New HS record 137 students in top ten

first_imgKolkata: Out of 137 candidates whose names have featured on the list, 19 names from the city have found place among the top ten rankers of the Higher Secondary (HS) Examination this year, which saw a rise in the overall pass percentage compared to 2018.East Midnapore has recorded the highest pass percentage at 94.19, followed by Kolkata, West Midnapore, Kalimpong, Howrah and South 24-Parganas. The city has registered a pass percentage of 91.41, with West Midnapore at 90.94 percent, Kalimpong at 90.49 percent, Howrah at 88.81 percent and South 24-Parganas at 88.61 percent. Meanwhile, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Jhargram, Darjeeling, North Dinajpur, Nadia, Purulia and Murshidabad registered pass percentages of 88.83, 87.66, 86.08, 85.46, 85.39, 84.90, 84.85, 84.63 respectively. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School and Rajarshi Barman from Jenkins School in Cooch Behar have jointly bagged the first rank, by scoring 498 marks (99.6%), whereas Sanjukta Bose from Bidhannagar Govt High School in the city got the second rank, along with five others. A total of 7,818 students have scored 90 percent and above. The pass percentage among the male candidates stood at 87.44, with the percentage for female candidates at 85.30 and the average pass percentage at 86.29. The pass percentage last year was recorded at 83.75. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAfter publishing the results, president of WBCHSE Mahua Das said: “It’s a record result in the exam. The students have become more conscious nowadays, which has been reflected in the results. There has been a healthy competition among the schools. In an unprecedented incident, many students have found place on the merit list. We have conducted district-wise orientation programmes, which are bringing results. Teachers are giving time to the students separately.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,480.53, up 81.06 points).ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Down nine cents, or 58.06 per cent to 6.5 cents on 27 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down eight cents, or 2.95 per cent, to $2.63 on 14 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Unchanged at $5.64 on 8.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down $1.91, or 14.24 per cent, to $1.91 on 8.2 million sharesEncana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 23 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $9.85 on 7.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 46 cents, or 3.89 per cent, to $11.37 on 6.6 million shares.Companies reporting:Aphria Inc. — The cannabis company’s first full quarter of sales since the legalization of recreational cannabis fell short of investor expectations after the company posted a steep quarterly loss, a $50-million impairment charge related to its Latin America operations and announced that Green Growth Brands had dropped its hostile takeover offer. Although the Leamington, Ont.-based pot producer saw net revenue soar by more than 600 per cent to $73.8 million during its third quarter ended Feb. 28, it posted a net loss of $108.2 million. That’s compared with net revenues of $10.3 million and net profits of $12.9 million during the same period a year earlier.Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSXV:OGI). Down 96 cents, or 10.21 per cent to $8.44. Organigram swung to a loss of $6.4 million in its latest quarter as its revenue soared in its first full quarter of adult-use recreational sales. The Moncton-based company saw revenue rise sharply to $26.9 million during the three-month period ended Feb. 28, up from $3.4 million a year earlier and topping estimates. However, Organigram’s cost of sales also spiked to $10.9 million, compared to $1.8 million during the same period a year ago.CIBC (TSX:CM). Down 40 cents to $110.35. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is shuffling its leadership deck in a series of moves effective today that includes appointing Ed Dodig, CEO Victor Dodig’s brother, to head retail investment firm CIBC Wood Gundy. In internal memos provided to The Canadian Press, the bank says the changes are being made to sharpen client focus and develop leadership capabilities. Ed Dodig is to replace Peter Lee, who will become executive vice-president of banking centres, leading personal and small business banking operations in the retail bank. CIBC says Ed Dodig has had an integral role in the growth of its global markets business, most recently leading its equity markets team, a role that will fall to Anton Erdody on an interim basis.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Up 55 cents, or 8.05 per cent to $7.38. Lundin Mining has signed a deal to buy the Chapada copper-and-gold mine in Brazil from Yamana Gold Inc. in a deal worth more than US$800 million. Under the agreement, Lundin will pay US$800 million in cash for the mine while Yamana will retain a 2.0 per cent net smelter return royalty on future gold production from the Suruca gold deposit. Yamana will also receive contingent payments of up to US$125 million over five years if certain gold price thresholds are met and contingent consideration of US$100 million on potential construction of a pyrite roaster.The Canadian Press read more

Key decisions to be taken as drought continues

The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters after handing over the keys to water bowsers and tractors to be distributed to drought affected areas.He said the drought is not only affecting Sri Lanka but also India, Bangladesh and a few other countries. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is to take some key decisions as the drought continues to have a serious impact on the country.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the economy will need to adapt to the changing environment.

UN extends solidarity to flooddevastated Texas after recordshattering rainfall

Secretary-General António Guterres is following the developments in Texas “with great concern,” according to a statement from his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and extends his condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America,” the spokesperson said. “He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.”Mr. Guterres, who is currently in the Middle East on an official visit with Israeli and Palestinian authorities, added that his thoughts are with all the victims and the first responders. Earlier in the day, the UN chief tweeted that he was “shocked” at the images of the devastation.Shocked at the images of #HurricaneHarvey’s devastation. My thoughts are with all the victims and the first responders.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 29, 2017The storm is presenting a “nightmare scenario,” according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and bringing “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding. Clare Nullis, a WMO spokesperson told journalists in Geneva that rivers are rising and the disaster is “far from over.”“Harvey has caused so much rainfall that the National Weather Service has had to update the colour charts on its graphics in order to effectively map it,” Ms. Nullis said, “introducing a new colour category for rainfall totals above 30 inches or 76 centimetres.” Although the storm is no longer classified as a hurricane, it is moving slowly and generating heavy rainfall. “The priority for now is to save people’s lives and get them out of harm’s way,” said Ms. Nullis. The UN disaster risk reduction office today extended condolences to the families and friends of the people killed, and said the destruction caused by Harvey is already in the millions of dollars. “Hurricane Harvey has revealed how exposed even high-income countries are when building takes place on a grand scale along coastlines exposed to tropical storms. There is no doubt that along with failings in risk governance, climate change is intensifying the cocktail of man-made risk to an unprecedented degree,” said UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser. He noted the impact of displacement caused by flooding – the most common natural hazard – and stressed the importance of building outside of flood plains. read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes hungry for a win at last meet

Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. read more

Met Police chief chokes up as she tells how hero unarmed police

first_img 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. Met Police chief Cressida Dick has praised the “extraordinary courage” of officers after Saturday’s attack.Ms Dick said the Metropolitan Police must “look at the amount of resources the police have” to fight terrorism.She revealed the force has foiled five terrorist plots since the attack in March.She choked up when describing how an unarmed British Transport Police officer was stabbed in the face as he tried to stop the terrorists while holding only a baton.Ms Dick called what he did “astonishing”.She told Sky News: “I think we saw some extraordinary examples of courage by members of the public and indeed by police officers. “You mentioned the British Transport Police unarmed officer, it’s astonishing what he did. We also have a Met Police officer who is in hospital seriously injured.“I met his family, he was off duty and he saw the transport police officers getting attacked and he just dived in and tried to assist them as best he can, and he has been seriously stabbed.“Our hearts go out to those officers and indeed everybody who had to deal with such a terrifying thing but in all that sorrow, there is a great deal of pride in the Met.center_img “We have fantastic people, in policing nationally we have wonderful people.”last_img read more

Henry Vincent funeral Tempers flare as man arrested and rocks are thrown

Family and friends of Henry Vincent arrive to hang up the ripped down flowers Some floral tributes to Henry Vincent, including a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and a bottle of lemonade A woman leans out of a procession car and swears out of the window Police patrol on April 10 where Henry Vincent was killed whilst burgling a house in Hither Green, south east LondonCredit:Sefan Rousseau/PA An estate car is parked across South Park Crescent in Hither Green ahead of burglar Henry Vincent’s funeralCredit:Paul Davey/SWNS Henry Vincent, whose funeral takes place on Thursday, May 3 A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are aware of reports that the procession will pass by South Park Crescent. At this time, our understanding is that the procession is not due to enter Lewisham.”However, to provide community reassurance, there will be high-visibility patrols in the Hither Green and South Park Crescent area on the day of the funeral.”It is not unusual for large funeral processions to cause traffic disruption.”Any impact will be managed by traffic officers, and borough officers will also be deployed at key locations. No road closures have been requested.” “If they had in their hand what I thought was a knife, would it be reasonable force to get a knife? Those are the types of issues a jury would need to consider in examining self defence” .In the cases of home invasions, juries are also told to take into account not just what the situation was but what the householder perceived it to be.Ms Ahluwalia added: “Force being reasonable it takes into account the circumstances and what the householder believed them to be. It’s not that you stepped back and thought about it for 10 minutes, or took actions that were completely over the top.“Parliament and the legislation has given that greater latitude in householder cases, it does look at the particular circumstances the householder faces, when determining if the force used was reasonable.“For example the shock of coming across an intruder, the time of day, who else was in the house such as children and what was to hand.”The upshot is that when faced with an intruder you have to make a split-second decision about what would be reasonable force to defend oneself.Previous casesOne of the most famous home invader cases was that of Tony Martin who shot and killed a teenage burglar trespassing on his isolated Norfolk farm in 1999.Mr Martin fired his illegally-held shotgun three times at Fred Barras, 16, who was acting as a look out for his accomplice, Brendon Fearon, then 29.The incident sparked a national debate about the rights of home intruders after Mr Martin was convicted of murder and served three years in jail, before having his conviction reduced to manslaughter on appeal.He later said in an interview: “Why should I be bloody remorseful. Let’s put it like this. Those people had no business being here. They were just putrescence.“I have got no regrets. Why should I be responsible for the actions of other people? Why should I have regrets for the actions of putrients?”It was partly the outcry over Mr Martin’s case that led to the Coalition Government strengthening the legal defences for householders in 2013.“The hope after the Tony Martin case was that the public would understand that the law is not saying that you can’t protect yourself and your property but that the force needs to be reasonable,” said Ms Ahluwalia.Last year a homeowner in Catford, south London, was acquitted of murder after repeatedly stabbing a drunken burglar to death in his garden.Errol Hanson, 51, discovered Mohammed Savare, 26, in his living room trying to steal his TV before wrestling him into his garden and locking him out.Mr Hanson then went back indoors to get two knives and stabbed Savare more than 50 times, causing him to bleed to death.He was initially charged with murder after prosecutors said his actions did not constitute reasonable force. The jury took less than six hours to find him not guilty. Police patrol outside Richard Osborn-Brooks house in Hither GreenCredit:Paul Davey/SWNS The funeral procession of burglar Henry Vincent  A man gestures form a car window as The funeral procession of burglar Henry Vincent leaves SwanleyCredit:Ben Cawthra/NLP An estate car is parked across South Park Crescent in Hither Green ahead of burglar Henry Vincent's funeral How the victim, 78, was arrested for defending his homeA pensioner was arrested and later released after a suspected burglar was killed during a violent tussle at his home.The 78-year-old was held on suspicion of murder after Henry Vincent, 37, died of his wounds in hospital in the early hours of April 4.Police said the struggle broke out after the pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, found two men inside his home in South Park, Hither Green, south London shortly after midnight.One of the burglars, who was armed with a screwdriver, forced the homeowner into his kitchen while his accomplice went upstairs.Detectives believe a struggle then took place between “one of the males and the homeowner” and the 37-year-old intruder was stabbed in the upper body.He was later found collapsed in nearby Further Green Road by paramedics from London Ambulance Service, who took him to a central London hospital where he died at 3.37am. The second suspect fled the scene before police arrived and is now being hunted by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.Gordon Williams, a local resident, said: “I could hear people moaning in the street and just thought it was someone drunk. I saw the body laid in the street and another guy jump in a van and leave.”I leaned over him and tried to reassure him. There was a lot of blood.”Mr Osborn-Brooks suffered bruising to his arms and his injuries are not life threatening.Police arrested him on suspicion of grievous bodily harm before then arresting him on suspicion of murder, but he was released after the decision to detain him was met with outrage. In February alone there were 115 incidents of crime reported to police for the post code area covering South Park Crescent, including a number of burglaries close to the pensioner’s home and a number of cases of criminal damage, vehicle theft and sexual violence.The incident recalls the case of Tony Martin, a Norfolk farmer who was convicted of manslaughter after shooting a burglar he discovered in his home in 1999.Mr Martin was initially convicted of murder, but this was later reduced to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.Violence and anger over tributes in Hither GreenJudith Woods visited Hither Green to report on the war of the roses as Vincent’s family and friends clashed with angry residents.On April 12, she wrote: red carnations trampled underfoot still in their cellophane. Pale chrysanthemum petals strewn carelessly in the gutter. Blue florist’s ribbons threaded through the slats of a high garden fence in a quiet corner of south London suburbia.Across the road two uniformed officers stand outside a property, its boarded windows and fluttering police tape bear witness to the fact this ordinary postwar semi is now a crime scene.But ordinary life has become a thing of the past here in Hither Green; despite the neatly clipped hedges, the gardens planted with spring hyacinths and the Range Rovers parked in driveways, behind the net curtains there is simmering conflict.These crushed tributes are the visible signs of an extraordinary – and frightening – clash of cultures that has seen anxious residents at loggerheads with local travelling families. The police have kept an eye on proceeding but as no crime has been committed they have, wisely, declined to intervene. Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson, Lewisham Borough commander, said he was aware of concerns raised by residents but that his officers “are not there to safeguard or facilitate the laying of floral tributes”.Amid accusation and counter accusation, the flowers have gone. Every night the number of bouquets falls.Will there be more carnations and crysthanthemums to greet the dawn on Thursday morning? As they open their curtains, the residents of Hither Green will be hoping that despite the season, all trace of these particular flowers will have faded. Homeowner forced out of Hither Green amid safety fearsThe pensioner who fatally stabbed suspected burglar Henry Vincent in a botched raid is being kept in a safe house under police protection and “faces reprisals”, it was revealed on April 10. Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, has been moved to a police safe house from the terraced home in Hither Green, south east London which he shared with wife Maureen, 78.As fears for the Osborn-Brooks’ safety grew, police moved quickly to hide them in a secure location.A close family friend who did not want to be identified: “Richard and Maureen are in a safe house. We do not know where.”All his phones have been changed. He won’t answer. His phone has been cut off. He is in a safe house, he is under police protection and faces reprisals.”As far as we know he is OK. As far as I’m concerned for what he did he is a hero.”The source said he had been unable to speak to Mr Osborn-Brooks since police officers whisked him away to the secret location.The friend added: “There is the issue of reprisals.”An intruder in your home: what are your rights? After Henry Vincent was killed after breaking into the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks, Mike Wright analysed homeowners’ rights if an intruder breaks in:The arrest of a 78-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a burglar died breaking into his home has reopened the national debate about how the legal system treats those who confront intruders.Richard Osborn-Brooks was met by two men in his Hither Green home, in south east London, on Tuesday night, one of whom was armed with a screwdriver.There was allegedly a scuffle and one of the men, Henry Vincent, 37, later died from a stab wound. It is thought the pensioner could have been trying to protect his wife Maureen at the time.Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially bailed by police to face further questioning, but has since been told he will face no further action.However his arrest has prompted a public outcry and led to the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, pledging to protect homeowners who are faced with intruders.Currently householders are afforded more lattitude under the law to defend themselves compared to if they were attacked in other situations.But there are no hard and fast rules for what you can and can’t do when faced with an intruder. The main test is that the force you use is considered “reasonable” compared to the threat you face.Self defenceThe legal starting point in a incident where an intruder has been injured is that police have to investigate it as a case of assault. In any assault case, self defence is a valid legal defence –  if it is deemed that “reasonable force” was used.Self defence allows people to use reasonable force to defend themselves, others, and their property, or to prevent a crime or make an arrest.The law does give special consideration in the cases of a home invasion compared to other charges of assault. For instance, rather than being a straight test of whether the force was reasonable, the first consideration is whether the force used was “grossly disproportionate”.This test affords householders more scope with the force they can use defending themselves inside their home. But if the force used is found to be grossly disproportionate, then self defence cannot be used as a legal defence.If a householder is deemed to be protecting themselves or others in their home they can rely on what is called ‘heightened protection’ legally, which again gives a more generous interpretation of what reasonable force constitutes.The law also says that a person doesn’t have to wait to be attacked in their home before they can defend themselves and can preemptively take action against an intruder.Reasonable forceThe reasonable force test takes into consideration the level of danger the intruder presented to the householder and others in their home.As such, the level of force used must be commensurate with the threat the defender or their family are in. For example, reaching for an object to defend oneself could be seen as more reasonable if the intruder is carrying a weapon.Paramjit Ahluwalia, a criminal defence barrister with Garden Court Chambers, said: “It’s about the particular circumstances the householder faces, when determining if the force used was reasonable.“For example the shock of coming across an intruder, the time of day, the vulnerability of other occupants such as children are all factual circumstances a jury would consider.“A jury would consider what you did and what you thought was going to happen. So if someone has their hands up and I have a gun in my hand, is that really reasonable force in those circumstances facing the householder to use that weapon and shoot them? Police speak to a local who has blocked the entrance to South Park Crescent, Hither Green with his carCredit:Jamie Lorriman Police speak to a local who has blocked the entrance to South Park Crescent, Hither Green with his car As the cortege drove off, one male mourner sat in the front passenger seat of the hearse carrying Vincent’s coffin and held aloft a photograph of Vincent out of the window for photographers and shouted: “The king is dead”.Mourners following in black Mercedes shouted at reporters to “f*** off’ with one throwing water at the press as a cortege car drove past with a police helicopter hovering above the church.A member of the public passing through the road claimed he had been hit by an egg in the moments beforehand.The man said he had been returning from a job interview and was struck on the leg. Egg yolk could still be seen on his trousers.He said he would be making a complaint to the police, saying: “I’m lucky I’m on the way back from a job interview, not to it.”He added: “I’m not having that.” On Thursday morning, neighbours of Mr Osborn-Brooks made an apparent effort to block off South Park Crescent in Hither Green to vehicles.One resident, who gave his name only as Dave, parked his car at the end of South Park Crescent and said: “I think it’s a disgrace that they want to bring the funeral past after all the flower debacle. It’s just not on.”The 57-year-old said he had decided to park up despite police guidance that the funeral procession is not due to enter Lewisham.He later moved on, but a police van remained at the scene.  One irate mourner with a shaven head hurled a drink can at reporters as threats were shouted at the assembled media.Several men branded reporters and photographers ‘scumbags’.A police officer then ordered reporters and photographers to move away from the church as more police officers and mourners arrived, some of whom were seen sticking fingers up at photographers from their cars.After the church service, which included a playlist of R Kelly’s If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time, The Corrs’ Dreams and I’m Your Angel by Celine Dion, according to MailOnline, the disruption continued outside.  The funeral procession of burglar Henry Vincent Credit:London News Pictures Henry Vincent, whose funeral takes place on Thursday, May 3 Police patrol outside Richard Osborn-Brooks house in Hither Green Family and friends of Henry Vincent arrive to hang up the ripped down flowersCredit:London News Pictures The Metropolitan Police said the decision to send officers to South Park Crescent in Hither Green is for “community reassurance” after reports the 37-year-old’s loved ones would march through south London street where he died last month.The street has become a flashpoint of tension after memorials to Vincent were repeatedly torn down opposite the house of Mr Osborn-Brooks, 78, who killed the intruder in a struggle.Police said they have been told a large number of people may attend but said they do not believe the funeral procession will enter the borough.Scores of family and friends of the notorious Vincent family gathered Thursday morning for the traditional traveller funeral – which has reportedly cost £100,000. A woman is seen pointing and shouting in South Park Crescent in Hither Green amid heightened tensionsCredit:Paul Davey/SWNS This is the scene at Hither Green, where a floral shrine to burglar Henry Vincent, has been repeatedly erected by the travelling community and torn down again by local residents –  no fewer than four times.Vincent, 37, a career criminal, entered the home of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks and his wife in the early hours of last Wednesday. His accomplice, who remains on the run, went upstairs. Vincent, who was carrying a screwdriver, died after a struggle with Mr Osborn-Brooks, who was first arrested and then released without charge.Since the, Vincent’s family, who describe themselses as Gypsies,  have been engaged in a standoff with local householders. As each tribute is removed, they have returned to replace it.Early yesterday a dozen or more bouquets were fastened to the fence by those blue ribbons, along with sympathy cards, poems, a child’s teddy bear.Then, as the news cameras rolled, local resident Iain Gordon ripped the flowers off, jumped on them, mocked the teddy and poured scorn on the poor grammar of heartfelt cards.One of them read: “I will never be ashamed to call you my Daddy and you was the best one I could ask for, I’m a proud daughter. I love you Daddy. From your Pet, your Second Baby.”It was painful, provocative, and totally lacking in humanity. But that is precisely the accusation being levelled at the family and friends of Vincent who  have left the flowers on the fence opposite number 23, where Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife are currently no longer living.“It’s a really upsetting thing to see,” said Janet Gummerson, 87, out walking her Spanish rescue dog, Amber. “That shrine makes that burglar out to be some sort of hero when he was breaking into someone’s home and doing harm. This is a nice area and we don’t want to become notorious for all this; my big concern is what will happen when the Catford travellers’ site opens.” Tempers flared at the funeral of a burglar who was stabbed by a pensioner defending his home as mourners hurled items and swore at reporters. A large contingent gathered on Thursday to cover the open-casket funeral of Henry Vincent, 37, who was killed after a struggle with Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green, London on April 4. A month on, tensions are still heightened after weeks of stand-offs between the Vincent family and residents in Hither Green. As the elaborate procession made its way through St Mary Cray near Orpington in Kent, women were seen leaning out of flower-laden cars swearing at journalists.Pictures captured a man in a suit and military boots being pinned to the ground as he still held what appeared to be an order of service.Scotland Yard told The Telegraph a man, believed to be in his teens, was arrested on suspicion of assault at 1.15pm in High Street, Orpington. Objects were also thrown, including eggs, rocks and drinks cans, and police ordered photographers to leave the area amid fears of violence. One mourner shouted “you need shooting” at the press and a cameraman was struck with an egg. Another journalist was cut on his finger after being hit by two eggs.After the service, a group ran from the cemetery and surged towards journalists in the street in what was described as “terrifying scenes”. They were stopped by police.  Police patrol on April 10 where Henry Vincent was killed whilst burgling a house in Hither Green, south east London Family and friends of Henry Vincent repeatedly returned to South Park Crescent to hang up flowers which were ripped down. Pictured is a woman talking to policeCredit:London News Pictures Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released without charge.The pensioner’s arrest provoked outcry from neighbours and an online fundraising campaign in support of the pensioner subsequently raised thousands of pounds.Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife Maureen, who suffers from severe arthritis have been forced to move out of the three-bedroomed terraced home and are now under police protection in a safe house over fears of reprisals.The family home was cleared of all their possessions last month and the house has been secured with metal grilles covering the doors and windows.Security cameras have also been put up by specialist security team which is monitored around the clock. A woman is seen pointing and shouting in South Park Crescent in Hither Green amid heightened tensions A man gestures form a car window as The funeral procession of burglar Henry Vincent leaves Swanley As journalists stood in the street, mourners ran at them shouting and screaming at them in what was described as “terrifying scenes”.Reporters, camera crews and photographers had to run to safety as the “threatening” mob came down to the village from the cemetery.They were stopped by a small group of police officers and one onlooker said: “It was a terrifying scene. They were incredibly threatening and were screaming and shouting as they stormed down the road.”Earlier, residents used their cars to block off the street where a burglar was stabbed by a pensioner defending his home ahead of the criminal’s funeral. Despite the funeral taking place more than seven miles from where the 37-year-old died following a struggle with Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, the pensioner’s supporters are not taking any chances.  Family and friends of Henry Vincent repeatedly returned to South Park Crescent to hang up flowers which were ripped down. Pictured is a woman talking to police 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. One group of police officers stood directly outside the church with another group stood on the street opposite the church.A group of photographers and reporters stood opposite the church and several female mourners wearing black assembled outside the church with one woman pulling her cardigan over her head as she walked past photographers.Another woman shouted at photographers “we don’t want to be filmed”.At one point, several women formed a line across the road opposite the church as men wearing sunglasses walked past the church and pulled their hoods over their heads and faces. Again and again local people talk of “Catford” and how the conversion of an area near the Ravensbourne River known as Pool Court into a permanent site for travellers will impact on the wider community. This, regardless of the concerns of local councillors who believed the consultation process was flawed along with factors including a Japanese knotwood infestation and flooding.But all that is in the future. For now, there is fear and not a little hostility towards travellers who have been doing work in and around Hither Green, repairing driveways.Rumours abound that one elderly man was charged £1,600 to replace a single tile on his roof; true or not, it is fueling suspicions. Jack Smith, a 21-year-old student said it was “common knowledge” that travellers had been “casing” homes as they went door to door. “Over the last couple of days, ever since the flowers were left, a traveller have been slowly driving round the crescent every couple of hours, trying to intimidate us,” he said. “I’m not afraid but I can imagine some of the elderly couples must be feeling very upset  by it.”Most residents in the crescent, where three-bedroomed homes cost around £450,000, are no longer opening their doors to journalists. Passersby hurried past the remain of this latest floral display, most of which now languishes in a council skip.But it’s an ill-wind however; by mid afternoon a 24-hour fire alarm company car pulled up a few doors down. No fewer than six red-jacketed Verisure representatives started cold-calling houses along the crescent. Naked opportunism or astute business acumen? Either way they were getting a visibly  warmer welcome than the camera crews.“I’m sick of all this fuss,” said a middle aged man from a nearby road. “We just leave the travellers to stay away and let things get back to normal, it’s not fair to keep using those awful carnations to make us feel uncomfortable in our own homes.” He almost spat out the words “awful carnations”; arguably not since the War of the Roses has any bloom taken on such threatening connotations.For their part, Vincent’s family say the flowers and mementos are an entirely fitting reminder of their loved one.Earlier this week his cousin Elvina Lee spoke of her frustration at the destruction of the shrine. “When other people die they put flowers, why can’t we?” she demanded. “We’re not allowed because we’re gypsies.” The point could be made that this is about appropriate behaviour, regardless of  background or ethnicity. But neither side is willing to back down.  He said: “There is the possibility that they might bring the body down in a hearse first and do a pass-by and then go back and have the actual funeral (elsewhere).”In St Mary Cray, a rock was thrown by a member of the public at a broadcast van on the road adjacent to the church.It is unclear whether the man was a mourner, but a police liaison officer then said to the journalists: “Gentlemen, you’ve seen the strength of feeling here – they are not happy. My advice to you is not to be here.”Journalists were then told to leave the area by the police, who warned there would  be a risk of violence if they were still present when the funeral procession  arrived.  Some floral tributes to Henry Vincent, including a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and a bottle of lemonadeCredit:Flynet Pictures Scotland Yard has increased patrols in Hither Green for the funeral, but Vincent was carried through the streets of St Mary Cray – seven miles away.The huge funeral cortege left the family home Lime Road in Swanley, Kent at 11.10am with two funeral directors with top hats walking in front of the procession.They walked in front of the silver Mercedes hearse carrying Vincent’s coffin with a floral tribute in red flowers reading “Daddy”.A purple sports car also sat on top of the hearse, which was followed by eight black Mercedes limousines carrying family and friends to the funeral service.The first had a red van made out of flowers on the roof, the second a white boxing ring-shaped tribute, another a flatbed and one had a caravan-shaped arrangement. Another car carried a decoration reading “I Love You Cuz” made out of flowers with a yellow heart and one floral tribute reading “Henry” could be seen on another car.A huge line of cars then followed behind the limousines joined the A20 London Road towards Sidcup.One onlooker said: “They look like they have spent thousands on flowers alone. It is a real show of love for him. I haven’t seen anything like that around here for ages.”Meanwhile at St Mary’s Church of England Parish church, police officers and liaison officers stood guard as mourners began to arrive for the funeral.Bouquets of white flowers were tied to posts outside the church, which had its doors locked prior to the service. A woman leans out of a procession car and swears out of the windowCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP read more

Nominations open for HACCI Excellence Awards

first_imgA night of celebration, networking and entertainment will be had at this year’s HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball. The 2012 HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball will be on Friday 12 October at the newly refurbished Mural Hall located on the top floor of the Myer Building in Bourke Street, Melbourne. This event celebrates Hellenic Australian achievement. HACCI will present awards in the following five categories: Lifetime Achievement, Business Excellence, Professional Excellence, Young Achievement and Community Service. HACCI invites nominations in each of these categories and nomination forms can be obtained from the HACCI office or downloaded from All nominations must be received by the HACCI office by close of business on Friday 14 September. The HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball is a formal event and this year promises to be no different. This year, our distinguished guests include government ministers, ambassadors, and an international speaker. This will be a black tie and evening dress evening and tickets can be purchased from the HACCI Office. For more information contact the HACCI office at or (03) 9602 2977 or visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greeks strongly agree with governments hard line in EU fight

first_imgThe Greek government is heading into a tough financial negotiation with European Union partners with overwhelming support at home for its positions, a poll showed on Tuesday.An ALCO survey of 821 people across Greece found 75 per cent support for the government’s negotiating stance and 67 per cent for its overall policies as laid out this week in parliament.The strength of the count may help leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis argue that they have to fulfil a mandate to end austerity and ditch an EU/International Monetary Fund bailout.Varoufakis meets fellow eurozone finance ministers on Wednesday and Tsipras attends a leaders’ summit on Thursday.A pro-government rally has been organised for Wednesday at Syntagma Square and other cities across the country.Source: Reuters, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Twitter sassocie au moteur russe Yandex

first_imgTwitter s’associe au moteur russe YandexDepuis le divorce entre Google et Twitter, ce dernier cherche des partenariats dans le monde entier et trouve, avec le moteur de recherche russe Yandex, un allié de poids.Après Bing, c’est désormais le moteur de recherche russe Yandex qui va intégrer en temps réel les tweets dans ses résultats de recherche. Leader sur son territoire avec 60% de part de marché, le géant russe, même s’il aura du mal à faire oublié Google, proposera les résultats de tweets et de blogs en plusieurs langues slaves orientales (russe, ukrainien, biélorusse, kazakh).Twitter cherche donc à concurrencer son ancien associé, qui possède désormais son propre réseau (Google+), mais le résultat ne sera certainement pas aussi efficace…Pour le moment.Le 23 février 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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Macau casinos reopen from 4am Monday after typhoon

first_img Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPosts Described as a “super typhoon” and stronger than Typhoon Hato, which killed 10 people and caused an estimated MOP$11.5 billion worth of damage when it struck Macau in August 2017, Mangkhut saw authorities hoist a Signal 10 typhoon warning on Sunday – the highest signal possible. It is just the second time in 19 years that a Signal 10 has been hoisted in Macau, the first being Typhoon Hato.In a statement, the government said that “the suspension of gaming operations is for the safety of casino employees, visitors to the city and residents. The Civil Protection Operations Centre will – after reviewing community conditions once Typhoon Mangkhut has passed – make a recommendation as to when gaming operations might resume.”It added that casinos were urged to provide all necessary assistance to employees and visitors as stated in an emergency plan sent to all concessionaires by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau last week.Macau suffered extensive flooding on Sunday with large areas of the city evacuated and all business shut down. 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders Gaming operations at Macau casinos resumed normal service at 4am on Monday morning as Typhoon Mangkhut, which lashed southern China across the weekend, finally began moving away.Operations at all Macau casinos were suspended for the first time in the SAR’s history on Saturday night after authorities issued a Signal 8 typhoon warning. The Macau government issued a press release shortly after 11pm on Saturday stating that gaming floors in all 42 casinos had been shut down on the order of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, with the city’s six concessionaires having agreed to the historic move.last_img read more

WHS Seniors Dedicate Yearbook To The Late Bruce Peters Beloved WHS Crossing

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Class of 2018 has dedicated its yearbook to Bruce Peters, the longtime WHS Crossing Guard who worked up until he passed away in January 2017 at the age of 85.The reveal was made during the WHS Senior Banquet on Tuesday, May 29 when WHS senior Britney Mallebranche read the yearbook dedication to her classmates.“Every student in the Class of 2018 has had the pleasure of interacting with our dear crossing guard, Bruce, at least once in their high school career. He always greeted everyone with a huge smile, a classic joke, and the occasional lollipop,” said Mallebranche.“The students at WHS were truly blessed to have him in our lives and we decidate this yearbook in his honor. We can only aspire to live life as cheerfully and positive as he did,” continued Mallebranche. “Bruce truly was a spokesperson for our WHS moto — work hard, be kind.”Bruce’s family members was present to receive a copy of the yearbook. They, in turn, brought lollipops to hand out to all the students, something Bruce would often do while on duty.Watch the reading of the dedication, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 2019 Names Matt Hackett ‘Teacher Of The Year,’ Dedicates Yearbook To Retiring Lois Nardo (with VIDEO)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”last_img read more

Galaxy Note 10 users can make phone calls from their PC

first_img 5G Microsoft Samsung Windows 10 Post a comment Samsung Event Samsung announced at its Unpacked Event in New York on Wednesday that you’ll soon be able to access all your phone’s apps from your computer, including making and receiving phone calls. Using the Samsung DeX interface, all your apps and functions on your phone will be mirrored on your PC. So you can get notifications integrated into Windows, access photos, or even just mirror the phone’s screen.  Now playing: Watch this: Make calls on your PC with Samsung DeX Sarah Tew Samsung has worked with Microsoft to allow greater integration between your computer and its Galaxy Note 10. And later this year, you’ll be able to make phone calls directly from your Windows PC. Tags More from Samsung DeX, introduced in 2017, lets users access apps on Galaxy phones using a keyboard/monitor/mouse setup. The latest iteration allows for much tighter integration between the Android device and a Windows PC or laptop, essentially giving the Note 10 a portion of the onscreen real estate. The tighter integration also means files can be transferred across the operating systems by simply dragging and dropping them. Share your voice New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked 2019 event 54 Photos 0 Mobile 1:48last_img read more

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Goes Full Infinity War

first_imgStay on target Just when you thought Super Smash Bros. Ultimate couldn’t get more gigantic, Masahiro Sakurai spent 40 minutes revealing an almost incomprehensible amount of new details about the mascot fighting game/gaming history lesson before its launch on December 7. I’m not going to lie folks. This literally has everything I could want from a Smash Bros. game. Again, like someone listed out bullet point by bullet point what would soothe my loss aversion and then addressed it. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Every character from the series has returned along with the final set of newcomers. Ken from Street Fighter is an echo of Ryu, and while it isn’t Zangief or Mike Haggar the fire cat Pokemon Incineroar (69) brings an intriguing looking wrestling-based moveset to the series. That’s the base, 74-character roster. But for $25 players can also purchase a Fighter Pass granting access to five more DLC fighters along with stages and music throughout the next year. Plus, early adopters can get Piranha Plant, yes that good pipe boi Mario enemy, as a free DLC fighter.But that’s just characters. Well playable characters anyway. Folks like Isaac, Guile, Black Knight, the girl from Fatal Frame, and Spring Man are joining as Assist Trophies. This Direct also told us more about the sheer amount of content players can chew through in the various modes. Although online battles are still tethered to the pointless Switch mobile app, players will have more options for customizing the types of battles they’d like to have, from casual items-fests to competitive tests of skill. Quality of life improvements include separate video settings for TV vs handheld play and a simplified handicap system to make battles more fair across players.The big new mode though (well one of the big new modes) is “Spirits.” Blending previous Smash ideas like trophies, stickers, customizing characters, and Event matches, Spirits are representations of non-playable characters. Whether it’s Kaz from Metal Gear or Dixie Kong or one of the infinite Fire Emblem characters, this greatly expands the crossover potential without working Sakurai to the point of death. So it’s a good thing.Spirits can be a lot to take in, but by and large they are a way to power up your fighter. They provide different kinds of buffs and status changes. There’s an almost mobile game RPG element to them too as common spirits can be combined into more powerful, rarer variants. You can even send Spirits off to earn rewards on your behalf when you aren’t playing.Most exciting to me though is how you acquire Spirits. Like Event Mode, you play special fights that vaguely approximate the Spirit you’re searching for. So a big, grabby Mega Man equals Guts Man, while a black King K. Rool with a Ghirahim assist becomes the Imprisoned from Skyward Sword. It’s just a really clever, economical way to represent even more characters.Forget all that though. The reason I’m shaking while typing this is because the Direct ended with a tease for “World of Light,” the game’s Adventure Mode. And it’s everything I ever wanted. A big dumb cutscene killing characters more savagely than Avengers: Infinity War! A huge game map with boss fights against something called Galeem! An absurd and epic anime vocal theme song! COLORS WEAVE INTO A SPIRE OF FLAME! We’ll have to wait until launch to learn more apparently, but my god I’m so hyped.That’s more than enough news to chew on until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to Nintendo Switch on December 7. But in the meantime check out our ongoing guide of the game’s characters. Light will guide you on your way to the Ultimate fight!View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

Study shows lower ozone pollution in Sao Paulo when drivers switched from

first_img( —A study conducted by Alberto Salvo and Franz Geiger of the National University of Singapore and Northwestern University respectively, has revealed that when drivers switch from using ethanol to power their vehicles, to gasoline, ozone levels in the local atmosphere may drop. They offer details of their study in their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Sasha Madronich of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research offers a News & Views perspective on the duos work in the same journal issue. Explore further Ethanol—fuel derived mainly from plants—has been touted for several years as a much cleaner alternative to gasoline. When burned, ethanol doesn’t emit as much particulates or carbon monoxide, and more importantly perhaps, hydrocarbons such as CO2. But now it turns out, it may have a previously unknown downside as Salvo and Geiger have discovered burning ethanol in cars can cause higher levels of ozone to come about in the local atmosphere than does burning regular gasoline.Ozone comes about in the atmosphere due to interactions between volatile organic materials along with nitrogen oxides and sunlight. Combustion engines don’t produce ozone, but their emissions can lead to other interactions that do, thus it’s far more difficult to determine what impact vehicular traffic has in the generation of ozone, than it is to measure other pollutants such as carbon monoxide.This latest study actually came about partly by accident—the cost to consumers of ethanol began rising in São Paulo to the point that drivers soon began turning back to gasoline (Brazil is major producer of sugar cane produced ethanol). Coincidently, the city also maintains air pollution monitors throughout the area. To learn of the change in air quality, the researchers simply analyzed air pollution levels for the years 2009 through 2011—a period of steep price increases for ethanol. They were surprised to learn that moving back to gasoline, which did result in higher levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides along with hydrocarbons, also caused lower levels of ozone. They suggest this happens because ozone chemistry in São Paulo is restrained by high concentrations of nitrogen oxides and also the limited availability of volatile organic compounds. Thus, it appears the phenomenon they observed, might be unique to the area.Madronich isn’t as sure, suggesting that the results of the study in Brazil might be applicable in other places and perhaps should even serve as a “gold standard” for studying the impact of different types of fuel used in vehicles on air pollution. Prior studies she notes, have been limited to the lab, or by a lack of real world opportunities. Centro de São Paulo, Brasil. Ana Paula Hirama/Wikipedia Ask a scientist: Ethanol & car performance This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: Reduction in local ozone levels in urban São Paulo due to a shift from ethanol to gasoline use, vehicles are thought to generate less pollution than gasoline-based vehicles, because ethanol emissions contain lower concentrations of mono-nitrogen oxides than those from gasoline emissions. However, the predicted effect of various gasoline/ethanol blends on the concentration of atmospheric pollutants such as ozone varies between model and laboratory studies, including those that seek to simulate the same environmental conditions. Here, we report the consequences of a real-world shift in fuel use in the subtropical megacity of São Paulo, Brazil, brought on by large-scale fluctuations in the price of ethanol relative to gasoline between 2009 and 2011. We use highly spatially and temporally resolved observations of road traffic levels, meteorology and pollutant concentrations, together with a consumer demand model, to show that ambient ozone concentrations fell by about 20% as the share of bi-fuel vehicles burning gasoline rose from 14 to 76%. In contrast, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations increased. We caution that although gasoline use seems to lower ozone levels in the São Paulo metropolitan area relative to ethanol use, strategies to reduce ozone pollution require knowledge of the local chemistry and consideration of other pollutants, particularly fine particles.Press release © 2014 Journal information: Nature Geoscience Citation: Study shows lower ozone pollution in Sao Paulo when drivers switched from ethanol to gasoline (2014, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Japan has Become a Major Player in the Spirits Market – Thats

first_imgA new surge in international alcohol trends, Japanese whisky has begun to dominate the spirit world. The industry found its feet only 100 years ago when a Japanese chemist spent two years studying the craft in Scotland. Their version of aqua vitae, or water of life, Scottish whisky is the arguably the most famous in the world. Thanks to one man and his life’s work, Japan is now giving some of the oldest existing distilleries in the world a run for their money.Born in the last decade of the 19th century, Masataka Taketsuru grew up in a family who brewed sake and had been in the trade since 1733.Monument to Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky.His father was a successful chemical engineer and businessman, setting a successful example for the son. Just shy of his 25th birthday, Taketsuru travelled across the globe to Scotland to study organic chemistry at the University of Glasgow. He remains one of their most famed alumni to this day.Following his studies, Taketsuru had apprenticeships at the Longmorn distillery in Strathspey, the Bo’ness distillery in the Lowlands, and the Hazelburn (later the famous Springbank) distillery on Kintyre, filling two notebooks with notes on every detail of the process. These notebooks would go on to be the first official guide for whisky production in Japan.One of the buildings of Yoichi Distillery.Upon his return to his homeland, Taketsuru helped to develop Kotobukiya, now known as Suntory distillery. Later in 1934, he founded his own company, choosing the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan as a perfect location because of its similarities to the cool Scottish climate. Originally the Dai Nippon Kaja K.K. distillery, it is now known across the globe as Nikka.A Bottle of Nikka Whisky (50cl). Photo by Hispania CC BY-SA 4.0Though the existence of the beverage was known to the country before, according to the company’s website, Taketsuru was the “first Japanese ever to master how to make whiskey.”In 1940 Nikka produced its first batch: the first commercially produced whisky in Japan.Yoichi distillery, 2015. Photo by y.ganden CC BY 2.0From that point on, whisky production in Japan found its feet and began to develop quickly. Taketsuru’s legacy outreached the spirit world, though, in the form of a television drama.NHK, which translates to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japan’s equivalent to PBS or the BBC. In 2014, it premiered a daily drama called Massan which chronicled the chemist’s life through the the characters Masaharu Kameyama and his wife Ellie, based on Taketsuru’s real life Scottish bride Rita Cowan.Nikka Susukino. Photo by 663highland CC BY 2.5The show ran for two years and gained the attention of the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese (AFWJ) who supported a lead role on NHK being played by a western actor, a first for the corporation.The show, though fictionalized, brought attention to concerns of the AFWJ that foreign representation in Japan has not progressed much further since Taketsuru’s lifetime.Photo by サフィル CC BY-SA 4.0Married in Scotland, the couple faced opposition from the bride’s family, a sentiment that was mirrored by the groom’s upon the newlywed’s arrival in Japan.Members of the AFWJ echo similar experiences in modern times, lending to proof of how monumental Taketsuru’s success in blending two cultures is to foreign cultural history in Japan.The back label of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 years old. Photo by Nikkafanfun CC BY SA 3.0His contribution to the chemical sciences is undoubtable, and his contribution to social sciences understated. Despite such challenges, Taketsuru’s time overseas and adaptation of a foreign culture allowed him to become a singular figure in the modern history of Japan.To commemorate his father, Masataka Taketsuru’s son created the “Taketsuru Prize” in 2002. Awarded annually, the prize is given to the most promising student in the MSci course in the Chemistry Department at the University of Glasgow.Read another story from us: Yes, There is a Burger Joint called Pablo’s Escoburgers – They Say it’s AddictiveToday, Japan is home to over a dozen distilleries. Nikka itself has two distilleries, in Yoichi and Miyagikyo, which produce 8 different whiskeys, ranging among single malt, pure malt, and infused, as well as a gin and a vodka.last_img read more

2000yearold Jewish Village Unearthed in Jerusalem

first_imgMany archaeological excavations, some of which have caused huge controversies, have been carried out in Old City of Jerusalem over the last 150 years. The first excavation was carried out by the British royal family in the 1870s. But just days ago, the remains of an ancient Jewish village from the Hasmonean period has been discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority.The 2,000-year-old remains were discovered in the Sharafat neighborhood of Jerusalem. An elementary school was meant to be built on the site before this important discovery.Yaakov Billing an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) shows a large ritual bath (miqveh) at the site of the remains of a Jewish village from the Hasmonean period. Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP Getty ImagesThe excavation, which was funded by the Moriah Jerusalem corporation, found the remnants of a large wine press that contained fragments of many storage jars, an olive press, a huge columbarium cave (rock-cut dovecote), a ritual bath (or mikveh) of immense proportions, rock quarries, a water reservoir and installations.The fact that an extravagant burial estate was excavated at this site makes the discovery very significant. During the excavation, it was found that this extravagant estate had a corridor that led to a large courtyard chiseled into the bedrock. The archaeologists noted that the courtyard had an encompassing bench, with the entrance to the burial cave from its facade.A picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows weight stones that were part of an ancient olive press at the site of the remains of a Jewish village from the Hasmonean period (approximately 2000-years-old), which are currently being uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP Getty ImagesThey also found that the cave comprised numerous chambers, each with oblong burial niches chiseled into the walls. According to the archaeologists, the cave was sealed as a mark of respect for the buried parties, which was in accordance with the Orthodox restrictions of disturbing burials.Ya’akov Billig, director of the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Israel National News: “it looked like the burial site served the prominent or wealthy family during the Hasmonean period and that using burial estates was popular among people who lived in that period.”While discussing this significant discovery, the archaeologists explained that the earth which covered the burial estate’s courtyard contained huge stones, some of which they believed are elaborate architectural elements common during the Second Temple period. While a few cornice fragments were found, a Doric capital of a heart-shaped pillar was also found.The quality of the craftsmanship on the heart-shaped pillar is rare, and is usually found in important buildings or burial estates in the Jerusalem area, such as the burial estate of the clerical family of Benei Hazir in the Kidron valley and several tombs in the Sanhedriah neighborhood.The Dome of the Rock (Qubbet el-Sakhra) is one of the greatest of Islamic monuments. It was built by Abd el-Malik. Jerusalem, IsraelWhile the excavation is ongoing, it has been revealed that there is possibly a larger village south of the excavation site. With the small part excavated so far, Israel National News reported that it seemed the village was agricultural, and among other things produced olive oil and wine, while doves were also reared. Doves were important as people consumed their meat and eggs, and also used them for sacrificial offerings at the temple.The droppings from the doves were utilized as manure for agricultural purposes. Columbarium caves, designated installations used for rearing the doves, were a regular sight in the Jerusalem area.Read another story from us: Switzerland’s Smallest Mountain Village is to be Converted to a HotelAccording to the Biblical Archaeology Society, Jerusalem is thought to have expanded from about 5,000 residents who lived around the City of David to 25,000 residents during the Hasmonean period, which led to increased agricultural activities in the city.last_img read more

Microsoft to Give Away Windows 10 as Free Upgrade

first_img Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world’s largest software company tries to hold onto customers in the new mobile era that has largely bypassed it.The announcement by Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems group, is a marked change for Microsoft, which has charged for new versions of Windows, one of its main profit drivers.Windows 10, expected on the market this autumn, will be available for one year as a free upgrade to users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Myerson said.The shift shows Microsoft is moving toward a frequently updated, subscription model for its flagship operating system, rather than major, paid-for upgrades every few years.It is also recognition that in the last decade Windows, featured on roughly 15 percent of computing devices including phones and tablets, has become largely irrelevant for many consumers. Microsoft hopes that by making the software free, it will attract the more than 1 billion personal computer users of Windows to run Windows on other devices.The new approach, which Myerson called “Windows as a service” takes a similar approach to Apple Inc and Google Inc, which regularly update their software systems free for customers.At an event to show off some upcoming features in Windows 10, Microsoft also unveiled its Cortana voice-activated search function for the PC desktop, which has only been available on mobile devices.(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters January 21, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

Top 5 Slideshow Software Whats the Best Choice

first_imgWow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementSmartSHOW 3DNCH PhotoStageMagix PhotostoryCyberLink MediaShowPicturesToExe EssentialsLet’s take a closer look at each of them!SmartSHOW 3DFirst, we tried out SmartSHOW 3D. It turned out to be very intuitive slideshow software that even newbies will be able to get a handle on it. The program supports Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, and XP. The prices for the full version start from $39.90.SmartSHOW 3D lets you make a slideshow from scratch or you can pick a ready-made template from the ‘Slideshow in 5 Minutes’ section. There are dozens of themes for any occasion to pick from: wedding, travel, kids, family, birthday, christmas, etc. All you need to do is drop in your photos, music and click the Create button. Then just enjoy watching your freshly-made slideshow. Sounds easy, right? When the base for your slideshow is ready, you can tweak it as you like. SmartSHOW 3D comes with 100+ professionally designed templates and animation effects to play with. Make your photos swirl and dance, throw in some rain drops or falling leaves, create stunning collages – all these creative possibilities are at your fingertips. What we found even more interesting is the ability to mix video clips with stills. That will certainly break the monotonous flow of your slideshow. With this slideshow program, you can also get your hands on 350+ transitions & animation effects. Now we can forget about simple fades and make photos appear and disappear in different ways like flipping, jumping out, rotating in, rolling like a page and others.Music that accompanies the video is also important. SmartSHOW 3D has a collection of 200+ royalty-free tracks that you can use together with your voice comments. If you are addicted to photography and need something fancy for your showcases, here is the feature you might like: 3D animations of photos, videos and text. This makes a common slideshow a true piece of art. SmartSHOW 3D offers you 30+ popular video formats to choose from. You can create HD videos, slideshows for TV and Internet, or even burn them to DVD.If you are thinking about trying out the software, you can download the free trial on the official website and see how SmartSHOW 3D works for you. Pros:Easy-to-use software, with a large base of step-by-step tutorials and teaching videosLots of ready-made templates and realistic effectsAbility to add video clips and create video collages3D animations for almost any slide element like text, pics or vidsCons:Learning to make custom animations may be hard at firstClipart gallery is rather smallNCH PhotoStageThis one is probably one of the easiest picture slideshow software to use since PhotoStage has a very simple interface. We have found all the basic tools for slideshow creation under its hood, so we can really recommend this program for people who just want a simple presentation without distracting effects. It works on Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, and XP. PhotoStage also runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or above. The prices start from $34.99.For complete beginners, the software offers a basic wizard that will help them make their first slideshows. Simple looks may be deceiving, though. PhotoStage allows you to add and edit video clips, so you won’t need additional video editing software. You can also forget about image editors: here, it’s possible to adjust brightness, hue and contrast, rotate or flip pictures. What about transitions or effects? PhotoStage can offer you some simple effects like pan and zoom, totally customizable. There are about 130 transitions, including  classic “fades”.What makes this slideshow program unique is powerful MixPad Audio File Mixer. It lets you blend several music tracks into one. So, why not add a personal touch with a custom song mix? You can add not only music tracks but also record narrations – this will help you dwell on additional details that your viewers can miss. How to share your slideshow made with PhotoStage? There are many popular ways like burning your creations to DVD, uploading the video to YouTube or Facebook, or taking the file to your external drive.Pros: Low learning curve even for complete beginnersSupports full HD exportThemes and designs for simple presentationsAllows to mix several audio tracksCons: Few tools for pros like custom animations, 3D or realistic effectsYou need to purchase technical supportMagix PhotostoryIf PhotoStage is for beginners, then Magix Photostory is professional slideshow software. It has a very extensive toolkit and can handle any number of images, including 360-degree and panorama photos. However, that doesn’t make this program hard to master. Photostory supports Windows  10, 8.1, 7, 64 bits only. The prices start from $49.99.Photostory has a built-in slideshow wizard that allows you to create a video in just three steps: add photos, drop in music with effects and finally share your work with others. It also has the Effects Manager tool to quickly choose and apply effects to your images. Overall, the software offers 1500+ effects, pieces of music and sounds, with 20+ premade styles for enhancing your images. With Photostory, you will be able to apply effects to an image or groups of images to speed up the process. If you are a fan of music and like mixing stuff, then it’s your best choice since it’s possible to use 64 tracks per project. You can group and ungroup them for simpler editing. Photostory lets you export your slideshow in different ways, including popular video formats such as AVI and MP4. What’s more interesting, this software supports Full HD and 4K export. If you want to gift a slideshow to your friends or family, you can burn it to DVD or Blu-ray. Fan of social media? Upload your creations to Facebook and YouTube then. Pros: Pro-level toolsLots of effects and animations Can record voice narrationsLets you use 64 tracks per projectCons: Figuring out all the features will take some timeIf you want additional effects, you need to download or even purchase themCyberLink MediaShowMediaShow is great for people who need to organize photos before making videos. It has a tag system that help you categorize your pictures and videos for more convenient editing. For example, there is a calendar view sorting your content by the date it was shot. MediaShow runs on Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista and XP (Service Pack 2). The prices for the full version start from $49.94.What’s worth mentioning here? MediaShow supports 3D photos and videos recorded in the MPO format that most 3D cameras use. What’s more, you can convert your 2D photos to 3D and give them a completely new life. Later you can produce a 3D movie or burn it to 3D DVD.MediaShow can also recognize faces in photos for better effects application and tagging. It allows you to find a certain person on all images with that tag. While other software offer simple brightness adjustment, MediaShow lets you remove red eyes and straighten your photos. It also has some filters for videos, like de-noising, stabilizing and color correction. Pros: Monitor Dropbox or other services for photo updatesExport for mobile devices and burning to AVCHDEdit and produce 3D moviesSmart tag systemCons: No voice recordingThe design is not very convenientPicturesToExe EssentialsPicturesToExe is another simple and easy-to-use video slideshow software. We think it’ll be perfect for people who don’t want to add extra effects and graphics to their videos. PicturesToExe works on Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista. The price for the Essentials version is $69.The interface is uncluttered and easy to navigate, with a good step-by-step slideshow wizard. This program has 50+ transitions, including 3D types. Although it’s not much, they look professional and don’t distract the viewer. You can control the slide duration and add video clips together with text captions. Unlike in MediaShow, here you can record voice narrations and manage several audio tracks at once. What’s more, the program is able to synchronize audio clips with slides automatically. PicturesToExe allows you to make animations using keyframes. It’s a rather popular way of creating animations. However this software can make hierarchical animations, that means you can easily find “parent” and “child”. This helps navigation too. With PicturesToExe, you have the option to share your works on YouTube directly. You can also burn your slideshow a DVD and create interactive CDs. The software will help setting up the menu, music and background. When in doubt, you will find many tutorials and articles available on the PicturesToExe website. If you have any questions, a user guide is also available together with the software.Pros:120+ animated templates/stylesUnlimited audio tracksCan create screensavers and 4K videoMake executable slideshowsCons:No clipart and illustration collectionsNo start-up wizardConclusion – What slideshow software to choose?That’s it! We have presented you 5 most popular slideshow makers. Each of them is different and has its own pros and cons. Look through them once more before making your final choice. If you look for an easy-to-use slideshow maker, then choose between PicturesToExe and PhotoStage. Want something for advanced users? Go with MediaShow that allows you to work with 3D movies. Need something in the golden middle? Then try SmartSHOW 3D. Anyway,  we hope you will find the one that suits your goals and tastes, and definitely make a gorgeous slideshow! ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Close   ( Pexels ) Have lots of photos but don’t know what to do with them? They clutter up the space on your hard drives or shelves, and still you don’t want to just get rid of them since they are important. There is a way to bring your dusty piles of photos back to life – make a gorgeous slideshow! All you need is good photo slideshow software. However, what does “good” mean? How to find a program that will be powerful enough but still easy to use? In this guide, we offer you a top-tier list where you will certainly find something to your taste. Here’s our list:last_img read more