Vertonghen offers update on Tottenham future

first_imgJan Vertonghen believes Tottenham are “the best club to play for at the moment”, but has not committed to penning a new contract in north London.The Belgium international defender has become the subject of intense transfer talk this summer.This is because he has entered the final 12 months of his current deal with Spurs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? No extension has been agreed, with the 32-year-old now edging towards free agency.He is not the only Tottenham player to be in that position, with Christian Eriksen another of those yet to agree fresh terms.The Danish playmaker is being heavily linked with a move to Spain, with Madrid rivals Real and Atletico said to be among his many suitors.Vertonghen has also seen a switch mooted, but he maintains that he is happy in England for now.He told reporters when quizzed on his future: “I’ve got a year left, I will have to see what happens.”I love being here. I feel great with the manager [Mauricio Pochettino], he’s been supporting me and making me a better player.”I’ve got everything I want. It’s the best club to play for at the moment.”Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League 13022019Vertonghen has spent the last seven years with Spurs, having joined from Ajax in the summer of 2012.He has taken in 285 appearances for the club and recorded 10 goals.Tottenham had been hoping to see him prolong his association by penning a new contract, but they are yet to reach an agreement that suits all parties.As time passes, this is helping to keep the unwelcome transfer talk raging.Spurs find themselves in a similar position when it comes to Vertonghen’s fellow centre-half and countryman Toby Alderweireld, with the 30-year-old another of those to have less than 12 months remaining on his deal.He continues to generate talk of interest from Roma and Manchester United, with there a £25 million ($31m) release clause in his contract which could be triggered in the current recruitment window.Both Alderweireld and Vertonghen have formed part of the Spurs squad stepping up their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign in Singapore, with Pochettino’s side readying themselves for an International Champions Cup clash with Juventus on Sunday.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson urges New Zealand to play with freedom vs ‘high-quality’ India

first_img Reuters ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 10:31 IST Reuters photo.HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play against New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019New Zealand have headed into the semi-final on the back of 3 straight defeatsThe Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack: Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Tuesday’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Kane Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Kane Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day.”We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.”That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.””It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.”Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Kane Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.advertisement”No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said.”You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.”That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick.Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.”The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said.”As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.”It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”ALSO READ | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryALSO READ | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsALSO WATCH | Bold In, Bowled Out with Rajarshi: Record-breaking Rohit Sharma in focus as India eye World Cup finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson urges New Zealand to play with freedom vs ‘high-quality’ IndiaNew Zealand have lost 3 matches on the bounce in the lead up to the semi-final but captain Kane Williamson believes his teammates are really excited about the opportunity to go out and take on India in Manchester on Tuesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

ISRO racing against time to salvage lander Vikram

first_imgBengaluru: ISRO is racing against time to spring ‘Vikram’ back to lifeand salvage the lander-rover part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission.The lander Vikram, with rover ‘Pragyan’ tucked inside it, lost communication with the ground-stations during its final descent, just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface, minutes before the planned soft-landing in the early hours of Saturday. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) said on Sunday Vikram had a “hard-landing”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Bengaluru-headquarterd space agency on Tuesday again confirmed that the lander has been located on the lunar surface by the on-board cameras of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter which is circling the moon in its intended orbit. “All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with (the) lander”, ISRO further said in a tweet. A senior ISRO official associated with the mission said: “The images from the orbiter camera showed that Vikram is in single piece lying on the lunar surface; not broken into pieces. it is in a tilted position. It’s not in its four legs, as usual”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThis official added on condition of anonymity: “it’s not upside down. It’s lying on its side”. ISRO officially did not comment on the condition of the lander. Chandrayaan-2 comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan). The mission life of the lander and rover is one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Saturday evening that the space agency would try to restore link with the lander for 14 days and it has been reiterating the resolve since then. An ISRO official said Vikram hit the lunar surface at a place about 500 metres away from where it was originally planned to touch-down. But there was no official word on this from ISRO. Sources said an ISRO team is trying to see if they can reorient the antennas of the lander in such a way that communication can be restored. “Efforts are going on”, they said. According to a senior ISRO official, orientation may have been lost during the final descent when velocity was reduced, due “sensor or on-board software or computer anomaly”. “A committee is looking into what has gone wrong. They will come out with answers soon”, this official said. Meanwhile, flawless and precise launch and efficient management of the Chandrayaan-2 mission —- till the lander ‘Vikram’ lost communication with ground-stations –, has paid rich dividends to the ISRO on the orbiter front. The 2,379 kg orbiter whose mission life was designed to be one year would now be able function for almost seven years. “Enough fuel is available with the orbiter. Up to (lunar) orbit insertion, we did not have any flaw. Additional fuel which was anticipated was not used at all. Everything went as per the plan. Additional fuel is available with us (on-board the orbiter)”, an ISRO official said. Another ISRO official said, “One of the limiting factor is on-board fuel availability. Because the performance of GSLV-MK III (which launched the spacecraft) and efficient mission management, we have enough fuel for continuing it forward for seven years.” The space agency also said, the precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of almost seven years instead of the planned one year for the orbiter. ISRO had said 90 to 95 per cent of the Chandrayaan-2 mission objectives have been accomplished and it would continue to contribute to Lunar science , notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander which hit lunar surface after failing in its planned attempt to soft-land in the early hours of Saturday. Noting that Chandrayaan-2 mission was a highly complex one, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO, the space agency said it brought together an orbiter, lander and rover to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon. This was a unique mission which aimed at studying not just one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere, the surface as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission, it added.last_img read more

Employment Insurance premiums will be lower than anticipated in 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Employment Insurance Commission says employment insurance premiums will be lower than expected in 2019.The commission says the rate will be $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings, which is four cents lower than anticipated.Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Jean-Yves Duclos, minister for families, children and social development, say in a joint statement that the EI premium rate has been reduced “thanks to a strong and growing economy.”The statement says the new rate is almost 14 per cent lower than the rates in 2015 and that it’s the lowest rate since 1980.Randall Bartlett, chief economist at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy says the low premium rate is a reflection of the strong Canadian job market.The change won’t be reflected on people’s paycheques until January.last_img read more

Manitoba First Nations say province hasnt consulted on proposed flood channel

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsSeveral First Nations in Manitoba say they haven’t been consulted by the province on plans for a new flood channel connecting two major waterways to mitigate flooding risks.The provincial government has been working on plans for the channel since major flooding devastated First Nations communities in the province eight years ago.At a community forum hosted by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in Ashern Monday, some said plans for the proposed Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin channel outlet project could negatively impact First Nations rights.With construction just months away, they say they want to be properly consulted.“It’s going to impact not only our inherent treaty rights but most importantly the fishing industry as well as the livelihoods,” says IRTC member Karl Zadnik. “The hunting, the fishing, the medicine picking — all the sacred things we hold still today.”The IRTC represents six communities in the Interlake region of Manitoba, including the four that were impacted by the 2011 flood.Last year the province hosted four information sessions about the project, none of which were in First Nation communities.Chief Garnet Woodhouse of Pinaymootang First Nation said he attended Monday’s forum with the hope of finally speaking with a government minister, but to no avail.“There is a failure from the governments,” he said. “Today we invite the provincial government to be here. Where are they?”In a statement sent to APTN News, a spokesperson for the Manitoba government said the province “will soon submit the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.“The government recognizes that a number of Indigenous communities have concerns related to the project, and the EIS will provide the opportunity to discuss the details of the project and these concerns.”bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Sioux City approves nearly 15M contract for new expo centre

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sioux City officials have approved nearly $15 million for a new expo centre with 80,000 square feet of exposition space that they hope will attract events to the city, including trade shows and youth sports tournaments.The City Council awarded the contract to L&L Builders on Monday for the Siouxland Expo Center project, the Sioux City Journal reported. The contract bid was more than $2 million higher than initial projections.Dirk Lohry, the centre’s board president, said it’s not shocking that the bid exceeded the original estimates.“I still think that’s within the range of accuracy of any type of construction estimate for a project of this size,” he said. “We have to realize we’re in a growing robust economy. Contractors are busy. Wages are going up. Materials are more expensive.”The multifunctional venue will be constructed on a plot of land near Interstate 29 and the Floyd River channel. The city will oversee the building once construction is finished.The centre is part of the downtown Sioux City Reinvestment District, which includes three other projects that developers say could generate a total $13.5 million in hotel and sales taxes.The city Parks and Recreation Department is presently located in the Long Lines Family Rec Center, but it will relocate its offices and activities to the Expo Center.Organizers must “work very hard” on fundraising due to the rising construction expenses, Lohry noted. The Expo Center still needs a naming rights purchaser.“Now that it’s a reality and it’s going forward, I think it’ll make the fundraising a lot easier, because now people can visualize what this Expo Center is going to be and how it can be such a great addition to the quality of life issues in Sioux City,” Lohry said.The facility is expected to start hosting events in 2020.___Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.comThe Associated Press read more

Travel ban on Gota temporarily lifted

Rajapaksa and six others appeared before the special High Court today over the case on the misappropriation of Rs 33.9 million of state funds to build the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum.The trial-at-bar was requested by lawyers to permit Rajapaksa to travel overseas. A travel ban imposed on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was temporarily lifted by the special High Court today.Rajapaksa had sought permission to travel overseas from March 26 to April 12 and the court gave the clearance. The court approved the request and ordered that his passport be released. (Colombo Gazette)

Tea partybacked senator says he wont delay vote on bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won’t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default.Cruz had forced the shutdown by demanding that President Barack Obama gut his health care law in exchange for a bill to keep the government running.He told reporters Wednesday that he would vote against the bipartisan bill but wouldn’t use Senate delaying tactics to stall the legislation.The Texas senator has won praise from the tea party and other conservatives for his actions. Tea party-backed senator says he won’t delay vote on bipartisan budget deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:29 am MDT read more

McDonalds says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting on

FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2013, photo, a McDonald’s breakfast is arranged for an illustration at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York. McDonald’s says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Marley Jay, The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 4:49 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email McDonald’s says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting on Oct. 6 NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you’re one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald’s, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6.Items like Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit ‘n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available anytime, although the exact menu will vary in different markets. The company said core items like the Big Mac, McNuggets and fries will still be available at all of its locations.The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company has been testing an all-day breakfast menu in San Diego for months. It has been looking for a boost, as sales at established U.S. stores have fallen for seven straight quarters and the company hasn’t replaced its Dollar Menu with anything equally compelling.McDonald’s is also working to improve its food by toasting buns longer and searing burgers to improve taste, and it’s looking for a way to shake up its image.Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands, launched a breakfast menu in 2014 and has said the “biscuit taco” and other items have lifted its sales. Earlier this year Taco Bell ran an advertising campaign that depicts McDonald’s and its Egg McMuffins as boring. Meanwhile the company has lost some ground to restaurants like Chipotle, which tout better food and ingredients, and to newer burger chains like Five Guys Burgers and Fries.McDonald’s plans to close about 700 stores this year and will shut down more stores than it opens in the U.S., something it hasn’t done since at least 1970 and possibly in its entire corporate history. The company is reorganizing so it can respond more quickly to trends, cutting costs, and has eliminated a few hundred corporate jobs.Mike Andres, president of McDonald’s U.S. acknowledged the company has struggled with an overcomplicated menu, and that restaurants would remove some items to make room for the breakfast offerings throughout the day. Core menu items such as Big Macs will remain national. But in Nashville, for instance, restaurants remove all McWraps and the Clubhouse burger. The items that are removed will vary by region.In test markets, Andres said customer visits increased.“We’re very excited — we think this could be the next big thing,” Andres said.LeAnn Richards, a franchisee who led the task force on all-day breakfast, said restaurants need to get some new equipment, including a separate egg cooker and toaster, to offer all-day breakfast.Shares of McDonald’s Corp. fell $1.55 to $93.47 Tuesday while the broader markets tumbled.___AP Business Writer Candice Choi contributed to this story. read more

Ukraine draft law banning homosexual references violates freedom of expression – UN

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted, at first reading, a draft law, which introduces anti-homosexuality amendments into four existing laws, as well as into Ukraine’s criminal code. If adopted in its current form, references to homosexuality in the media could result in fines or prison sentences of up to five years, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Addressing reporters in Geneva, an OHCHR spokesperson, Rupert Colville, said the draft law “is clearly discriminatory and runs counter to Ukraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information.” He added, “It may also undermine the rights to health and equality before the law, and raises serious question marks over the country’s adherence to fundamental human rights values, as contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”The proposed law, Mr. Colville said, contradicts the recently adopted anti-discrimination law in the country, and added that to clear some of the contradictions Ukraine should strengthen its anti-discrimination law by making explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity as possible grounds of discrimination.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated it expects Parliament to take into account Ukraine’s international obligations to protect minority rights during the second reading of the draft law, which will take place later this month.“We urge the Ukrainian authorities to take all necessary steps to strengthen individual human rights guarantees against discrimination, and note that the second reading of the draft law will provide an opportunity for the new parliament, which will be elected at the end of October, to rectify the situation,” Mr. Colville said.He added that OHCHR, in close partnership with international and regional organizations as well as national institutions and civil society organizations, is ready to assist Ukraine to “promote an inclusive anti-discrimination agenda and legislation that will be protective of the rights of all without any distinction.” read more

Rebranding for a leader in geosynthetic lining for mine applications

first_imgGSE Lining Technology, a leading global manufacturer and provider of geosynthetic lining products and services, has launched its rebranded identity as GSE Environmental. “Following its recent listing to the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 10, this rebrand reflects the company’s transition from a multi-regional company to a truly global organisation,” the company says. “GSE is more than just a lining company,” said Mark Arnold, GSE Environmental President and CEO. “What we do matters to the environment, to our communities and to our customers worldwide, and we felt it was time to develop a global brand to reflect that.”The rebranding process began in June 2011 as GSE engaged Houston-based brand experience firm, BrandExtract, to collaborate with employees, clients and partners worldwide in the brand research and development process. The feedback gained throughout the initiative surfaced six key brand attributes that reflect GSE’s new global brand: sustainability, leadership, consistency, collaboration, flexibility and innovation.GSE’s new brand identity, including the name change, logo and tagline, “Durability runs deep,” were direct results of the research and rebranding process. Additionally, the corporate website was completely redesigned to better represent GSE’s extensive worldwide capabilities, products and expertise.Originally founded in 1972, GSE has evolved from one product manufacturer to a global provider of geosynthetic lining products and services, playing a crucial role in the protection of the environment and communities worldwide.“We are a global company with ambitious plans for development, innovation and collaboration with customers worldwide,” said Peter McCourt, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at GSE. “We have this extensive manufacturing footprint that allows us to supply projects from multiple sites around the globe at the same time. Historically, GSE has been known as an innovator and a market leader, but now our new brand supports this.” The new brand identity, says the company, “puts GSE in a strong position for continued success after more than three decades of providing integrated systems and solutions for mining operations.”last_img read more

TMACs Hope Bay gold options increase following licence approvals

first_imgTMAC Resources has received approval of two Type A Water licences for the Madrid and Boston projects, part of its wider plans on the Hope Bay belt in Nunavut, Canada.On January 14, the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade approved the two licences as recommended by the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) on December 7. This approval concludes the final step in the environmental permitting process and enables mine construction and operations and sets the closure bonding requirements, TMAC said.Jason Neal, President and Chief Executive Officer of TMAC, said: “Receipt of these two water licences completes permitting for the Madrid and Boston projects and provides substantial development flexibility to TMAC. While 2018 has largely been about ongoing ramp up and implementing significant improvements to the Doris operations, in 2019, we balance optimisation of established operations with the initial steps of broader development of the Hope Bay Belt. We are looking forward to initiating development at Madrid North with the potential for first ore to the Doris plant and the commencement of underground development.”In combination, the licences allow for the development and operation of three new gold mines at Madrid North, Madrid South and Boston, including a 55 km all-weather road connecting all four mines on the Hope Bay property.The amended licence provides for the expansion of the existing Doris camp, expansion of the tailings impoundment area from 2.5 Mt to 18 Mt for Madrid tailings and the construction and operation of mines at Madrid North and Madrid South.The company said: “The new licence for Boston provides development alternatives beyond our established plans, permitting the construction and operation of a fully independent mine site including a new 5.1 Mt facility and ore processing plant, allowing TMAC flexibility to evaluate options for what we expect will be a growing ore resource as we begin investing in exploration at Boston.”Accomplishing this final step in permitting allows for the development scenario described in the 2015 prefeasibility study while significantly increasing water use thresholds for daily production and processing rates, according to TMAC. This study envisaged average annual gold production of 160,000 oz over a 20-year mine life, compared with the 33,100 oz record production posted in the most recent September quarter.TMAC added: “The permitting strategy has also secured permissions to operate alternative wind power generation, expansion of TMAC’s port and includes surface mining of crown pillars at Madrid and Boston, similar to what is being executed at the Doris mine.”last_img read more

Kadetten win Swiss Cup 2016

Kadetten Schaffhausen ← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa win King’s Cup 2016! Next Story → Meshkov Brest beat SKA Minsk for Belarussian Cup trophy 2016! Kadetten Schaffhausen showed, one again, dominance in Switzerland by winning new trophy! The reigning Swiss champions won domestic Cup against St. Otmar from Saint Gallen 32:28 (18:11).Kadetten Schaffhausen – TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen 32:28 (18:11)Stadthalle, Sursee – 1150 Zuschauer – Sr. Sager/Styger.Kadetten: Portner; Cvijetic, Karacic, Liniger (6/3), Küttel (6), Richwien, Graubner (2), Pendic (4/1), Brännberger, Csaszar (3), Maros (5), Koch (6).St. Otmar: Kindler; Brücker (6), Ramadani (2), Babak (5), Jurilj, Szymanski (2), Wetzel (3), Banic (2), Milovic (3), Engels (5).Result: 1:0, 5:4, 6:4, 6:5, 9:5, 11:8, 13:8, 13:9, 15:9, 15:10, 18:10, 18:11; 19:12, 19:14, 22:16, 25:19, 25:21, 27:22, 27:24, 29:24, 30:25, 30:26, 32:28. read more

US army forced to release WikiLeaks case documents

first_imgTHE US ARMY published dozens of documents online Wednesday in the case of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, after media outlets and other groups had criticised a lack of transparency.The move came in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the case against Manning, who stands accused of passing a trove of secret files to Julian Assange’s anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website.Among the organizations that demanded access to the pre-trial documents were The Washington Post, CNN and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which all said they had been prevented from informing the public about the case.Military court hearingSuch documents have been sealed based on requests either by the prosecution or defense lawyers in the case against Manning, which is being heard in a military court at Fort Meade, Maryland, north of the US capital Washington.In federal civilian court, similar types of documents are nearly always made public.Even in the military commissions at the Guantanamo detention facility, where pre-trial hearings in the case against the 9/11 plotters are being heard, military lawyers have made such documents available.On Wednesday, 84 court orders and rulings were released in the Manning case, including a partial transcription of a deposition made by Manning.The 25-year-old Army private faces a slew of charges, including “aiding the enemy,” for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive US military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.Largest leak of restricted documents in US historyHe was arrested in May 2010 while serving as an intelligence analyst near Baghdad and subsequently charged over the largest leak of restricted documents in American history. The trial is expected to begin in June.“Due to the voluminous nature of these documents, it will take additional time to review, redact, and release all of the responsive documents,” the Army said in a statement, adding that 500 documents have been released thus far.During Wednesday’s hearing at Fort Meade, Judge Denise Lind dealt the defense a blow when she rejected their claim that the documents allegedly leaked by Manning were incorrectly marked top secret.“Evidence of overclassification is not relevant,” she said.Sensitive mattersThe proceedings at Fort Meade are shown to reporters via closed circuit television with a slight delay, so the transmission can be cut if sensitive matters are discussed.Prosecutors had asked that hearings be closed when classified information is to be discussed.Prosecutor Ashden Fein said that of 141 possible witnesses, “some form of classification” should be used for testimony from 73 of them, though “not necessarily all their testimony.”Manning is expected to offer a revised plea proposal Thursday.The most serious of the 22 charges against him, “aiding the enemy,” carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but Manning’s team is trying to have that charge dropped.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Larry Page Starts as Google CEO

first_imgThe first day at a new job is an exciting and stressful time. Thankfully, Google’s new CEO already has a pretty firm grasp of the company’s workings, having co-founded the company 13 years ago with Sergey Brin. Larry Page and Brin served as co-presidents for the search company until 2001, when they recruited former Novell CEO, Eric Schmidt. Today is the day that Page steps in for Schmidt. When the announcement was made, back in January, Schmidt told the press, “I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.”He added that the move will speed up decision-making (by reducing the number of cooks making the broth), but will otherwise not make a huge difference in terms of management, as Schmidt and Page, “tend to agree on pretty much everything.”At the very least, you couldn’t ask for someone with a better specialized resume.last_img read more

Confirmed Bachelor Star Will Test Einsteins Theory

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Source 2 is single and ready to mingle test Einstein’s theory of general relativity.Previously believed to be part of a binary system where two stars circle each other, S0-2 is a confirmed bachelor.According to a recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal, the celestial body does not have a significant other. (At least, not one big enough to interfere with critical measurements.)“Stars as massive as S0-2 almost always have a binary companion,” Tuan Do, deputy director of UCLA’s Galactic Center Group, said in a statement.Sixteen years in the making, a team of researchers made their discovery using spectroscopic measurements of S0-2, collected from the W. M. Keck Observatory’s OH-Suppressing Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (OSIRIS) and Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics.“This is the first study to investigate S0-2 as a spectroscopic binary,” lead analyst Devin Chu, an astronomy graduate student with the Galactic Center Group, said. “It’s incredibly rewarding. This study gives us confidence that an S0-2 binary system will not significantly affect our ability to measure gravitational redshift.”The breakthrough allows astronomers to test special theory or relativity: What we perceive as the force of gravity, in fact, arises from the curvature of space and time.Einstein predicted that light coming from a strong gravitational field gets stretched out, or “redshifted.”Researchers hope to directly measure this phenomenon in the spring, when the star approaches a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way—where it is expected to be pulled at maximum gravitational strength.“It will be the first measurement of its kind,” co-author Do said.“Gravity is the least well-tested of the forces of nature. Einstein’s theory has passed all other tests with flying colors,” he continued. “So if there are deviations measured, it would certainly raise lots of questions about the nature of gravity.”“We are so anxious to see how the star will behave under the black hole’s violent pull,” Chu added. “Will S0-2 follow Einstein’s theory or will the star defy our current laws of physics? We will soon find out.”This study also sheds light on the birth of S0-2 and its S-Star Cluster neighbors—young, hot stars that exist so close to a supermassive black hole.“S0-2 is a very special and puzzling star,” Chu said, suggesting it “must have formed a different way.”The Galactic Center Group plans to study other S-Stars in hopes of explaining why S0-2 is single.center_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

LIME Donates Phones and service to DDME

first_img TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies received 20 new Alcatel Cell phones today from LIME Turks and Caicos – a donation which the company hopes to help the Disaster Response team better respond and communicate information. The phones will be given to Shelter managers throughout the country.LIME has given DDME shelter managers free phone service throughout the storm and will continue to send alerts and advisories during the storm free of charge. Recommended for you Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:DDME, donate, lime, phoneslast_img read more

Add 32GB to any mobile device with this 4in1 flash drive for

first_imgQarfee Happy Pi Day, cheeps! Today’s the day for cheap pies: baked, pizza and otherwise. I’ve rounded up all the best Pi Day deals for you. Om nom nom. Today’s also the day to buy whatever cool geeky thing you’ve been eyeballing at ThinkGeek, because the store is offering 31.4 percent off sitewide. I don’t recall if it ran a similar sale last year, but that’s a pretty exceptional offer. See it at ThinkGeekYesterday I shared a deal on an iPhone with just 32GB of storage. If you own a mobile device — phone, tablet, Chromebook, whatever — with similarly limited space, a flash drive can easily and inexpensively give you more breathing room.Here’s a particularly good deal on a particularly versatile one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Qarfee 32GB 4-in-1 flash drive is just $18.05 with promo code QY4OLABN. Regular price: $30.See it at AmazonThat code also works with the 64GB and 128GB versions, dropping them to $25.99 and $38.99, respectively.Flash drives are a dime a dozen, right? This one has a Lightning connector at one end and a USB/Micro-USB hybrid connector at the other. Qarfee also supplies a USB-C adapter, meaning the drive can work with pretty much any mobile device.Just make sure you understand its limitations. If you’re looking to expand the storage of an Android device, it must support USB-OTG. On the iOS side, you can’t do things like install apps to the drive or use it to store DRM-protected media.Rather, something like this is great for bringing along an MP3 collection or movie library that’s too large to fit on your phone. You can also use it to offload photos and videos if they’re taking up too much space. Needless to say, it’s also good for everyday flash-drive functions as well, like transferring big files between PCs.Flash drives are super cheap, no question, but one that includes a Lightning connector will usually run you at least $10-$15 more. Giveaway! There’s a Marvel-ous prize package with your name on it. Get your entry (or entries) in before March 31. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate See It $999 $999 $999 Sprint $999 See It Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Comments Boost Mobile 3 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Mobile Accessories Amazonlast_img read more

Luigis Mansion 3 hits your Nintendo Switch on Halloween

first_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go $299 The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See it $289 Nintendo also announced via its Twitter account that Luigi’s Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Switch’s three key titles to be released by the year’s end, will be playable at SDCC.Until Halloween, Mario enthusiasts will have to keep themselves entertained with Super Mario Maker 2. Considering how creative and fun that game is, that shouldn’t be too much of a chore. Amazon Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details 0 Best Buy $299 When Luigi’s friends go missing on vacation, it’s up to our reluctant hero to save them from the ghosts in the Last Resort hotel! Join forces with Gooigi, slam ghosts, & prepare for a spooky treat when #LuigisMansion3 arrives to #NintendoSwitch on 10/31!https://t.co/3fg4O2t6PB pic.twitter.com/iNM9BKNKg5— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 17, 2019 Tags See It Post a comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The better Super Mario Bro, Luigi. Nintendo Luigi, as we all know, is the superior Super Mario Bro. He’ll have another chance to prove it on Oct. 31, when Luigi’s Mansion 3 launches on the Nintendo Switch. The news broke on Nintendo’s Twitter on Wednesday, ahead of San Diego Comic-Con.As with the previous games, Luigi’s Mansion 3 follows the more cowardly of the Mario brothers as he, like a true hero, overcomes his fears by traversing a haunted mansion to save his dear friends. What a guy. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Video Games See It Share your voice Walmart $299 29 Photos See It Nintendolast_img read more