Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP 4 See It Ready to go back to Wakanda? Marvel’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther came out in 2018, but now that it’s up for the Academy Award for best picture, it might be time to watch it again.The film will be rereleased in theaters for one week at 250 participating AMC theaters, Marvel Studios said Monday, and it’s free. Interested moviegoers had better book now. A waiting list will be started once showings fill up. Screenings start Feb. 1. TV and Movies TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Share your voice $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Turo Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile See It $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 32 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Oscar Best-Picture Nominee #BlackPanther returns to the big screen beginning February 1st. Fans of all ages can see the movie for free in honor of Black History Month at participating @AMCTheatres. Visit https://t.co/x8YctqnXPt for more info. pic.twitter.com/NtxHaZoHLS— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) January 28, 2019 See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The free showings are in honor of February’s designation as Black History Month. The Academy Awards will be handed out Feb. 24. $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? 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Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See it $999 Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice 7 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS $999 Black Panther Marvel,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $210 at Best Buy Comments DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Amazon
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioKetchikan Gateway Borough, State Argue Education Funding Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanJudge William Carey heard oral arguments in Ketchikan Superior Court on Monday in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s lawsuit against the state over education funding.Pavlof Volcano Eruption Sends Ash Toward Cold Bay Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaPavlof Volcano is erupting on the Alaska Peninsula, sending a haze of ash out above nearby towns.Unusual Seismic Activity Continues Near Noatak Matthew Smith, KNOM – NomeStrong earthquake activity continued in the far northwest corner of the Brooks Range on Tuesday after a powerful 4.6 jolt was recordedThursday and was followed by more seismic activity this week.Increased Mat-Su Property Crimes May Be Linked To Increased Drug UseEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA jump in property thefts in Matanuska Valley communities spurred the Alaska State Troopers to start a new Crime Suppression Unit in Palmer this year. Property crimes in the Valley may be linked to the increased use of drugs, like heroin, and the trend upward – of both drug use and property crimes has social costs that have yet to be tallied.Kobuk Meeting on State-backed Ambler Mining Road Weighs Promise of Jobs against Local ConcernsZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeYesterday evening residents from Kobuk, Shugnak and Ambler gathered in the Kobuk community school for meetings about the status of a state-backedindustrial road that would pass through the region.Anchorage Ranks Among Nation’s Top Bike Commuting CitiesAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage is celebrating its 10th annual Bike to Work Day, on Wednesday – the event is aimed at promoting bike commuting in Anchorage. But Bike to Work Day isn’t the only time cyclists are on the road in the city. Data from the American Community Survey says bike commuting in Anchorage is up more than 150 percent since 1990, making it one of the top cities in the nation for bike commuters.Shipyard Program Sets Students On Career PathEmily Files, KRBD – KetchikanThere have been some young faces in recent weeks at the Ketchikan shipyard. This spring, Vigor Industrial started a new job training course for high schoolers. Three Ketchikan High School students have stuck with the program. For one of them, working at the shipyard has been especially meaningful.
Juneau is under a winter storm warning and forecasters are expecting one of the city’s heaviest snowfalls in years.Listen NowBob Tschantz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says the storm warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday.“We’re expecting now a total of 10 – 15 inches of snow by Wednesday evening,” Tschantz said.Tschantz said the likelihood of that much snowfall is “fairly high.” He says the storm is a departure from Juneau’s mild winters and low snow amounts measured over the past couple of years.“Yeah this is, this will be one of the bigger events so far in probably at least a couple of years,” Tschantz said.Tschantz said residents should be careful on the roads and if people don’t keep their driveways clear, they could end up with a big buildup on Wednesday.
Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Sujoy Ghosh on sets of BadlaPR HandoutAmitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Panu starrer Badla is on a winning spree as the film raked in USD 3.7 million in 10 days in the overseas box office.The region-wise overseas collection of the movie is – Middle East – $1.45 million, North America – $1.32 million, Australia – $224,116; UK and Ireland – $213,782; Rest of the world- $493,000.In India, Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla garnered Rs 8.70 crore on day 10, also the film had already crossed Rs 50 crore mark on Sunday. Badla has become Sujoy Ghosh’s highest 2nd-weekend grossing movie, beating the record of Kahaani.Kahaani was a hit at the box office and sets a record for director Sujoy Ghosh as well, but the recent release Badla breaks the record of weekend 2 collection of Kahaani.The crime thriller revolves around Taapsee Pannu’s character Naina who is stuck in a murder case. Playing Badal Gupta, a lawyer to Naina, Amitabh Bachchan has recreated the magic of Pink.Also starring Amrita Singh, Tony Luke and Manav Kaul in supporting roles, Badla has been gauging appreciation for the remarkable performances.Badla is presented by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Azure Entertainment, Co-produced by Gaurav Verma and produced by Gauri Khan, Sunir Kheterpal and Akshai Puri, the crime thriller is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles is running successfully in theatres.
As the number of motorcycles has doubled in the capital city over the past eight years, experts recommend controlling the two-wheeler as it is a ‘very risky mode of vehicle’.The number of registered motorcycles increased to 4,69,888 in April 2018 from 2,10,081 in 2010, according to statistics provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).Around 75,251 motorcycles were registered with the BRTA in 2017, a year when different ride-sharing companies, including Uber and Pathao introduced their bike services in the mega city.Urban and transport experts said if the number of the motorcycles continues to grow in the city, it will create an anarchy in the traffic system and thus worsen the traffic management.Saying that the rate of motorbike accident is very high, they suggested the government should streamline the public transport system to control motorbikes in the city right now.Professor Nazrul Islam, himself an urban expert and former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), shared his own bitter experience of falling victim to motorcycle accident in the city in May.”When I was crossing a road through the zebra crossing in front of Oxford School in Dhanmondi-27 on 31 May, a speedy bike hit me. Since I jumped to escape any serious injury, I sustained wounds in my legs and hands falling on the ground,” he said.”The motorbike rider didn’t stop the bike and fled the scene. And even no one came forward to help me during the accident,” he added.He suspected that the motorbike was of any ridesharing service provider as both the riders were seen having helmets.The urban expert said the motorbike riders are desperate and hardly follow the traffic rules. “If the number of motorbikes goes up and the number of its alternative mode of transport doesn’t decrease, it’ll create anarchy in traffic system.”He said there should be separate lanes for motorbikes in the city as in cities of the developed nations.Prof Islam, however, said car services of different ridesharing companies is traffic-friendly ones and particularly good for middle-class people.Transport expert professor Shamsul Haque of Civil Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), said motorbike is a commuter-friendly transport but not healthy for the city’s traffic system as it is ‘very risky’ both for the biker and passenger.”If the number of motorbikes goes up commercially, it’ll intensify the risk of commuters,” he said.Professor Haque said the motorcycles are not recognised as public transport in the developed countries. “But, the two-wheeler vehicles are used on narrow roads or lanes as a component of integrated public transport system in some countries.”He said the rise of motorcycle use should be stopped soon for the sake of commuters’ safety and traffic disciple.Professor Moazzem Hossain, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUET, said the number of motorbikes is going up sharply on the city streets due to its substandard public transport system. “The rate of motorcycle accident is greater among all motorised vehicles.”Mentioning that the speed of the city’s buses is very low, the ARI director suggested allowing public buses to be operated by a single company to address traffic congestions in the city.Though the ridesharing companies claim that their motorcycle services are getting good response in the city, service recipients accused them of being too commercial and providing substandard services.Priyanka Kundu, 24, a working woman, said she frequently avail of the ridesharing service on her way to and from the office, but she found the high speed of bikes very risky.She also claimed that bikers refuse to go to her desired destinations in some cases.When contacted through email, the Uber spokesperson refused to reveal the number of bikes registered with the company.But Uber said, “We were incredibly excited with the launch of UberMOTO given how this product can help serve the need to navigate–faster and cheaper. UberMOTO has received encouraging response from our riders and partners since its launch.””The safety of riders and driver-partners is of paramount importance to us. We encourage bikers using the Uber app to act in compliance with all relevant local laws and the rules of the road at all times. Breaking the local laws can lead to bikers losing access to their account,” the Uber spokesperson said.“In case of any incident or unpleasant experience, we urge riders to use the in-app feedback method to inform us of actions that threaten the safety of driver-partners and riders.”
In this photo taken on 4 November in 2018, Sister Josephine Villoonnickal, left, Sister Alphy Pallasseril, centre, and Sister Anupama Kelamangalathu, who have supported the accusation of rape against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, talk at St Francis Mission Home, in Kuravilangad in southern Indian state of Kerala. Photo: APThe stories spill out in the sitting rooms of Catholic convents, where portraits of Jesus keep watch and fans spin quietly overhead. They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in fluorescent lights, and over cups of cheap instant coffee in convent kitchens. Always, the stories come haltingly, quietly. Sometimes, the nuns speak at little more than a whisper.Across India, the nuns talk of priests who pushed into their bedrooms and of priests who pressured them to turn close friendships into sex. They talk about being groped and kissed, of hands pressed against them by men they were raised to believe were representatives of Jesus Christ.”He was drunk,” said one nun, beginning her story. “You don’t know how to say no,” said another.At its most grim, the nuns speak of repeated rapes, and of a Catholic hierarchy that did little to protect them.The Vatican has long been aware of nuns sexually abused by priests and bishops in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, but it has done very little to stop it, The Associated Press reported last year.Now, the AP has investigated the situation in a single country — India — and uncovered a decades-long history of nuns enduring sexual abuse from within the church. Nuns described in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people — nuns, former nuns and priests, and others — said they had direct knowledge of such incidents.Still, the scale of the problem in India remains unclear, cloaked by a powerful culture of silence. Many nuns believe abuse is commonplace, insisting most sisters can at least tell of fending off a priest’s sexual advances. Some believe it is rare. Almost none, though, talk about it readily, and most speak only on the condition they not be identified.But this summer, one Indian nun forced the issue into the open.When repeated complaints to church officials brought no response, the 44-year-old nun filed a police complaint against the bishop who oversees her religious order, accusing him of raping her 13 times over two years. Soon after, a group of her fellow nuns launched a two-week public protest in India’s Catholic heartland, demanding the bishop’s arrest.It was an unprecedented action, dividing India’s Catholic community. Inside the accuser’s convent in rural Kerala state, she and the nuns who support her are now pariahs, isolated from the other sisters, many of whom insist the bishop is innocent. The protesting nuns get hate mail and avoid going out.”Some people are accusing us of working against the church, of being against the church. They say, ‘You are worshipping Satan,'” said one supporter, Sister Josephine Villoonnickal. “But we need to stand up for the truth.”Villoonnickal has been a nun for 23 years, joining when she was a teenager. She scoffs at the idea that she wants to harm the church.”We want to die as sisters,” she said.Some nuns’ accounts date back decades — like that of the sister, barely out of her teens, who was teaching in a Catholic school in the early 1990s.It was exhausting work, and she was looking forward to the chance to reflect on what had led her — happily — to convent life.”We have kind of a retreat before we renew our vows,” she said, sitting in the painfully neat sitting room of her big-city convent, where doilies cover most every surface, chairs are lined up in rows and the blare of horns drifts in through open windows. “We take one week off and we go for prayers and silence.”She had travelled to a New Delhi retreat centre, a collection of concrete buildings where she gathered with other young nuns. A priest was there to lead the sisters in reflection.The nun, who like others interviewed for this story spoke on condition she not be identified, is a strong and forceful woman who has spent years working with India’s poor and dispossessed, from battered wives to evicted families.But when she talks about the retreat her voice grows quiet, as if she’s afraid to be overheard in the empty room: “I felt this person, maybe he had some thoughts, some attraction.”He was in his 60s. She was four decades younger.One night, the priest went to a neighbourhood party. He came back late, after 9:30 pm, and knocked at her room.”‘I need to meet you,'” he said when she cracked open the door, insisting he wanted to discuss her spiritual life. She could smell the alcohol.”You’re not stable. I’m not ready to meet you,” she told him.But the priest forced open the door. He tried to kiss her. He grabbed at her body, groping wherever he could.Weeping, she pushed him back enough to slam the door and lock it.It wasn’t rape. She knows it could have been so much worse. But decades later she still reels at the memory, and this tough woman, for a few moments, looks like a scared young girl: “It was such a terrifying experience.”Afterward she quietly told her mother superior, who allowed her to avoid other meetings with the priest. She also wrote an anonymous letter to church officials, which she thinks may have led to the priest being re-assigned.But nothing was said aloud. There were no public reprimands, no warnings to the many nuns the priest would work with through his long career.She was too afraid to challenge him openly.”I couldn’t imagine taking that stand. It was too scary,” she said. “For me it was risking my own vocation.”So the fierce nun remained silent.Catholic history is filled with women who became martyrs to their own purity: Saint Agatha had her breasts torn off for refusing to marry; Saint Lucy was burned alive and stabbed in the throat for defending her virginity; Saint Maria Goretti was 11 years old when she was killed by a man who tried to rape her.”It is a sin!” Maria is said to have cried out. “God does not want it!”But for a nun, fighting off a priest’s advances means pinballing through centuries-old sexual and clerical traditions. Celibacy is a cornerstone of Catholic religious life, as is sexual purity among nuns. Many nuns say a sister who admits to a sexual experience — even if it’s forced — faces the risk of isolation within her order, and possibly even expulsion.”You’re not sure if you’ll be kept in your congregation, because so much is about your vow of chastity,” said Sister Shalini Mulackal, a New Delhi-based theologian. “That fear is there for the young ones to disclose what has happened to them.”At the same time, priests are seen as living representatives of Christ, with obedience to them another Catholic cornerstone.Then there is the isolation of young women struggling to find their way in new communities after leaving their homes.Caught at this intersection of sexual taboo, Catholic hierarchy and loneliness, sisters can be left at the mercy of predatory priests.”There’s a lot of emotion bottled up and when a little tenderness is shown by somebody it can be so easy for you to cross boundaries,” said Sister Dorothy Fernandes, who has spent years working with the urban poor in eastern India. “It can be hard to tell what is love and what is exploitation.”It’s particularly hard for sisters from Kerala, a deeply conservative region long the birthplace of most Indian nuns. Sex is rarely mentioned openly in small-town Kerala, boys and girls are largely kept apart, and a visible bra strap can be a minor crisis for a young woman.”Once you grow up, once you get your first menstruation, you are not encouraged to speak normally to a boy. And the boys also vice-versa,” said a nun from Kerala, a cheerful woman with sparkly glass earrings and an easy smile. She remembers the misery of Sunday mass as an adolescent, when boys would stand outside the church to watch girls filing in, eyes crawling over their young figures. “We have a terrible taboo about sex.”That naivety, she said, can be costly.Like the time she was a novice nun, still in her teens, and an older priest came to the Catholic centre where she worked. He was from Goa, a coastal region and former Portuguese colony.She shook her head: “I was in charge of visitors, and we had this bad habit of being hospitable.”At one point, she brought the priest’s laundry to his small room, where he was sitting. As she set down the clothes, he grabbed her and began to kiss her.At first, she had no idea what was happening.”The kissing was all coming here,” she said, gesturing at her chest.The confusion of that day is still clear on her face: “I was young. He was from Goa. I am from Kerala. In my mind I was trying to figure out: ‘Is this the way that Goans kiss?'”She quickly understood what was happening but couldn’t escape his fierce grip. She also could not call out for help: “I cannot shout! He’s a priest.””I didn’t want to offend him. I didn’t want to make him feel bad,” she said.So she pushed herself away from him until she could slip out the door.She quietly told a senior nun to not send novices to the priest’s room. But, like the nun who fought the drunken priest, she made no official complaint.A complaint against a priest means leveling an accusation against someone higher in the church hierarchy. It can mean getting pulled into a tangle of malicious rumors and church politics. It means risking your reputation, and the reputation of your order.In the church, even some of those who doubt there is widespread abuse of nuns say the silence can be enveloping.Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, a New Delhi-based church leader, calls incidents of abuse “kind of sporadic. Once here, once there.”But “many people don’t want to talk,” he continued. “They may talk in the community, but they don’t want to bring it to the public, to the court.”Speaking up can also risk financial troubles, since many congregations of nuns are financially subservient to priests and bishops.The silence is magnified in India by demographics, religious politics and a deep-seated belief that women have little value.There are roughly 18 million Catholics in India, but that’s a small minority in this largely Hindu nation of 1.3 billion. Speaking up could tarnish the image of their church, many nuns worry, and feed criticism by Hindu hardliners.”Even we, as religious sisters, even we try to keep it quiet,” said Mulackal, the theologian. “A woman who goes through this experience, she just wants to hide it and pretend everything is OK.”The rapes, the nun says, happened in Room 20 of a small convent at the end of a one-lane road in rural Kerala.Set amid rows of banana and rubber trees near the little town of Kuravilangad, the sisters at the St Francis Mission Home spend their days in prayer or caring for the aged. In the garden, a statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks a decorative fish pond the size of a child’s wading pool. The pond is covered in green scum.The rapist, she says, was the most powerful man in this tiny small world: Bishop Franco Mulakkal.Smart and ambitious, Mulakkal had risen from small-town Kerala to become a bishop in north India, overseeing a sprawling Catholic community. He was also the official patron of her community of 81 sisters, the Missionaries of Jesus, wielding immense influence over its budgets and job assignments.The nun is a friendly woman with jet black hair known for her quiet confidence. Every few months, she says, Mulakkal would visit the St. Francis convent and summon her. Then, according to a letter she wrote to church officials, he raped her.The letter says the first rape happened on 5 May, 2014. The last time was on 23 September, 2016. The dates are recorded in the convent’s visitor logs.Mulakkal angrily denies the accusations, telling reporters the charges were “baseless and concocted” and accusing the sister of trying to blackmail him into giving her a better job.”I am going through painful agony,” said Mulakkal, who was jailed for three weeks and released on bail in October. “I tell everyone to pray to God: Let the truth prevail.”Catholicism envelopes this part of Kerala. Towns are marked by their cathedrals, convents and roadside shrines, where the Virgin watches passing traffic or St George slays the dragon. Businesses proclaim their owners’ faith: St Mary’s Furniture and Bed Center; Ave Maria Electronics; Jesus Oil Industries.Around here, many see Mulakkal as a martyr.A string of supporters visited him in jail, and crowds greeted him when he returned home, a ring of policemen holding back people who showered him with flower petals. “Hearty Welcome!” a banner proclaimed.But at the St Francis convent, one group of nuns watched news reports about that welcome with dismay. While the sister leveling the accusations against Mulakkal does not speak publicly, a half-dozen nuns cluster around her, offering support and speaking on her behalf.”Nobody came to see sister, but so many people came to wait in line to meet Bishop Franco in jail,” said Villoonnickal, the nun, who moved back to Kerala to support the woman she calls “our survivor sister.”That sister was the second of five children in a Kerala family. Her father was in the army. Her mother died when she was in high school. Wracked with grief, she was sent to stay with a cousin – a priest – living in north India. Inspired by her time with him, she became a nun in 1994, working in her early years as a teacher.She knew Mulakkal, of course. Everyone in the Missionaries of Jesus knows him. But the two were never close, the accuser’s friends say, and had no consensual sexual relationship.It was about fear.”The bishop is such a powerful person and standing against him, where will she go?” asked Villoonnickal. “If she went home what will happen to her?””Many times she was telling him to stop. But each time he was forcing himself on her,” she continued.Eventually, they say, she told some sisters what was happening. Then she says she repeatedly complained to church authorities. When nothing happened, she went to the police.She also went to confession.There, according to the other nuns, she was told she had to resist the bishop.”‘Even if you have to die, don’t submit yourself.'” the priest told her in confession, according to Villoonnickal. “‘Be courageous.'”Catholic authorities have said little about the case, with India’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference saying in an October statement that it has no jurisdiction over individual bishops, and that the investigation and court case, which could take many years, must run their course.”Silence should in no way be construed as siding with either of the two parties,” the group said. “We request prayers for the Church at this difficult time.”In Malayalam, the language of Kerala, sisters who leave the convent are sometimes marked as “Madhilu Chadi” — Wall Jumpers. It’s a mocking term for the sexually frustrated and is often used for nuns and priests who have fled religious life.Those who stay get respect. They have communities that embrace them. Their lives have direction, purpose. Those who leave often find themselves adrift in India, searching for new identities and spurned by families and friends. The events that knit families together — weddings, funerals, reunions — are suddenly off-limits. The emotional toll can be immense.Speaking up about the church’s troubles, many nuns say, could end with them forced from their convents, cut off in many ways from what they’ve always known.”It’s a fear of being isolated if I speak the truth,” said the nun who fought off the drunken priest. “If you do that, you have to go against your own community, your own religious superiors.”The result is an engulfing silence. Silence is the armor that sisters use to protect themselves and the lives they have created, even if it also means struggling with their memories, and protecting the men who abused them.In the end, most say nothing.”I didn’t tell anybody,” said the nun who escaped the priest kissing her chest, and who waited many years to talk about what had happened to her. “So you understand how these things are covered up.”
The researchers, Folarin Erogbogbo at the University of Buffalo and coauthors, have published their paper on using nanosilicon to generate hydrogen in a recent issue of Nano Letters.If hydrogen is ever to be used to deliver energy for wide commercial applications, one of the requirements is finding a fast, inexpensive way to produce hydrogen. One of the most common hydrogen production techniques is splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. There are several ways to split water, such as with an electric current (electrolysis), heat, sunlight, or a substance that chemically reacts with water. Such substances include aluminum, zinc, and silicon.As the scientists explained, silicon-water oxidation reactions have so far been slow and uncompetitive with other water splitting techniques. However, silicon does have some theoretical benefits, such as being abundant, being easy to transport, and having a high energy density. Further, upon oxidation with water, silicon can theoretically release two moles of hydrogen per mole of silicon, or 14% of its own mass in hydrogen.For these reasons, the scientists decided to take a closer look at silicon, specifically silicon nanoparticles, which have not previously been studied for hydrogen generation. Because silicon nanoparticles have a larger surface area than larger particles or bulk silicon, it would be expected that the nanoparticles can generate hydrogen more rapidly than the larger pieces of silicon. (Phys.org)—Although scientists know that when silicon mixes with water, hydrogen is produced through oxidation, no one expected how quickly silicon nanoparticles might perform this task. As a new study has revealed, 10-nm silicon nanoparticles can generate hydrogen 150 times faster than 100-nm silicon nanoparticles, and 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon. The discovery could pave the way toward rapid “just add water” hydrogen generation technologies for portable devices without the need for light, heat, or electricity. Journal information: Nano Letters But the improvements the scientists discovered with silicon nanoparticles far exceeded their expectations. The reaction of 10-nm silicon particles with water produced a total of 2.58 mol of hydrogen per mol of silicon (even exceeding theoretical expectations), taking 5 seconds to produce 1 mmol of hydrogen. In comparison, the reaction with 100-nm silicon particles produced a total of 1.25 mol of hydrogen per mole of silicon, taking 811 seconds to produce each mmol of hydrogen. For bulk silicon, total production was only 1.03 mol of hydrogen per mol of silicon, taking a full 12.5 hours to produce each mmol of hydrogen. For a rate comparison, the 10-nm silicon generated hydrogen 150 times faster than 100-nm silicon and 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon. “I believe the greatest significance of this work is the demonstration that silicon can react with water rapidly enough to be of practical use for on-demand hydrogen generation,” coauthor Mark Swihart, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Buffalo, told Phys.org. “This result was both unexpected and of potential practical importance. While I do not believe that oxidation of silicon nanoparticles will become a feasible method for large-scale hydrogen generation any time soon, this process could be quite interesting for small-scale portable applications where water is available.” Just add water: How scientists are using silicon to produce hydrogen on demand In addition to producing hydrogen faster than larger silicon pieces, the 10-nm silicon also produces hydrogen significantly faster than aluminum and zinc nanoparticles. As Swihart explained, the explanation for this inequality differs for the two materials. “Compared to aluminum, silicon reacts faster because aluminum forms a denser and more robust oxide (Al2O3) on its surface, which limits the reaction,” he said. “In the presence of a base like KOH [potassium hydroxide], silicon mostly produces soluble silicic acid (Si(OH)4). Compared to zinc, silicon is simply more reactive, especially at room temperature.”Although the larger surface area of the 10-nm silicon compared with larger silicon pieces contributes to its fast hydrogen production rate, surface area alone cannot account for the huge rate increase that the scientists observed. The surface area of 10-nm silicon is 204 m2/g, about 6 times greater than the surface area of 100-nm silicon, which is 32 m2/g. To understand what causes the much larger increase in the hydrogen production rate, the researchers conducted experiments during the silicon etching process. They found that, for the 10-nm particles, etching involves the removal of an equal number of lattice planes in each direction (isotropic etching). In contrast, for 100-nm particles and microparticles, unequal numbers of lattice planes are removed in each direction (anisotropic etching). The researchers attribute this etching difference to the different geometries of different-sized crystals. As a result of this difference, the larger particles adopt non-spherical shapes that expose less reactive surfaces compared to the smaller particles, which remain nearly spherical, exposing all crystal facets for reaction. Larger particles also develop thicker layers of oxidized silicon byproducts through which water must diffuse. Both of these factors limit the rate of the reaction on larger particles.To confirm that that the 10-nm silicon-water reaction generates hydrogen with no byproducts that could interfere with applications, the researchers used the silicon-generated hydrogen to operate a fuel cell. The fuel cell performed very well, producing more current and voltage than the theoretical amount of pure hydrogen, which is due to the fact that the 10-nm particles generated more hydrogen than the theoretical 14 wt %.The researchers hope that this surprising ability of silicon nanoparticles to rapidly split water and generate hydrogen could lead to the development of a hydrogen-on-demand technology that could enable fuel cells to be used in portable devices. This technology would require a large-scale, energy-efficient method of silicon nanoparticle production, but could have some advantages compared to other hydrogen generation techniques.”The key advantage of silicon oxidation for hydrogen generation is its simplicity,” Swihart said. “With this approach, hydrogen is produced rapidly, at room temperature, and without the need for any external energy source. The energy needed for hydrogen generation is effectively stored in the silicon. All of the energy input required for producing the silicon can be provided at a central location, and the silicon can then be used in portable applications.”The key disadvantage of silicon oxidation is its relative inefficiency. The energy input required to create the silicon nanoparticles is much greater than the energy available from the hydrogen that is finally produced. For large scale applications, this would be a problem. For portable applications, it is not. For example, the cost of electricity supplied by an ordinary household battery can easily be 10 to 100 times higher than the cost of electricity from a utility, but batteries still play an important role in our lives.”In the future, the researchers plan to further increase the hydrogen generation capacity of silicon oxidation by experimenting with different mixtures.”One direction that we are presently pursuing is the use of mixtures of silicon nanoparticles with metal hydrides, which also react with water to produce hydrogen,” Swihart said. “Compounds like lithium hydride and sodium hydride react with water to produce the base (LiOH or NaOH) that is needed to catalyze the silicon oxidation. However, they can react too fast with water (explosively) and are not stable in air. Mixing them with silicon nanoparticles or coating them with silicon nanoparticles may serve to both temper their reactivity and increase the hydrogen generation capacity of the system by replacing the added base (e.g., KOH in the published paper) with a material that also generates hydrogen.” A comparison of hydrogen generation rates for different forms of silicon. Maximum rates are in the left column with images of the samples on them. Average rates are in the right column. The red line indicates the maximum reported rate for hydrogen generated from aluminum. Credit: Folarin Erogbogbo, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society 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. Illustration of the multidisciplinary approach for producing hydrogen through silicon oxidation. The approach involves synthesizing silicon nanoparticles, the silicon-water reaction which generates hydrogen on demand, and using the hydrogen in a fuel cell for portable power. Credit: Folarin Erogbogbo, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society Explore further Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Citation: Nanosilicon rapidly splits water without light, heat, or electricity (2013, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-nanosilicon-rapidly-electricity.html More information: Folarin Erogbogbo, et al. “On-Demand Hydrogen Generation using Nanosilicon: Splitting Water without Light, Heat, or Electricity.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl304680w
Kolkata: The plantation of Vetiver grass to prevent soil erosion, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has achieved great success with Nadia district administration planting the grass along the banks of six rivers, covering an area of 210 km in 2017-18. Banerjee has named the project Sabujayan. In 2018-19, steps have been taken to plant Vetiver along the river bank, covering another 120 km. The grass will be planted along river banks, covering a total area of 743 km in Nadia. The six rivers that flow through the district are Ichamati, Churni, Mathabhanga, Jalangi, Bhagirathi and Padma. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTaking cue from the success of Sabujayan in Nadia, several other districts have started planting Vetiver to prevent soil erosion along river banks. These districts are East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.Vetiver grass is primarily available in Tamil Nadu. To curtail the cost of bringing Vetiver saplings from there, 76 nurseries have been set up in Nadia. Experts from Tamil Nadu and US had visited the nurseries and expressed their satisfaction over their functioning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe district administration in Nadia has set up six handicraft centres, two each in Nakashipara, Tehatta and Ranaghat, where several items for room decoration, curtains etc. are being manufactured from Vetiver. The room decoration items in particular, are in high demand. Vetiver grass is now being planted along the banks of waterbodies to stop soil erosion. It is also used to purify water. It also helps stop erosion of soil along roads. The farmers are given training about how they should be planted and maintained. “The plantation of the grass to prevent soil erosion, both along river banks and roads, has been highly effective. Also, home decoration items made from Vetiver have helped the artisans to earn money,” said a senior official.
Also, sources said, de-recognition by the university is likely to result in the prestigious college losing funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which currently provides 95 per cent funding to the institution with the remaining money coming from the CNI-controlled St Stephen’s Trust.Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHe has also called for giving a major say to CNI in the functioning of the college, handing over the faculty appointments and admissions to the Supreme Council and amending the composition of the GB.The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across the country.But, the proposed amendment is likely to become a bone of contention between St Stephen’s and Delhi University as, according to university statutes, a constituent college of DU is bound to follow common rules laid down in the ordinance regarding faculty appointments, constitution of governing bodies and powers of the principal. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP”If the institution which was granted the status of constituent unit changes the very nature of the constitution, its recognition will be jeopardised. There are certain exemptions for Stephen’s due to its being a minority college but, in this case, DU may object to any amendment which is prejudicial to the university and, if the college is de-affiliated, it might lose UGC funding,” a source said.According to university Statute-30(D), any amendments that pertain to content of teaching, rules and regulations of faculty appointments and service conditions and modification of the constitution of Governing Body can be effected only after an enquiry is done by the DU’s Executive Council, which is the statutory decision-making body. University officials said they believe that, “St Stephen’s will deliberate before taking any such step that may undermine its relationship with Delhi University and be prejudicial to the age-old bond between the two”.Thampu, however, is claiming that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to amend the constitution and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same. “Whatever has been proposed is very much within the ambit of the law. I can challenge anyone to find any legal or procedural or statutory loophole in the same,” he said.
Blizzard Battle.net app for Android by Martin Brinkmann on September 27, 2017 in Google Android – 2 commentsBlizzard Entertainment published Blizzard Battle.net, a new application for Google’s Android operating system recently.The new application focuses on communication more than anything else. You may use it to chat with your Battle.net friends, to manage friends, invite new friends and do other friend and chat related things using the application.One of the shortcoming of Blizzard’s Battle.net service up until now was that it did not support a mobile application to chat with friends while on the go or away from the desktop computer.Valve’s Steam has had this for a while for instance, and it was a much requested feature by Battle.net customers to get something similar for the platform.The Blizzard Battle.net application offers two main features: chat with friends, and manage friends. One of the interesting features of the application is the ability to add friends locally using QR Codes.You can display your invite code on your device, and have others scan it using the Blizzard Battle.net application to befriend you.Other features of the application include options to see which games your friends are playing right at the time. It is handy as you can see when friends are playing games, and you can use the application to message these friends to let them know if and when you plan on joining them.The application requires an active Internet connection for most of its functionality. It does keep a record of the chat history and notifications however, and makes them available even if friends are offline or unavailable at this point in time.The application requires a Battle.net account obviously to sign in, and will run on any Android device with version 5.0 of the operating system or higher.A couple of features are missing right now which would improve the application significantly. It is not possible to change the display language in the application for instance, and there is no option to sort friends by online or offline status. While the latter may only be necessary if you have more than a dozen or so friends, it should be there from the get go.Note that Blizzard has not integrated authenticator functionality into the application yet. This means that you still need to use the Blizzard Authenticator application for Android if you use it if you protect your account with this extra level of security. The company’s other Android applications — Wow Legion Companion, World of Warcraft Armory and Starcraft WCS — are also not integrated but available as standalone applications.Now You: Which gaming platform do you prefer and why?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name Blizzard Battle.netOperating System AndroidSoftware Category GamingLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blizzard.messenger&hl=en Advertisement
The Canadian Press Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Hurricane Gaston is expected to weaken to a tropical storm in the Atlantic.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with weakening forecast during the next day or so.The hurricane is centred about 1,225 miles (1,970 kilometres) east of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 17 mph (28 kph).Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Lester formed far off Mexico’s coast. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph). Additional strengthening is forecast and Lester could become a hurricane in a few days.Lester is centred about 475 miles (765 kilometres) south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph). Thursday, August 25, 2016 Hurricane season heats up with Gaston and Lester
Tags: Club Med, Openings & Renovations Share Tuesday, December 18, 2018 THE FRENCH ALPS — Over 900 guests from 29 countries helped celebrate the grand opening of Club Med’s newest mountain resort, Les Arcs Panorama, in the French Alps last Friday.After 18 months of construction, the 4-Trident, 433-room premium resort debuted on Dec. 14 at an altitude of 1,750 metres, featuring panoramic views of the Tarentaise valley and surrounding peaks. It is now considered one of the largest mountain resorts in the world.Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med, told esteemed guests that Les Arcs Panorama reflects what Club Med does best.“With elected members and partners from the Alps, worldwide partners, shareholders and journalists by our side, I am especially proud to celebrate the opening of this impressive new flagship,” he said. “This new location is a testament to our commitment to mountain destinations and our desire to play a leading role in the development of the Alpine tourist heritage.”The resort will be a year-round destination, open in both winter and summer, and is located 20 minutes from the Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station, and 2.5 hours from the Lyon and Geneva international airports. Highlights include a range of childcare facilities for infants and children between four months and 17 years, a vast selection of sports, well-being experiences, and direct access to the region’s 425 kilometres of ski slopes.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckLes Arcs Panorama will be followed by the December 2019 opening of the new Alpe d’Huez Club Med resort, which will be upgraded from 3-Trident to 4-Trident after a complete renovation and extension. Then, in December 2020, the company will open its first mountain resort in Canada, Club Med Québec Charlevoix, Club Med’s first location in North America open all year round. Posted by Now open: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama in the French Alps Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Representatives of Myanmar’s government and Kachin ethnic rebels said Thursday they made significant progress in their latest peace talks and that a comprehensive cease-fire agreement including all armed ethnic groups might be in sight.Myanmar for decades has faced rebellions from minority groups seeking autonomy. The Kachin are the only major group that does not have an active cease-fire with the government, after a truce signed in 1994 broke down two years ago. But a Kachin spokesman said a cease-fire might be signed as early as next month. “The nationwide cease-fire agreement will include the government and all non-state armed groups and would represent an end to fighting in Myanmar for the first time since independence in 1948,” it said.The government and the Kachin have met more than 15 times without making any breakthroughs while clashes continued between them. In their latest meeting, they agreed to work to end all armed fighting, establish a joint monitoring committee, develop a plan for the voluntary return and resettlement of internally displaced persons and reopen roads in Kachin state.Kachin spokesman Dau Hka said his side was encouraged to see stronger commitments by the government “to resolve political issues through political means and not through fighting.”He also described as “significant” the government’s willingness to allow all ethnic guerrilla groups to hold an official joint conference. He did not explain how such a meeting would differ from previous ones held by allied rebel groups, but said the conference is planned to be held at the Kachin guerrilla headquarters in Laiza on Oct. 28-30, and 11 armed groups would be invited.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Tensions with minority groups are considered the biggest threat to Myanmar’s stability, and the government is anxious to conclude a comprehensive cease-fire agreement, which would also help stem criticism from Western governments and rights groups over military repression.The elected but army-backed government of President Thein Sein, which came to power in 2011 after almost five decades of repressive military rule, wants a peace agreement to complement the political and economic reforms it has implemented.The government had hoped a nationwide cease-fire accord would be signed in July, but later postponed its goal to October and now is targeting November.“It is likely that the nationwide cease-fire accord could be signed in November as the government has targeted,” said Dau Hka, a spokesman for the guerrilla Kachin Independence Army.Aung Naing Oo, who is helping facilitate negotiations for the government, said the three days of peace talks marked a significant improvement. He said there had been a major decline in armed clashes between the two sides since the last talks in May, when they signed a seven-point agreement to ease tensions.The Myanmar Peace Center, for which Aung Naing Oo works, said the two sides “agreed to work together toward a nationwide cease-fire agreement and lay foundation for political dialogue” in their talks in the Kachin state capital, Myitkyina, in the country’s far north. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share
Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “There are time constraints and liquidity constraints and hopefully we will reach an agreement before time runs out and before money runs out,” said Dijsselbloem.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis indicated that Greece may not have more than a couple of weeks before the country’s liquidity issues become “binding.”Greece is facing a cash crunch that could see it go bankrupt within weeks and possibly leave the euro currency. It has for over three months been trying to agree on a list of reforms and budget measures to get a bailout loan — worth 7.2 billion euro ($8 billion) — that will help it pay upcoming debts.Earlier Monday, Greece said it had given the go-ahead to make a big debt repayment worth 757 million euros ($844 million) to the International Monetary Fund due Tuesday. But it will have trouble meeting other repayments in the following weeks.Varoufakis said “there has been considerable convergence” in the talks over recent weeks and noted progress on issues such as privatization and tax reform. However, he said much of the progress was primarily because of concessions made by his government.He conceded his disappointment that there has yet to be a firm agreement on the rescue loans but that discussions are taking place “in good spirits.” Varoufakis said his discussions with his German counterpart and tough negotiator, Wolfgang Schaeuble, were the friendliest they’ve had.In the event of a debt default, Greece could have to put controls on the flow of money through its banks and eventually even drop out of the euro altogether.Despite three months of talks, Greece and its creditors have failed to agree on the reforms and savings Athens needs to qualify for the loan installment.Greece hasn’t had any bailout money since last August and has relied on its own resources.Whether Greece will default on its debts and leave the euro is one of the biggest uncertainties surrounding the global economy. Most stock markets in Europe were trading lower Monday, with Athens’ main index down 2.5 percent.Greece’s left-led government was elected in January on a mandate to end crippling austerity policies, blaming them for the parlous state of the economy. The budget cuts required in return for 240 billion euros worth of rescue loans contributed to a massive shrinkage in the Greek economy and the sky-rocketing of unemployment and poverty.The Greek government has indicated it will reject any deal that doesn’t offer a credible prospect of ending its economic crisis. It has hinted at a possible referendum on any deal that runs counter to its electoral mandate. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives at prime minister’s office to take part in a cabinet meeting in Athens, on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Eurozone finance ministers will meet on Monday amid slow-moving talks on a deal with Greece’s creditors. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis) Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece has made progress in talks with creditors but “more time and effort” is needed to reach a deal to give the country the money it needs to avoid default, the eurozone’s top official said Monday.Jeroen Dijsselbloem said after a meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers that “important progress” is being made in the negotiations. However, he said “more time is needed to bridge remaining gaps” to reach a deal on the reforms Greece must make in exchange for more loans. Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it “could be perhaps a correct step to let the Greek people decide.”Back in 2011, Greece’s then prime minister, George Papandreou, floated the idea of a referendum on Greece’s bailout but was rebuked by his counterparts in Europe.“The decision lies with Greece,” Schaeuble said. “We just want to help Greece, but Greece must do its part as well.”Dijsselbloem said it’s every country’s right to call a referendum but warned that the disbursement of bailout funds may not be made if implementation of the reforms hasn’t started.Though conceding that a referendum is something that could be used to “elicit” the support of the Greek people on any deal that emerges, Varoufakis said it’s “not something that’s on the radar screen.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision?
Canopy by Hilton opens doors in Croatian CapitalCanopy by Hilton opens doors in Croatian CapitalToday, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, announces the official opening of its first hotel in continental Europe,Canopy by Hilton Zagreb.The hotel, which joins Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik in the brand’s European portfolio, is situated in the heart of Croatia’s capital, near the city’s main rail station and the upcoming Branimir Centar shopping mall. Guests can grab a complimentary Canopy Bike and explore the many nearby attractions, where there are shops, restaurants, and nightlife in every direction. With more museums per capita than any city in the world1, and with a vibrant art and theatre scene, Zagreb is a city of great culture with much to explore.“We are thrilled to introduce Canopy by Hilton Zagreb as our first property in continental Europe. Known for its rich history, vibrant culture and community-focused neighborhood, Zagreb is a natural fit to welcome the next Canopy by Hilton property,” said Gary Steffen, global head of Canopy by Hilton. “We are delighted to bring our locally-inspired lifestyle brand to this cosmopolitan city and look forward to sharing the Canopy by Hilton experience with our guests and neighbours in the heart of Croatia’s bustling capital city.”“With nearly 600,000 tourists visiting Zagreb between January and June 20182, the city is quickly becoming a must-see destination in Europe,” said Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton. “With Croatia’s pristine beaches and vibrant cultural scene, we are pleased to be opening Hilton’s third hotel in the country following the DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.”Locally Inspired DesignCanopy by Hilton Zagreb is home to 151 Just-Right rooms, including eight spacious suites. The interiors of the rooms are inspired by the long industrial history of the local neighbourhood, with local textiles and artwork featured throughout. This includes the brand’s signature canopy bedframe, inspired by Croatia’s national emblem and carpets inspired by traditional folk costumes. The hallways also highlight the neighbourhoods’ rich history, lined with posters of the famous Croatian investor Nikola Tesla.Eat, Drink, SmileFor breakfast, guests can start their day with an inclusive artisanal breakfast in Canopy Central or opt for the “Break Fast” bag delivered to their door – ideal for guests on the go. Guests can savour authentic cuisine with fresh local ingredients at the ReUnion Restaurant, with menu highlights including traditional specialities such as Croatian chard pie, Croatian-style black cuttlefish risotto and a selection of local cheese and wines.Small nibbles, bites and local spirits, wines and craft beers are available at Canopy Central Café and Bar, with signature dishes including cocktails inspired by the famous Croatian inventors Nikola Tesla and Slavoljub Penkala. Each evening, the Canopy Central Bar hosts a complimentary evening tasting, showcasing local drinks and bites for hotel guests, such asOrahnjača – a traditional walnut strudel and Samoborska greblica – a traditional pastry with fresh cottage cheese. Upon arrival, guests are also welcomed with the locally well-known traditional Bajadera chocolate.Just-Right Meeting SpaceFor meetings and events, Zagreb is an ideal choice as it is superbly connected by its recently expanded airport, located just 20km away from Canopy by Hilton Zagreb. The hotel has two meeting rooms, offering smaller meetings capabilities and a unique venue for social events such as cocktail receptions. The hotel also has a spacious 24-hour fitness centre.At Canopy by Hilton, every guest will experience an energetic, thoughtfully local stay. Canopy by Hilton Zagreb is located at Ul. Kneza Branimira 29, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.In Europe, Middle East & Africa Hilton’s rapid growth has led to the creation of nearly 25,000 new jobs in the last year alone. Source = Canopy by Hilton Zagreb
It’s no secret that the Arizona Cardinals’ defense got offto a rocky start in 2011 — struggling to adapt to thecomplicated new scheme implemented by first-year defensivecoordinator Ray Horton. Whether you point to the effects of the lockout or theCardinals’ reliance on youth at many key defensivepositions, it’s no wonder the team took a while to gel asa unit.Two of the Cardinals’ young impact cornerbacks bothexperienced growing pains early this season but one ofthem has showed great progression and maturity. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation ErrorOK ErrorOK “I think Patrick has come on obviously with his play andhis punt returns and his special teams ability,” Hortonsaid of Pro Bowl corner Patrick Peterson.While Peterson thrived in the second half of the season,fellow cornerback AJ Jefferson’s production remainedlevel. “I would like him to have played a lot better to getconfidence,” Horton said. “He played very well in thepreseason and was kind of stagnant throughout the year.He’s one of our young guys — an athletic guy that needsto understand what this NFL is all about and grow up andbe responsible and accountable.”Horton said he saw glimpses late in the season of whatgreat defense the Cardinals can have for next year.He was particularly high on cornerback Richard Marshall’sperformance — whom he had nothing but the utmost praise.“He allowed us, when Kerry (Rhodes) was hurt, to functionwith speed on the field,” Horton stated. “For me, he wasmy most valuable player.”Horton may have positives to build upon heading into nextyear, but he stressed the importance of fixing his team’sfatal flaw on defense this season.“We are glaringly not good at turnovers,” Horton stated.The Cardinals defense has forced just a mere 18 on defensethis season, in comparison to the league average of 25. Top Stories “We are not NFL-level on turnovers.”Horton said he wishes he could have just two games backand he feels his defense finally began to hit its stride.“I think if you look at the second half of the seasonwe’re a totally different team than we were the first halfof the season,” Horton said. Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
November 9, 2009 Participants of the Oct. 4. 2009 workshop program graduated last Friday. Congratulations to: Rachel Hirshey, James [Jimmy] Carnazza, Juan Felipe Mantanez, Joseph Burton, Paolo Vozzella and Sophie Nichols. [photo & text: hsk]
Paphos public bus drivers held a three-hour strike on Friday to protest the delay in receiving their salaries.The 11am to 2pm strike action was accompanied by warnings that they will go on an indefinite strike if they were not paid by Monday.The strike mainly affected pupils but also foreigners and locals using the public transport system.It followed similar action for the same reason at the end of last month.Industrial action has become a frequent issue since the state set up the transport system in its current form around eight years ago.A total €3.5 million has been overpaid to the Paphos company and the two sides have agreed that this amount must be deducted from the state’s contribution to Osypa going forward.While acknowledging the overpayments and the need for the money to be withheld, the company argued that it cannot be effected in the winter period, when use of public transport is less than in the summer months when tourists use the buses.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
FBME card services assured their clients that it was taking all necessary steps to minimise the effects after the Central Bank put FBME Bank under administration over money laundering allegations.In a statement issued on Wednesday, FBME Card Services said it was a separate Cypriot company operating under the rules and regulations of the Central Bank of Cyprus and the rules and regulations of the international organizations of Visa and MasterCard from which it was licensed to process transactions with the use of their branded cards.The company said it was not under the administrator’s scope but some difficulties have arisen, which affect the smooth and prompt processing of the financial and contractual obligations of the company to its merchants.“FBME Card Services Ltd is in constant communication with the Central Bank of Cyprus and the local banks, in order to ensure that all the outstanding amounts will be duly credited in the accounts of its merchants and that its systems will return to full operation.”However, because of the problems created by the Central Bank’s action, and in a bid to preserve the best interests of its clients until the resolution of the pending matters related to the completion of the transactions, FBME Card Services has temporarily suspended the processing capability of Visa and MasterCard from the IMSP POS terminals.“We remain focused on the need for conserving the competition environment in the area of processing transactions with the use of cards, which was established with the launch of our company. From our side, we are undertaking all the necessary initiatives in order to resume operations normally the soonest possible.”The Central Bank took control of FBME’s operations in Cyprus, following a report from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Treasury describing the bank as a “primary money laundering concern.” You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola