The last thing you’d expect to see out your airplane window is a bumblebee cruising by. But a new study suggests that the insects might be capable of such high-altitude jaunts. Researchers trapped six male bumblebees (pictured) living at an altitude of 3250 meters in Sichuan, China, and placed them, one at a time, in a plexiglass flight chamber. Then they slowly pumped air out of the box, simulating the atmospheric conditions at higher and higher altitudes. Impressively, only one bee failed to fly above 8000 meters, and two even remained airborne above 9000 meters—more than 100 meters higher than the peak of Mount Everest. So what makes for successful high-altitude flying? The highest flyers didn’t beat their wings any more often than they did at low altitudes; instead, they increase what the researchers call their “stroke amplitude.” That is, they widened their wings’ range of motion, moving them farther back and farther forward during each stroke in order to compensate for the lack of air pressure, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. Next up? Seeing if female bumblebees, which have smaller wings and, therefore, a shorter range of motion, have the same high-flying potential as their brothers.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
U Mumba’s mixed form in season 7 continued as they followed up a five-point victory against Tamil Thalaivas with a 16-point loss to Dabang Delhi . They have a variety of options in attack in the form of Abhishek Singh, Rohit Baliyan, Athul MS and Arjun Deshwal. However, they haven’t been able to stitch together consistent raiding partnerships.Deshwal shone for the side in their previous encounter and will look to continue in the same vein of form against Jaipur Pink Panthers. Their top-scoring raider, Abhishek Singh must spearhead their attack with more conviction in the upcoming games as well. The defence has been in good form, scoring 21 tackle point in their previous two encounters.Sandeep Narwal and ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali have been doing well for the side and the former even bagged his first High 5 of the season against Dabang Delhi. The defence though will have to deliver another consistent performance to keep Jaipur Pink Panthers’ Deepak Hooda from taking the game away with a big performance.What a half of #VIVOProKabaddi season this has been!Relive it all here and grab your during intermission because the #ToughestHalf begins tonight, 7 PM onwards, LIVE on Star Sports and Hotstar. #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/uRtzSxtlFL— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 31, 2019Jaipur Pink Panthers had an almost ideal start to season 7 having lost just one of their first seven matches. However, they faced some difficult situations in their previous four matches which saw them claim just one victory.Skipper Deepak Hooda has been unable to score big after his nine-raid points performance in Match 50, which in turn has resulted in the team’s slump. Ajinkya Pawar has been the team’s best raider in their previous two matches, averaging four raid points. Their raiding department must step up and deliver, if they are to overcome a strong U Mumba defence on Saturday.Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence, on the other hand, has been ably led by Sandeep Dhull, who’s currently second in the list for the season’s top defenders. Nitin Rawal has also showcased his all-round ability well in patches and returned with a High 5 for the team in their previous match.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the credentials of a testing laboratory in Rio de Janeiro for failing to comply with international standards, just over a month before the city hosts the Olympic Games. (Latest Sports stories)Although the suspension adds to embarrassments for Brazil in the run-up to the Olympics, it is unlikely to affect the Games since the agency has arranged testing elsewhere, as it did when the same Rio lab lost its credentials before the 2014 World Cup.The lab at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro said on Friday that its operations should return to normal in July after a technical visit from WADA, ahead of the start of the Games on August 5.Still, the suspension adds to concerns about Rio’s readiness to host the global sporting event as public services suffer amid a crisis in state finances.Technical errors leading to false positives were likely the cause of the suspension, a source familiar with the decision said, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.The lab has analysed about 2,000 blood and urine samples this year, including testing of Brazil’s Olympic team and top-flight soccer matches. The source could not say whether the false positives came during active testing or calibration of the lab’s systems.”The suspension will only be lifted by WADA when the laboratory is operating optimally,” Olivier Niggli, the incoming director general of the agency, said in a statement. He did not provide details of the problems at the lab.advertisement”The best solution will be put in place to ensure that sample analysis for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is robust,” Niggli said.WADA’s decision is the latest setback for Rio’s anti-doping lab, after a lack of credentials forced testing for the 2014 World Cup to take place in Switzerland.With an eye on the Olympics, Brazil invested 188 million reais ($56 million) in new installations and equipment for the lab, which was recertified by WADA last year. The government also rushed through an executive order in March updating Brazil’s doping laws to comply with international standards.Doping is high on the agenda ahead of the Rio Games, the first Olympics to be held in South America, after the Russian team was suspended from athletics events because of doping allegations in track and field.The Rio lab’s six-month provisional suspension is subject to an appeal during a 21-day window that started on Wednesday, when WADA first informed the laboratory of its decision.Samples intended for analysis at the premises will be redirected to another WADA-accredited laboratory, the agency said, without saying where.WADA representatives did not respond to questions about irregularities at the Rio lab or the location of the nearest alternative.Last-minute issues with the doping lab follow running concerns that major public works, including a metro line connecting downtown Rio to the Olympic Village, may not be ready in time for the Games.On Saturday, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes is set to hand over the recently finished velodrome, the last major installation in the Olympic Park, to the games organising committee just days before next week’s test event.
Koraput (Odisha), Nov 20 (PTI) Parab-2017, the annual cultural extravaganza of Odishas Koraput district, showcasing the tribal art and culture, has got off to a colourful start.Hundreds of tribals in their traditional attire danced to the tune of the unique local music as the festival kicked off from the shrine of goddess Sankulai Devi of B Singhpur under Borigumma block yesterday.Congress chief whip in Odisha Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Koraput MP Jhina Hikaka performed the ?first ritual? by lighting the traditional festive torch which was taken to Bhandaragharani temple ground.Officials said the festival-cum-competition at block and district level will go on till December 20 before the grand finale from December 21 to 23 is celebrated at the stadium ground of Koraput.?The objective of the festival is to protect as well as promote the region?s rich cultural heritage. All efforts will be made to ensure that this year?s Parab is remembered for its participation and vibrance,? said Koraput district Collector, Anupam Saha.This year, the state-level Parab festival, which began in the district in 1996, would feature a number of sports events, tribal dances, songs, music with traditional instruments, archery, mini-marathon and cycling competition among others, the Collector said.As part of the Parab celebrations this year, the administration has also decided to organise Rahgiri at Jeypore in the name of Saheed Laxman Nayak Pathoutsav on November 26 and December 17. This would include several competitions and cultural programmes on the main road of JeyporeOfficials said a five-day Pallishree Mela will be organised during the final celebration of Parab from December 21 at the festival ground where a variety of handicraft items will be displayed.advertisement?From next year, Parab will be celebrated in its own ground instead of the stadium. A 25-acre land has been identified adjacent to the SLN medical college and hospital and its foundation stone will be laid on December 21,? the collector said. PTI CORR SKN JM
Sahitya Aaj Tak is back. New Delhi will get to experience the mega lit fest from November 16-18. The three-day extravaganza will be a confluence of poetry, prose, music, drama and even politics during which art lovers will get to meet their literary idols whom they so far have been able to worship only through their masterpieces. Stalwarts from fields such as sports and theatre will be present as well.Sahitya Aaj Tak will be held at the capital’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.This festival, organised by Aaj Tak, will mark its third year this time around.The festival will see the presence of literary stalwarts renowned for their works in Hindi, Urdu, English, Awadhi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi.The festival will have sessions in which top TV anchors will interact with guests from various fields like art, cinema, music, theatre, and politics.In its very first year (2016), Sahitya Aaj Tak was organised as a two-day festival in which Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar, Najeeb Jung, Rahat Indori among others were present. The festival provided platform to promising young authors who presented their works. Sessions on literature, culture and theatre got great response.In the year 2017, Sahitya Aaj Tak brought sports icons as well as stalwarts from theatre and politics together with giants in the field of literature. ‘Gardish mein Taaren’, a play directed by Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni was showcased in the festival that year.The celebration of art and all that it stands for will be even grander in Sahitya Aaj Tak 2018advertisementThis time around, singers Javed Ali, Malini Awasthi and the legendary Wadali brothers will be in attendance. Actor and poet Piyush Mishra, screenwriter Prasoon Joshi and the great Javed Akhtar will enthral the audience with the magic in their words. Actors Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman will talk about theatre while journalist Sagarika Ghose and Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha will share their wisdom on politics.Many more celebrities like actor Annu Kapoor, writer Chetan Bhagat, Shayar Rahat Indori will be present as will a great many others.Cultural programmes will accompany the sessions. Sahitya Aaj Tak will be divided into 100 sessions in which more than 200 guests from various fields will be in attendance.Sahitya Aaj Tak will not have any entry-fee. However, prior registration will be required. Click here to register. You can also give a missed call on 7836993366 for registration.
Liverpool Klopp: We all have problems – apart from Manchester City Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 16:42 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Manchester City Jürgen Klopp The former Dortmund coach believes that Spurs’ troubles without Harry Kane highlight how hard it will be to match the current league leaders Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes all the Premier League’s title hopefuls have problems to overcome, apart from leaders Manchester City.The Reds ended a run of three league matches without a win with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, although they remain 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the table.Liverpool 25/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City’s exceptional form has seen them build a five-point lead over nearest challengers Manchester United, who kept up the pressure on their rivals with a 1-0 win over third-place Tottenham at Old Trafford.Spurs have now lost two games in a row in all competitions, both of which were missed by the injured Harry Kane, just a week after hammering Liverpool 4-1 to underline their own title credentials.Klopp believes the sudden dip in form of Mauricio Pochettino’s side proves how difficult it is for the chasing pack to keep up their pursuit of City.28 – @ManCity have made the best ever start to a @premierleague season after 10 games, collecting 28 points (W9 D1) with a GD of +29. Slick. pic.twitter.com/L0am2wglzo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017″We haven’t had too much luck so far, that’s the truth,” he said. “But you cannot ask for luck. You cannot say: ‘Where’s the luck?’ You have to work until the luck happens.”I’m not sure if Pochettino has spoken about similar things. But with Harry Kane not involved, losing two in a row: things like this, that’s how it can happen.”Two weeks ago, it wasn’t a Harry Kane team and now it is a Harry Kane team. We all have problems – apart from City obviously at the moment.”Mohamed Salah missed a penalty as Liverpool laboured in the first half against Huddersfield before Daniel Sturridge capitalised on an error from Tommy Smith to ease the tension around Anfield.Klopp was delighted with his side’s response after their dreadful performance at Spurs and the difficulty of finding the breakthrough in the first 45 minutes.”It was clear after the really harsh criticism after the last game that you can’t go like this (clicks fingers) and say ‘it was not that bad’. It was bad. It was very important that we reacted,” he added.”The atmosphere was obviously not too optimistic at half-time so to come out and do what we did was really nice.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 11:30 IST Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone with a fanRanveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are one of the most popular and well-loved couples in Bollywood. After setting screens on fire with their chemistry in films like Goliyon Ke Rasleela Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, the duo is all set to return in 83, which is their first film together after marriage.Ranveer and Deepika are currently in London to shoot for 83. On one of their film shoots, their support artist, who is also a major fan clicked a photo with them, which is going viral on the internet. Ranveer’s red and blue compliments Deepika’s bright neon.Ranveer and Deepika got married last year in November at Lake Como, Italy. They had two extravagant wedding ceremonies, one following the Konkani rituals, and the other with Sindhi traditions. A photo of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone from their Konkani wedding.In an exclusive interview to India Today Magazine, Ranveer Singh was full of praise for Deepika. He said, “I genuinely believe she is a far more evolved and wholesome person than I am. She is more responsible, mature and independent. Duniyadaari mein woh mujhse aage hai.”READ THE FULL COVER STORY HEREUnlike the norm, Deepika did not move into Ranveer’s house after marriage. Instead it was he who shifted into Prabhadevi apartment that has been Deepika’s home for many years now. In the same interview, Ranveer said that it was the most “sensible” thing to do.advertisement”I’ve grown up seeing a marriage where the attitude is to make it work regardless of anything. A marriage is a commitment, out is not an option. So whatever you have to work through, you do,” He said, adding, “The most sensible and convenient thing was for me to move into her set-up. She is comfortable there and I don’t want to displace her. I always try to give her priority.”On the work front, Ranveer will be playing the role of Kapil Dev in the upcoming sports drama 83, and Deepika will essay the role of his wife, Romi Dev. The film will hit the screens in April 2020. When it was announced that Deepika would play his wife, Ranveer had proudly tweeted, “Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?!”Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?! @deepikapadukone plays Romi Dev in @83thefilm !!!Genius casting courtesy @kabirkhankk #83squad pic.twitter.com/saL8QdmYpERanveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 12, 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on 83: It’s a real honour and privilege to practice at Lord’sALSO READ | Ranveer Singh takes his 83 team to London as India gears up for ICC World Cup 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Deepika Padukone Next Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh pose with fan on 83 sets. See photoRanveer Singh and Deepika Padukone clicked a photo with a happy fan on the sets of 83.advertisement
Des bénévoles sont recherchés pour contribuer à la création d’une stratégie sur les ressources naturelles. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a besoin d’un plan à long terme concernant ses biens naturels, » a dit Ron Smith, président du conseil d’administration de Voluntary Planning. « Nous sommes à la recherche de personnes qui ont des antécédents variés et qui s’intéressent vivement à rencontrer les Néo-Écossais pour entamer des discussions au sujet de certaines des ressources naturelles de la province. » Les membres du comité de projet encourageront le public à discuter de quatre éléments clés, c’est-à-dire les forêts, les minéraux, les parcs et la biodiversité. La biodiversité est l’interdépendance et la diversité entre les espèces végétales et animales dans un écosystème. Les renseignements obtenus par l’entremise du processus de participation du public permettront de passer à la deuxième phase du processus d’élaboration de la stratégie, pendant laquelle un comité indépendant effectuera une analyse plus détaillée des conclusions du comité de projet de Voluntary Planning. La troisième phase sera l’élaboration de la stratégie par le ministère des Ressources naturelles. Les personnes intéressées à devenir membres du comité de projet de la stratégie sur les ressources naturelles peuvent faire parvenir une déclaration d’intérêt d’ici le 1er octobre à l’adresse suivante : Voluntary Planning Bureau 600, Édifice Joseph Howe1690, rue HollisHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 3J9 Pour plus d’information sur le projet de la stratégie sur les ressources naturelles, composez le 902-424-8644 ou le numéro sans frais 1-866-858-5850, ou consultez le site Web au www.gov.ns.ca/vp .
Mumbai: It was a thrilling moment for a die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor who got to meet him and hand over gifts to his favourite actor. But it made many netizens frown as the young fan treated the “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” actor like a God by touching his feet. In a video that has gone viral online, a man who describes himself as a “die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor. I can do anything for him. He is my life, my world, my everything” on Instagram, is seen touching Ranbir’s feet. This led many netizens troll the actor, who didn’t stop the fan from doing so. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Here’s what some of them commented on the post on Instagram: “I don’t understand why people are crazy about film stars. They are just human beings like us. Why some people treat them like Gods?” “Lol. Alia Bhatt (actress) chose this angry man over humble Sid (actor Sidharth Malhotra). Look at Sid’s video when he meets his fans and look at this ‘drugbir’. Sid even asked his fan for water and RK didn’t even ask him to sit with him.” “Why fan has to touch his feet and sit down instead of sitting on chair. Fans make celebrities. This is not expected from Ranbir.” Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “Itna (so much) attitude. I hate Ranbir Kapoor.” “Pata nahi log celebrities ko bhagwan kyu maan lete hai (Wonder why people consider celebrities as Gods).” “He is very rude.” “Why sit down? You are a fan. What nonsense and Ranbir didn’t even tell him to sit up.” Meanwhile, the year has been hectic for Ranbir as he is working simultaneously on “Brahmastra” and “Shamshera”.
Rabat – Baggage handlers at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport went on strike last weekend, causing flight and baggage delivery delays for the national airline company Royal Air Maroc (RAM).Some customers who flew to the US and lost their baggage on Sunday still don’t have their bags today. Angry at how RAM has handled the lost baggage claims, they have turned to Twitter to express their frustration. The main anger is around RAM’s lack of communication and “radio silence” on the whereabouts of people’s luggage. “We just spent 30 minutes on the phone and were basically yelled at for asking for information. They couldn’t even tell us if some bags have left Morocco, let alone where ours were,” tweeted one user.The bags on flights to New York and Miami were left on the tarmac at departure.“Zero communication regarding the bags that flight AT0200 left at Casablanca and departed for JFK. Waited on the Tarmac for an hour before departure to be told that we were leaving 60% of the baggage at Casablanca. How do I get my bags that were left?” said another user.“There is nothing more heartbreaking than calling an airline and them telling you they have no clue where your luggage is – meanwhile we saw a pile of bags sitting on the tarmac as we flew away. @RAM_Maroc can you provide us with any information?!”Read also: Baggage Handlers’ Strike Causes Delays at Casablanca AirportWhen contacted by Morocco World News, RAM’s Customer Service line was not available.In a press release on Monday, RAM denied responsibility for the baggage delays, shifting the blame on its subcontractor General Private Interim (GPI), the company responsible for RAM’s baggage handling services at Casablanca airport.RAM’s website, however, states that the aircraft takes responsibility for finding lost baggage, and will do “all it can to return it as quickly as possible.”For some passengers, RAM is clearly responsible.“By buying a ticket on RAM, we are in an agreement for you to take us and our bags safely to our destination,” tweeted one user.Passengers want to know where their bags are, and they want compensation from RAM.RAM and its baggage handling subcontractor GPI have been butting heads since mid-April over contract terms, each accusing the other of not respecting its obligations. GPI accuses the airline of imposing additional work on baggage handlers without fair remuneration and baggage handlers want a pay rise to reflect what they feel is an increased workload. RAM accuses GPI of breaching the contract by intentionally slowing down its baggage handling services and causing flight delays.The delays this week are another blow to RAM’s reputation.
Apple is reportedly in the process of building a new office space next to Manhattan’s Union Square. According to the old anonymous sources, the company is looking to house the iAd mobile advertising team in the new space.The team is said to currently be holed up in the former Quattro Wireless space, which SF Gate says possesses a ” very start-up feel.” The space is very small, however, and not intended to hold more than 30 employees. The company has an even smaller space above its 14th st. store, west of where the new office is set to open.The new space is apparently an attempt to win over the Madison Avenue suits. AdChoices广告
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Xydias was sentenced on Tuesday to 28 years in jail. Mr Xydias who was accused of sexually attacking 11 women between 1991 and 2006 is considered as one of the worst sex offenders ever prosecuted in Victoria. He pleaded guilty to a total of 86 charges including 25 of rape and 61 of sexual assault. Before his attacks he would drug his victims, possibly with the date rape drug Rohypnol and would later film these acts. His arrest was coincidental as the police was called in to investigate allegations of a hidden camera installed in a change room of a restaurant where Mr Xydias used to work as a chef.The hidden camera claims were never substantiated but as the case was unravelled police managed to recover 17 tapes that Mr Xydias had made of his victims which he kept in two family houses in Glen Iris and Dromana respectively. The victims aged between 19 and 39 only became aware of the attacks after they were shown the videos by the investigators.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence following allegations that he’s been diving to win penalties.The Egyptian forward has been at the centre of a growing debate over diving due to an apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge.As a result, several spot-kicks have come in Salah’s favour this term with Crystal Palace players even confronting him during Liverpool’s last game on January 19 when he was not awarded a penalty for falling to the ground.But Klopp is adamant that Salah would never dive on purpose and suggested that critics are only targetting him due to the fact he plays for a big club like Liverpool.“[Crystal Palace] was the first situation where he went down without [a penalty] and you speak about all the other situations as well,” said Klopp, according to FourFourTwo.“The other situations there is nothing to talk about – it is a penalty, done. If this is the first then why do we talk about?“There are other situations, much more obvious situations, that we don’t talk about and nobody is talking about because it’s not [Manchester] City, it’s not [Manchester] United, it’s not Liverpool, it’s not Arsenal or it’s not Chelsea.“All the others can do it from time to time and nobody really talks about it. It’s all fine.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All the penalties against him were penalties, but people handle it like it was halfway diving – it was not. We don’t need blood for a foul in football. That’s all I will say about it.”Interestedly, Klopp then pointed out that Leicester City’s star striker Jamie Vardy falls to the ground in the same way as Salah does.The German made these comments ahead of tonight’s Premier League match against the Foxes at Anfield.“Did anyone talk to Jamie Vardy when, everybody saw [against Southampton], he jumped in? Is Jamie a bad person because of that?” Klopp added.“I don’t say now he is a diver. That is another situation.“You have them in the back, you are there, you feel something, do you have to go down?“Probably not. I don’t have to speak to players about obvious things. He knows that. Don’t go down in situations like that.”
Employee Benefits poll: Around a fifth (18%) of respondents are demonstrating their support for Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017) by communicating relevant employee benefits to staff.A poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 33 responses, also found that more than a third (36%) of employer respondents are not running any initiatives to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.A further 15% of respondents are hosting dedicated mental health awareness events for employees, 3% are partnering with charities, and more than a quarter (27%) of respondents are conducting two or more of these initiatives.Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is ‘Surviving or thriving?’, which includes a focus on the difference between surviving and thriving, why there are not more people thriving with good mental health, and what can be done to support mental health and build resilience.Read more analysis, case studies, and opinion pieces about mental health in the workplace.
Washington: US President Donald Trump is “ready to assist” India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both sides ask for it, the White House said on Thursday, even as Washington was “very closely” monitoring the situation. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric,” a senior administration official said ahead of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G7 Summit in France over the weekend. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us According to the official, Trump is “very focused” on the situation in Kashmir because of the broader implications of the developments in Jammu and Kashmir and the potential for increased stability in the region. “What he (Trump) has indicated that he is ready to assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tension. But we just know that India has not requested any formal mediation,” the official said requesting anonymity. Advertise With Us The official said that President Trump, during his meeting with Modi in France will likely want to hear how he intends to calm regional tensions in the aftermath of his decisions on Kashmir. “The President will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” he said. Trump on Tuesday said that he was willing to either mediate or do something to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. But New Delhi has made it clear to the US that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no role for a third party. According to the official, in light of this significant move by Modi on Kashmir, the president is likely to stress the need for dialogue among all sides of the conflict and he hopes that India will lift communication and movement restrictions in Kashmir and exercise utmost restrain in dealing with potential protests. Trump has said that he is friends with both the leaders of India and Pakistan and “stands ready to assist if they both would like him to do so”, the official said. “Certainly, president Trump is also calling on Pakistan to prevent infiltration of militants across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past,” said the official. Trump, the official said, is very much looking forward to his meetings with Prime Minister Modi where they will discuss the strategic partnership and how they can cooperate more closely on issues like defence cooperation, counterterrorism and trade. “We expect the two leaders to build on a very productive discussion they had in Osaka at the G-20 as well as the phone call that they held earlier this week. They will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its market,” said the official.
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Trump Disagrees With Trade Chief In Front Of Chinese Officials And The Press French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) applaud as President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business Guillaume Faury (2ndR) and Chairman of China Aviation Supplies Co. (CASC) Jia Baojun shake hands during an agreement signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 25, 2019, as part of a state visit. YOAN VALAT/AFP/Getty ImagesAirbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by US rival Boeing.The deal between Airbus and China’s state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during diplomatic visits, will include 290 A320-family jets and 10 A350 wide-body jets.French officials said the deal was worth some 30 billion euros at catalogue prices. Planemakers usually grant significant discounts.The larger-than-expected order, which matches an order for 300 Boeing planes when US Donald Trump visited Beijing in 2017, follows a year-long vacuum of purchases in which China failed to place significant orders amid global trade tensions.It also comes as the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX has left uncertainty over Boeing’s immediate hopes for a major jet order as the result of any warming of US-China trade ties.There was no evidence of any direct connection between the Airbus deal and Sino-US tensions or Boeing fleet problems, but China watchers say Beijing has a history of sending diplomatic signals or playing off suppliers through state aircraft deals. An Airbus A350-1000 conducts a test flight over Chateauroux airport, central France, on February 08, 2019. – Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose-to-tail, the A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners.GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images”The conclusion of a big (aviation) contract … is an important step forward and an excellent signal in the current context,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint address with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.The United States and China are edging towards a possible deal to ease a months-long tariff row and a deal involving as many as 200 to 300 Boeing jets had until recently been expected as part of the possible rapprochement.LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPChina was also the first to ground the newest version of Boeing’s workhorse 737 model earlier this month following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash, touching off a series of regulatory actions worldwide.Asked if negotiations had accelerated as a result of the Boeing grounding or other issues, Airbus planemaking chief and designated chief executive Guillaume Faury told reporters, “This is a long-term relationship with our Chinese partners that evolves over time; it is a strong sign of confidence.” President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business Guillaume Faury (R) and Chairman of China Aviation Supplies Co. (CASC) Jia Baojun shake hands during an agreement signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 25, 2019, as part of a state visit.YOAN VALAT/AFP/Getty ImagesChina has become a key hunting ground for Airbus and its leading rival Boeing, thanks to surging travel demand.But whether Airbus or Boeing is involved, analysts say diplomatic deals frequently contain a mixture of new demand, repeats of older orders and credits against future deals, meaning the immediate impact is not always clear.One industry source said the latest Airbus order included Chinese government confirmation of an unspecified number of orders already counted on Airbus’ books but with the names of customers undisclosed. Airbus could not be reached for comment.The outlook has also been complicated by Beijing’s desire to grow its own industrial champions and, more recently for Boeing, the US-China trade war.French President Macron unexpectedly failed to clinch an Airbus order for 184 planes during a trip to China in early 2018 and the two sides have been working to salvage it.Industry sources have said the year’s delay in Airbus negotiations, as well as a buying freeze during the US tariff row, created latent demand for jets to feed China’s growth.
Singapore’s central bank is scrutinising several banks, including UBS and DBS Group Holdings, to see if they broke anti-money laundering rules in handling transactions linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, three people with knowledge of the matter said.The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is looking at several aspects of the banks’ operations including whether they were diligent enough in knowing who their customers were and what the source of their funds was.The probe could lead to fines and other penalties if lapses are found, said the sources who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. It is unclear which transactions by the banks are being examined.Switzerland’s Falcon Private Bank and Coutts International, which is owned by Geneva-based Union Bancaire Privee, are also among the banks under review, they said.UBS, Coutts, and DBS, which is Singapore’s top lender, all declined to comment.When asked about the MAS review, a Zurich-based spokesman for Falcon said: “We have transparently shared our view and have nothing to add.”Falcon, which is owned by one of the world’s leading sovereign wealth funds – Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) – has previously said it is in contact with Singapore’s central bank and cooperating with authorities.The MAS is in talks with several banks and will make an announcement on any punitive action against them after the review is completed, sources said. The full details are not known at this stage.Singapore faces pressure to show that banks in the city-state are complying with increasingly tough anti-money laundering rules around the world. While the United States has imposed hefty fines on banks for lapses related to money laundering, tax evasion and international sanctions, Asian regulators have been generally slow to act, some lawyers said.”It is also important for Singapore to be seen to be taking action against any abuse of its private banking sector for money laundering,” said Nizam Ismail, Singapore-based partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, where he advises clients on financial services regulation and compliance.An MAS spokeswoman referred Reuters to its statement in March when it had said that “as part of its investigations into possible money-laundering and other offences in Singapore, it has been conducting a thorough review of various transactions as well as fund flows through our banking system.”1MDB referred Reuters to its earlier statements. In May, it had said it hadn’t been contacted by any foreign lawful authority on matters relating to the company, and that it remains committed to fully cooperating with the authorities.The latest probes follow MAS’s decision in late May to close down the operations of Swiss private bank BSI AG in Singapore for serious breaches of anti-money laundering rules. This is the first time in 32 years it has taken such action against a bank. MAS said then that there had been gross misconduct by some of BSI’s staff and poor management oversight of the bank’s operations.The MAS also imposed a S$13.3 million ($9.9 million) fine on the bank, and on the same day in May, the Swiss authorities said they would seize 95 million Swiss francs ($97 million) of BSI’s profits.In response, BSI announced that group CEO Stefano Coduri had stepped down and that it had undertaken steps to strengthen management, including introducing a new chief risk officer and appointing a new group legal counsel.Malaysian companies and banks linked to 1MDB are at the centre of corruption and money laundering probes that have led investigators to look at transactions and financial relationships across the globe – from Malaysia to Singapore and the Seychelles, from Abu Dhabi to offshore companies in the Caribbean, and from the United States to Switzerland.Probes are being conducted by authorities in the United States, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.One of the sources said DBS had identified certain questionable financial activities and had voluntarily reported them to the relevant authorities. Reuters couldn’t determine what those activities were.A Malaysian parliamentary investigation made public earlier this year found that $4.2 billion of 1MDB’s money was unaccounted for or went to overseas bank accounts, whose owners could not be ascertained.1MDB was founded by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in September 2009 to invest in strategic property and energy projects. Najib was the chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board until recently.Malaysia’s Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that $681 million, deposited into Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a Malaysian general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.Najib has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
A car enters an Indian Oil fuel station in New Delhi, India August 29, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileSeven Indian companies feature in the Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest firms, with state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) remaining the top-ranked Indian company in the 2018 rankings and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) improving its position substantially.American retail giant Walmart tops the latest Fortune listing, while Indian Oil jumped to 137th position, from its 168th rank last year.”The world’s 500 largest companies generated $30 trillion in revenues and $1.9 trillion in profits in 2017. Together, this year’s Fortune Global 500 companies employ 67.7 million people worldwide and are represented by 33 countries,” Fortune said.The Mukesh Ambani-led RIL, whose main oil and gas business has been supplemented with the addition of telecom player Jio, was the top private company from India as its ranking improved by 55 places to 148, from being the 203rd last year.State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), which did not figure in the 2017 list, returned among the Forbes 500 with a ranking of 197th. Mukesh AmbaniReutersIn the continuing good story for oil companies at a time of rising prices, two Chinese majors — China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) — were at 3 and 4, respectively, while Royal Dutch Shell secured the 5th position on the list.State-run electric utility, State Grid Corporation of China is at the second position in the Fortune 500 of 2018.State-run oil marketer Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) moved up to 314th position, from 360th last year, while the government-owned State Bank of India (SBI) improved one place over last year to be at 216.Tata Motors improved its ranking to 232, from 247th last year.Private firm Rajesh Exports was the seventh Indian company on the list at the ranking of 405 as it fell over a hundred spots from 295 last year.In a separate category of globally most profitable companies topped by Apple, RIL became the most profitable Indian firm with a rank of 99.
Julio Cortez/APHarvey Weinstein turns himself in to police at a station in Manhattan on Friday morning.Updated at 9:58 a.m. ETHarvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct.Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers erected outside. He kept his gaze lowered while shuffling past a barrage of shouted questions.Once inside, Weinstein was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree rape, as well as first-degree criminal sex act. The felony charges concern “forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively,” the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Friday.“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.”Officers later escorted Weinstein from the police station to a courtroom, where he entered wearing handcuffs for arraignment. There, a judge set bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond and assigned Weinstein to wear a monitoring device that he must pay for himself.After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty. Weinstein has previously denied wrongdoing, asserting that he believes any sexual encounters he engaged in were consensual.Once one of the most powerful men in the film industry, Weinstein had long been rumored to have engaged in sexual misconduct — but it was not until reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker surfaced decades’ worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations that the producer experienced his precipitate fall from grace last autumn.According to the Times‘ Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker last year. Evans alleged that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him after luring her into an encounter under false pretenses.“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she told the publication, adding that in the end, “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”Evans’ allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back nearly four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.And when women or journalists threatened to publicize these claims, Weinstein allegedly sought to pay for their silence or intimidate them with threats and even a reported “army of spies” to press for their silence.The claims against Weinstein helped catalyze a worldwide movement that came to be known by the social media hashtag #MeToo. Since Evans and others came forward, scores of women have shared their own stories of suffering sexual assault and harassment — stories that have implicated powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, from media and literature to politics and music.Weinstein, for his part, was fired by the board of the film studio he founded with his brother, Bob, not long after the initial reports were published last October. The Weinstein Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March and, after a winding path through the courts, received permission earlier this month to sell its assets to a private equity firm.Since the claims surfaced last fall, Harvey Weinstein himself has been investigated by police in several different cities in addition to New York, has been sued for sexual harassment and defamation, and has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share