Police busted gambling den with the help of drama

first_imgNew Delhi: With the help of drama, the North Delhi Police busted a gambling den in Timarpur area. Police arrested nine persons and recovered more than 90,000 rupees.According to the investigators, on July 26, they went near the house of the accused persons in plainclothes. The other team was waiting nearby the spot. CCTV cameras were installed outside the accused’s house. “Few men were keeping a close eye on outside movements and if they found something fishy they alert the kingpin who flee from the other door. So we wore plain clothes,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We had identified the house, one of our police personnel was carrying a utensil and clothes soaked in petrol,” police said. The policeman droped the clothes near the main gate of the house. Later another policeman, on the pretext of smoking cigarette, droped burning matchstick on the cloth which caught fire. “We started shouting fire. All the accused who were sitting inside the house saw the TV screen connected with CCTV. Once they opened the door, all the police personnel went inside and caught the gamblers,” police said. A senior officer told Millennium Post that whole operation was completed in less than half an hour including 5-10 minutes of drama. “Around 6-7 police personnel were in plain clothes and the same number of police were deployed a few meters away from the house,” an officer said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDeputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that one Vivek is the kingpin of this racket. He had invited other accused persons by phone. “Nine accused persons were arrested and Rs. 94,100 as stake money, 20 sets of cards, two LEDs, two DVRs etc have been seized,” said DCP North. ACP Operations (North) Jitender Patel led the team with SI Devender from the cyber cell (North). Investigators further added that the accused had chosen an isolated place for gambling. “We had earlier conducted the recee. To reach the spot we crossed several small lanes,” added another investigator.last_img read more

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Holds Annual GET WILD Summer Benefit

first_imgThe Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Benefit.The event was hosted by Molly Channing at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden on Saturday, August 13, 2016 and honored Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin. Cindy Clifford was the evening’s emcee.Notable Attendees included: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Howard Lorber, Leslie Alexander, Liz Brown, Ginnie Frati, Jackie Rogers, Curtis Sliwa, Shelley Berkoski, Sylvia Channing, Molly Channing, Ingrid Arneberg, Will Marin, Frances Cole Jones, Cindy Clifford, Missy Hargraves and Jill Rappaport.Guests enjoyed live music along with cocktails and light fare. Moreover, for the first time, there was a VIP cocktail party to welcome the 2016 sponsors, which also featured live animals. An hour into the event, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Founder Ginnie Frati addressed guests with a short thank you speech for attending the event and for supporting the wildlife hospital’s cause. She extended a special thank you to Molly Channing of the Channing Daughters Vineyard for hosting the event in their beautiful sculpture garden. Also addressing the guests was Shelley Berkoski, Director of Development at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, who thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for making the event possible. She then awarded honorees Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin with an engraved plaque to commemorate their time dedicated to the wildlife hospital. Emcee Cindy Clifford shared the story of how she first got involved with the center as well as highlighting the important work that the center does for wildlife all over the East End of Long Island. She also reminded guests to bid in the evening’s silent auction, from which all proceeds went directly to the hospital. She ended the speech by thanking Beth Ostrosky Stern and Curtis Sliwa for attending the event and supporting their cause.A silent auction was held, on smartphones and iPads at the 501 Auctions website, before and during the event. Auction items included: Birds with Wisteria watercolor painting on silk by Ingrid Arneberg, Montauk photograph by Ann Weisman and the Wonder bronze figure with steel base by Gwen Marcus. Other notable auction items included paintings, photography and sculptures from: John A. Bell, Barbara Bilotta, Tim Cole, Vito DeVito, Dr. Robert Dressdale, April Gornik, Sylvia Hommert, Bill Kinney, Dianne Marxe, Barbara Maslen, Terry Nestle, Connie Oshrin, Christopher Paparo, Herb Simeone, Clarissa Payne Uvegi and Brian Wasarhaley. Additionally, once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, getaways such as a 1-night stay at classic Hamptons hotel the Southampton Inn, dinner reservations, sports memorabilia signed by sports icons Muhammad Ali, Pelé & Peyton Manning, beautiful designer jewelry from the likes of celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan, and exclusive tickets to events such as MvVO’s Accessible Art Fair were available for bidding. Goodie bags were also gifted at the event, including items such as a gift voucher from couture hair salon Angelo David Salon and flavorful snacks from Pop Chips.This year’s GET WILD Summer Benefit sponsors included: Leslie Alexander, Honorees Ingrid Arneberg & Will Marin, Douglas Elliman, LLC., Cygnet Foundation, Frances Jones & Keith Douglas, Howard Marton, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Ted Moudis Associates, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Pat Garrity & Corcoran, Robert& Jewel Morris, Dr. Roberta & Alexander Olson, Vivian Picheny, Katharine Rayner, Pierce Roberts & Jonathan Canno, Melissa Wells, Rosalie Brinton, Missy Hargraves, Hutchison LandscapeWith special thanks to: Andirondack Brewery, Channing Daughters Wine, Hamptons Magazine, Leslie Wine, Long Beard Brewing Company, Montauk Beverage Works and The Press News Group.last_img read more

Former top GOP on banking committee hired by Swiss bank UBS

NEW YORK — The former congressman who led Republican’s efforts to deregulate the banking industry after the financial crisis is starting a new job as an employee of Swiss bank UBS.Jeb Hensarling was a congressman from Dallas from 2003 to 2019. From 2013 to 2019 was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the committee that oversees the banking industry. He declined to run for re-election in 2018, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.While Hensarling was in Congress, he pushed aggressively to undo some of the rules and regulations put into place by Democrats after the financial crisis, notably the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.His new title at UBS is executive vice-president of the Americas region.The Associated Press read more

Increasing number of Yemenis fleeing embattled north UN agency reports

Those fleeing the violence, the latest round of which began in August, are seeking shelter in camps and with host families in the neighbouring southern provinces of Hajjah and Amran, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “This new displacement puts increasing pressure on UNHCR’s attempts to alleviate the suffering of the people in need,” spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.UNHCR estimates that 175,000 people have been affected by the conflict in Yemen since 2004, including those displaced by the latest crisis.Around 150 new families have been arriving daily at Al Mazrak camp in Hajjah province in recent days, compared with the 20 to 30 that were arriving daily in previous weeks. UNHCR warned that the camp has now exceeded its capacity with nearly 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living there. “The latest sudden influx is adding more pressure on an already dire situation, and overcrowding in the camp is becoming a major concern,” said Mr. Mahecic. “Three or four families now share a tent normally meant for one.”During a visit to Al Mazrak camp yesterday, the agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Janet Lim met a number of families who are concerned about the approaching winter, as well as about overcrowding.“We need to make life for IDPs in the camp as normal as possible, especially if they have to stay there for a longer time. There remains a lot to be done,” said Ms. Lim. UNHCR said it is ready to assist local authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in speeding up the construction of Al Mazrak II camp, which will be able to house up to 1,000 families and is expected to start receiving IDPs in the coming days.Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged all parties to ensure that children are protected from violence and that they receive the assistance they need.“During the past three months, children affected by the conflict in the north have seen all their basic rights violated,” Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement. “Lack of safe water, nutrition and hygiene is exerting a heavy toll on their health and well-being and threatening their very survival – a situation that will only get worse with the coming of winter,” she added. Ms. Kaag also noted that fighting has now spilled into Saudi Arabia, reportedly causing 240 villages to be evacuated and more than 50 schools to be closed. 13 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency reported today that an increasing number of civilians are fleeing embattled Sa’ada province in northern Yemen as the fighting between Government troops and Al Houthi rebels rages on. read more

UN moves to assume key role coordinating relief effort in Iraq

“We will do whatever we can to assist the Iraqi people in an independent and impartial manner,” Nejib Friji told reporters in Amman, Jordan. “We are trying to move back into Iraq as fast as we can, and several international staff have already been deployed.””But,” he added, “we can only work effectively once the occupying power can assure us that conditions are right for the return of our staff.”The spokesman also noted that beyond the humanitarian role, the UN could act only with a mandate from the Security Council, and called on that body’s 15 members to “heal their divisions and find common ground.” In particular, he stressed the need to reaffirm the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Iraq, as well as the right of the country’s people to freely determine their own system of government and political leadership, as well as to control their own natural resources.In addition, Mr. Friji emphasized the need to help the people of Iraq establish conditions for a normal life, and to put an end to the country’s isolation. Any role for the UN must be matched by the necessary resources, he said, adding that of primary importance is “the need to give pride of place, in all our thinking, to the rights and interests of the Iraqi people.””The Secretary-General believes that serious efforts are underway in the Security Council to heal the rifts over Iraq, which will help restore normalcy in the country and allow the international community to assist the Iraqi people in rebuilding their State,” Mr. Friji said. “Renewed cooperation in the Council will not only improve the situation in Iraq but help tackle other major challenges such as Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism and the struggle against poverty.” Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported that diarrhoeal illness has broken out at a hospital in one of Baghdad’s poorest suburbs, with 300 cases – many of them children – admitted in the space of three hours. Simon Ingram, a spokesman for the agency, said this incident serves to highlight the need for safe water throughout Iraq, but pointed out that instead, “we are faced with the very real possibility that in the south of the country at least, water treatment plants will very soon run out of supplies of the chemicals needed to make raw water supplies safe to drink.”Unless urgent steps are taken to rectify this, a dramatic escalation in the incidence of diarrhoeal disease may be unavoidable,” he warned.In a separate development, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) said even as that agency helps Iraqis who have fled their country, it is preparing for their voluntary repatriation when conditions permit.”UNHCR is shifting its primary focus from contingency preparations for a possible refugee influx into neighbouring States to laying the groundwork for the eventual return of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees,” said Peter Kessler. As part of that process, UNHCR has developed a preliminary repatriation and reintegration plan for up to half a million Iraqi refugees.”When the political climate is right and we see an environment that’s conducive to voluntary return – and I should emphasize that we’re a long way from that right now – UNHCR wants to be ready,” said Mr. Kessler. In the interim, the agency “is still asking governments to temporarily halt any forced returns of rejected Iraqi asylum seekers and provide appropriate complementary forms of protection to Iraqis,” he added. read more

Mali Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers

A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York said the Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the death of the four Chadian peacekeepers following an attack by an explosive device on a vehicle of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The incident, which took place on a road north of Kidal in northern Mali earlier today, also wounded 15 peacekeepers, including six seriously. “The Secretary-General condemns this incident which is the latest in a series of attacks against UN personnel and contractors in the Kidal region in the past week,” said the statement, noting also repeated mortar fire against the MINUSMA camp and another improvised explosive device (IED) attack against a UN vehicle that wounded nine Chadian peacekeepers on 29 August. Such attacks, the statement continued, will not alter the determination of the UN to support the Malian people in their search for peace. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers who were killed and also to the Government of Chad, and he wishes a full and speedy recovery to those injured,” it concluded. read more

Mens hockey No 8 Ohio State swept by Badgers fall in overtime

OSU forward Tommy Parran (6) tries to clear the puck in front of the Buckeyes’ goal in a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12, 2016, at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-4. Credit: Lantern file photoNew night, same result.After two first-period goals sealed a loss in Columbus Thursday night in Game One, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-6-6, 3-4-1) fell to the Wisconsin Badgers in overtime, 3-2, Saturday night in New York City at the famed Madison Square Garden.With under two minutes remaining, OSU went on the powerplay with an extra man and quickly capitalized when sophomore forward Mason Jobst’s shot from distance ricocheted past sophomore goalie Matt Jurusik to cut the deficit to one. Less than 90 seconds later, Jobst fired another wrister from the blue line that collided with sophomore forward Dakota Joshua’s stick and ended in the back of the net to tie the game at two, and send the game into overtime.The Buckeyes’ offensive success, however, would be short lived.With a little over two minutes remaining in the extra period, Wisconsin’s Cameron Hughes picked up a loose puck out in front of net and pushed it past senior goaltender Christian Frey to light the lamp, and give Wisconsin the victory and three Big Ten points on neutral ice.Jobst extended his point streak to 10 games with his 11th goal and 20th assist of the season. It was Joshua’s fourth goal of the year for the Buckeyes.Badgers senior forward Aiden Cavallini, sophomore forward Matthew Freytag and Hughes all found the back of the net.In a relatively quiet first period, a golden opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray presented itself in the form of a one-on-one between junior forward Christian Lampasso and Jurusik. On a breakaway from the neutral zone, Lampasso skated down to the crease, but his attempt at a backhand from close range ended in Jurusik’s glove.Despite more scoring chances from coach Steve Rohlik’s side, Wisconsin was on the board first with 1:45 remaining in the first period.Just seconds after the end of an OSU power play, Cavallini gathered a Buckeye turnover and found himself on a two-on-one with freshman forward Trent Frederic. With the passing lane blocked, Cavallini blasted a shot past Frey into the top corner for his second goal of the season and his career.The second period of this Big Ten clash saw a number of scoring opportunities for both the Scarlet and Gray and the Badgers, but neither team found the back of the net. Jurusik had 12 saves in the period and Frey saved 15 shots.Down 2-1, the Buckeyes emerged from the locker room with a hunger to find an equalizer — and after Freytag added a goal early in the period to nearly seal victory for Wisconsin, the second-ranked offense in the nation found its groove in a short amount of time.OSU is back in action next weekend, when Rohlik’s side travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a road series with the rivaled Michigan Wolverines. Puck drop Friday night from Yost Ice Arena is set for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s start is slated for 7 p.m. read more

Your opinion HSV to beat Celje PL

Most of the Handball-Planet.com fans think that HSV is absolut favourite in the matches with Celje PL: ← Previous Story Sead Hasanefendic new GWD Minden coach! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16: HSV storm over “Zlatorog” – Outstanding Mackovsek! HSV wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (39%, 124 Votes)HSV wins both matches – cum. advantage over +10 (31%, 97 Votes)HSV progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (18%, 57 Votes)Celje PL progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (7%, 23 Votes)Celje PL wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (3%, 9 Votes)Celje PL wins both matches – cum. advantage over +10 (2%, 5 Votes)Total Voters: 315 Celje PL VS HSVHSV HandballRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRK Celje PL read more

China places official death toll of gang attack at 96

first_imgCHINESE STATE MEDIA has said that 37 civilians and 59 “terrorists” were killed in an attack earlier in the week in Xinjiang, home to China’s mainly Muslim Uighur minority.The total toll makes the incident by far the bloodiest since rioting involving Uighurs and members of China’s Han majority killed around 200 people in the regional capital Urumqi in 2009.Police had arrested 215 “terrorists” while 13 civilians were also wounded in Monday’s attack on a police station and government offices in Shache county, or Yarkand in the Uighur language, in Kashgar prefecture, according to the official Xinhua news agency.Latest violent attackIt was the latest in a series of violent incidents over recent months in and connected with the vast resource-rich region, where rights groups accuse China’s government of cultural and religious repression they say fuels unrest.News of the clash first emerged late on Tuesday when Xinhua reported that dozens of people had been killed or wounded by knife-wielding assailants.In its report Sunday, Xinhua said that 35 of the dead civilians were Han Chinese while two were Uighurs.“A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices,” it said, with some later moving on to another township, “attacking civilians and smashing vehicles as they passed”.The gangsters also set roadblocks and stopped vehicles passing by, before slashing passengers indiscriminately and forcing civilians to join them in the terror attack.Officers had confiscated knives from the scene as well as “banners that hailed holy war”.The news agency cited the government as saying investigations showed the attack was “organised and premeditated”, and “in connection with the terrorist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement” (ETIM).Information in Xinjiang, in China’s far west, is often difficult to verify independently, and many foreign analysts doubt ETIM’s capacities.Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC), accused Beijing’s security forces of using submachine guns and sniper rifles, leading to “huge casualties”.“China has distorted the incident and claimed terrorism in order to cover up the truth, which is that they opened fire to repress Uighurs,” he said in a statement emailed to AFP. Uighurs living in Turkey set on fire a representation of a Chinese flag outside the Chinese consulate in Istanbul. Source: AP Photo/Emrah GurelBeijing has blamed violent separatists from Xinjiang for a series of attacks which have grown in scale and sophistication over the last year and have spread outside the region.Among the most shocking were a May assault on a market in Urumqi, where 39 people were killed, and a deadly rampage by knife-wielding assailants at a train station at Kunming in China’s southwest in March, which left 29 dead.The violence has also included a fiery crash at Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s symbolic heart, in October, that killed two tourists and the three people in the vehicle, all from the same family.On Friday, police in Xinjiang shot dead nine suspected terrorists and captured one, according to Xinhua.- © AFP, 2014Read: Child labour allegations lands Samsung in hot water >last_img read more

Geek deals 20 off Lenovo IdeaPad U410 ultrabook

first_imgWhen Apple took the market by storm with their ultra-thin aluminum laptops, PC manufacturers were, in a sense, caught with their pants down. While there were thin & light PC laptops available, they all tended to be lacking in one way or another; whether it was battery life, weight, or ports. After that point Intel stepped in to take matters into its own hands in 2011.The result was the Ultrabook specification. Like with its previous technology marketing efforts, a la Centrino, Intel would put a lot of marketing effort (and dollars) behind this new platform, but partners have to meet certain requirements with their hardware. The first generation Ultrabooks, built on the Sandy Bridge processors, were more of a first step than Intel’s dream laptop. The 2nd generation Ultrabooks, just now available with Ivy Bridge processors, are noticeably improved and the final results are rather impressive. Check out Intel’s Ultrabook requirements:CULV Ivy Bridge processor (17W TDP)Thickness: 18mm for <13.3-inch, 21mm for 14-inch or greater, 23mm for convertible tabletsMinimum battery life: 5 hours7 second resume from hibernateSSD with minimum 80MB/s transfer rateUSB 3.0Lenovo’s new IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook meets all of these requirements and then some. Lenovo calls for up to 8 hours of battery life, which even if that’s overblown by 20% is still well over 6 hours of runtime. And that’s not even using the integrated HD 4000 GPU that most Ultrabooks resort to; the U410 packs an NVIDIA GeForce 610M 1GB graphics card. When you consider that’s running a 14-inch LCD on the latest technology with a battery that must fit in a 0.8-inch / 4 lb chassis, it is rather impressive.The U410 doesn’t disappoint anywhere else either, four USB ports (two of which are 3.0 spec), media card reader, and HDMI output. While it unsurprisingly lacks an optical drive, the U410 does still retain an Ethernet port. Audio should be decent with two 2W speakers that get a nice quality boost from Dolby Home Theater technology (the same found on my ThinkPad, offering fully customizable sound profiles).For a limited time you can get the U410 with a 20% off coupon starting at $759 with a 2nd gen Core i3 CPU. Bumping up to the 3rd gen Core i5 will run you $799 and give you a choice between two stunning colors: Sapphire Blue or Ruby Red.Visit LogicBuy for the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14-inch ultrabooklast_img read more

Greek Australian tops NSW most wanted list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram James Dalamangas tops the New South Wales most wanted list, according to a news report in the Daily Telegraph. The report suggests that Mr Dalamangas, who fled in 1999, is working as a bouncer somewhere in Athens, Greece. He is accused of two murders in 1997 and 1999. In the first incident Mr Dalamangas allegedly shot and killed Tim Voukelatos in his car at Campsie. The victim who was a casual bouncer and a construction worker was shot five times. The second incident took place in the once famous Greek venue of Sydney, the Knossos nightclub. George Giannopoulos who was a father of two was allegedly stabbed by Mr Dalamangas while trying to break up a fight. According to the same report the Greek police has agreed to cooperate with Australian authorities who renewed their calls for Mr Dalamangas’ arrest on February.last_img read more

Dishing up patriotism for a good cause

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s Philhellene restaurant has joined the Victorian Restaurants Unite cause to raise money for flood relief. The restaurant will host a Family and Friends BBQ tomorrow to celebrate Australia Day and collect funds for flood victims in Queensland and Victoria. The cost is $75 per person with all proceeds going to charity. There will also be an auction on the day to raise money.The menu includes a scrumptious Greek feast with mouth-watering desserts by Pierrick Boyer of Le Petit Gateau. The BBQ starts at noon, on Australia Day, Wednesday January 26.To book call (03) 9370 3303. Reservations are filling fast so be sure to get in soon!last_img read more

AnonPlus les Anonymous créent leur propre réseau social

first_imgAnonPlus : les Anonymous créent leur propre réseau social ? Puisqu’il a été banni de Google +, le groupe de pirates Anonymous a décidé de développer son propre réseau social. Baptisé AnonPlus, ce réseau se veut être celui de l’anonymat et de l’absence totale de censure.Plusieurs membres du groupe de pirates Anonymous ont vu leurs comptes Google +, le tout nouveau réseau social du géant de Mountain View, suspendus selon la politique du réseau, qui s’est mis en chasse des profils des marques, mais aussi ceux créés sous un faux nom, rapporte TechSpot. Le groupe de hackers a donc décidé de créer son propre réseau social, qui loin de Google + ou Facebook, sera entièrement basé sur l’anonymat, et l’absence totale de censure. C’est du moins ainsi qu’il est présenté sur sa page d’accueil (lien non disponible).À lire aussiCybercriminalité : comment une équipe de hackers tient en otage toute une ville aux Etats-UnisPour l’heure, seule cette page est accessible. Les Anonymous sont en plein développement de leur réseau social open-source “sans peur, sans censure”, qui n’en est aujourd’hui qu’à ses balbutiements. Mais les promesses, elles, sont déjà nombreuses. “Il n’y aura plus d’oppression, plus de tyrannie” affirment les Anonymous qui évoquent une véritable “révolution”. Cette révolution, tous les développeurs intéressés sont invités à y participer, en commençant par émettre leurs idées sur un forum dédié au projet. Les Anonymous sont à la recherche de talents pour mettre au monde leur réseau social révolutionnaire, dont le lancement est promis pour très bientôt.Le 19 juillet 2011 à 18:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holder Potential civil rights violations at IRS

first_imgWASHINGTON — The FBI’s criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.Holder, testifying to the House Judiciary Committee, was asked what criminal charges could be pursued against IRS employees or officials. Holder announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department was the investigating the IRS after the agency acknowledged that agents had singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.“I can assure you and the American people that we will take a dispassionate view of this,” Holder said. “This will not be about parties, this will not be about ideological persuasions. Anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable.”Holder also says it will take time to determine if there was criminal wrongdoing.As the investigation widened, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he had this question: “Who’s going to jail over this scandal?”“There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse. Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax exempt status,” Boehner said. “I think we need to know who they are and whether they violated the law. Clearly someone violated the law.”Wednesday’s hearing was the first of several in Congress that will focus on the issue.The House oversight committee announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing May 22, featuring Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, and former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, whose five-year term ended in November.last_img read more

Worlds Smallest House Isnt Visible to the Naked Eye

first_img The tiny house movement (no doubt spurred by HGTV) advocates simple living in small homes—typically no larger than 500 square feet.But that is colossal compared to the 300-by-300 micrometer abode too teeny for even a mite to fit through the door.A nanorobotics team from the Femto-ST Institute in Besançon, France, demonstrated their µRobotex nanofactory by assembling the world’s smallest house.AdChoices广告Constructed inside a vacuum chamber, the Lilliputian home is a true feat of engineering.The almost surgical process uses a focused ion beam like scissors to cut the silica membrane; a gas injection system then sticks the edges of the structure into place.“For the first time we were able to realize patterning and assembly with less than 2 nanometers of accuracy,” team member Jean-Yves Rauch said in a statement, calling this “a very important result for the robotics and optical community.”A researcher at the Femto-ST Institute in France assembles microrobotic systems using new optical nanotechnologies (via Femto-ST Institute)“We decided to build the microhouse on the fiber,” he continued, “to show that we are able to realize these microsystem assemblies on top of an optical fiber with high accuracy.”Emphasizing the accuracy and flexibility of their system, the architects used a low-power ion beam and gas injection to “gently sputter” a tiled pattern on the micrometer-sized roof.“It’s very challenging to pilot the robot with high accuracy at this cross between the two beams,” Rauch explained, adding that two engineers worked at multiple computers to control the process.While many steps are already automated, the team hopes to eventually robotize all stages of assembly.Riding high on the success of their microhouse, engineers are currently using the µRobotex nanofactory to construct functionalized microstructures, which can be attached to optical fibers as thin as human hair.This technology opens the door to various possibilities, including drug delivery, disease targeting, and data storage. The researchers are already eyeing even more petite structures some 20 to 100 nanometers in diameter—small enough to fit inside the windows of their already minuscule house.Read more about the world’s tiniest home in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot last_img read more

Studying the swimming patterns of bacteria near surfaces

first_img Explore further Bacteria often move near the surface of water or aqueous substances, which occurs for a number of reasons. First, nutrients in aqueous environments typically accumulate at their surface. In addition, host cells, which are particularly susceptible to becoming infected by pathogenic bacteria also sit on, or are part of, a surface (i.e. a cell tissue). Researchers have been investigating the near-surface swimming patterns of bacteria for several years. Past studies suggest that these patterns are determined by hydrodynamic interactions between bacteria and the surface they are navigating, which ultimately trap the bacteria in smooth circular trajectories that lead to inefficient surface exploration. Physics research into the near-surface swimming patterns of bacteria suggests that an individual bacterium experiences an attraction toward the surface, as well as an effective torque caused by the rotation of the flagellar bundle, which forces it to move in circles. This well-documented observation can be explained by fundamental physics principles. When considering the picture painted by these observations, however, it is hard to understand how bacteria are able to survive, as their hydrodynamic near-surface interactions would appear to be a serious obstacle to their survival. What makes their endurance in such unfavourable circumstances even more puzzling is the fact that in evolutionary terms, bacteria should be able to easily explore surfaces in order to find nutrients and/or to localize colonization sites. Citation: Studying the swimming patterns of bacteria near surfaces (2019, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-patterns-bacteria-surfaces.html Journal information: Nature Physics Credit: Perez Ipiña et al. Molecular characterization of the autotransport process of Yersinia adhesin A (YadA) The theory developed by Peruani and his colleagues allowed them to conclude that the frequency at which the observed ‘stops’ were occurring was far from random. Rather than hindering the bacteria’s activity, this frequency appeared to maximize their surface exploration.The study carried out by this team of researchers led to two very important observations. Firstly, the researchers realized that bacteria use transient adhesion as a mechanism to regulate surface exploration. Secondly, they observed the existence of an optimal stop frequency, which maximizes surface exploration. Enteroheamorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and other pathogenic bacteria appear to be able to tune this frequency to its optimal value. “These two observations provide a better understanding of how bacteria explore surfaces, which is a necessary step to elucidate how they search for host cells, and how bacteria infect them,” Peruani said. “An important message from this study is that a physical understanding on how bacteria move on surfaces cannot be based exclusively on hydrodynamic interactions. Adhesion interactions also plays a crucial role. Moreover, it is the interplay between adhesion and the activity of the flagellar bundle that allows bacteria to reorient and escape from the circular traps imposed by hydrodynamic interactions.”The observations gathered by Peruani and his colleagues offer valuable new insights into the well-documented near-surface swimming patterns of bacteria. The researchers are now planning further studies aimed at understanding how pathogenic bacteria search for and infect host cells. For different species of bacteria, they expect to observe different search and colonization strategies. However, they also suspect that the number of strategies they will observe will be significantly smaller than the number of existing species of pathogenic bacteria.”A quantitative, physical understanding of bacterial infections, which is still missing, may provide hints on how to prevent bacterial infections,” Peruani added. “Our study, for instance, indicates that surface adhesion plays a crucial role in surface exploration. On the other hand, surface adhesion depends on the specific adhesins of the bacteria, as well as on the physical properties of the surface, and we will certainly try to think of ways to modify those physical properties.” A team of researchers at Université Côte d’Azur and Centre Scientifique de Monaco has recently carried out a study aimed at better understanding the near-surface swimming patterns of bacteria. Their paper, published in Nature Physics, could shed some light on how bacteria explore surfaces, how they search for host cells and how they infect these cells. “We were very intrigued by these issues and suspected that this reductionist fluid mechanics approach could not be the full story,” Fernando Peruani, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “We thought bacteria should be able to cope with this handicap: getting trapped in a circular orbit is certainly not an efficient way to explore a surface. With this idea in mind, we decided to study how different bacterial species move on surfaces with the goal of understanding how surface exploration is actually performed.” The work of Peruani and his colleagues is part of a broader project aimed at better understanding how pathogenic bacteria infect host cells. In their recent study, they used video microscopy and tracked bacteria in a relatively large observation window, in order to obtain long bacterial trajectories. They later analyzed the statistics of these trajectories to closely observe the bacteria’s near-surface swimming patterns. “The abrupt changes in the speed displayed by the bacteria, which indicated that bacteria were intermittently stopping, immediately intrigued us,” Peruani said. “We then looked at the distribution of times bacteria were moving and not moving and understood that if a Markov chain formalism was used to describe the data, three states were required. This observation played a key role in our research.”Subsequently, the researchers revisited the data they had collected and analyzed the periods in which the bacteria had ‘stopped.’ They observed that bacteria were often tethered to the surface and were spinning around one of the tips of the cell body. “The evidence was clear: bacteria were exploring the surface by performing transient adhesion events,” Peruani said. “The next step was to construct a theory for a swimmer that has an internal state, controlled by a Markov chain, that adopts three possible values, each of them associated with a different equation of motion. This was a technical challenge, but the effort paid off.” Credit: Perez Ipiña et al. More information: Bacteria display optimal transport near surfaces. Nature Physics DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0460-5. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-019-0460-5 Credit: Perez Ipiña et al. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. 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Lasec and local hotel continue to help the community

first_imgLadysmith Secondary School (Lasec) educator Mr K Bihaspat, along with a group of learners, once again reached out to the community when they visited ML Sultan Primary School and Môrester Children’s Home on Wednesday and Thursday last week. ML Sultan learners were treated to some delicious hot soup, once again prepared by and sponsored by the Royal Hotel.This partnership between Lasec and Royal Hotel is proving to be beneficial to those in the community who most need help.The initiative saw 40 much-needed lunch packs being distributed among the youngsters at Môrester Kinderhuis.The success of this drive must be attributed to key individuals who have pledged their support and dedication.Mr and Mrs Lee (Royal Hotel) and the co-ordinators have worked hand-in-hand to extend this gesture of humanity.The team at Lasec feel strongly about their community outreaches, as only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img If individuals know of an organisation or area that would benefit from this outreach programme, they are urged to contact Mr K Bihaspat on 0366330218Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Toshiba Highlights Interventional Imaging at RSNA 2017

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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Interventional Radiology | September 27, 2017 Toshiba Highlights Interventional Imaging at RSNA 2017 Company will showcase solutions for a variety of complex procedures Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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September 27, 2017 — Toshiba Medical announced it will highlight several of its latest vascular and interventional imaging solutions at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.The Ultimax-i FPD multipurpose system maximizes clinical versatility by providing routine radiography, urology, orthopedic, G.I. pain management and routine angiography lab capabilities within a single radiographic fluoroscopy (R/F) room. The system features full-spectrum detection on a flat panel detector with corner-to-corner, 43 cm x 43 cm coverage for high-resolution imaging. This large flat panel detector, along with other dose management features, can help clinicians limit repeat radiation exposure to provide safe and efficient exams. As the industry’s only tilting C-arm multipurpose system, according to Toshiba, the Ultimax-i FPD has intuitive complete local and remote control consoles, and the ability to position the tube above or below the patient.The Infinix-i Sky + offers clinicians flexibility to perform a wide array of procedures in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. The ceiling mounted system features a double sliding C-arm that can be positioned in more ways to help clinicians increase their coverage, speed and patient access. The Infinix-i Sky + can deliver 3-D imaging anywhere for high-quality exams with 210 degrees of anatomical coverage on both sides of the patient and a high speed 3-D rotation of 80 degrees per second. The system also includes an extensive set of automated and user-selectable dose management tools designed to help minimize X-ray exposure to patients and clinicians.Finally, the Infinix-i 4-D CT (computed tomography) seamlessly integrates IR and CT technology into one solution, with real CT imaging available on demand. The system may help clinicians to improve visualization and workflow, and prioritize patient safety during an array of interventional procedures. Its merging of the Infinix-i angiography system with the customer’s choice of either the Aquilion One ViSION Edition CT or Aquilion Prime CT allows clinicians to efficiently plan, treat and verify in a single clinical setting. The Infinix-i 4D CT offers clinicians excellent image quality as well as the precision and flexibility needed during intervention, in addition to a suite of dose management features like Toshiba Medical’s AIDR 3-D (Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3-D) for simplified CT dose reduction and the Infinix-i’s Dose Tracking System, among many others.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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2100 migrants try to storm Eurotunnel site in French port

first_img Comments   Share   PARIS (AP) — About 2,100 migrants tried to storm the area surrounding the Eurotunnel early Tuesday before being repelled by police, an official in the northern French port of Calais said.The official, who spoke on condition she not be named because she wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said police arrested 200 of the migrants. She said it was the largest such attempt by migrants to enter the site.Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope with the crisis.On Tuesday, British Home Secretary Theresa May announced that her government has agreed to provide an extra 7 million pounds ($10.8 million) to boost security at the Channel Tunnel railhead in Coquelles.May disclosed the extra funding following a meeting between British and French officials.“We’ve had a very constructive meeting,” she said. “The French and U.K. governments are working in close collaboration and cooperation on this issue which affects us both.”Last week, the company that operates the Eurotunnel asked France and Britain to kick in 9.7 million euros ($10.6 million) to cope with an influx of migrants in Calais. Britain has also said it’s creating a “secure zone” in Calais for British-bound trucks to tackle the problem of migrants stowing away in the vehicles.Spokespeople for Eurotunnel and the police weren’t immediately available for comment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more