New registrar of International Criminal Court vows to strive to protect witnesses

Silvana Arbia, who was sworn in as registrar at a ceremony today at the ICC seat in The Hague, said her office would “dedicate its energy to the first trial” – that of the former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.Mr. Lubanga Dyilo faces war crimes charges, including that he recruited children to serve as soldiers in the armed wing of his militia, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), which fought with Government forces in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2002-03.Ms. Arbia described the trial, set to begin in June, as “the final and most visible result of the joint effort of all the organs of the court… One major challenge will continue to be the protection of witnesses. The systems we put in place have to be efficient and sustainable.”She added that the “first trial shall strive to be a model for national jurisdictions and also a positive benchmark for regions and States which have not yet accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC.”The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is currently investigating cases in the DRC, Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Darfur region of Sudan.The registry is responsible for the overall administration and management of the tribunal and must ensure that witnesses are protected and that the rights of all accused are respected. 17 April 2008Protecting witnesses will be a major challenge for the International Criminal Court as the tribunal prepares to conduct its first trial this year, the incoming ICC registrar said today. read more

UNESCO Russia to cooperate on education in Chechnya

Under the aide-memoire to be signed tomorrow in Paris by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Russian Education Minister Vladimir Filipov, priority will be given to three areas: nutritional and health education of children, psychological and social rehabilitation of children, and advice on the creation of an education complex and the establishment of a programme to develop national education capacities.The signing follows proposals contained in a recent assessment of education in Chechnya, prepared by Russian education officials and their Chechen counterparts, with technical support from UNESCO. It also follows a meeting last 10 February between Mr. Matsuura and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which ways of improving the education system in Chechnya were discussed. read more

Rededication of Arthur Schmon Tower set for Sept 18

Arthur Schmon, one of the grassroots visionaries instrumental in bringing a university to Niagara, will be honoured in spirit as part of Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations.Arthur Schmon Tower, the iconic building most identified with the University, will be rededicated on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in front of the tower.“Arthur is representative of everybody who has dug in and helped make Brock what it is through the years,” said Shelley Huxley, interim director of Alumni, Development and Donor Relations.Schmon has been called one of the “founding fathers” in his capacity as chair of the Brock University Founders’ Committee, the group that formed in 1962 after the “founding mothers” – the Allanburg Women’s Institute – passed a motion in 1957 urging that a university be built in Niagara.He died from cancer before the tower construction was completed.“He rallied the troops, brought together everyone and put everybody in a forward motion,” Huxley said. “He was the person who really made (the University) come to fruition.”The rededication ceremony is open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public. Among the dignitaries attending the special ceremony will be Schmon’s grandsons Art and Bob, former presidents Alan Earp, David Atkinson and Terry White, Board of Trustees members, Brock’s community partners, Founding Fund contributors, and recent donors.Speeches begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the unveiling of a portrait of Arthur Schmon. The portrait, which has been protected in Special Collections in the James A. Gibson Library, will be displayed in the tower lobby.Rooted on the Niagara Escarpment and visible for miles in all directions, the 13-storey structure was originally called Brock Tower. In June 1983, the tower was renamed for Schmon in recognition of his pivotal efforts to establish a university in Niagara.Today, Schmon Tower houses the University’s senior administration, library, Registrar’s Office, Student Awards and Financial Aid, Student Development Centre, and Human Resources. The Matheson Learning Commons is on the ground floor and the underground level is home to Faculty of Humanities classrooms, Career Services, Guernsey Market and Market Hall. read more

Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace Inside the royal home where Princess Eugenie

Also in the grounds are newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have lived in the north-western corner of the west London palace since their… Princess Eugenie, who previously lived two miles away at St James Palace with her sister Princess Beatrice, now occupies a three-bedroom residence on the Kensington Palace estate. Ahead of their Royal wedding today, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank were reported to have moved into the Kensington Palace apartment known as Ivy Cottage.   After damp was discovered at Ivy Cottage last year, the couple reportedly had to delay their move-in date while repairs were made. However the bride and groom are thought to have made their move in April. read more

Irish jockey JT McNamara fractured 2 vertebrae in Cheltenham fall

first_imgIRISH JOCKEY JT McNamara fractured two vertebrae in his neck in yesterday’s horror fall at Cheltenham, the Injured Jockeys’ Fund has confirmed.McNamara, who was placed in an induced coma and airlifted from the course, is in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, where he is currently undergoing surgery.The injury is believed to be to McNamara’s C3 and C4 vertebrae. His wife Caroline is with him in hospital today.McNamara was seriously injured when Galaxy Rock, his mount in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup, crashed out at the first fence. Following lengthy medical attention on the course, McNamara was transferred to the regional spine unit.In a short statement, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the senior medical officer with the Irish Turf Club, said that there will be no further updates on the 37-year-old’s condition until tomorrow at the earliest.AP McCoy set to ride top Irish hope Sir des Champs in Cheltenham Gold CupFriday at Cheltenham: 5 things to say when the office chat turns to racing todaylast_img read more

We love our sport but the following topics bore us to tears…

first_imgLAST WEEK, WHILE grappling with a particularly intricate cross-stitch and wondering what the best way to layer a lasagne might be, a news segment on Sky Sports News caught The Score’s attention.London Mayor Boris Abominable intimated that West Ham were making ‘good progress’ in their bid to move into the London Olympic Stadium.“Not… bloody… this again,” thought The Score to itself before pressing mute on the television and getting back to the knitting. It did get us thinking, however, about the most boring conversation points in sport and whether they’ll ever just go away and leave us alone. Or, better still, come to some kind of resolution.Here is just a selection of what we’re talking about…1) The Olympic Stadium debateWe thought the Hammers had sealed the deal? Weren’t Tottenham involved at some stage? Hasn’t Barry Hearn gone fierce shook looking? Either way, we never really cared very much in the first place, and certainly not now.2) Saipan (it’ll be 11 years ago this year)It makes us feel very much like this…(YouTube credit: zbencz2)3) The SPLAt the time of writing, Celtic have just gone 217 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League, with a goal difference in four figures or something, while twelve points separate all but one of the other sides in the table. And yes, it was just as tedious when Rangers were pretending to have money.4) The Ryder Cup captaincy raceA middle aged man, painstakingly chosen over months of backroom meetings, furrowed brows and bottles and bottle of single malt Scotch, stands around and looks worried while the best golfers in the world do what they would have done anyway and Miguel Angel Jimenez acts like the world’s soundest uncle.5) Goal-line technologyUtterly, utterly boring except for one thing – every time this old chestnut is dragged up, with the proviso that it’ll right the wrong of the 0.0000412% of goals that are incorrectly adjudged to have crossed or not crossed the line, we are treated to the comedy stylings of Septic Sepp, football’s archest villain.(Credit: ClassicEngland)6) Andy Murray losing in finalsIt seems that the player charisma forgot will spend his career looking absolutely devastating, like a cross between Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Kevin the Teenager, up to the semi-finals stages of tournaments and then bottle things utterly in the final (after taking an impressive opening set).Well, anything to stop him cracking a smile…It burns! It BURNS!!!7) How Arsenal are well run financiallyOh, give it a break, Arsene. A man who clearly never understood the maxim, “If you’re explaining, you’re losing,” nor the fact that fans don’t care how efficiently the club’s kitchen runs or how quickly the dieticians get paid.8) Ireland being tipped as a possible host for a European Championships and then being overlooked because of a cocktail of GAA protectionism, FAI incompetence and nobody really being able to remember which cabinet minister is responsible for sportIn all fairness, we try to block Leo Varadkar out as much as we can too.9) Whether Rory McIlroy should declare for Ireland or Great BritainIt’s only going to get louder. And louder. And louder. Nobody will agree to disagree and fewer people still will realise that only the likes of us care about the Olympics outside of the swimming and the track and field. And we are lunatics.10) Diving/Cheating/Simulating/Winning seven Tours de France while being as high as Felix BaumgartnerThe topic du jour has turned into the topic du decade, and is probably the most mind numbing pub table discussion of them all. Did you know that Luis Suarez is singlehandedly responsible for the decline in moral standards throughout Europe and he’s “every bit as bad as Lance Armstrong, even though you can’t compare the two, except that there are parallels when you look at the…”Somewhere, several cats cry all at once.Anything to add? What stories are you particularly sick of? Tell us in the comments…last_img read more

Campaign for Greek Languages in national curriculum continues

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett has shown his government’s continued commitment to language education in Australian schools, declaring that “Greek is one of Australia’s major community languages, (and) a reflection of the significant contributions the Greek-Australian community has made to the cultural and social development of Australia”.In recent correspondence with the Australian Hellenic Council (NSW), Liberal MP for Flinders in Victoria Greg Hunt confirmed his representations to Mr Garrett about the inclusion of Modern Greek in the Australian Curriculum.The AHC (NSW) thanked Mr Hunt for his representations on behalf of the Australian Hellenic community, and is calling upon all parliamentarians to follow his example. Languages education is one of the most important issues for the community, a spokesperson for the AHC (NSW) said. The AHC (NSW) awaits the release by ACARA of the ‘shaping paper’ for languages as well as confirmation of the inclusion of the Hellenic language in the new national education system being developed.last_img read more

The resilient nation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The problem with being called The Lucky Country is that it’s passive. We’re actually hard-working and optimistic. And we’re fighters. So what’s wrong with the Resilient Nation? I went to the Twittersphere this week and asked followers: “what do you think is the BEST thing about the Australian economy right now?” These are some of the more than 75 replies: @markbouris The strength & resilience shown despite high AUD, world economy & constant negative reporting @markbouris it’s resilience. But without some political leadership that may soon evaporate @markbouris The tenacity of its people to keep going and believe that things can only get better What struck me about the responses was the way Aussies combine sophisticated understanding of the world with old-fashioned faith in hard work. Amid the financial stress and uncertainty, the national psyche is still about resilience and working hard, and it will get us through. And we’ll push forward without tearing ourselves apart with the false ‘class war’ or wealth-envy as we’re seeing in Europe and the United States. We’ve seen a brief hint of it here, but it doesn’t seem to stick. Australians want to work hard for their rewards, not to tear down those who are succeeding. So, when we see negative attention showered on the mining industry – either because the mining moguls are too rich or the miners are overpaid – I think it’s time we got away from the spin and saw this for what it is. For a start, the mining moguls are employing people, driving exports, building infrastructure and creating billions of dollars in ancillary employment and wealth generation. Every time a mining mogul builds a new railway line or opens a new project or signs a new supply contract, they have to employ construction companies, consultants, professionals and lots of manpower. And they all pay taxes. Secondly, the people who work in the mining industry work incredibly hard, in remote locations, in the heat and the dust and often away from their families for extended periods. They work knowing that when China, Korea and Japan have a downturn in their industrial output, Aussie mining jobs are on the block. So give these people a break – they’re as hard-working and ambitious as workers employed in east coast manufacturing. Resilience shows itself in many ways. Some workers take pay cuts to keep the factory open, while business owners make sacrifices in the home to keep the business afloat. Mothers with young kids go back into the workforce to help with the bills. Tenacity shows up in the official figures too. Bankruptcies are six thousand per year fewer now than they were in 2010, and despite the GFC-affected global economy, our unemployment is around 5.0 per cent. And we didn’t have to drop our official interest rate to zero to do it. We’re not out of the woods yet, but if we can keep our optimism and our resilience to the fore, and avoid the temptation to turn on ourselves, this nation will emerge stronger than it ever was. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.auwith any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Eléphants ils nont pas peur des souris mais des fourmis

first_imgEléphants : ils n’ont pas peur des souris mais… des fourmis !Afrique – Dans la savane africaine, certaines fourmis vivent en symbiose avec une espèce d’acacias. C’est ainsi qu’elle sauvent les arbres de la menace que représentent les éléphants. Effrayés par les minuscules insectes, les pachydermes évitent soigneusement de s’attaquer à l’Acacia drepanolobium.Friands de feuilles d’acacias, les éléphants évitent pourtant l’une de ces espèces d’arbres, sauvée par les fourmis avec lesquelles elle vit en symbiose. Les insectes se nourrissent du nectar de l’arbre et le protègent de certains prédateurs, tels que des insectes herbivores ou, plus étonnant, des pachydermes.À lire aussiDes éléphants viennent en aide à une mère pour sauver son petit coincé dans un trouTodd Palmer, de l’université de Floride et Jacob Goheen, de l’université du Wyoming se sont penchés sur les capacités défensives des fourmis Crematogaster face à l’éléphant. Dans certaines régions d’Afrique, les pachydermes raffolent des acacias mais ils se nourrissent très peu des arbres colonisés par les fourmis. Ils ont observé que ce n’est pas le goût de la feuille de l’Acaciadrepanolobium qui repousse les éléphants, mais bien les insectes dont l’odeur suffit à éloigner les pachydermes.Les chercheurs s’interrogent alors sur le rôle que pourraient jouer les odeurs dégagées par les acacias et les fourmis. Ne pourraient-elles pas être utilisées pour tenir les éléphants à distance des cultures ? Les pachydermes peuvent en effet causer  des ravages sur les terres d’agriculteurs qui n’hésitent pas à les tuer pour protéger leurs cultures.Le 11 septembre 2010 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Discussing AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe at SummerSlam New Mauro Ranallo reactions

first_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twitter Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img During the latest edition of Wrestleview Live #41, Adam Martin and Doug Lackey discussed the intense WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.Adam makes a case that it was the best aspect of the night in Brooklyn, with both Styles and Joe showing tremendous amounts of intensity and storytelling during the match.You can check out the clip above or watch the full podcast on YouTube.New Mauro Ranallo reactions at TakeOverWWE has uploaded a clip of Mauro Ranallo reacting at ringside (while on commentary) for the Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano main event at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. Google+ Pinterest Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

Premier Ewing prays for Civil Service

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:bishop reuben johnson, premier rufus ewing, thanksgiving service Recommended for you Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvienciales, 19 Jan 2015 – The Premier prayed for law enforcement officers in church yesterday.“Oh Lord, I thank you for the privilege of living in a nation governed by the rule of law, for that reason I pray for all persons involved in the law enforcement that protects our communities, please prosper their endeavors.”Fresh out of a conference at his own church, during the Police and Uniformed Branches Thanksgiving Service, the Premier, Rufus Ewing offered up a prayer for the men and women working for government, the guardians of law and order.“Send your Holy Spirit upon them, giving them insight and wisdom in the location and capture of desperate criminals. Grant them your divine intervention in finding kidnapped and lost persons, help them in their search and rescues so that more people will be recovered safe and alive. And Oh Lord, I ask you to protect our officers home and abroad; may they escape death and injury.”It was a unique moment surrounded by riveting charges to dig deeper and reach higher, oodles of thanks for bravery and perseverance, congratulations on jobs well done and a moment of silence for a fallen police officer, Prince Smith, who was in 2005 killed on the beat. The Governor, the Deputy Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, the President of the Civil Service Association and the Deputy Commissioner of Police all addressed the scores of Police, Customs, Immigration, Fire Branch and other Government workers in law enforcement attending the high spirited service at New Testament Church of God. Bishop Rueben Johnson delivered passionately on a message of ‘Love’; we will have more on the annual thanksgiving service later today. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Kerala AG sanctions contempt of court against VGuard mogul Kochouseph Chittilappilly

first_imgKochouseph ChittilappillyTwitterTrouble is brewing for Kochouseph Chittilappilly as the Advocate General of Kerala has sanctioned two lawyers to move for criminal contempt over the billionaire businessman’s remarks against a sitting judge. It is claimed that Kochouseph Chittilappilly lowered the dignity of the court by writing a letter to the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court over the remarks allegedly made by Judge Devan Ramachandran.Judge Ramachandran was hearing a compensation case of an incident which happened 16 years ago at Veega Land (now Wonder La) when the victim, Vijesh Vijayan, became semi-paralysed after an accident at the park in 2002. In his letter to the Chief Justice, Chittilappilly alleged that Judge Ramachandran had made personal comments against him while hearing the case.Kerala AG CP Sudhakara Prasad has sanctioned two lawyers to move a case of criminal contempt against Kochouseph Chittilappilly, who is the owner of V-Guard group and Wonder La water theme parks. It is alleged that Chittilappilly revealed the letter to the media to intentionally deride Judge Ramachandran and compel him to avoid hearing of the case.The AG also observed that Chittilappilly was not a party to the case and made the complaint solely based on newspaper reports without examining their veracity, reports Live Law.”If the intention was to bring it to the notice of the honourable Chief Justice about the court proceedings, it is unnecessary to send it to newspapers. From this it is evident that the intention of the respondent in sending the complaint for publication to the newspapers is to lower the dignity of the court and at the same time to give publicity about the achievements he made stated therein,” stated the sanction order, adds the report.In an affidavit filed by advocate Saju S Nair, who appeared in the compensation case on June 17, it states that the judge did not make any personal remark against Chittilappilly. If found guilty, Chittilappilly could face a sentence up to six months and a fine of Rs 2,000 under section 12(1) of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.last_img read more

After El Paso Shooting Houston Plans to Boost Police Presence

first_imgTravis BubenikHouston police officers. Listen The city of Houston will spend an extra $1.5 million on police overtime in response to Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he’s working with Police Chief Art Acevedo on a plan to put more officers on the streets. “We want to assure people in the city of Houston that we want to be proactive,” Turner said. “We want to make sure that we have the necessary resources and manpower that are out there in our streets and our neighborhoods to help to keep the public safe.” The alleged shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto before the incident showing he was motivated by anti-Latino racism. Turner said that’s one reason behind the extra police presence.“For people who are immigrants, that are in our city and they’re very nervous, it’s important to know that we are enhancing our presence to protect them,” Turner said.Chief Acevedo declined to give details about the additional overtime, saying it’s part of a tactical plan.Both the mayor and the police chief asked residents to report any suspicious behavior. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:46 X last_img read more

Watch Man Transforms Ice Rink Into Snowy Mona Lisa Masterpiece

first_img Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaDangerous Lake Erie Algae Bloom Can Be Seen From Space One Toronto man let the cold weather provide some artistic inspiration, and turned his backyard ice rink into a masterpiece after fresh snow blanketed his home.In a a time-lapse video posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Robert Greenfield can be seen using a hockey stick and a shovel to create what he calls the “Snowna Lisa,” a recreation of Leonadro da Vinci’s famous painting. Stay on targetcenter_img “This is not exactly a masterpiece, but I present the Snowna Lisa! Oh, you think that’s bad? Wait till I tell you it should be hanging in the Igloouvre,” he jokingly captioned his video.Severe winter weather hammered much of Canada on Tuesday. Toronto was hit with up to seven inches of snow, rain and ice pellets by evening.Traffic throughout the city was stalled, visibility was reduced, and airport flights delayed or cancelled, according to the Globe and Mail.More on Geek.com:Snow Has Fallen in a Hawaii State Park for Perhaps the First Time EverFreezing Rain Creates ‘Ghost Apples’ in Michigan Orchard‘Frozen and Unresponsive’ Cat Brought Back to Life by Vets in Montanalast_img read more

Nextgen consequences Xbox One and Xbox 360 wont play together online

first_imgIt may not seem like it makes a ton of sense to compare the Xbox One to the Xbox 360 when considering what you’re going to be playing through the holiday season, but that may actually depend on who your friends are.Microsoft and Sony have been working very hard to release their first new consoles in years, bringing forth a massive swarm of Xbox One vs PS4 comparisons in every facet imaginable. Both companies look like they are releasing incredible new systems, with Sony currently focusing on delivering the best gaming console and Microsoft looking to be the control point for your entire living room.One of the big features Microsoft has going for it is Xbox Live. Sony has lagged behind quite a bit in delivering a quality multiplayer experience, as Microsoft fans are not shy about pointing it. What isn’t being said quite as much, however, is that the Xbox Live you get on the Xbox One and the Xbox Live you get on the Xbox 360 are not entirely interoperable. In fact, it looks like many games will only play online with the same console as the one you have.Now, this isn’t exactly a surprise when you think about it. The Xbox One and the PS4 are both built on x86 processors, which wasn’t the case last gen. Game manufacturers would need to work really hard in order to get an Xbox One and an Xbox 360 to play the same game together and have the experience be functional or enjoyable on both devices. There’s just too much work to do there, especially when the obvious goal is to get everyone on to the newer console. Game developers can do a lot more with the newer hardware, and intentionally supporting the older device would be expensive and almost counter productive.Unfortunately, at least in the short term, this eliminates one of the big advantages Microsoft has over Sony in this generation of the console war. The massive Xbox Live community will be split by the launch of the new console, and it will take a while before the dominant Xbox Live device is the Xbox One. This means that the total number of players you’ll be able to play a game with will be dramatically decreased unless all of your friends go and get an Xbox One at the same time you do.Sony, of course, will be split as well, but the company is going to the PS4 release with much more momentum than Microsoft and its multiplayer isn’t one of the company’s major strengths. This puts the two in the same boat, but with Sony having a lot less to lose.Microsoft and Sony are on an even playing field with the next generation, with the Xbox Live community not providing any real advantage in the short term. It will be up to the features offered by the consoles themselves to determine which is superior going into the holidays. Things like streaming media features, gameplay download features, and the retail experience for digital games. Both consoles will be offering video recording and streaming features, while Sony’s online control system allows someone to remotely play parts of a game for you. Later on we’ll see services like Gaikai come to the PS4 as well. During all of this, Microsoft’s community will continue to be divided while Sony is essentially starting from scratch.last_img read more

1 arrested for bank employees murder in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: One person was arrested for the cold-blooded murder of a bank employee whose chopped body parts were recovered from West Bengal’s Howrah district, police said on Saturday. “One Sheikh Shamsuddin who had taken a loan amounting to more than one lakh has been arrested,” a police officer said. The police zeroed in on small time businessman Shamsuddin after getting a lead from the sack which contained the chopped torso of the victim. Bank employee Partha Chakraborty, 26, who was tasked with recovering the loan amount had approached Shamsuddin. The latter said he could not repay and there was a small altercation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Chakraborty was then invited inside Shamsuddin’s workshop. He was killed there and his body was chopped into smaller pieces and put inside sacks to be disposed off. “The arrested person has confessed to his crime. The amount of Rs 3 lakh that Chakraborty had collected from borrowers of the private bank has also been recovered. “We are trying to find out whether there were others involved and were there any other motives,” he added. Chakraborty was reported missing on August 30. The sack containing the body parts surfaced later and Chakraborty was identified by his shirt, the police had said earlier. The victim was a resident of Chakdaha in Nadia district and was stationed in Domjur for work. Chakroborty’s relatives have appealed that his killer should not be spared.last_img read more

Beyond Novelty Architects in Amsterdam Are 3D Printing an Entire House

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Sure, you can 3-D print key chains, belt buckles, smartphone cases and any number of other consumer goods. But why stop there? If you had a printer large enough, why not 3-D print something really awesome? Say, a house?Sound outrageous? To a group of architects in Amsterdam, it’s a vision of the future. And that future might become a reality sooner than you think.Hedwig Heinsman, an architect with the Dutch firm Dus, is heading up an experiment called Canal House. As you might imagine, the goal is to 3-D print an entire house.Heinsman and her team have created a massive 3-D printer called the Kamermaker, or “room-builder.” Essentially, it is a scaled-up version of the popular Ultimaker open-source 3-D printer, the team says. It takes the contraption about a week to print each honeycomb-like block — each weighing about 400 pounds.”We can recycle waste materials into printable materials, eliminate large transport costs and make unique and personalized architecture,” Heinsman says. “You can print buildings, and then just [tear them down], and then print them anew.” Once each block is printed, they are fitted together, sort of like Legos, then filled with a foam-like material that hardens and fastens the blocks together. Pretty neat.In a city known for its luxurious canal houses and charming gabled facades, a plastic, 3-D-printed house is sure to stand out. The construction site has already been transformed into an exhibit that’s open to the public.Could this be the future of housing construction? Turns out, the brilliant minds in Amsterdam aren’t the only ones dreaming up ways to 3-D print an entire house. A team at the University of Southern California has built a giant 3-D printer of its own — except this one comes equipped with a nozzle that spits out concrete. Its creators say it might be able to create a 2,500-square-foot home in about 24 hours.This process is called “contour crafting.” This video shows a bit more about how it works: Register Now » March 18, 2014 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

FIFAGate Just days after his reelection Blatter resigns

first_imgRelated posts:Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter ZURICH, Switzerland – Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football’s governing body.The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only re-elected on Friday, said a special congress would be called as soon as possible to elect a successor.Blatter said that the scandal-tainted FIFA needs “profound reconstruction” and that he had “thoroughly reconsidered” his presidency since his re-election.He added that the vote “does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football.”His resignation came less than a week after Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, at a Zurich hotel.The arrests were carried out on behalf of U.S. prosecutors who accuse the seven, and eight other suspects, of involvement in $150 million of bribes.Following is Blatter’s resignation statement:I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul.While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA.Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election.The next ordinary FIFA Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with FIFA’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign.Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts. For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough.The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions FIFA is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the FIFA Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee.I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. This time, I will succeed.I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the FIFA Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr. Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of FIFA and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms.It is my deep care for FIFA and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as President of FIFA and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.Read our FIFA-Gate coverage here and let us hear from you in the comments section below. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Supreme Court president steps down amid corruption scandal

first_imgHow Costa Rica’s cement market became a hotbed of intrigue Related posts:Four judges reprimanded over Chinese cement scandal Police arrest two key figures in Chinese cement case Cement case detainees await space at San Sebastián prison The real reason the ‘cementazo’ is so scary for Costa Rica – and so important The president of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court (CSJ), Carlos Chinchilla, left his position this Monday after being reprimanded for his role in an influence-peddling scandal involving imported Chinese cement.Chinchilla, 55, informed the CSJ that he’d opt for early retirement four days after the Full Court reprimanded—with no legal consequences—him along with three other judges.The judges were reprimanded for “serious misconduct,” after being investigated for influence peddling. The investigation found that the judges rejected a case against two legislators accused of collaborating with Juan Carlos Bolaños. Bolaños was at the center of a scandal involving imported Chinese cement, dubbed the Cementazo scandal, that rocked Costa Rica in 2017.center_img Bolaños, who’s currently in preventive detention, is accused of using political pressure and offered perks in exchange for the authorization to import Chinese cement with millions of dollars worth of unguaranteed credit from public banks.Bolaños’s criminal network involved agents from all three branches of government. Over the course of the investigation, a CSJ magistrate and the attorney general were dismissed, as well as the manager and board of directors of the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica. The Vice Minister of Finance was also forced to resign.Chinchilla and the other reprimanded judges irregularly exonerated the now-former legislators Otto Guevara and Víctor Morales Zapata, for influence-peddling charges despite having hundreds of taped calls between the legislators and Bolaños proving the charge.The written reprimand was criticized across the country for having little weight, especially since the ex-Attorney General Bernice Smith, was suspended for two months over the same case. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Viking Cruises has anno

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterViking Cruises has announced 10 new sailings for its 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids Egypt river cruise for 2019. These new sailings will be on board the Viking-operated MS Antares, a ship specifically built to navigate the Nile. Guests will spend three nights at The Ritz-Carlton exploring Cairo before boarding the ship to cruise the Nile with an expert Egyptologist.The announcement follows Viking having sold out all existing dates for 2018 and 2019.“We’re seeing unprecedented demand for Egypt,” said Michelle Black, Viking Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. “We’re excited to provide even more guests with the opportunity to discover such a magical place.”The Viking cruise highlights will include camel tours to see the pyramids, exploring the preserved temple of Dendera and exploring the Nile by traditional felucca. An optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments is also a standout of the tour.Viking-operated MS Antares houses just 62 guests across a number of stateroom choices. All staterooms feature a French balcony, flat-panel TV and private bathrooms with bathtub and jet shower. Also offered are a sun deck with swimming pool, restaurant, library and spa with massage services.The sailings are now priced from $7,395 per person. Must be booked before 31 July 2018 unless sold out prior.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more