NCP leader Praful Patel appears before ED in aviation scam PMLA probe

first_imgNew Delhi: Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel Monday appeared before the ED in connection with a money laundering probe related to losses suffered by Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore aviation scam, officials said. Patel appeared before the agency around 10:30 am here, they said. His statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and he is expected to face a series of questions. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The case emerges from a criminal complaint registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines that purportedly led to losses for Air India, the national aviation carrier. Patel, 62, has also been named in a recent charge sheet filed by the federal agency before a court as a person known to alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar, arrested by the ED sometime back. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who was in-charge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011, has not been mentioned as an accused in the case. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Sources had told PTI that the ED had already questioned a number of people in the senior management of the state-owned airline and the aviation ministry. Patel, a Rajya Sabha MP, was expected to be quizzed about the statements and revelations made by Talwar, officials said. The ED charge sheet in the case named Talwar and claimed he was in regular touch with Patel. It has alleged that Talwar finalised various communications addressed to Patel on behalf of Emirates and Air Arabia. Talwar obtained undue favours for the private airlines using his contacts, according to the charge sheet. The agency has also alleged that Talwar was engaged in lobbying with politicians, ministers, public servants and officials in the civil aviation ministry for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways in order to secure undue benefits to these airlines. “He (Talwar) illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of the national carrier Air India,” the ED has claimed. It has also been alleged that in lieu of securing favourable traffic rights, these airlines made payments to the tune of Rs 272 crore to Talwar during 2008-09. “He created a web of his own entities and used the companies of his son, Aditya Talwar, in India and international offshore havens to launder Rs 272 crore received from foreign airlines. “Part of these payments were made to a bank account in the Bank of Singapore, belonging to a company called Asiafield Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands and beneficially owned by Deepak Talwar,” the agency has said in the charge sheet. Talwar was arrested by the ED early this year after he was deported from Dubai.last_img read more

Varun Dhawan gets hilariously trolled by Arjun Kapoor

first_imgMumbai: Actor Arjun Kapoor trolled his friend and actor Varun Dhawan on a photograph taken at the wrap-up bash of “Street Dancer 3D”. In the image shared on Instagram, Varun is seen posing with co-stars Shraddha Kapoor and Nora Fatehi. He captioned it: “Coming to you January 24. Bye-bye”. Nora replied on the post, saying: “We look like snacks”. The “Main Tera Hero” actor asked Nora if she is doing people’s eyebrow to which Arjun wrote: “Nora Fatehi he’s definitely done his eyebrows.” “Street Dancer 3D” is helmed by Remo D’Souza and will hit the theatres in January 2020.last_img read more

Manitoba outlines ads rules for civil servants as legal pot looms

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government was still scrambling Wednesday to prepare for the federal legalization of recreational cannabis next week.Public service announcements were launched, a drug-testing policy for civil servants was revamped, and police forces were still working to get their hands on oral screening machines to test drivers for cannabis.“Due to delays by the federal government and the processing time for delivery of the devices, police in Manitoba will unfortunately not have the oral fluid screening devices in place by Oct. 17,” Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said.Some 21 devices should be in use by the end of the fiscal year in March, Cullen said. Police for now will continue to rely largely on other impairment tests, such as physical co-ordination.The province also reworked its impairment policy for government employees. The new rules say that workers “must not smell of alcohol or cannabis” while on duty and can be sent home if their superiors suspect they might be impaired.“Employees must also be presentable — i.e. must not smell of alcohol or cannabis — and must conduct themselves in a manner that upholds public trust and is consistent with established ethical standards,” the policy states.The province is not instituting a mandatory government-wide minimum period before work in which employees must abstain from using cannabis, but said some departments might adopt their own.“There is no broadly instituted dry period, but certain workplaces may require such restrictions based on the nature of certain positions,” Finance Minister Scott Fielding said in a written statement.Health Minister Cameron Friesen said the province was launching a blitz of public service announcements on social media, posters and in mailouts. The ads warn of the potential harmful health effects of cannabis, especially on young people. They also highlight penalties people will face for breaking restrictions on public consumption.One ad — a short video with a mournful piano sound and sombre voice — warns that cannabis can be addictive, lead to depression and affects brain development.Opposition Leader Wab Kinew said the ads are over-the-top and were already being met with laughter from the young audience being targeted on social media.“People are making fun of these ads, so I think the government needs to come up with a better campaign that’s not going to be the subject of ridicule,” Kinew said.last_img read more

IT CHAPTER TWO BOASTS RARE ASSORTMENT OF PROMO PARTNERS FOR HORROR EVENT

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Typically, when it comes to raising the profile on a major studio horror film, studios will rest on the standard online trailer, or some sort of social media stunt. However, Warner Bros. has amassed around 35 global promotional partners for New Line’s Sept. 6 tentpole It: Chapter Two, which is arguably unprecedented for an R-rated horror pic.Gene Garlock, EVP of Warner Bros. Worldwide Promotional Partnerships and Alliances, stated, “The fact that we were able to attract such an impressive group of partners speaks to the event status of the film franchise, and further highlights how these films have become iconic, must-see experiences on the big screen. Following the huge success of It, the brands joining us were eager to be aligned with such a powerhouse property.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi HC extends stay on order letting private schools hike fee

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Monday extended, till April 30, its interim stay on a single judge bench’s order allowing city’s private unaided schools to hike their fees for implementing recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees.A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta said that their interim order on a stay will continue and listed the matter for further hearing on April 30. Hearing the Delhi government’s plea seeking quashing of single judge bench’s order setting aside the government’s April 13, 2018 circular, the court had on last Wednesday had stayed, till April 8, the single judge bench’s order. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi government, by the April 13, 2018 circular, had restrained private unaided schools which were on government land from hiking tuition amounts without the approval of the Directorate of Education, but the single judge bench allowed the plea of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools challenging it. Meanwhile, the Action Committee – Unaided Recognised Private Schools told the court that the decision of hike in fees was taken not only to improve the pay scale of its teachers but to improve the infrastructure of the schools. Welcoming the court order, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said: “Congratulations to parents of children studying in private schools. We will not allow arbitrary fees hike by private schools.”last_img read more

Top US official to push Sri Lanka on transitional justice and accountability

Ambassador Wells will reiterate the strong U.S. commitment to US partnerships with Sri Lanka and Maldives and our shared interests in a prosperous and open Indo-Pacific region, the US State Department said. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells is to urge Sri Lanka to continue progress on constitutional reform, human rights, reconciliation, and transitional justice and accountability.Wells will travel to Malé, Maldives and Colombo, Sri Lanka from October 9-11. In Malé, Ambassador Wells will meet with current Maldivian government officials, the President-Elect, and civil society leaders. She will offer congratulations on the country’s successful national elections and convey U.S. interest in expanding bilateral cooperation.In Colombo, she will meet with Sri Lankan officials and will emphasize on the importance of the U.S.-Sri Lanka relationship to shared Indo-Pacific goals, with the growing bilateral defense relationship as an area of particular promise. She will also urge continued progress on constitutional reform, human rights, reconciliation, and transitional justice and accountability. (Colombo Gazette) read more

2015 year of fear for children UN education envoy says urging schools

“This is not the year of the child but the year of fear, with 2015 already the worst year since 1945 for children being displaced, the worst year for children becoming refugees, the worst year for children seeing their schools attacked,” said Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, “with rising numbers of girls and boys at risk from conflict in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Burundi, South Soudan, northern Nigerian and from natural disasters in Nepal.”He outlined illustrative statistics, including the fact that over half of the world’s record 38 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are children, and that a similar portion of the world’s 16.7 million refugees are children. In addition, he said over 825,000 children are trafficked each year, with 8.6 million in slavery, an estimated five million girls married off before the age of 15 last year, and about 168 million child labourers, 85 million of whom were engaged in hazardous work.“We expect the figure to rise as in crisis zone after crisis zone even school age children who were once at school are being forced into child labour,” he said. “Today in some of the world’s most troubled spots it is open season for traffickers, with girls snatched from the streets in Nepal to adolescents forced into marriage in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.”Mr. Brown said children were the biggest victims of disasters, crises and conflicts and looked ahead to an upcoming visit to Jordan and Lebanon where he expected to see the worsening plight of Syrian refugees.Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News CentreHe also noted a litany of horrific situations faced by children in other parts of the world, including in South Sudan, where children were conscripted as soldiers, and in Nepal, where girls, already made homeless by the earthquake, found themselves at risk of traffickers.“This week, Nepalese State radio messages are confirming what we already know,” said the envoy. “In the midst of the fall-out from the earthquake, the Government is directly warning half a million girls – now on the streets – and their parents, to beware of suspicious gangs trying to recruit them and traffic them out of the country.”He stressed that the best answer was education, restoring hope to those in dreadful situations.“Not only does school offer opportunity and safety,” he said. “It restores hope that as children they can plan for a better future.”He called on aid agencies and development partners to agree to a Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies which he said could be launched later this year at the UN General Assembly, and which was designed to remove delays and prevarication when disasters strike.“There will be the ability to act immediately and – as we would have wanted to see in Nepal, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan – without having to wait months while we hand round a begging bowl,” he said. He pointed to a “bold plan” proposed by the UN alongside the Lebanese Government and international partners to get 500,000 Syrian children back into school through providing double shifts at a cost of just $500 per child. “The evidence shows that when girls are at school, child marriage and child abuse are dramatically reduced,” he said. “Sadly, only one per cent of the humanitarian budget goes to schooling.” read more

Armistice Day Prince Harry lays wreath to remember the nations war dead

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. England and Scotland footballers are expected to risk breaking Fifa rules forbidding “political statements” when they wear poppy armbands at their World Cup qualifying match at Wembley later. People gathered at war memorials and in schools, offices and other public places across the UK to pause for two minutes to commemorate the moment the guns fell silent for peace at the end of World War One, on 11 November 1918.Prince Harry read Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier, written at the beginning of the war, as part of the service at the National Memorial Arboretum. Prince Harry attending a Service of Remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in StaffordshireCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire 11:44AMHarry reads war poem 10:31AMFans urged to respect Armistice Day Prince Harry attending a Service of Remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire After paying his respects, he read aloud a poem, The Soldier, by the First World War poet Rupert Brooke.Harry served for 10 years in the Army, and was twice deployed to Afghanistan. Prince Harry, 32, attended a Remembrance Service at the Armed Forces Memorial alongside veterans and representatives of the Army, Royal Navy, and RAF. Football fans have been asked to respect Armistice Day events as thousands descend on the capital for the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier.About 14,000 Tartan Army supporters are expected to flock to London for the sell-out game at the 90,000-capacity Wembley stadium which kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday.A Met Police spokesman said: “We are aware that in the past Scottish supporters have congregated in Trafalgar Square.”Given the match falls on November 11, we have also been liaising with the Royal British Legion, who will be hosting their ‘Silence in the Square’ event in Trafalgar Square to mark Armistice Day.”Scotland Yard said it would use the football unit Twitter account (@MPSFootballUnit) to liaise with fans through the day.Virgin trains advised supporters to book ahead and arrive early, with hundreds of additional seats added on services between Glasgow and London.Trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow are expected to be at their busiest on Friday morning, as will return services on Saturday from Euston and King’s Cross stations.Superintendent Alex Carson, who is co-ordinating the British Transport Police (BTP) operation, said: “We want fans to enjoy themselves and for everyone to have a safe and peaceful journey, but we will have a highly visible policing presence to ensure any anti-social behaviour or crime is swiftly nipped in the bud.” Prince Harry led the nation in remembrance on Friday as he laid a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum.It followed a two-minute silence observed across the UK for Armistice Day.Silence fell at 11am to remember servicemen and women killed in battle.last_img read more

The PlayStation Showcase Was a Solid if Predictable Event

first_imgThis year’s showcase treated us to actual gameplay from Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Spidey beats up bad guys in style and always manages to end every action with a cool superhero pose. The game seems to have a mix of real-time action and quick time cutscenes. Quick time events are frowned upon by some gamers, but when the mechanic is done correctly (as it seems to be here), it can greatly enhance action sequences. The trailer ends with a glimpse of Miles Morales, who may or may not be a playable Ultimate Spider-Man in this game.Uncharted: The Lost LegacySony kicked off the show with the upcoming Uncharted DLC, The Lost Legacy. Truth be told, the trailer doesn’t show much that hasn’t been seen in terms of what the game is about. That doesn’t make it any less fun, however. Players will get to try this game out fairly soon since it is coming out on August 22.Detroit: Become HumanWe haven’t heard much about Quantic Dreams’ latest offering for some time, so it was nice to finally see new footage. The vague “2018” release date on this game is particularly frustrating given how great it is shaping up to be. This has the makings of being another Quantic Dream hit. The 2016 PlayStation Showcase is arguably one of the best E3 conferences in recent memory. From the debut of games like Days Gone, Resident Evil 7, God of War, Detroit, and Death Stranding, last year’s show was pretty ridiculous. There was no way that this year’s event was going to top it. While this showcase didn’t deliver any megaton announcements, it had enough to keep PlayStation fans happy.In many ways, Sony’s 2017 E3 event was a remastered edition of the 2016 show. We got to see many of the same titles from last year, only much further into development. Not a lot of time was spent on PlayStation VR, but the device will have a number of new titles coming out for it soon. Games like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Destiny 2, and Call of Duty: WWII have solid release dates, whereas God of War, Detroit, and Spider-Man are set to release sometime in 2018.Below are some of the PlayStation Showcase’s biggest highlights.God of War Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but I was legitimately surprised to find out Bluepoint Games was making a remastered version of Shadow of the Colossus for PS4. The company has a solid track record with remasters (God of War Collection, Metal Gear Solid HD, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, and even the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection for PS3). It’s unclear how this remaster will differ from the previous one, but if the trailer is anything to go by, this may actually be some sort of remake. Whatever the case may be, a remaster/remake of Shadow of the Colossus is news worth celebrating.Monster Hunter: WorldThe Monster Hunter franchise comes home to PlayStation with a proper current-gen installment. Since the series has mostly been relegated to handhelds, it has always looked and controlled poorly. Now that it is on PS4, the franchise can truly live up to its potential. We don’t have a lot of concrete information about Monster Hunter: World at this time, but I’m sure Capcom will fill us in soon.Spider-Man Stay on targetcenter_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay The latest God of War footage is very much in line with what was shown last year. A bearded Kratos teaches his son about survival while battling all sorts of crazy monsters. Kratos no longer wields the signature Chains of Olympus and now uses an axe and shield. The standout moment of the trailer was when the World Serpent emerges from the sea — not to fight Kratos — but to aid him. The game is set to release in “early” 2018. If the release date follows the pattern of previous games in the series, expect it to be sometime in March.Shadow of the Colossuslast_img read more

Alexa talks to you through a disembodied robot head at CES 2019

first_img Post a comment Nothing like listening to Alexa speak to you through the mouth of a purple-eyed robot head! Rich Peterson/CNET At CES 2019, there were a lot of robots waiting to chat to you, but Alena was probably the most haunting and terrifying. Designed by Oregon startup Robomodix, Alena is a robot designed to create a more human interface between you and your smart speaker. The robotic bust has six digital motors inside that move its head, eyes and mouth with a malleable silicon face stretched over the top. (It’s apparently the same silicon you’d find in a kitchen potholder, which I guess is reassuring? Maybe?) The robot takes input from your Echo speaker and, based on the frequency of the audio, moves Alena’s mouth to replicate speech. Ask your Alexa about the weather, or whether androids dream of electric sheep, and your answer comes out of the mouth of Alena.  Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Gadgets Share your voice Alexa can now speak to you through a robot head Part iRobot, part Princess-Mombi-head-in-a-cabinet, Alena the robot is uncanny. But it’s amazing how quickly you feel like you’re talking to something more human than just a speaker. Robomodix says the robot has applications as a companion device or as a “connection” robot to help teach those with difficulties understanding human facial expressions (such as people on the autism spectrum). The company also believes it could be a good stepping stone as we start to move toward things like driverless cars in the future — humans could be more accepting of an autonomous vehicle if there was a humanoid behind the wheel. Alena could well be your next Total Recall-style Johnny Cab in the very near future.It might be weird talking to a robot head, but is that any weirder than having a conversation with the speaker sitting in the corner of your room? CES Products Alexa Robots CES 2019 0 Tags 3:26last_img read more

Twenty bedded hospital with RS382 crores in Kadapa Deputy CM

first_imgKadapa: Deputy Chief Minister Amzadh Basha has laid foundation stone for the construction of a 20 bedded hospital cost at RS 3.82crores in 1.4 acres land in the premises of RTC Regional Manager office here on Saturday. Speaking the occasion he said that in this hospital 10 beds should be allocated for men, five for women, remaining five for emergency services. He said general medicine, Orthopedic, Asthma, General Surgeon divisions will be available in the hospital. The hospital is proposed to function by next year. Government Whip K.Srinivasulu said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is Keen on improving the living standards of all sections of people irrespective of cast and religion. ZP Chairman Guduru Ravi, DTC Basi Reddy, APSRTC ED Ravikumar, in charge RM Kishore and others were present.last_img read more

Indias SpiceJet is worlds top performing airline stock with 124 gain

first_imgSpicejetReutersIndia’s budget airline — Spicejet — has become the world’s best-performing aviation stock, with a record gain of 124 percent in 2017, Bloomberg on Monday said. The airline, which was forced to ground its entire fleet as it failed to pay $2.2 million in fuel bills two and a half years ago, is now ready with $26 billion in plane orders.SpiceJet recently placed orders with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for the purchase of up to 50 Q400 turboprop planes, valued at up to $1.7 billion. The Q400 turboprop aircraft can seat a total of 86 passengers.The budget airlines’ current fleet includes 35 Boeing 737s and 20 Bombardier Q400s in the 78-seat configuration. It has also committed to buying 40 new 737 MAX 10 planes from Boeing, a deal valued at $4.7 billion.SpiceJet, at the beginning of 2017, had also ordered 100 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, valued at $11 billion. A Spice jet flightReuters file”None of the analysts covering SpiceJet recommends selling the stock, according to Bloomberg data. HDFC Securities Ltd., the only firm recommending the equivalent of a hold rating, still predicts profitability will increase “sharply” on a stronger rupee and weak oil prices,” the news agency reported.Analysts credit the airlines’ impressive turnaround to the company’s co-founder and Chairman Ajay Singh, who employed various methods to bring the fleet back on track by injecting capital, cutting loss-making routes and aggressively adding capacity in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. The outlook for aviation stocks looks good “as long as oil prices are under control,” said Mahesh Patil, co-chief investment officer of Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co. “More people will prefer to travel by plane as ticket prices fall,” Patil added. Birla held a stake of about 1.2 percent in SpiceJet as of May 31, according to Bloomberg data.last_img read more

3 Days Of War Games Test Government Response To Serious Cyberattacks

first_imgBrian Naylor/NPRParticipants in Homeland Security’s cyberattack simulation work in a conference room at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.What would happen if an unfriendly nation tried to take down the power grid, or the air traffic control system, or blow up a chemical plant with a cyberattack?How would government agencies respond to such a threat?That kind of war-gaming has been playing out this week in a windowless conference room at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., in an exercise officials call “Cyber Storm VI.”The biannual drill, run by the Department of Homeland Security, involves more than 1,000 participants (or “players”) around the globe, including federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, and other government agencies.Jeanette Manfra, the assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS says the U.S. faces “increasingly severe and significant cyber incidents affecting the public and the private sector.” The Cyber Storm exercise, she says, provides “a safe opportunity to simulate discovery of and response to a large-scale, coordinated cyberattack.”She says no actual systems are attacked during the exercise, and most of the participants “play” from their normal work locations. She said players are not trying to solve technical issues relating to an attack, but rather to work on the steps they take to collaborate with each other.It’s not clear what the exact nature is of the threat the players are facing. Not wanting to publicly give the game away, Manfra would say only that the scenario this year involves critical manufacturing, transportation and IT and communications sectors.“The fundamental part of it is exercising a common thing that everybody depends upon,” Manfra says. Adding a threat to that particular component, she says, “would cause problems globally.”Amid findings that Russian hackers interfered in the 2016 elections and concerns about this year’s midterms, electoral systems are being tested as well, with some of the states taking part.And as Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers about breaches of personal data on his site, this year Cyber Storm also includes simulated news web pages and social media sites. Manfra says no news organizations are actually taking part in the exercise.Manfra says players will get “injects,” which she said might be in the form of an email, a phone call or a simulated post on social media or a simulated news article. The events will move the scenario forward and escalate to the point “where we are dealing with a significant national issue,” she says.The primary focus of the drill for DHS, which has been designated the lead federal agency dealing with cyberthreats, is “how well do we work with other organizations, with the private sector,” and with other federal and global agencies, Manfra says.The goal is to “push participants out of their comfort zone,” she says, and present them with a scenario that they feel they cannot respond to effectively unless they reach out to others.Those taking part in Cyber Storm are watched by controllers and evaluators, and the exercise will be followed by an initial debriefing after the event.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

The Freakishly Giant Armadillos who Lived Alongside Early Humans

first_imgIf you are looking forward to the digital and DVD release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindenwald, besides digging your nose into a copy of a Harry Potter book in the meantime, you can also look back at some of the amazing life that roamed the Earth thousands or millions of years ago. One such fantastic beast was the glyptodon, a huge mammal that resembles a modern-day armadillo — its size and weight aptly amplified. This creature carried a large shell on its back, while its animated and bony tail was powerful enough to smash bones to pieces.Glyptodon. Photo by Arent CC BY SA 3.0Like a plethora of other wondrous creations of nature which coexisted side by side with humans, the glyptodon too went extinct. Though, the human factor might be only one part of the story of why this giant is no longer among us.The first fossils of glyptodon were found during the 1830s in South America. While Darwin is credited with recording the first fossil evidence of one subfamily of the species, glyptodontines, the creature’s first mention in written account is ascribed to Uruguayan botanist and naturalist, Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga.Fossil of a Glyptodon (Schistopleuron), 19th centuryIn a letter published in Georges Cuvier’s Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles de quadrupèdes in 1812, Larrañaga writes that he was lucky enough to stumble upon a femur, eight inches wide and which weighed an astonishing seven pounds. The remnants also included a portion of the tail.When other fragments of the extinct animal emerged in the region between the Amazon and Argentina, scientists initially assumed all of them belonged to a huge ground sloth. But the presence of bony plates on the fossils dissuaded scientists the creature was a sloth. More efforts were required to determine what the mysterious creature was.Vintage engraving of a Glyptodon, a genus of large, armored mammals of the subfamily Glyptodontinae that lived during the Pleistocene epoch.The question was resolved by Richard Owen, an English palaeontologist and anatomist, described by The Telegraph as “the greatest scientist you’ve never heard of,” and who besides giving the names to vast numbers of newly discovered species at the time, was also a teacher for the children of Queen Victoria.Related Video: 3,500-yr-old Prehistoric Friezes Unearthed near Lima:The Latin name Owen chose — glyptodon — means “grooved tooth”.Similarly to the armadillo, the head and tail of glyptodon extend out of the shell, which alone reached up to five feet in length. The back of the creature was armored with countless tiny scutes (bony plates) that perfectly fit together. The pattern of the scutes varied from one individual to another.Richard Owen’s 1839 reconstruction of a Glyptodon skeleton; teeth at right.All of these features made the glyptodon comparable also to turtles. However, unlike turtles, glyptodons were unable to pull back their head inside the body. Their head was still very agile and a bony cap on top of the skull additionally reinforced the creature’s defense.Glyptodon specimens normally grew up to 10 feet in length and could weigh 2,000 pounds — roughly equivalent to the size of a small car, the likes of a Volkswagen Beetle.Glyptodon skeleton and shell, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Photo by Dellex CC BY SA 3.0Its tail was indeed its deadliest feature. Armed with more bony growth, with it, an angry glyptodon mother would easily deter an enemy trying to attack her little ones.Further research has revealed that glyptodons roamed around South America from roughly 5.3 million years to about 10,000 years ago, enough for some of the species to migrate to North America as well. In geological epochs, this time frame matches the Pliocene and the Pleistocene.Pleistocene of South America: Restoration of Glyptodon in South American environment, alongside Megatherium and Argentavis. Photo by DiBgd CC BY-SA 3.0Somewhere at the end of their existence, glyptodons lived alongside early humans. Or at least tried to. As herbivores, they posed little danger to humans. Given their weight they were also slow to move. As more evidence suggests, the glyptodon often fell prey to our distant relatives.In glyptodons, early humans saw an abundant source of both food and shelter. Although the creature had stunning defensive capabilities, it had one startling point of weakness — its underbelly. This was the most exposed part of its body and easily prone to receive wounds from spears or other sharp antique weaponry.Armour of Glyptodon, Hungarian Natural History MuseumLionhearted early humans would confront these giants of nature, outwitting them to expose their belly and then attack. While the animal gave meat, its huge shell was used for shelter. Perhaps for protecting from any kind of malevolent weather or as a refuge from predators.Sadly, hunting is believed to have led to the decline of glyptodon populations. Some scholars also speculate that climate circumstances may have also played part in the species’ decline.GlyptodonAlthough, intriguingly enough, even in harsh weather conditions when it was hard to find any food, the glyptodon would have coped with little sustenance. Something that other megafauna at the time would hardly cope with.The last of the species would have roamed the Americas shortly after the last Ice Age. About 10,000 years ago the creature went extinct and all we have now left is fossils.Read another story from us: Earliest Brewery in Britain Discovered – And it’s Very, Very OldPerhaps one day long after we are gone, and when new creatures evolve on Earth, the glyptodon will return, either in a form resembling a huge turtle or a huge armadillo — its distant miniature relative we see in nature today.last_img read more

Use a Password Manager to Make Your Accounts Are Secure

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Many people make mistakes when choosing passwords, and they will use the same password from site to site. To make everything safe, it is important to use a strong, unique password on each site you use. How do you make this easy? Use a password manager.According to a recent survey from uSamp, which was sponsored by the creators of RoboForm Password Manager, Siber Systems, the results show that people are aware of the scale of the issue of choosing a password. But more than half of those surveyed said they felt stress when it comes to passwords, and about 63 percent of people surveyed said they had either forgotten passwords or had a password compromised during their career.A password manager can solve this problem, however. This is a type of software that stores your login information for all of the websites you use, and then the program helps you to automatically log in every time you browse a particular website.Related: How an 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Helping People Create Safer PasswordsThis info is stored on a database, it is controlled with a master password, and it can be used at any time.You need to use a password manager.Most people have a number of online accounts, and each of them should have different passwords. However, trying to remember these passwords is hard, so it’s no wonder that most people use one password for all of their accounts. Fortunately, you can use a password manager and avoid all of this.A password manager will help a person create a password that is secure and safe and all of the passwords you choose for other sites are managed by a master password.This master password will allow you to gain access to all other sites by only using one password.When using a password manager, you will not have to reset any of your other passwords, and your online accounts will be more secure than they have ever been.What is using a password manager like?When first using a password manager, you will immediately notice that it will push a lot of your worries aside. There are a number of other things you will notice as well.The first time you visit a website, instead of putting your password in, you will open the password manager, and then enter the master password.The password manager will fill in the user name and log in information, which allows you to log into the website.Considerations before using a password manager on the webIn addition to the software that you can buy, there are also web-based password managers available, but before paying for one of them, you should be aware of the issues associated with them.All major web browsers have a password manager, but they cannot compete with retail password manager software. For example, they store the info on your personal computer, and it may not be encrypted, which means scammers can easily find it.The web-based managers cannot generate a password randomly, and you may not be able to sync from one platform to another.Related: 5 Apps That Never Forget Your Passwords and Require You to Remember Just OnePassword managers are easy to get started.If you are ready to begin with a password manager, the first thing you must do is set a master password.This password must be as strong as possible, as it will help you access everything else.You should change your password on every other site, ensuring they are strong, too.The best passwords have lowercase, capital letters and numbers.Don’t get lazy with passwords.Managing your online life is very important, especially when it comes to your online passwords. It is simple to use the same password for all of your accounts, but this practice also helps hackers to easily access these passwords.Heed this warning: Don’t reuse passwords!So what’s the big deal about reusing passwords? It could be quite damaging.If the password is leaked, a scammer will have access to all of your private information including name, password and email address, which means they can gain access to other websites.When one website is hacked and all the usernames and passwords are compromised, the hacker then plugs that same username and password into hundreds of critical accounts.A password that is leaked could also give a scammer access to accounts such as PayPal or online banks.Making your passwords secure and strongThere are many ways to make passwords strong and secure, but don’t take my word on it. Bill Carey, who is the vice president of marketing for RoboForm Password Manager, agrees with me. Use these tips for the best passwords.A password should have a minimum of eight characters in length.Have a mixture of numbers and letters that should not spell any other word.Make sure to set a different password for every account. This is especially important for an account that contains sensitive information, such as banking sites.Consider changing the password frequently to ensure security and safety.If you have weak passwords, you are going to be more susceptible to scams and hacking. Make sure to take the tips above to heart, and protect your online life.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read December 2, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Biman Bangladesh receives first directpurchased NextGen 737800

first_imgBoeing and Biman Bangladesh Airlines today celebrated the airline’s first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 as part of the country’s national airline’s fleet modernization plan.“We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737-800 which has earned a worldwide reputation for its reliability and operational efficiency,” said Kyle Haywood, Managing Director & CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines.“Biman Bangladesh is on target to expand and modernize its fleet as well as offer our passengers a superior onboard experience.”As part of the first phase of its fleet modernization plan, the Dhaka-based airline currently operates a total of six Boeing 777s and two Next-Generation 737-800s.With this delivery, Biman Bangladesh Airlines adds one additional 737-800 and has four 787 Dreamliners on order.Boeing is very proud of Biman Bangladesh’s confidence in our products and we are certain the 737-800 will support the airline’s fleet modernization and operational efficiency goals,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.“We look forward to continuing this partnership well into the future.” Fly Biman Bangladesh Source = Boeinglast_img read more

GSEs Address Shutdown Woes

first_img Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued an additional set of guidelines for lenders to help them assist borrowers, especially federal workers, whose income has been affected by the government shutdown. In a joint letter to lenders, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) said that with the shutdown extending for a longer than anticipated time, they were “concerned about the impact that continued income interruption may have on borrowers’ ability to meet their mortgage payment and other monthly obligations.”As a result, the GSEs in consultation with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) gave additional guidelines. They include imposing a minimum reserve requirement, which serves as a compensating factor to offset the risk associated with the interruption of income. “Additional flexibility is also now available with regard to the verbal verification of employment (VOE) and our paystub age requirements,” the letter said. “These temporary requirements apply to borrowers impacted by the shutdown and will automatically expire when the federal government resumes full operations.”The letter also issued additional guidance on liquid financial reserves as well as verification of employment and income for loan underwriters. While the liquid finance reserves guidance applies to loans other than those with high loan-to-value (LTV) refinances, the ones on employment and income verification apply to all impacted loans without regard to the application date.The guidelines in this letter are in addition to the ones that were issued by the GSEs on December 26 after the government shutdown first came into effect. In that letter, the GSEs had addressed potential challenges associated with selling policies, government verifications, selling loans requiring flood insurance, and conditions of loan purchase. The letter had also issued guidance on loan servicing policies.The government shutdown entered its 27th day on Thursday and has impacted 800,000 federal workers who are either working without pay or are on furlough.Read more about the impact of the government shutdown:Tackling the Effect of the ShutdownWhy the Shutdown Is Hurting EveryoneThe Shutdown’s Effect on Homebuyers in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Borrowers Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Lenders mortgage Shutdown 2019-01-17 Radhika Ojha Sharecenter_img January 17, 2019 1,187 Views GSEs Address Shutdown Woeslast_img read more

The island of Great Abaco one of fastest growing

first_imgThe island of Great Abaco, one of fastest growing and most exclusive destinations in The Bahamas, will soon be home to the luxury residential community Serenity Point, where a limited number of home sites have just been introduced.The 40-acre gated community will be distinguished by five miles of pristine white-sand coastline on Schooner Bay Beach and will include 24 beachfront and hilltop home sites, each with varying elevation and featuring stunning island views.Spearheaded by master real estate developer, Alexis Nihon II, president of Anco Lands LTD, the high-end development broke ground this summer. “This part of the Bahamas is on the edge of emerging as one of the world’s leading luxury destinations. Our goal is to capture the natural beauty of this spectacular island and create an exclusive environment that offers residents the ultimate retreat and investment for their families,” said Nihon.In recent years Abaco has experienced tremendous activity, making the area one of the most coveted destinations in the Caribbean. “The long-term value that Serenity Point offers property owners is outstanding. Serenity Point will perfectly complement the island’s incredible allure, gaining the notice of buyers not only from Toronto to Miami, but from London to Los Angeles, as well,” indicated Nihon.Easy access to the community will be facilitated by daily direct flights to and from the U.S. into The Abacos at two international airports, or, for those traveling by private plane, a modern FBO airport.Centered at the heart of Schooner Beach Bay, Serenity Point will offer its residents exclusive facilities, including a full-service private beach club with an infinity pool overlooking the majestic crystal blue ocean, tennis courts with dressing rooms on premise and an eco-conscious solar power golf cart for each home site. Owners will also enjoy personalized amenities with Serenity Point’s luxe concierge services including personal chefs, private yacht rentals, fishing charters, diving and island expeditions.Emphasizing the importance of eco-conservation, the community will feature low-maintenance landscaping, rainwater holding tanks and renewable energy sources.For a unique island lifestyle experience, Serenity Point will be conveniently located adjacent to Schooner Bay Village, an exciting new seaside village, currently under development, which will feature a world-class harbor, restaurants, inns, extensive storefront retail and shops, including a farmer’s market, with local produce and fresh seafood. For Serenity Point residents, this charming community is just a short walk down the beach or a short roll down the road by golf cart.With Serenity Point’s Builder’s Program, homeowners have the option to engage the services of the internationally renowned architects and interior designers at Chancey Design Partnership to create their ideal Bahamian home. The team of professionals will provide owners with a choice of complete schematic designs that perfectly align with the ambience of the community. Owners can tailor these designs to their needs, or they can start with a fresh palette to design their dream home. Homeowners may also select their own team for home building according to the community’s building guidelines.The Abacos are home to countless offshore cays, the third largest barrier reef in the world and 130 miles of emerald-blue, naturally sheltered waters. The area has become a world-famous destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, yachting and fishing. Also, with its bustling marina culture and excellent weather conditions, the region has been heralded by global media as the sailing capital of the world. On land, the destination plays host to three championship caliber golf courses that attract professional and serious amateur golfers year round, and a 20,000-acre natural preserve, with unique wildlife and world-renowned fresh water caves.Marsh Harbour, a few minutes from Serenity Point, is the third largest town in the Bahamas, and has all the subtle charm of a true Bahamian village. It is a lively marina, offering full services for yachts and sailing vessels of every description. Marsh Harbour offers fine dining, excellent shopping, medical facilities, and countless departure points for sea excursions to the various cays lining the coastline.www.serenitypoint.comlast_img read more

AnastasiadesHariri talk regional developments tripartite

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday spoke by phone with Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.CNA reported that conversation focused on regional developments and the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting with the participation of Greece and Lebanon.Anastasiades and Hariri also exchanged wishes for the New Year.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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