person to be remanded in custody in a place other than a prison?The Criminal Procedure Code creates two different standards which need to be harmonised through the Law Reform Commission.In terms of trial before a subordinate court Section 162 of the Criminal Procedure Code indicates that in case of an adjournment, the court may order   “the accused person to go at large, or may commit him to prison, or may release him upon his entering into recognisance with or without sureties, at the discretion of the court, conditioned for his appearance at the time and place to which such hearing or further hearing shall be adjourned.” Hence it is clear that anybody who is tried before a subordinate court must be remanded in a prison if not released on bail.Needless to say, such adjournment has limits. Section 162 did add that “ such adjournment shall be for more than fifteen clear days, or if the accused is committed to prison, for more than seven clear days, the day following that on which the adjournment is made being counted as the first day.”Hence, it is also clear that one cannot be remanded for more than seven days without appearing in a subordinate court for the continuation of the case.Prisoners under remand have privileges. Section 37 of the Prisons Act states:“A civil or unconvinced prisoner may be permitted to maintain himself, and to purchase or receive from private sources at the proper hours food, clothing, bedding or other necessaries, but subject to examination and to such other conditions as may be prescribed.”Rule 58 of the Prisons Rules also indicates the rights to be exercised by remanded prisoners. It states: “A prisoner awaiting trial on remand shall be afforded immediate and ample facilities for communicating with his friends and legal advisers. Letters shall be sent by post or otherwise with the least possible delay. Telegrams shall also be sent at once, if a prisoner so desires, but at his own expense.”On the other hand, Section 226 of the Criminal Procedure Code deals with cases before superior courts. It states:“If, from the absence of witnesses or any other reasonable cause to be recorded in the proceedings, the Court considers it necessary or advisable to postpone the commencement of or to adjourn any trial, the Court may from time to time postpone or adjourn the same on such terms as it thinks fit for such time as it considers reasonable, and may by warrant remand the accused to some prison or other place of security.During a remand the Court may at any time order the accused to be brought before it.The Court may on a remand admit the accused to bail.”Those detained in other places of security should enjoy the same rights as that of a Remand prisoner.In our view, the Police and NIA Headquarters should not be transformed into remand wings.   This provision in the criminal procedure code should be amended to delete the power to remand the person to other place of security. Furthermore, the limit set for the mandatory continuation of cases before subordinate courts should also be extended to superior courts through an amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code. This is the way to prevent justice from being delayed and, by extension, also denied. ]]>last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThree children and a boy barely an adult could spend time in jail for a cruel robbery in Grand Turk, where a barmaid was struck in her head with a baseball bat and money was stolen.  If our juvenile center never before had long term tenants, it seems poised to now get some.  Sadly, Police today report that a 14 year old, two 17 year olds and an 18 year old all say they are guilty of the incident from June 14, 2016 when shortly after midnight, the four entered the Ocean View Bar on West Road in Grand Turk and robbed it, but not before violently attacking the female attendant.  She was struck in her head and about her arms with a bat by these boys, who now offer no challenge on the crime and have to see what a judge says about the time they will spend in prison.  The four – including Jerry Dossou and Tashawn Higgs, both 17 and Brian Blenman, 18 – were arrested and charged four days after the armed robbery, where Police say they dressed the part – all in black and took the cash register earnings and the woman’s handbag before running off.  The four will be sentenced on October 7, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:4 boys rob bar in Grand Turk, Ocean View bar robbery, woman violently attacked in Grand Turk bar robberylast_img read more

Port of Vancouver upgrades will keep gas company here

first_imgNatural gas distributor -Keyera Energy Co. will relocate its facilities and keep jobs in Vancouver under a plan approved by the Port of Vancouver’s Board of Commissioners Tuesday.The three-member board unanimously approved a contract of about $984,000 to extend utilities and make other improvements to a four-acre parcel north of the port’s Terminal 5 rail loop. The work to improve the property, to begin in the next 14 days, will enable Keyera to relocate its liquefied propane gas storage and transfer facility at 1308 W. McLoughlin Blvd. to the northeastern portion of the former Alcoa-Evergreen aluminum site, now called Terminal 5.Curtis Shuck, director of economic development and facilities for the port, said Keyera’s relocation plans, coupled with the board’s action Tuesday, will retain three to four full-time and part-time jobs directly associated with Keyera’s operations. Shuck said the move also means that roughly 20 to 30 jobs indirectly associated with Keyera’s operations, such as truck drivers making deliveries, will stay in Vancouver.The utilities work the board approved Tuesday not only “provides the foundation” for Keyera to develop the site, but it also “prepares the property for other interested users,” Shuck said. “You build it, and they come.”The Keyera project is the latest deal being pursued by the Port of Vancouver to promote economic development in the region. Last week, for example, the port announced plans to sell up to 22 acres of industrial property to Farwest Steel Corp., a move that could eventually generate up to 225 jobs. The port’s board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the first step of its plans with Farwest — freeing up the property so it may be sold — on June 8.last_img read more

Six EU countries to take in stranded ship migrants

first_imgThis hand-out picture taken and released on 25 June 2018 by German NGO `Mission Lifeline` off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, is moored about 30 nautical miles off Malta with 234 migrants who were rescued on 20 June including 14 women and four children younger than three. Photo: AFPSix EU countries have agreed to take in over 200 migrants stranded on a rescue ship off Malta’s coast, French president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday, after days of bickering between member states over their fate.Each of the member states, which include France, Italy and Portugal, will take “a few dozen individuals” of the 233 migrants on board the Lifeline vessel, Macron said in Rome after talks with Pope Francis.However, Macron also criticised the German NGO running the ship for contravening “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.”We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he said. “In the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey.”Macron’s comments came after Malta said it would only allow the migrants to land if fellow European Union countries took their quota.The vessel’s fate has hung in the balance since last week as bloc members remained at loggerheads over how to handle the influx of people trying to reach the continent.The ship had rescued the migrants, including children and pregnant women, on Thursday but Malta and Italy initially refused to take them in.However, Valletta agreed Tuesday to let the ship dock once other EU states confirmed they would help.But Malta also warned it would launch an investigation and possibly take action against the Lifeline once it entered Maltese waters.The Lifeline NGO meanwhile said it had received a message from Malta at 6:00 pm local time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday still banning it from entering “territorial waters”.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly hailed the news that a second migrant ship he had turned away would be taken in elsewhere.Earlier this month, Rome rejected the Aquarius ship carrying 630 migrants, forcing it to eventually dock in Spain.”For women and children really fleeing the war the doors are open, for everyone else they are not!” Salvini tweeted.He has repeatedly warned foreign charities to stop rescuing migrants off Libya, insisting Italian ports “are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers”.- ‘Ready to help’ -The decision by Italy’s new hard-line government and Malta to turn away rescue vessels has plunged Europe into a political crisis over how to collectively handle the huge numbers of people fleeing war and misery in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux earlier told RTL radio that “a European solution seems to be emerging”.He insisted there was no migrant “crisis” but urged leaders “to respond quickly to an urgent situation”.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also said Tuesday that Madrid would take part in a “joint response” over Lifeline, but “several countries must participate”.Italy and Malta say they are unfairly bearing the brunt of the new arrivals, while other European countries are urging more forceful policies to block their entry.During a surprise visit to Libya on Monday, Salvini called for processing centres to be set up in various unnamed African countries to deal with potential migrants in a move “to help Libya as well as Italy block migration”.Similarly, France has proposed setting up EU asylum processing centres in Africa aimed at discouraging people to attempt dangerous trips.Libya is a gateway for thousands of refugees and migrants hoping to reach Europe. Hundreds drown each year attempting the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean in often rickety boats.- War of words -Sixteen EU leaders held emergency talks in Brussels on Sunday in a bid to break the longstanding deadlock over who should take in the migrantsA full EU summit is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.The current row came to a head earlier this month over the Aquarius incident.A war of words saw French president Emmanuel Macron accuse Rome of “irresponsibility “for turning away the boat, while Italy denounced Paris for hypocrisy in pushing migrants back across their shared border.The issue was raised during a meeting at the Vatican Tuesday between Macron and Pope Francis, who has called for “solidarity” with migrants.In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an ultimatum from her hard-line interior minister who has given her until the end of June to find an EU deal to curb new arrivals.last_img

President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For His 2nd Supreme Court Nominee

first_imgMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House on Monday. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is meeting with GOP leaders in Washington, D.C. after President Trump announced the federal judge as his pick for the High Court.If confirmed, what could his appointment mean for the Lone Star State?  To learn more, Houston Matters’ host Craig Cohen talks with Emily Berman, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. 00:00 /03:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Listen X Sharelast_img

States Attorneys Race Headlines Citywide Battles

first_imgBaltimore’s 2014 citywide elections include one final campaign for the patriarch of a Baltimore family political dynasty, the Register of Wills prospective passing of the torch from mother to daughter, and a fiery young challenger for the State’s Attorney’s office.In the race for Judge of the Baltimore City Judicial Eighth Circuit, eight candidates are vying for seven seats: Melissa Kaye Copeland, Philip S. Jackson, Jeffrey M. Geller, Alfred Nance, Christopher Panos, Melissa Phinn, Julie Rubin and Page Croyder. Of that group Croyder is the only candidate currently not seated on the Court. Croyder, who served for more than 20 years in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office before retiring from the agency in January 2008, says she is running for Nance’s seat.“What the public should not stand for, are judges who embarrass and degrade the jurors, witnesses, and attorneys who appear in court before them…,” Croyder said in a statement in February. Nance has been the subject of multiple judicial disciplinary investigations over the years.Frank M. Conaway, Sr. has been a public servant in Baltimore since he was elected to the House of Delegates in 1971. Years later in 1998 he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, a position he still holds. But, the patriarch of the Conaway political clan says this will be his last campaign. He faces Robert Ignatowski and William Allen in the June primary.Conaway’s wife Mary became the city’s first Black and first female Register of Wills in 1982. She recently retired from the position citing health issues, but she is hoping the couple’s daughter Belinda K. Conaway, a former 7th District City Councilwoman will succeed her. Belinda Conaway faces Ramona Moore Baker, Marco K. Merrick and Douglas K. Paige in the race for Register of Wills.In the contest for Judge of the Orphan’s Court, incumbents Lewyn Scott Garrett and Michele E. Loewenthal face opponents Charles “Chuck” Bernstein, Stephan W. Fogleman, Granville Templeton, III and Mark H. Weisner for three seats. Chief Judge Joyce Baylor-Thompson is not running for re-election.Long-time Baltimore City Sheriff John W. Anderson began his career as a deputy sheriff in 1972 and was appointed to his current position by former Governor William Donald Schaeffer in 1989. He faces two opponents in the June primary: Donoven Brooks and Richard Parker.In perhaps the most volatile citywide race of 2014 incumbent State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein faces a resolute Marilyn Mosby, a former city prosecutor who has garnered some high profile endorsements and supporters.“I can tell you from experience working in the State’s Attorney’s office (Mosby worked under both former State’s Attorney Pat Jessamy and Bernstein), that the police all too often get these bad guys off the street. It’s up to the State’s Attorney’s office to seal the deal and get the conviction and that’s not happening,” said Mosby who touts a conviction rate of 80 percent when she was a prosecutor.She specifically cites the case of Nelson Bernard Clifford, who has been charged in five sexual assault cases since 2010 in which he was linked through DNA, yet was acquitted in four of those cases. As of the end of last year, Clifford was being held without bail as Bernstein’s office seeks a conviction on refiled charges from a 2007 allegation against the alleged rapist.“As a wife, as a mother and a resident of West Baltimore and a former prosecutor, I know and understand that it’s a very small group of violent, repeat offenders who are wreaking all the havoc in our communities,” said Mosby who has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. She is also supported by University of Maryland Law Professor and political strategist Larry Gibson and former Baltimore and former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Kurt Schmoke.Despite Mosby’s charges State’s Attorney Bernstein says the relationship between police department and prosecutors, “Has never been stronger.”“We’ve instituted a number of programs and strategies to insure that strong working relationship continues,” Bernstein said.“For example…our major investigations unit, in terms of its prosecution of violent repeat offenders we meet on a monthly basis with our counterparts in the different districts to review those individuals who we want to target,” he added.Bernstein, who assumed office in January 2011, says he personally engages directly with the community on almost a daily basis.“Since we’ve went to this community prosecution model (prosecutors are assigned to specific neighborhoods in the city) we’ve been successful in prosecuting almost 500 more dangerous felons every year than we had in the past, as well as successfully prosecuting more than100 additional gun offenders every year,” Bernstein explained.“That suggests to me…that not only is the community prosecution model successful, but also we are staying engaged with the community,” he added.Nevertheless, Mosby argues, “the current administration’s priorities are off.” “We’re not going to grow Baltimore, we’re not going to bring families, we’re not going to build businesses unless and until we do something about the crime and order to do that we have to prioritize.”last_img read more

Reflecting on the History of African American Contributions to Sparrows Point

first_imgThe Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group and former workers of Sparrows Point are having a roundtable dialogue about African Americans and their contributions to Sparrows Point. The goal of the HLLG is to preserve the history of African Americans who lived and worked in Sparrows Point and Turner Station during the industrial revolution. The dialogue will happen on Wed. Feb 25th at 1pm at the United Steel Workers Union Hall, 550 Dundalk Ave., Dundalk, Md. 21222. The author of From the Meadows to the Point, Louis S. Diggs will moderate the discussions.For more information contact the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at 410-340-4888last_img

Mach c Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further For the first time, scientists have experimentally demonstrated that sound pulses can travel at velocities faster than the speed of light, c. William Robertson’s team from Middle Tennessee State University also showed that the group velocity of sound waves can become infinite, and even negative. To rephase the spectral components, the sound waves were sent through an asymmetric loop filter on a waveguide of PVC pipe, about 8 m long. The 0.65-meter loop split the sound waves into two unequal path lengths, resulting in destructive interference and standing wave resonances that together created transmission dips at regular frequencies. Due to anomalous dispersion (which changes the wave speed), sound pulses traveling through the loop filter arrived at the exit sooner than pulses traveling straight through the PVC. With this experiment, the group velocity could actually reach an infinitely small amount of time, although the individual spectral components still travel at the speed of sound. “We also achieved what is known as a ‘negative group velocity,’ a situation in which the peak of the output pulse exits the filter before the peak of the input pulse has reached the beginning of the filter,” explained Robertson. “Using the definition for speed as being equal to distance divided by time, we measured a negative time and thus realized a negative velocity.”It might not seem that a negative velocity would exceed the speed of light, but in this case, Robertson said, the speed of the pulse is actually much faster than c. “Consider the pulse speed in a slightly less dramatic case,” Robertson said. “Say the peak of the output pulse exits the filter at exactly the same time as the input pulse reaches the beginning. In this less dramatic case, the transit time is zero and the speed (distance divided by zero) is infinite. So we were beyond infinite! (‘To infinity and beyond,’ to steal a line from Toy Story.) In our experiment, we measured a negative transit time corresponding to a negative group velocity of -52 m/s.”Although such results may at first appear to violate special relativity (Einstein’s law that no material object can exceed the speed of light), the actual significance of these experiments is a little different. These types of superluminal phenomena, Robertson et al. explain, violate neither causality nor special relativity, nor do they enable information to travel faster than c. In fact, theoretical work had predicted that the superluminal speed of the group velocity of sound waves should exist.“The key to understanding this seeming paradox is that no wave energy exceeded the speed of light,” said Robertson. “Because we were passing the pulse through a filter, the sped-up pulse was much smaller (by more than a factor of 10) than the input pulse. Essentially, the pulse that made it through the filter was an exact (but smaller) replica of the input pulse. This replica is carved from the leading edge of the input pulse. At all times, the net energy of the wave crossing the filter region was equal to, or less than, the energy that would have arrived if the input pulse had been traveling in a straight pipe instead of through the filter.”Is this phenomenon simply the result of a clever set-up, or can it actually occur in the real world? According to the scientists, the interference that occurs in the loop filter is directly analogous to the “comb filtering” effect in architectural acoustics, where sound interference occurs between sound directly from a source and that reflected by a hard surface.“The superluminal acoustic effect we have described is likely a ubiquitous but imperceptible phenomenon in the everyday world,” the scientists conclude.Citation: Robertson, W., Pappafotis, J., Flannigan, P., Cathey, J., Cathey, B., and Klaus, C. “Sound beyond the speed of light: Measurement of negative group velocity in an acoustic loop filter.” Applied Physics Letters 90, 014102 (2007).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: ‘Mach c’? Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light (2007, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The ‘pulse’ of a volcano can be used to predict its next eruption In this schematic of the acoustical test system, the scientists could create superluminal group velocity of sound waves, as well as negative group velocity. In the latter case, the peak of the output pulse traveling through the loop filter exited the filter before the peak of the input pulse had reached the beginning of the filter. Image credit: Bill Robertson, et al. Past experiments have demonstrated that the group velocities of other materials’ components—such as optical, microwave, and electrical pulses—can exceed the speed of light. But while the individual spectral components of these pulses have velocities very close to c, the components of sound waves are almost six orders of magnitude slower than light (compare 340 m/s to 300,000,000 m/s).“All of the interest in fast (and slow) wave velocity for all types of waves (optical, electrical, and acoustic) was initially to gain a fundamental understanding of the characteristics of wave propagation,” Robertson told “Phase manipulation can change the phase relationship between these materials’ components. Using sound to create a group velocity that exceeds the speed of light is significant here because it dramatically illustrates this point, due to the large difference between the speeds of sound and light.”The experiment was conducted by two undergrads, an area high school teacher and two high school students, who received funding by an NSF STEP (Science, technology, engineering, math Talent Enhancement Program) grant. The grant aims to increase recruitment and retention of students to these subjects.In their experiment, the researchers achieved superluminal sound velocity by rephasing the spectral components of the sound pulses, which later recombine to form an identical-looking part of the pulse much further along within the pulse. So it’s not the actual sound waves that exceed c, but the waves’ “group velocity,” or the “length of the sample divided by the time taken for the peak of a pulse to traverse the sample.” “The sound-faster-than-light result will not be a surprise to the folks who work closely in this area because they recognize that the group velocity (the velocity that the peak of a pulse moves) is not merely connected to the velocity of all of the frequencies that superpose to create that pulse,” explained Robertson, “but rather to the manner in which a material or a filter changes the phase relationship between these components. By appropriate phase manipulation (rephasing) the group velocity can be increased or decreased.”last_img read more

Led Zeppelins Foray into the Aleister Crowley Occult had Grave Consequences

first_imgIt begins with Aleister Crowley. Crowley was a British writer, mountaineer, and occultist practitioner of “magick.” He was a very controversial figure in his own time, with relatively few followers, but became something of a cult figure after his death. In 1898 he became involved in occultism and joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organization with Rosicrucian (an order of mystics) roots.A year later he left the Golden Dawn, and went to found his own esoteric order. Crowley reported having mystical experiences during a visit to Egypt in 1904 and wrote the Book of Law, which he claimed a spirit had dictated to him. One of the basic precepts of the book was “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” and Crowley made it the basis for new religion, Thelema.Aleister Crowley.He was known for the use of drugs, and for a sexual liberation that was ahead of his time. He combined both with ritual magick to achieve altered states of mind. Opinions on the sort of person he was are wildly variable, depending on where you look.Despite the fact that Crowley died in 1947, many of his views and philosophies helped shape the views of the ‘60s counterculture, and so did his mysticism.Beatles in August 1966As the Beatles Era morphed into the psychedelic movement of the late 1960s, and a variety of recreational drugs came into more common use, musicians of the time, and their fans, began looking for something farther removed from the mainstream.Abbey of Thelema, 2017.It was around this time that Jimmy Page started to become interested in Crowley and his writings. Page’s band, Led Zeppelin, released their first album in 1969, and they were gaining in popularity.According to Car Wreck DeBangs, this was about the time that Page asked his bandmates to join him in a magick ritual, based on Crowley’s writings, to help the band.All of them participated in the spell except for John Paul Jones, who kept well clear of the whole thing.Led Zeppelin. Photo by GAB Archive/RedfernsThe first signs of their commitment show up on Led Zeppelin III, where two of Crowley’s catchphrases are allegedly carved into the outro groove – “Do as Thou Wilt” on one side, and “So Mote it Be” on the other.It was on the following album, Led Zeppelin IV, that the arcane imagery became more overt, the album cover showing only an image of the Hermit from the Tarot, and the inner sleeve bearing four esoteric symbols meant to represent the band members.Robert Plant performing with Led Zeppelin, 1973. Photo by Dina Regine CC BY-SA 2.0In 1972 Page agreed to do the soundtrack for Lucifer Rising, a movie being created by Kenneth Anger, who was another ritual magick practitioner.Page and Anger had an intense relationship that ended in a falling out in 1975. Anger trashed Page in the media, but he reportedly said in private that he laid a curse on Page and Led Zeppelin. Then things got weird.Robert Plant performing with Alison Krauss at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN, 2008. Photo by Joshrhinehart CC BY-SA 3.0First, Robert Plant and his family were nearly killed when their car went off a cliff in Greece. The accident forced the band to cancel the rest of their Physical Graffiti tour and delayed the recording of their next album. When they began the make-up tour, it was plagued by bad luck.For example, Plant got laryngitis after the band shipped all their equipment and instruments to the U.S. for the tour, which made rehearsing impossible. We Do It For The Love Of Music also mentions ticketless fans rioting and John Bonham and the band’s manager, Peter Grant, beating up Bill Graham.Finally, Plant’s son became ill and died, in 1977. Page and Jones didn’t attend the funeral, prompting Plant to consider leaving the band. Finally, in 1980 Bonham died, and the remaining band members decided that they just couldn’t bring themselves to keep the group going, so Led Zeppelin broke up.Read another story from us: An angry aristocrat of the Zeppelin family once forced Led Zeppelin to change their name to play a single show in CopenhagenCurse, coincidence, or the price of playing with the forces of the unknown: no matter what the cause, Led Zeppelin paid a high price for their success.last_img read more