Kevin Hart to headline Quibi series Action Scene

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Kevin Hart is set to star in an action comedy series for upcoming streaming service Quibi. Titled “Action Scene”, the series is a collaboration between Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network and the streamer, reported Variety. It follows a fictionalized version of Hart on a quest to land the action movie role of a lifetime. “After being rejected for the role, Kevin randomly encounters a leading A-List action movie star which inadvertently sets off a chain of events, causing Kevin to fight his way through a series of over-the-top action sequences with the help of some of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes,” the official plotline read. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Hart, who is currently working on “Jumanji: The Next Level”, will also executive produce the series alongside Dave Becky. “I couldn’t be more excited to bring big action and even bigger laughs to a new audience through this partnership between Quibi and Laugh Out Loud,” he said. “Our teams are working together to create something truly unique and I can’t wait for viewers to see it all unfold,” he added. Jeff Clanagan, the actor’s business partner at Laugh Out Loud, will produce the project. Quibi, co-founded by Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman, is set to launch next year. The streaming service has already lined-up an impressive slate of projects in collaboration with celebs like Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Idris Elba, Chrissy Teigen, Lena Waithe, Don Cheadle, Tyra Banks and Lorne Michaels, among others.last_img read more

The Latest Saudi Arabia says it intercepted Houthi drones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):7 a.m.Saudi Arabia says its military intercepted five drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting the kingdom.Military spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said early Friday that the drones targeted Abha regional airport and Khamis Mushait.Al-Maliki in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said that the drone attack showed the Houthis were targeting civilian infrastructure in the kingdom.U.N. experts, the West and Gulf Arab nations say Iran arms the Houthis with weapons. Tehran denies that.The kingdom says a similar attack Wednesday on the Abha airport wounded 26 people.It is just the latest in a wave of rebel drone and missile attacks targeting the kingdom, which has been mired in a yearslong war in Yemen that has killed an estimated 60,000 people and pushed the Arab world’s poorest nation to the brink of famine.The development comes as tensions are rising in the Persian Gulf region.___6 a.m.The U.S. military’s Central Command has released a video is says shows Iranian forces removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the two ships suspected to have been attacked near the Strait of Hormuz.It released the black-and-white footage early Friday morning.Capt. Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said a Revolutionary Guard patrol ship removed the limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous.Iran has denied involvement in Thursday’s suspected attacks amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S.Urban said in a statement the attacks “are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.”He added: “The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.”The Associated Press read more

Syria in address to Arab League Ban underscores need for political solution

Mr. Ban, in a wide-ranging speech delivered by Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special representative of the UN and the League of Arab States to the 25th Ordinary session of the League, thanked those countries hosting more than 2.5 million refugees for bearing the heavy cost of the deteriorating humanitarian situation.The Secretary-General spelled out, “in Syria, the crisis is now in its fourth year. Syrians continue to endure appalling suffering, including gross violations of human rights. Hundreds of people are dying every day. Millions have been displaced.”Noting that the conflict has been “acutely felt” by neighbouring countries, Mr. Ban warned that the entire region was in danger of becoming embroiled and appealed to Arab League members – working with Russia, the United States and the UN – to re-energize “Geneva II”, as the most recent discussions between the Syrian Government and main opposition group are known.Two rounds of talks earlier this year, the first in January followed by a second round in February, saw both sides sticking to their positions and yielded only modest cooperation on a humanitarian issue related to aid access in the long-besieged Old City of Homs. The basis of the talks is full implementation of an action plan adopted in the so-called Geneva Communiqué of 2012, the first international conference on the conflict, which calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.“It is particularly essential that the regional actors are unified in encouraging all parties to return to the negotiating table,” Mr. Ban said.Highlighting Lebanon’s vulnerability, Mr. Ban welcomed the “unity of the international community” in supporting Lebanon’s security and stability – including the role of the League of Arab States and the International Support Group for Lebanon.”Mr. Ban highlighted Palestinian-Israeli relations as another main issue of concern, urging both sides to “make the necessary compromises” to achieve lasting and comprehensive peace.He noted that “Israeli settlement activities were a violation of international law, and pose a serious threat to a peaceful resolution of the conflict” and said the two-State solution must be salvaged by creating conditions for meaningful negotiations to resolve the core issues of conflict.Mr. Ban said Tunisia was “a clear example of the power of consensus-building, commitment to dialogue and willingness to reach compromises to advance the national interest,” lauding its Constitution of 26 January as “a major milestone for the country’s transition.” While acknowledging that Yemen still faces political, security and humanitarian challenges, he pointed to its National Dialogue Conference of 25 January to illustrate that genuine dialogue and compromise were the best ways to attain positive change. “The agreed vision to build a new federal and democratic Yemen is a hard-won achievement,” he said, promising “the United Nations will remain fully engaged with its partners to assist the people of Yemen to build a more secure, just and prosperous future for all.” Speaking to recent developments in Libya, Mr. Ban underscored the urgent need for Tripoli to firmly obligate itself to the democratic process and committed the United Nations to assist the Libyan authorities “to rebuild their State following more than four decades of authoritarian rule.”Turning to Egypt, Mr. Ban recognized the political turmoil and security challenges the country faces and condemned recent deadly terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of numerous security service personnel and civilians. “Durable democratic peace is critical for the people of Egypt and all of North Africa and the Middle East,” he asserted.Looking to Sub-Saharan Africa, the Secretary-General pointed out that Darfur also remains highly unstable – punctuating that recent fighting has displaced nearly 100,000 people from their homes. “It is essential that implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur is accelerated and that we intensify efforts to encourage the Government of Sudan to address the root causes of conflict and end it,” Mr. Ban maintained.The Secretary-General expressed his satisfaction of the collaboration between the UN and the Arab League in promoting development and peaceful conflict resolutions.“I count on your support in strengthening this cooperation, in particular in the areas of mediation and electoral support,” he concluded. read more

Education transforms lives says UN chief on firstever International Day

“Education transforms lives”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, recounting his personal story of teaching in “the slums of Lisbon” where he saw first-hand that “education is an engine for poverty eradication and a force for peace”.At the heart of the SDGs today, education serves as a basis for achieving the other goals, including reducing inequalities; improving health; achieving gender equality; fighting hate speech, xenophobia and intolerance; protecting the planet’s resources and nurturing global citizenship.Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility –UNESCO chief“Yet”, the UN chief flagged, “at least 262 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school, most of them girls.  Millions more who attend school are not mastering the basics”.Calling it “a violation of their human right to education” he stressed that the world could not afford a generation of youth who lack the necessary skills to compete in the 21st century economy, “nor can we afford to leave behind half of humanity”.“Let us prioritize education as a public good; support it with cooperation, partnerships and funding; and recognize that leaving no one behind starts with education” concluded the Secretary-General.For her part, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), called the Day an occasion to “reaffirm fundamental principles”.“Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility” she said, calling it “the most powerful force in our hands to ensure significant improvements in health, to stimulate economic growth, to unlock the potential and innovation we need to build more resilient and sustainable societies”. read more

Womens Volleyball Buckeyes kick off Big Ten play with a win

first_imgOhio State freshman outside hitter Vanja Bukilic, freshman outside hitter Adria Powell and sophomore setter Becca Mauer prepare for a volley in the match against Northwestern on Nov. 4, 2018 at St. John Arena. Ohio State lost to Northwestern in four sets. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State women’s volleyball has now matched its longest winning streak of 2018 with five straight victories after starting its season 3-5.Ohio State (8-5) started the Big Ten portion of its season with a strong four-set (25-19, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22) win against Maryland (8-5) on Wednesday. The Buckeyes provided a comprehensive performance against the Terrapins with offensive power coming from all three positions in the front row. Senior middle hitter Elle Sandbothe collected 14 kills, sophomore outside hitter Adria Powell had a season-best 12 kills and sophomore opposite side hitter Vanja Bukilic added nine kills to Ohio State’s 56 total match kills. These numbers come in spite of a strong defensive showing from Maryland’s front, which had 15 total match blocks.This performance easily bests the Terrapins’ 43 match kills, to which redshirt sophomore middle hitter Katie Meyers contributed 14. Junior outside hitter Erika Pritchard fell below her three kills per set average as she only provided eight total for the Terrapins on Wednesday.The Maryland offense was stifled by eight Buckeye blocks and a stout defensive performance led by this week’s Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week, libero Kylie Murr.Murr had 18 of Ohio State’s 54 match digs, which helped the Buckeyes bounce back after their second set loss. Murr’s 5.4 digs per set entering the match were a conference-best and No. 12 in the country.The first two sets proved slow for Ohio State, as it collected 13 and eight set kills respectively, but soon after Ohio State picked up its game, bringing in 18 and 17 set kills in the third and fourth sets.This is a positive first step for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten and provides some momentum moving into the team’s matchup at Michigan (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) Sunday. The game starts at 2 p.m.last_img read more

SIGMA delivering customised bolter miner solution to Polands JSW

first_imgSIGMA is to deliver to Poland’s coal mining group Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (JSW) an innovative system for cutting longwall faces and other areas in mines to be used for roadway excavation employing a specialist bolter miner. This is the outcome of many months of work on devising solutions to supplement the longwall face equipment with a bolter miner. A contract pertaining to this matter was signed in JSW’s registered office. Part of the “Independent Roof Bolt Support” project called for appointing a task force to design a set of comprehensive equipment solutions to ensure efficient ventilation, dust removal and efficient coal haulage. This set of new machinery will be part of the equipment in the bolter miner. It will enhance work productivity while ensuring top-notch mine crew safety.“We can boldly speak of making a breakthrough in the Polish mining sector. The project team has met this challenge by designing and customising a set of modern equipment to meet continuous operating and safety requirements outfitted with machinery to do cutting on mine faces and in other areas”, proudly states Daniel Ozon, President of the Management Board of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa.Implementing this new equipment in the mining sector is the outcome of many months of work done by the project team consisting of employees of a Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa mine, JSW Innowacje and SIGMA, which has extensive experience in designing mining equipment.“One major challenge faced during the course of the design work was to fit longwall face cutting equipment within the physical dimensions of the bolter miner and to design coal haulage to ensure that large quantities of winnings can be handled instanteously and for this operation to be conducted jointly with the bolter miner without any downtime. This goal stemmed from the necessity of exploiting the bolter miner’s work time as effectively as possible”, explains Jacek Srokowski, Vice-President of the Management Board of JSW Innowacje, the leader of the project team.This equipment contains a rolling belt conveyor with a bridge feeder designed in such a way so as to fit within the sliding range of the rolling belt conveyor’s structure. In addition, the structure of the rolling belt conveyor allows for the placement of a set of devices, forming in their entirety a compact unit of the coal haulage system.“SIGMA has always been an innovative company and we eagerly get involved in such innovative tasks. It was a prestigious endeavor to cooperate with Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa and participate in this project. For many years companies have spoken about independent roof bolt reinforcement systems but JSW is the only one to have made the decision to introduce them”, says Paweł Hajduk, President of the Management Board of SIGMA SA.The overall configuration of the equipment for cutting on longwall faces and in other areas coincides with the time for delivering the bolter miner. The bolter miner manufactured by Joy Global (Komatsu) was purchased in the latter half of last year. This new machine will be delivered to the Budryk mine in Ornotowice in June of this year. This is an effect the “Independent Roof Bolt Support” project implemented in Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa. This system is less expensive and will make it possible to excavate roadways more quickly. These systems are used in the most modern deep shaft mines in the US and Australia, among other places. JSW will be the first miner in the Polish mining industry to employ a roof bolt reinforcement system.last_img read more

How to Make a living in a dying industry

first_imgNAYSAYERS AND FORTUNE-tellers are not hard to find when it comes to predicting how industries will fare in the age of online commerce.Just a few years ago, many would not have given a healthy prognosis for travel agents.What was once a prerequisite for travel was becoming an also-ran as consumers dipped into a range of digital options to meet the demands that were once solved by bricks and mortar agents.Abbey Travel, one of Ireland’s better known agencies, was quick to see the writing on the wall.“We’re constantly aware of the threat posed by online, and have to be constantly ready to innovate”, according to manager of sports groups and events Ger Armstrong.How did they do so? On top of the usual package holidays, Abbey focused on one side of its business, and figured out how to leverage its comparative advantage there.Tours“Prior to the downturn, we would have concentrated on sports fans going to events abroad. But with the downturn, people have less money, and less of a chance to travel.”The bottom didn’t completely drop out of the sports tourism market – Abbey still flies around 5,000 Irish fans around the world every year, with the Euro qualifiers in Scotland set to be a big draw this year.Nonetheless, they had to adapt to changing consumer habits and budgets, so they expanded into new business areas.They used their connections from running fan-tours and began a specialist service looking after teams and other groups whose demands are too complex to solve with a laptop or a smartphone.“We now focus on groups that have to travel regardless” – groups like the Irish national soccer team, for which Abbey is now the official agent, handling all overseas travel as well as arrangements here for visiting teams.Abbey is also the official agent for Cricket Ireland, and one of the overseas agents for Wembley Stadium, as well as managing to land contracts with niche sporting organisations such as gymnastics Ireland.The agility to change quickly and think of their feet has allowed Abbey to grow during the recession, the travel agent says.“We had to diversify. We had to go with the change in the market. It would have been tough if we didn’t”, according to Abbey marketing manager Sheila Hendrick.Over the same time period, the travel agent has seen competitors that offered similar travel options to the premier league and other sports packages fall by the wayside.The company has been in the business for 26 years, and has seen a lot in that time – including a profound drop off in demand for trips to see Leeds United in recent years.Pat Dawson, chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association says that many of its members are familiar with the new reality that they must change or face closure.“Technology has become a huge factor within the Irish travel industry, to be able to compete with the international online giants, Irish travel agents have had to adapt and innovate.”He cited improved online services and ways of giving customers the ability to create custom holidays as two ways Travel Agents can remain relevant in the digital era.Read: What I learned – making a business work in the Wild West (of Ireland)>Read: What’s the most popular foreign destination for the Irish?>last_img read more

The Dankest Memes of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

first_img#BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 4, 2017 ***the_jorts_wearin_lad has signed on***— ☭xtremely left ryan☭ (@hupperts) March 4, 2017 One of the Nintendo Switch’s coolest hardware features is its dedicated share button. At the moment, pressing the button on the bottom of the left Joy-Con immediately takes a screenshot. The button will eventually capture video as well. This functionality is perfect for a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which constantly places players in the middle of gorgeous natural scenes worth sharing.It’s also the greatest tool since Miitomo for creating dank memes. After you take a screenshot you can then add text to it and share your creation on Twitter or Facebook. Naturally, citizens of the Internet Gutter have already found incredible, hilarious ways to show off their Zelda journeys with the world. These are the dankest memes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.#BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 6, 2017 Stay on target Korokin’ out. #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Ryan O’Donnell (@ryanodonnell) March 4, 2017 The Revenant (2015) #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 7, 2017 omg#BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsEG) March 5, 2017 #HORSEFACTS— kris graft (@krisgraft) March 6, 2017center_img #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 4, 2017 #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Ben Bennett (@FauxBen) March 4, 2017— John Kleckner (@Hejibits) March 5, 2017 #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 5, 2017 ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch— Chris Kohler?! (@kobunheat) March 4, 2017Bonus Dank Snipperclips Meme#Snipperclips #NintendoSwitch— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 4, 2017Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switchlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown Live Ratings Viewers up for July 17 WWE wins the

first_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApp WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterest WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Google+center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Live Ratings are in for July 17, 2018.This week’s episode from Wilkes-Barre drew an average of 2.29 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by is up from last week’s show that drew 2.18 million viewers. Like last week, WWE came in at No. 1 for the night on cable on Tuesday in the Top 50 following Extreme Rules.Demographic Ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown, headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy for the United States Title, averaged a 0.74 rating among adults 18-49. This is up from last week’s 0.68 rating. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Behind the scenes of Survivor Series in Los Angeles Cyber Monday WWE

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE has posted a video (above) giving a backstage look at the Survivor Series PPV last Sunday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.The video shows talent backstage preparing for their respective matches.Cyber Monday WWE savings is offering up to 75% off hundreds of items today for Cyber Monday.#CyberMonday Deals start NOW at #WWEShop! Up to 75% off hundreds of items. Save an EXTRA 25% off orders with code CYBER. Free US Standard Shipping on orders over $15. Positively powerful savings! #WWE— (@WWEShop) November 26, 2018 WhatsApp Google+center_img Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Tech leads US stocks broadly higher Boeing drops

first_imgA broadly rally led by technology companies drove U.S. stocks sharply higher Monday, giving the S&P 500 its biggest increase since late January.The latest gains also snapped a five-day losing streak for the benchmark index, which was coming off its worst weekly stumble this year.Nvidia was the S&P 500’s strongest performer after agreeing to buy chipmaker Mellanox. Apple benefited from an analyst upgrade. A sharp decline in Boeing stemmed the gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Investors drew encouragement from a report showing a slight increase in U.S. retail sales for January after a steep decline in December, and from new data showing a rebound in Chinese exports this month, said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager with Globalt Investments.“The data that’s coming in today is at the margin at least OK; there’s no negative news,” Martin said. “People want to be in the market. Rates are low. Stocks are OK.”The S&P 500 gained 40.23 points, or 1.5 percent, to 2,783.30. The Dow rose 200.64 points, or 0.8 percent, to 25,650.88. The average bounced back after declining 242 points as shares in Boeing slumped.last_img read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Beluga whale harvested near Dillingham Sunday evening

first_img(Avery Lill/KDLG)A beluga whale was harvested Sunday evening near Dillingham. It was the whole hunting party’s first time to take a beluga.Listen nowThe community showed up in force. Lines of cars brought people with their totes and trash bags. The successful hunters shared meat with everyone who came. It took about two hours to process the animal.It was the whole hunting party’s first time to take a beluga. The three were commercial fishing for silver salmon when they saw a pod of belugas.“We noticed one was nosing up to the beach and trying to get salmon, so we went up right to it and fired one shot, missed and got it with the next one,” Cade Woods said.In Little Diomede, more than 500 miles away, Rebecca Ozenna’s family celebrated the catch with a traditional dance.“Right after we landed the beluga, I called home,” Ozenna said. “I asked them to announce it so they could celebrate for us because usually when they land whales they have a really big Eskimo dance celebration and other people from different villages come in and Eskimo dance and celebrate and feast. I’m really happy they are celebrating for us.”In Bristol Bay, an average of 23 belugas are reported harvested each year. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the population of belugas in the bay is stable and that number is well within a sustainable harvest size.last_img read more

Prohibitory orders withdrawn schools colleges reopen in Jammu

first_imgJammu: Prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 were lifted in Jammu and curfew was relaxed in Doda and Kishtwar districts on Friday, paving the way for resumption of normal activities that were badly hit after special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, officials said. The situation in Kathua, Samba and Udhampur districts was largely normal and most of the educational institutions there reopened on Friday, they said. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Restrictions, however, continued to be in place in Poonch, Rajouri and Ramban districts, the officials said. The Jammu district administration on Friday withdrew prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 imposed on August 5 in view of the Centre’s move, according to an official order. According to the order issued by Jammu District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan, all schools, colleges and academic institutions may resume their functioning normally from August 10. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us District development Commissioner of Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said the curfew was relaxed for one hour in a phased manner in different parts of the town for the first time since its imposition on Monday. “Friday prayers passed off peacefully across the district. The curfew was first relaxed in areas falling under Kudleed, Wasar, Sangrambhata and Girinagar from 4 pm to 5 pm and then relaxed in Pachhal-A, Pochal-B, Hatta, Sarkoot and Bhagwan Mohalla areas from 6 pm to 7 pm,” Rana told PTI. Advertise With Us The situation remained peaceful, he said, adding the curfew will be relaxed in other parts of the town and its adjacent areas on Saturday. The officials said the curfew was also relaxed in Bhadarwah town and its adjoining areas in Doda district in a phased manner. While the curfew was relaxed in Takia Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Masjid Mohallah, Qilla Mohalla, Pasri, Green Colony, Chakka and Chinote for two hours from 4 pm to 6 pm, it was relaxed in for one hour from 6 pm to 7 pm in Seri Bazar, Ganpat Market, Jai Road, Chobia Link Road, Gatha and Udrana. The curfew-relaxed period passed off without any untoward incident, the officials said, adding some shops and business establishments opened after five days and people in large numbers thronged the markets to buy essentials. A police official said most of the educational institutions in Samba, Udhampur and Kathua districts resumed normal activities on Friday. The situation in Ramban, Poonch and Rajouri districts was also normal and people offered Friday prayers in a peaceful manner amid heavy deployment of forces to maintain peace, the officials said.last_img read more

INX case Chidambarams counsel seeks transcript of ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s counsel on Tuesday sought transcripts of the interrogation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on three dates in the INX Media money laundering case. The hearing is underway before an apex court bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna.Appearing for Chidambaram, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the agency cannot place documents in the court randomly and “behind the back” for seeking custody of the accused. On Monday, the court extended till Tuesday the protection from arrest given to Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the ED.last_img

Scientists show how to erase information without using energy

first_img In the study, physicists Joan Vaccaro from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and Stephen Barnett from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, have quantitatively described how information can be erased without any energy, and they also explain why the result is not as contentious as it first appears. Their paper is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.Traditionally, the process of erasing information requires a cost that is calculated in terms of energy – more specifically, heat dissipation. In 1961, Rolf Landauer argued that there was a minimum amount of energy required to erase one bit of information, i.e. to put a bit in the logical zero state. The energy required is positively related to the temperature of the system’s thermal reservoir, and can be thought of as the system’s thermodynamic entropy. As such, this entropy is considered to be a fundamental cost of erasing a bit of information.However, Vaccaro and Barnett have shown that an energy cost can be fully avoided by using a reservoir based on something other than energy, such as spin angular momentum. Subatomic particles have spin angular momentum, a quantity that, like energy, must be conserved. Basically, instead of heat being exchanged between a qubit and thermal reservoir, discrete quanta of angular momentum are exchanged between a qubit and spin reservoir. The scientists described how repeated logic operations between the qubit’s spin and a secondary spin in the zero state eventually result in both spins reaching the logical zero state. Most importantly, the scientists showed that the cost of erasing the qubit’s memory is given in terms of the quantity defining the logic states, which in this case is spin angular momentum and not energy.The scientists explained that experimentally realizing this scheme would be very difficult. Nevertheless, their results show that physical laws do not forbid information erasure with a zero energy cost, which is contrary to previous studies. The researchers noted that, in practice, it will be especially difficult to ensure the system’s energy degeneracy (that different spin states of the qubit and reservoir have the exact same energy level). But even if imperfect conditions cause some energy loss, there is no fundamental reason to assume that the cost will be as large as that predicted by Landauer’s formula. Explore further Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of More information: Joan A. Vaccaro and Stephen M. Barnett. “Information erasure without an energy cost.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. DOI:10.1098/rspa.2010.0577 The possibility of erasing information without using energy has implications for a variety of areas. One example is the paradox of Maxwell’s demon, which appears to offer a way of violating the second law of thermodynamics. By opening and closing a door to separate hot and cold molecules, the demon supposedly extracts work from the reservoir, converting all heat into useful mechanical energy. Bennett’s resolution of the paradox in 1982 argues that the demon’s memory has to be erased to complete the cycle, and the cost of erasure is at least as much as the liberated energy. However, Vaccaro and Barnett’s results suggest that the demon’s memory can be erased at no energy cost by using a different kind of reservoir, where the cost would be in terms of spin angular momentum. In this scheme, the demon can extract all the energy from a heat reservoir as useful energy at a cost of another resource.As the scientists explained, this result doesn’t contradict historical statements of the second law of thermodynamics, which are exclusively within the context of heat and thermal reservoirs and do not allow for a broader class of reservoirs. Moreover, even though the example with Maxwell’s demon suggests that mechanical work can be extracted at zero energy cost, this extraction is associated with an increase in the information-theoretic entropy of the overall system.“The maximization of entropy subject to a constraint need apply not only to heat reservoirs and the conservation of energy,” Vaccaro explained to results could also apply to hypothetical Carnot heat engines, which operate at maximum efficiency. If these engines use angular momentum reservoirs instead of thermal reservoirs, they could generate angular momentum effort instead of mechanical work. As for demonstrating the concept of erasing information at zero energy cost, the scientists said that it would take more research and time.“We are currently looking at an idea to perform information erasure in atomic and optical systems, but it needs much more development to see if it would actually work in practice,” Vaccaro said.She added that the result is of fundamental significance, and it’s not likely to have practical applications for memory devices.“We don’t see this as having a direct impact in terms of practical applications, because the current energy cost of information erasure is nowhere near Landauer’s theoretical bound,” she said. “It’s more a case of what it says about fundamental concepts. For example, Landauer said that information is physical because it takes energy to erase it. We are saying that the reason it is physical has a broader context than that.” 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 Citation: Scientists show how to erase information without using energy (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Could Maxwell’s Demon Exist in Nanoscale Systems? Maxwell’s demon can extract work from a single heat reservoir at a cost of spin angular momentum. In step (a), the demon has no memory and the gas in the heat reservoir is in thermal equilibrium. In step (b), the demon divides the reservoir in two, trapping the fastest moving molecules on the right side, and uses a heat engine operating between the two partitions to extract work. In step (c), the demon’s memory is erased using a spin reservoir and the two partitions are allowed to return to equilibrium. Image credit: Joan A. Vaccaro, et al. Fig. 1. ©2011 Royal Society. ( — Until now, scientists have thought that the process of erasing information requires energy. But a new study shows that, theoretically, information can be erased without using any energy at all. Instead, the cost of erasure can be paid in terms of another conserved quantity, such as spin angular momentum.last_img read more

Leo Messi Sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax evasion

first_imgWe’ve all been there. You miss a huge penalty kick in the final of a major soccer championship to lose the title for your country, retire from international soccer, and the next week you get sentenced to prison for tax evasion.That’s exactly what just happened to world football superhero Lionel Messi, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison and assessed a €2 million fine by a Spanish court for tax evasion, following his hugely disappointing Copa America choke job.Messi, who was accused of stashing money in “Panama Files” hideouts in Uruguay and Belize, can appeal the conviction. Most think it’s unlikely that Messi will seve any actual jail time, but it remains to be seen.Regardless of the outcome, it’s been a rough month for La Pulga.BREAKING: Lionel Messi given 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) July 6, 2016last_img read more

British Airways just got a little more British

first_imgBritish Airways just got a little more BritishBritish Airways just got a little more BritishBritish Airways is celebrating its centenary year in style with the launch of its own English Sparkling Wine.  Customers will be able to enjoy the bubbles from the award-winning Hattingley Valley from July 1 and raise a toast to the airline’s milestone birthday.British Airways’ team of wine experts worked with Hattingley Valley’s talented crew of wine makers to create a 2015 Blanc de Noir that will be exclusively available to customers from this summer.The wine is a Pinot Noir dominant blend that will work perfectly at altitude.  The grapes were hand-harvested and gently pressed, before being bottled at Hattingley Valley’s winery in Hampshire.Kelly Stevenson, British Airways’ Wine and Beverage Manager, said: “There’s no better, or more British way to toast our milestone year than with an English Sparkling Wine.  We’ve loved working with Hattingley Valley to create something really special for our First customers and this will be the first time we have ever served an English Sparkling Blanc de Noirs on board. This blend will excel at altitude as the notes of red apple skins and light red fruits really shine through.”The premium sparkling wine will be available exclusively in British Airways’ First cabin as well as the airline’s flagship lounge, The Concorde Room in Heathrow Terminal 5, from July 1. Get a very first taste of the new sparkling at the winery’s Mad Hattingley Tea Party pop-up at TASTE of London in Regents Park from June 19 to June 23.Emma Rice, Hattingley Valley’s Director, Head Winemaker and Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016, said: “English Sparkling Wine is now incredibly popular around the world so we’re thrilled to have partnered with British Airways to create an exceptional wine that can be enjoyed on the ground and in the air across their network.”Founded in 2008, family-owned Hattingley Valley specialises in making premium English Sparkling Wine with distinctively rich flavours. A hallmark of their style is fermenting a small proportion of each year’s wine in oak barrels, creating award-winning wines including the Classic Reserve, Rose and Blanc de Blancs.British Airways has released a series of centenary editions in partnership with British brands during its centenary. The airline has partnered with Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, who created a transatlantic IPA for customers and Fife-based distillers, InchDairnie have created a limited-edition whisky. British Airways has also teamed up with Marmite, who have created a centenary branded jar. As Marmite is the most confiscated brand at airport security, the travel-sized jar is conveniently sized to fit within the liquid allowance.The centenary editions come as British Airways is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, a new business class seat, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

Refinances Hit by Lower Mortgage Rates

first_img March 14, 2019 1,902 Views Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac HARP Refinance 2019-03-14 Seth Welborn Refinance volume in January 2019 was similar to the relatively low volume of December 2018, according to the latest FHFA Refinance Report for January 2019. According to the report, mortgage rates fell slightly in January: the average interest rate on a 30‐year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.46 percent from 4.64 percent in December.The report also measured refinances completed through HARP, a program open to borrowers who are current on their mortgage with loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Borrowers completed 438 refinances through HARP in January 2019, bringing total refinances from the inception of the program in 2009 to 3,494,833. HARP refinances made up one percent of the total refinance volume. In order to qualify for HARP, the current loan‐to‐value ratio must be 80 percent or higher, and in January, five percent of loans refinanced through HARP had a loan‐to‐value ratio greater than 125 percent. Additionally, borrowers with loan‐to‐value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 21 percent of the volume of HARP loans.The report also found that borrowers who refinanced through HARP had a lower delinquency rate compared to borrowers eligible for HARP who did not refinance through the program.According to the report, nine states and one territory made up 70 percent of the nation’s HARP refinances: Puerto Rico, Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, and Georgia. Puerto Rico holds the highest number of HARP refinances for the month, at 4,522. Illinois holds a higher than the national average number of HARP. According to the January 2019 report, HARP refinances represented 2 percent of total refinances in Illinois compared to 1 percent of total refinances nationwide over the same period. Additionally, underwater borrowers make up a large portion of HARP refinances. For example, as of January 2019, underwater borrowers represented 22 percent or more of HARP volume in Nevada and Florida.Find the complete Refinance report here. Sharecenter_img Refinances Hit by Lower Mortgage Rates in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicinglast_img read more

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