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first_imgUS-based dry bulk specialist Genco Shipping and Trading sold three Handymax bulk carriers during the month of December, VesselsValue’s data shows.The vessels in question are Genco Prosperity, Genco Wisdom and Genco Success, all of them built by Japanese shipbuilder Oshima in 1997.Genco Prosperity and Genco Wisdom were sold to an unnamed Chinese buyer on December 21, 2016. Each of the two 47,200 dwt bulkers was sold for USD 3.2 million.The third vessel, Genco Success, was sold for USD 2.8 million on December 14.With a gross tonnage of 47,200 tons, the ships feature a length of 185 meters and a width of 31 meters.Apart from the three bulkers, Genco’s fleet is currently comprised of 62 vessels, according to VesselsValue’s data.Last month, Genco closed a new USD 400 million loan which will be used to refinance all of its existing credit facilities.Genco said earlier that the new facility improved the terms and covenants across all of the firm’s refinanced facilities and simplified its capital structure.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Benchmark equity indices ended at their life-time highs on Monday, with the BSE Sensex rallying 553 points and the NSE Nifty surging 166 points on emergence of broad-based buying after weak GDP data supported clamour for further rate cut by the RBI to boost the economy. The 30-share Sensex also saw its all-time peak in intra-day trade at 40,308.90; while the 50-share Nifty rose to 12,103.05 during the session to mark its all-time high. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe BSE gauge swung 598 points during the session and finally settled 553.42 points, or 1.39 per cent, higher at 40,267.62. The broader NSE benchmark surged 165.75 points, or 1.39 per cent, to settle at 12,088.55. Top Sensex gainers include Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, HUL, and Maruti, rallying up to 5.87 per cent. While, ICICI Bank, NTPC and ITC slipped up to 0.13 per cent. According to traders, investors lapped up stocks amid expectations of an interest rate cut by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this week, especially after a disappointing GDP print for the March quarter. Data from Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that India’s economic growth rate slowed to five-year low of 5.8 per cent during January-March quarter of 2018-19. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe growth rate of the economy has weakened mainly due to poor performance in the farm sector as well as in the manufacturing sector. The RBI may go for another round of rate cut, third in a row, on Thursday to prop up the economic growth which dropped to a five-year low in the final quarter of 2018-19, experts said. The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is slated to announce its bi-monthly policy Thursday. The central bank had cut the short-term lending rate (repo rate) by 25 basis points each in its last two policy reviews. The MPC headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das will meet for three days beginning June 3 to firm up the second bi-monthly monetary policy of the fiscal. Besides, a strengthening rupee too boosted investor sentiment here, traders said. The Indian rupee appreciated 38 paise to 69.32 against the US dollar. Meanwhile, other Asian bourses ended on a mixed note, while Europe was trading in the red in opening deals.last_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX – New Democrats in Nova Scotia are promising to reinstate a film tax credit axed by the Liberal government, NDP Leader Gary Burrill pledged Friday, saying the government’s move left the industry “decimated.”Burrill, campaigning for the May 30 provincial election, said an NDP government would offer the film industry a $23-million yearly film tax credit, with an additional $10 million in the first year.He said the extra funding would stabilize an industry that struggled to cope following the cuts that came with the 2015 provincial budget.“This was, in 2015, heartbreaking,” Burrill told a news conference at the Halifax offices of a video game developer. “We are committing ourselves to being an active and a reliable partner in the rebuilding … of this beautiful industry.”Burrill said reviving the tax credit would ensure the film industry’s future by attracting productions and providing work for local film crews.He said the NDP would also work with the industry to improve existing arts programs and create new ones.Premier Stephen McNeil’s contentious move to cut the lucrative film tax credit — a refundable credit for labour costs directly related to the production of films in the province — drew ire from the industry and a range of prominent actors, including William Shatner and the Trailer Park Boys.The tax credit was replaced by an incentive fund that provides base funding that is 25 per cent refundable for all production costs, including labour.Several boisterous protests were held at the provincial legislature, including one that drew more than 2,000 people.As well, the provincial government held a series of negotiations with industry leaders to improve the fund.Last month, McNeil’s government tabled a budget that set the annual fund at $16.9 million.On Friday, McNeil said the fund goes further than subsidizing labour by spreading the money across the entire industry.“We’ve seen a lot of activity under that fund,” McNeil said while campaigning in Halifax on Friday.“There was a lot of money being spent and no one knew where it was going, in a sense, because it was a tax credit. This way, it’s open and transparent.”Last year, Screen Nova Scotia touted the industry’s economic value with a commissioned study by Price WaterhouseCoopers that estimated a contribution to the provincial GDP of $180 million in 2014, when the government provided $24 million in funding through the former tax credit.The study estimated the industry directly supported 1,600 full-time equivalent jobs in 2014, with an average salary of $43,000.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgSINGAPORE — Shares are advancing in Asia after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met and agreed to moderate tensions over trade.The Shanghai Composite index jumped 2.5 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged 2.6 per cent in early trading Monday.The U.S. was set to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods on Jan. 1. Trump agreed Saturday in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi at the G-20 summit to hold off for 90 days while the two sides try to settle their differences.That looming deadline and Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion of goods from China, possibly including iPhones and laptops, have been rattling markets for months.Analysts say stocks that suffered from recent turmoil may see a nice rebound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 20 lakh security personnel were deployed in the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, rendering the exercise bigger than India’s well known ‘Operation Brasstacks’ in the 1980s, which was larger than any NATO exercise since World War-II, officials said Monday.The ‘Operation Brasstacks’ was a major military exercise of the Indian Army in Rajasthan. It took place in 1986 until its execution in 1987. The scale of the 2019 general election itself is massive and growing over time as between 1989 and 2019, the number of parties in the fray have increased over 20 times, the size of the electorate has increased by over 80 per cent, the number of polling stations has nearly doubled and the number of contesting candidates has increased by nearly 35 per cent. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Effectively, nearly 20 lakh personnel of the police and central paramilitary personnel were involved during the elections. The mobilisation of such a large scale is rare anywhere in the world. In fact, India’s best known Army exercise ‘Operation Brasstacks’ (1986-87), where nearly 6-8 lakh personnel were said to have been involved, itself was bigger than any NATO exercise since World War-II,” a Home Ministry official said. The extent of mobilisation of the security forces has also been massive with nearly 25 per cent of the overall strength of central paramilitary forces being deployed for elections this year, indicating involvement of over three lakh paramilitary personnel. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiHowever, since these officials are redeployed at various locations in different phases, the effective deployment is almost 2.35 times the number of troops actually involved. Thus, if the elections in 2019 were to be conducted on a single day, the effective requirement would be for over 10 lakh personnel. Similarly, in the 2014 general election, the actual and effective deployments were of the order of 2.5 lakh and 6 lakh, respectively. In addition to the paramilitary forces and state armed battalions, extensive participation of police personnel belonging to civil police and district armed reserve, along with home guards and special police officers in various capacities, have also been seen. Even if the participation is taken at 50 per cent of actual strength, this would mean the involvement of nearly 8-10 lakh additional personnel, the official said. Apart from the mammoth size of election-related mobilisation, the duration is also considerable. This year’s general elections were conducted over a period of nearly 40 days (April 11 to May 19) with counting of votes scheduled to take place on May 23. Timely mobilisation of nearly 20 lakh personnel within 40 to 45 days is a humongous task. A well thought planning with the Indian Railways, state and various forces play a crucial role in completing the requirement of the Election Commission, another official said. More than 150 special trains were utilised for mobilisation of troops. These troops criss-cross length and breadth of the country to meet the requirement of respective state, the official said. The core duties of the paramilitary personnel deployed for election duty include instilling a sense of confidence and security among people to exercise their franchise freely without any fear. The additional responsibilities include maintaining law and order, preventing poll violence and guarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Election Commission, in coordination with the Home Ministry, which has the administrative control over the central paramilitary forces, has made an assessment of all aspects having bearing on the election process, including the state-wise and phase-wise requirement of security forces, the official said. The ministry prepared a deployment plan of various forces like the CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB and the Assam Rifles keeping in view their role in border guarding, counter-insurgency operations and other commitments.last_img read more

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“The Secretary-General renews his call on all parties to end the violence and respect international humanitarian law,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a formal statement, which also conveyed the Secretary-General’s condolences to the families of the victims.“The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that resorting to violence and military means will only lead to more suffering and destruction, and that a political solution is the only way out. Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. read more

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“It is imperative that the health sector in this region is adequately funded to ensure refugee and host population needs are catered to,” said Dr. Nada Al Ward, coordinator of WHO’s Emergency Support Team based in Amman, Jordan. “Migration into Europe may alleviate some of the burden on these countries, but not much.”“The international community must continue to support the countries doing the heavy lifting,” Dr. Al Ward said.The agency said the health component of the 2015 Syria response plan is only 30 per cent funded, while the health component in the regional refugee and resilience plan is only 17 per cent funded.“The magnitude of needs continues to escalate,” said Dr. Ward. “More than four years on and we’re seeing the same urgent health needs we saw in 2011, but on a much larger scale – trauma cases, severe mental health needs, communicable and non-communicable diseases, reproductive health issues.”Though intense fighting and shifting zones of conflict have hindered the ability of health workers to reach some areas, WHO says its staff have enabled the medical treatment of more than 13.8 million people this year across Syria.WHO also said cross-border activities from hubs in Turkey and Jordan have increased the organization’s assistance to populations in need in Syria.WHO staff have been working to ensure that life-saving medicines and medical supplies reach Syrians and the region’s host populations and governments; technical assistance is given to the region’s ministries of health, with health care workers being trained; mass vaccination campaigns are supported; and the ability to monitor outbreaks of communicable diseases is boosted.“Inside Syria, the conflict, now a civil war” – has left 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with more than 7.6 million of them internally displaced, according to UNHCR. And more than 4 million Syrians are registered as refugees and are living outside their countries. The 1.1 million Syrians now living in Lebanon represent a third of that country’s population. In Jordan, some 600,000 Syrians have found refuge.WHO has also been supporting the ministries of health of Jordan and Lebanon to ensure adequate and equitable health care service provision for both Syrian refugees and their host communities.“With the conflict in Syria showing no sign of abating, it is unclear how long the emergency health response will be needed in the Middle East,” WHO said, but warned that funds, are not keeping pace with the growing needs, and the health sector is struggling to keep systems from collapsing. read more

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SYDNEY, Australia — The only tour match India had before the start of a four-test series against Australia ended in a draw Saturday. But the visitors lost in several areas.Cricket Australia XI scored 544 runs in its innings after a washout due to rain on the first day Wednesday, after battering the Indian spin bowlers. India had scored 358 runs, giving the Australians a big lead.And India lost its star teenage batsman, Prithvi Shaw, on Friday after he rolled his left ankle while fielding. He will not play in the first test beginning next Thursday in Adelaide.Murali Vijay all but clinched a spot in India’s test top order with a century on Saturday. Vijay brought up his century in spectacular fashion, hitting part-timer Jake Carder for five boundaries, including two sixes to go from 74 to 100 in six balls.India finished its second innings at 211-2, a lead of 25, before play ended.Earlier, Umesh Yadav (1-113), Ishant Sharma (1-73) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-122) were expensive in India’s bowling effort against a second-string Australian side.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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first_imgLe Roaccutane accusé de pousser au suicideAlors que plusieurs adolescents se sont suicidés lorsqu’ils étaient sous traitement pour de l’acné, le Roaccutane et ses génériques font aujourd’hui l’objet d’une plainte et sont surveillés de près par l’Afssaps (Association française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé).Alexandre a 17 ans lorsqu’il se suicide en juillet 2007. Ce Niçois était sous traitement pour l’acné, et son père intente aujourd’hui un procès contre le Roaccutane et ses génériques, avec le soutien de l’association AVRG ou “Victime du Roaccutane et génériques”. Mis en sur le marché en 1986 par le laboratoire Roche, le Roaccutane est un traitement lourd contre l’acné qui a été retiré du marché en 2008 mais qui continue à être prescrit sous des formes génériques comme le Curacné, l’Isotretinoïne Teva, le Procuta ou encore le Contractné. Ce sont ces traitements génériques qui avaient été prescrits à Alexandre, qui s’est suicidé trois jours après l’arrêt des médicaments. Il avait alors laissé un message à sa mère avant de commettre l’irréparable : “Maman, je ne sais pas ce que j’ai depuis 3 semaines, mais là, j’en ai marre, j’en peux plus, j’ai toujours mal quelque part, les articulations, le dos, les ongles incarnées, ma peau me gratte tout le temps. C’est des petites choses mais accumulées c’est dur”.Le père de l’adolescent soupçonne fortement les génériques du Roaccutane d’être à l’origine du mal-être de son enfant et assigne aujourd’hui en justice le laboratoire Roche, Expanscience et Pierre Fabre. L’homme n’est pas seul dans sa démarche car une autre personne qui a pris du Roaccutane accuse le médicament d’être à l’origine de sa dépression. Si l’on en croit l’AVRG, le Roaccutane et ses génériques seraient à l’origine de 25 à 27 cas de suicides entre 1986 et 2009 et l’Assaps recommande depuis 2009 à ce que les patients sous ce traitement soient étroitement surveillés.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 14:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Tags We should not have released the Gunner Pet and apologize for doing so. Within the next couple of days, all purchases of Gunner will be refunded for the full amount of 1000 V-bucks as well as an additional 200 V-bucks and the Pet will be removed from the Locker.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 14, 2019 Share your voice 0 Anyone who purchased Gunner and refunds it prior to this make-good will instead receive 200 V-bucks and a replacement Refund Token that can be put towards any eligible items that were purchased within the past 30 days.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 14, 2019 This poor doggo caused some controversy for Fortnite players.  Epic Games Developer Epic Games apologized on Wednesday for releasing a canine cosmetic addition for Fortnite that looked too similar to one players had previously bought. To make up for it, Epic will refund purchases and give players a little extra for their trouble. The move comes after gamers called out Epic for the new Gunner Pet, which looks nearly identical to an earlier doggo cosmetic. People who bought the Gunner Pet, a cute dog that rides around in players’ backpacks during matches, when it was released on Tuesday will receive a refund of 1,000 V-Bucks along with an additional 200 V-Bucks. People who requested a refund before Epic’s announcement will get the additional V-Bucks and a reward token for another eligible cosmetic. “We should not have released the Gunner Pet and apologize for doing so,” the developer tweeted.  Fortnitecenter_img Post a comment The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 17 Photos Video Games When Epic tweeted about the Gunner cosmetic on Tuesday, players noticed the dog looked almost exactly like Bonesy, a pet released last year as part of Fortnite’s season 6 Battle Pass, the game’s regular paid-for package of downloadable content. There appear to be only minor differences between the two pet cosmetics, like a logo on Gunner’s neckerchief. Fortnite GunnerThe Gunner Pet released in season 10… Epic Games cutepets-fortnite…and Fortnite pets released in season 6, including Bonesy. Epic Games Epic’s policy for Battle Pass content is that the items will be only obtainable with the Pass. Players can’t purchase the skins, pets or other cosmetics separately. In June, a similar situation happened with the release of the Summer Drift skin, which some players said was too similar to a skin released in the Fortnite season 5 Battle Pass.While a duplicate dog might seem a minor affair, Fortnite is free to play and makes all of its money from these cosmetic additions. Its enormous popularity and gamers’ hypersensitivity to being ripped off make any perceived transgression a major PR problem for its developer.last_img read more

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first_imgRepresentative imageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyThe Central government has announced the launch of 7.75 percent Savings Bonds which will enable citizens and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) to invest in a taxable bond without any monetary ceiling.From January 10, 2018, the bonds will be open to investment by individuals, including joint holdings and HUFs. NRIs can’t invest in these new savings bonds, which would replace the 8 percent scheme that is also known as the RBI Bonds Scheme.Know more about the Savings Bonds Scheme:Investment limits: The bonds will be issued at par at Rs 100. There is no maximum limit for investment in the bonds and they are non-transferrable.Issue of bonds: The bonds will be issued for a minimum amount of Rs 1,000 (face value) and in multiples thereof, and the issue price will be Rs 1,000 for every Rs 1,000 (nominal). Also the bonds will be issued in demat form (bond ledger account) only.Maturity period: The savings bonds will reach maturity in seven years and carry an interest at 7.75 percent per annum. This interest will be payable half-yearly. The cumulative value of Rs 1,000 at the end of seven years will be Rs. 1,703.Tax benefits: Interest on the bonds will be taxable under the Income Tax Act, 1961. It is applicable according to the relevant tax status of the bond holder. The bonds will be exempt from wealth tax under the Wealth Tax Act, 1957.last_img read more

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first_imgRohingya people walk towards the makeshift shelter near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, after being restricted by the members of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), to further enter into the Bangladesh side, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 28 August. Photo: ReutersRohingya Muslims are once more fleeing in droves towards Bangladesh, trying to escape the latest surge in violence in Rakhine state between a shadowy militant group and Myanmar’s military.It is the newest chapter in the grim recent history of the Rohingya, a people of about one million reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants and denied citizenship.This is a fact box on them:Who are they? -The Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless community and of one of its most persecuted minorities.Using a dialect similar to that spoken in Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh, the Sunni Muslims are loathed by many in majority-Buddhist Myanmar who see them as illegal immigrants and call them “Bengali”-even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.They are not officially recognised as an ethnic group, partly due to a 1982 law stipulating that minorities must prove they lived in Myanmar prior to 1823 — before the first Anglo-Burmese war-to obtain nationality.Most live in the impoverished western state of Rakhine but are denied citizenship and harassed by restrictions on movement and work.Another 400,000 live in Bangladeshi camps, although Dhaka only recognises a small portion as refugees.Sectarian violence between the Rohingya and local Buddhist communities broke out in 2012, leaving more than 100 dead and the state segregated along religious lines.More than 120,000 Rohingya fled over the following five years to Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, often braving perilous sea journeys controlled by brutal trafficking gangs.Then last October things got much worse.What happened in October? -Despite decades of persecution, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence.But in October a small and previously unknown militant group-the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) — staged a series of well coordinated and deadly attacks on security forces.Myanmar’s military responded with a massive security crackdown. Some 87,000 new refugees flooded into Bangladesh bringing with them harrowing stories of murder, rape and burned villages.The UN believes the army’s response many amount to ethnic cleansing, allegations denied by the government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the army.In recent months the day-to-day fighting died down, but civilians described being trapped between army “clearance operations” and an assassination campaign by the militants, who are murdering anyone suspected of collaboration.Then last Friday the militants launched a new series of coordinated attacks, killing a dozen security personnel and sparking the latest refugee exodus as the military fought back.More than 100 have died in the latest round of fighting.What do we know about the militants? -They initially called themselves Harakah al-Yaqin (the Faith Movement) and its leader Ata Ulla adopted the rhetoric of other global jihadist movements.The International Crisis Group says Ata Ullah was born to Rohingya parents in the Pakistani city of Karachi and grew up in Mecca. The group formed after the 2012 communal riots and gathered supporters before its 2016 attacks.Myanmar authorities have previously said they have links to militants trained by the Pakistani Taliban. They declared them a terrorist organisation over the weekend.In more recent months the group has become less publicly Islamic, changing its name to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Members are not well armed. The October ambushes were largely done with swords, sticks and a few firearms, some of them homemade-though they did make off with stolen guns and ammunition.Photographs of seized items again last weekend showed rudimentary weapons, largely swords, clubs and homemade explosives.But statements also say the ambushes are being carried out by groups 300-500 strong, suggesting ARSA ranks have grown in recent months.What’s Suu Kyi doing about it? -De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced widespread criticism for her stance on the Rohingya.Her administration has dismissed concerns about rights abuses and refused to grant visas to UN officials tasked with investigating such allegations.Analysts say Suu Kyi is hampered by the politically incendiary nature of the issue in Myanmar and the fact she has little control over the military.On Thursday a panel led by former UN chief Kofi Annan which she commissioned released a report on how peace can be brought back to Rakhine.Among its recommendations was an end to the state-sanctioned persecution of the Rohingya and a path to citizenship for them.Within hours of the report’s release, renewed fighting broke out.last_img read more

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first_img Share – / 38Galveston County Sheriff’s Office via APDimitrios Pagourtzis, whom law enforcement officials took into custody on Friday, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault in the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.The 17-year-old who is accused of opening fire at a Texas high school on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 13 others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.Correction: 13 individuals were injured during yesterday’s incident. https://t.co/kPi6ims7d6— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) May 19, 2018Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held at Galveston County Jail with no bond, according to a tweet by the Santa Fe Independent School District, and has been speaking to investigators. Officials have not released a motive, but some information about the suspect and the attack is emerging.It appears the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School was planned. During a Friday press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said information contained in journals on Pagourtzis’ computer and cellphone suggested that “not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting.”Law enforcement can officially confirm that the SFHS suspect has been identified as student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. He is charged with capital murder & agg assault of a peace officer. He is in the Galveston County jail on no bond. @FBIHouston #HouNews— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018The suspect, however, gave himself up because he “didn’t have the courage” to follow through with taking his own life, Abbott said.While the evidence points to a planned attack, students who knew the suspect provided an inconsistent description of their classmate.Tyler Ray, an 18-year-old senior, played football for the Sante Fe Indians with the suspect, who was a defensive tackle on the junior varsity team. At a vigil for the victims in the center of Santa Fe on Friday night, Ray told NPR’s John Burnett that he would have never suspected his former teammate was capable of mass murder – he was just joking with the suspect on a field trip to a Galveston water park on Thursday, the day before the massacre.“One day you think you know this kid, you think you can hang out with him, you can joke with him,” Ray said. “And the next day he’s shootin’ up the school. You just never know.”But Lauren Severin, a 17-year-old junior wearing a cross around her neck, told Burnett that her impression of the suspect was very different after having a couple classes with him. She said she thinks Pagourtzis was bullied in school because he was different.“I don’t think he was normal,” she said. “I think he was really strange and quiet. I wasn’t surprised when I heard it was him. … He always wears this weird trench coat and kind of looks like a psychopath.”The weapons used in the attack — a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver — were not “legally possessed” by the suspect, but appear to be legally owned by the his father, who was not named by authorities. It was unclear whether the father was aware his son had the weapons.On Friday, there were reports of possible explosive devices at the school, the suspect’s home and in a vehicle, according to officials. Those devices were found to be fake in all but one case. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Saturday that police found carbon dioxide canisters taped together and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock and nails inside at the high school, but the devices weren’t capable of detonating.Facebook via APThis undated photo from Facebook shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials have taken into custody and identified as the suspect in the deadly school shooting on Friday, in Santa Fe, Texas.Authorities say the suspect has provided a statement to police while in custody, telling investigators that he didn’t shoot his classmates that he liked “so he could have his story told,” the AP reports.The governor said there is nothing at this time that would indicate there were missed warning signs, like in the case of the other mass shooters such as Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church in November 2017, or alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in February.“One of the frustrating things in the early status of this case is that unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there weren’t those kinds of warning signs,” Abbott said “Here the red flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.”Facebook posts allegedly linked to Pagourtzis show a black T-shirt with the words “Born to Kill” in white block letters written across the front. Authorities say he had no prior confrontations with law enforcement and has no past criminal history.Attorneys Nicholas Poehl and Robert Barfield, who were hired by the suspect’s parents to represent him in court, are urging the public not to rush to judgment.“I think every parent instinctively knows they don’t know everything about their kids, but when you find out something like this today, it’s extremely hard,” Poehl told Houston TV station KTRK. “To those out there watching, try to remember these people are victims too, they didn’t know and they didn’t expect, and they certainly couldn’t have predicted [the shooting]. Prayers to everyone in this whole mess.”___Students at a Texas high school where a gunman killed 10 people are being allowed inside the building to get car keys and other belongings they left behind.Walter Braun, the school district’s chief of police, said at a news conference Saturday that the students will be allowed inside Santa Fe High School in groups of no more than 10 and would be accompanied by officers. He said about 50 students had been admitted as of Saturday afternoon and that others would be allowed in for about three more hours.Braun and other officials declined to answer questions about the investigation into Friday’s shooting, deferring to the FBI, which has taken the lead.Authorities say it was carried out by a 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who faces murder charges.At least 10 people were injured in the attack, including a school police officer who was shot and wounded. Braun says the officer remains in critical condition.___A Texas official said explosive devices found with the suspected gunman at a high school near Houston weren’t capable of detonating.Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Saturday that authorities found a group of carbon dioxide canisters taped together, and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock and nails inside. But he said the canisters had no detonation device and the pressure cooker had no explosive material.Henry also said police exchanged “a lot of firepower” with 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis before the Santa Fe High School student surrendered.The shooting took place in an art room Friday morning on the roughly 1,400-student campus.Pagourtzis in jailed on murder charges.___Pakistani businessman Abdul Aziz Sheikh said he learned of the tragedy unfolding at a high school in Texas when he turned on the TV after iftar, the fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Realizing it was the school where his 18-year-old daughter, Sabika, was an exchange student, he flipped through channels trying to learn more and left her messages, but she didn’t reply.He called his daughter’s friends, but they weren’t responding either. It was only when he reached the exchange program that he got the bad news: Sabika Khan was among the 10 people killed in Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston.Fighting back tears, her father told The Associated Press on Saturday in Karachi that Sabika was due home in about three weeks for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. He said he thought she would be safe in the U.S.___The head of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee said the teenager suspected of killing 10 people and wounding others at a Texas high school collapsed while giving himself up, avoiding a police confrontation.Republican Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, a former federal prosecutor, said 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis “sort of fell to the ground and surrendered.”McCaul said late Friday that Pagourtzis wore a trench coat despite the sweltering temperatures earlier that day “to hide the shotgun and .38-caliber underneath” during the attack at Santa Fe High School near Houston.He said authorities recovered a couple of explosive devices at the school and “several” in Pagourtzis’ vehicle and home, and that they’ve been sent for testing to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.___A hospital treating three of the people injured in the mass shooting at a Texas high school said one patient, who is a minor, is in good condition and the other two patients are in critical condition.The University of Texas Medical Branch tweeted the update Saturday.Hospitals on Friday reported treating a total of 14 people for injuries related to the shooting.Ten people, mostly students, were killed in the attack Friday at the high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been arrested in the attack on murder charges.The shooting was the deadliest school attack since 17 were killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.___Investigators say a 17-year-old admitted he went on a shooting rampage at a Southeast Texas high school that left 10 dead, most of them students.According to a probable cause affidavit, Dimitrios Pagourtzis told investigators that when he opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”Authorities have not offered any motive. Pagourtzis is being held without bond at the Galveston County Jail.Sophomore Zachary Muehe told The New York Times that Pagourtzis entered his art classroom armed with a shotgun and was wearing a trench coat and a shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Born to Kill.”The shooting was the deadliest school attack since 17 were killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.last_img read more

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first_img Explore further Researchers Probe Links Between Modern Humans and Neanderthals The Neanderthal woman died in the Vindija cave in what is now Croatia. Neanderthals are the nearest extinct relative of modern-day humans. Homo sapiens and Neanderthals coexisted for 5-7,000 years, but Neanderthals were gradually forced to retreat to the edges of what is now Europe. The fragments of DNA from the woman’s bones were assembled using human and chimpanzee genomes as references. Researcher Gerald Irzyk said putting the fragments in order is difficult because at first it seems a random assemblage of the nucleotide bases, but there are patterns and motifs that are often specific to a group of organisms.The project to map the genome began in 2005, and is run collaboratively by scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany and 454 Life Sciences at Branford, Connecticut. The work has been made possible by today’s powerful computers, which enable scientists to drastically cut the time and cost, but it has still faced many challenges largely through contamination and the breakdown and chemical changes in the biological material over time.When an organism dies, enzymes break DNA into small fragments of only a few hundred base pairs or less. The DNA is also chemically changed over time, which can lead to incorrect interpretations of the sequence. Not only that, but over 90% of the DNA in the samples came from bacteria or other contaminants rather than the bone. Creating body parts, organs, and even a complete living individual once the genome is completely sequenced would be difficult but is theoretically possible. The procedure would involve making possibly millions of changes to the DNA in a human stem cell to match the Neanderthal genetic sequence, but there remain problems because even if the Neanderthal genes could be recreated we do not know how they were expressed. Assuming it can be created, the stem cell with Neanderthal DNA would divide to produce a colony of cells that could then be instructed to become any type of cell in the body, theoretically including an entire individual.Chief science officer of Advanced Cell Technology, Robert Lanza said in Archaeology magazine that “species such as cows and goats are now routinely cloned with few problems,” and while there are many more challenges in the case of cloning a Neanderthal, it possibly could be done. The ethics of such a move would be certain to spark a great deal of debate, and not just between paleoanthropologists.Author of the Archaeology magazine article, Zach Zorich, who has been a keen follower of research on the Neanderthal genome, noted that if created, the Neanderthal would legally deserve the same human rights as we do.It is likely to be quite some time before we need to deal with the ethical issues. Stephan Schuster, a geneticist from Pennsylvania State University, explained that the first draft of the genome will probably contain many errors due to the age of the sample and the contamination, and he calculates the DNA in five different samples of bone would have to be sequenced, and in all the genome would need to be sequenced 30 times before we could be confident of its accuracy.Mapping the genome should allow scientists to answer questions about the relationship between us and Neanderthals, such as whether we interbred, and were separate species. It may also be useful in medical research. Citation: Could Neanderthals live again? (2010, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-neanderthals.html (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers are closer than ever to having a first draft of a complete sequence of the genome of a Neanderthal woman who lived some 30,000 years ago, and this means it may one day be possible to create a living person from the DNA sequence.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.archaeology.org/1003/etc/neanderthals.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Another school student tried to commit suicide inside the bathroom of a school in Ballygunge area on Tuesday. The girl was seen entering the toilet but after almost five minutes when she did not came out, the monitoring section informed teachers and the girl was rescued before serious damage could be done.The method of the incident was almost similar to the recent suicide of Krittika Paul, who was a student of a renowned English medium school in Ranikuthi. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, on Tuesday at around 3 pm, the girl went to the toilet. Staff members of the school who were monitoring the CCTV camera footage noticed her going inside the toilet. After almost six minutes when she did not come out, the staff got worried. Immediately, they informed the class teacher and more staff members rushed to the toilet. As the door was locked, they had to break in. After going inside the toilet, the teacher and staff found the girl on the floor, bleeding from her left wrist. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe was immediately taken to the Principal’s room and was provided with first aid. Her parents were informed as well. Later, the girl was sent home and her parents were asked to look after her. Sources informed that the girl was suffering from depression and had tried to commit suicide earlier. On Tuesday, when her teachers were trying to know the cause, she kept on mumbling: “no one loves me. No one has time for me. All are busy with their works (amake keu bhalobase na. Amar jonno karor somoy nei. Sobai nijer kaaj a byasto).” Previously, she had been taken to a counsellor to treat her depression. Even on Tuesday, a counsellor was there all along till the girl left school with her family members. Though no complaint or official information was given to the police, sleuths from Gariahat police station went to the school. Ajay Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of South East Division (SED), said on Wednesday: “No complaint was received in this regard. If any complaint comes, it will be looked into.”last_img read more

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first_imgScream star Bex Taylor-Klaus comes out as lesbian because post-election America is ‘terrifying’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . CW revealed Kate Kane will be part of their family of shows as an out and proud lesbian. Batwoman will be the latest LGBTI superhero to be introduced on mainstream TV, after the decision to cast trans actress Nicole Maines as trans superhero Nai Nal in Supergirl.Following CW’s announcement, Taylor-Klaus told online magazine Fandom they would like to play Batwoman, X-23, or other ‘queer or … gender nonbinary heroines’.Their fans immediately started discussing the idea on social media..@TheCW should make Kate Kane/Batwoman from Earth 38 (AKA #Supergirl’s Earth) so the Earth 38 version of Sin from #Arrow can be Kate Kane/Batwoman and @IBexWeBex can play the role as Bex Taylor-Klaus and Kate are both Jewish lesbians so it’s perfect casting #Batwoman pic.twitter.com/VJCXVVaVps— Sonia (@asonia786) July 27, 2018The actor isn’t new to the CW’s world of superheroes, as they played a recurring role in season 2 and 3 of Arrow. Taylor-Klaus was the badass, fearless Sin, sidekick of Black Canary aka Sara Lance.Although this could cause some confusion in the CW universe, we hope there might still be a chance for Taylor-Klaus to portray Kane or another LGBTI superhero.Read more from Gay Star News:There’s a TV show about lesbian superhero Batwoman in the works Prepare for International Non-binary Day by learning how to be a better ally Many young celebrities are using social media channels to come out to their followers in the simplest, most low-key yet effective way. Scream star Bex Taylor-Klaus is the latest to make this list with her recent tweet where they came out as non-binary. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Those who loved MTV’s slasher show will remember Taylor-Klaus’s honest portrayal of Audrey, the bisexual best friend of Noah and Emma. In the show, Audrey tries to come to terms with her attraction to girls while trying not to get murdered. Pretty easy, uh?Unlike Audrey, Taylor-Klaus is very outspoken about their sexuality. The actor took to Twitter on 29 July to open up about their gender identity.I came out as trans non-binary in a room full of people today. Guess it’s time for me to do that on here, too …Hi. I’m Bex, and the rumors are true. I’m v enby.— Bex Taylor-Klaus (@IBexWeBex) July 29, 2018‘I came out as trans non-binary in a room full of people today,’ they wrote.They furthermore tweeted: ‘Guess it’s time for me to do that on here, too… Hi. I’m Bex, and the rumors are true. I’m v enby.’Bex Taylor-Klaus came out as gay in 2016This is not the first time the actor addresses their sexuality on social media.Taylor-Klaus, in fact, had already come out as gay on Twitter in November 2016 using the same formula.A few days after Donald Trump’s election as POTUS, Klaus tweeted: ‘I am v gay.’hello my name is bex and yes the rumors are true I am v gayLive on YouNow in 10 minutes— Bex Taylor-Klaus (@IBexWeBex) November 17, 2016‘hello my name is bex and yes the rumors are true,’ they wrote.Taylor-Klaus received the full support of the LGBTI community and her very vocal fans, excited at the news.Taylor-Klaus would love to portray the new lesbian BatwomanDuring SDCC, the actor also expresses their interest in playing the current iteration of Batwoman. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Audrey on MTV’s horror series Scream. | Photo: @bex_tk/Instagram Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/scream-star-bex-taylor-klaus-comes-out-as-non-binary-in-a-candid-tweet/last_img read more

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first_imgMidsummer fundraising events are as rare as snow on the beach. Thus, The Blue Flag Dance planned for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7-10 p.m., should be especially festive. Held at the luxurious Villa del Sueño in Hermosa, the event will feature popular dance band Pirates del Lago.The event is sponsored by the Playa Hermosa Association (www.playahermosabeach.org), and proceeds will go to beach cleanups, according to Board President John O’Connell. Anyone familiar with Playas del Coco will note the changes: The beach now features many more trash containers and far less litter.Tickets cost $10 and include one drink. They can be procured from Chip Joslin by calling 8702-8367 or Faith Mullens at 2672-4008. Though it promotes itself as a cigar store, Artesanos (located above Susy’s Gifts and next to Five Star Salon in downtown Coco) is much more. The shop offers fine wines and liquor from throughout the region, as well as quality organic Costa Rican coffee and chocolates. The cigars originate as far away as the Dominican Republic, and there’s a fine selection of Nicaraguan hand-rolled and Cuban cigars.  –Kent Cartheykcarthey@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgHealth Minister Fernando Llorca reported that 10 people died in Costa Rica due to health complications caused by the influenza virus in the past six weeks.At a press conference on Friday evening, the minister said that the victims were between 4 months and 51 years old. Five of them died at hospitals in the capital San José, four in Alajuela, and one in Puntarenas.Nine of cases were patients who presented health risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, morbid obesity, or lung, heart or kidney disease.The Health Ministry reported in a news release that all the victims were infected with either the AH1N1 or the AH3N2 strains of the virus. None of them had been vaccinated against any seasonal strains of the virus, the ministry reported.The Alajuela patients lived in the Northern Zone communities of Florencia, Guatuso, Aguas Zarcas and Santa Rosa de Pocosol. The San José victims lived in Tibás and Goicoechea.The ministry also reported that there are 20 infected patients isolated inside a special room in the San Carlos Hospital, and that two of them are in critical condition.Rains and low temperaturesMaría Villalta Bonilla, the Medical Manager of the Social Security System (Caja), said that the circulation of influenza viruses and respiratory diseases in the country occurs throughout the year, but rains and low temperatures increase the number of infected people.Costa Rica is currently in the transition between the rainy and the dry season. The National Meteorological Institute reported on Friday that a cold front entering the country from the Gulf of Mexico will bring heavy rains and strong gusts of wind for a few more days in most of the country: the Northern Zone, the Caribbean Region, the Southern Pacific and the Central Valley.Caja data indicate that the number of cases recorded so far this year in the Northern Zone does not exceed the average for the region. However, officials expect an increase in cases due to rainy conditions in recent weeks, prompted by various weather phenomena including Hurricane Otto.Villalta said that Caja’s hospitals in the region will operate as usual this month, both regular consultation services and emergency rooms.Between the second week of December 2015 and the second week of January 2016, public hospitals recorded an increase in cases of respiratory infections. The seasonal spike resulted the deaths of in 27 people during that period, the Caja noted.RecommendationsOfficials from the Caja and the Health Ministry are calling on the population to exercise hygiene measures to prevent contagion. People should wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths and noses using the forearm or a tissue when sneezing, and avoid smoking.Authorities also ask people who have flu or cold symptoms to refrain from going to work, at least until coughing and sneezing ceases. In addition, they ask sick people to avoid visiting crowded locations such as concerts, sports events, shopping malls and churches.Villalta said that any person with a fever of 38 °C (100 °F) or above and presenting breathing problems should seek medical attention as soon as possible, with particular caution when the person has other special conditions. Children under three, seniors over 65, overweight people, and people with transplants, immune system disorders, chronic respiratory or cardiac problems should be supervised with particular care. Facebook Comments Related posts:Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians Doctors’ Association backs down from mandatory medical fees Costa Rica restricts import, sale of baby walkers Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decadeslast_img read more

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first_imgThe capital will see a massive range of shootings for Bollywood films this year. The tourism department’s data has revealed that they have received 40 requests for film shootings and the figure is expected to touch 75 by the end of this year. This despite the fact that various departments, including the tourism department have recently increased the rates for shooting by almost 40%.Earlier, the government used to get only 6-7 shooting requests a year. Locations like Agrasen ki Baoli and Tughlaqabad Fort are the new choices of Directors, while Delhi’s heart Connaught Place is no more in the list of options.To shoot in Delhi, the makers require permissions from a total of 18 agencies, including police and Delhi government. The tourism department’s senior official had mentioned in 2013 that around six-seven movies were shot in Delhi that year and almost two dozen movies were shot in Delhi in 2016, following which Delhi government had decided to open a single-window counter.Earlier, many agencies had no guidelines to give permission for shootings. “We had asked these agencies to prepare guidelines, and finally we have the guidelines,” a senior Tourism Ministry Official informed. A meeting was held with the 18 stakeholders in April where it was decided that permissions will be given for a maximum of 10 days.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter day one, Kelly admitted mistakes were made, like being late on some reads and second-guessing his throws.The NFL game is much faster and much different, Kelly said, because for the first time in a long time he found himself in a huddle.“Just the language of it, being in the huddle instead of just getting (the play) from the sideline with a signal,” he said. “You have to remember all the different snap counts. The verbiage, that’s the big thing that I’m learning and I’m going to continue hitting the playbook. There’s going to be mistakes. You just got to minimize those as much as you can and go out there and play fast.”The Cardinals invited only one other quarterback to participate in the mini-camp, Phillip Sims out of Winston-Salem state.Whether either Kelly or Sims last past the weekend would appear to be a long shot — especially with four quarterbacks already on the roster — though Arians did leave the door open, albeit perhaps only slightly.“I kind of like both of these guys,” he said. “It might be something where we keep a guy for a fifth arm to work with the rookies in the afternoon.” He was one of 50 players on the field Friday, 20 of whom were like Kelly, invited to try out.“It’s awesome. This experience that the Cardinals are giving me is unbelievable,” he said.Kelly worked out for the Cardinals prior to the draft. They were the only NFL team to call afterwards and offer him an invitation to try out.“I’m very fortunate for that,” he said. “The Cardinals, they saw something in me to bring me in to workout. I’m very blessed to get this opportunity and make the most of it.”The mini-camp runs through Sunday.As a three-year starter at ASU, Kelly ranked third all-time in touchdown passes (79) and fourth in total passing yards (8,819). He finished his career with the highest completion percentage (63.3) and the most net rushing yards by a quarterback (1,404), a credit to his dual-threat ability.College numbers, however, don’t carry over to the NFL.Kelly said he feels like he’s starting all over.“I’ve got to go back to my freshman year of college. That’s what it is right now is you’re learning a new system,” he said. “My mind was running a million miles per hour. I’ve got to start slowing that down and get in the playbook and understand my reads.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kelly said he knows his time to make an impression is short.“That I can play in the NFL, that I can be a starting quarterback for one of them, especially the Cardinals,” he said. “For me to have a great showcase this weekend and put those talents out on the field and show these coaches what I can do to win ballgames.”And why not, remember, Kelly wouldn’t be the first quarterback to make the ASU-Arizona Cardinals jump.“Once I walked into the locker room, went to my locker, saw 16, (it) just put a little smile on my face,” he said. “(Jake) sent me a text this morning, wished me good luck. I’m just going to make the most of this opportunity.” – / 8 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The connection was hard not to make: A young quarterback from Idaho who played his college ball at Arizona State now wearing No. 16 for the local NFL team.“He kind of reminds me of Jake (Plummer) in that number,” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Taylor Kelly.Four months removed from throwing his final pass as a Sun Devil — a four-yard touchdown strike to Demario Richard for the game-winning score in the Sun Bowl –Kelly arrived at Cardinals headquarters for rookie mini-camp.center_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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