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Egypt detains senior Brotherhood leader in Cairo

first_imgCAIRO – Egyptian authorities on Wednesday detained senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian, one of the last few leaders of the Islamist movement to have escaped a security crackdown, the interior ministry said.Security forces arrested Erian, deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, at dawn in east Cairo where he had been in hiding.Pictures of Erian circulating on social media, apparently taken during his arrest, showed him smiling and making a gesture symbolising the rejection of the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. Security forces launched a massive crackdown on Morsi’s supporters in August, violently dispersing two protest camps in Cairo and making mass arrests.More than 1,000 people have been killed since Morsi’s ouster — mainly his supporters — and the authorities have detained some 2,000 Islamists, including most of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership.Morsi himself has been held incommunicado in military custody since his ouster and is due to go on trial on November 4.The arrests have not deterred Morsi’s supporters from organising demonstrations, which have deteriorated into deadly street fights pitting them against opponents and security forces.Morsi’s detractors accused him of poor governance and charged the Muslim Brotherhood with trying to monopolise power following the 2011 overthrow of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.His supporters deny such allegations and point to the Muslim Brotherhood’s victories in a series of polls held after Mubarak’s overthrow.last_img read more

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New van market sees decline in January

New van registrations fall -4.2% to 20,475 units in January 2018.Demand for medium (2.0-2.5t) vans rises, up 1.2% year on year.Double-digit decline for small vans, a -28.9% drop compared with previous year.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market fell -4.2% in January 2018, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The decline amounts to just 888 fewer vans being driven off forecourts in the first month of the year, compared with 2017.Car-derived vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes saw a double digit decline, with demand falling by -28.9% against January 2017. Meanwhile, the rest of the market remained steady, with pickups and large vans falling by -2.3% and -1.8% respectively, and medium vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes registering an uplift of 1.2%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,With business confidence continuing to be affected by economic and political uncertainty, this decline comes as no surprise. Despite this, the UK van market remains at a very high level and, although purchasing patterns are cyclical they do fluctuate with business confidence, so we continue to look to government to improve conditions so the sector can grow. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Team chemistry key to Columbus Clippers continuing hot streak

They’re at it again. After winning the 2010 International League championship, the Columbus Clippers are delivering more of the same in 2011. The Cleveland Indians may have the best record in the American League but their Class AAA affiliate is off to an even hotter start. The Clippers (24-8) lead the west division and own the best record in the league by 4.5 games. “We’ve won a bunch of different games already in different ways,” second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “It hasn’t been just the offense or just the pitching staff.” Though the team was adamant that success has come from all phases of the game, the team’s hitting has been most impressive. As of Tuesday, Columbus leads the league in batting average (.297), runs batted in (191), and on base percentage (.389). “It’s kind of contagious when one guy is hitting,” right fielder Jerad Head said. “Everybody in the group is feeling group and everybody is swinging the bat well in the lineup.” Head has been especially proficient at the plate as he leads the Clippers in batting average. The hot hitting has taken the pressure off of the Columbus pitching staff. Though pitcher Zach McAllister leads the league in wins, the team is only tenth in the league in earned run average and seventh in strikeouts. Shortstop Cord Phelps attributed the fast start, which included a 13-game winning streak, to the team’s chemistry. “I think everybody enjoys being around each other and when that’s the case the atmosphere is more relaxed and people are able to play at the top of their ability,” he said. “When you kind of have all those working parts that go together it translates to wins.” Despite the camaraderie, the players have also been fueled by battles for playing time and the opportunity to play for the Indians. “I think the depth on this team has been causing a lot of great competition. A lot of players have stepped their games up,” Kipnis said. With 113 games remaining, keeping the wins coming may not be easy. “We’ve had a really hot start and I think we can continue to play at a high level but it’s important to realize that the really hot streaks don’t always happen even when you are playing good baseball,” Phelps said. “I think we’ve just got to continue with our approach and continue to have fun and we’ll be alright.” The chemistry the team has been able to establish may be the key to staying on top the remainder of the season and having an opportunity to repeat as champions. “We have veterans and young guys that have really jelled and meshed together well early,” Kipnis said. “So I really don’t think it will be a problem.” The Clippers continue their series with the Charlotte Knights tonight at Huntington Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. read more

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Theresa May to hold talks with Barack Obama at G20 summit in

first_imgTheresa May is to hold talks with President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in China on Sunday.It will be the first meeting between the leaders since Mrs May succeeded  David Cameron as Prime Minister in July.The meeting will be held against a backdrop of Mr Obama’s warning in April that Britain would go to  the back of the queue in any trade deal if the UK voted to leave the EU.Amid reports of an EU-US trade deal having stalled, Britain will be hoping to start talks on its own trading arrangements with the United States. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The president and the prime minister will discuss a range of bilateral and global issues, and, as close friends and steadfast allies, the United States and United Kingdom continue to enjoy an enduring special relationship,” a White House official said.Downing Street officials said that the discussions would explore how the relationship would look once Britain has left the EU.Mrs May will see a number of world leaders at the summit where she will seek to convince them that a Britain outside the UK remains “open for business”.One Whitehall source added: “It is a real opportunity for the Prime Minister to send a clear message to the world’s biggest economies that Britain will continue to play a bold, confident and outward-looking role as the UK leaves the EU.”last_img read more

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Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virusFebruary 13, 2016In “Health”Up in smoke: Kenya to torch US$170M worth of ivoryApril 29, 2016In “World”Argentine 11-year-old’s C-section sparks abortion debateFebruary 28, 2019In “latest news” The authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services.The Medical Practitioners Board says it made the decision after investigating complaints that the group’s adverts were promoting abortion.Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother’s health is in danger. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care.The head of the government agency in charge of approving adverts, Alfred Mutua, welcomed the ban and accused the previous US government of causing moral decay in Kenya by promoting abortion.Some Kenyans fear the ban could lead to a rise in unsafe back-street abortions.The Kenyan branch of Marie Stopes has been offering reproductive services since 1985, running 22 clinics and 15 mobile outreach clinics.Its slogan is “Children by Choice not Chance”. It is the go-to facility for women with unwanted pregnancies, according to local newspaper Sunday Nation.The organisation’s country director, Dana Tilson, told the paper the abortion services they were offering conformed with the constitution.“Marie Stopes Kenya offers pregnancy crisis counselling and post-abortion care with the aim of saving the woman and promoting positive health outcomes,” she said. (BBC) read more

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WS Tyler ProDeck vibrating screen optimisation system

first_imgWS Tyler featured its Pro-Deck System at MINExpo 2012 – a new approach to maximising a screening system. The Pro-Deck approach implements an analysis and modification strategy in processing operations to maximise screen productivity and minimise wear by selecting the appropriate type of screen media according to the three phases of screening. This consultative approach results in a fully optimised screening process for greater efficiency and productivity, as well as less unscheduled maintenance and extended screen life.The Pro-Deck is not based on a set formula but rather implements a customised approach for each plant’s specific needs. It combines WS Tyler’s years of screening expertise with an analytical approach to determine the best mix of screen media for each individual operation. Traditionally, processing operations tend to use the same screen media on each deck of the vibrating screen. But after extensive research and years of experience, WS Tyler concluded that a non-traditional approach of incorporating more than one screen media serves to prevent lost efficiency and unscheduled maintenance. Additionally, the Pro-Deck system helps to eliminate common screening problems such as blinding, pegging, premature wear and unscheduled downtime.Material traveling over a screen undergoes three different phases. WS Tyler calls these phases layered, basic and sharp screening phase. With each phase of the screening functioning differently, a customised screen media approach helps tailor the screen media to each phase accounting for the two most important factors in screen media – open area and wear life.In addition to considering the phases of screening, the Pro-Deck approach also evaluates material characteristics, the current functioning of the plant and final output qualities to ensure the best blending of screen media. Adjustments to the screen media are made one section at a time and results are closely monitored to ensure the highest quality output and maximum productivity. With analysis of material characteristics and adapting the screen media to accommodate wet, dry or even abrasive materials, the Pro-Deck approach becomes a scientific approach to screen media.The Tyler Pro-Deck approach begins with a site visit to the vibrating screen. Using their self-developed and most modern Vibration Analysis tool available in the market today, WS Tyler’s screening experts ensure that the machine is working within operational parameters that cater to the application requirements of the material. The screening expert then determines the critical deck and section(s) within the screen. On the basis of screen performance as well as the wear experienced on the section(s) and deck, a recommendation for screen media modification is made. Upon installation of the new screen media, the results are measured and documented and the focus is laid on the next section(s). This process continues until all recommendations are implemented to the screen. This step by step approach ensures that the customer’s product quality is only positively enhanced and never negatively affected. In addition it allows the customer to verify the new performance and wear advantages continuously.The Pro-Deck approach can be applied to any vibrating screen unit in virtually any application. It does not matter whether the screen is under-utilised, overloaded or screening just about right, the Pro-Deck system has benefits in every situation. Pro-Deck is so effective because WS Tyler offers such a large variety of screen media coupled with its experience in designing complete vibrating screens. The screen media in combination with its signature Vibration Analysis performance tool make Pro-Deck a comprehensive and complete approach. The WS Tyler screen media offering consists of a complete package and includes a variety of products from woven wire cloth and specialty Cobra Vibe to polyurethane panels and the exclusive Ty-Wire hybrid screen.last_img read more

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Google may be testing Haswell for convertible Chromebooks

first_imgHaswell chips will soon make their way to manufacturers, and you’ll be able to buy desktops and laptops with Intel’s latest-and-greatest by the end of the year (likely sooner). You may even be able to get one in a hot new Chromebook.A Haswell board recently popped up in the Chromium OS source code. You may want to “hold A to charge your laser,” because this particular Chrome reference board is codenamed Slippy.New boards pop up frequently in the Chrome code, so Slippy’s arrival isn’t particularly Earth-shattering. Haswell is an evolution of previous Intel processors that were already supported by Chrome OS and featured in x86 Chromebooks. Still, tweaks always need to be made with any new chipset and processor to make sure an OS can squeeze the best possible performance out of it.What’s more interesting than the fact that Slippy popped its head up is the possibility that Google (or one of its partners) might consider building a hybrid Chromebook that utilizes a Haswell chip.Google has been tuning Chrome and Chrome OS for touchscreens for quite some time now, and finally decided it was time to show multi-digit support off with the Chromebook Pixel. Now that Google has a base of enthusiastic testers (albeit small), it has a steady stream of touch interaction telemetry that can be analyzed to further tune Chrome’s multi-touch abilities.While a standalone tablet Chrome OS tablet isn’t going to happen any time soon, a convertible just might. Recent code additions revealed both an on-screen keyboard and automatic screen rotation support. Neither is a particularly good fit for a Chromebook — but they’re perfectly suited to a Chrome OS hybrid.Perhaps Google even has an eye on something like Intel’s slick Haswell prototype with the resizing screen. A 12-inch edge-to-edge display in laptop mode that scales back to a grip-friendly 11 inches when undocked would work well here.Now read:last_img read more

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Comprendre le marsouin du YangTséKiang pour mieux le protéger

first_imgComprendre le marsouin du Yang-Tsé-Kiang pour mieux le protégerPubliée dans le Journal of Experimental Biology, une étude sino-américaine a exploré en détail la physiologie auditive du marsouin aptère, dont une sous-espèce habitant le fleuve Yang-Tsé, en Chine, est très exposée aux perturbations liées aux activités humaines.Il serait dommage que le marsouin aptère du Yang-Tsé-Kiang (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) subisse le même sort que son cousin le dauphin du Yang-Tsé, première espèce de cétacé officiellement éteinte à cause de l’homme. C’est pourquoi des scientifiques de la Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), un institut océanographique du Massachusetts, avec leurs collègues chinois, ont entrepris d’étudier le système acoustique de ce marsouin. Une espèce dont 1.000 individus environ subsistent dans le grand fleuve chinois, confrontés (entre autres) à une intense pollution sonore.”Nous voulons comprendre comment ils peuvent être affectés par le bruit”, commence Aran Mooney, de la WHOI. Partant du constat que seules quelques-unes des 70 espèces environ d’odontocètes (cétacés dotés de dents), telles le grand dauphin, ont fait l’objet d’études poussées concernant leur ouïe et leur système d’écholocalisation, le chercheur et son équipe, en collaboration avec l’Institut d’hydrobiologie de l’Académie chinoise des sciences à Wuhan, ont commencé par soumettre 2 marsouins détenus dans cet établissement à des tests d’audition inspirés de ceux que l’on fait passer aux nourrissons humains.Une audition particulière “Les marsouins, tout comme les bébés, ne peuvent pas nous dire s’ils peuvent entendre de l’oreille gauche ou droite, etc., donc nous mesurons leur audition physiologique à la surface de la peau”, explique Mooney. Pour cela, les chercheurs ont émis divers sons de diverses fréquences (dans des seuils ‘normaux’) sur 9 endroits différents de la tête et du corps des cétacés, recueillant de façon non intrusive la réponse de leurs neurones. Les résultats ont alors montré que les marsouins aptères sont sensibles aux sons presque uniformément sur tout le pourtour de leur tête – contrairement aux grands dauphins et aux bélugas. Dans un hôpital affilié à l’Université de Wuhan, les chercheurs ont ensuite soumis 2 autres marsouins, trouvés échoués, à une tomographie assistée par ordinateur, afin de recueillir des informations sur leur squelette et la structure de leurs tissus. Un aspect important, puisque les cétacés, dépourvus d’oreille externe, ne perçoivent les sons que lorsque ceux-ci font vibrer leur boîte crânienne. L’imagerie médicale a révélé que les coussinets acoustiques adipeux du marsouin aptère sont plus épais et plus en forme de disque que chez d’autres cétacés, où ces dépôts de graisse sont plus allongés. Cette physiologie implique, chez le marsouin aptère, une audition omnidirectionnelle.Protéger les marsouins du bruitÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Dans un environnement bruyant, ils peuvent avoir du mal à entendre leurs proies ou leurs congénères. Cela augmente la difficulté, pour eux, de mener des activités biologiques de base comme se nourrir, communiquer et s’orienter dans le fleuve”, souligne Aran Mooney. “Maintenant que nous avons des données auditives, nous travaillons à modéliser la façon dont la conformation [de ces éléments anatomiques], leurs dimensions et leurs formes, sont liées à telle fréquence ou telle sensibilité”, termine Darlene Ketten, biologiste et informaticienne à la WHOI. Ces connaissances pourraient aider à maintenir la population de marsouins aptères dans un Yang-Tsé-Kiang sur-fréquenté et à la protéger des menaces qui planent sur elle. Le 26 octobre 2013 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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K9 subdues suspect in alleged breakin

first_imgAn alleged burglar got nothing but a dog bite and a free ride to the Clark County Jail after breaking into a Pleasant Highlands-area home.The burglary was reported around 12:30 p.m. at 4116 N.E. 134th St. near Salmon Creek, according to emergency dispatch logs.A woman saw a male subject enter the home through her bedroom window, ran out the front door and called 911 from a neighbors home, said Sgt. Fred Neiman with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.When deputies arrived, the suspect ran out the back of the home. A sheriff’s office K-9 tracked the man through the neighborhood and “made contact,” Neiman said.The Vancouver Fire Department and AMR responded. It doesn’t appear the man was sent to the hospital, Neiman said. He was taken to the Clark County Jail.last_img read more

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Rearend collision clogs evening traffic in Ridgefield

first_imgA rear-end collision on Pioneer Street in Ridgefield clogged traffic up to the Interstate 5 entrance during Wednesday evening’s rush hour.At 5:31 p.m., an eastbound Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a Subaru Outback at 4784 Pioneer Street, one of Ridgefield’s main thoroughfares, according to Officer Craig Wattson with the Ridgefield Police Department. The Cherokee flipped onto its side, coming to rest in the westbound lane.The driver of the Cherokee had minor injuries but refused treatment. The driver of the Subaru was uninjured.Ridgefield police and La Center police helped direct traffic during the accident. Cars were backed up to the Interstate 5 entrance for about half an hour, said Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy.No citations had been issued as of Wednesday night.Dawdy is telling drivers to be extra cautious this weekend because the area is expected to get rain after a long dry spell. The oil on the road will rise up onto the water, making the roads slick.“The first day or so when it starts raining, it’s going to be like ice,” Dawdy said.– Patty Hastingslast_img read more

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Toyota will put Tundra Tacoma trucks on a single platform report says

first_img Share your voice 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show More about 2019 Toyota Tacoma Trucks Future Cars Comment More From Roadshow Tags Review • 2019 Toyota Tacoma: Not an ideal daily driver Toyotacenter_img Enlarge ImageDespite recently refreshing the Tacoma, Toyota’s got the future on its mind. Toyota The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) has given even the stodgiest Toyota vehicles a fresh breath of life, and we’ve been impressed with what the automaker’s put on that platform thus far. Now, it appears the automaker hopes to strike gold by applying this method to trucks, as well.Toyota intends to move the next-generation Tundra and Tacoma onto a single platform, followed by all of Toyota’s global pickups, Automotive News reported today, citing sources within the company. Toyota declined to comment to both AN and Roadshow.Efficiency is a big reason for this decision, if the report turns out to be true. As AN’s report notes, some Tacoma and Tundra models are built at the same plant in Texas, but there are 37 cab and powertrain variants between the two trucks. Moving both onto a single platform could boost efficiency by allowing more parts sharing, which can keep costs and complications lower.In addition to potentially sharing a platform, AN says that the next-gen versions of Tacoma and Tundra will also carry “some form of electrification.” Pairing the efficiency gains of a new platform with the latest materials-science tech of electrification could make for some very efficient vehicles, whether it’s something simple like a 48-volt mild hybrid system or something more complex like a plug-in hybrid powertrain. If there’s one arena where Toyota is no stranger, it’s hybridization.We might not have to wait long to see the fruits of this endeavor, either. AN’s report states that the shared platform’s development is “near completion,” and it could arrive as early as the 2021 model year, which means debuts could come as early as next year. Toyota recently refreshed the 2020 Tacoma, though, and it’s unclear how much mileage Toyota thinks it can get out of the current generation. 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy 39 Photos 1 Toyotalast_img read more

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49 Voices Pa Mipajntsuab in Anchorage

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Pa Mipajntsuab in Anchorage. Pa’s family is originally from Laos and she moved here four years ago from California.Listen nowPa lives in the Mountain View neighborhood in Anchorage. (Photo by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)PA: I have a Hmong last name but it’s kind of long. Mipajntsuab (mei-ban-zhuo). Yeah, and it stands for “Little Flower Green.”Learning how to ski, go around and still know how to stop. If you go to fast you can’t stop and you have to slowly go. So you don’t want to injure yourself.I was so scared, but I was like (gasps) “I should not be scared. I should be a strong girl, to be a strong lady, to go up there and prove it to people.” But snowboarding is kind of scary. I never did it before but I see people go backward to stop. It’s kind of scary.I like to play tennis. Yeah not really good, but I can do the best I can. I had a person standing next to me showing me how to toss the ball and hit it so I don’t hit anybody and smack them in the back of the head.Living here is a good thing because you can go hiking on top of the mountains, see all of the beautiful view of it. Go hiking, and take a picture of it and pick blueberries on the bush. It’s beautiful. First time I went to the mountains, sitting on top of the mountain, looking all around… it’s a beautiful state.last_img read more

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Kids hours at book fair Friday

first_imgChildren can have their day out with Ekushey Book Fair celebrating Shishu Prohor (special time schedule for the children) again on Friday (9th day) from 11:00am to 1:00pm, reports UNB.The book fair will remain open from 11:00am as it is holiday and close at 9:00pm. A total of 791 books hit the book fair so far including eighth day’s 64 books.Publishers from across the country are exhibiting a huge number of books on different issues while Bangla Academy is exhibiting 141 newly printed and reprinted books.Earlier, 729 books hit the fair in the first week while number of books of short stories, novel, essay and poetry published in the first week are 87, 86, 37, and 149 respectively.A children painting competition will be held as part of the Shishu Prohor celebration with artiste Nisar Hossain inaugurating the competition.A discussion programme on Rashid Uddin, Ukil Munsi and Bari Siddiqi will be held with Suman Kumar Das presenting the keynote speech.Kamal Uddin Kabir and Siaman Zakir will discuss while Nurul Haque will preside over.Regular seminars are being arranged at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from February 2 to 28 followed by cultural events.As in recent years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organizations and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organizations.There are strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.A newly launched website and apps provide the information about the fair.Awards in different categories will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the book fair.last_img read more

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Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi case

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16 October 2018. Photo: ReutersUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish police prepared to search the Saudi consul’s residence in Istanbul in a widening probe.Khashoggi, a US resident and leading critic of the Saudi crown prince, vanished after entering the consulate on 2 October. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny.President Donald Trump, who dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh amid strained ties with the key ally, has speculated that “rogue killers” may be responsible after speaking with King Salman.After talks with king, Pompeo met foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and will have dinner with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He may go on to Turkey.Overnight, Turkish crime scene investigators entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the last place Khashoggi was seen before vanishing, for the first time and searched the premises for over nine hours, Reuters witnesses said.A Turkish foreign ministry source said the police would search the consulate again on Tuesday as well as the consul’s residence, which Turkish television has previously reported could be linked to Khashoggi’s disappearance.The case has provoked an international outcry against the world’s top oil exporter, with media and business executives pulling out of an investment conference next week.HSBC CEO John Flint backed out on Tuesday , as did the CEOs of Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse.During the initial consulate search, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi’s death in a botched interrogation, after denying for two weeks any role in his disappearance.The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the Saudi plans, reported the crown prince had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi. It said the Saudi government, which could not be reached immediately for comment on the reports, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.Turkish authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, a Turkish official and a security source have told Reuters, and have shared evidence with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States.Pompeo was greeted at the airport by officials including Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman.Consulate SearchSome 10 Turkish investigators left the consulate before 5 am (0200 GMT), and a Turkish prosecutor departed around 1-1/2 hours later, followed shortly after by a Saudi team, witnesses said.Forensic vehicles took away soil samples as well as a metal door from the garden, the Reuters witness said. A police dog was part of the search team.”The Turkish crime scene investigators carried out searches in the consulate and took the things deemed necessary,” a senior Turkish official said, after acknowledging the difficulty of collecting evidence 13 days after the alleged incident.The UN human rights chief on Tuesday said immunity on diplomatic premises and officials should be lifted for the Khashoggi investigation.Trump has threatened “severe punishment” if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, but ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars. European allies have urged accountability for those responsible.Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom.Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions “with greater action,” and Arab allies rallied to support it.The Saudi riyal, rebounded early after falling to its lowest in two years over fears that foreign investment could shrink. Saudi stock index was down 3 per cent in early Tuesday trade before it recouped some losses for a decline of 0.5 per cent by 0949 GMT.The chief executive of Clariant, which has Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) as its anchor shareholder, said rising tensions about Khashoggi could hit the Swiss speciality chemicals maker.Family StatementKhashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to Washington last year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.The insider never shied away from criticising Saudi policies but gained prominence in many circles, including as an adviser to former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.Members of Khashoggi’s family have called for “an independent and impartial international” investigation.Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate the day he disappeared, tweeted a Koranic verse warning those who kill on purpose, with the hashtag “Jamal is the Martyr of the Word”.A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared. One of the names matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the Saudi interior ministry for 20 years.last_img read more

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Atomic Blonde Early Reviews Call it Fun and Disposable and Thats Just

first_img John Wick co-director David Leitch’s first solo film, Atomic Blonde premiered at South By Southwest last weekend, so it’s time to pour over early reviews. So far, it sounds like exactly what you’d expect this movie to be. Set during the Cold War, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as an MI-6 agent who has to retrieve a stolen list of all the operatives working in the field, and that’s all you need to know about the story. It’s the same plot as nearly every spy movie in existence. You’d think spy agencies would stop keeping lists like that lying around. It just goes to show you how much care they gave to the writing of this movie.Going by the trailer, though, the plot is about as important as it was in John Wick. It’s just there as an excuse for Charlize Theron to murder people in increasingly stylish ways. The early reviews call the movie fun, but forgettable, or disposable. And you know what? That’s all I want out of this movie. As in John Wick before it, the fight scenes are the real star of this movie. By all accounts so far, they are particularly well-directed too. Especially a certain long, unbroken take that takes a fight through an apartment building and into a speeding car. That alone sounds worth the $13 for a ticket.You can’t tell me that doesn’t look cool. Plus, it has John Goodman in it. Anything with John Goodman in it can’t possibly be bad. My only gripe with that trailer is that it leans too heavily on jokes that begin and end with “that man said a British! Ha HA!” Look, I’m as much an Anglophile as the next American Doctor Who fan. I’m the guy that seeks out British panel shows on YouTube and pretends to understand the jokes about parliament. This trailer was too much even for me. The music stops at one point, and a man says “Oh bollocks.” We get it. It’s funny because he’s British. Get back to the lady who kills people, please. (Oh, and I love that once you win an Oscar, you’re credited as “Academy Award Winner” no matter what. Yes, I’m sure we’re getting a Monster-caliber performance in Atomic Blonde.)All that said, even if it doesn’t end up being as good as John Wick (and can any movie be, really?), Atomic Blonde sounds like big dumb fun. What more do you want from your action movies? It certainly sounds like it was fun to make. At a Q&A at SXSW, Charlize Theron mentioned training at the same time as Keanu Reeves, who was filming John Wick Chapter 2. They even spared with each other at the gym. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Can that be a movie? Well, Theron said she’d absolutely be down for Atomic Wick. Oh please Hollywood, make that happen. For us. Stay on target Elon Musk Wants to Get People to Mars Before World War IIIGame of Thrones News Flows from SXSW Like So Much Blood last_img read more

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Apples Next Product Could Be the Very Thing Steve Jobs Said Nobody

first_imgDecember 8, 2014 You can’t write a story about the rumored Apple smart pen — or iPen as it’s inevitably dubbed — without referring to two of Steve Jobs’ most famous dicta:“Nobody wants a stylus” (January 2007)“If you see a stylus, they blew it.” (April 2010)So when an Apple stylus patent gets approved (as one did in March), or another gets filed (as one did last week, the 10th so far this year), one of these quotes is usually trotted out for ironic effect.But if you watch the video that started it — the Macworld 2007 keynote where Jobs unveiled the iPhone — you’ll see that what he actually said isn’t what people remember him saying.”How are we going to communicate with this,” he asks rhetorically, referring to the iPhone. “We don’t want to carry around a mouse, right? So what are we going to do? Oh, a stylus, right? We’re going to use a stylus. (Pause) Nooo. (Big laugh) Who wants a stylus? You have to get them and put them away and you lose them. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.”Note that Jobs didn’t say nobody would ever want a stylus. He said nobody wants a stylus as the primary input on a mobile phone. For that, fingers are better.That there is already is a stylus market — albeit a modest one — is evident on Amazon, where you can buy them on sale in packets of three for $6.99.That Apple has a team of engineers working on building a better one is evident from the collection of more than 32 filings that Patently Apple’s Jack Purcher has helpfully assembled.According to Purcher, the iPen is one of Apple’s longest-running projects, if not the longest. Apple Pay emerged 52 months after after its first public filing. Apple Watch is scheduled to ship less than 30 months after it first surfaced. Apple started filing stylus patents, according to Purcher, six or seven years ago, shortly after the iPhone shipped.“Why is Apple spending so much engineering time and money on a project for 6+ years,” Purcher says, “if there isn’t a real chance of this becoming a real product down the line?”If there is to be an Apple smart pen, he adds, we’ll probably see it roll out with the rumored iPad Pro. That jumbo-sized tablet, made with design, engineering and graphics professionals in mind, is now expected in first half of 2015.“Steve Jobs wasn’t a big fan of the ‘dumb stylus’ of yesteryear that was basically a tiny plastic stick,” Purcher wrote in 2011, when Jobs was still alive. “And so he set out to reinvent it.”I usually stay away from patent stories because most of what Apple files never ships. But 10 patents in one year is too many to ignore. To me, this feels like the watch did last summer. It feels like we’re getting close.Below: 30 seconds of Steve Jobs on the stylus at the 2007 iPhone launch This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 3 min readlast_img read more

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Get Fluent in Tableau with This 12 Training Bundle

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. December 27, 2018 A recent survey revealed that data scientists spend about 80 percent of their time on data prep, the same task three out of four respondents cited as the most boring part of their gig. Sounds like the “sexiest job of the 21st century” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.Nevertheless, helping professionals get through the oft-complex and tedious process of poring over data is the reason why Tableau exists. Founded in 2003, the Seattle-based software company streamlines the task of data analysis with a user-friendly platform that creates clean, interactive visualizations within seconds. Featuring a speedy drag-and-drop format and flexible sharing options, Tableau is simple enough to use within a small company lacking an entire data viz department, yet it packs enough power to handle even the largest organizations’ projects. And not only that, but its charts, maps, and graphs are useful in a variety of industries, from media to hospitality to retail to finance—heck, even Chipotle is using Tableau.Get a leg up in this unparalleled tool spanning fields, business structures, and applications by enrolling in the Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle, a five-part education on the data viz software’s latest edition that just went on sale in the Entrepreneur Store. Included are the following courses:Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Solutions: Vol. 1 (a $124.99 value)Find out how to get started with Tableau 10 via this 32-lecture class, which will show you how the software can be used to turn information into actionable insights in the forms of KPI text tables, waterfall charts, population pyramids, and other visuals.Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Solutions: Vol. 2 (a $124.99 value)Build upon the previous course with two hours of training on how to refine your data into interactive dashboards and story points with Tableau 10.Mastering Tableau 10 (a $94.99 value)Spanning five hours, this foundational course will show you how to use Tableau to solve complicated queries visually and utilize its new Data Prep features.Tableau For Absolute Beginners (a $79 value)Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Zip through this two-hour class covering Tableau installation, dashboards, and other must-know basics. Tableau 10 Desktop Training (a $199.99 value)Get hands-on experience in data viz with 72 lessons on Tableau’s Desktop software, in which you’ll transform downloadable practice datasets into charts, maps, and more.Lifetime access to the Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle is normally offered to Entrepreneur readers for the discounted price of $19 (a $623.96 value), but if you act now, you can enroll today for only $12—a huge savings of 98 percent.last_img read more

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Trafalgars new First Look for agents includes savings and price guarantee for

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Share TORONTO – As part of its #AgentsFirst initiative, Trafalgar has unveiled an exclusive new concept that gives agents a ‘First Look’ at top Europe product and savings.After a sellout past two seasons, ‘First Look’ allows Trafalgar’s loyal industry partners a jumpstart on the trips their clients want. As such, clients can book with additional savings of 10% on 2019 Europe & Britain guided holidays, plus receive price guarantees. If the price of their trip increases, clients are guaranteed to not pay more when securing their spot for summer 2019, plus be reimbursed if the trip cost decreases.“With first access to the trips Canadian clients want, right now is simply the best time for clients to book ahead and ensure they secure their preferred spot for summer 2019 with our best price guarantee,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar and CostSaver Canada. “Trafalgar’s 2019 ‘First Look’ program offers clients the chance to live ‘The Good Life’ and connect to the real Europe and Britain in 2019.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaHere are a few highlights from Trafalgar’s full list of ‘First Look’ 2019 Europe & Britain trips:Best of Italy: This 13-day guided vacation includes stops in Sorrento, Florence and Rome, featuring highlights like glassblowing on Giudecca Island (a ‘Dive into Culture’ experience), and a stay at a fully renovated Franciscan convent in Santa Maria delgi Angeli.Spain, Morocco and Portugal: While on this 16-day journey, clients will wander along Madrid’s Gran Via, visit the beautiful Alhambra Palace in Granada, and learn about steel manufacturing and moulding at a local steel factory. They’ll also visit Salamanca, Lisbon and Fatima, the site of religious miracles.Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords: While on this 14-day adventure, guests will travel from Copenhagen to Odense, Stavangar to Stockholm and enjoy an exclusive Connect with Locals’ experience where they’ll enjoy dinner with the 5th-generation Ovre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Norway.For the complete list of First Look itineraries, go to https://www.trafalgar.com/en-ca/first-look-2019. Tags: Trafalgarcenter_img Trafalgar’s new ‘First Look’ for agents includes savings and price guarantee for clients << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 17, 2018 last_img read more

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Suspected Costa Rica serial killer tied by DNA to 3 victims say

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica police struggle to track down suspected serial killer There’s a serial killer on the loose in Costa Rica and no one seems to care Nine victims now believed to be linked to San José serial killer US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica When the bodies of nine women turned up in San José over a six-month span in 2015, police warned of anat-large serial killer preying on prostitutes in the slums of Costa Rica’s capital. Now authorities say they have scientific evidence to prove that they’ve captured the man responsible for at least three of those homicides.A 39-year-old suspect identified by the last names Arroyo Gutiérrez is in preventive prison after being charged on Dec. 16 with the deaths of three women, a spokeswoman from the Prosecutor’s Office told The Tico Times. The suspect initially was sentenced to three months of preventive detention for rape in September before officials positively matched his DNA with that from hair and fluid samples found on the bodies, the spokeswoman said.Prosecutors from a special investigative unit of the judicial branch known in Spanish as Unidad Operativa de Dirección Funcional, created in 2012 to handle high-profile cases in the San José area, are attributing the three killings to Arroyo Gutiérrez.Several victims unidentifiedThe last body that Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) linked to the suspected serial killer was found on Sept. 7, 2015 in Barrio Mexico, just north of downtown San José. The killings began in April when the body of 29-year-old mother Natalia Felicia Salazar was found in an abandoned lot near the slums of San Sebastián, in the southwest area of the city. Salazar had been in and out of local drug rehab clinics before she was killed. Several people who knew her told The Tico Times that she was a few months pregnant at the time of her death.Several victims have yet to be identified, and in August, OIJ Assistant Director Luis Ángel Ávila told The Tico Times that by the time they were discovered, most of the victims’ bodies were too decomposed for investigators to extract evidence.Arroyo Gutiérrez will remain in preventive prison at least until June 16 while the case remains under investigation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Syrias main opposition group not attending Geneva talks

first_img Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   Khoja spoke at the press conference alongside Louay Hussein, a longtime Syria-based opposition activist and leader of Building the Syrian State party who recently fled to Turkey.Hussein said Assad’s government “is not qualified to participate in any political process” and appealed to the international community to save Syria from “tyrannical forces” working toward a future in which “there will be no Syria on the map for a long period.” He also lashed out at other destructive forces, such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch in Syria the Nusra Front.U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura last Tuesday launched the consultations in Geneva in the hopes of restarting peace talks. Two past rounds of direct negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition in the Swiss city failed in early 2014.De Mistura said in a statement later Monday that he has taken note of the coalition’s decision but still looks forward to the arrival of an envoy of the group to Geneva so that he can hear the opposition’s standpoint in person.“This is indeed the whole purpose of the exercise in itself,” de Mistura said. The U.N. envoy remains “appreciative of ongoing efforts by the SOC (coalition) to contribute to a long overdue peaceful solution in Syria.” ISTANBUL (AP) — The main Syrian opposition group in exile said on Monday that it is not attending low-level consultations taking place in Geneva and hosted by the U.N. envoy to the war-torn country.The announcement came amid a string of defeats by government forces in the northwestern Idlib province and also in southern Syria, giving a boost to the opposition.Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja told reporters in Istanbul that the opposition insists President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for Syria’s conflict, now in its fifth year — a civil war that has killed at least 220,000 people. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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