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Israeli Newspaper: Palestinian Land Doesn’t Belong to the Jews

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- According to the Palestinian Safa News Agency, the Hebrew language newspaper Yated Ne’eman published an article Thursday morning under the title: “This land is not registered in the Land Registry for the people of Israel,” refuting the Israeli and Jewish people’s claim to the land.The newspaper, which is affiliated with the United Torah Judaism movement, a Jewish orthodox movement, posed the following question: “The pressing question is to whom does this land belong?” The author provided an answer to his query saying, “We should not make a mistake; this land is not registered in the Land Registry in the name of the Israeli people and the Jewish people have no legal claim to this land, so this land is owned by others.” A snapshot of the articleAccording to the same source, the article generated “scathing criticism from other Jewish parties,” accusing the newspaper’s editors of “serving Hamas’s agenda through publishing such an article”.The author of the article quoted Moti Yogev, a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home party, which is a far-right and religious zionist political party in Israel, as saying, “We must first and foremost answer the pressing question: who are the owners of this land?”Following the latest round of discussions led by John Kerry to revive the peace process between Israel and Palestine, US attempts have be unfruitful, following Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian prisoners and to stop its settlements activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.last_img read more

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending May 31:Fiction:1. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Cirocco Dunlap, Aparna Nancherla & Matt Lieb, narrated by Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Jane Lynch, Anjelica Huston, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Matt Walsh, Nicole Byer, Aparna Nancherla, Harry Goaz & Gary Anthony Williams (Audible Studios)2. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon, narrated by Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, Cassandra Morris, Libby McKnight, Emily Bauer & Michael Crouch (Audible Studios)3. Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narrated by Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayaar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White & Rita Wolf (Audible Studios)4. Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston, narrated by Janina Edwards (Audible Studios)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)6. Alien III: An Audible Original Drama by William Gibson, narrated by Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow & Keith Wickham (Audible Studios)7. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)8. Good Intentions by J. D. Trafford, narrated by Will Damron (Brilliance Audio)9. The Boy by Tami Hoag, narrated by Hillary Huber (Brilliance Audio)10. A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)Nonfiction:1. The 3-Day Effect by Florence Williams, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)2. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark, narrated by the authors (Macmillan Audio)3. The Mueller Report: The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel’s Office U.S. Department of Justice, narrated by Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett & Victor Bevine (Audible Studios)4. The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)5. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)6. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)7. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)8. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)9. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb, narrated by Brittany Pressley (Audible Studios)10. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)—–The Associated Press read more

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Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon expected to be completed by end September UN

Marking one month since Security Council resolution 1701 ended the 34 days of fighting between Hizbollah and Israel in Lebanon, the United Nations Force Commander in the country said today he expects all Israeli forces to have withdrawn from the south by the end of September.“The cessation of hostilities is generally maintained, the Israeli Army is continuing to withdraw from South Lebanon, while the Lebanese Army deploys in these areas. I expect the withdrawal to be complete by the end of this month,” said Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).“Working in conjunction with the Lebanese Armed Forces, and in close coordination with the Israeli Army, I think we can ensure a stable environment here in south Lebanon, something that the people need very much to get on with their lives.” UNIFIL said that it has observed a “number of minor incidents and violations” in its area of operation between the Litani River and the Blue Line that separates Lebanon and Israel, but added that these have not been of an offensive and hostile character, and the parties seem determined to uphold the cessation of hostilities agreement.Resolution 1701 called for a strengthening of UNIFIL to up to 15,000 troops and Major General Pellegrini said a contingent from Spain would arrive on Friday. The Force currently has around 4,000 troops in its theatre of operations.“UNIFIL is now enhancing its presence, we have been reinforced by Italian and French troops, and I expect the Spanish contingent to arrive tomorrow. We are starting to have the numbers that we need, we have a detailed concept of operation and the required rules of engagement.”In a related development, the interim naval task force of ships from various nations continues to assist the Lebanese navy in patrolling its maritime boundary, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said in a letter to the Security Council that this will continue until a full UNIFIL naval task force is deployed, as agreed with Lebanon’s Government.A group of UNIFIL military, police, customs and border experts are also reviewing security measures at other entry points in Lebanon, and the Force is also continuing its extensive humanitarian work on the ground, including helping to destroy the masses of unexploded ordnance that litter the countryside. read more

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Pending US home sales slumped in May amid supply shortage

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo shows a “Sold” sign in front of a house in Andover, Mass. On Wednesday, June 29, the National Association of Realtors releases its May report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in May, with the year-over-year pace of pending sales sliding for the first time in nearly two years.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 per cent last month to 110.8, slightly below its May 2015 reading of 111. Overall home sales have steadily improved over the past year. But buyers are facing a shortage of available homes that might have curtailed pending sales last month.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. A sale is typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed. May’s decline suggests that completed home sales could slow in July or August.In May, completed sales of existing homes rose 1.8 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.53 million, the highest level since February 2007, the Realtors reported last week. But the number of listings sank 5.7 per cent from a year ago, meaning that homebuyers have limited choices.The tight inventory has caused homes to sell after fewer days on the market and pushed up prices.Homes sold in May after an average of just 32 days on the market, the fastest pace ever measured by the Realtors since they began tracking the figure in 2011. Homes stayed on the market on average for 40 days a year ago. The median sales price was $239,700, a 4.7 per cent increase over the past 12 months.Rising prices and a limited supply of homes have likely constrained sales, which have been steadily improving from the depths of the housing bust.Would-be homebuyers have been able to consider higher-priced homes because of mortgage rates near historic lows.Mortgage purchaser Freddie Mac said the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage last week was 3.56 per cent, down from 4.02 per cent a year ago. Pending US home sales slumped in May amid supply shortage read more

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How Anjem Choudary swore allegiance to Islamic State after curry house meeting

first_imgChoudary and Rahman had a combined 60,000 Twitter followers and were avid users of YouTube – their chosen platform to deliver their message through recorded lectures.Mr Justice Holroyde explained he would not take into account allegations against Choudary and Rahman spanning 20 years and said: “My duty is to sentence you for the offences for which you have been convicted.’But he told them: “You indirectly encouraged violent terrorist activity.’The judge said: “You are both mature and intelligent men who knew throughout exactly what you were doing.”While Rahman was “something of a hothead”, he said Choudary was “more calculating”.“In your differing ways I regard each of you as dangerous.”Both were likely to continue to spread their message as long as they could, the judge  said.Speaking after the conviction, Cdr Dean Haydon, head of the Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, said the pair had “poisoned vulnerable minds”.He said: “These men have stayed just within the law for many years and there has been frustration for both law enforcement agencies and communities as they spread hate.”We have watched Choudary developing a media career as spokesman for the extremists, saying the most distasteful of comments, but without crossing the criminal threshold.”Their recent speeches and the oath of allegiance were a turning point for the police – at last we had the evidence that they had stepped over the line and we could prove they were actively encouraging support of [Isil].”This has been a significant prosecution in our fight against terrorism and we will now be working with communities to ensure that they are not replaced by others spreading hate.” Mohammed Mizanur Rahman was also sentenced to five-and-a-half-yearsCredit:Nick Edwards After the meeting, Choudary and his co-defendant, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, agreed to swear an oath of allegiance to the new Isil movement under their Islamic nicknames.The timing of the document made it all the more important, Mr Justice Holroyde said.With turmoil across Iraq and Syria after the advent of the caliphate, many Muslims were seeking guidance on whether the new organisation was legitimate.While the great majority of the Muslim world dismissed the extremists, the judge said Choudary had quickly set about communicating his message to as many persons as he could. Mohammed Mizanur Rahman Choudary dismissed questions about why Isil was killing people or beheading Western hostages.Mr Justice Holroyde said: “At no point did either of you say anything to condemn the violent means by which ISIS claimed to have established a caliphate.“In fact, none of the many speeches which the jury heard contains any criticism by either of you of any of the violent actions of [Isil] or its supporters. On the contrary, each of you was invariably able to find a way of justifying their most appalling acts.“Throughout all of your speeches and broadcasts you expressed your contempt for the values of the democracy in which we live, and encouraged your audience to believe that no one who failed to support the caliphate established by [Isil] could be a true Muslim.”The danger of their oath and lectures was multiplied by their army of social media followers, the court heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was the obligation of every Muslim to obey the caliph who ruled in accordance with sharia law and to fight those who differed from him, he said.In his lecture he said every Muslim would want to live under sharia, and stressed that the caliphate needed to expand to achieve world domination.A few days later in the second lecture, he said al Baghdadi was the legitimate caliph and that apostates who left Islam would face capital punishment.Choudary happily referred to the prospect of the flag of Islam fluttering over Downing Street and the White House.center_img Choudary was hugely influential among extremists, the court heardCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuters Within days, the oath of allegiance document, affirming the legitimacy of the caliphate, was posted on the internet by Choudary’s associate in Indonesia, Mohammed Fachry.Weeks later, Choudary went on to restate his support in two lectures.In the first of two online talks in late August 2014, Choudary said that Isil had established a legitimate caliphate. Anjem Choudary Those present included Siddhartha Dhar, also known as Abu Rumaysa, who is later alleged to have become an Isil executioner, and Abdul Muhid, who was jailed for fundraising for terrorists in 2008.Also present was convicted terrorist Simon Keeler, who was jailed alongside Omar Brooks earlier this year when they were caught in Hungary in breach of their travel bans.Even among such notorious figures though, Choudary’s influence was supreme, the Old Bailey heard.Dhar had pleaded by text message with Choudary to give his “Islamic verdict” on the new caliphate, saying his “words would be gold on Twitter.’ After 20 years of avoiding serious prosecution, Anjem Choudary was finally bought down after pledging allegiance to Islamic State following a curry house meeting with his associates in East London.Days after militants from Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) streamed across the Syrian border to seize swathes of northern Iraq in June 2014, Choudary and his henchmen met to discuss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s self-styled caliphate.At the meeting at Hayfield Masala, in Mile End Road, Stepney Green were some of the Britain’s most notorious extremists.last_img read more

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This battery uses sewage to generate energy

first_imgUS SCIENTISTS MAY have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water, according to a new study.The engineers have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater.They hope their technique could be used in wastewater treatment facilities and to break down organic pollutants in the “dead zones” of oceans and lakes where fertilizer runoff has depleted oxygen, suffocating marine life.Generating energyHowever, for now the team from Stanford University have started small, with a prototype about the size of a D-cell battery, consisting of two electrodes – one positive and one negative – plunged into a bottle of wastewater, filled with bacteria.As the bacteria consume the organic material, the microbes cluster around the negative electrode, throwing off electrons, which are captured in turn by the positive electrode.“We call it fishing for electrons,” said environmental engineer Craig Criddle, one of the lead authors of the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences (PNAS).“You can see that the microbes make nanowires to dump off their excess electrons,” Criddle added.Scientists have long known of microbes, dubbed exoelectrogenic, that live in airless environments and are capable of “breathing” oxide minerals, instead of oxygen, to generate energy.Simple, yet efficientOver the past dozen years, several research groups have tried different approaches for transforming these microbes into bio-generators – but it has proven difficult to harness this energy efficiently.The researchers said their new model is simple, yet efficient, and can harness about 30 percent of the potential energy in the wastewater – about the same rate as commercially available solar panels.There is far less energy potential available in wastewater than the sun’s rays, they concede, but say the process has an added benefit: it cleans the water. That means it could could be used to offset some of the energy currently being consumed to treat wastewater.- © AFP 2013.Read: How lifestyle changes can reverse ageing>Read: Here’s why flies can avoid being swatted and a T-rex might not see you sneak by>last_img read more

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Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img“I have been involved in every aspect of Glenn’s life, why wouldn’t I be a part of this?” Miranda asserts over lunch at a fashion mall in Rio’s São Conrado neighborhood the next afternoon. “I think what Snowden did was heroic. Glenn and Laura’s reporting is so important. It caused a serious debate about privacy and internet freedom in my country and around the world. I’m so proud to be able to play any role at all in that. I’d go to jail for that.” 2. Free dive to deathNicholas Mevoli fought hard to be a champion free diver. But as John Branch, Adam Skolnick, William J Broad and Mary Pilon find in this collaborative piece, his greatest challenge led to his premature death.New York Times, approximately 13 minutes reading time, 2738 wordsMr. Mevoli, like his daring friends and competitors, brushed off the danger. He loved the purity of free diving, man against water, man against himself, no snorkel or oxygen tank. Swim into the depths of the ocean until the water turns from blue to black and the light fades to dark. Down, down, down, every meter into the abyss meaning another meter back to the light.3. When my son had meningitisIt’s Universal Children’s Day today, and mother Roisín Hartley writes a moving story about when she discovered her baby son Callum had meningitis.TheJournal.ie, approximately 4 minutes reading time, 809 wordsIt is so hard as a parent to know when is the right time to ask for medical help. We had already seen the doctor the day before and I knew I needed to give the antibiotics a chance to work. But something just didn’t feel right. We had to have another opinion.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Life as David MirandaAs the partner of Glenn Greenwald – who broke the Edward Snowden story – David Miranda has found himself involved in an intense situation. But as Natasha Vargas-Cooper writes, those who think he is clueless about the dangers have it all wrong.Buzzfeed, approximately 32 minutes reading time, 6452 wordslast_img read more

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Gangster Fat Freddie arrested at Dublin Airport

first_imgUpdated 6.45pmGARDAÍ TODAY ARRESTED 33-year-old crime boss ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson after he stepped off a plane at Dublin Airport.The gangster had been extradited from Holland on foot of a European arrest warrant and was met on the runway by gardaí from Kilmainham Garda Station.Thompson appeared in court this afternoon to face charges of violent disorder during a row at Morrissey’s pub on Cork Street in Dublin last year after a funeral.He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and a hearing will take place on 27 May in the Criminal Courts of Justice.First published 5.21pmRead: Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris shot in late night attack>Read: Man due in court over Christy Daly killing… Two more arrests this morning>last_img read more

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Nintendos ComicCon lineup full of playable games DS goodies

first_imgNintendo issued a press release detailing the company’s line-up of playable games for 3DS and Wii at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego. The company will have not one but two locations to indulge in Nintendo-y goodness between an official booth on the show floor and a “Nintendo Gaming Lounge” set up at the Marriott hotel across the street.For the 3DS, fans will be able to play titles announced at E3 last month, including Super Mario, Mario Kart, and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Should they get bored of those, Star Fox 64 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D and Pokedex 3D will be on hand as well.AdChoices广告On the Wii side, players should get excited for a hands-on demo of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. What’s more, a Kirby game (tentatively titled just Kirby Wii) and the quietly-announced-at-E3 Rhythm Heaven will show up, too.All of that will just be the Comic-Con show booth. The Nintendo Gaming Lounge, on the other hand, will be a comfortable home for fans wanting more Nintendo culture. A chalk drawing commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise will be created on-site. On Thursday, July 21, the Lounge will serve as home to a Pokemon meet-up where owners of Pokemon Black/White can meet, trade, and battle. Also, Pokedex 3D users can meet up to trade data and interact with a “giant AR marker of Legendary Pokemon Reshiram.”There will be more AR cards in the lounge that allow visitors to pose for photos taken with a 3DS. The company also mentions the opportunity to share 3DS StreetPass data and download additional maps for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.Read the full press release at Nintendo.comBlake’s OpinionComic-Con is an event famous for its attendance by ultra-hard-core fans. Take a game like Star Wars: The Old Republic, for example. Plenty of fans worldwide are just excited for the game, but Comic-Con attendees are the type to have insatiable curiosities about every inch of backstory and foam at the mouth with supremely detailed questions for writers and creative directors.Marketers, likewise, foam at the mouth at the prospect of getting to address these fans directly. They generate priceless word-of-mouth buzz. So it’s fascinating that Nintendo isn’t bringing the Wii U to the show. As we noted a couple of weeks ago, the Nintendo party line is that the Wii U has to be experienced in-person to be believed. The Big N has also conceded that negative Internet buzz surrounding the E3 reveal took the company by surprise.What better opportunity to take back the story about the Wii U? Let the rabid fans try out the system, then go home and blog or tweet about their good experiences, and maybe the Nintendo skeptics would come back on board.last_img read more

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New Harry Potter Lego Sets Feature Familiar Scenes Characters

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Bring the magic of Hogwarts to your living room with five new Lego building sets inspired by Harry Potter.Available Aug. 1, the themed collections range in price from $19.99 to $89.99—par for the Lego course—and feature iconic scenes like the Triwizard Challenge and Yule Ball.Expecto Patronum(121 pieces, age 7+, $19.99)(via LEGO)Help Harry defend Sirius Black from Dementors at the Forbidden Forest’s Great Lake: Fire the Expecto Patronum spell at a pair of cloaked minifigures to summon Harry’s Patronus charm—a new stag figure.Includes four minifigures: Harry Potter, Sirius Black, two DementorsFeatures a forest scene with small lakeside build, two buildable trees with spell-cast shooting function, and semi-transparent glittering staf figure with room for minifig on topIncludes Harry’s wand (as used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge(265 pieces, age 8+, $29.99)(via LEGO)Battle one of the most dangerous dragons in the wizarding world: Retrieve the mysterious golden egg while avoiding death by Hungarian Horntail (complete with moveable limbs and wings).Includes four minifigures: Harry Potter, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum—each with their own wandFeatures a posable Hungarian Horntail dragon with flames in its mouth, as well as a buildable tent for the champions to wait their turn at the Triwizard Tournament; inside is a bed, two cups, a small shelf, and potion bottleIncludes Harry’s Firebolt racing broomstick, a rocky environment containing the golden egg, and a chain to attach the dragonThe Knight Bus(403 pieces, age 8+,$39.99)(via LEGO)Catch the purple triple-decker Knight Bus for a wild ride: Once Harry’s trunk is loaded, it’s time to hold tight; as the vehicle races away, swerving around corners and bouncing over bumps, watch out for sliding beds and the swinging chandelier.Includes three minifigures: Harry Potter, Stan Shunpike, and Ernie PrangFeatures a hinged side panel for easy interior access and a removable roof to reveal the upper deckIncludes a shrunken head and Harry Potter’s chest—complete with wand, letter, chocolate bar, and potion bottleHagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue(496 pieces, age 8+,$59.99)(via LEGO)Explore the detailed interior of Hagrid hut, hide behind his pumpkin patch when the Minister of Magic and Executioner arrive, then rescue Buckbeak the Hippogriff from the axe.Includes six minifigures: Hagrid, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Minister of Magic, Executioner; plus Buckbeak the Hippogriff figure with moveable wings and head, restrained by removable chainFeatures Hagrid’s two-section buildable woodland hut, with pumpkin patch outsideIncludes chocolate frog, Daily Prophet newspaper, a spider, Hagrid’s pink umbrella, pumpkins, three wands, and the Minister of Magic’s hat, among other accessoriesHogwarts Clock Tower(922 pieces, age 9+, $89.99)(via LEGO)What’s the point of having magical powers if you can’t travel through time? Create Time-Turner adventures by resetting the three-level Hogwarts Tower clock to ensure you never miss a Defense Against the Dark Arts class or a chance to show off your dance moves at the formal Yule Ball celebration.Includes eight minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, Albus Dumbledore, and Madame MaximeAll figures come with wands and Yule Ball costumesFeatures Hogwarts clock tower, entrance hall, Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, hospital wing, prefects’ bathroom, Dumbledore’s office, and a section of icy Yule Ball decorationsFeatures clock-changing mechanism and “dance” functionTake a closer look in the slideshow below.And if the holiday hoedown has you in the Yuletide spirit, you’re in luck: Christmas is coming early this year with the Sept. 1 launch of Lego’s Harry Potter advent calendar.Behind each door is a different toy to open, build, and play with; every day delivers a favorite character, familiar object, or fantastical accessory from the book-cum-film series.Expect minifigures of the boy wizard himself, as well as friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, mentors Professor McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Flitwick, and Hedwig the owl.(via LEGO)Get into the holiday spirit with a micro Hogwarts Express train, buildable fireplace with Christmas decorations, Great Hall table with accessories, and statue pedestal decorated with the four house crests.“The 24 gifts combine to inspire kids to recreate festive scenes from the Harry Potter movies and invent magical stories of their own,” Lego said in a press release.Suitable for ages seven and up, the 305-piece set will sell for $39.99.More on Geek.com:Take My Galleons: Vans Teases Harry Potter-Themed MerchRare First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Book With Typos Sells for $90,000Police Bust Massive Counterfeit Lego OperationView as: One Page Slides1. Expecto Patronum(via LEGO)2. Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge3. Hagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue(via LEGO)4. Hogwarts Clock Tower(via LEGO)5. Harry Potter Advent Calendar(via LEGO)last_img read more

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Jurors convict Dylann Roof in church slayings

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C.  — Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling slaughter of nine black church members who had welcomed him to their Bible study, a devastating crime in a country that was already deeply embroiled in racial tension.The same federal jury that found Roof guilty of all 33 counts will reconvene next month to hear more testimony and weigh whether to sentence him to death. As the verdict was read, Roof just stared ahead, much as he did the entire trial. Family members of victims held hands and squeezed one another’s arms. One woman nodded her head every time the clerk said “guilty.” Roof, 22, told FBI agents he wanted to bring back segregation or perhaps start a race war with the slayings. Instead, the single biggest change to emerge from the June 17, 2015, killings was the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse, where it had flown for 50 years over the Capitol or on the grounds. Roof appeared with the flag in several photos in a racist manifesto. The shooting happened just months after Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was killed by white police officer Michael Slager when he fled a traffic stop in North Charleston. Police shootings around the county have heightened tensions between black communities and the law enforcement agencies that patrol them, sometimes resulting in protests and riots.In Roof’s confession to the FBI, the gunman said he carried out the killings after researching “black on white crime” on the internet. He said he chose a church because that setting posed little danger to him.last_img read more

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9 state wildlife cameras near North Bend stolen

first_imgNORTH BEND — Nine wildlife cameras used to track elk near North Bend have been stolen.The Transportation Department was using the cameras in a project to prevent elk collisions on Interstate 90.KOMO reports workers noticed the cameras worth $7,000 were gone Tuesday. Crews removed nine other remaining cameras as a precaution.One of the cameras took a picture of a possible suspect, a man with a bandanna over his face.last_img

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Meredith Hires Mark Peterson as Newsstand VP

first_imgFrank Ruiz and Carlos Garcia, both former ProCirc executives, have formed their own outsourced circ firm Prestige Marketing Solutions. And, circling back to the larger consumer publishers, Brian Wolfe left his position as Time Inc.’s executive vice president of consumer marketing ands sales last June. Monica Ray left Time Inc. in August to become Condé Nast’s executive vice president of consumer marketing, reporting to Bob Sauerberg, who became the company’s president in July. A little over a month since vice president of retail sales David Algire left to become president of Source Interlink Distribution, Meredith has hired Mark Peterson as its new vice president of newsstand. Peterson comes to Meredith from DJG Marketing, an outsourced circulation services provider, where he was executive vice president and managing director.Peterson will report to Andy Sareyan, president of Meredith consumer brands. The appointment caps a flurry of position changes with audience developers and consumer marketers over the last year. Heidi Spangler, who left her position as b-to-b publisher Questex’s director of audience development, has resurfaced as director of intelligent audience marketing for ADS Global, a b-to-b circulation and marketing services company. Eric Rutter, formerly vice president of audience marketing at Reed Business Information, has been named vice president of account management at iPacesetters, which recently merged with fulfillment and database management company ARGI.last_img read more

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Swiss Scientists Probe The Inner Hearing Of The Brain

first_imgNews Facebook Hearing Music In Our Heads, As Seen By Science swiss-scientists-probe-inner-hearing-brain Email Just because the music in our heads is invisible, doesn’t mean we aren’t really hearing itPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 5:09 pm Neuroscientists at Swiss EPFL and University of California, Berkeley have undertaken a first-of-its-kind experiment: The researchers paired invasive sensors with an epileptic pianist to map the inner brain activity that accompanies listening to music.Score one for the reality of having a creative inner life.The pianist performed a piece twice on an electric piano, once with the sound turned on and then again with the sound turned off. Although the researchers requested he imagine what the piece sounded like, it is hard to imagine how else an experienced pianist would perform a well-known selection. The odd but strangely predictable observation was that inner neurons fire — including for high and low frequencies — the same way they respond to sound vibrating the ear drum.In other words, you are really hearing the music inside your head.The study’s findings have been published in the scientific journal Cerebral Cortex, and the scientists’ goal is to apply them to help people who have lost their speech ability to speak again by “reading” their internal speech and reproducing it vocally. “We are at the very early stages of this research,” said Stéphanie Martin, lead author of the study. “Language is a much more complicated system than music: linguistic information is non-universal, which means it is processed by the brain in a number of stages.”Earworm Catch Your Brain?Read more Twitter Swiss Scientists Probe The Inner Hearing Of The Brain last_img read more

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Meet Konda Vishweshwar Reddy the richest politician in Telangana with Rs 895

first_imgKonda Vishweshwar ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]Congress candidate from Chevella Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, is the richest politician in Telangana with declared assets of Rs 895 crore.While filing his nomination on Friday, 59-year-old submitted an affidavit to the Returning Officer (RO) of Chevella declaring both his and his family assets.According to the affidavit, Reddy owns movable assets of Rs 223 crore, while the movable assets of his wife K Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, stood at Rs 613 crore. The movable assets of their dependent son were nearly Rs 20 crore, reports IANS.Reddy also has immovable assets of Rs 36 crore while the same of his wife are valued at Rs 1.81 crore. In 2014, he had declared assets of over Rs 528 crore, which has now increased by 24 per cent. However, it comes as a surprise that the family does not have any vehicles registered to their names.Who is Konda Vishweshwar Reddy?An engineer by profession, Vishweshwar Reddy is a successful entrepreneur and an MP from Chevella. He is the son of Konda Madhava Reddy, the former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and grandson of former Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy after whom the district Ranga Reddy was named. Konda Vishweshwar Reddyfacebook [Representational Image]He is married to the daughter of Prathap C Reddy (the founder of Apollo Hospitals), K Sangita Reddy, the executive director of Apollo Hospitals, and has three sons Konda Anindith Reddy, Konda Vishwajith Reddy and Konda Viraj Reddy.He did his graduation from University of Madras and masters from the US and worked as an adjunct faculty in the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Essex County College in Newark, reports kvrformp.org.After returning from the US, he worked as the CEO and Managing Director (MD) of Wipro HCIT Ltd, and CEO and MD of GE Medical Systems Information Technology and is presently the Managing Director, Citadel Research and Solutions, Ltd.He is the only Parliamentarian from India to be granted a US patent while serving as an MP. He also has several copyrights registered to him, adds the report. He is also an art and sports enthusiast, who is actively involved in adventure sports. He is also the founding chairman of Progressive Telangana Foundation and holds prestigious positions in several other organizations.Political career Konda Vishweshwar ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]As a child, he was deeply influenced by the political scenario in the house of his late grandfather. As he grew older, he started working with various organisations which helped him understand the situations in the state.He made his political debut in 2013 after he was invited to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) by then president Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR). He contested in the 2014 general elections from Chevella and became the MP with a margin of 75,000 votes.In November 2018, he resigned from TRS, expressing his disappointment over the party’s functioning and joined Congress just on the eve of Assembly elections in December 2018.last_img read more

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Modi iterates Teesta assurance

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi and members of visiting delegation of Bangladesh Awami League led by party general secretary and road transport & bridges minister Obaidul Quader at New Delhi on Monday. AL delegation is visiting India for party to party meet on invitation of BJP. Photo: Collected from TweeterIndian prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured the visiting Bangladesh Awami League delegation that he was trying to resolve the Teesta river water sharing issue.The assurance came during a 30-minute meeting with the AL team, led by party general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at the Indian PM’s official residence, according to a message of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.Referring to Bangladesh’s role in providing shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from their homeland, Rakhine state of Myanmar, the Indian premier said his country wants an early and permanent resolution to the problem, reports BSS.He lauded Bangladesh’s position on this issue and the ‘bold and courageous’ leadership of his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina for the latter’s ‘remarkable success in socio-economic development’.Modi was accompanied by national security adviser Ajit Doval, foreign secretary Vajay K Gokhale, joint secretary (Bangladesh, Myanmar) Sripriya Ranganathan and spokesperson of external affairs ministry Raveesh Kumar.Obaidul Quader was accompanied by Awami League presidium member Piyush Kanti Bhattacharya and joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali was also present at the meeting.The Indian prime minister paid tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership Bangladesh fought and gained independence from Pakistan in 1971.”In terms of socio-economic development Bangladesh has advanced much ahead of Pakistan,” Modi told the Bangladesh delegation in praising Bangabandhu and his daughter Sheikh Hasina. “Look at your country. You are much ahead of Pakistan in socio-economic indicators,” he said.During the meeting held in a cordial atmosphere, Obaidul Quader conveyed to Modi the best wishes from the people of Bangladesh and PM Sheikh Hasina.Quader arrived in New Delhi on Sunday leading a 19-member high-powered Awami League delegation on a three-day visit to India at the invitation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Earlier, the delegation visited Lok Sabha.last_img read more

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Crysis developer Crytek hasnt paid staff for months

first_imgThere are thousands of game development studios out there, but only a few handfuls that I would pick out as unlikely to shut up shop. One of those developers is Crytek, due to its track record of producing incredibly popular games including Far Cry and the Crysis series. But Crytek is apparently struggling, to the point where it isn’t paying staff.Crytek hasn’t made an official statement yet, but a source has told Develop that staff at the UK studio haven’t been paid properly since April. Some have received part of their monthly payment, but all staff have money owning. Crytek is also thought to be in talks with Deutsche Bank to secure more funding.The knock-on effect of this is people are leaving the studio at a rate faster than Crytek can replace them. Crytek’s UK studio had a team of 90 developers start work on Homefront: The Revolution last year. As many as 40 individuals have left since then, forcing Crytek’s management to promote people to more senior roles without an appropriate pay rise, as well as  adding a clause to contracts stating a resignation must come with a 3 month notice period.Crytek’s Frankfurt studio is also thought to have been facing problems, especially as it was meant to be the studio handling the now-canceled development of Ryse 2. It is thought a team there is helping out on Homefront development. That means Crytek is working on fewer projects due to the need to push people on to existing projects, or at least spreading its resources more thinly, which is never a good sign. Morale at the UK studio is thought to be very low, which usually leads to even more people deciding to leave.If Crytek manages to secure new funding from Deutsche Bank then the situation should return to some form of normal quite quickly. But for now, the future for the UK studio at least looks anything but certain.last_img read more

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Second annual nationwide survey puts spotlight on homebased agents

first_imgTags: Home Based Agents, Sphere Second annual nationwide survey puts spotlight on home-based agents Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 21, 2018 center_img Nine out of 10 home-based agents believe they have a better work life balance than when they worked in an agency. The statistic is just one of many new insights into home-based agents in the second annual independent nationwide survey of Canadian hosted travel agents, conducted over the month of January.The sampling this year tripled in response size to over 500, adding additional credibility to the findings. It is estimated that over 35% of travel agents in Canada are now independent, home based contractors.The Travel Agent Next Door funded the research that was conducted by an independent consulting firm, and is sharing the results with the industry.A startling 91.9% of agents who moved over to become home-based agents said they were happier than when they worked in an agency.The agents also reported a better quality of life, with various reasons cited, including more time to travel and more time with family, the ability to work from anywhere, plus the ability to ‘be my own boss’.The survey reveals that 52% of the home based agents who responded have only ever worked as a home based agent, which suggests that home-based agents have been around for longer than is commonly thought.However, the statistic also reflects the growing number of new people coming into the industry as hosted agents working from home after taking their training.The survey also reveals that 87.3% of agents who responded are over 40, and 28.5% are over 60, and most of this group worked for many years in an agency or call centre, which confirms that many home-based agents are highly experienced and are converting to home-based later in their careers.When asked what services are the most important in a host agency, agents cited customized websites, the ability to work with management, the level of support and the ability to network with other agents.Just over 45% of hosted agents said they are ‘very to extremely ‘happy with their host agency, however 12 % said they were ‘unhappy to very unhappy’.The Travel Agent Next Door will feature further findings from the survey in this space next month. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

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Opus CMC Recruits Director of Securitization

first_img Movers & Shakers Opus CMC RMBS 2015-02-02 Tory Barringer February 2, 2015 420 Views in Headlines, News Opus Capital Markets Consultants, LLC (Opus CMC), has added to its due diligence expertise with the appointment of longtime mortgage veteran William Shuey as director of securitization.Shuey has worked in the mortgage industry for more than 30 years, servicing prominent Wall Street firms and banking institutions in the areas of due diligence and the secondary market. Prior to joining Opus CMC, he was due diligence manager at Accenture. He has also held management positions at Goldman Sachs and was VP at Hudson Advisors.”[Bill] not only brings an impressive background in mortgage finance and due diligence, he also has a comprehensive vision that will capitalize on Opus’ expert teams, technology solutions and partnerships,” said Jennifer Labud, COO for Opus CMC.In his new role, Shuey will be responsible for operational oversight of securitization processes, focusing on assuring the delivery of high-quality, compliant solutions to the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market.In a release, Opus CMC said Shuey’s appointment underscores “the importance of compliance in the new securitization market.””As the secondary market continues to grow and investors expand their risk tolerance, our key focus is to ensure our clients have accurate transactional and compliance information to make strategic and profitable decisions. Bill’s leadership will help guide this vision forward,” said Joe Andrea, chief sales officer at Opus CMC. “His extensive knowledge and background in mortgage, regulatory compliance and the securitization process will add value to our already experienced due diligence teams.”center_img Share Opus CMC Recruits Director of Securitizationlast_img read more

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Minor earthquake near Limassol

first_imgA 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday at around 1pm in the villages Phinikaria and Armenohori in Limassol, the island’s geological survey department said.The epicentre of the earthquake was the area of Phinikaria-Armenohori, it said, 12 kilometres north-east of the city of Limassol at a depth of 20 kilometres. The earthquake, that occurred at 12.52pm, was slightly felt in the wider Limassol district, it said.No injuries or damages were reported.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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