Royal Gendarmerie Officers Jailed for Corruption and Financial Diversions

Rabat – Two members of the Royal Gendarmerie were arrested on charges of corruption and financial diversions in the province of Safi, stated the daily Al Akhbar in its March 13 edition.After imposing disciplinary sanctions on several senior officials in Mohamed Haramou’s department, two members of the military establishment were detained in custody in the barracks of Tamesna in Rabat.The two gendarmes, including the driver of Colonel Houssine Kaamouz and the officer responsible for the management of social housing for the gendarmerie in Safi, were jailed pending the end of the department investigation. The initial stages of the investigation reveal that the officers diverted an allocation from the high command of the Royal Gendarmerie that was intended for the creation of social housing, specifically, the construction of a four-floor building in the city of Safi.General Haramou, head of the Royal Gendarmerie, has also made several changes in the ranks of his department. Haramou was appointed by King Mohammed VI in early December 2017, replacing Lieutenant General Hosni Benslimane.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Appoints New Head of Royal Gendarmerie read more

Caterpillar Apple among big names hit by USChina trade war

NEW YORK — Companies making everything from computers to construction cranes are seeing their profits hurt as the United States’ trade war with China causes the world’s second largest economy to slow.Apple is selling fewer iPhones in China and Caterpiller fewer bulldozers. Nvidia, a maker of graphics chips for video game consoles, reported a drop in its revenue.Intel and 3M are among the other big-name companies who’ve recently blamed circumstances in China for their worsening financial outlooks.More broadly, any companies making the majority of their revenue outside the U.S. fared worse on earnings and revenue growth during the fourth quarter. They’ll likely see further falls this year.China’s economy grew at the weakest annual rate last year since 1990. Demand for Chinese exports faded last year and the International Monetary Fund expects China’s growth to weaken further in 2019.Much of the current trade uncertainty hinges on a deadline, just over a week away, that could see the U.S. hike its tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on March 2.President Donald Trump imposed the penalties last year over complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Beijing retaliated with higher duties on U.S. goods and told its importers to find other suppliers. That led to a 40 per cent drop in Chinese imports of American goods in January.The dispute has already raised costs of goods for companies and consumers. An escalation of the trade fight would ripple through the global economy, said Mark Schofield, managing director at Citi Research.Citi’s base case for an immediate resolution involves a preliminary trade deal that would likely keep tariffs, and uncertainty in place. At worst, an escalation adds costs to companies and more volatility to the market, he said.The two sides are meeting for talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, and Trump says he might be willing to push back the March 2 date if the talks go well.Even if a deal is struck, the broader retraction in China’s economy will still be an issue.Caterpillar was among the first companies to sound the alarm. Its fourth-quarter results fell well short of forecasts and the Deerfield, Illiniois-based company warned investors that sales in China will be flat in 2019 after two years of growth. Caterpillar gets between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its construction industry sales there.Apple warned investors about a slowdown in iPhone and other product sales in China as earnings season began. Nvidia blamed “deteriorating macroeconomic conditions” in China for a drop in revenue.Chipmaker Intel cited lower demand in China and industrial conglomerate 3M cited weak sales for several of its units.While optimism over a trade deal seems to be the sentiment on Wall Street, investors may fare better by just holding out for a clearer view.“Nobody knows what’s going to come,” said Mark Stoeckle, CEO and portfolio manager of Adams Funds. “Investors are better served by waiting for data and facts.”Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

President assures action against those accused in bond scam

President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that action will be taken against those accused in the treasury bond scam.He says even though a few people in the Government leveled allegations and criticisms against him for appointing the Bond Commission, he appointed the Commission to fulfill the pledge given by him to the people to eradicate fraud and corruption from the country, while ensuring the fair justice in the society as a government of good governance. He made these remarks while addressing the second death anniversary of late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thero, held at the premises of the Ape Gama in Battaramulla, today. The President stated that the good things done by the government of good governance which completes 3 years on January 08 next year should be taken to the people. He said the government still has the time to correct some wrong things done by few people in the government, and move forward as a government.“The highest tribute which can be paid to late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero is to be committed to build a fair society which was his vision, philosophy and the expectation”, the President said. All should commit themselves as a consensual government to protect the concept of Good Governance as well as to deliver the social justice, the President said. He added that the rule of law should be equal for every citizen and the enforcing the law against the wrongdoers should also done in a proper manner.The President also said that he became the President of this country with the readiness to give up that position any time, and said that it is the responsibility of all those who are with the government to provide their assistance for the initiative he has taken for the betterment of the country. President Sirisena emphasized that all who are accountable for the Central Bank bond issue should take the responsibility in this regard and further said that the Good Governance government formed with a clear pure intention, not to do the erroneous acts done during the previous era. read more

Annan calls for a new coalition on UN reform to bridge northsouth

“It is time for those who really care about reform to come together and form a new coalition – one that bridges the artificial, destructive divide between north and south and brings together all those who are willing to work together because they share the vision of a UN that really works, for the benefit of all the world’s peoples,” the Secretary-General said in an op-ed article published today in The Financial Times. The situation, he noted, stemmed from a decision made by Member States last December when they adopted a budget for the current 2006-2007 biennium, but gave the UN “authority to spend only enough to carry us through the first six months.” The main contributors, led by the US, insisted that this spending cap should be lifted only when there is significant progress on UN reform. “We are now perilously near the deadline and it is far from clear that enough reform to satisfy them has been achieved,” the Secretary-General wrote. “Neither side has found a way of engaging with the other to agree on further reforms.”In the midst of this stalemate, he recalled a “minor storm” broke out last week when Mark Malloch Brown, the Secretary-General’s deputy, made a speech suggesting that the US should engage more fully and wholeheartedly with other members of the UN to bring about reform. “That is absolutely right, but he and I believe the same message needs to be heard in many other countries besides the US,” he said, maintaining that that country is trying to use “the power of the purse” to force through the badly needed reforms and the tactic has provoked a negative reaction among developing countries, who see “overwhelming influence of a few rich countries.”It was crucial to get passed this impasse in order to get on to the full scope of reforms that needed to be accomplished in the organization, including updating the Security Council, which would require greater political vision on the part of all governments.“But even while we wait for political vision to catch up with the scale of today’s challenges, we have vital work to do right now – programmes that have been mandated by members and provide essential services to people in acute danger or need,” he said. “We must not let that work be stalled,” he urged. read more

UN agency appeals for 687 million to assist Palestinian refugees next year

Speaking at the annual pledging conference for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis noted that the renewed peace talks on the Arab-Israeli conflict offer a “glimmer of hope” for the aspirations of Palestinians that their tragic plight will one day come to an end. “Until then, UNRWA’s ability to serve Palestine refugees will remain dependent on the generosity of Member States, donors and host communities, who – together with UNRWA – bear the collective responsibility of supporting Palestine refugees,” she stated.The Agency was created by the UN General Assembly in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. Today, it provides some five million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with vital services such as education and health care. “Neither the environment in which we operate nor the needs of the increasing Palestine refugee population are static,” Ms. Ellis told the gathering at UN Headquarters in New York.For 2014, UNRWA has developed a core budget of $687 million. “Unfortunately, we already anticipate a cash shortfall of 10 per cent or $65 million,” said Ms. Ellis. “I cannot stress enough that ‘core’ means the basic services that you, members of the General Assembly, have asked us to provide, including education, health, relief and social services to Palestine refugees.”The overall funding situation of UNRWA – which is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from Member States – remains “dire if not desperate,” said Ms. Ellis, noting that despite the implementation of stringent austerity measures, the Agency still has an estimated cash shortfall of $36 million this year.Major donors to UNRWA include the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Australia. Ms. Ellis said that the Agency’s resource mobilization efforts have expanded to new regions and countries with a view to broadening the donor base and enhancing support for UNRWA. “The Commissioner-General has engaged with governments in Latin America, Asia and other parts of the world and we hope that the Agency will soon bear the fruits of its outreach efforts,” she stated. “Building new partnerships with the private and public sectors is also at the centre of UNRWA’s resource mobilization strategy but these take time to develop and even more time before it bears fruit.” read more

LETTER Justice can be delivered only by a court of law

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: AG’s behaviour embodies a steadied mindset of being above the lawMarch 31, 2017In “latest news”LETTER: PSC maintains that President Granger and his Govt must respect the ConstitutionFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Letter: Until Parker is removed, Communities Ministry will be deemed complicit in tyrannyFebruary 15, 2017In “Letters” Dear Editor,I refer to an article captioned, ‘Carl Parker the alleged sexual offender must be judged’ (GT, Sept 3), in which several misleading and inaccurate statements were made. Unfortunately, I am therefore forced to use time to correct those inaccuracies. Of course, the weak tactic of placing lies in the public domain and waging campaigns of innuendo without evidence is one at which the opposition is adept.The term “victim” was used throughout the article in reference to the virtual complainant. Evidently, the writer has already judged and convicted Mr Parker even though legal proceedings are still ongoing.Editor, the facts are as follows: after a written allegation of sexual misconduct was made against Mr Parker by a District Education Officer (DEO) in 2015, I advised Mr Parker to show the letter to the police so that the DEO may be invited to give a statement. This was done and she declined the invitation by the police to make a report, opting instead to go to the media and launch a letter writing campaign to regional officials. There was never any attempt by the administration or even the thought of covering up anything. Incidentally, the DEO’s name appeared on the PPP’s list of candidates in the last general election.There followed in April 2016, a letter addressed to His Excellency President Granger accompanied by a “petition” requesting Mr. Parker’s removal. The letter contained numerous allegations against Mr Parker including the assertion that Mr. Parker engages in acts of political and ethnic discrimination in the award of contracts, in favour of the ruling administration’s supporters. That is ironic as I have been bombarded by complaints that of contracts awarded most were given to known PPP allies.As was mentioned in the article, the letter also said that 1,200 persons had signed the petition. Upon checking, there were, in fact, fewer than 550 signatures. A more thorough investigation revealed that the person who signed the letter could not be located and may actually not exist, that the vast majority of “signatures” were written by the same hand, and that the few genuine signatures were affixed after the resident was misinformed about what he or she was being asked to sign.Following those two events, there came a third one. On December 30, 2016, a report of sexual misconduct was made to the police against Mr. Parker by the Deputy Mayor of Lethem. Mr. Parker was arrested in February 2017, and appeared before the court on June 6, 2017.On that date, after the virtual complainant had presented her evidence in chief, she was cross examined by Mr. Parker’s counsel. The following day, when her cross examination was due to be continued, she, at the beginning of proceedings, requested leave of the court to obtain legal counsel. The defendant, Mr Parker had no objection. She was granted leave until September 5, and the court was adjourned.On September 5, the case was called. Neither Mr Parker’s accuser nor her legal representative appeared. Instead, a medical certificate was tendered by the prosecutor stating that she was ill. Interestingly, many residents have reported seeing Mr Parker’s accuser during that period, travelling among communities and the Capital City, apparently in good health.Additionally, it was reported that on that date, the court made mention of the article which was published by GT. The court said that it was annoying, malicious, contemptuous and filled with lies.The matter was called yet again on Friday, September 8, and again, the virtual complainant did not appear, even as she continues her social media campaign against Mr Parker.The next date set for a hearing is December 7.Of course, one knows that justice can be delivered only by a court of law, not by social media. Therefore, if one were truly interested in having justice served speedily, one would make every effort to attend court instead of dragging one’s feet and prolonging what would otherwise be a straightforward process. Under the circumstances, given the facts, one may reasonably surmise that Mr. Parker’s accuser is less interested in the service of justice than she may be in prolonging the matter to the unfair detriment of the accused.Sincerely,Ronald BulkanMinister of Communities read more

Greek airports enjoy upturn in arrivals

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arrivals from abroad at the country’s two main airports posted an impressive 28.8 percent increase in the first two months of the year on an annual basis, according to data published on Monday by the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE).Arrivals from abroad at the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki amounted to 395,307 in the year to end-February, compared to 306,887 in the same period in 2013.This data came on the same day as positive comments by the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb D. Rifai, who told a maritime tourism conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens that the mood toward Greece as a destination has been fully reversed in the 18 months.He added that the 15 percent rise in tourism arrivals posted by Greece in 2013 is three times the global average.last_img read more

WWE Network now available in Japan and Germany

first_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Triple H WhatsApp WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Network is now available in Japan and GermanyWWE fans in Japan and Germany can now order WWE Network online by visiting WWENetwork.com to receive their first month of service free. WWE Network in Japan and Germany will cost $9.99 USD per month, with no commitment and the ability to cancel any time.Subscribers have access to the U.S. English language version of WWE Network and get all 12 WWE pay-per-view events at no additional cost, as well as 24/7 scheduled programming and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library with more than 4,000 hours of content, including Raw and SmackDown re-airs, and every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view.WWE Network will first be available on desktop, laptop and mobile devices, followed by Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku and Smart TVs in time for Royal Rumble.“Japan and Germany is strategically important for WWE given our passionate and engaged fan base in the market,” said George Barrios, WWE Chief Strategy & Financial Officer. “The global expansion of WWE Network is critical to the continued growth of our brand internationally.”In addition to the 12 live WWE pay-per-events, WWE Network original programming includes:Breaking Ground – WWE Network’s newest original series gives viewers access to the WWE Performance Center, chronicling what it takes to become a WWE Superstar and Diva.Swerved – Directed by Jeff Tremaine (“Jackass,” “Bad Grandpa”), Swerved combines the worlds of comedy and sports-entertainment as WWE Superstars and Divas play hilarious pranks on one another.The Monday Night War – WWE Network’s 20-episode original series documents the epic television ratings battle between entertainment icons Vince McMahon and Ted Turner.Stone Cold Podcast Live! – WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin sits down with the biggest names in WWE, and the world of sports and entertainment, for a no-holds-barred, in-your-face, exclusive interview.NXT TakeOver – The future is here. WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars compete to prove they’ve got what it takes. More than just evolution, it’s a revolution. Witness these WWE Superstars of tomorrow as they take over WWE Network with live two-hour specials.WWE 24 – The acclaimed 30-minute docu-series takes viewers on a lightning-fast journey through a day in the life of WWE’s most intriguing Superstars and groundbreaking events.Total Divas (Seasons 1-3) – Total Divas gives viewers an exclusive, outside-the-ring look at WWE’s top Divas with an inside glimpse into their personal lives as they balance their own drama and the non-stop action of their professional careers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Videos Articles Pinterest Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in Januarylast_img read more

Fernandinho Man City can improve even more

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fernandinho warned rival clubs that they have yet to reach their peak level performance this seasonThe Citizens recorded an emphatic 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night with goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernando Silva.Despite that though, Fernandinho still sees room for improvement at City.“I think that is important (the team operates) as a whole – not just the defenders, but the attacking players as well,” Fernandinho told CityTV.“They start to press so high, they make it difficult for the opponent to take chances and get the ball to the midfielders.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When the ball gets to our box it is a little bit easier for our defenders and the keeper as well.“The general concept is we are in good shape and everybody now understands what we have to do. We just have to improve it more to get better.”Fernandinho, who spent eight seasons at Shakhtar before leaving in 2013 for City, also added how nice it was to back at his old ground.But the Brazilian’s full focus is now on Monday’s “massive” Premier League game with Tottenham at Wembley.last_img read more

New plan to save bull trout drops number goals

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration is offering a new approach to saving the bull trout, a fish whose need for clean and cold water has put it in conflict with logging, mining and grazing in the Northwest.The draft recovery plan posted online Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eliminates numerical goals for rebuilding populations, recognizes that climate change makes losing some populations inevitable, and focuses on fixing threats to habitat and genetic diversity.The public has 90 days to comment, and then another draft will be issued. After another public comment period, a federal court settlement calls for a final plan to be issued by Sept. 30, 2015.Michael Garrity of the conservation group Alliance for the Wild Rockies says if the elimination of numerical goals stands, they will be back in federal court.“Conservation biology says if they are going to drop those goals, they are not going to recover bull trout,” Garrity said. “It’s an extinction plan, not a recovery plan.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on employeebenefits.co.uk on 27 August-2 September:1. Government steps up penalties for national wage non-compliance2. Barclays chairman uses Feng Shui on company cars3. Workplace should promote mental wellbeing4. Sky to discuss benefits communication at Employee Benefits Live5. Jury to rule on employee status of FedEx drivers6. NHS to launch £5m health and wellbeing programme7. Capital One to share how to become a destination employer8. Better work-life balance drives people to change jobs9. Wealth at Work acquires Life Academy10. 66% have little to no understanding of pension tax relieflast_img read more

Sitka installs LED lights for a brighter safer skate park

first_imgChris Cropley, Joshua McGraw, Tyson Bartolaba, Dylan Sulser and Leon Barclay at Turnaround Skate Park on Friday (11-24-17), where the city just installed overhead lights. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)There’s a new light display in Sitka and no, not the kind that twinkle. The city recently installed overhead lights at the Turnaround Skate Park, a popular hang-out spot for skaters and scooter riders looking to catch some air.Listen nowA group of elementary school boys was all too happy to re-create their reaction to the lights coming on for the first time. Chris Cropley, Joshua McGraw, Tyson Bartolaba, Dylan Sulser and Leon Barclay joyfully screamed and tossed their scooters into the air. They quickly requested pictures to be taken of their “tail whips,” a trick that involves jumping in the air as the scooter turns a full revolution before sticking the landing.The sun set hours ago, but the four LED lights are bright enough to light the bowl, a concrete oasis for those on wheels. With the sun setting earlier these winter months, the addition of lights buys the skaters hours of time and parents some peace of mind.Jane Bradley has two sons who like to skate at Turnaround.“The kids hate the winter because it gets dark out. We can’t go certain places, but this I am comfortable with. It’s well lit and we can see it even from the roadside,” Bradley said.With these four LED lights, the Sitka Police Department hopes Turnaround Skate Park will not only be a brighter place, but a safer one too. SPD has received calls over the years about drunk and disorderly adults gathering at the skate park. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)The lights were installed by the city’s public works and electric departments, with multiple permits from the state Department of Conservation. That’s because the park was built near an old turnaround for amphibious planes. Built in 2007, skater Kevin David says that Turnaround Skate Park is the place where he pushes himself in positive ways.“This is where I learn new stuff and push out my boundaries and set a goal,” David said.And if the skate park wasn’t around…?“Um, I don’t know, probably hanging out with some bad people if the park wasn’t here,” David said. “The park gets a bad rep, but it’s not a bad place.”David is talking about the fact that in recent years, non-skating adults have gathered at the park to drink or smoke. Their drunk and disorderly conduct unnerved skaters and parents, many of whom filed complaints with the Sitka Police Department.Two years ago, Lieutenant Lance Ewers began pushing for the installation of video cameras, but is even more confident that finally installing lights will help prevent future crime.“By putting the lights in, in combination with the cameras, we can give that skate park back to what it was originally designed to be – a safe place for children to hang out and have a good time in a nice, safe environment,” Ewers said.Right now, the lights are illuminated 24 hours a day, though Ewers added they may run on a timer in the future.last_img read more

The Worlds Oldest Known Bra and Lingerie

first_imgMary Phelps Jacob, a New York socialite, was awarded a patent for creating the first modern brassiere, inspired by 18th century French corsets, in 1914. Does that mean that women prior to that had no undergarments dedicated to enhancing their “assets”? It is known that Greek and Roman women wore breastbands, strips of cloth or leather wound around the bust to keep things firmly in place during sport, but up until recently most fashion historians believed that bras with clearly visible cups did not exist prior to the 20th century.Nevertheless, Beatrix Nutz, an archaeologist from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, made a groundbreaking discovery proving that modern-style bras existed as early as in the 15th century.Bodice (French: brassière) from 1900.The linen garments were among a cache of textiles, leather, wood, and straw found under the floorboards on the second floor of Lenberg Castle during an archaeological survey, in 2008. The survey of the castle, located in East Tyrol, Austria, was carried out as part of an extensive restoration project.Lemberg Castle in Nikolsdorf, Austria. Photo by Aufbauwerk der Jugend CC BY-SA 3.0Lemberg Castle dates back to 1190, but it was extended and a second story was added by Virgil von Graben in 1480 to 1507.The underfloor vault was filled with unused items thought to have been placed there as insulation during the 15th century reconstruction. What was waste for the medieval inhabitants became important research items for archaeologists and historians of today. Many of the items were wonderfully preserved in the dry environment.In 2012, Nutz presented a thesis on the medieval textiles found in the castle.Picture from the University of Innsbruck shows a bra from late Middle Age found at Lemberg Castle in Austria. (BEATRIX NUTZ/INSTITUT FUR ARCHAO/EPA)Among the finds were four bras resembling modern designs. Two of these undergarments were a combination of a short shirt covering the décolleté and two cups, with a decorative band that would have helped support the bust. They are unfortunately fragmented with only one cup in good condition.In an interview for Ecouterre, Nutz explains her sense of wonder: “My first thought was what probably anybody would have thought, ‘That’s impossible, there aren’t such things as bras in the 15th century.’”Roman women wearing breast-bands during sport, Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, 4th century AD.The third garment was elaborately decorated with lace work on the straps and at the lower edges of the cups. It had two broad shoulder straps and possibly a back strap, almost identical to bras in use today.A seamstress sews a bra in Puerto Rico. Photo by Kheel Center CC BY 2.0The last bra is similar to the longline bra’s that were popular in the 1950s. It features narrow shoulder straps and two linen cups sewn together. The fabric extends to the bottom of the ribcage with eyelets for lacing it together on the sides, a little like a soft corset.Among the items the researchers also found some underpants. They were hourglass shaped and had thin straps on the sides, resembling a modern bikini. They had been repaired three times with linen patches.1930s bra. Photo by Monica Ho CC BY-SA 4.0As it was believed that women did not wear underpants until as late as the 18th century, this discovery could rewrite our understanding of undergarment female fashion.This style developed during the late 14th and early 15th century when men started to wear full (joined together) underpants instead of single legged hose.Picture from the University of Innsbruck shows lingerie from late Middle Ages found at Lemberg Castle in Austria. (BEATRIX NUTZ/INSTITUT FUR ARCHAO/EPA) Photo © Institute for ArchaeologiesAs with the bras, the underpants could prove that some women did indeed wear some sort of lingerie. However, it is still not completely clear which gender wore the item found in the vault but it’s reasonable to assume it was for a female.There are written sources that suggest some women wore drawers, although, as Nutz comments, it was historically considered that “trousers and underpants were considered a symbol of male power and women wearing them were pugnacious wives trying to usurp the authority of their husbands, or women of low morality.”Writing for History Extra, Nutz also quotes Fynes Moryson, an Englishman who recorded his experiences of traveling through Europe.In Italy, Moryson wrote of seeing “courtesans… apparelled like men, in carnation or light coloured doublets and breeches.” Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, “some of the chief women not able to abide the extreme cold… do use to wear breeches of linen or silk.”With all these wonders and contradictions Nutz sent the items to further testing and she was thrilled upon getting the results back.Read another story from us: Clinched at the Ankles – The Hobble Skirt Rocked Fashion in the Early 1910sShe says for Ecouterre: “Only when we got the results of the radiocarbon-dating from the ETH in Zurich did we believe that they were indeed from the late Middle Ages.”This discovery rewrites a chapter in fashion history as it is extremely rare to come across undergarments as old as these.last_img read more

Get The Beginners FullStack Engineer Certification Bundle For Just 25 With Wccftech

first_imgYou don’t need a full-fledged college degree to become a Full-Stack engineer. So don’t beat yourself about it and get started with a much easier way to start a career. Wccftech is offering an amazing discount offer on the Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle. In just a few hours, you will be equipped with all the essentials like Angular and Bootstrap. Avail this discount offer right away as it expires in a week.Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle featuresThe Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle includes 9 courses and each course has a specialty area covered in it. Here are highlights of what the bundle has to offer:The Complete Responsive Web Design CourseEnhance Your Web Design Skills by Building Professional Sites for Different PlatformsLearn Angular by Creating a Web ApplicationMaster this Popular Web Dev Framework by Building an Interactive Virtual CookbookIntro to Next.jsGet Started With a Minimalist Framework for Building Static, Server-Rendered React AppsIntro to BootstrapLearn Bootstrap, the Secret to Quickly Creating Professional & Attractive Websites + Web AppsAzure Deployment for Node.js ApplicationsDiscover How to Deploy Node.js Apps to Microsoft Azure & Make Them Accessible OnlineAWS Deployment for Node.js ApplicationsDeploy your Node.js Apps to the Amazon Web Service & Make Them Accessible Online.Node.js For Beginners: Create Server-Side Apps with JavaScriptLearn How to Build Fast Web Apps by Learning Node.js, the Server-Side Solution for JavaScript.MongoDB for BeginnersGet Acquainted with MongoDB & Discover How to Manage Data Operations Like a Pro.TypeScript for BeginnersLearn the Basics of the Programming Language TypeScriptThe bundle has been designed by Zenva Academy. This name is known around the world for its world-class training on in-demand programming skills covered in areas like machine learning, game development, VR and much more. It is trusted by people all around the world, and you could become one of them today!Original Price Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle: $450Wccftech Discount Price Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle: $25 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

lowjs a Nodejs port for embedded systems

first_imgNode.JS is a popular backend widely for web development despite some of its flaws. For embedded systems, now there is low.js, a Node.js port with far lower system requirements. In low.js you can program JavaScript applications by utilizing the full Node.js API. You can run these on regular computers and also on embedded devices, which are based on the $3 ESP32 microcontroller. The JavaScript V8 engine at the center of Node.js is replaced with Duktape. Duktape is an embeddable ECMAScript E5/E5.1 engine with a compact footprint. Some parts of the Node.js system library are rewritten for more compact footprint and use more native code. low.js currently uses under 2 MB of disk space with a minimum requirement of around 1.5 MB of RAM for the ESP32 version. low.js features low.js is good for hobbyists and people interested in electronics. It allows using Node.JS scripts on smaller devices like routers which are based on Linux or uClinux without using much of the resources. This is great for scripting especially if they communicate over the internet. The neonious one is a microcontroller board based on low.js for ESP32, which can be programmed in JavaScript ES 6 with the Node API. It includes Wifi, Ethernet, additional flash and an extra I/O controller. The lower systems requirements in low.js allow you to run it comfortably on the ESP32-WROVER module. The ESP32-WROVER costs under $3 for large orders and is a very cost effective solution for IoT devices requiring a microcontroller and Wifi. low.js for ESP32 also adds the additional benefit of fast software development and maintenance. Specialized software developers are not needed for the microcontroller software. How to install? The community edition of low.js can be run on POSIX based systems including Linux, uClinux, and Mac OS X. It is available on Github and currently ./configure is not present. You might need some programming skills and knowledge to get low.js up and running on your systems. The commands are as follows: git clone https://github.com/neonious/lowjscd lowjsgit submodule update –init –recursivemake low.js for ESP32 is the same as the community edition, but adapted for the ESP32 microcontroller. This version is not open source and is pre-flashed on the neonious one. For more information and documentation visit the low.js website. Read next Deno, an attempt to fix Node.js flaws, is rewritten in Rust Node.js announces security updates for all their active release lines for August 2018 Deploying Node.js apps on Google App Engine is now easylast_img read more

Lurgan students showcase crosscommunity project at worlds largest Geographic Information Systems conference

first_imgEsri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, today announces that three schools from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, presented a cross-community project to 19,000 attendees as part of the opening session to Esri’s International User Conference in San Diego. The pupils became the first students from outside of the USA to present on the main stage in the conference’s 39-year history.Students from Lurgan College, St. Ronan’s College and Lurgan Junior High School, showcased their Shared Education Project, which brought together Catholic and Protestant students to map and analyse sectarian divisions in Lurgan, while working together to bring about positive change in their communities.Held in the San Diego Convention Centre, the week-long event is the world’s largest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) conference. It gathers users, experts, scientists, educators and decision makers from every discipline – including commercial businesses, governments and non-profits – from 128 countries, interested in how GIS can transform their work, organisations, communities and countries.The Lurgan Shared Education Project was chosen ahead of thousands of other school projects from around the world for its demonstration of how digital mapping technology can be used to promote peace. In addition to the main stage presentation, the performance was livestreamed to thousands of  geography enthusiasts across the globe.Three students, three teachers and a member of the PSNI travelled to San Diego to present alongside world-renowned speakers, such as Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson – who discussed the importance of biodiversity conservation – and Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri.Alistair Hamill, head of geography, Lurgan College, said: “It is an incredible honour to have been chosen by Esri to travel to the US and present in front of such an engaged and global audience. The students are an inspiration and this has been a life-changing experience for them. As well as presenting at this prestigious event, through the project they have increased their understanding of their town and each other – forming lifelong bonds with new friends. They have also shown the power of collaboration and demonstrated the possibility of a more peaceful and inclusive future.”Lurgan is a very spatially divided town – residential areas tend to be segregated and public spaces are often underused, especially at night. Students from the three schools came together and visited locations across both sides of the community in Lurgan, recording their perception of safety within that space using Esri’s mobile apps. With the aid of their teachers and Esri Ireland’s ArcGIS for Schools team, students then used Esri’s ArcGIS online mapping platform to analyse the data.The survey showed that sectarian divides still exist in the town, highlighting locations that certain students rarely or never visit and others which they feel uncomfortable and unsafe in. The students then discussed the reasons behind the findings as well as ideas to reduce divisions in Lurgan. These insights were shared with the PSNI, the local council and the community relations council.Joanne McLaughlin, ArcGIS for Schools business sponsor, Esri Ireland, explained: “This cross-community initiative gave students a platform to put forward suggestions to make Lurgan a more inclusive place. It has made a real difference in Lurgan with stakeholder groups in the community acting on findings from the survey. Esri Ireland recently made our digital mapping software freely available to every school on the island of Ireland and it is fantastic to see such an impactful use of GIS. This is a shining example of how technology can enable young people to become powerful agents for positive social change in their community.”Commenting on the Lurgan presentation, Jack Dangermond, founder and president, Esri, said: “It is truly inspiring to see these young people collaborate using GIS to tackle deeply rooted issues in their community. They are the next generation of decision makers, and they show us new ways of thinking about old problems by demonstrating the capability of technology, geography, and innovation to solve future challenges.”last_img read more

Big 12 reinstates championship game — in 2017

first_imgBob Bowlsby on a Big 12 title game approval: “We have a a lot of details to work out, but we have a year to go henceforth.”— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) June 3, 2016A bullet in the argument for the championship game: in each of the two CFP’s final rankings, the Big Ten champion used its title game to pass the Big 12 champion. Ohio State famously leapfrogged TCU and Baylor after waxing Wisconsin 59-0 in 2014, and Michigan State used a last-second win over unbeaten Iowa to jump idle Oklahoma for the No. 3 spot in 2015. The oracles running the CFP’s selection process have previously extolled the value of evaluating 13 “data points” over the Big 12’s dozen.This negates that disadvantage — as long as the right team wins.And no conference knows just how sharp the double-edged sword of championship games can be like the Big 12. Four times in the 15 years of its previous iteration a Big 12 team lost a chance to play for a national championship due to a title game upset. And that’s not counting 2003 Oklahoma, who lost as the nation’s No. 1 team but was so far ahead in the BCS standings those Sooners could absorb the lost, and 2009 Texas, who at first saw time expire on its bid to play in the 2010 BCS National Championship before fate intervened.The SEC, for what it’s worth, hasn’t suffered a costly championship game upset since 2001. Imagine how the college sports landscape may look today had the two leagues’ fortunes flipped.Another bullet in favor of a championship game: money.A Big 12 championship game is said to be worth between $20 and $30 million in additional television revenue. Big 12 presidents just spent this week telling the media they don’t necessarily dislike the conference’s 10-team makeup, they just wanted the 10-team model to make them more money. This is a step in that direction. (The Big 12 also announced a 20 percent increase in payouts on Friday, up to $30 million and trailing only the Big Ten and SEC. And that’s without counting third-tier contracts such as the Longhorn Network.)Why there’s a B12 title …B12 gets $6M for a team that makes the CFB Playoff. B12 gets $30M for having a title game.Data don’t matter.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) June 3, 2016Until January the Big 12 was not allowed by NCAA rules to hold a championship game, but the organization altered the rules to permit 10-team conferences to hold title games — as long as they played a round-robin schedule or split into divisions.The Big 12 could split into divisions — which invites the dilemma of putting Texas and Oklahoma schools in the same division and stacking its power structure like The Mountain and Tyrion Lannister sharing a see-saw — or splitting Texas and Oklahoma up and risking a rematch. (An early prediction: if the Big 12 does split into divisions, expect a non-geographic split that sees Texas and OU nonetheless in the same division.)Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby floated the idea of keeping the round-robin structure and choosing the top-two teams — which would have pitted a hotly-desired Baylor-TCU rematch in 2014 and asked Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to play an immediate rematch in 2015. The winner of the ’14 game alters history before it happens, as either the Bears or Frogs would proactively prevent Ohio State from winning the 2014 national championship. The 2015 game asks Oklahoma to chance a playoff spot it had already won, largely so everyone else in the conference can make some extra money.So clearly there is some risk there, too.Bowlsby: “We could end up playing just like we’re playing now and select our two highest teams.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 3, 2016No one knows at this point exactly what the Reborn Big 12 Championship Game will look like, where or when it will be played, or how those teams will be selected. All that’s known is that it’s back — for better or worse. After the 2014 season, when Baylor and TCU were both left in bridesmaids’ dresses, locked out in the cold while Ohio State danced alongside Alabama, Oregon and Florida State to the chimes of church bells inside, the Big 12’s powers that be declared it too early to reinstitute its championship game.Apparently one season wasn’t enough, but two is.After a season in which the Big 12 actually did get in the College Football Playoff without the existence of a championship game, the conference revealed Friday it will bring back its league title game for the 2017 season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Poppys Pass for bonuses

first_imgPoppy’s on the Lagoon in Port Vila, Vanuatu, has launched a new Poppy’s Pass for guests staying four or more nights.The pass costs $A99 and offers over A$200 worth of bonuses on massages, cocktails, lunch and dinner specials, car hire and wine purchases.For more information contact Richard Skewes, Precise Travel Marketing: richard@ptm.net.auThe post Poppy’s Pass for bonuses appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img

6 561 15 at MIA vs NO at SEA at LA

first_img65-6-11.5at MIA, vs. NO, at SEA, at LA 75-72at TB, at AZ, vs. TB, at ATL Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Wild Card RankTeamRecordGames out of WCRemaining Schedule 18-4—vs. DAL, vs. DET, at PHI, at WAS 27-5—vs. NO, at DAL, at NO, vs. CAR Top Stories 56-61vs. SEA, at CHI, vs. MIN, at DET Last season, the Arizona Cardinals got off to a great start and by the time the campaign reached its later stages, they were battling for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.This year, that is not the case.A slow start and inconsistent play have left the Cardinals essentially fighting for a Wild Card berth, as the Seattle Seahawks are three games up in the NFC West standings on Arizona with four to play.In other words, barring a miracle, earning one of the NFC’s two Wild Card bids is the Cardinals’ only chance of playing in the postseason. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img So, where do they stand in their pursuit? Here, we’ll tell you. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 36-5-1.5at PHI, vs. CAR, at CHI, vs. NYG 85-72at WAS, at BAL, vs. NYG, vs. DAL 46-61at JAX, vs. IND, at GB, vs. CHI Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) celebrates his touchdown with tackle Ulrick John (75) and tackle D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

Union Workers reach tentative labour deal with St

first_imgUnion: Workers reach tentative labour deal with Stratosphere LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A union representing more than 1,000 workers at the Stratosphere hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip announced Wednesday it reached a tentative labour agreement with the property’s operator Golden Entertainment.The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a statement that the deal reached after 16 hours of negotiations will cover 1,300 workers for five years.The agreement would cover bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellhops, cooks and other kitchen workers whose contract expired May 31.They were part of a group of 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers who authorized a strike after a lack of progress on negotiations.Unionized workers at MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment properties have since approved new contracts with those operators, covering about 36,000 workers.A walkout will be avoided at the Stratosphere if its workers ratify the contract.Sean Higgins, Golden Entertainment’s chief legal officer, said in a statement that the company was pleased to have reached the tentative deal.“We look forward to working together with our team members at the Stratosphere in the future.”The union declined to provide details about the agreement because it has not yet been ratified by workers, but generally it includes agreements on wage increases and equipping housekeepers with “panic buttons” — wireless devices that workers can use to alert managers if they are in a threatening situation.The union is still negotiating agreements with 15 casino-resorts involving 8,700 workers at Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas properties.The union on Wednesday was planning to meet with the operators of the Westgate casino-resort and on Thursday with Tropicana casino-resort. by Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2018 2:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more